Introduction, Design Features
Few product lines are some-more synonymous with automobile laptops than Lenovo’s Yoga array of 2-in-1s. And gripping adult that high customary is an ongoing plea of balancing what’s already operative with what consumers wish to see altered or added. Get it right, and any refurbish seems like healthy evolution. But get it wrong, and it seems like change for change’s sake—or, maybe worse, like a low product line.
With a Lenovo Yoga 710 15, we see a small of each.
The Yoga 710 15 is a big, gangly outlier in Lenovo’s several Yoga families. Not prolonged before this machine, we tested a super Yoga 710 11-incher, that we found to be an excellent, value-minded ultraportable that acts as a 2-in-1 devout inheritor to a recently dropped 11-inch Apple MacBook Airsee a examination of a Yoga 710 14-inch.)
On a and side, a Lenovo Yoga 710 15 we’re looking during here currently comes versed with a 7th-Generation Intel Core (“Kaby Lake”) processor, a fingerprint reader, and dissimilar graphics, all of that are acquire updates. At this writing, it was a “one step adult from a base” indication in a four-configuration line of Yoga 710 15-inchers, labelled during $949 approach from Lenovo. (The bottom indication was $849 during this writing.) But not including any USB Type-C or USB 3.1 ports, when one of Kaby Lake’s touted improvements is local USB 3.1 support, seems like a missed opportunity. It’s not indispensably a deadly flaw, as many folks don’t nonetheless possess inclination to precedence these new ports. But it’s not a high indicate of this PC, either.
Our $949.99 Yoga 710 15 examination section came versed with a 15.6-inch IPS touch-screen arrangement (the local fortitude is full HD, 1,920×1,080), a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid-state expostulate (SSD). Plus, a integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 on a CPU is subsidy for an Nvidia GeForce 940MX dedicated graphics chip with 2GB of memory. So for a money, you’re removing a flattering able general-purpose system. (Lenovo also charity 3 other versions of this appurtenance with somewhat tweaked specs; some-more on that in a bit.)
A 15-inch 2-in-1, though, is by clarification a laptop first, a video-viewer/presentation-giver second, and a inscription a detached third, usually by dint of a extended size. Let’s take a demeanour during that first.
As we have come to design from a several Lenovo Yoga product lines, a Yoga 710 15-inch looks neat and feels sturdy. Its aluminum physique feels good and solid, and a black matte finish and slim form creates it feel higher-end than you’d theory from a cost tag.
The Yoga 710 15-inch is usually 0.71 in. thick and measures 14.1×9.6 inches. Plus, it weighs usually 4.4 pounds, creation it about as easy to reason in your hands, when swiveled into inscription mode, as we can design any 15-incher to be. Of course, any 15-inch 2-in-1 is going to feel a small unmanageable when being used as a tablet. But it’s still a good choice to have, as are a common tent and mount modes.
Starting with a lid closed, we have a glossy Yoga trademark nearby one corner, and a some-more pale Lenovo trademark nearby a other. The front corner of a complement is totally bare, and a behind has small some-more to see than a span of empty vents and a system’s hinges.
Along a right side of a body, you’ll find a somewhat lifted energy symbol and a power-status LED, a micro-HDMI port, and dual USB 3.0 ports, one of that allows for device charging with a complement powered down. On a conflicting edge, meanwhile, we have a multiple headphone/microphone jack, a four-format (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC) label reader, and a pier for a energy adapter.
This left an awful lot of space that could (and to a mind, should) have been used to make a Yoga 710 15-inch some-more flexible. There’s copiousness of room all around for separate, earthy volume controls, for example, that come in accessible when examination video in inscription mode. (As it is, they’re implemented interconnected adult with a duty keys on a keyboard, on F1 to F4; being on an corner would have been useful for inscription mode.) And Lenovo’s preference to go with a micro-HDMI pier will meant wanting to transport with a dongle and/or non-standard wire if we will need to outlay to other displays. But if there’s one thing we approaching to see, generally with a PC updated with a Kaby Lake chip, it was a USB 3.1 port.
Popping a lid open, a initial thing you’ll be greeted by is a Yoga 710’s 15.6-inch IPS display. While it doesn’t holder adult utterly as splendid as we competence have hoped, it’s nonetheless a great-looking, frail arrangement that offers good touch-screen responsiveness. Its potion goes right to a edges of a lid, with a good skinny bezel shaved down on a sides and with a small some-more left during a tip to accommodate a system’s 720p Webcam. (While we’re on a subject: This Webcam offers a same common video peculiarity and bad low-light opening that you’ll find in many complicated laptops’ built-in Webcams.)
The keyboard, meanwhile, is mostly what we would expect, charity gentle hold typing—at slightest until we go acid for a right-side Shift button. Where it would routinely be located, you’ll instead find a Page Up button, with a Shift symbol changed to a right of it. While we’re certain that we’d eventually get used to this, it was something of an snag when touch-typing.
Just next a keyboard is a simply sized hold pad, with a skinny line demarcating a areas, nearby a bottom, dedicated to left- and right-clicking. And to a right of a hold pad is a fingerprint reader, charity some assent of mind to those endangered about login security.
Finally, on a bottom of a chassis, when it’s oriented in laptop mode, you’ll find a system’s JBL speakers, that offer some flattering decent sound and can simply fill a room when cranked up. Even with a complement in inscription mode and a speakers banishment into a behind of a screen, audio still sounded good adequate for those times when you’ve lost to move headphones along.
Connectivity, Components Support
As for network capabilities, a Yoga 710 15-inch offers 802.11ac wireless connectivity and Bluetooth 4.0 support. No Ethernet jack is accessible for connected connections, yet that’s not surprising in a 2-in-1. While this isn’t a large deal, it’s value observant that this is one of a things that a USB 3.1 pier could have come in accessible for.
As distant as storage and memory go, a complement offers a decent dollop of each, yet a choice of adding a small some-more competence have come in handy. RAM is singular to a 8GB that a examination complement came versed with; when we wrote this, Lenovo didn’t offer any Yoga 710 15-inch configurations with more. And a 256GB SSD charity discerning boot-ups and eager performance, yet it’s not a outrageous volume of space. Sure, we can always get a unstable storage drive, and maybe a unstable DVD expostulate while you’re during it. But in a process, you’d be sacrificing some of a portability of a complement itself.
As we mentioned earlier, we have 3 other Yoga 710 15-inch pattern options detached from this $949.99 tester we received, yet they are regulating last-gen “Skylake” chips. The variables are in a CPU and graphics solutions that are included, as good as a distance of a SSD. (The 8GB of memory and a full-HD IPS shade are constants opposite all 4 configurations.) Lenovo’s $849.99 bottom indication is a same as a exam unit, detached from regulating a last-gen “Skylake” Core i5 chip (the Core i5-6200U, a prototype of a i5-7200U in a Yoga 710 exam unit) and relying on that chip’s Intel HD Graphics 520 alone—no dedicated Nvidia graphics.
Next adult is a $949 tester, with a Core i5 Kaby Lake chip and Nvidia graphics. The tip dual units are usually $1,099 and $1,299 (though temporarily ignored during this writing) and packaged a same specs yet with a Core i7-6500U “Skylake” processor, a Nvidia graphics, and 256GB or 512GB of SSD space.
As distant as a program goes, we were gratified to see that it’s flattering most usually a Windows 10 handling complement (the Home edition, in this case), some complement utilities, and a hearing chronicle of McAfee Livesafe. So we don’t have to worry about that 256GB SSD being already filled by lots of bloatware.
And finally, a Yoga 710 15-inch is lonesome by a one-year singular guaranty that can be extended, if needed, by purchasing additional coverage on Lenovo’s Web site during a time of purchase. Extending to dual years was $59, and 3 years $79, with occasional discounts on offer during this writing. Check a Lenovo site for a cost of a moment.