Lenovo Ideapad 720S 14IKBR Review – Solid Portable All-Around Laptop

The Lenovo Ideapad 720S is trying to provide of premium feeling and fantastic hardware for its price range. Luckily, the things they do here are working for some parts especially on the design. The luxe metal design itself looks fantastic moreover when its combined with slim and thin chassis. Similar to like their other business laptop, this thing is also having a fantastic keyboard for both playing games and enjoying your productivity. For accompanying all your work, they put of 14 inch vivid bright screen that should accompany all your needs.

In term of power, the system does not really lack of power. The system is powered by Intel Core I7 8th gen processor that combined with NVIDIA 150MX GPU that more than enough for you to run of PUBG and Overwatch. The hardware is likely its biggest selling point here, but I guess its worth for us to take peek inside and finding anything good about it. That is what we are going to talk about here. We are going to talk about it further and find out how amazing it is. To make it easier for you to understand, let’s we jump into the article.

Goodbye to Bad Design

One thing that Lenovo improves to its entire products is the design. For this case, they put of aluminum design that looks impressive with its reflective frame, beveled edge, and sparkling finishing touch. I have to say this is pretty much a slick machine. I really love how the back and front chassis looks like as it gives the laptop of premium shape when you it from side directions. Here, they do not only adding new design, but also making it slimmer and thinner. The system is weight for around 3.4 pounds and having 0.6 inches of thickness. The weight is slightly heavier than Notebook 9 and Dell XPS 13, but keeps in mind that those two things are expensive devices.

The port connectivity itself is very complete here, but I do not really love how they place it all around. The dual USB ports are split around on both of right and left sides where they can just make it at the same place. There are total of three USB ports to find here and its included of Thunderbolt 3 port that usable for doing all of stuff faster and more reliable. They do not really play with the design and I think this device deserve more attention.

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Display and Audio

Lenovo Ideapad 720S 2 The 720S display is something worth mentioning here. The 14 inch 1080p display uses of an IPS panel and it looks of crisp and bright. The color accuracy is almost perfect as I never find any strange or over saturated colors on my test. Streaming some movies look incredibly well and a fan of multimedia should love its display. On my further test, i found the screen can produce of 105 percent of SRGB color which is higher than any standard right now. The Delta accuracy test gives it 0.3 and comparable with Notebook 9 from Samsung. The screen might be the best reason for taking it back home.

As for the audio, I am so surprised that Lenovo put of JBL tuned speakers here. The sounds produced here are so fantastic and powerful that it fills my medium room without any problem. Tuning it little bit with Dolby Audio setting even giving more impressive result to every different genre song I have played here. I think doing some manual preset is recommended here as the default setting itself is too rounded in my opinion. Adjusting it little should give more balance and dynamic sounds to your every activities included of gaming, movies, and listening music.

Last price update: 2019-02-01 19:05:28

Lenovo Ideapad 720SMain Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-8550U 1.8 GHZ
Graphics NVIDIA 150MX
Display Size14-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage512GB SSD

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Performance and Gaming

I really have any problem in term of performance. The Intel Core I7 8550U and NVIDIA 150MX are top tier hardware and you can expect some performance on both of productivity and gaming. The Intel 8th gen processor and this GPU could score twice than what we got last year with previous model. The last version only scores for 7.106 on GeekBench 4 and we get twice performance here. Swapping through different apps feels smooth here without any slowing down or lag during this activity. The 512GB SSD is not only big, but also fast. The booting process is done very fast and reliable during your travel and presentation.

I did some gaming to test it hardware further and I think this machine is capable enough to do some light gaming on our work break. I started myself by testing of PUBG at the lowest setting with 1080p resolution. The result is bad as the framerate never reach 30 FPS. I dropped the resolution into 720p and it ran better. With 720p preset, the framerate mostly goes around 30 to 40 FPS all the time even under some stresses. Testing it with another game like Overwatch is even better as the game will run at medium setting on 1080p setting. This is result is not bad considering that this is not a gaming laptop.

Last price update: 2019-02-01 19:05:28
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Final Thought

The 720S is a good option for people that look for performance for their productivity and doing some games during their work break. The performance is great as you could do those two things with no issue here. Everything looks good here and I do not really find any bad thing to say from it. This product should be a worth alternative if you do not want to get of Macbook Pro or Surface Pro. The choice is always yours, so feel free to make any consideration. Also do not mind to leave us comment for further assistance regarding this article.

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