Lenovo Yoga 510 review - Lenovo Yoga 710 review: Hands-on with Lenovo laptops

Lenovo has once again updated its range of Yoga convertible laptops at MWC 2016 promising improved battery life and performance. Here’s our Lenovo Yoga 510 and 710 hands-on review. Also see: Best new phones, tablets, laptops & more at MWC 2016.

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Lenovo Yoga 510 review - Lenovo Yoga 710 review: Price and release date

Available in four different sizes, the Yoga 710 models will launch first with a release date of May.  The 11in model starts at €799 while the 14in model is €899.

For the Yoga 510, you’ll need to wait until April with the 14in model starting at €479 and the larger 15in starts at €699.

We’re double checking with Lenovo on the pricing as it appears the models with the higher spec are cheaper which doesn’t make sense.

Lenovo Yoga 510

Lenovo Yoga 510 review - Lenovo Yoga 710 review: Design and build

There’s really nothing too exciting about the design of the new Yoga 510 or 710. They follow the same blueprint as previous devices in the family or products. Both look like typical laptops and it’s really only the hinge which is the interesting bit.

The hinge itself is nothing fancy like the flagship Yoga 900, but nevertheless does the job of flipping the screen 360 degrees. This means, like previously, you can use the device in four different modes: laptop, tablet, display and tent.

What you can’t see is that Lenovo has integrated the Wi-Fi antenna into the hinge for better connectivity. It claims up to a 20 percent improvement compared to before.

If you’re looking for portablilty the smaller 710 model is your friend at just 1.04kg. meanwhile, the Yoga 510 weighs either 1.75- or 2.08kg depending on which size you opt for.

With pricing mostly on the cheaper side of things don’t expect too much on build quality beyond a plastic chassis. That said, the devices feel well made and with Lenovo you get a decent keyboard and trackpack.

Lenovo Yoga 510 keeyboard

Lenovo Yoga 510 review - Lenovo Yoga 710 review: Hardware, specs and features

On that promise of more performance, Lenovo has opted for 6th-generation Skylake Intel Core processor for the entire range of new Yoga laptops which come with Windows 10. With various different models available, you’ll be able to get up to Core i7 on the 510 while the 710 has up to Core m5 for better value.

Sticking with the 710 for a moment, there will be up to 8GB of RAM (DDR3) and up to 256GB SSD for storage. There’s also up to 8GB of RAM on the 510 but its DDR4 and you’ll be able to choose from up to a 256GB SSD or 1TB hard drive.

Across the board Lenovo touts up to eight hours of video playback. There’s an optional backlit keyboard and audio by Harman. The 510 offers Yoga Rapid Charge which Lenovo says will get the battery to full in two and a half hours.

Lenovo Yoga 710 tent mode

Powering the graphics of these new laptops is up to an AMD Radeon R7 M460 with 2GB of memory, but you’ll have to get the 510 model for that as the 710 just uses integrated graphics on the Intel processor unless you go for the 14in model which has optional  GeForce graphics.

AS mentioned earlier, there are three different screen sizes. Both laptops are available in a 14in model while the 710 coming in a smaller and more portable 11in size and the 510 is the one for those looking for a traditional 15in screen.

The resolution is Full HD no matter which size you choose so the smaller ones are slightly crisper but not by much. Our main complaint after some hands-on time is that the brightness is poor even at 100 percent – we’re hoping the show lights at MWC made it appear worse than it actually is.

Lenovo Yoga 510: Specs

  • Windows 10
  • Up to Intel Core i7 (6th-generation)
  • Up to 8GB RAM
  • Up to 256GB SSD
  • Up to AMD Radeon R7
  • 14/15in Full HD screen
  • 8 hours video playback
  • Yoga Rapid Charge (100% in 2.5 hours)
  • 1.75/2.08kg
  • Windows 10
  • Up to Intel Core i7 (6th-generation)
  • Up to 8GB RAM
  • Up to 256GB SSD
  • Up to AMD Radeon R7
  • 14/15in Full HD screen
  • 8 hours video playback
  • Yoga Rapid Charge (100% in 2.5 hours)
  • 1.75/2.08kg

OUR VERDICT

We're not overly excited by the new Yoga laptops from Lenovo but that's because this category and family have been around for a while and there's nothing new on offer here. These appear to offer a good combination of value and features, though, with the latest Intel processors and optional features like a proper GPU.