The Yoga collection is doing its greatest to vary your notion of Lenovo units, shifting away from the cumbersome ThinkPads in the direction of one thing rather more modern and classy. The Yoga S730 is a product of this philosophy borrowing pretty (extraordinarily) closely from Dell’s XPS playbook to place itself towards the market chief and different notable rivals such because the HP Envy.
The Yoga collection was first launched to us again in 2012 however has grow to be steadily extra difficult since then, with the ‘S’ mannequin identify being its flagship laptop computer vary, ‘D’ being reserved for its 2-in-1s and ‘C’ referring to its convertibles.
We first noticed the S730 again at CES 2019 as considered one of a number of Lenovo units on supply, we have been definitely impressed and we have managed to the S730 into our lab for a better look – so with out additional delay, lets drive in.
Price & Availability
The normal model comes with an Intel Core i5, 8GB reminiscence and a 256GB SSD whereas the costliest will arrive with an Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
You’ll solely be getting a 1920×1080 Full HD show regardless of which model you get, so do hold that in thoughts.
Lenovo seems to be pricing the Yoga S730 as a plucky XPS 13 various with the usual undercutting tactic of roughly 90 % of the options and efficiency at 70 % of the worth. It’s going to need to do some work to return near the Dell’s 2019 XPS 13 although, which we very a lot permitted of in our review.
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Design & Build
The Yoga S730 is out there in a platinum or iron gray aesthetic – aiming for the glossy, trendy and minimalistic look so widespread amongst laptops today and pulling it off very properly certainly.
The system is extremely skinny at 11.9mm, a lot so it virtually appears flimsy and will really feel frail within the hand however the case and exterior really feel surprisingly sturdy because of the aluminium development – after dealing with it and utilizing it for a couple of days, I received used to one thing so small and skinny being remarkably sturdy and properly made.
The dimensions are as follows:
- Height: 11.9mm (zero.5in)
- Width: 307mm (12.1in)
- Depth: 210mm (eight.3in)
- Weight: From 1.1kg (2.four kilos)
The drop-down hinge that attaches the show to the gadget has been designed by Lenovo in-house and feels very spectacular. The laptop computer could be opened with one hand and we discovered little or no display wobble when doing this, which is nice to see. It also can open to virtually a 180-degree angle which is fairly uncommon, and permits the laptop computer for use in all kinds of positions which is all the time helpful.
The system has clearly been made with portability in thoughts and seems like a premium product indisputably, each feeling and looking the half whereas being straightforward to maneuver round within the arms or in a laptop computer bag on the go.
Keyboard & Trackpad
The keyboard is properly organized on the physique and surprisingly properly sized, making it really feel considerably much less cramped and restrictive than what chances are you’ll anticipate from a laptop computer of this measurement.
The keys are two-stage backlit, are rounded and have a smooth end with a good quantity of journey making it very nice to sort on. Some keyboards on this specific class of laptops really feel skinny and harsh to sort on, however this one is nice to make use of throughout.
This is the primary Yoga to not have a touchscreen and lively pen help which signifies that the trackpad is the one gadget that permits interplay with the mouse – fortunately it does an incredible job at this. The touchpad itself is constructed from glass and at 105 x 70mm is, just like the keyboard, an incredible measurement for a tool of this scale.
The trackpad is each correct and receptive of all gestures and usually a pleasure to make use of – we didn’t encounter any of the problems that may often include cheaper constructed units. The ordinary check of trackpads is that if you do not have a lot to say, it is doing its job appropriately – it is a thankless position however an oh-so-important one.
The show for the Yoga S730 is a 13.3in Full HD IPS display and sadly that is the one choice for this gadget – so that you gained’t be capable of get a 4K display which confirms the laptop computer as a mid-range gadget.
The show holds a pixel density of 165ppi which is pretty commonplace for a tool on this worth vary and the display additionally reaches an inexpensive if not superb degree of brightness at 290 cd/m2 – nevertheless the shiny end that’s current on this show does make it troublesome to view when outdoors because of the quantity of sunshine it displays, so do maintain that in thoughts.
Specs and Performance
The S730 comes with both an Intel Core i5-8265U or an Intel Core i7-8565U, between 8GB and 16GB of DDR3L-2133 reminiscence and a 256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB SSD. However, the UK tops out at 512GB.
You’re going to be seeing roughly the identical spec sheet for many laptops round this worth level. These specs will deal with the overwhelming majority of on a regular basis duties with ease, and just some actually strenuous quantity crunching duties will trigger this system any actual issues.
Our evaluate mannequin got here with the i7-8565U and 8GB of RAM and got here again with the next outcomes:
The outcomes are roughly in-line with what we might anticipate, however one essential factor to notice is that this laptop computer does seem to endure from some minor overheating points. It’s nothing harmful, however the fan is fairly quick to spool up and it will imply the processor’s efficiency is nearly definitely being temperature throttled.
This is not the top of the world should you’re doing primary duties, however should you’re trying to squeeze each final drop of efficiency out of this factor it’s one thing to remember – this kind of disadvantage is pretty widespread territory at with any of Intel’s newest era processors at this worth level.
On the graphics aspect, the S730 comes with an built-in Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU which places out a good quantity of efficiency when coupled with the dual-channel RAM. However, this isn’t a gaming laptop computer and will probably be far outstripped by laptops with a devoted GPU – such because the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 that you simply’ll discover on Lenovo’s IdeaPad 720.
Lenovo guarantees 12 hours of life from the battery on the S730. We put this to the check by setting the display brightness to 120cd/m2 (round 40 % display brightness) and operating a 720p video on a loop till the laptop computer runs out of energy.
This check resulted within the battery lasting 9 hours and eight minutes which is pretty respectable however does are available under a number of the competitors within the super-portable laptop computer market. The 2019 XPS, for instance, lasts over 11 hours with out breaking a sweat.
The form-factor of those ultra-thin laptops is definitely having an impact on how lengthy they will final, however it ought to nonetheless be sufficient to see you thru a workday.
We additionally examined the quick cost function which Lenovo stated will cost the battery to 80 % in an hour. Our personal exams noticed the battery cost to 77 % in an hour, so we’re joyful to verify Lenovo’s claims on this one.
The largest level to remember when taking a look at connectivity is the shortage of any USB-A ports on the S730. The body isn’t truly thick sufficient to deal with one correctly – which is nice information for the portability and dealing with of the gadget, however much less welcome information for these of us who haven’t fairly made the bounce to USB-C but.
You’ll discover three USB-C ports on the laptop computer, two on the best aspect and one subsequent to the headphone jack on the left aspect. The two proper ports help DisplayPort and Thunderbolt three – whereas the only port on the left helps USB-PD (Power Delivery) which permits the system to be charged via a USB-C port.
You won’t anticipate it at this worth, however the S730 has a fingerprint scanner so you possibly can log into Windows with ease.
The Yoga S730 is a strong system however we struggled to think about it as something however a finances XPS 13, however actually that is an excellent factor.
It’s tremendous mild and respectively sturdy with a superb high quality show, a beneficiant quantity of USB-C ports and a powerful array of specs that may deal with virtually any day by day activity you possibly can throw at it.
However, the battery life is not all that spectacular and with no devoted or exterior GPU choice, USB-A ports or 4K display choice – the system lacks versatility and does not step out of its field of a small, light-weight government word-processing companion.