Lenovo - Yoga 720 2-in-1 15.6" 4K Ultra HD Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Quad Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 512GB SSD - Platinum Silver

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Touch screenCombine portable entertainment and productivity with this 15.6-inch Lenovo Yoga laptop. Its Intel Core i7 and 16GB of RAM smoothly handle high-bandwidth activity, such as 4K UHD media streaming and working with Windows 10 office programs. This Lenovo Yoga laptop has 512GB SSD storage, and its 360-degree hinge lets you switch easily between notebook and tablet modes. The wide-angle touch-screen display of this Lenovo Yoga laptop has ultra-thin bezels to let you see more of your videos.

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    • 4-cell battery
    • Lenovo Yoga 720 2-in-1 15.6" 4K Ultra HD Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Quad Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 512GB SSD
    • Power adapter

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    86% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (581 out of 682)

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    Features


    • Intel 7th Generation Core i7

    Windows 10 operating system

    Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen. Learn more ›

    Built for Windows Ink

    Enjoy Ink driven experiences in apps like Office, Messenger, Microsoft Edge, as well as apps from brands like Adobe. Windows Ink is integrated with Illustrator to bring you an intuitive pen experience. Pen sold separately.

    15.6" touch screen for hands-on control

    3840 x 2160 native resolution. Natural finger-touch navigation makes the most of Windows 10. IPS technology. LED backlight.

    7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ mobile processor

    Powerful quad-core processing performance.

    16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming

    Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.

    512GB solid state drive (SSD)

    While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.

    360° flip-and-fold design

    Offers four versatile modes — laptop, tablet, tent and stand. Lenovo Transition automatically switches specific applications to full screen when changing from PC to tablet, tent or stand position.

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics

    Backed by dedicated video memory for a fast, advanced GPU. Render multiple videos, play advanced games, edit photos — or do all three at once.

    Windows Mixed Reality Ultra Ready

    Push your gaming and VR exhilaration to the limit with Windows Mixed Reality Ultra. This PC is compatible with Windows Mixed Reality headsets.Learn more ›

    Weighs 4.41 lbs. and measures 0.8" thin

    Ultraportable design, featuring a smaller screen size and omitting the DVD/CD drive to achieve the compact form factor. Lithium-ion battery.

    Bluetooth interface syncs with compatible devices

    Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the laptop and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.

    1 USB Type-C port

    To maximize performance on the latest high-speed devices.

    SuperSpeed 10Gbs USB 3.1 port

    Ultra-fast data connections to transfer large files rapidly.

    2 USB 3.0 ports maximize the latest high-speed devices

    USB 3.0 ports are backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices (at 2.0 speeds).

    Thunderbolt port for connecting advanced monitors and external drives

    This single interface supports both high-speed data and high-def video — plus power over cable for bus-powered devices — ideal for digital content creators.

    Next-generation wireless connectivity

    Connects to your network or hotspots on all current Wi-Fi standards. Connect to a Wireless-AC router for speed nearly 3x faster than Wireless-N.

    Built-in HD webcam with two microphones

    Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.

    Built-in fingerprint reader

    Streamlines security settings for quick, typo-free access.

    Basic software package included

    30-days trial of Microsoft Office 365.

    Additional port

    Headphone/microphone combo jack.

    Note: This laptop does not include a built-in DVD/CD drive.

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    Customer rating

    4.3
    86%
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    Expert rating

    3.9

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Best Ultrabook Under $1,500!!!

      Posted
      AndroidPurity
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I bought this computer from Lenovo's website directly about 4 weeks ago. As soon as Lenovo announced this laptop at MWC and i saw the specs and the price point, then I knew it was going to be worth the wait until it was released in April. Overall I was right, now that i have had this lap top a few weeks I absolutely love it! I will go over each category so everyone looking at this laptop can get an idea of how amazing this laptop is for the price. Build Quality: 10/10 The entire laptop structure is all aluminium. The back of the lid, the bottom, and the inside. The only thing not aluminium are the keys, but the keys still look and feel very premium. The aluminium is also pretty thick, when pressing on the keyboard area or the lid, then there is barely any flexing. Only thing I would change is wish there was no gap or less gap between the lid and base when it is folded back in tablet mode. But that is a very minor thing. So overall build quality is very premium! Performance: 10/10 First let me make sure you all understand a couple things. This is the FIRST 2 in 1 laptop ever with a quad core processor. This is also the FIRST 2 in 1 laptop ever with a 10 series (1050) Nvidia GPU. So this is a ground breaking laptop for the market like no other laptop. With that out of the way, with the combination of the new quad core i7700hq, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, and a Nvidia 1050 GPU, this thing flies!!! I have had multiple chrome tabs open, and multiple applications open, and while playing a video at 4K, and I never saw any frame drops or freezing or stuttering. This machine is very powerful! The fans will of course kick on under moderate or heavy loads, but I have not found the fans to be loud at all. Just a very light swish noise. Barely noticeable at all. Graphics: 8/10 This is the 1 area I have not really tested. I have not tested any games but it definitely plays 4K videos very smooth. I am not really a gamer on computers, I got this with the graphics so I can edit 4K video in the near future. If you would like to know how the graphics perform on this then just watch any graphics review of the Dell XPS 15 because it has the same processor and same graphics card. So the gaming and graphics performance of this Yoga 720 should be nearly identical to the XPS 15. My only critque of the graphics would be I wish it had 4GB of RAM for the 1050 graphics card (like the Dell XPS 15 has) instead of 2GB RAM. Thats why I knocked ot down to 8/10. BUT that shouldn't affect editing 4K video. This should still be very smooth if you do video editing or 3D rendering. I suspect the only thing that it should effect is very high graphics games (tomb raider, witcher 3, ect), they will maybe be just 2-4 FPS less than the Dell XPS 15 when gaming. So not a huge deal if you aren't a frequent computer gamer. Display: 9/10 This is a 3840 x 2160 (4K) display. The colors are very accurate. Nothing looks washed out and nothing looks over saturated. The display is very colorful. So it is great for watching 4K videos/movies, and really good for photo editing, and really good for 4K video editing. I wish it was a bit more saturated with color, but that is more of a personal preference. Keyboard/Track Pad: 9/10 The keyboard is very good! The keys have a shallow travel but not too shallow. Right in that sweet spot I think. There is pretty good tactile feedback with just very light sounding clicks. It is a joy to type on. Some people reported issues with the trackpad having issues. Like it just stops responding until you lift your finger and touch it again. But I have not experienced that on mine. So either that was just a few affected or it was fixed with driver updates earlier. I did experience click and drag not work correctly a couple times, but since this is a Microsoft Precision trackpad driver I am sure any remaining kinks will get worked out very soon. Also this has a finger print sensor to log into Windows with. It has worked flawless every single time! Battery 8/10 It contains a 72whr battery. So a pretty good size! However since it is a quad core, with discrete graphics, and with a 4K display, then battery times can vary widely if you're doing gaming, rendering, or video editing. According to Windows battery report I have been averaging 5 hours and 36 minutes of screen time which was done with browsing, and media consumption. But when youre doing anything with graphics expect about half that. Overall 5 hours 35 minutes for a 4K display is pretty good! Input/Output: 8/10 This has 1 USB 3.1 Type C port which also has Thunderbolt 3 support! However I been informed by Lenovo tech support it only has 2 lanes. So only 20GB per second total. The biggest impact that will have means you will only be able to run one 4K external monitor off it, instead of two. That was dsiappointing and I am not sure why Lenovo did that when this has a quad core processor could have handled 4 lanes. Anyways this also has 2 USB type A ports that are 3.0. So that is nice they don't waste space with any old 2.0 ports. Also good because you won't need to use any dongles/adapaters during the market transition to all USB Type c eventually. Having both Type A and C ports, the best of borth worlds! There is no HDMI or Display port, but to me this is okay because the Thunderbolt 3 port can be used as a display port, so no big deal. Also a little dissapointing there is no SD Card slot. Speakers: 8/10 These are really great speakers that also have Dolby Atmos too. So the speakers are very clear, crisp, and loud! I never noticed any distorition. The only issue I have with them is they are downward facing in laptop mode. They also could use a bit more bass. Still overall they are way better than most laptop speakers. SUMMARY: So there is only 3 cons about this laptop, the speakers are downward facing instead of upward, the GPU has 2GB instead of 4GB, and the Thunderbolt 3 port has 2 lanes instead of 4. So overall this laptop is really good in every category. There is not 1 aspect of this laptop that sucks or is just okay. So that makes this laptop excellent considering every aspect is really good. If you compare this Lenovo Yoga 720 to the Dell XPS 15, the specs are nearly identical. Both have a premium build (Lenovo more premium because more aluminium), both have same processor, both have same amount of DDR4 RAM, both have same size PCIe SSD, both have same GPU, and both have 4K resolution displays. The only 3 things the Dell XPS 15 has better is the display has slightly more color range, the battery life is about 20% better, and it has 2GB more of RAM for the GPU. But on the other hand the Lenovo Yoga 720 has a way better webcam cause its better quality and the Lenovo actually has its webcam at the top of the display... instead of at the bottom of the display looking up your nose like the XPS 15 webcam. Also the Lenovo has a little better speakers as well. So considing the Lenovo Yoga 720 and Dell XPS 15 have nearly identical specs with only a couple minor differences, then clearly the Lenovo Yoga 720 is a wayyyy better deal because it is only $1,399 and the XPS 15 with the same specs is $1,999. So almost the same thing for $600 LESS. So if youre comparing the XPS 15 and Lenovo Yoga 720, and you want the best deal, then this is by far the better deal for a powerful and beautiful laptop! Also even if money isn't an option and you use your webcam regularly, then I recommend this Yoga 720 over the XPS 15 too.

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        Lenovo Product Expert

        Thank you for choosing the Lenovo Yoga 720-15. We are pleased to hear that the value, features and performance of the Yoga 720-15 meet both your expectations and computing needs so well. lenovo

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great laptop for the price

      Posted
      Benjamin

      I purchased this laptop nearly 2 weeks ago in store, and I am in love. I upgraded to this laptop from an HP which I purchased a couple of years ago, and out of the box the difference between the two was immediately noticeable. Whether you purchased this laptop for schoolwork, your job, gaming, or just for casual use, you will not be disappointed. This machine will fulfill all of your needs and then some. Let's start with the memory. The SSD is wonderful to have, and I really think that this is what makes the laptop so great. Boot times are basically nonexistent for most apps, and the 512Gb storage space is enough to store most of the essentials I need on a computer. Granted, some heavier games or complicated pieces of software might take as much as 30 seconds to completely boot, but this, to me, has been a rare occurrence. For those who wish for a little more storage space, you can purchase a solid 1Tb HDD on amazon for around 60$, which is worth it in my opinion. The processor is also very nice, in my opinion. The 7th gen i7 Quad Core works wonderfully, I I have no complaints. The 16Gb of RAM is pretty OK for the price, it get's the job done. I feel like 32Gb of RAM would really make this laptop shine, but that's just my own opinion. Windows 10 also works really well (duh), and it runs fine on this laptop. Nothing else to say on the matter. The touchscreen is nice, but I haven't really used it much. To be honest, I don't want to smudge the display. I did mess around with it for an hour or so, (and promptly wiped down my screen after I was done) and I find the touch to be very responsive and intuitive. There are some quirks, but I'm sure some of the controls can be remapped within the settings, I didn't really check. The display looks great, there are a few issues that I noticed, but I am going to address them in the graphics card section. The graphics card (GPU) in this beast is an NVIDIA GTX 1050. This card probably adds a few hundred bucks onto the cost already, since it is a fairly alright card. It is a little dated, but it will run most games at medium-high graphics perfectly fine. (I tested Witcher 3, No Man's Sky and GTA V and they all ran pretty well at medium-high settings.) The thing is, in addition to the NVIDIA GPU, there is an integrated graphics card (I have no clue as to what it is) and this thing seems to be the default for nearly every application I put onto this thing. This is not nearly as powerful as the NVIDIA card, and has difficulty dealing with higher stress applications. Even with Google Chrome (which was the first thing I downloaded onto this laptop, and I highly recommend any purchaser to do the same) there were some issues. Most prominent was some image fuzziness (which can be attributed to my wireless connection as well) and some screen flickering in-browser. (That's not exactly what happened, it was something more akin to the whites and the grays on webpages flickering every minute or so) There were some issues with gameplay as well, because all of the games I had downloaded onto this laptop were auto-set to run off of the integrated graphics. This was easily remedied by going into the NVIDIA Control Panel and going to "3D Settings" and manually selecting the GTX 1050 for all of my most used and most power-hungry applications. I have had no issues since then. The fan is pretty much always running, the laptop can get fairly hot sometimes. (Not surprising) This isn't an issue for me personally, but when running applications with a high graphics requirement the GTX 1050's built in fan can be pretty loud, at least when the application is booting up. The keyboard is nice and responsive, it feels great to use. I don't personally like touchpads, but thankfully I had a USB mouse. The battery is pretty good, usually will last 30 minutes to an hour over it's estimated time if you're not running very power hungry applications, with a full charge it can last 3-6 hours, based on what you are doing. This is when the computer is on medium-low brightness, and low power mode is off. The backlighting on the keyboard is very nice, I like it. This laptop comes with 2 USB 2.0 ports and a USB 3.0 port, all of which I have a use for. I own an external HDD which plugs into the USB 3.0 port, and my mouse takes up one of the USB 2.0 ports. There is no ethernet port, so I had to purchase a USB-Ethernet adapter, which has consumed my final USB 2.0 port. (You can purchase one of these adapters on Amazon for 10-25 dollars, depending on what quality you are looking for). The headphone jack and in-house audio are pretty good, the sound quality is decent for what it is. The Bluetooth functions quite well also. The fingerprint reader is a godsend, it makes logging into your computer take only a second or two. You can create a password or a 4 digit PIN as well should you choose not to use the fingerprint reader. Lastly, the wireless on this laptop is pretty good, it connected to my modem just fine. I have noticed a bug where randomly the wireless will disconnect from the modem, and be unable to reconnect even if the network is available, but a hard restart should make this problem go away. There was some bloatware pre-packaged with this computer, but uninstalling it was easy enough. Windows does like to pre-set a lot of stuff for it's users, so I took about an hour to set up my preferences, obviously if you're fine with Window's defaults then you don't have to do this, though I would recommend taking a look around the laptop settings menu just in case. Overall, this laptop is pretty decent for the prince it's at, the GPU is amazing and will run nearly anything at medium graphics or above, the screen looks beautiful and the touch is very responsive. The storage is lacking a bit, and there are some issues with it out of the box concerning wireless and the GPU, but these can be easily remedied and have not impacted my experience in an overly negative way. The issues I have had with it, as well as the fact that I have had to purchase an HDD and an ethernet adapter are what prevent me from giving this laptop 5 stars, but if you need a laptop that will run most anything and you don't mid having to deal with some minor glitches, this laptop is for you. For the price I bought it at (on sale, in store, this laptop cost 1300$ with tax) this laptop will do everything you ask of it and more.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Capable Productivity Machine for Multimedia

      Posted
      secondbushome
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      My return period recently ended so I guess I am keeping the laptop. No reason popped up that would have made me return it and I was definitely looking for a reason to be dissatisfied. Spending 1K on a laptop is quite a commitment and luckily Lenovo made it easy to decide. This laptop is great in many ways: it has an awesome true 4K display (none of that pentile BS) that will get bright enough to make your eyes water. Despite 4K being more or less a luxury and not a necessity, they do generally provide a much higher color gamut accuracy than the FHD screens that normally come with these laptops. Images are clear, sharp, bright, and realistic-looking. The trackpad is so comfortable that I have been using it rather than my wireless mouse. It is really responsive and precise, with just enough friction to make it usable but not too much that pointing feels rough. The keyboard is okay, I am not a huge fan of it. It is a bit shallow and does not have a 10-key num-pad which is disappointing. On the bright side, it is backlit and otherwise does not get in the way of typing. Build quality is very good. Whole lotta metal with its powdered aluminum chassis, it feels stiff and durable. Hinges are decent, the display will stay put which ever position you put it though the screen will wobble some when you tap on it. Laptop is a little on the heavy side and is a bit awkward to use in tablet mode due to its weight and bulky 15.6" size, but that is an issue with any 2-in-1 this size. If you are really big on using tablet mode with a laptop, 13.3" or smaller is recommended. However, when you do use it, it is pretty amazing scrolling on that large 4K touch display as a tablet, awkwardness and weight aside. Battery life: When I use it on battery it seems to drain around 15% per hour while doing light productivity work like browsing and watching YouTube with the screen at 75% brightness. I don't really push it beyond that on battery so I can't really say how long a game would run on battery All in all, it meets Lenovo's battery life claims. No HDMI port, but you could use the USB-C port for video output to HDMI with an adapter. It is Thunderbolt, though limited to 2xPCIe rather than the full 4x. I still have not come across any limitations to this and am not planning on using a eGPU anytime soon though from videos, I have seen it is still possible on 2x. Fans: They do come on and off with varying speed. However, they have that whisper quiet sound that is not annoying at all. No whine, more white noise-y. Any ambient noise would drown them out. That black bar issue. The elephant in the room since it is unknown whether it was actually fixed or not. So far, I luckily have not experienced it. I did notice a lot of BestBuy demo units did have it though and one laptop I saw was manufactured as late as Oct 2017. Current units are manufactured much more recently, mine in April 2018. Whether or not this is something that may pop up in the future, I am uncertain. Best recommendation is to check whether you live in the same area as a Lenovo Service Center before buying as it would save the hassle of having to ship to somewhere to get it serviced. It is an issue that Lenovo would cover under warranty. Performance: This is the main point I wanted to share. Performance is good out of the box but it is NOT fully optimized. You can get better performance using ThrottleStop without doing much besides changing a few settings. First thing: Undervolt it. This lowers the power voltage going to the CPU and thus reduces heat and throttling. You can undervolt the CPU, CPU cache, and the onboard graphics chip. I have it set to -0.1475, -0.1475, and -0.1826, respectively (note these are NEGATIVE values). Next thing: ENABLE SpeedShift. For some reason, this isn't enabled by default and cannot be adjusted in the BIOS. Luckily you can turn it on in ThrottleStop. After enabling it, set a value between 0-128. 128 is good for when you use it on battery, 0 is max performance. Basically the CPU will maintain max speeds all the time and not downclock like it does by default. It is great if you use it plugged it and don't have to worry about power consumption. In ThrottleStop you can save separate profiles for AC use and Battery use and I personally have SpeedShift set to 0 and 128, respectively. I have not come across any heat issues using this. Third thing: You may or may not want to enable TurboBoost. It is disabled by default. TurboBoost would allow you to hit speeds of up to 3.8 GHz. Combined with SpeedShift set to 0, the laptop will be running at around 3.6 GHz all the time. The only issue with TurboBoost is that if you are doing a high-intensive task over an extended period of time, you will hit high temps that will cause the CPU to throttle itself. If you are doing a lot of gaming, it is better to leave it disabled. For day-to-day light productivity like browsing, enabling it will make programs open faster and work more smoothly. Of course you can set separate profiles for these different uses in ThrottleStop. For a better tutorial on all this stuff, I recommend watching OWNorDisown's videos on Youtube. He specifically uses this laptop as a guide to Undervolting and also provides benchmarks on all the effects of these settings in his laptop review. Highly recommend checking it out.

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        Lenovo Product Expert

        Thank you for choosing the Lenovo Yoga 720-15 4K model. This model does have one Thunderbolt port on it. It is a 4-line speed just like the Yoga 720-13 model. The Yoga 720-15 weighs 4.41 lbs. and measures 0.8" thin. We are pleased to hear that the Yoga 720-15 is working out so well. lenovo

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Why I bought the Yoga 720 (over HP Spectre)

      Posted
      DD55346
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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Review from a Network Administrator. Basically, my old Dell laptop died so I needed a replacement. I hadn't purchased a laptop in 5 years so I researched. As a Net Admin, I've supported IBM/Lenovo, Dell, and HP laptops in the past and have had good luck with all those manufacturers. I didn't rule out second-tier vendors such as Asus but they weren't my core focus. Don't get me wrong, if there was a second-tier vendor that met my requirements at a compelling cost point (which there wasn't), I would have considered it. My requirements: 15.6" screen, quad core processor, 12GB RAM (minimum), about $1,000, and a tactile keyboard/trackpad that didn't feel mushy. SSD was a nice to have but I do a lot of Photoshop so I wanted a bigger hard drive. Why those requirements worked for me: For me, 13" screens are too tiny and 17" screens are too massive. I tend to keep my laptops a long time so a quad core would help keep things running swiftly, even with a constant onslaught of patches, security updates, and fatter software applications. In addition to Lightroom/Photoshop, I do some light gaming as well. As you know, there are a ton of different laptop configurations/sizes/pricing out there. My requirements may not work for you (maybe you want a 17" screen, totally fine) but those listed requirements work perfectly for me. Why I chose the Yoga 720: As you see, my requirements were really specific and frankly, there weren't a lot of options to choose from. As I researched, it eventually dawned on me I might as well get a 2-1/convertible laptop. The price was a little more, true, but it gave a lot more flexibility how I could use the device (tablet mode, etc.) Yoga 720 v. HP Spectre: I really struggled deciding between these two laptops. The quad core HP Spectre with its gold trim is the sexiest laptop on the planet. It has comparable stats, beautiful curves, good weight, and definitely looks better than the Yoga 720 from an eyeball standpoint. There were two problems with the Spectre: 1) The model I wanted was over $1,500 (this was at Best Buy, January 2018) and 2) the HP Spectre trackpad was by far the most frustrating trackpad I have ever used. The trackpad is just too big for its own good, left clicks turn into right clicks, etc. Super annoying. I really tried to enjoy the Spectre but the trackpad killed all enjoyment. What should have been joy degraded to frustration. Yoga 720 Use: I've owned the 720 about a month and love it. I just wish it came in the darker color like the Yoga 710. I think I paid around $1,200 for it (again, Best Buy, January 2018).

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        Lenovo Product Expert

        Thank you for choosing the Lenovo Yoga 720-15. We are pleased to hear that the value, features and performance of the Yoga 720-15 meets your computing needs so well. lenovo

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great, once tweaked

      Posted
      hometech99
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Very good machine..I'm really enjoying the speed, size and performance. It is big...you don't notice it as a laptop, but in tablet mode, and converting it back and forth, it is a little cumbersome. Smaller hands should watch out--be sitting down on a couch/bed, or at a table when converting it so there's a soft landing if you drop it. Make sure you have a good hold on it. I usually use it in tablet mode when sitting and using a Lenovo Pen, and have another book open. As a laptop, the keys feel nice and responsive. The 4k display is really nice. The text clarity is awesome..I was going to go with the 1080 version, but the text on the 4K did it. I did run through the ClearType set up in Windows to get it how I want it. Yes..the sound isn't there...you need headphones or an external speaker. I wasn't getting it for that. I needed a fast CPU, NVME drive, 2 in 1, >13 but <17 " screen. When you research these laptops, you can't just see what CPU it has, then go on Intel's site and see the specs. Manufacturers lock down the speed to keep heat down, and battery up. You have that here too...Turbo mode is disabled. Ok with that..FAN NOISE--yep...you know why? The cooling system is not effective in pulling heat off the the CPU/GPU. In this machine, it simply came down to the thermal paste between the processors and the heatsink...it is either it is poor quality and/or not optimally applied. Do this...obtain a small tube of Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut Thermal Grease Paste - 1.0 Gram. Pay Geeksquad $40 to re-paste the CPU and GPU with the large-blob method, or do yourself..only if you are highly experienced, and already own a high-quality T5 screwdriver, and ArctiClean 1 and 2. Excessive fan noise gone. Really. Instead, just a slow steady heat coming out the back. Fan only kicks up some (not full blast) when running my database analysis, then back down due the that great Intel Speed Shift Technology! So, the fan can now remove more heat at lower speeds. Ok great..how do we get our Turbo and higher speeds that i7700HQ is capable of back? You can supposedly enable the Turbo mode in the BIOS. Instead, Google the article about Throttlestop by Douglas Black. Safe, step-by-step with instructions (although, I do keep BD PROCHOT enabled.) I have a "new" machine. I almost never hear the fan..only when a research app I run is doing a massive data search and analysis..it kicks up a little bit. Meanwhile, a quiet, steady stream of warm air goes out the back when running intermediate horsepower requiring programs....and temps never reach what they did before the thermal repasting. Temps down. Speeds up. Battery life up. (I'm in battery mode now, with 18% remaining and 1hr 20 min left, doing internet work...and yes, its been accurate.) You want to kick it out the park? (although, too expensive I think for the return)...people worry about the SSD speed throttling. In normal use, you probably won't have or notice this at all. But if you are pickayune , and must sleep at night...pick up a $22 pack of 1.5mm Fujipoly thermal strip (I told you expensive.) Gamersnet has shown that you want to cool the SSD controller, not the storage chips. They like some heat. So, while Geeksquad is repasting your CPU/GPU, have them cut 2 pices off the strip the size of the Polaris controller chip by the SSD connector, and stack them on top of the Polaris chip. That 3mm will juuuust nicely contact the strip of GrafTech eGRAF® SPREADERSHIELD™ SS500 Graphite that Lenovo has attached to the inside of the aluminum casing, without exerting damaging downward force on the chip (I have calipers to measure ;) . Now that is some heat spreading for the Polaris chip! I havent stress tested my drive to see the highest temp (I want it to last), but there is a slightly warm area under the laptop right at that spot..so it is working. Love it. Got one for my highschooler video creator for his Sony Vegas, and one for me to replace my 6-year old Asus that really wasn't made to be a "laptop." I use the Yoga on the couch, outside bench, desk, etc. When using it in laptop mode and doing research with other books open, I type, use the pen, and hit the touchscreen..with all the input methods available, my workflow has increased significantly.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Nice laptop, but not perfect

      Posted
      Bevo0000
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      First let me say I purchase and use a lot of hardware, Macs and PC's I purchased this specifically for a .NET development project I am working at the moment so my needs were - Performance - Nice screen - Nice keyboard/trackpad - Complete MS stack compatibility Secondary needs were battery life and weight General observations This is not a Macbook by any means. It does come closer than most PC's I have used, but in the end of the day it is still Windows and a PC with all that entails. However, if you are on a budget and want something nice that is fast or you just need to be in the Microsoft ecosystem, this is a good buy. Cons Not many but I have noticed a couple of quibbles - Fan noise, if you leave the fan setting in the BIOS on its default performance setting the fan kicks in if the CPU's are at 25% utilization or higher and they can be noisy. You can switch to balanced mode which did cut the fan noise down at the cost of performance. When I benchmarked it in Geekbench, switching to balanced knocked about 10-15% off the performance numbers which isn't terrible but if you want maximum performance leave it at its defaults. - The screen resolution is awesome for those apps that support it. I have found though that many Windows apps do not render properly. Some are super tiny and some are a bit fuzzy! 4K still seems to be in transition. - Windows (however, I will say Windows 10 is a big improvement over Windows 8 and I will dare say it is almost enjoyable) Now Pros -Performance is great. Compilatation time is way down, apps are snappy, tested one or two games and the GTX1050 is very fast. This thing is packing a real processor instead of the ultra low power parts that dominate most Windows machines at Best Buy at least. - Keyboard is excellent - Trackpad for Windows laptop is very good, but still nothing compared to a Mac. Apple just has the trackpads nailed. - Screen, very clear, beautiful screen, apps look fantastic that properly scale to handle 4K - Laptop is light, won't break your back - Quality of construction.. seems very well made. No flex in the screen or body, no rough edges or shoddy work - Very nicely packaged ( nice job Lenovo on the packaging) Unknowns - Battery life, just haven't tested it yet, but I think it is going to average 5 or 6 hours which isn't bad - How long will it last.. hard to say with laptops. Again for my Macs, I know I am going to get a solid 4-5 years out them no question, but Windows laptops it is a mixed bag. I have one Windows laptop that is still going after 8 years and now is a decent Linux machine and others that have died in the first year. Summary This is a very nice Windows laptop and for the price it is hard to beat.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      It is quite a machine

      Posted
      Kadeo69
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I had such a hard time choosing between the 720 and HPSpectre that I bought them both, fully loaded, 4k res, 16gig etc. I like to mess with stuff and my wife likes to keep things factory fresh and has a thing for HP so I gave her the spectre and kept the yoga. She works at home on the computer and the absolutely adores the HP. Its a very fine machine and the quality of fit and finish are impeccable. Everything works out of the box and we both prefer the keyboard on hers more than mine. Even the backlit keys look better on the HP. So fit and finish and keyboard are both wins for the spectre. Sound quality we both agree that the Yoga just totally outclasses the Spectre. We were both surprised and guessed wrong before comparing. The speakers on the yoga have the openings on the bottom and they just dont appear to be in a logical place at all. The HP appears to have a million places for sound come from. We tweaked settings and compared all sorts of things. Honestly, we tried everything we could think of to make the HP even come close to the yoga in sound quality, range and volume. Using only the internal speakers the Yoga wins by 2 miles. Reliability, that goes to the HP. There have been zero issues for the spectre in almost 2 months of steady use 8 hrs a day on a daily basis. Its almost too reliable for comfort. The yoga not so much. Its hard to bash the lenovo as I stated that I like to tinker, but out of the box it had some issues staying connected to wifi and it would occasionally go to sleep and not wake up without doing a power button restart. An update along the way or something I cant explain made that all get better. I upgraded to win10 pro and joined the insider program active development fast pace. I also installed throttlestop to try and workaround the 2.8ghz max that lenovo set for the only quad core i7 to be put in a 2 in1 so far. I know its to keep from overheating anything but thats like buying a porsche and only using low octane fuel. Why??? My point being I had a complete failure and with the upgraded 3 yr warranty with onsite repair through lenovo, I got a recovery flash drive at no cost and a tech dispatched to repair it here in the middle of nowhere within 72 hrs. I got it back up and running with the flash drive myself before the tech got to my house. Thank god because lenovos answer was a replacement motherboard. We both agreed that usually causes more issues than it fixes and since it passed all the tests we agreed to send the replacement back. Now with a little undervolting and this and that with throttlestop it purrs like a kitty at a steady 3.4ghz and stays under 90deg during a solid 8 thread benchmark. I have not had the screen issue that many have reported as of yet. The performance of the quad core i7 is obvious if you have it doing identical tasks along side the HP. The geforce 1050 outperforms the HPs although I wish it was a 1050ti or had 4gig of dedicated memory. I really like them both but prefer my yoga. The active pen on the HP is a kids toy, but better than what lenovo doesnt include. I got a wacom stylus for mine and its just awesome. I wish the lenovo had some more ports and got rid of the stupid lenovo only charger. That never crossed my mind until I realized the wife accidently charging her hp with the USB-C cord from my nexus phone and not having an issue.There are a couple imperfections in the way seems join on the lenovo and the HP is flawlessly assembled. I dont think I have ever seen a laptop of any sort as beautifully assembled as the HP. I have just gotten attached to my yoga that could. It will do anything I can throw at it and do it well and do faster than anything its found to challenge it. Multiple videos playing, High detail graphics programs, file conversion. Its just super fast. The 4k screen is only noticably better when next to a non 4k screen. Both machines are useless outdoors due to reflection off the glossy gorilla glass. All and all I say if you want something that does what its supposed to do and do it consistently the same you should go with the HP. If you want a machine that outruns everything when its tuned up but you have to replace the spark plugs and check the timing and air in the tires to get that every time the yoga wins. The Dell XPS instantly forfeits the race with webcam someone decided to put at the bottom of the screen. Who would trade an invisible bezel for a webcam that shows anything but a snotty nose.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Glorified video player - massive amount of issues

      Posted
      AnOldDude
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      When trying to replace my current laptop with the Lenovo 720 (model 15IKB) I run in so many issues that I can only imagine that this product was rushed into production by Lenovo. Here is a recollection of the nightmare of the past few days: 1) The Thunderbolt 3 connection is not a fully functional one, for many reasons. First, its data transfer rate is only 20 Gps (and not the full 40 Gps). This isn’t a problem per se but buyers for sure are expecting a true Thunderbolt 3 – i.e. Lenovo is not being fully honest with their customers. 2) Also, you can’t charge the Lenovo 720 (model 15IKB) using the Thunderbolt port – again, most customers would for sure assume it would be able to charge the laptop, as this is one of the key new features of this connection type. 3) The lower speed shouldn’t be an issue, however, to transfer enough info to plug many extra 1920x1080 monitors (as of now I have three monitors running on a laptop that has only USB 3.0 ports – and is 6 years old!). This was not the case with the Lenovo 720 – I tried many different connectors (to HDMI and DVI monitors, some very high-end, like the triple display docking station from Plugable) and the quality was just poor – even simple spreadsheets and finance-related software (think Bloomberg) were showing numbers that were difficult to read. 4) One of the most bizarre issues I experienced was with Excel crashing if moving to a worksheet with reasonably complex charts. I use my laptop to perform heavy financial analysis (some spreadsheets are more than 2 Gb when opened – but my 6 years old laptop can handle it). However, running Office 2016 64-bit, was almost impossible. Not only because of the bizarre crashes when trying to display charts, but also due to how slow the cursor and cells selections, even in a data-only spreadsheet, would move. I of course re-installed Office 2016 multiple times as I couldn’t believe that the laptop could be so badly projected/built – it didn’t solve the issue. 5) Also, a myriad of software just wouldn’t work, regardless of how many times I re-installed them (many times with the help desk of the software company remotely connected to my laptop). For instance, I use a software called CompanionLink to sync my Google calendar/contacts/tasks with Outlook (although it is unbelievable that in 2017 one needs extra software to link a Google product to a Microsoft product). No matter what was done, this software wouldn’t work. The finance-related info software I was using, on top of showing low-resolution charts and figures, had a series of formatting issues of very simple menus – making it almost impossible to use. Also, a key feature of this finance software is to allow the user to download P&L / balance-sheet data released by companies – I couldn’t make it work (again, software re-installed multiple times with a company’s IT expert helping). 6) Finally, dragging and moving a software window (even a simple folder from windows File Explorer) from monitor to monitor, was a nightmare – a small window on the laptop would show-up as a gigantic window on a lower-resolution monitor, until you managed to make the window fit completely on the new window. This could be a Windows 10 bug, but given how many issues I had with this laptop, I’m assuming it is Lenovo’s fault. I guess you got the picture – nothing worked with this laptop. I consider myself a very savvy user – although I’m not an IT professional, I have been configuring and installing software/peripherical devices to my machines for many years. And I never had a worse experience than the one with this laptop from Lenovo. Returning it tomorrow. [quick note: Best-Buy’s return process was excellent – the person was very polite and took the defective laptop without any harassment]. Lastly, I will eventually need to upgrade my laptop. However, I strongly recommend that you stay away from this product (or any other from Lenovo) – they are selling a laptop that is basically a glorified video player (yes, when not plugged to anything, Netflix would play very well…). I’m looking now for an alternative – the Dell XPS 15 Touch came really close to satisfy my needs (i.e. very good processing power but still portable). However, I really don’t understand why Dell didn’t make this model with a 360-degree screen – a touchscreen laptop that you can’t use on a tablet mode? And you wouldn’t believe where they put the laptop camera (it is worthwhile checking it out: search for “Dell XPS 15 chin action” on Youtube!). For sure another case of a company rushing into production… If someone has a suggestion of a laptop with a i7 processor as good as the 7700HQ (or better; be careful with the ones with 7500U or lower – these processors are marginally better than my laptop bought 6 years ago), that has a touchscreen that turns 360-degrees (I still can’t believe that Dell didn’t have this on the XPS 15…) and have at least one true Thunderbolt 3, please respond to this posting with your suggestion!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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        Lenovo Product Expert

        We are sorry to hear that you are having issues with your Lenovo Yoga 720-15. It sounds like the software you are using may not be compatible with Windows 10. Charging of this device is through a dedicated port. lenovo

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