The review unit that NBR tested was outfitted with a 6th-generation Intel Core i5-6200U CPU running at 2.3GHz, 8GB of RAM, Intel HD graphics 520, and a 128GB SSD. Currently listed at $850 on Lenovo’s website (at the time of this writing), it’s a decent value with enough performance to handle more demanding productivity tasks. However, what really makes the Yoga 700 special is the option for the discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 940M graphics (with 2GB of dedicated vRAM). This option makes the total price of the notebook a bit more expensive at $950 but it also comes with a larger 256GB SSD. If you’re looking to play games or do any kind of media editing the dedicated graphics card will offer a considerable performance boost.
The integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 isn’t all that robust, but it will be fine for normal everyday tasks. The integrated GPU can handle light amounts of HD video editing and is capable of running less demanding game titles such as Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and League of Legends at lower detail settings.
The 128GB solid state drive (SSD) may not provide the storage capacity for a lifetime of family photos, but the added speed makes the Yoga 700 feel like a truly high performance device. Add to that the benefits of less noise (no spinning hard drive platters) and resistance to damage due to vibration or impact and the SSD is a great addition to this 2-in-1.
With a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 CPU and 8GB of RAM the Yoga 700 offers solid computing power. Our review team was pleased by the machine’s ability to multi-task, as we were able to run 10 open Chrome tabs while streaming HD video and listening to Spotify in the background without any lag or a noticeable drop in performance.
The Lenovo Yoga 700 that Notebook Review tested had the following configuration:
- Windows 10 (64-bit)
- 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5-6200U CPU (3M Cache, up to 2.8 GHz Turbo frequency)
- 14.0” FHD LED Glossy Multitouch (1920 x 1080)
- Intel HD Graphics 520
- 8 GB of DDR3
- 128 GB SSD
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Dimensions: 13.18 x 9 x 0.72 -inches
- Weight: 3.5 pounds
- Price as configured: $850
wPrime processor comparison listed in seconds (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark8 Home (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows for general activities from web browsing and video streaming to typing documents and playing games (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark8 Work (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows for work-related productivity tasks (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphics card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
CrystalDiskmark storage drive performance test:
Heat and Noise
The single cooling fan inside the Yoga 700 with integrated Intel graphics is relatively quite. We should mention that the configuration with Nvidia GeForce GT 940M discrete graphics features a second fan to help keep the GPU cool. Even after taxing our review unit by running two HD video streams for more than 40 minutes the noise from the single fan was barely audible. The machine did heat up slightly, namely along the bottom rear of the chassis, but it was only enough to be a slight discomfort at the most. Even after streaming for more than 40 minutes, the Yoga 700 was still perfectly fine to use as a laptop.
To test battery life, we used Futuremark’s PowerMark benchmark in balanced mode. The test consists of a combination of automated web browsing, word processing, gaming and video playback workloads. The test is far more strenuous than typical web browsing alone, measuring the machine under a litany of scenarios to better simulate high-stress usage. With the test being far more demanding the scores are understandably lower than what you’ll experience just checking Facebook or watching Netflix.
In our test the Yoga 700 ran for 3 hours and 48 minutes before shutting down. Running shy of four hours, the Yoga 700 offers pretty standard battery life. Considering that our tests are a bit more strenuous than normal use, you can expect to get upwards of 6 to 7 hours of battery life on a single charge.