Lenovo Yoga 700 14″ Review

Flip The Screen Without Breaking The Bank

Convertible laptops are slowly growing in popularity but no one does this form factor better than Lenovo. With improvements in battery life, performance, and the keyboard, Lenovo has made a pretty solid machine. Is it worth picking up? Let’s find out.

Specs*

  • 14” 1920×1080 IPS Display
  • Intel Core i5 Processor – 2.3GHz
  • 8GB DDR3L RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • USB 3.0/USB 2.0

*as reviewed



Hardware

The Yoga 700 is made from a plastic body that’s pretty simple. It’s got a basic design that’s thin, grippy, and very portable. The interior houses a metal palm rest which is cool to the touch. Overall, it’s a solid design, one that I like quite a lot. As with the rest of Lenovo’s Yoga lineup, the 700 can have it’s 14” display flip around 360° to be used as a tablet or stand it up as a “tent” for watching movies and such.

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Overall the Yoga 700’s hardware is solid, but it’s not without flaws. The most notable issue I ran into was that the edge of the device is very “sharp”. It’s a bit hard to describe exactly how it feels, but long story short, it’s very uncomfortable when typing anywhere other than a desk. However that little ridge does play a role. When you’re using the 700 in its tablet mode that ridge keeps the keyboard keys and trackpad off of the surface you place the computer down on. There are other minor complaints on the hardware front too, but they’re extremely minor.

Software/Performance

Packed inside this 14” machine is an Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM. It’s not the most powerful computer on the market today, but there’s far more you can do with this machine then you can’t do. I can easily play games on this machine without any issues and multi-tasking is a breeze.

What really helps speed up this machine however is the solid state drive for storage. Boot up is extremely quick and everything you do feels quick. It really makes a huge difference compared to last year’s Yoga 14 which had the same specs aside from that drive.

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Trackpad/Keyboard

One great aspect of this computer is the keyboard. The keys are extremely well-spaced and they are fairly tactile. They aren’t exactly “mushy” but they also aren’t the best ever. One of the best aspects however is that these keys are wonderfully backlit. They are very easy to type on in a dark room and they look great. This is a very solid keyboard that’s easy to type on and quick to get used to.

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The trackpad is also very nice. It’s tactile and accurate, however it’s also not without flaws. When the laptop is being used on an uneven surface it makes the trackpad a bit tough to click. This laptop isn’t alone in this issue, but it’s never a good one to see.

Display

The 14” 1080p on this laptop is great. Colors and viewing angles are solid and everything looks nice on screen, but the one downside is the brightness. Compared to other laptops this display is a bit dim in my opinion. This isn’t an issue in an indoor setting, but take this machine outdoors and you’ll probably have a tough time seeing what’s on your display even in indirect sunlight.

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The touchscreen on this computer is also very good. It’s not quite as good as a standard tablet or smartphone, but overall it’s pretty good.

Battery Life

When using Google Chrome all day this machine can get you about 10 hours of nearly constant usage. That included the brightness set at around 65% and the backlight for the keyboard turned on. I’m fairly satisfied with the battery life on the Yoga 700 although it would be great if it lasted just a bit longer.

Final Thoughts

Overall the Lenovo Yoga 700 is a pretty solid machine. It’s powerful, fast, easy to use, and it has good battery life. It checks just about every box I have for a laptop and with a starting price of $799, it’s a pretty solid deal. The 700 is on sale direct from Lenovo, but also from Best Buy.

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