Ultra-thin design, speedy performance


Unlike the bulky models in the ThinkPad series, Lenovo’s Yoga series brings a breath of fresh air with its slim and modern design lines. Lenovo Yoga S730 is the company’s flagship series, bringing users the latest features in a compact design. Today’s article will evaluate this machine in detail, thereby pointing out the pluses and minuses of the product line.

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Specifications of Lenovo Yoga S730

  • CPU: i7-8565U
  • GPUs: Intel UHD 620
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Memory: 512GB SSD
  • Screen: 13.3-inch, 1080p
  • Size: 307 x 210 x 11.9mm
  • Mass: 1.23 kg

Lenovo Yoga S730

Lenovo Yoga S730: Design

The Lenovo Yoga S730 is finished with a silver gray as the main color, giving it a modern and neutral look, suitable for all different working environments. With a thickness of only 11.9mm, the device is highly portable, allowing users to carry it anywhere with ease.

With a hinge system with moderate resistance, users can open the laptop with just one hand easily. The screen of the machine can be extended to a maximum angle of 180 degrees, which improves flexibility during actual use.

Opening the laptop, you can find a full-size keyboard on the body. The buttons of the keyboard set are finished in gray tones, giving a uniform look to the office laptop. Located below the keyboard is a spacious palm rest area, providing a comfortable working space for users.

Overall, the Lenovo Yoga S730 is a laptop with good build quality and a high level of finishing, giving it a solid feel in the hand.

Lenovo Yoga S730

Lenovo Yoga S730: Keyboard and touchpad

The keyboard set of the Lenovo Yoga S730 is neatly placed on the body, with the layout of the buttons arranged scientifically, helping me quickly get used to it after a short period of use.

The keyboard is illuminated by a 2-level lighting system below. The buttons on the keyboard are curved on the bottom edge, with a smooth flat finish and a fairly deep travel, providing an extremely comfortable typing experience.

The Lenovo Yoga S730 is one of the first Yoga models that is not equipped with touch screen technology nor does it support a stylus. This means that you will have to use the device’s touchpad to control the mouse pointer on the screen. The touchpad of the device is made of glass, with a length of 105 x 70 mm on both sides. Similar to the keyboard, the touchpad of the Lenovo Yoga S730 delivers good performance during use.

Lenovo Yoga S730: Screen

The screen of the Lenovo Yoga S730 is a 13.3-inch type with Full HD resolution, using an IPS panel. This is the only screen type of the machine. The machine delivers good display quality thanks to its ability to reproduce colors with high fidelity.

The Lenovo Yoga S730 display has a pixel density of 165 ppi. This is the standard level of models in the same price segment. The screen has a moderate brightness level of 290 nit, providing a good visual experience when used in places with little ambient light. Due to the lack of anti-glare treatment, the content on the screen will become more difficult to see if you use the laptop in a place with a lot of sunlight.

Lenovo Yoga S730: Performance

Lenovo Yoga S730 is sold with 1 of 2 chip lines, including Intel Core i5-8265U and Intel Core i7-8565U, 2 RAM versions including 8 and 16GB and 3 versions of internal memory including 256GB, 1TB and 2TB.

The configuration level of the machine is on par with other models in the same price segment. With this configuration level, the Lenovo Yoga S730 can handle all daily workloads, including web surfing, word processing, and so on. The machine has good multitasking ability, allowing me to easily interact with more than 30 Chrome tabs without experiencing any lag.

The version of the machine we review is the one using the i7-8565U chip and 8GB of RAM, achieving an overall performance score of 14394 when scored with Geekbench. The number of performance points that the machine can set is at the threshold that we pre-determined. However, there is a point to note that the performance level of the machine will be slightly reduced compared to the effect of the heat generated.

This shouldn’t be a problem if you’re only using the machine for basic tasks, but it will be a hindrance if you’re always using the machine to its fullest capacity.

The SSD of the machine is a high-speed type. In our test, the 512GB SSD of the Lenovo Yoga S730 can copy a 4.97GB file with an average data exchange rate of 643 MBps.

In the graphics area, the Lenovo Yoga S730 is equipped with an Intel UHD 620 GPU chip, providing a moderate level of processing performance during actual use. However, because it is not a dedicated gaming laptop model, you can only have light entertainment with low-profile games.

Lenovo Yoga S730: Battery life

According to the manufacturer, the Yoga S730’s battery life is estimated to be about 12 hours. To test the battery life of the device, we adjusted the screen brightness of the Yoga S730 to 120 nits (about 40% of the maximum brightness) and let the laptop run a 720p video loop until the power was turned off.

This test results in a battery life of 9 hours and 8 minutes, which is not a bad result, but worse than some models on the portable laptop market. For example, the Dell XPS 13 can last more than 11 hours when performing the same test.

We think the Yoga S730’s ultra-thin design leaves enough space inside to fit a larger battery, affecting the overall battery life of the laptop. However, with this level of battery life, users can still use the laptop for a long time before having to recharge the battery.

In the battery charging speed test, the device can recharge 77% of the battery life after just 1 hour.

Lenovo Yoga S730: Connector

The biggest limitation when it comes to connectivity of the Yoga S730 is the lack of a USB Type-A port. Due to possessing a slim body, the machine does not have enough space to equip this type of port on the body.

Users can find a total of 3 USB Type-C ports on the body, with 2 on the right edge and 1 located next to the headphone jack on the left edge. The two Type-C ports on the right side support DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity standards, while the other port supports Power Delivery, allowing users to charge the device’s battery through this port.

summary

The Lenovo Yoga S730 is a quality office laptop that makes a good impression thanks to its ultra-thin design. Similar to other Lenovo models on the market, the machine is equipped with a high-quality keyboard, providing a comfortable input experience. The screen of the machine is not large in size, but still provides a good visual experience thanks to its ability to display brilliant colors. The Yoga S730 is a good choice if you’re looking for a reliable office laptop.

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Plus mark

  • Slim design, high portability
  • Good performance
  • Durable build quality
  • Modern, luxurious look
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Fast battery charging speed

Minus point

  • Battery life is not really impressive

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