Lenovo Yoga 720-15 Review: One of the Best 2-in-1 Laptops

Have you been considering getting a Lenovo laptop with a fast processor? Then, this Lenovo Yoga 720-15 review is for you.

Lenovo Yoga 720 Review
Itechguides' Take on Lenovo Yoga 720-15


The Lenovo Yoga 720-15 is an awesome convertible laptop. This laptop offers a nice-looking screen, good speakers, and a very beautiful design. However, one of its major flaws is its lack of HDMI ports and an optical drive.



  • Strong productivity and graphics performance
  • Loud audio
  • Brilliant and crisp display
  • Snappy trackpad and keyboard
  • Sturdy hinge


  • Lack of optical drive
  • No HDMI or SD card slot

You will learn about the Lenovo Yoga 720’s performance in several areas in this review. To achieve this, I’ll review the laptop’s CPU, GPU, RAM, battery, and storage performance in detail.

By the end of this review, you should have a good knowledge of the Lenovo Yoga 720 laptop’s good and bad sides. As a result, deciding on a purchase will be a lot easier.

My Initial Thoughts

Lenovo Yoga 720 Review: My Initial Thoughts

Lenovo’s Yoga laptops have long been the company’s most innovative laptop series.

Looking at the Lenovo Yoga 720 15″, you will definitely be impressed. It has a slim and compact design, as well as a screen that allows you to swiftly switch between tablet and laptop mode.

The Yoga 720 is the ideal companion for a dynamic lifestyle, combining impressive processing power and graphics with the latest features. Moreover, the Lenovo Yoga 720 is a worthy addition to the 2-in-1 laptop market; it feels equally comfortable as a tablet as it does as a laptop.

In short, if you’re searching for a laptop that can do it all, the Lenovo Yoga 720 is the way to go.

Lenovo Yoga 720-15 Design, Dimension & Weight Review

For the most part, the Lenovo Yoga 720 is well-built. Everything about it screams comfort, from its aluminum body to the six-row illuminated keyboard.

When you open the laptop, you’re greeted by a huge FHD/4K UHD edgeless display, as well as the keyboard, trackpad, and fingerprint reader. The laptop is only available in two colors: Iron Grey and Platinum Silver.

Because the Yoga 720 is a convertible laptop, its hinges allow the lid to be flipped back 360 degrees for tablet use. On the laptop’s deck is a gray branded print that screens “Yoga.”

During my time with the Yoga 720, it was smooth and easy to switch between laptop and tablet modes. My only criticism is that the rubber grips on the Yoga 720’s base were ineffective, which is inconvenient when working on a smooth surface.

The Yoga 720’s screen is surrounded by glossy black bezels. Although the top and side bezels are slim, the bottom bezel appears chunky for a laptop of this size.

As previously stated, the Lenovo Yoga 720 is a convertible laptop, which means it has a touchscreen. The touchscreen is very easy to use and register inputs accurately.

The touchscreen also recognizes the swipe-based navigation gestures in Windows 10.

A 720p webcam is located directly above the laptop’s screen. The 720p webcam captures clear images and can be used for video calls or simply Skyping friends and family.

Moving on, if you have used Yoga 710, you’ll agree that its keyboard is far better than Yoga 720.

Although the Yoga 710 keyboard is better than the Yoga 720, however, Yoga 720, provides the same low-impact soft typing experience. Also, the keyboard is backlit, which should be standard on any laptop these days.

Furthermore, the keys on the Lenovo Yoga 720 might need some effort while pressing, but it’s not that bad. The keys only press down 1.2 millimeters with 71 grams of actuation.

The 71 grams of actuation also give the keys a clicky feel.

Underneath the keyboard, you will find a silky, smooth, and overall enjoyable-to-use touchpad. However, I still believe Apple has the upper hand in the touchpad category, but Lenovo’s touchpads are also impressive.

Furthermore, the touchpad on the Yoga 720 is large and responsive. I had no trouble navigating Windows or using gestures like pinch-to-zoom or three-finger tapping to activate Cortana.

A small square box can be found just beneath the End key on the laptop’s keyboard. The fingerprint scanner is located in this square box, and it not only works as expected, but it is also in an ideal location for such a feature.

The Lenovo Yoga 720 comes with JBL speakers that are located on the bottom of the laptop. The speakers on the laptop produce a clear and balanced sound.

The Yoga 720 also comes with Dolby Atmos software, which allows you to switch between different sound profiles for music, movies, and gaming.

The laptop’s bottom features a long venting slate that should effectively push heat out of the laptop. However, this ventilation can be blocked when the laptop is placed on a bed or other surface.

Another venting slate runs along the backside of the Lenovo Yoga 720, which also aids in the removal of hot air from the laptop’s CPU (processors) and GPU (graphics card).

In addition, whether using it as a laptop or a tablet, the Yoga 720 keeps cool and doesn’t overheat. For instance, after 15 minutes of streaming HD video from YouTube, the bottom of the laptop reached 90 degrees Fahrenheit, while the keyboard reached 82.5 degrees.

Lenovo includes some really useful software with the Yoga 720. Take, for example, the Companion app, which allows you to easily keep your system up to date and monitor its health.

As usual, Windows 10 also provides some apps such as Facebook, Netflix, Candy Crush, March of Empires, and Sling on the laptop. Lenovo also offers a one-year warranty on the Yoga 720.

In terms of ports, the Yoga 720-15 comes with a decent selection of ports. On the left side, there are two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a headphone jack, and a USB Type-C port.

On the right side, there are two USB 3.0 ports as well as a power button. Unfortunately, the laptop lacks an HDMI or Ethernet port.

Moving on to the laptop’s dimensions and weight, the Lenovo Yoga 720 measures 364 x 242 x 19.9 mm and weighs 2000 g. In addition, with this dimension and weight, the Lenovo Yoga 720 has a standard convertible size.

In comparison, the HP Spectre x360 is a smaller and lighter laptop than the Lenovo Yoga 720. The HP Spectre x360 measures 355 x 226 x 17 mm and weighs 1995 g.

Finally, based on all the analysis in this section, I’ll rate the Lenovo Yoga 720 an eight for overall design in this review.

Lenovo Yoga 720-15 Processor (CPU) Performance Review

Lenovo Yoga 720 Processor (CPU) Performance Review

Lenovo equipped the Yoga 720 with a 4-core Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor. This processor has a base frequency of 2.80 GHz and a maximum frequency of 3.80 GHz.

With this processor, the Lenovo Yoga 720 can handle both regular computing operations, heavy tasks and also multitask effectively.

To determine the laptop’s processor performance, I performed a Geekbench 4 test. In the test, the Lenovo Yoga 720 scored a very good 11,951 points.

In comparison, the laptop outperformed the Dell Inspiron 13 that scored 13,911 points. Furthermore, the Lenovo Yoga 720 also performed better than the Asus Zenbook flip that scored 8,017 points.

Overall, the Lenovo Yoga 720 laptop showcased an impressive processor performance in the test I carried out. Therefore, I will rate it a nine out of ten in this CPU performance review.

Lenovo Yoga 720-15 Memory (RAM) Performance Review

Lenovo Yoga 720 Memory (RAM) Performance Review

The default configuration of Lenovo Yoga 720 comes with 8 GB DDR4 RAM. This RAM can be upgraded to a maximum capacity of 24 GB.

Additionally, the laptop comes with 2 RAM slots. However, one of the RAM slots is soldered to the laptop’s motherboard, which means it is only a single RAM slot that is upgradable.

The Lenovo Yoga 720’s RAM, like its processor, performs brilliantly. The overall productivity of this laptop was unaffected during a series of tests.

For example, the laptop ran smoothly with dozens of Chrome browser tabs running and a 1080 Youtube video playing altogether. It continued to operate without slowing down even when included some document editing.

Furthermore, the laptop stayed zippy and responsive after I opened even more apps such as candy crush and so on.

To further determine the laptop’s RAM performance, I ran a PCMark 10 benchmark test. The Lenovo Yoga 720 received a score of 7,300 points on the test.

In comparison, the Lenovo Yoga 720’s performance is way better than the Asus Vivobook S15, which received 3769 points in the same benchmark test.

Finally, I’ll rate the Lenovo Yoga 720 a nine in this category due to its excellent RAM performance.

Lenovo Yoga 720-15 Storage Options & Performance Review

The Lenovo Yoga 720 comes with a PCIe SSD which supports maximum storage of 1 TB. Unfortunately, there is no SD card slot for storage expansion on the Lenovo Yoga 720.

Nonetheless, 1 TB of storage should be sufficient for storing a large number of your files. The Lenovo Yoga 720 I reviewed came with a 512 GB SSD.

To determine the performance of the laptop’s storage, I conducted a CrystalDisk test. In the test, the laptop achieved a sequential read speed of 3028MB/s and a sequential write speed of 1611.8MB/s.

In comparison to its competitors, the Lenovo Yoga 720 performed way better.

For instance, the Yoga 720 delivered a better storage speed than the Dell XPS 13. In the same benchmark test, the Dell XPS 13 has a sequential read speed of 1801 MBps and a sequential write speed of 1223 MBps.

Furthermore, the Lenovo Yoga 720 needed just 18 seconds to copy a 4.97 GB multimedia file at a rate of 318 MBps. This speed is faster than the 191.08 MBps ultraportable average.

Finally, due to the excellent performance of the laptop’s storage, I will rate the laptop a nine out of ten in this section.

Lenovo Yoga 720-15 Graphics Card Performance Review

Lenovo Yoga 720 Graphics Card Performance Review

The Lenovo Yoga 720 features an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphic card. This GPU has a base frequency of 1290 MHz and a boost frequency of 1392 MHz.

Additionally, the graphic card has a 2 GB GDDR5 dedicated VRAM. However, the Lenovo Yoga 720 is not a gaming laptop but it can handle some light gaming.

The dedicated NVIDIA graphics card will also benefit content creators who use video and photo editing software. In addition, the graphics card is able to handle 4K video editing on Adobe Premiere with ease.

To determine the graphic performance of the Lenovo Yoga 720, I conducted a 3Dmark ice storm benchmark test. In the test, the Yoga 720’s NVIDIA graphic card scored a whopping 119,006 points.

Comparatively, the Yoga 720 outperformed the HP Spectre x360 which scored 93,759 points in the same benchmark test. In addition, the laptop also performed slightly better than the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro which scored 118,845 points.

To further determine the graphic performance of the laptop, I also conducted a gaming test. As mention earlier, the laptop is only suitable for light gaming.

In the gaming test, I played Tomb Raider 3, and the laptop managed to play the game at 39 frames per second. In comparison, the laptop performed better than the HP Spectre x360 which was able to play Tomb Raider 3 at a stuttering 15 fps.

Finally, I will rate the Yoga 720’s graphic card an eight for its comparative impressive graphics performance.

Lenovo Yoga 720-15 Battery Life & Performance Review

The Lenovo Yoga 720 is powered by a 4-cell Li-Ion battery. Lenovo claims the battery should last about 10.5 hours with an FHD display and 9 hours with a UHD display.

To confirm Lenovo’s claim about the laptop’s battery, I conducted a battery test. In the battery test, which involves continuously surfing the internet using WIFI, the laptop lasted only 7 hours and 59 minutes with both displays.

Unfortunately, the Lenovo Yoga 720 battery life is less than its category average of 8 hours and 16 minutes.

In comparison, the Lenovo Yoga 720 was outperformed by the HP Spectre x360. In the same battery test, the HP Spectre x360 lasted 10 hours and 6 minutes.

On the brighter side, the Lenovo Yoga 720 performed better than the Dell Inspiron 13. In the same battery test, the Dell Inspiron 13 managed to last about 6 hours.

Finally, I will rate the Lenovo Yoga 720 a seven for its average battery life.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does The Lenovo Yoga 720 Have Built-In DVD/CD Drives?

No, there is no built-in CD/DVD drive on the Yoga 720. However, you can use an external CD/DVD that is plugged into the device’s USB port.

2. What Is The Procedure For Turning On The Backlit Keyboard On The Lenovo Yoga 720?

Hold down the Fn key and hit the spacebar at the same time to activate the keyboard’s backlight.

3. Is There An Active Pen Included With The Yoga 720?

No, the Yoga 720 does not come with a pen. The pen is only available as an option.

4. What Is The Price Of The Lenovo Yoga 720?

When I published this review in July 2021, the Lenovo Yoga has a starting price of $1,599.

5. Can I Edit Videos With The Lenovo Yoga 720?

The Lenovo Yoga 720 is an excellent video editing laptop. With a 4-core Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, up to 24 GB DDR4 RAM, and a PCIe SSD storage, the laptop is equipped to handle any video editing task.

6. Is The Lenovo Yoga 720 A Good Laptop?

Yes, the Lenovo Yoga 720 is a fantastic convertible laptop, especially if you require more screen space than the HP Spectre x360 or Dell’s XPS 13. It’s a very fast laptop with amazing processing power.

7. Does The Lenovo Yoga 720 Has A Touch Screen?

It certainly does. Lenovo provides an IPS touchscreen with either an FHD or 4K UHD display.

8. Is The Lenovo Yoga 720 A Gaming Laptop?

No, it’s not. However, it can handle some less graphically demanding games.

9. What Is The Difference Between Lenovo Yoga And Lenovo Flex?

The main difference between the Lenovo Yoga and the Lenovo Flex is that the Lenovo Yoga is of higher quality overall. The Lenovo Flex, on the other hand, has a lower price point for laptops.

10. When Was The Lenovo Yoga 720 Released?

The Lenovo Yoga 720 was officially released on the 26th of October 2012.

My Final Thoughts

Lenovo Yoga 720 Review My Final Thoughts

An Ultrabook is a laptop that adapts to your requirements and mobility, and the Yoga 720 does just that.

The Lenovo Yoga 720 is one of the most capable and adaptable 2-in-1 laptops I’ve ever come across. Its combination of a Core i7-7700HQ CPU and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU makes it equally suitable for video editing and light gaming.

If you want a premium-made laptop with exceptional performance and a fantastic user experience, the Lenovo Yoga 720 is a good choice. In general, the Lenovo Yoga 720 is one of the best convertible laptops available in the market today.

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