Among all notebook manufacturers Lenovo is among those who believed and continues to believe most in convertibles and 2in1, its Yoga I am a certainty and I am probably the most complete series present on the market. A line of devices that includes products for all price ranges and that satisfies all types of users.
We started from the top to try the latest update of the range with the review of the Yoga C940, terminal that has satisfied us in many respects. Today we continue the analysis of the line up, however, going down a step, the protagonist is him Yoga C740 which offers a much lower starting price, under 1000 euros. still managing to maintain many of the good impressions given by the superior model.
A SMALL ALL-ROUNDER
First I would like to focus on what we find inside this Lenovo Yoga C740 and how it behaves in terms of hardware. Like all the latest generation Lenovo Yoga products, the one seen for the first time in Europe during the last IFA in Berlin, the C740 also arrives with the new 10th generation Intel Core processors. In the case of the model at our disposal we have in particular a Core i5-10210U accompanied by 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and a 512GB PCIe SSD Samsung branded, the consideration for the OEM market of the latest 970 EVO Plus. An NVMe SSD capable of about 3500 Mb / s read and 3000 Mb / s read.
The latter, together with the card WiFi AX Intel Wireless 22560 is the only replaceable and upgradeable component but, given the excellent performance of both, you will hardly feel the need to perform these operations. By opening the rear panel we note that the RAM is soldered and there are no slots for expansion. In addition to this we cannot fail to observe how small the motherboard is with all its components on board and how much empty space there is around the small cooling fan. In this regard, Lenovo perhaps could have risk something more and insert a larger fan, with a consequent higher cooling capacity and, therefore, greater efficiency and better performance.
Technical specifications Lenovo Yoga C740
- CPU: Intel Core i5 10210U / 4 cores at 1.6 – 4.2 GHz
- GPU: Intel UHD Graphics
- RAM: 8GB LPDDR4
- Screen: 14 inches 16: 9, 1920 x 1080 pixels 157 PPI, touch with pen support, IPS LCD
- Storage: Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HBJQ, 512 GB
- Ports: 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, Audio Connections: Kombo-Audio, 1 Fingerprint Reader
- Network: Wi-Fi ax Intel AX22560 / Bluetooth 5.0
- Dimensions: 321.8 x 214.6 x 14.9 mm / Weight: 1.37 kg
- Battery: 51 Wh / Power supply: 65 watts / OS: Windows 10 Home
- Other: Webcam: 720p / Speakers 2x 2 W / Keyboard illuminated with white LEDs
Mind you, not that the performance of this Yoga C740 is so negative, far from it, all the most common operations can be completed without problems and for 90% of users this hardware is a sufficient platform to work without problems of any kind. The most classic programs are well supported and run properly, from the full Office suite to multitasking browsing on Chrome with over 10 open tabs. But not only that, we can also venture a little bit of basic photo editing with Photoshop or export and catalog our photos with Lightroom without incurring particular slowdowns. Video editing with Premiere Pro? Better if you limit yourself to 1080p and prepare to make it not exactly lightning fast.
Unfortunately we don't have discrete graphics cards and not even the latest Intel Iris Plus that guarantee performance comparable to the NVIDIA MX series. This detail excludes the possibility of playing the latest titles even if, for a few minutes of leisure, you can run the porting of the smartphone games that you find on the Microsoft Store without problems.
Here too, as on the Yoga C940, we have the app Lenovo Vantage which allows us to modify the parameters related to cooling and to activate or deactivate the "Performance" mode. What changes? Basically it is an option that acts on PL1 and PL2, or the consumption limits in Watts that can be reached by the CPU. In the case of silent mode these values are 20 and 25 Watts, but they rise to 29 and 51 Watts in Performance mode with the possibility of therefore having a higher peak and a longer stay at frequencies higher than the basic one.
The test charts show a all in all fairly standard trend. Let's also say that Lenovo has been conservative and has preferred to maintain a profile that allows the machine to always run at very comfortable temperatures, favoring the stability of the system over performance. Considering the target I think it is an intelligent and shareable choice. As evidence of this, even during the stress test, with the processor and GPU fully loaded, the machine is called to lower core frequencies down to 1.0 GHz keeping though always very low temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees. There are therefore no episodes of thermal throttling and the system is always responsive even when it is engaged to the maximum of its possibilities.
Finally, also outside, we always have a very low operating temperature. On the keyboard it never exceeds 40 degrees and in the back we have a very similar scenario, which allows us to work by holding the laptop on the knees without them cooking.
SOLID AND WELL BUILT
We are faced with a product that incorporates the latest Yoga solutions in style, the shell is made entirely of very resistant and optimally assembled metal materials, a combination that gives great rigidity to the whole solution. The panel behind the display does not deform and the keyboard surface, as well as the palm rest, is very resistant and does not flex.
The hinge is divided here into two blocks, unlike the C940 which has a single large central hinge with integrated soundbar, but still allows the display to rotate 360 degrees, as a prerogative of Yoga solutions. These hinges appear very solid and, perhaps, even a bit too harsh when stressed. In fact, you cannot open the notebook with one hand, because of the too much resistance offered by the same and the complete lack of a grip on the front that allows a firmer grip.
The keyboard, as per Lenovo tradition, it is very, very well done: the keys are stable, backlit, have the classic shape of the keycaps of the Chinese company's keyboards and a good run, which allows us to type comfortably and get to know the layout very soon. I mean, what do I tell you to do? Also this time with the Lenovo keyboard has hit the center.
The touchpad is not huge, on the contrary, but it would have been difficult to insert a larger one due to the limited space available. It remains wide enough to allow us to take advantage of the Windows gestures, supported thanks to the integration of the Precision drivers.
On the sides of the keyboard there are two perforated slits behind which they are hidden stereo speakers which offer sound with good overall quality and a sufficiently high volume. Let's also say that, MacBook Pro 13 excluded, they are probably among the best speaker sets that we have tried on devices of this size. This is also thanks to the tuning carried out in collaboration with Dolby which also holds the certification Atmos.
And I close this parenthesis on aesthetics by talking about the connection ports that are undoubtedly few. On the left side we have the headphone jack and two USB Type C 3.1, both enabled for charging but neither with Thunderbolt support. The opposite side hosts instead a USB Type A, always 3.1, and the on / off button. I would certainly have liked a memory card reader, even a microSD, and maybe a second standard USB since, if we want to carry the pen supplied with the notebook, the present one will always be occupied by the accessory used for this task.
PRECISE DISPLAY AND THE PEN IS INCLUDED
I have certainly not forgotten the display, undoubtedly one of the most convincing elements of this 2in1. It is a 14-inch diagonal panel, IPS LCD Touchscreen with FullHD resolution. So far nothing in particular but already from the first ignition we still note the good quality of the same which shows bright colors and a decent anti-glare finish despite the touch.
To the colorimeter test our good impressions are confirmed after all. We have a maximum brightness on 100% of the panel equal to about 250 cd / m2 which go up to something more than 300 including smaller portions of the screen. The contrast is sufficient and the display remains visible without too many problems in most situations.
However, the accuracy in the reproduction of colors is most impressive. THE Delta E mids are indeed very low both for the grayscale and for the colors. In detail, we are talking about a value of 2.8 for grays and 1.8 for colors, both below tolerance and with a maximum error of 3.82, however, very close to the threshold.
As we said it is a touchscreen panel that supports the supplied pen thanks to Windows Ink technology. Nib that I liked very much in terms of ergonomics and that offers very good feedback also in terms of performance. The tip flows very well, the reactivity of the track is good and the sensitivity to pressure levels leaves no room for criticism. The only drawback lies in the transport system of this nib. In fact, in the package there is an accessory used for this task that plugs into the USB on the right side of the laptop, thus permanently occupying the door and hindering access to the on and off button.
We close by talking about autonomy. The battery inside this Lenovo Yoga C740 is 51Wh; a not astonishing capacity but sufficient to guarantee a duration that goes beyond the average. Certainly thanks to the new Intel processors that guarantee very low consumption, but also to the absence of a discrete GPU and a fairly small display.
With standard working use under WiFi, with 50% brightness display and balanced battery settings, we are able to reach the 12 hours of continuous use. It drops to just under 11 hours if we use the notebook to watch streaming videos on Netflix, YouTube or other similar services and it goes up to just under 2 hours of use at full load.
Battery life Lenovo Yoga C740
|Internet Work in Wi-Fi||-8.26%||12.1 hours|
|Netflix HD Windows Store App||-9.17%||10.9 hours|
|Rendering / Games (GTX 1050 Max-Q)||-51%||1.85 hours|
|Draining in standby (Connected Standby Off)||-0.1%||41 days|
50% screen brightness (approx. 120 nits), 50% audio.
In the package there is a place 65W charger of fairly small size that allows you to fully recharge the battery of the C740 in stand-by in about two hours. Personally I would have used a power supply with integrated power outlet to further decrease the footprint, perhaps by slightly lengthening the thinner cable with the USB-C connector.
We are certainly faced with a good product able to offer balanced performance and important autonomy in every situation. I liked the construction, I loved the keyboard and the display too. For what are my standards of use, certainly more important than the average, there is a lack of computing power, however the C740 can be considered up to expectations if the workload is the one reported during the review.
Are there any flaws? Surely; the lack of ports is one of these, but I could say the same about the difficulty in opening the panel and the absence of a more effective cooling system or a slightly more powerful graphics card, but I think they are the necessary sacrifices to maintain an overall acceptable cost.
The model I tested has a price list of 999 euros although at the moment it is already available on the official store with a discount of 50 euros. At this price perhaps I would not buy it, but if it were to drop below the 850 euro threshold I would seriously consider it, taking into account the presence of the new processors, the very fast SSD and an excellent display I think. Even in the face of alternatives of the previous generation, a little less expensive, in fact, I would tend to choose the new one for a matter of longevity.
PROS AND CONS
Few expansion ports – missing SD and Thunderbolt readerRam not updatableAn Iris Plus would not have failed