I often get the chance to handle PCs before they are released but it’s rare that I take such a liking to a product after so long testing it. After three months with a production sample the Lenovo Yoga 710 has become my buddy in-home and on-the-go and it has proven to me how much I like single-unit convertibles over separable tablet 2-in-1’s like the Surface Pro 3. The fanless (silent) light (2.3 pounds) and small (11 inch full HD IPS screen) Lenovo Yoga 710 is now available for pre-order at $549 in the USA (Lenovo) which is an excellent price assuming it has the same fast SSD as the one I’m using here – a Core m5 version with 4GB and 256 GB of SATA SSD. I hope and pray that Lenovo don’t drop an eMMC storage module into the [80TX000BUS] entry-level model.
Here’s a bullet-point review of the Lenovo Yoga 710 that I’m using now. [80TX000CUS]
- Keyboard – Great but no backlight
- Touchpad – single-unit integrated buttons. 7/10.
- Performance – Solid. Up with the best Core m5 implementations.
- Battery life – 40 Wh battery is providing 4 – 5 hours in my sample. Expect +20% in the retail version.
- Screen – Excellent. This isn’t ‘reference’ quality but it’s got good contrast and color to my eyes.
- Ports – Basic. 1 X USB 3.0 1 x Micro HDMI. 1 X headset. No removable storage slot. (SD.)
- WiFi – Strong AC but not multi-channel. I have 5 Ghz band support here. That could change in the retail version.
- SSD speed – Very fast. I note that the 128 GB version I tested at CeBIT had even better SSD performance.
Watch the overview video of the Lenovo Yoga 710 (90 seconds done for the UMPCPortal Facebook channel – please subscribe) below which might get you into the mood to ask questions. Please do.
As I’m likely to keep this pre-production sample of the Lenovo Yoga 710 for a while longer I can answer any detailed questions you might have apart from really detailed performance test although I’ll have a go at those too and give you the results with a disclaimer. Don’t forget to check out these posts first though. There’s a ton of information in there for you.
- Lenovo Yoga 710 is one of the best subnotebooks.
- Lenovo Yoga 710 testing benchmarks. (Production sample.)
- Lenovo Yoga 710 available in 3 weeks for $549.
Here’s the quick video. A longer video is embedded below. Note that I have a sample Lenovo Yoga 710 on loan from Intel. Performance and specifications can vary between pre-production samples and retail. I am not permitted to do a full review on this production sample. That makes sense!