Lenovo Yoga 730 15 Inch (8550U, GTX 1050) 4K Laptop Review

I have reviewed the Lenovo Yoga 730 15 couple months ago and it seems to be a nice convertible notebook for under 800 dollars. It features of great 1080p resolution display and carrying of Intel 8th generation processor. Finding a good competitor it’s hard even until now for except the ASUS that offers a similar device with similar price point at this time. One thing that 730 missed here is probably the discrete graphic card. You see of Dell XPS 15 was equipped with 1050 graphic card and people are pretty happy with it since they can run of games during their work break.

Similar to what they did last year with Yoga 720, Lenovo also provides a 4K resolution and discrete GPU model this time. The device now has more powerful performance especially in handling of more demanding work like CAD and other stuff. Of course with this improvement, the price is raised slightly little bit. It’s started for under 1400 dollars and has configuration alongside with 16GB RAM and 512GB of SSD. Let’s take a look inside at it much further and see how it works on us. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Case and Construction

Lenovo makes some improvement in term of design which lead of good and things compared to its predecessor. Started with the weight and dimension, then you can clearly see the chassis is much thinner and feels less heavy now. Holding it in convertible mode is better considering its weight is quite reduced here. The material selection and build quality are also better this time. The entire chassis is built from stronger aluminum material and finished with silver matte finishing. If you expect of an improvement in design and you should be happy with this matter especially now they add of HDMI instead of just Thunderbolt 3 port.

In bad way, this time they actually put of smaller battery as the return of its smaller chassis. The 51 Wh battery is a lot smaller than the 72 battery we see last time. However, I believe the battery life would be similar considering they now only add of ULV 15 watts processor rather than standard 25 watts of battery. I really hope the battery life won’t get hit considering it’s an important matter for everyone. The manufacture provides some good changes, but they must reduce some its quality especially in matter of battery capacity.

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Display and Audio

Lenovo Yoga 730 15 Inch 2 Its 4K resolution panel looks perfect for playing games and streaming of movies during your days. The panel can produce of good color coverage and providing of decent brightness support. The panel manages to produce of 90 % of SRGB color and getting of 300 nits of brightness distribution. I have no problem at all in term of display as they improve the display quality from its standard model. The base version of this device only features a standard mediocre display and with its higher price tag, the thing gets better a little bit here. This can be a good consideration for replacing your old machine with this one.

As for the audio quality, I think the speakers produce of decent sounds and having of good low and highs in some genre of music I played here. However, I am not so impressed with the bass power and sound quite weak in my opinion. Playing with the equalize will improve the quality, but users need to adjust manually and not everyone are willing to do this matter. Better to wear of a headphone during gaming as it offers more impressive experience to us. I guess Lenovo should improve over this matter for next year.

Last price update: 2020-04-30 18:34:27

Lenovo Yoga 730 15 InchMain Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-8550U ULV 4 Cores 1.8 GHz
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5
Display Size15 Inch IPS 4K
OS Windows 10 Home
Memory 16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage 512GB SSD

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Performance and Battery

The performance takes a hit as Lenovo decides not to put of Core I7 8750H processor and rather of adding I7 8550U from 8th generation ULV line up. This kind of decision will lead to disappointment for many users who look for performance. The 8550U actually features of quad core CPU, but it’s relatively weak compared to what the 8750H offers to us. In good side, the temperature management and power consumption are slightly better as the processor produces less heat and less power. I actually prefer to have more battery considering I often go to travel and needed a good companion I can depend with. Its matter of personal opinion and you might have different taste about it.

The battery life is quite good as it has of 4K resolution panel. For most all of time, I always get for around 6 hours and 35 minutes on my web browsing test. I connected the system through the WIFI and running the web browsing test for nonstop. The result is great, but the 1080p model has more battery as the comparison. The display becomes a culprit which seriously takes a lot of power here. Well, there will always be hit for a high resolution display.

Last price update: 2020-04-30 18:34:27
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Final Thought

If you should wonder which is better between the Yoga 730 and Dell XPS 15, then I will pick the XPS as the winner here. The reason is simple because it features a much better hardware configuration and better battery life. However, there is a significant price difference between these laptops and we cannot really compare it side by side. If you have less budget to spend, then just go with this system as it also offers a not bad performance and having a nice 4K panel. The choice is yours however, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Make sure to check our latest article and mind leaving some comments for further assistance regarding the article.

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