We’re going to try something a little new and give the Yoga 730 an express review really focused on the real world things that make us love or hate a notebook. Let us know if we cover everything you want to know.
The Yoga 730 might just be the perfect 2 in 1 for the average joe. It has nice durable built quality, a nice display, it flips into a tablet with a pen with decent performance and battery life.
The display is beautiful, 4K with good color gamut & high contrast ratio meaning Netflix and binge never looked so good. We do with it could go a bit brighter so you’ll want to avoid that window seat with direct sunlight. That glossy display catches the glare!
When it comes to watching Netflix I do have a criticism, I thought the speaker could be louder and have more bass.
If you’re looking for a notebook to type your novella we like the trackpad it’s comfortable. The keyboard is good, we got used to it but we would have liked it if the keys were a little more firm. There is a more flex then I’d like. It’s also sold in most countries it comes with a digitizer pen and of course, it’s a touchscreen because it turns into a tablet.
The performance is perfect for anyone who needs their device to step up and handle a graphically intense program. If you’re a designer, it’ll do, but you should step up to a more professional device. You can also upgrade the SSD easily on your own if you have a Phillips T5 screwdriver. This is a feature that isn’t very common in notebooks anymore these days.
If you want to know if you can game on this, BioShock Infinity (2013) runs ok on high settings 30fps. Rose of the Tomb Raider (2016) on low gets 16fps, so not good. Civilization VI (2016) on low hits 35fps on low, so usable but on medium 16fps. This isn’t a gaming device.
For those that are sensitive to how noisy a laptop is when it’s under full load it’s 40dB (according to a sound meter on my phone), this is clearly audible. But it’s not so loud that I found it bothersome, and the whirling is at a high frequency so I found it even less disturbing. At idle or normal load it’s 30dB, which I don’t notice.
If you work with your laptop on your lap how hot it gets will be something you’ll want to pay attention to. It gets warm directly in the center.
When it comes to battery life when you’re surfing the web you should get 6 hours, playing video you’ll see 7.5hr. Charge time isn’t the quickest, 2 hours from 0 to full. This is for the 4k version, if you got the 1080p edition I’d expect to add 10-15% more time. It’ll be good for someone who needs a device to have enough battery to work on the go, but isn’t expecting more than the occasional long flight or extended coffee shop session.
When it comes to connectivity the Yoga 730 comes with two USB Type-C ports and a headphone jack on the left side and a single regular USB port on the right side. The Yoga 730 does not feature an SD card reader or an HDMI port. More demanding users will probably not be satisfied with this limited selection of ports. We like that both Type-C ports comes with Thunderbolt 3 because which allows for more flexibility in plugging in external displays and media devices.
If you’d forgotten WiFi performance isn’t equal and how it works depends on the quality of the components. We found that receiving performance is good, so downloading is strong but the sending performance isn’t as strong. This means that if you spend a lot of time sending large files, you might want to think twice, but for downloading, videos are large files this is your device.
Security features come loaded, Windows hello is alive and kicking with a fingerprint reader with touch technology. It’s integrated into the palm rest.
The Lenovo Yoga 730 starts at an affordable 1000EUR but in the US you can get it starting at $720 which we found a little surprising because the build quality just seemed so premium.