Lenovo recently updated its Yoga 700 series with a brand new Yoga 720. Packed with powerful specs and a stunning design, just how good is the Lenovo Yoga 720? Here is our full review.
Lets talk about the design first. From a quick look, you can see that the laptop is slim and simply just stunning to look at. It is a little on the heavy side, especially comparing with the size of the laptop itself.
The Yoga 720 rocks a smooth finish, both on the inside and the outside, giving the device a premium feel. It also has quite a sturdy build, so everytime you switch between laptop and tablet mode, you dont feel like you will break the laptop in two.
On the top of the laptop you get a pretty plain and minimalistic design, with just a Yoga branding on the top left corner. There is also another Yoga branding along the edge of laptop when you open it. However, my biggest concern with the Yoga 720 is the lack of ports. Moving along the edges, the left side houses two Type C USB ports, one for charging and one for data transfers and adapters and one 3.5mm headphone jack. On the right edge you get the power button and one standard USB port. That’s all you get for ports. Sure, this does contribute to a slimmer design, but it also becomes quite inconvenient in my opinion. To help out, Lenovo could have at least packed an adapter or a USB hub in the box, but sadly that turned out to be a disappointment.
Before wrapping up the Lenovo Yoga 720’s design, lets quickly talk about the box it came in. Design wise, there is not much to talk about this well packed box. However, what irked me is the packaging for the Lenovo Active Pen 2. The box was packed nicely, but the package for the stylus, was actually empty. Any material you read about the laptop does mention that the Yoga 720 supports the Lenovo Active Pen, and it is one of the top features, so I am not really sure if the fault lies on shipping or on Lenovo.
Apart from the fact that I cant plug in my laptop to a bigger display or an extra USB drive without getting an adapter, I actually like the design factor of the Lenovo Yoga 720. Thanks to its slim and sleek look, it did contribute quite a bit of attention at coffee shops.
Now lets into more detail with what the Yoga 720 has to offer.
Firstly, the display. Our review model came with a 13.3 inch FHD Full Touch display. Higher models of the laptop do come with a 4K screen, but the FHD screen did a great job by itself. The touch on the laptop was really smooth and responsive as well. However, my only issue with the Yoga 720’s display was the brightness. Personally, I felt that the Yoga 720 could be just a little brighter. The display is also surrounded by slim bezels on the top and sides, and an uncomfortably large bezel along the bottom.
Moving down from the screen, lets take a look at the keyboard. I absolutely love the keyboard on the Yoga 720. Lenovo has stuck with the same design for the keyboard as you would see on most of their laptops. The keys are super responsive, with decent resistance and do not click too loudly during extended typing sessions. The trackpad is also fairly large and smooth, but there were times where the responsiveness took a hit. The keyboard and trackpad is also joined by a tiny little fingerprint scanner on the right side, which can be used for unlocking the Yoga 720 or waking it from a sleep mode. These three components complement the display of the Yoga 720 and also contribute to the minimalistic design of the laptop.
As expected from a Yoga device, the Yoga 720 is also a convertible laptop, where you can bend the screen all the way backwards. This opens up various new methods to use the laptop. You can fold it all the way back for a complete tablet experience, or fold it at a tent-like angle for watching movies. However, what I loved about the convertible feature is simply how sturdy and well constructed it felt. I have used convertible laptops from other manufacturers before, and to be honest, this is one of the best built laptops I have used.
The Lenovo Yoga 720 is quite a powerhouse. The model we reviewed came with a seventh generation i7 7500U with 16GB of RAM. While higher models come with a NVIDIA 1050 graphics card on board, our model came with the standard Intel HD Graphics 620.
The Yoga 720 managed to score 20149 on our GeekBench test, which is actually a pretty impressive score. However, it scored 341 and 1784 for Graphics and CPU tests on 3D Mark. The graphics score would have been higher if we had the NVIDIA 1050, but for a work focused laptop, this should do just fine. Overall performance of the laptop is quite smooth, making it perfect for office use and maybe some light entertainment. The battery life on the Yoga 720 was exceptional, but satisfactory. A full fledged use gave me almost a whole day, and slight use gave me upto one and a half days. Of course, this burns down to how you use the laptop.
However, I noticed that when certain demanding apps were running, the laptop’s fans would go into overdrive and become quite loud. Not loud enough to be heard when in public, but it could be heard quite well in quieter areas, like a library for instance. I am not sure if this is a fault with our particular review model, or if it is something in general.
If you are looking for a sleek laptop suited for medium to heavy office use, with a pinch of entertainment, then the Yoga 720 is the one for you. It comes at an affordable price of AED 4999, but that does not mean that Lenovo has compromised on build quality or specs. You can also opt for higher end models which come with better components, but our review model seemed just perfect.