The Yoga 730 comes in two models:
A 13 inch variant, and
a 15 inch model.
They are pretty identical to last year’s 720, but there are some slight design tweaks, kinda all over it. There is a really nice change in back. It has these rounded edges which look much more modern and sleek. And this angular design on the hinges, also. Since it’s a Yoga, you can, of course, flip it around into tablet mode. But there’s a nice difference, when you hold it in one hand, there’s an angle here now too. Which makes it a little bit easier when you’re holding it one-handed. Yeah, it’s a little bit easier, so it’s nice. But otherwise, the hardware is pretty much the same. There’s still no Windows Hello camera, but there is a fingerprint reader. I also really love this copper color, but unfortunately its only available in Europe.
In the US you’re only gonna get gray and silver. Which, everybody has a gray and silver laptop. The computers start around $900. For that price, you’ll get an eighth gen i5 processor and a 1080p display. But, you can also add some customizations. You can go up to an i7 processor, 16 gigabytes of RAM.
On this model, you can also get a 512 gigabyte SSD, and on the 15 inch you can go up to a one terabyte SSD and add in a GTX 1050 GPU, which would be great if you’re doing some serious video editing, or even some gaming.
Lenovo’s estimating around 11 hours of battery life on the 1080p model. And one thing that’s really cool this year is that, Lenovo has built Alexa into these laptops. So they have far-field mics and when you have the laptop open, and you have to be logged in, you’ll be able to say, “Alexa,” and get your answers. So, you can choose between Alexa and Cortana if you want. It’s basically Amazon’s app built in, but its pretty cool that they built the hardware into this so that you can use Alexa properly. The computers have a mix between USB-C and USB-A ports. They support rapid charging and they’re gonna be available in April. It’s a really nice looking computer. And the real difference between this and the higher end 900 series model is mostly the design. And the design of this is pretty nice as it is.
If you were going to customize it, you can get a pretty good laptop inside this shell. One area it would have been nice to see Lenovo change this a bit, is the display. While the display looks pretty good, it has a really large bezel on the bottom. And, it’s too bad because it would have been nice to see them bring that down a bit and give us a different aspect ratio with a bit more screen space. (medium tempo drum beat) In addition to the Yoga 730, Lenovo’s also announcing the Flex 14 .
The Flex 14 is actually known as the Yoga 530
In Europe, quite confusing right?. But also it is kind of helpful because it lets you know that this is a little bit below the 730, as far as specs and build quality is concerned. And that’s basically what you’re getting. This is a very similar design to the 730, very similar specs if you pay enough. But you’re not getting all the same features. You don’t have Alexa, you don’t have far-field mics, and the build quality’s not quite as nice. But you can still see some of the changes here. It has these more rounded edges here and sloped hinge. One thing that I don’t like about this computer already is that it is extremely hard to open. You definitely can’t do it with one finger.
You really have to get a fingernail in and kinda pry it open. It’s a little bit of a workout. It’s like doing one of those hand-squeezy things. It’s very strange. But you do get extra ports in this laptop. You have USB-C, USB-A, HDMI and a full size SD card slot. Which is pretty nice. This laptop is gonna start in the $500 range. We don’t know exactly the specs that you’re gonna get for that price. But, if you’re willing to pay more, you can spec it up to an eighth gen i7 processor, 16 gigabytes of RAM. You can even add a GeForce MX 130 GPU. Unfortunately, though, you’re gonna be stuck with a 1080p display.