Lenovo Yoga 700 review: A great value hybrid laptop that falls just short

Lenovo Yoga 700 review: Ports, buttons and wireless

Handily, there is a little warning light that appears on the right-hand side of the Yoga if the battery is running low. From 100% to 20% it’s solid white, but dip below 20% and it turns amber. When it starts flashing, you’re under 5% and it’s time to find a power outlet.

Considering just how small this laptop is, there are a surprising number of buttons and ports to enjoy. To continue our tour of the right-hand side, you’ll find a backlit power button, volume/up down buttons, a combo mic/headphone jack, and a USB 2 socket.

There are also two tiny buttons that are difficult to press, but potentially useful. One locks the screen to its current orientation, the other is indented and launches Lenovo’s OneKey Recovery utility. Hopefully, you won’t need to press it, but in the event of disaster, it’s nice to know that help is a single key-press away.

On the left-hand side, you’ll find two further USB ports, one of which is USB 2 and doubles up as a power connector, while the other supports USB 3. There’s also a micro-HDMI port and a 4-in-1 card reader, supporting the SD, SDHC, SDXC and MMC standards.

Wireless connectivity, finally, covers all the expected bases, including dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.

Lenovo Yoga 700 review: Verdict

Despite my criticisms, I like the Yoga 700. It’s fast enough for everyday use, it’s light and it’s flexible. I even like its design, particularly the metallic, “burnt” orange of our review sample. I’d be interested to see how it bears up after a year or two of punishment, with the budget price reflected in an all-plastic finish, but this looks like a much more expensive laptop than it actually is.

One word of caution, though, because the price only includes a 128GB SSD. In my experience, that isn’t enough for a laptop that’s going to have any serious use; it limits how many “big” programs (think Adobe and Microsoft in particular) you can install, and leaves little space for media-hungry files such as videos and photo dumps. In fact, once you take into account Lenovo’s hidden recovery partition, there’s only 98GB of usable space to start with anyway.

That doesn’t mean stay away, but it does mean buyer beware: you’re getting a well-designed, light laptop that doubles up as a tablet when you fancy reading or watching rather than doing, but enthusiasts will rub up against frustrations once they start pushing it beyond the basics.

Further reading: The best laptops for 2016 – your ultimate UK guide.

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