It’s been a while since my last Lenovo laptop review, but I’ve always been a fan of their innovative Yoga convertible lineup — tablet and laptop, all-in-one.
The Lenovo Yoga C740 I received for this review came with top-of-the-range features including the latest Intel Core i7 10th generation processor, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD of internal storage, a Windows Hello biometric fingerprint reader and a Dolby Atomos speaker system.
The 15.6-inch FHD IPS AntiGlare display features touch and pen support, HDR and a resolution of 1920x1080. The edge bezels are reasonably small, which allows for a smaller form factor without sacrificing screen size. It measures 357.8mm x 235.35mm x 16.02mm front edge; 18.25mm rear edge and weighs 1.88 kg.
The screen quality is excellent and it has a maximum brightness of 500 nits, making it a good choice for those who want to use it outside or in brightly lit environments. Colours are vibrant, which is great for watching movies and TV shows, especially if they’re HDR encoded. This is, of course, something you have to turn on in the graphics settings since it’s off by default. Also, since it will turn up the brightness to the maximum, it will eat through your battery more quickly, but there’s another option to turn HDR off when running on battery power.
There’s no dedicated graphics card, but you do get the latest Intel UHD Graphics onboard. This is more than sufficient for general-purpose applications and even some light to medium gaming. However, the graphics are not good enough for the latest triple-A titles like Battlefield or Call of Duty.
The Lenovo Yoga C740 comes with Windows 10 Home Edition, which works well with the latest 10th Generation of Intel i7 processor and integrated graphics. 8GB of RAM is more than enough for most users, even with lots of applications open, but memory intensive apps like PhotoShop or Video editing will struggle with less than 16GB.
The trackpad is reasonably large and is located off-centre and to the left leaving a large area on the right. I found it a little disconcerting with little room for my left palm to rest on the laptop for typing. My hand partially covered the trackpad and it made for a less than optimal ergonomic arrangement. This was obviously a design choice since the keyboard layout includes a full numeric keypad. Perhaps Lenovo should have positioned the trackpad more centrally, but then the spacebar would not have been directly above it. Personally, I never use the numeric keypad and I would have preferred a larger trackpad. Of course, others will be glad to see there’s a numeric pad and not care too much about the trackpad or just use a mouse instead.
I do love that the C740 comes with 512GB of internal M.2 storage. This means you shouldn’t run out of space anytime soon and you’ll have lots of space to install applications and store data files and media. Windows launch times are speedy at around eight seconds, which means you won’t be waiting around for it to startup.
Port selection is also good, including two USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 (power delivery, DisplayPort). Unfortunately, you have to use either one of these for charging. So, if you have the 60w charger plugged in, you’re automatically down to only a single USB-C port. However, there’s also two USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 ports and a headphone/mic jack. Other features include WIFI 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.
The fingerprint reader works well and makes logging into the C740 fast and secure. It also comes with a webcam that features a TrueBlock Privacy Shutter. This is a simple slide-over cover that will block the camera when closed for true peace of mind when you’re not using the webcam.
And finally, the C740 screen can fully rota 180 degrees into tablet mode. My review unit did come with a pen, which is fully supported. Those who require this will understand the benefits of owning a convertible. Battery life is claimed to be up to 15 hours, but I didn’t have the laptop long enough to test fully. There’s also a rapid charge feature — one hour of charge in standby mode or while powered off, will provide up to 80% battery life based on test results using the MobileMark2014 ver. 1.5 battery life benchmark test.
Overall, the Lenovo C740 offers a lot of features with few compromises and it looks great and feels sturdy. This is an ideal laptop for those who like to consume a lot of media and require the benefits and conveniences of a tablet and a laptop in a single device.
Available now at www.lenovo.com with prices starting from €850.