Lenovo Yoga 730 review: Still a great 2-in-1 for the money

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Lenovo's Active Pen 2 works well on the Yoga 730 with little to no discernable lag. 

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The keyboard might not feel as firm as one of the company's professional ThinkPad models, but the keys still have a fair amount of travel to make typing comfortable, and they are well spaced, clearly labeled and brightly backlit. 

The Windows Precision touchpad 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. Speaking of Cortana, Lenovo added far-field mics so you can use Cortana from up to 13 feet (4 meters) away. Lenovo intends to add Amazon's Alexa services, too, assuming the integration into Windows 10 ever pans out. 

Like many ultraportables, the Yoga 730 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-C ports and a headphone/mic jack. Both of the type-C ports can be used for charging and are Thunderbolt 3, so with a dock or adapters you'll be able add video outputs, an Ethernet jack and more, as well as accommodating data transfer speeds up to 40Gbps.

More power to you

The 13.3-inch Yoga 730 (it's also available in a 15.6-inch size) I tested was just a step above the base configuration with a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8250U, 8GB of memory, integrated Intel UHD 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 $1,550, you can get it with a 1.8GHz Core i7-8550U, 16GB of memory and a 512TB PCIe SSD. There are currently no 4K UHD-resolution screen or 1TB PCIe SSD options, which were offered on the Yoga 720. 

The configuration I tested is more than 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. However, Playing the latest first-person shooter on ultra settings and editing high-resolution video are not in the cards. That said, it made quick work of some basic photo and video edits.

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 21 minutes, which isn't bad, but it is 25 minutes less than what we got with the Yoga 720. 

Under normal use you're probably not going to get through a full day without hooking up to your power supply or a USB-C power bank. The positive here it has a quick-charge feature that gets you two hours of battery life with only a 15-minute charge. 

Still one of the best you can get

Like its predecessor, the 13.3-inch Lenovo Yoga 730 has a premium look and feel, but with a smaller price tag. It's a pretty nice little two-in-one for students or the home office where some added flexibility comes in handy and a quality thin-and-light design is appreciated. 

Geekbench 4 multi-core

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Yoga (3rd)
14,301
HP EliteBook 1040 G4 (2017)
14,120
Lenovo Yoga 730-13
12,191
Lenovo Yoga 720-13
7,300
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2017)
7,014

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Multitasking multimedia test 3.0 (in seconds)

HP EliteBook 1040 G4 (2017)
236
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Yoga (3rd)
291
Lenovo Yoga 730-13
322
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2017)
734
Lenovo Yoga 720-13
1394

Note:

Shorter bars indicate better performance

Cinebench R15 multi-core

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Yoga (3rd)
658
HP EliteBook 1040 G4 (2017)
650
Lenovo Yoga 730-13
504

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Video-streaming battery drain test (in minutes)

HP EliteBook 1040 G4 (2017)
536
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2017)
536
Lenovo Yoga 720-13
526
Lenovo Yoga 730-13
501
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Yoga (3rd)
454

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

System configurations

Lenovo Yoga 730-13 Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8250U; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel UHD Graphics 620; 256GB SSD
Lenovo Yoga 720-13 Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel UHD Graphics 620; 256GB SSD
HP EliteBook 1040 G4 (2017) Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit); 2.9GHz Intel Core i7-7820HQ; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 630; 512GB SSD
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2017) Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.3GHz Intel Core i5-7Y75; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 615; 256GB SSD
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Yoga (3rd) Microsoft Windows Pro (64-bit); 1.9GHz Intel Core i7-8650U; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel UHD Graphics 620; 1TB SSD