Lenovo Yoga 730 and Flex 14 hands-on


(upbeat music) – Hey, This is Jake with the Verge and we’re here with Lenovo’s new Yoga 730, which I have right here in
front of me, and the Flex 14. The Yoga 730 comes in two models, a 13 inch that I have
here, and a 15 inch model. They are pretty identical
to last year’s 720, but there are some slight design
tweaks, kinda all over it. There is a really nice
change in back here. We have these rounded edges which look much more modern and sleek. And this angular design
on the hinges, also. Since it’s a Yoga, you can, of course, flip it around into tablet mode. But there’s a nice difference,
when you hold it in one hand, there’s an angle here now too. Which makes it a little bit easier when you’re holding it one-handed. Yeah, it’s a little bit
easier, so it’s nice. But otherwise, the hardware
is pretty much the same. There’s still no Windows Hello camera, but there is a fingerprint reader. I also really love this copper color, but unfortunately its
only available in Europe. In the US you’re only
gonna get gray and silver. Which, everybody has a
gray and silver laptop. The computers start around $900. For that price, you’ll get
an eighth gen i5 processor and a 1080p display. But, you can also spec them way up. You can go up to an i7
processor, 16 gigabytes of RAM. On this model, you can also
get a 512 gigabyte SSD, and on the 15 inch you can
go up to a one terabyte SSD and add in a GTX 1050 GPU, which would be great if you’re doing some serious video editing,
or even some gaming. Lenovo’s estimating around
11 hours of battery life on the 1080p model. And one thing that’s really
cool this year is that, Lenovo has built Alexa into these laptops. So they have far-field mics and when you have the laptop open, and you have to be logged
in, you’ll be able to say, “Alexa,” and get your answers. So, you can choose between
Alexa and Cortana if you want. It’s basically Amazon’s app built in, but its pretty cool that
they built the hardware into this so that you
can use Alexa properly. The computers have a mix
between USB-C and USB-A ports. They support rapid charging and they’re gonna be available in April. It’s a really nice looking computer. And the real difference between this and the higher end 900 series
model is mostly the design. And the design of this
is pretty nice as it is. If you were going to spec it up, you can get a pretty good
laptop inside this shell. One area it would have been
nice to see Lenovo change this a bit, is the display. While the display looks pretty good, it has a really large bezel on the bottom. And, it’s too bad because
it would have been nice to see them bring that
down a bit and give us a different aspect ratio
with a bit more screen space. (medium tempo drum beat) In addition to the Yoga 730, Lenovo’s also announcing the
Flex 14 which I have here. In Europe, the Flex 14 is
actually gonna be known as the Yoga 530, which is
a little bit confusing. But also is kind of helpful
because it lets you know that this is a little bit below the 730, as far as specs and build quality go. And that’s basically what you’re getting. This is a very similar design to the 730, very similar specs if you pay enough. But you’re not getting
all the same features. You don’t have Alexa, you
don’t have far-field mics, and the build quality’s not quite as nice. But you do still see
some of the changes here. You have these more rounded
edges here and sloped hinge. One thing that I don’t like
about this computer already is that it is extremely hard to open. You definitely can’t
do it with one finger. I really have to get
my fingernail in there and kinda pry it open. It’s a little bit of a workout. It’s like doing one of
those hand-squeezy things. It’s very strange. But you do get more ports in this laptop. You have USB-C, USB-A, HDMI
and a full size SD card slot. Which is pretty nice. This laptop is gonna
start in the $500 range. We don’t know exactly the specs that you’re gonna get for that price. But, if you’re willing to pay more, you can spec it up to an
eighth gen i7 processor, 16 gigabytes of RAM. You can even add a GeForce MX 130 GPU. Unfortunately, though,
you’re gonna be stuck with a 1080p display. Just like the 730, the Flex
14 will be available in April. For more you can check out theverge.com, and be sure to subscribe
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