In the last few months, my method of getting to work has changed quite a bit. I went from driving in horrific DC traffic to riding a combination of the MARC train and DC Metro to my job in Northern Virginia. With the change in transportation, this has allowed me more time to write and edit articles for TechDissected.
The reason this is being brought up is because when I first started riding the train and the metro, I was using my 15″ Samsung laptop that is my workhorse since I don’t have a desktop computer. However, I began to realize that it was just too big to lug around all the time, and was a bit cumbersome when trying to get some work done in the narrow seats found on public transportation. So when the Lenovo Yoga 700 was offered to me for review, I was ecstatic, and jumped at the chance.
What Does The Yoga 700 Have Under The Hood
This UltraBook from Lenovo sports an 14-inch touch-screen display, but it’s much more than just a laptop. In traditional Windows fashion, for the tablet side of things, there is a Windows soft key on the bezel, in the middle of the screen. Just in case you weren’t already aware, this allows users quick access to the “home screen” where you find the Metro UI prominently displayed.
Sporting an Intel Core i5-6200U processor clocked at 2.30GHz, and 8GB of RAM built in, the Lenovo Yoga 700 is pretty damn snappy even when put to the test. From gaming to casual browsing, the Yoga 700 is a formidable option in the world where hybrid devices are becoming the norm.
Keyboard And Trackpad Usage
The keyboard that Lenovo has partnered with the Yoga 700 is a dream to type on, even for long periods of time. I never found my hands getting tired and the Yoga really was made for on-the-go type of work, which is something I have a bit of experience in.
The trackpad found on the Yoga is also nice and responsive, and as with the keyboard, I’ve only ever had one issue. However there’s a built-in solution for this issue. Before getting into the issue I had with the trackpad, let’s take a look at what Lenovo built in. Unlike the Lenovo Ultrabook, Lenovo left out the trademark “red ball” in the center of the keyboard leaving all of the navigation to the trackpad.
The trackpad itself is multi-faceted. At the bottom of the trackpad, there is a small lip, or indentation, and this is to leave space for you to click using the bottom corners of the trackpad. However, there are also three button between the trackpad and the space bar that allow for clicking there as well. The middle button can be held down and used as a means to scroll whatever page you are looking for. The left and right buttons act as you would expect them to.
Can You Use The Yoga 700 For Gaming?
As I stated above, the Lenovo Yoga 700 runs full 64-bit Windows 10 Home, with 8GB of RAM built in. So once I did some investigation into the device, after receiving it, I figured I would put it to the test. Now I do some light PC gaming with a couple friends. Meaning, the only two PC games that I actually play are Minecraft, and Heroes of the Storm.
Minecraft runs perfectly fine without having to adjust any of the settings for FPS, or Distance Rendering or anything like that. Heroes of the Storm was where I ran into some issues. Now, I’m not sure if it’s because of the graphics card that is found within the Lenovo Yoga 700, however, with 8GB of RAM I expected HOTS to run perfectly smooth. This was not the case.
Throughout my gameplay of Heroes of the Storm, I experienced stuttering and lagging throughout. And no, it wasn’t from my internet connection. Since the Yoga 700 is a hybrid tablet and laptop, I will attribute the lag to the processor not being able to handle the higher graphics that put a higher demand on the processor. Regardless, since the Yoga isn’t really supposed to be a desktop replacement, this isn’t that big of a deal.
Ready For A Tablet
Different Modes: Now with the Yoga, there are actually three different modes that you can use with the device. Laptop, Tablet, and Stand Mode. The first two are pretty self-explanatory, while the other is a bit different.
Surprisingly, I didn’t find myself using the Yoga as a tablet all that often. Obviously, I forced myself to use the Yoga as such, for the purpose of the review, but my natural reaction was to use it as a laptop. I’m not sure if that’s attributed to not ever owning anything like the Yoga before, or what, but it’s just what happened. Regardless of that, the tablet mode came in handy when when I wanted to watch a movie, or browse the web more leisurely.
The issue with using the Yoga as a tablet, is that it’s pretty cumbersome. Trying to use it in portrait mode is really awkward, given the 14-inch display, and even using it in landscape mode was a bit odd. Performance of the Yoga 700 didn’t change whether I had the device set up in the portrait mode, but I found myself getting annoyed with Windows not automatically bringing up the on-screen keyboard. All in all, it’s definitely nice for short periods of time, or watching movies, but as I’ve stated, it’s a bit cumbersome, and gets annoying after a bit.
Stand And Tablet+ Mode: To achieve the Stand or Tablet+ Modes, simply take the Yoga out of the keyboard dock, and turn it around. Without folding the Helix back on the keyboard, this is your Stand Mode. This really came in handy when watching videos while not really using the keyboard at all. I would find myself turning a movie or YouTube video on, while I was playing games on my desktop computer.
All in all, for a hybrid, the Lenovo Yoga 700 is a great option to look into. If you’re someone like me who does some mass transit traveling, and need to be able to work on the go, the Yoga is a perfect option. You don’t need something like a 15″ display while working on the train, so the 14″ display is just in that sweet spot to not be annoying.
Currently, the Yoga 700 is available in four different options from Lenovo. There is a version that does not have Mobile Broadband capabilities, and a version that does. The rest of the specs are exactly the same, except for the Mobile Broadband version has NFC built-in as well.
The Lenovo Yoga 700 starts at $799.99 and is configurable up to the $949.99 version. It’s worth mentioning that at this time, when purchasing through Lenovo’s website, the two higher end models of the Yoga 700 aren’t shipping for 7-9 business days.
Lenovo Yoga 700$889.99
Graphics And Display10/10
Audio Support And Performance8/10
Form Factor And Hardware Design10/10
Network And Connectivity9/10
- Extremely Portable
- Battery Charges Quickly
- Tablet Mode Is Convenient
- Keyboard Is A Dream To Use
- Touchscreen Can Be Finicky
- Battery Uncharges Faster Than Expected