Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Yoga enough for internet use?
Just because your use of a laptop is limited to e-mail and web browsing sessions, doesn’t mean you should buy any model.It is necessary to be able to count on a quality laptop that will not let you down in 2 years, due to obsolescence.In fact, it’s all about finding a product with the right price/quality ratio. Here you have an almost perfect product.A laptop that meets all the requirements! This is what the Yoga from Lenovo seems to be.
This model is a mid-range model with a screen size of 14 inches. Easy to take along from time to time. This laptop is equipped with a touch screen; always interesting for when you get tired of the slippery mouse pad or when no flat surface is available when you have this Yoga on your lap. The overall design is of quality and is made to last. A product made to last a long time. Knowing that the visible parts are generally less important than the internal components of the computer, we can guess that a lot of care Lenovo has been taken in the overall design of this model.
With a processor Core i3-7020U, Lenovo offers an already outdated technology. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. With 8 Gb of RAM, it Yogais a good product. It’s the certainty that the computer will work better and longer.
The 256 Gb make this laptop a mid-range laptop in terms of available space. Almost the same as its competitors and what is currently done on the market, you will have room to store. And when you reach the limit, if you get there, you can always buy an external hard drive or a local file server like Synlogy NAS.
Finally, an important point for a laptop: autonomy; here you will have 8 hours of freedom before you have to plug it back into the socket. With this laptop Yoga it will therefore be necessary to always keep the power cable within easy reach. It’s annoying, because the interest of a laptop is still to be able to use it everywhere, without it being plugged in.
Yoga for videos?
The Yoga will now allow you to go beyond the exclusive use for work and will also serve as a tool for digital entertainment. You will benefit from an unparalleled comfort of use. We discovered through the tests we put it to, that it is one of the best on the market. In this section we will look at features such as screen size, resolution, built-in speakers.
Lenovo has chosen a medium size screen to meet everyone’s needs. This diagonal of 14 inches and a resolution of 1366×768, is a good compromise. The image quality is bright and colorful, and provides an immersive experience. In the end, a homogeneous product that allows you to watch films and, with its 1.6 kg,it will be easy to take on the move.
Offered with a glossy slab finish, this Yoga product is particularly suitable for multimedia-oriented use. Lenovo is primarily intended for film lovers the Yoga. Taking full advantage of the backlighting, this tile benefits from the glossy coating which offers more contrasts. On the other hand, because of this, the screen requires the viewer to take a break every 2 hours or so.
On the sound side, it Yoga has good components: board and integrated speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Core i3-7020U is now outdated. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
Equipped with the Intel HD Graphics 620 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Concerning the connections, this model has available 3 ports. Much better than most of the competition. Plenty of room to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
About the batteries, be aware that you will have some time before you have to reconnect the power. 8 hours of battery life is enough for the vast majority of the videos you’ll see.
The Yoga to use while travelling.
One of the primary functions of a laptop is to be easily transportable. We therefore analysed this Yoga from the point of view of nomadic use. Is he home-work oriented? Or will you be able to take it on a trip? These are the questions we will answer. Or should this use be confined to going from the living room to your kitchen.
However, we were able to discover through his overall score, that it is among the best for the travel aspect.
It Yoga weights 1.6 Kg which makes it a computer in the average of its category. You can transport it easily, without too much effort. On the other hand, it is also pleasant to use it to surf the internet or write e-mails. The explanation mainly comes down to the size of the screen: 14inches.
Lenovo has decided to provide a touch screen on the Yoga. Always convenient, the operating mode is as simple as on your smartphone. It’s up to you to make accurate navigational selections.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
Equipped with a glossy slab, it provides very good visual comfort. The rendering on screen is good. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
No anti-reflective tile is provided on this model. You will have to limit uses when the sun is too bright.
The processor Core i3-7020U is inferior to other competitive products.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
As for the autonomy , the batteries will allow you to use it for about 8 hours.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 256 Gb. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
With this model, Lenovo definitely designed a computer easily transportable, but not too small. Because of its size, 14 inches this laptop represents a good compromise.
The connector part is very interesting, with 3 inputs available. Convenient for travelling when you will need it, it ranks among those with the most.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
All in all, this Yoga is an interesting product for travel.
The Yoga- the right model for audio or video editing ?
For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. It appears that this Yogameets this need perfectly. With these components, Lenovo puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. It is a laptop designed for multitasking presented with Windows 10, which will allow to manage at the same time the audio-video applications consuming calculations.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Core i3-7020U that is almost obsolete. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 256 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Lenovo made the choice to put only one SSD. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The Yoga allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 256 Gb. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
For the autonomy part, Lenovo proposes last generation batteries. The available battery life is of 8 hours in standard conditions of use, which means keeping the charger close at hand because the audio-visual assembly consumes a lot of power. However, it’s still a decent average range.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Yoga receives the USB3 connection. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
It Yoga is consequently well designed for this type of use. Audio and video editing will be easier than ever. And at a price that is well ranked.
Yoga the right choice to play online?
Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. And this Yoga is one of the average laptops you can play with. On the other hand, if you have to go through several hours, these same components will seem weak.
This laptop has a resolution in 1366×768, which is one of the poorest existing today. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
An average capacity/price ratio that makes this Yoga an interesting choice when you’re looking for a 256 Gb drive. Not necessary for everyone who plays online, but convenient for those who prefer to play locally.
A better access to wifi on this Yoga that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
You’ll like this handy laptop, and rather light (1.6 Kg and 14 inches), comparable to most similar products.
By offering 8 hours of autonomy, this computer is in the middle of the market.
So it’s a middle ground for gaming; enough performance at the right price. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.
Yoga the right choice for office automation ?
Although this does not affect the majority of users, it is important to know the OS of this hardware. For those who prefer Apple, there are MacBooks, free distributions for Linux, and Windows computers for the vast majority. This Yoga is clearly intended for those who will use it for office use.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
Neither too heavy nor too light. Average weight, with 1.6 Kg.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
This Yoga has no matt slab. The Matte screen is ideal for use outdoors or near bright light. Testing the lamp next to the screen can affect the quality of work in office use. As far as the colour palette is concerned, it is well balanced even if they are less faithful than the colours your TV set gives you.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
About storage, this model has average space . Equipped with a hard drive of 256 Gb, it will give you the possibility to store all your documents locally.
In conclusion, the Yoga is an excellent choice for office use. The right choice for anyone who wants an efficient computer.
Finally, the Yoga….
The key to choosing a new laptop is to clearly define your needs; it’s good in almost any conditions of use. Compact, elegant and efficient, the Yoga is the perfect tool for anyone who wants a mobile computer.
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– playing video games
In summary, we advise this model for :
– surfing on the internet
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– making audio and video editing
– office tasks