Review of Lenovo Yoga 730 2-in-1 Laptop

The Lenovo Yoga 730 is a great notebook with a 2-in-1 foldable design; the keyboard folds away thanks to 360-degree hinges so you can forget about work for a while.

PRO

  • High quality metal housing
  • SSD is easy to upgrade
  • 4K display with wide colour spectrum and high contrast ratio
  • Pleasant trackpad
  • Supports the use of a stylus
  • High quality workmanship justifies the price
  • Everyday performance is good and the device always remains quiet

Cons

  • Limited choice for connectivity
  • Due to the pronounced corners and edges, the device may feel a little sharp.
  • The keystroke is a bit too soft
  • The screen is not bright enough for direct sunlight
  • Speakers could be better
  • Average battery life

In this quick test we would like to focus on the usage aspects that make a notebook a good or bad device for us.

The Lenovo Yoga 730 is possibly the perfect 2-in-1 notebook for normal users. It has a high quality finish, the screen is great, performance and battery life are decent and it turns into a tablet with a stylus in no time at all.

The fantastic 4K display offers a good color spectrum and delivers high contrast – never before have Amazon Prime/Hotstar/Disney+/Netflix series looked so beautiful on a notebook. However, the screen could well be a little brighter, so avoid a window seat in direct sunlight if possible. The glossy display is also very reflective.

Speaking of web series, the loudspeakers should be a bit louder and deliver a little more bass.

If you’re looking for a notebook on which you can easily write entire novels, the Yoga 730 is a good choice. The trackpad is easy to use and the keyboard is also good, although the keystroke is a bit too soft for my taste. As requirement for a 2-in-1 notebook, a touchscreen is of course built in. In most countries, a stylus is also included.

The performance is great. The Yoga 730 has enough power even for graphics-intensive applications. Only professional graphic designers should perhaps look for a more powerful device. The SSD is very easy to replace, all you need is a T5 screwdriver, a feature that is unfortunately becoming increasingly rare these days.

BioShock Infinite (2013) runs at 30 frames per second in the highest settings, while Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) only manages a measly 16 frames per second even in the lowest settings. Civilization VI (2016) achieves a usable 35 fps on low settings, but even with medium graphics options this figure drops to just 16 fps. In short, the Yoga 730 is not a gaming notebook.

The Yoga 730 reaches an audible noise level of 40 dB (measured with a smartphone app) under full load. Overall, I don’t find the high-frequency whirring of the fans annoying, though. Under normal load or idle, the value is barely audible at 30 dB.

If you want to work with the notebook in your lap, you should note that the Yoga 730 can become noticeably warm in the middle.

The battery life is 6 hours when surfing and 7.5 hours when playing videos. Charging from zero to 100 percent takes about two hours, which isn’t necessarily the fastest charging time.

However, the battery life values are only valid for the 4K version of the Yoga 730, and you can expect about 10 to 15 percent more battery life on the 1080p model. Overall, the battery life is sufficient for people who want to work on the road, but who rarely go on long-haul flights or spend long hours working in a café.

On the left side of the Yoga 730 there are two USB type C ports and a headphone jack, on the right side you will find a normal USB port. An SD card reader and an HDMI port are unfortunately missing. More demanding users may not be satisfied with this limited selection of ports. However, we like the fact that both type C ports are equipped with Thunderbolt 3. This provides more flexibility when it comes to external monitors and storage devices.

We also took a look at the WLAN performance. After all, it varies from device to device and depends on the quality of the components installed. The reception quality and download speeds of the Lenovo Yoga 730 are good. The built-in WLAN module only weakens a bit in terms of uploads. If you frequently send large files, you should think twice before buying, but for people who regularly download videos or other large files, the Yoga 730 is a good choice.

Some security features are also on board. Windows Hello uses the fingerprint sensor with touch technology, which is integrated into the palm rest.

Prices for the Lenovo Yoga 730 is quite high. It is certainly above INR 50000. Ideally INR 30000 is the right budget for buying laptops for office, work and student.

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