Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Lenovo Yoga C740 Review: Premium Looking Budget Laptop


I'm a huge fan of the two-in-one category specifically I love the Lenovo yoga z. Now you can pick up the Lenovo yoga C 740 in two different colors iron gray and what I have here is mica. It's a very elegant and champagne looking color I really do like it now it has a starting price of $780-$999 prices tested $840-$999 and considering for what you're getting that is a steel in my opinion and with that out of the way let's find out what you get inside the box. Let's open it up inside the box is a 65 watt USB C power adapter with an extension cord and of course you get the unit itself. Well-built rock solid exactly what you want from a premium two-in-one and of course as we always do let's check out the port selection.

The left side we get two USB C 3.1 Gen 1 ports and a 3.5 millimeter audio jack and moving over to the right side you get one single USB a 3.1 port and your power button which has an LED indicator light within it letting you know the device is powered on but unlike the yoga C 940 it doesn't have a Thunderbolt 3 port so keep that in mind. I love the fact that Lenovo makes it easy for you to get inside this laptop all you need to do is remove the nine t5 Torx screws remove the bottom plate and you're in now once inside you'll notice that single fan with many blades on it so that's good for cooling we'll talk about that in a little bit you also get a 51 watt hour battery that's a pretty nice sized battery for a thin and light laptop but one thing that is upgradeable is the SSD as well as the Wi-Fi card both are swappable and I like to see that one thing that's not upgradeable unfortunately is the RAM. It's soldered into the motherboard and speaking of the SSD the one included with this laptop has some very good reads and writes as you can see from these results check it out the yoga si 740 has a very nice 14 inch IPS touch display.

It as a resolution of 1920 by 1080 that is a Full HD resolution it's got some really good black levels white points it also has a good contrast good Delta II score and it covers the color gamut really well 97 percent srgb 75 percent Adobe RGB making this a good choice for Photoshop and of course video editing and it definitely gets bright enough at 301 nits is good for both indoor and outdoor use and it stacks up well against this competition anything above 300 nits of course is good in my book and it has some pretty slim bezels something I'd like to see giving it a nice modern look and it is in HDR displacer watching high dynamic range content is very good on this display now one thing you will notice it's a very glossy display will show a lot of reflections a lot of glare and that's my biggest negative I take away from this display but other than that this is a very good full HD panel I have no complaints other than the fact that it is a little too reflective a little too glossy in my opinion alright so this is the front-facing camera on the Lenovo yoga C 740 a very good option.

If you don't want to go for the 940 want to spend about 250 dollars or less this is an excellent choice it's a premium design good processor good display won't break the bank I think people are gonna like it now as far as the webcam itself it's a 720p 30 frames per second webcam and I'm liking it as far as Skype as far as video conferencing can go it will do the job but I'm curious to know what you think let me know in the comment section below but unfortunately it's not a window solo webcam so you can't log in with face recognition but what it does have is a shot or switch that allows you to turn off your webcam giving you more security and privacy and that's always good and gone are the days of having to put tape over the webcam you can't go wrong with that but there is a fingerprint scanner located below the cursor keys on the right side and allows you to login with Windows hello registering my finger pretty much each and every time I used it it worked really well now when it comes to the keyboard I actually do like it as smile shaped keys as good tactile feedback good key travel very comfortable to type on for extended periods of time I think they did a good job on the keyboard now it also is a multi-stage backlight that allows you to get worked on in a dark room or a dimly lit environment that's always good.

It has a precision touchpad, was really responsive to fingers scrolling was buttery smooth and all the gestures worked as advertised they did a good job on the touchpad and this being a convertible laptop means you could put it in two different modes of course you could put it in a 10 mode this is great for recipes in the kitchen consuming media same goes for the stand mode and of course you could put it into the tablet mode great for use with the pen now doesn't come with the pen you combine as a separate accessory use the Wacom AES technology good for taking notes good for sketching out artwork I didn't have any complaints with it I think it's a good deal if you want to take some notes now when it comes to battery life it has a 51 watt hour battery which isn't too bad and it did eight hours and 45 minutes of my continuous web surfing test over Wi-Fi at 150 nits and it held up pretty well when you compare it to some of its competition now if you do need to plug in they do supply you with a 65 watt power adapter it's a USBC power adapter it took a little bit more than two hours to give you a full charge not too bad as far as performance is concerned my unit has the Intel tenth generation quad-core CPU it's the core i5 102 1 0 u it has Intel u HD graphics it doesn't have the iris + graphics you get with the yoga C 940 so keep that in mind there's also no Thunderball 3 ports so forget about adding an external GPU but you can play some of the older titles.

If you lower the settings and you will get playable frame rates but again if you want to play more modern triple-a titles this is really not your option especially at this price point look for something with a dedicated GPU everyday tasks such as email web browsing Microsoft Office all performed well and I thought Lenovo did a pretty decent job when it comes to the thermals under heavy load never getting overly hot never getting too uncomfortable and that's pretty good now the fan will kick in under heavy load but not overly loud not overly obnoxious and that's always good the yoga C 740 has top firing Dolby Atmos speakers one on each side of the keyboard I gotta say they fill a room rather nicely there's bass the mids are good they did a very good job with the audio so to wrap it all up can I recommend the all-new Lenovo yoga C 740 14 inch version and the answer is absolutely this is a great bargain especially if you can get it on sale at an even reduced price because you're getting excellent all-metal build sharp right full HD display 10th generation Intel processors solid keyboard and touchpad really good battery life Penn support to top it off and of course the SSD and Wi-Fi are our user upgradeable then the negatives here of course that there's no Thunderbolt 3 no 4k option Ram is not user upgradeable and there is no SD card reader but none of those are deal-breakers especially at this price point I'm gonna give this a score of 96% earning the AMD tech editors choice for the 14-inch budget convertible laptop category making it worth your money so what do you think about this bad boy the yoga si 740.

If you want to save a few bucks this is the one to go with good battery life good performance really good premium build really nice display what can I say this is a great deal good price to value ratio this might be the one to look at no I love the SI 940 don't get me wrong one of my favorites of late last year early this year in terms of the two-in-one ultra portables this one though really takes the cake in terms of price to value it really is a good price right now I'll put the latest pricing of course in the link below and where you can buy it I think lenovo has some really good sales very often also so you may want to check it out again I'll put the latest pricing in the link below now I think this really checks all the boxes it's really a solid offering it also has pen support although it doesn't come with the pen as the lenovo c 940 does this one does use the Wacom AES technology so there are a plethora of different options out there as far as which pen to use with this great for taking notes great for sketching out artwork.