The Lenovo IdeaPad 730S is notable not only for what it provides, however for what it doesn’t.

Unlike many different laptops within the $900-and-up value vary, the IdeaPad 730S doesn’t rework right into a pill and doesn’t actually have a touchscreen. It makes use of a modest 1080p show as a substitute of a battery-chewing QHD or 4K panel, and its wildest flourish is a Dolby Atmos speaker system, which for a laptop computer truly sounds fairly good.

By trimming away fancy gimmicks, Lenovo has delivered a light-weight laptop computer that appears nice and performs properly for an inexpensive value.

One phrase of warning, although: We’ve examined two of those laptops, and each had fixed Wi-Fi connectivity points throughout a number of networks. Lenovo’s prompt repair concerned putting in a newer Wi-Fi driver for a special laptop computer. This solved the issue, however the firm hasn’t stated when it is going to formally launch these drivers for the 730S.

Price and specs

Lenovo despatched us the $1000 model of the 730S, which incorporates an Eighth-generation Intel Core i5-8265U (1.6GHz) processor, Intel UHD 620 graphics, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 256GB strong state drive. You can save $100 by choosing 128GB of storage, and you may improve to a Core i7-8565U (1.8 GHz) processor—in both storage configuration—for $200 extra.

In all instances, you’ll get a non-touch IPS show with a decision of 1920×1080. The most brightness we measured of 317 nits is surprisingly good for the value: not far behind the 337 nits we measured for Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 2, and properly above the 250-260 nits that we contemplate to be common. The viewing angles are nice.

Design

Unlike some rival thin-and-light laptops, the 730S doesn’t stamp a brand in the midst of the lid or beneath the show. The solely signal that you simply’re utilizing a Lenovo laptop computer—when you take away the compulsory stickers, in fact—is a tiny embedded brand on the lid’s upper-left nook.

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The lack of a big brand in the midst of the lid is a refreshing change from the showy stamps on different laptops.

Combine that tasteful method with edge-to-edge show glass, slender bezels across the display screen, some distinctive shield-shaped keycaps, and a dark-gray aluminum body, and you find yourself with a reasonably slick-looking laptop computer. Lenovo even shaved a millimeter off final 12 months’s IdeaPad 720S design, so the brand new mannequin measures simply 0.47-inch thick, and a really transportable 2.4 kilos.

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