Introduction, Design, Features
Everything grows up. In Nov 2016, we gave a four-star thumbs-up to a 11.6-inch Lenovo Yoga 710, praising a tiny automobile as successor to a accessible take-it-anywhere, note-taking suggestion of Apple’s dropped 11.6-inch MacBook Air. Now that 710 has in spin been discontinued, transposed by a smaller kin to a 13.3-inch15.6-inchHP Spectre x360.
The 12.5-inch Yoga 720 is most as unstable as an 11.6-inch laptop, weighing only 2.53 pounds and measuring 0.62 by 11.5 by 8 inches. It’s no weight in a briefcase or bag, even if we chuck in a 2.5-inch-square AC adapter.
It’s also no barn-burner in opening tests, interjection to a Core i3 CPU—perfectly adequate for emailing, word processing, Web surfing, and video streaming, yet lopsided some-more toward calm expenditure than calm creation. Add unexceptional battery life and a blank pier or two, and you’ve got an appealing yet really entry-level 2-in-1, as befits a price. We like this Yoga, yet we’d be tempted to spend $150 some-more for a 13.3-inch 720—or maybe $150 reduction for a Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA.
Yoga 920, concede it to flip and overlay from laptop to inscription mode, with easel-style mount mode and A-frame tent modes in between. The complement supports Lenovo’s pricey ($69.99) Active Pen 2 stylus for coop input.
The silken black bezel around a 12.5-inch arrangement is stylishly thin, yet a tip bezel creates room for a Webcam that captures above-average, well-lit and pointy rather than grainy selfies and videos. The shade wobbles somewhat when tapped or swiped in laptop or mount mode. Sound from a built-in speakers is satisfactory to middling, a hold vale and brief on drum yet shrill adequate to fill a tiny room.
Ports are scarce. On a Lenovo’s left side, you’ll find a connector for a AC adapter and an audio jack. On a right are a energy button, a USB-C port, and a USB 3.0 port. Plugging in an outmost guard will need a USB-C DisplayPort adapter, given there’s no HDMI port; nor is there an SD label slot. Using a 720 in laptop mode on a desk, we twice grasped a complement to adjust a position and incidentally pushed a energy button, putting a appurtenance to sleep.
The keyboard is not backlit, contradicting Lenovo’s Web site, yet it is full-sized—the A by apostrophe keys camber a law 8 inches—and has a flattering good if prosaic and plasticky typing feel. The blueprint is not so good, with a smirch we always impact HP laptops for: cursor arrow keys organised in a row, with half-sized adult and down arrows sandwiched between full-sized left and right, instead of a correct inverted T. The arrow keys also double with a Fn pivotal for Home, End, PgUp, and PgDn.
There’s a Windows Hello-compatible fingerprint reader during bottom right of a keyboard, and a tiny yet smooth-gliding hold pad with absolutely clicky reduce corners.
Perhaps a 12.5-inch Yoga 720’s best underline is a 1,920×1,080-pixel screen, that offers plenty brightness—we frequently worked with a backlight incited down 4 or 5 notches, when customarily we can’t mount some-more than two—and far-reaching observation angles, interjection to in-plane switching (IPS) technology. Colors are clear and contrariety and excellent sum are sharp. It was a pleasure to lay with a device in inscription mode in a path and watch 1080p YouTube videos.
Bluetooth and 802.11ac Wi-Fi take caring of wireless connectivity. Lenovo backs a 720 with a one-year guaranty and preinstalls a possess App Explorer store and a McAfee LiveSafe nagware trial.