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Lenovo Yoga For Students
Part of The Verge Guide to Windows 10
I’m going to come right out and say it: Lenovo Yogas are boring. The other day, I asked on Twitter if there were any actual Lenovo Yoga fans out there. I got a smattering of responses from members of the large and active ThinkPad fandom who also don’t mind Yogas, and a few other folks who admitted that they liked certain aspects of Yogas they’ve tried. But there was a clear lack of excitement around them.
I think this is partially because throughout the line’s seven-year history, there’s never been a standout feature that distinguishes Yogas from the pack. HP’s recent Envy x360s are known for their displays, the portability of the Surface Pro line can’t be beaten, Acer’s Swift models are impossibly light, the Asus’ ZenBook Flip 14 has a discrete GPU, and Dell’s XPS 13 is, well, excellent all around.
There’s nothing terrible about any of the recent Yoga models, but there’s also nothing in particular to stan. I was hoping this might be the year we saw a Yoga that offered something innovative or different for me to get behind. Lenovo did this with its $999 Yoga C940, sticking an excellent soundbar in the laptop’s one-piece hinge. But the C740, the C940’s lower-cost sibling, is an incremental upgrade from its predecessor, the 13.3-inch Yoga 730. That doesn’t make it a bad laptop. It’s a good one. But as competing 2-in-1s get better and better, the C740 has fallen behind.
OUR REVIEW OFLENOVO C740 (14″)
VERGE SCORE7.5OUT OF 10
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Apart from the refreshed processor inside, the C740’s most noticeable upgrade comes in design. It has a wider screen than the 730 did, and there are now speaker grills on each side of the keyboard. At 14 inches and weighing three pounds, it’s still on the portable side, though a bit too heavy to use extensively as a tablet; I was tired after a few minutes of holding it in one arm while drawing a picture. I think the build is what feels most “Ultrabook”-y about this laptop: there’s a bit of flex in the screen and keyboard deck, but not nearly as much as I generally experience on “budget” devices. The C740 feels sturdy and while both color options are a little drab (gray or silver), the chassis looks well-made.
LENOVO YOGA C740 SPECS
- Display: 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 IPS touchscreen
- Dimensions: 12.7 x 8.5 x 0.67 inches
- Weight: 3 lbs
- Processor: Intel Core i5-10210U or Core i7-10210U
- RAM: Up to 16GB DDR4 (soldered)
- Storage: Up to 1TB SSD
- Wireless: Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0
- Ports: Two USB 3.1 Type-C, one USB 3.1, audio jack
- Price: $899.99 to start
It looks somewhat similar to the Yoga C940, though it’s missing a few of the flagship’s fancier features. Mainly, it loses the 4K display, doesn’t come with a stylus, and lacks the soundbar in the hinge.
On the sides, you’ll find two USB-C 3.1 ports, as well as one USB 3.1 Type-A and a headphone jack. That’s not a ton of connectivity, and it’s made worse by a lack of Thunderbolt 3, though the omission is forgivable on a sub-$1,000 machine. It would’ve been nice to have an HDMI port or SD slot, at least.
Inside the model I reviewed is a 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10210U processor with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. This is the base configuration, which Lenovo has listed at $899.99, but is regularly on sale for under $800 (it’s currently going for $749.99 at Best Buy). You can max out at a Core i7-10510U, 16GB RAM, and a 1TB SSD for $1,219.99. You can also purchase Lenovo’s Active Pen 2 for an extra $59.99. There’s no slot to keep it in, though, so don’t lose it.
The C740 with an i5 delivers adequate performance for business use or everyday browsing. I had no issue with my normal workload, which involved rotating between 20-ish Chrome tabs, running Slack, writing in Google Docs, and occasionally streaming Spotify or Netflix. I got up to 45 Chrome tabs, seven of which were running 1080p YouTube videos, before I noticed slowdown. The lack of a GPU precludes any demanding gaming, however.
AGREE TO CONTINUE: LENOVO YOGA C740
Every smart device now requires you to agree to a series of terms and conditions before you can use it — contracts that no one actually reads. It’s impossible for us to read and analyze every single one of these agreements. But we started counting exactly how many times you have to hit “agree” to use devices when we review them since these are agreements most people don’t read and definitely can’t negotiate.
As with other Windows 10 computers, the Lenovo Yoga C740 presents you with multiple things to agree to or decline upon setup.
The mandatory policies, for which an agreement is required, are:
- A request for your region, and keyboard layout
- Windows 10 License Agreement
- A Microsoft account for sign-in (this can be bypassed if you don’t connect the computer to the internet during setup)
- A PIN
In addition, there is a slew of optional things to agree to:
- Wi-Fi network
- Windows Hello fingerprint sensor authentication
- Activity History
- Link your smartphone
- OneDrive backup
- Office 365
- Cortana (which allows Microsoft to access your location, location history, contacts, voice input, speech and handwriting patterns, typing history, search history, calendar details, messages, apps, and Edge browsing history)
- Device privacy settings: online speech recognition, Find My Device, Inking and Typing, Advertising ID, Location, Diagnostic data, Tailored experiences
- A Lenovo ID profile
- Lenovo security services: sign up for email offers, allow Lenovo to share your email address with McAfee, allow Lenovo to collect anonymous data
Add it all up, and you have four mandatory agreements and 18 optional ones.
The C740 also never got particularly hot; about 15 minutes into a 1080p YouTube video, it was a bit toasty on the bottom, but not at all uncomfortable on my lap, and the keyboard, touchpad, and wrist rests stayed cool. The single fan produced a consistent whine that was audible but never distracting.
The 1080p touchscreen reached 298 nits of brightness in my testing, and it covers 97 percent of sRGB and 75 percent of Adobe color spaces. Those are adequate metrics for a computer at this price point, but they fall short for creative work. Colors generally looked good, with deep blacks making for a contrasty image. Unfortunately, the display is very glossy. Watching a video in a bright office space, I had trouble making out details in indoor and dark scenes because I could so clearly see my own reflection. I would not have wanted to use the C740 outside.
Lenovo is also using a 16:9 aspect ratio which — as I’ve mentioned in other reviews — is just cramped. Using two windows side by side was very difficult, even on the 14-inch screen. It’s not nearly as comfortable for productivity work as smaller 3:2 displays, such as the 13-inch Surface Book 2. This isn’t as much of a problem with a connected monitor, but the lack of Thunderbolt or HDMI makes that a hassle.
Battery life is yet another aspect that’s acceptable but not exceptional. On a balanced profile, I got just over six hours of business browsing, Slack, and Spotify at 50 percent brightness. That’s fine for a 2-in-1 at the C740’s price range, but other machines are faring better. We got between seven and eight hours out of the Surface Pro 7, which starts at just $749. Expect to charge the C740 during the day if you’re using it heavily, but it can coast through typical tasks.
USB-C makes charging less of a hassle. If you already have a USB-C cable for a Switch or a MacBook or something, you won’t need to also carry a proprietary brick. Lenovo’s charger took about two hours to fully juice the C740 up — again, acceptable, but not astounding.
That’s basically the theme of this laptop. The audio was surprisingly pleasant, with a nice surround-sound quality for a laptop speaker. The keyboard was comfortable and quick, but a bit shallow for my taste. The touchpad is a decent size and easy to click. Even the webcam is just fine, producing a serviceable picture with grainy lines. There’s some annoying bloatware, mostly from McAfee and Lenovo’s security center, but that’s unfortunately par for the course for Lenovo machines at this price. All in all, there’s not a lot to complain about, and also not a lot to enthusiastically praise.
If the 2-in-1 market were full of laptops that did some things really well and some things poorly, I’d be happy to recommend the C740 as a safe budget option. It does everything fine. But that’s not the world we live in. The reality is that most of the C740’s non-XPS competitors — HP’s Envys and Spectres, Microsoft’s Surface Pros and Surface Laptops, even Lenovo’s C940 — do most things fine and some things really well.
The C740 is a good machine. You won’t do much better for less than $800. But before buying, I do recommend that you look into its competitors and see what you’re missing out on when you choose a laptop at this price. You’re giving up things like a standout screen, dedicated graphics, and a bundled stylus. If you can do without those, you’ll like the C740 quite a lot. But as other sub-$1,000 competitors continue to innovate, I hope that the budget Yoga line finds a way to keep up.
Buying Guide – Choosing The Right Laptop For College
Laptops for college students are not just used for completing college assignments and case studies. They are also used for web browsing, watching movies, playing games and many more. There are so many laptops to choose from, right from entry-level to high-end gaming laptops. As a college student, the choice of laptop depends also on the budget we’re allotted. Choosing a laptop is not easy when there is so much to consider. Hopefully, we’ll be able to simplify things through this quick guide.
Decide on your budget
There are laptops with different specifications and features priced from Rs. 10,000 onwards. It is important to decide a ball park figure on how much you’re going to spend. This will help decide one among laptop categories and types.
Choose the operating system
Windows 10 is one of the most popular operating system today. You may find it pre-installed in pretty much every laptop these days. It is easy to use. You can install any software, be it productivity to entertainment to games. Depending on what you’re studying, there might be specific system requirements such as Mac OS or Linux.
This is something to consider. Of example, if you need a software package that runs on a Mac, you won’t be able to do that on a Windows laptop. However, a MacBook or a MacBook Pro is expensive, but you can choose to install Windows on it as well. Laptops running Linux might be more affordable than ones that come with Windows pre-installed. This might save your money, but you’ll need to spend a bit more to get a copy of Windows.
Select the processor and RAM
Laptops run on Intel and AMD processors. Choosing the right one is a bit difficult. If you are going to use your laptop mainly for college assignments, basic game titles and software, an Intel Core i3 or AMD A-series A6 or AMD A8 processor will suffice. For students who run heavy programming or graphic-intensive software, it may be worth spending more for laptops running Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7 or AMD A10 processors.
Most laptops today ship with 4GB of RAM, which is great if you want to perform daily tasks like using Microsoft Office, browsing the web and watching movies. If you are ready to spend just a little more, you might find options with 8GB of RAM. More RAM means multitasking between heavy software becomes simpler.
Figure out how much storage you need
As a college student, you’re going to have a lot to store. There are documents, presentations, photos, movies, music, and much more. Most laptops today come with hard drives with capacities ranging from 500 GB to 2TB and above. A 500GB hard drive is sufficient for all the software you’ll need to install, but if you’re going to install game and store movies, you’ll need something higher. If you’re on a budget and settling for a 500GB drive, don’t fret. You can either buy an external hard drive at a later point with higher storage capacities
Choose the graphics card
There are two types of graphics solutions found on laptops – integrated and discrete. The integrated ones are typically slower while the discrete ones are more geared towards performance. If you are going to use your laptop for playing basic games or just for browsing, watching movies, a laptop with an integrated graphics card is perfectly fine. Discrete graphic card solutions on laptops are typically powered by AMD or NVIDIA. AMD calls their cards Radeon, while NVIDIA calls their solutions GeForce.
These GPUs (graphics processing unit) come with dedicated graphics memory which lets them handle graphic intensive software and games. If you are studying a 3D or computer graphics course, a discrete graphics card is essential. Of course, the other benefit is being able to play high-end games on your laptop. NVIDIA’s entry-level graphics solutions are labelled as GeForce 930M, 940M, whereas the mid-range offering start with the GTX 950M and above. AMD’s low-end graphics solutions start from the Radeon R5 going up to the R9 series of GPUs.
The battery on a laptop is as important as the processor and RAM. As a college student, you might need to carry your laptop to college and back. You might not always get a chance to charge it at college. A good capacity battery can last hours on end. One easy way to find out the capacity of the laptop’s battery is by looking at the rating. It’s usually marked as a 3-cell, 6-cell, or 9-cell battery. You can usually find this information on the retailer or on the manufacturer’s web site.
Choose the one that is portable
After choosing the hardware specifications for your laptop, there are other elements that you can’t ignore, such as design, size, weight and the display size. If you are going to carry your laptop daily to college and back, look for a lightweight laptop. If you stay in a hostel, and it’s a full-time machine you’re using, a larger screen size might be recommended. It’s also useful for watching movies, playing games with your friends, reading notes and creating presentations. A larger screen size also means a wider keyboard, which is more ergonomic.
Must-have laptop accessories
There are some accessories meant for protecting your laptop, while some others for increasing productivity. Carrying a laptop is not as easy as carrying your books. A laptop bag is the first thing you should consider. These bags are designed with compartments that let you securely carry the laptop and accessories. Be aware that some manufacturers bundle a free laptop bag with the laptop so you don’t always need to purchase one.
Windows come with a built-in anti-virus to safeguard your laptop from malware threats and viruses. Some manufacturers offer pre-installed software as well. Most of these are subscription based packages where you pay a set fee every year or so. If you want additional security, you can consider third-party antivirus and internet security software for your new laptop.