Review of the laptop Lenovo S730-13 (2018): powerful iron in a stylish aluminum case

    Hi, Habr! Lenovo has released a new model for the Yoga S730 line. The modification, which we will tell about today, was obtained by the eighth generation Intel Core i7 processor, a 10-hour battery with the ability to charge it up to 80% per hour, a fingerprint scanner and the thinnest of the entire series of Yoga Notebooks aluminum case.


    Lenovo S730 is not just very thin - it is very light. Yoga in an aluminum case weighs only 1.2 kg. It will be convenient to carry around with you at all times. Such a laptop will appeal to those who first need speed and a good physical keyboard.

    The photo for comparison - the Yoga 720 below and the Yoga S730-13 above. The thickness of the Yoga 720 is 14.3 mm, while the S730-13 is 11.9.

    But this convenience was worth several sacrifices. Firstly, this model does not expand 360 degrees, like the classic Yoga. Secondly, there is not a single USB port - only three Type-C, one of which is designed for charging. Fortunately, 3.5 mm jack remained. Version 730 (without the letter S, which can be turned into a tablet) has one USB port, although the thickness of this device is 14.1 mm versus 11.9 mm for our hero.

    Color options are platinum and steel gray. The case itself is made of aluminum, finished finishing on a sandblaster.

    The device really does not look thicker than a magazine, and it slightly surpasses by weight: For example, Elle weighs about 1200 grams.


    The developers of Lenovo Yoga S730-13 had to sacrifice a number of ports to achieve the minimum weight and thickness. The CD drive was forgotten a long time ago due to the penetration and speed of broadband Internet, Wi-Fi allowed to get rid of the LAN port, and now it is time to send the past USB, replacing them with miniature USB Type-C.

    On the left side of the laptop is located USB Type-C for charging the laptop, a 3.5-mm port for headphones and the power indicator.  

    On the right side there is a reset button to the factory settings and two USB Type-C, one of which supports continuous charging of connected devices. And these are all the ports that are here. It will be most convenient to use wireless peripherals, although in principle, you will not need peripherals for working with text, tables, and surfing the network. There is no support for memory cards in a laptop, but it is possible to choose a model with a solid-state drive up to 1 TB.


    Yoga S730-13 is equipped with a 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with a wide viewing angle. The display supports Dolby Vision technology, an enhanced HDR format.

    Very thin frames around the display are striking. What should be the thickness of the framework - for a transformer the question is complicated: on the one hand, the thinner the frame, the larger the display can be placed in the case; on the other hand, when converting to the tablet mode, the wide frames allow you to keep the gadget calm without making unnecessary clicks. Since the S730-13 before the tablet does not fold out and does not have a touch screen, its thin frame is only a plus on all sides.

    Another difference S730 from 730 model touched hinges. Instead of two thin, resembling the very first Lenovo Yoga 11, here one hinge occupies almost the entire length of the laptop.

    At the bottom of the laptop placed three rubber feet, one along the entire length of the hinge, and two small ones closer to the front edge.


    Lenovo Yoga keyboards have always been very comfortable and have not undergone any significant changes since 2012. The S730 keyboard is also comfortable. Of course, those who continue to work on laptops of this line from year to year will be especially pleased. But getting used to it will turn out very quickly. The key travel is soft, they themselves have a barely noticeable indentation in the center - it is a pleasure to work on this keyboard both from a tactile and audio point of view.

    The keyboard is equipped with a backlight with two levels of brightness. On the right above the keyboard is a power button with an LED indicator.

    Under the keyboard is a fingerprint scanner.

    Hardware component

    The eighth generation Intel Core i7 processor provides high performance and decent runtime - up to 10 hours. Also available with i5.

    The i7-8565U processor, a quad-core mobile processor released in the third quarter of 2018, is manufactured using a 14-nanometer process. The base frequency is 1.8 GHz, but it can accelerate using Turbo Boost technology to 4.6 GHz.

    Test results in GeekBench:

    The integrated graphics processor Intel HD 620 is responsible for the graphics. For online games this will be quite enough when choosing low or medium settings, but you will not be able to play more resource-intensive games.
    Cinebench R15

    results : Test results in 3D Mark:

    PCMARK'10 results:

    The laptop is equipped with an SSD-drive with a capacity of 128 GB to 1 TB manufactured by Samsung.


    Intel's energy efficient processor allows you to charge for up to 10 hours. Rapid Charge technology will help you charge your laptop up to 80% in just an hour. This is especially true at times when you urgently need to go to a meeting - some half an hour, and the charge is enough for decent work time.

    How much and where to buy?

    Thanks to the energy efficient and at the same time powerful processor, the possibility of fast charging, a light and thin body such a laptop is suitable for everyone who often works on the run or travels a lot. The device looks very stylish and will definitely attract the views of others.

    A laptop in a dark gray Iron Gray package bundled with an Intel Core i7 processor and an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphics processor, with 16 gigabytes of RAM and a 256 GB solid-state drive, costs 88,180 rubles. His younger brother with 8 gigabytes of memory on board and in silver is 83 690. In addition, you can choose a model with an i5 processor, already for 76 090. Laptops are already available in our online store .

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