In this article, we’re looking at the Lenovo Flex 5 vs Yoga 720. Lenovo pioneered the 2-in-1 convertible concept about a decade ago. Since then, the company has been offering a handful of 2-in-1 convertibles at various price points. Finding a laptop with the kind of versatility you can use and strong hardware at an affordable price isn’t easy. But the Flex 5 and the Yoga 720 are a pair of mid-range, flexible laptops packed with serious utility that aim to do just that at a price between $500 to $1200. We’ll be comparing these machines based on performance and hardware. Let’s get started.
Lenovo Flex 5: Overview
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The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 convertible looks the same as the Yoga 720, but with a more frugal price tag; we explain why in more detail below:
The Flex 5 is a simple and appealing proposition that’s available in both 14- and 15-inch variants. You can get it with various iterations of either an AMD or Intel chipset. The 15.6-inch touchscreen on the 15-inch version for example offers a Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution with IPS technology.
And since it’s a ‘Flex’ model, the screen is connected to the attractive chassis via a full 360-degree hinge for an overall high-quality feel.
But, to get the Flex 5 to come in around $500, something has to give: This model comes with an M.2 128GB SSD supported by the latest NVMe control protocol and 4GB of RAM. If you’re in any kind of multitasking scenario, you’ll quickly begin see why those numbers don’t quite cut the mustard.
Numbers aside, what makes this a nice portable to use is the screen quality: although a little dim, it’s accurate and pleasant to use. The keyboard feels like it belongs on a much more expensive laptop and the 65-watt hour battery gives you about a 10-hour runtime.
Below are the other configurations you can get with a Flex 5:
- RAM: 8/16 GB
- Display size: 14/15.6 inches
- Storage: 256–1256 GB
- Operating system: Windows 10 Home
- Graphics card: Intel HD Graphics 620/NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
- Weight: 3.7 pounds
- Processor family: 8th generation Intel Core i7
- Internal memory: 8/16 GB
- One of the best battery lives on the market
- Comfortable display
- Fingerprint reader available
- Capable of storage expansion
- Noisy fan
- Pricey accessories
- Small touchpad for the class
Lenovo Yoga 720: Overview
- Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor
- 16GB DDR4 Memory
- 256GB Solid State Drive
- 15.6" 3840x2160 IPS Touchscreen Display
- Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
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For a convertible laptop, the Lenovo Yoga 720 comes with a hefty price tag, but with good reason. Starting at around $1000, it costs more than the Flex 5.
The device offers 13-inch and 15-inch variants with a 4K resolution. On top of that, it has an 8-hour battery life with one extra hour if you’re working on a full HD display.
But as you go through the specs, it’s not hard to see why the battery endurance is somewhat lacking. This model features a strong discrete graphics card and a fast Intel Core i7 CPU making it a fine contender for design and gaming. And you can watch movies easily when you flip into tablet mode.
Other components include 8GB of RAM (which is the minimum we recommended for all modern laptops). And a 256GB SSD, which will give you more bandwidth than the Flex’s paltry 128GB.
When it comes to design, the body is all-aluminum compared to the Flex’s mostly plastic build. And like the Flex, the Yoga gets a robust 360-degree hinge that allows it to be used in any mode you find most comfortable.
The device features an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, making it the most powerful in its class.
The Yoga’s port offerings are similar to the Flex. And like the Flex, the 15.6-inch display on this model is stunning, with vivid colors and sharp details.
What other configurations can you get with Yoga 720? Find out below:
- RAM: 4/8/12/16 GB, DDR4-SDRAM
- Display size: 12.5/13.3/15.6 inches
- Storage: 128–1000 GB
- Operating system: Windows 10 Home
- Graphics card: Intel HD Graphics 620/NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
- Weight: 2.9 pounds
- Processor family: 8th generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3
- Internal memory: 4/8/12/16 GB
- Vibrant display
- Reasonable price
- Various input options
- Lightweight chassis
- Limited battery life
- Low maximum brightness
- On the heavier side of comparable 2-in-1s
Lenovo Flex 5 Vs Yoga 720 – A Detailed Comparison
If you want to make the right decision, you’ll need to know all the givens. Here, we’ll show you how the Flex 5 and Yoga 720 compare in all the essential factors.
Although it’s generally true that the 360-degree hinge offered by 2-in-1 convertibles need to be sturdy, necessitating a bulkier chassis than traditional laptops. You’ll find that this doesn’t always hold true, especially in the case of the Yoga 720 and the Flex 5.
Both the Yoga 720 and the Flex 5 are available in nearly the same sizes. But that’s not all there is to the styling of these laptops; there are other design aspects to consider.
The Flex 5 can easily be sold as the Yoga 720. If you’re not paying close enough attention to the differences, it’s easy to mistake one for the other. The two convertibles look exactly alike with minimal differences in the dimensions. Their weight is also the same in some variants.
The Flex’s lid is made of a glass fiber hybrid, and its bottom chassis is made of an ABS/PC plastic hybrid. The whole frame feels solid, but the hinge isn’t as firm as you’d expect it to be. As a result, the display shakes a bit if you’re in a moving vehicle. Otherwise, this doesn’t pose a problem, unless you’re trying to get some work done while you’re traveling like we often do.
The bottom half of the chassis has a silver-accented edge that breaks up the all-black tone of the device. The same edge can be found near the fingerprint reader and the mouse pad.
Barely qualifying as an ultraportable, the Flex weighs about 3.3-pounds. Compared to equally equipped flagship 2-in-1s like the Dell XPS 13 (2.9-pounds) and HP Elite Dragonfly (3.3-pounds), that’s heavy. But these laptops are also more expensive than the Flex.
The Yoga 720 offers consistently head-turning looks and excellent build quality with a design that might be plain, but professional.
It sports a conventional two-hinge design unlike the blingier watchband influenced hinge of the Yoga 920.
Being a convertible, the Yoga 720 comes in an ideal weight and form. At 0.6-inches thick with a 2.9-pound weight, it’s certainly light enough to carry wherever you go.
The 720 balances nicely when you convert it into notebook mode. The display gets pushed back into a comfortable distance while remaining more stable than the Flex.
Downside is the fact that you can’t open the lid using only one hand. You might think this is a trivial concern, but you’ll notice the difference when you use a laptop with this option.
The 720’s silver finish hides dirt better than that of the Flex. That being said, the aluminum finish on the inside leaves prints after hours spent resting your palm on it.
To compare apples-to-apples, a 13-inch version of the Yoga 720 weighs around 2.8-pounds, which is comparatively easier to manage on commutes than the Flex.
The display can make or break a laptop, especially when we’re talking about 2-in-1s; it’s an important feature to have for a laptop in this category to be a screaming-good value. Let’s see how these Lenovo convertible stack up in this category.
Dim screens are Lenovo’s Achilles heel, and the Flex 5 isn’t any different. The 14- or 15-inch touch display you can get comes with a Full HD resolution and IPS technology, which is a compelling proposition.
As a ‘Flex’ model, the lid can be rotated 360-degrees into various modes. But even at full brightness, you still want more. And the glossy finish doesn’t exactly help matters. Nevertheless, the display is still vibrant and comfortable to look at, thanks to the minimal glare.
There’s good color reproduction and viewing angles, but maximum brightness isn’t enough to overcome the glare from off the reflective panel. At 250 nits, the backlighting is relatively dim. It’s bright enough for working in darker environments. But bright environments are where visibility begins to suffer.
You get a Full HD IPS touch panel, supporting inputs from a full-fledge digital stylus like the Lenovo Digital Pen which is an optional extra. It offers 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and includes two customizable buttons. The touch functions work perfectly well, so you’ll face no issues with the tablet mode.
One of the big issues with Yogas of the past was too much bezel surrounding the touchscreen. Lenovo fixed this issue in the 720 with only a quarter inch bezel staring back at you, which works to increase the viewing area.
The Yoga 720 has an IPS display that’s a bit glossy with minimal glare. You’d only feel it near bright sunlight, and it shouldn’t bother you much. However, it has the same downside as the Flex: the dim maximum brightness. It’d be ideal for indoor work but working with it outdoors will require squinting your eyes.
Otherwise, the viewing experience is stunning. Colors are vivid with sharp details. It covers and excellent 114% of the color gamut on the 15-inch model where most notebooks in its class only manage 95%. But the 272 nits of brightness fall just under the average of 276 nits.
The 13-inch models are dimmer than the average ultraportable, but brighter than the competition. And with the ability to reproduce 141% percent of the color gamut, it’s extremely vivid too. But the 255 nits of brightness fall short of the 286-nit average.
Like the Flex the Lenovo Yoga 720 supports captive pen input.
The keyboard and touchpad are the most useful features of laptops, especially convertible ones. Here’s how Lenovo did in the two competing models.
The Flex 5 features an AccuType keyboard derived from Lenovo’s flagship ThinkPad on both the 14- and 15-inch models. Although you get a soft typing feel with just enough travel and a snappy response, the typing experience is not as comfortable as a ThinkPad.
But if your work involves a lot of typing, you won’t be let down. There’s plenty of spacing and you even get three-levels of backlighting so you can work in practically any environment.
Yeah, the touchpad is a bit stiff on the models we looked at. But they utilize Precision drivers, which accounts for a smooth experience overall. The tracking and sensitivity are exactly as they should be, and the pad doesn’t rattle like cheaply built laptops when you click it.
The result is smooth and precise Windows 10 multitouch gestures
The 720’s keyboard doesn’t feel as firm as what you’ll find on a ThinkPad. But it comes with ample spacing and three levels of backlighting, just like the Flex 5 on both the 13- and 15-inch models.
Using the keys doesn’t feel as soft as the one on the Flex, either. But there’s a fair amount of travel depending on which generation you get.
They’re also well-spaced and clearly labeled so the overall typing experience is comfortable for extended periods of time. Although some 15-inch models can be sullied by a shallow typing experience, but it’s not a deterrent for hours of typing.
As for the touchpad experience, neither the 13- or 15-inch models stray far from that of the Flex 5. It’s spacious yet harmonious with the laptop’s size. And it features the same Precision drivers as the Flex 5, responding easily to Windows 10 gestures without any jumpiness.
Plus, you’ll hear no rattle while from this touchpad no matter how long you use it.
Ports and Connections
On the edge you’ll find a power port that comes with an AC adapter with a USB-C plug, and an HDMI output. There’s only one USB Type-C port which can be used to charge the laptop and audio combo jack.
There’s also two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports which is becoming more rare to find on ultraportables. But it’s a connection that’s useful for plugging into a number of peripherals that haven’t made the move to USB-C.
You’ll also get a full-size SD card reader and a power button. You’ll have to be careful not to accidentally press the button when you grasp the Flex 5 by its sides.
As for wireless connectivity the Flex 5 comes with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. While it’s not the latest Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) standard as it’s not a requirement for laptops at this price point to have one. And it’s still plenty fast for most wireless environments.
If having a built-in Ethernet, SD card reader and HDMI are important to you, you might want to look elsewhere. The port selection here is minimal, but average for a 2-in-1.
Around the edges of the laptop, you’ll find a power jack, one USB 3.0 port and two full-size USB 3.1 ports. A Thunderbolt 3 port and headphone jack. One of the two Type-C ports is used for charging and supports Thunderbolt 3 for speedy connections to newer external hard drives and displays.
The other is for USB 3.0 peripherals and both can charge the laptop using the included USB-C power adapter. There’s also a power button and a conventional USB 3.0 connector.
It’s not an easy choice, we know. Either decision gives you an ultraportable that’s light enough and thin, making it the perfect choice for work on the go. Both offer good performance which makes them a remarkable value for the money (depending on what you’re looking for). However, the Flex 5 does weigh a bit more, which is a handicap for portability. And the screen quality is better on the Yoga 720. Still, the Flex 5 and Yoga 720 are good alternatives to a traditional mainstream laptop. They’re available in smaller or bigger footprints with various configurations. Whichever you choose, we hope this guide helps.