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Lenovo Yoga 720 (13-inch) review: A mainstream 2-in-1 worth flipping for

Lenovo used a Windows Precision touchpad that works really well and I didn't experience any cursor jumpiness. The precision pad means you get full multitouch gesture support for three- and four-finger gestures for quickly switching between applications, activating Cortana (Microsoft's digital assistant) or hiding all open windows.  

Like many ultraportables, the Yoga 720 isn't loaded down with ports. If having built-in Ethernet, an SD card reader and an HDMI port are necessities for you, you'll have to look elsewhere. Instead, you'll get one USB 3.0 port (type-A), two USB 3.1 ports (type-C) and a headphone/mic jack. One of the two type-C ports is used for charging and supports Thunderbolt 3, so with a dock or adapters you'll be able add video outputs, an Ethernet jack and more. 

Lenovo Yoga 720 (13-inch, 2017)
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Get your dongles ready. 

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Mainstream on the inside

The 13.3-inch Yoga 720 (it's also available in a 15.6-inch size) was the base configuration with a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U, 8GB of memory, integrated Intel HD 620 graphics and a 256GB PCIe SSD for storage. You can get the system with more memory and storage and, if you're willing to pay upward of $1,600, you can get it with a Core i7-7500U, 16GB of memory, 1TB PCIe SSD and a UHD-resolution display. 

The base configuration is enough for day-to-day tasks, though depending on how much you push it, you will end up with some fan noise. Want to listen to music while you answer some email and post to Facebook? This will have you covered. Playing the latest first-person shooter on ultra settings and editing high-resolution video is not in the cards. That said, I spent some time doodling on the screen with a Wacom Bamboo Ink stylus with little discernible lag, so if you're looking for a 2-in-1 that can smoothly handle pen input, this might be just enough for you. 

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The 720 makes for a comfortably large tablet. 

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As for battery life, it underperformed compared to similarly configured systems we've tested with our video streaming battery drain test. It did run for 8 hours and 46 minutes, which certainly isn't bad, but under normal use you're looking at about 6 to 7 hours of use before you start worrying about finding an outlet. Again, all things considered, it's not bad just not amazing.  

More than a clamshell, but not more clams

Overall, the 13.3-inch Lenovo Yoga 720 has a premium look and feel, but without the big price tag and is a pretty nice little 2-in-1 for students or the home office where some added flexibility comes in handy and a nice design is appreciated. 

Multimedia Multitasking test 3.0

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 720
1394
LG Gram (13-inch, 2017)
570
Asus Pro B9440U
485
Microsoft Surface Laptop
1114

Note:

Shorter bars indicate better performance (in seconds)


Geekbench 3 (Multi-Core)

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 720
6453
LG Gram (13-inch, 2017)
6647
Asus Pro B9440U
7217
Microsoft Surface Laptop
7193

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance


Streaming video playback battery drain test

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 720
526
LG Gram (13-inch, 2017)
690
Asus Pro B9440U
497
Microsoft Surface Laptop
621

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance (in minutes)



System Configurations

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 720 Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 620; 256GB SSD
LG Gram (13-inch, 2017) Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 620; 256GB SSD
Asus Pro B9440U Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 620; 512GB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1866MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 620; 256GB SSD

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