The tech giant Lenovo, unveiled on October the 29th the new YOGA 700, a premium Windows 10 convertible laptop with four usage modes (laptop, stand, tent, tablet) designed for performance and portability.
The Lenovo YOGA 900 is one of the best 2-in-1 laptops available, but it’s quite pricy. The trend for laptop producers (or any tech producers for that matter) is to roll out qualitative affordable models as well. The new YOGA 700 seems to be Lenovo’s affordable but still decent 2-in-1 laptop.
The new YOGA laptop is available in two models, each one designed for slightly different purposes. On one hand, we have the 11-inch YOGA 700. This model is designed for avid travelers needing a thin and light laptop. The price for the basic configuration starts at $649. Lenovo’s other model is the 14-inch YOGA 700, made for fast productivity with up to latest Intel 6th Gen Core i7 processor and optional NVIDIA GeForce 940M graphics card. This version is obviously heavier than the travel model, and it has a more work/gaming use. The price for the basic model starts at $799.
Both models come with Windows 10 and premium multimedia features, including standard Full HD IPS display for crisp visuals and solid-state drive (SSD) storage for fast, reliable performance.
It feels like Lenovo is trying to cover all the angles with the new YOGA 700. It can be good as a work station, it’s decent as a gaming device, and if you’re a travelling businessman – they have an option for you too. It’s as if the PC makers looked around, written down the necessities that their customers would have, and made a laptop out of that info (not that we’re complaining).
Avid travelers who need a thin and light option will find the 11-inch YOGA 700 as the ideal travel companion, while the 14-inch option packs powerful performance for those who need additional speed and reliability. Both options come with a responsive 10-point multitouch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display and Dolby DS1.0 Home Theater certified stereo speakers, allowing users to enjoy crisp visuals and clear sound whether working in a café or streaming a favorite show at home.
Ultra-portable, the 11-inch YOGA 700 weighs only 1.1 kg and measures 15.8 mm thin. With up to seven hours of battery life, the YOGA 700 allows travelers to work or play their way: watch a movie in stand mode, give a business pitch in tent mode, or navigate a map in tablet mode.
Suited for movie buffs and social gamers, the YOGA 700 offers a vibrant 10-point multitouch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display with Dolby DS1.0 Home Theater certified stereo speakers. Whether at home or in transit, the convertible lets users enjoy sharper visuals and clearer sound without paying more for a premium multimedia experience.
With up to Intel’s latest 6th Gen Core i7 processor, optional NVIDIA GeForce 940M graphics card and up to 8 GB DDR3L memory, the 14-inch YOGA 700 packs powerful performance for enhanced productivity. The 14-inch convertible laptop has up to 256 GB SSD storage so that users can launch apps and transfer files faster, focus on work with reduced noise and better recover their files even if they drop or knock the laptop.
The YOGA 700 also comes with an ergonomically designed AccuType backlit keyboard that makes typing more comfortable, accurate and easier on the eyes in dim environments. From switching between writing a report to editing high-res images in Photoshop software, the 14-inch YOGA 700 has the power and battery life to help users power through their work without interruption.
“We know fast performance, easy portability, and rich sound and display are features consumers expect in a laptop today,” said Johnson Jia, senior vice president, PC Business Group, Lenovo. “That’s why we made the new YOGA 700 thinner and more powerful than ever with Windows 10 and Intel’s latest processor. We also added a Full HD IPS display and Dolby stereo speakers as part of its standard features so that consumers can get a premium quality convertible laptop for work and travel, at the price of a standard laptop.”
At this point you might be asking yourself “what’s the catch?” Every affordable model – whether it’s a laptop or a smartphone, has to sacrifice something to make that price. In the case of Lenovo’s YOGA 700, as compared to the YOGA 900, most cost-cuts seem to be in the material quality area. The YOGA 700 replaced YOGA 900’s magnesium with plastic. The other noticeable difference is at the laptop’s hinge, which was also downgraded for the YOGA 700 but the laptop can still perform the needed articulation without any problems.
All the new Lenovo products are available on www.lenovo.com starting October. Lenovo YOGA 700 11-inch and 14-inch convertible laptops start at US $649 and US $799 respectively, and will be released at the end of November.