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Lenovo Yoga 720 Review: As Advertised

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Lenovo likes to release a bunch of laptops. Its flagship lineup, the Yoga 900 series, usually gets all the attention from both the public and media. This leaves other series unnoticed by a lot of people such as 700 and 500 collections. Over the past month, I’ve been testing one of the latest entries in the former, the Yoga 720. It’s a smaller $849.99 machine with a 13-inch display but enough power to get you through a workday. It’s a fine computer, but it probably doesn’t deserve to be pushed that hard.

And that’s just how Lenovo sees it. It’s advertising the beauty and power featured in the Yoga 900 series every day, it feels like, across social media. Meanwhile, the 700 series isn’t getting that much attention. And for the 720, that’s fine, because it wasn’t built to be a super flashy competitor to the HP Spectre x360 or Apple MacBook. It’s just there for people who can afford it.

Starting with the build, the Yoga 720 uses aluminum everywhere, making the laptop feel very premium for its price. It uses a standard 360-degree capable hinge rather Lenovo’s famous watchband hinge found on products like the Yoga 920 and Yoga Book, but it makes sense considering it’s not one of the company’s higher-end devices. That being said, it can still be used as a tablet, tent, or stand thanks to the hinge which adds some versatility to the laptop. Chamfered edges add to its very pleasing and attractive aesthetic.

For IO, Lenovo includes two USB-C ports and a headphone jack on the left and a USB-A port on the right. The power button can be found on the right side as well. While not the most available ports ever put on a laptop, the Yoga 720 at least offers enough that should suffice most user’s needs, especially in this day and age where dongles are plentiful and not everyone has caught up to speed with the inevitable wireless future.

The laptop, while not being the thinnest, is thin enough at 14.3 mm that it fits comfortably in any bag I throw it in. This paired with its weight of 2.9 pounds (1.3 kg) makes the Yoga 720 a great travel computer. It also allows for a relatively pleasant experience using the laptop as a tablet. I still don’t necessarily doing this that often, but if you wanna just use the screen for a while, you won’t have a treacherous time doing so.

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Opening the laptop, you’ll immediately notice the 13.3-inch IPS touch display. During my review period, I got to test the 1080p model that looks fine for normal everyday activities. Of course, I’d prefer the 4K UHD resolution, but 1080p on a 13-inch screen is certainly plentiful. Colors are well balanced, it’s easy to read off of, and while I’d like it to get a bit bright especially in well-lit environments, I’m okay with how bright this panel glows.

Surrounding the Yoga 720’s screen are relatively small bezels that help with its looks, but directing your attention to the bottom of the screen will present a pretty sizeable bezel that, honestly, looks kind of dumb. I know all the display components need to go somewhere, but I think I’d prefer a balancing out of all four bezels rather three super tiny ones and a massive one at the bottom. Luckily, the webcam isn’t located in this bottom bezel: it’s at the top of the screen where it should always be.

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For my review, Lenovo specced my Yoga 720 with an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and Intel HD Graphics 620. Day to day, the laptop offers enough power to get me through as I tend to do a lot of work in lighter apps like Google Chrome and Microsoft Word. Of course, there are those of you who use heavier tools and, unfortunately, the Yoga 720 can’t really be specced much higher than this. You could opt for a UHD screen, UHD Intel graphics, and an 8th-gen Core i7, but in a nutshell, this laptop isn’t really built for heavy users.

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That being said, the computer still packs a punch for lighter tasks as it blazes through all the stuff I’ve thrown at it. Even some games from the Microsoft Store work. Of course, I wouldn’t go installing Call of Duty or Halo, but for lighter titles, you should be good to go.

For sound, Lenovo packs JBl-branded speakers. They’d probably sound fine if they weren’t mounted to the bottom of the Yoga 720’s base. Honestly, I have no idea why companies do this since, based on the surface your laptop is sitting on, your music can get extremely muffled or tinny and, altogether, unpleasant to listen to. Therefore, I wish Lenovo at least put the speakers below the keyboard or something. Thank God there’s a headphone jack.

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Speaking of the keyboard, both the keyboard and trackpad are comfortable to use. Believe me, I’ve used both for plenty of time to determine they’re good enough to return a pleasant experience for the end user. Of course, as I’ve said in the past, Lenovo’s keyboards always feel a bit mushy to me, and the one on the Yoga 720 is no exception, but the more and more I type on it the more I get used to it. Therefore, I’m sure you’ll have no problem adapting to Lenovo’s methods of input.

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Found below the keyboard and to the right of the trackpad, the Yoga 720 includes a fingerprint sensor for compatibility with Windows Hello. It works like 70% of the time, which is a shame. I’m not sure if it’s a software thing or if the sensor is bad, but I can never really get a good experience out of a fingerprint reader from Lenovo. Of course, the sensor does work, it just doesn’t work as well as I was hoping. I mean, we’re not talking Touch ID-quality here. More like a sub-$200 Android phone quality.

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As far as battery life goes, Lenovo projects up to 10.5 hours of usage, and I got around the nine to 10 hours mark myself. This is usually just enough to get me through a full day’s worth of work, and that’s really saying something as I’m constantly on my computer. Plus, it takes around two to two and a half hours to fully charge the laptop from zero to 100. Therefore, you probably won’t have any problems with the battery stats on the Yoga 720.

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So should you buy the Yoga 720? As I said earlier in my review, the laptop is as advertised. It’s a less-powerful, less feature-rich, less pretty version of the Yoga 920 that makes up for people who don’t wanna spend $1,000+ on a new laptop. It definitely has its shortcomings, but considering how many upsides it packs, I can actually recommend it to those who need something in the $800-$900 range. Why? Because it has a nice screen, good battery life, good speed, enough storage, and decent audio output. Plus, Lenovo built it for this market anyway. What more do you really need from a laptop?

Rating: 8/10

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