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Lenovo Yoga 700 14ISK Convertible Review

Mainstream convertible. The Yoga 3 14 gets a new name with updates to core components. What else is new for this Skylake refresh?

After just checking out the Yoga 900, we've now gone lower on the totem pole to the Yoga 700. This larger and more affordable version of the Yoga 900 brings the signature 360-degree hinges that the series is known for with Skylake for reduced power consumption and increased GPU performance. As an update to the 2014 Yoga 3 14, we recommend checking out our previous reviews for additional information on the series.

14-inch convertibles like the Yoga 700 are more uncommon compared to 13.3-inch convertibles. Nonetheless, the Yoga 700 competes against convertibles like the Acer Aspire R14 and Sony Vaio Flip 14A.

Lenovo Yoga 3 14 Review

Lenovo Yoga 3 14 (GT 940M) Review

Lenovo Yoga 900 Review

Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QD (Yoga 700 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 520, Core: 300 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, 10.18.15.4279
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR3-1600 SDRAM, 800 MHz, 11-11-11-28, single-channel
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, 10-point capacitive, IPS, ID: Chi Mei CMN14B6, Name: N140HCE-EBA, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Soundcard
Intel Skylake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: SD reader, Sensors: Gyroscope
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18.3 x 334.9 x 229.5 ( = 0.72 x 13.19 x 9.04 in)
Battery
45 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, McAfee LiveSafe, Lenovo Solution Center, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.49 kg ( = 52.56 oz / 3.28 pounds), Power Supply: 220 g ( = 7.76 oz / 0.49 pounds)
Price
900 Euro

 

Case

We can quickly see right off the bat that the Yoga 700 is a rebrand of the Yoga 3 14 down to the design, plastic and brushed aluminum materials, and size. Thus, case quality is similar to last year's Yoga 3 14. This is both good and bad as we found last year's model to be well-made with a few flaws. First, pressing down on the center of the outer lid will cause both a slight depression and visible onscreen ripples. Secondly, the base and lid are not as rigid as a ThinkPad T model. For a consumer-level notebook, however, the Yoga 700 is built very well with no major or moderate quality issues.

When compared to the higher-end 13-inch Yoga 900, the 14-inch Yoga 700 is rounder and thicker and lacks the rubberized palm rests. The design is definitely less flashy and down-to-Earth since it lacks the Wristband hinge as well. Functionally, the hinges of the Yoga 700 are just as taut as on the Yoga 900, albeit with slightly more wobbling while sitting on a flat desk. The edges and corners retain the rubber bumpers for better support in Tent mode and better handling in Tablet mode.

At nearly 1.5 kg, the Yoga 700 is not the most comfortable device to use as a tablet while standing or moving. The HP Spectre x360 weighs about the same while the Yoga 900 is over 200 grams lighter. In this case, the smaller Yoga 900 is much easier to use in Tablet mode on every occasion.

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Connectivity

Physical ports and port placement remain unchanged from the Yoga 3 14. The DC-in and USB 2.0 combo port is back alongside the Micro-HDMI port. The Yoga 900 replaces the Micro-HDMI port with the more versatile USB Type-C. We would have liked to see a full-size HDMI port or at least mini DisplayPort. Nonetheless, we appreciate the dedicated rotation-lock key instead of simply relying on software toggles.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: Power button, Recovery button, Rotation lock, Volume rocker, Micro-HDMI, USB 3.0
Right: Power button, Recovery button, Rotation lock, Volume rocker, Micro-HDMI, USB 3.0
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: USB 2.0 + charging port, USB 3.0, 3.5 mm audio, SD reader
Left: USB 2.0 + charging port, USB 3.0, 3.5 mm audio, SD reader

Communication

Lenovo lists a "non-Intel" WiFi card in use for all of its Yoga 700 SKUs. After taking a closer look at the motherboard, our model is actually equipped with a removable Intel Wireless-AC 3165 1x1 M.2 module. This budget WLAN card offers theoretical transfer rates of up to 433 Mbps and integrates both Bluetooth 4.2 and WiDi functionality. We experienced no connectivity issues during our time with the test unit.

Additional wireless options such as WWAN or GPS are not supported on the Yoga 700.

Accessories

Included extras are light since this is a mainstream notebook. Optional accessories abound from Bluetooth mice and speakers to protective sleeves designed specifically for the Yoga 700 and Yoga 3 14.

Maintenance

Accessibility is relatively easy once the Torx screws are removed from the bottom panel. Upgrades are limited to the single SODIMM slot and 2.5-inch SATA bay.

Warranty

The standard one-year limited warranty applies. Lenovo provides one of the most extensive coverage options should buyers want additional protection.

dGPU spot unoccupied on our iGPU SKU
dGPU spot unoccupied on our iGPU SKU

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard and touchpad have not changed from the Yoga 3 14. The size (27.75 x 10 cm) is sufficient and similar to the Yoga 900, but unfortunately with the same shallow travel and spongy feedback as on the Yoga 3 14. The keyboard tends to flex towards the center and it just cannot compete with the keyboards on flagship ThinkPad models. It's far from bad, but we hope that Lenovo can at least improve upon the travel for future iterations.

The keyboard backlight returns with just one level of brightness compared to two on the Yoga 900. Along with the keys and touchpad, everything is automatically disabled as soon as the notebook is opened 190 degrees or beyond. However, the keys do not automatically depress (no Lift n' Lock feature) like on the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga models.

Touchpad

The 10.5 x 7 cm surface is slightly larger than the one on the Yoga 900 with the same integrated mouse keys. Instead of Synaptics, however, the Yoga 700 uses the Elan software and the plastic touchpad surface is lacking the slightly rubberized layer as found on the costlier Yoga 900. Scrolling and simple movements are smooth and bug-free. Pinch-to-zoom is on the slow side and works much more smoothly if using the multi-touch touchscreen for such functions instead.

The integrated mouse keys are shallow in travel with a soft auditory click and slightly spongy feedback. For example, it's possible to depress the touchpad without actuating the button to register the input. The force required to enter a click is more than on the Yoga 900 and higher than average, so it's a bit more strain on the hands and fingers.

Identical layout to the Yoga 3 14
Identical layout to the Yoga 3 14
Keys have shallow travel
Keys have shallow travel

Display

The glossy 14-inch capacitive touchscreen is fixed at 1920 x 1080 with no higher or lower configuration options. Unlike the Yoga 900, the subpixel structure on the Yoga 700 lacks a dedicated White pixel and is instead a standard RGB matrix. A quick search for the Chi Mei CMN14B6 display name shows no other notebooks sporting the same panel.

Display brightness has not improved over the Yoga 3 14. At an average of 210 nits, most Ultrabooks are brighter than the Lenovo. The notebook makes up for this with its good contrast of nearly 1000:1, which is a step better than its predecessor.

Subjectively, we can notice no general issues regarding display quality. Text and images are sharp and there is only very minor backlight bleeding on the bottom corner of the display. the screen is nowhere near as crisp as on the Yoga 900 as PPI is much lower on this mainstream Yoga (157 vs. 276).

Standard RGB subpixel matrix
Standard RGB subpixel matrix
Very slight backlight bleeding around edges
Very slight backlight bleeding around edges
207.5
cd/m²
218.3
cd/m²
218.2
cd/m²
208.1
cd/m²
224.5
cd/m²
205.4
cd/m²
197.3
cd/m²
209.3
cd/m²
206.4
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2
Maximum: 224.5 cd/m² Average: 210.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 224.5 cd/m²
Contrast: 980:1 (Black: 0.229 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.06 | 0.8-23.34 Ø6.5
ΔE Greyscale 5 | 0.64-98 Ø6.7
61% sRGB (Argyll) 39% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.25
Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QD
1920x1080
HP Pavilion 14t-ab000 K9E07AV
1366x768
Acer Aspire E5-473G-59QT
1920x1080
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
1920x1080
Lenovo Yoga 3 14
1920x1080
Dell Latitude E7450
1920x1080
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
52.8 (16.4, 36.4)
Response Time Black / White *
42 (10, 32)
PWM Frequency
198 (90)
Screen
-88%
-51%
16%
-10%
19%
Brightness
211
218
3%
228
8%
281
33%
225
7%
257
22%
Brightness Distribution
88
86
-2%
90
2%
94
7%
82
-7%
75
-15%
Black Level *
0.229
1.029
-349%
0.54
-136%
0.286
-25%
0.394
-72%
0.3
-31%
Contrast
980
232
-76%
441
-55%
1007
3%
595
-39%
933
-5%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.06
12.21
-101%
10.64
-76%
4.35
28%
5.22
14%
3.45
43%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5
13.44
-169%
11.74
-135%
3.7
26%
3.35
33%
3.35
33%
Gamma
2.25 107%
2.11 114%
2.42 99%
2.68 90%
2.27 106%
2.37 101%
CCT
7030 92%
20097 32%
13043 50%
6076 107%
6184 105%
6940 94%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
39
38.62
-1%
36
-8%
54.7
40%
36.92
-5%
60
54%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
61
56.26
-8%
57
-7%
92
51%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-88% / -88%
-51% / -51%
16% / 16%
-10% / -10%
19% / 19%

* ... smaller is better

Color space coverage is typical for a mainstream notebook at just 36 percent and 61 percent of the AdobeRGB and sRGB standards, respectively. Costlier notebooks or certain business notebooks like the Dell Latitude E7450 or Lenovo ThinkPad T450s can portray deeper and more accurate colors than our Yoga 700.

vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs HP Pavilion 14t
vs HP Pavilion 14t
vs. Yoga 3 14
vs. Yoga 3 14

Further measurements with an X-Rite spectrophotometer reveal an average grayscale and poor reproduction of Blue and Magenta colors. A calibration will improve grayscale and decrease color temperature, though color accuracy will not significantly improve. Colors become less accurate the higher the saturation level due to imperfect sRGB coverage.

Grayscale pre-calibration
Grayscale pre-calibration
Saturation Sweeps pre-calibration
Saturation Sweeps pre-calibration
ColorChecker pre-calibration
ColorChecker pre-calibration
Grayscale post calibration
Grayscale post calibration
Saturation Sweeps post calibration
Saturation Sweeps post calibration
ColorChecker post calibration
ColorChecker post calibration

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
42 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10 ms rise
↘ 32 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 97 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (26.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
52.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.4 ms rise
↘ 36.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 87 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (42.3 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 198 Hz90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 198 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 198 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8632 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

100% brightness. No PWM detected
100% brightness. No PWM detected
90% brightness. PWM detected
90% brightness. PWM detected
Black-White rise time
Black-White rise time
Black-White fall time
Black-White fall time
Gray-Gray rise time
Gray-Gray rise time
Gray-Gray fall time
Gray-Gray fall time

Outdoor usability is average at best when under shade and uncomfortable when working under direct sunlight. It's clear that the backlight was purposefully designed to be dimmer than the costlier Yoga 900, so the Yoga 700 is best used indoors instead. Fortunately, maximum brightness will not drop if running on battery power.

Viewing angles are excellent due to the underlying IPS panel. This is expected since most - if not all - convertibles and detachables require wide viewing angles for multiple orientations.

Outdoors on cloudy day
Outdoors on cloudy day
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

Turbo Boost up to 2.8 GHz
Turbo Boost up to 2.8 GHz

Available SKUs include a Core i5-6200U up to a Core i7-6500U with the option for a discrete Nvidia GT 940M GPU. Our test model is the lower-end SKU with no dedicated graphics and only 8 GB of expandable RAM. The CPU will idle at just 500 MHz if on the Power Saver profile and can operate up to 2.7 to 2.8 GHz depending on the processing load. The dual-core ULV Skylake CPU is designed for home use and not necessarily for demanding applications where quad-core solutions can perform much faster.

LatencyMon reports no latency spikes on the Yoga 700 after an 8-minute test. This is surprising considering the amount pre-installed Lenovo software on our system.

Processor

Raw CPU performance from the Skylake core is between the Core i5-5200U and Core i5-6300U in multi-threaded operations. Performance is slightly slower than expected in single-threaded operations possibly due to weaker Turbo Boost performance out of the Yoga 700.

When compared to more power-hungry CPUs like the quad-core i7-4720HQ, the ULV i5-6200U is behind in single-threaded operations by around 20 percent. The performance delta grows significantly in multi-threaded operations where ULV cores can't compete against standard-voltage mobile CPUs.

More benchmarks and comparisons on the i5-6200U can be found on our dedicated CPU page here.

CineBench R10 64-bit
CineBench R10 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QD
HD Graphics 520, 6200U
99 Points ∼50%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
117 Points ∼59% +18%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
122 Points ∼61% +23%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2 H7W22EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung MZNTE128HMGR-000SO
118 Points ∼59% +19%
Acer TravelMate P257-M-56AX
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
109 Points ∼55% +10%
Toshiba Tecra Z40 A-147
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
100 Points ∼50% +1%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QD
HD Graphics 520, 6200U
287 Points ∼13%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
676 Points ∼31% +136%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
305 Points ∼14% +6%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2 H7W22EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung MZNTE128HMGR-000SO
269 Points ∼13% -6%
Acer TravelMate P257-M-56AX
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
260 Points ∼12% -9%
Toshiba Tecra Z40 A-147
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
231 Points ∼11% -20%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QD
HD Graphics 520, 6200U
5656 Points ∼62%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
6936 Points ∼77% +23%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
6065 Points ∼67% +7%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2 H7W22EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung MZNTE128HMGR-000SO
5899 Points ∼65% +4%
Toshiba Tecra Z40 A-147
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
4830 Points ∼53% -15%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QD
HD Graphics 520, 6200U
12489 Points ∼31%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
26085 Points ∼64% +109%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
13656 Points ∼33% +9%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2 H7W22EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung MZNTE128HMGR-000SO
11922 Points ∼29% -5%
Toshiba Tecra Z40 A-147
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
9865 Points ∼24% -21%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QD
HD Graphics 520, 6200U
1.08 Points ∼48%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
1.6 Points ∼70% +48%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
1.41 Points ∼62% +31%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2 H7W22EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung MZNTE128HMGR-000SO
1.36 Points ∼60% +26%
Acer TravelMate P257-M-56AX
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
1.24 Points ∼55% +15%
Toshiba Tecra Z40 A-147
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1.11 Points ∼49% +3%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QD
HD Graphics 520, 6200U
3.19 Points ∼1%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
7.32 Points ∼3% +129%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
3.42 Points ∼1% +7%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2 H7W22EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung MZNTE128HMGR-000SO
2.95 Points ∼1% -8%
Acer TravelMate P257-M-56AX
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
2.85 Points ∼1% -11%
Toshiba Tecra Z40 A-147
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2.49 Points ∼1% -22%
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
7238 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
12489 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
5656 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7285
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
9260
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4380
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
21.92 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.19 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.08 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.9 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
29.79 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
287 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
99 Points
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System Performance

PCMark scores are similar to other high-end models including the Surface Book and Dell XPS 13. Subjectively, we experienced no software or hardware related issues during out time with the notebook. The pre-installed McAfee tools may be bothersome if users have no intention of using the anti-virus software.

PCMark 7
PCMark 7
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QD
HD Graphics 520, 6200U
4848 Points ∼60%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
5135 Points ∼64% +6%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
4989 Points ∼62% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
4797 Points ∼60% -1%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZYTE256HMHP
4659 Points ∼58% -4%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QD
HD Graphics 520, 6200U
4289 Points ∼66%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
3644 Points ∼56% -15%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
4078 Points ∼63% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
4394 Points ∼67% +2%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZYTE256HMHP
3315 Points ∼51% -23%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QD
HD Graphics 520, 6200U
3758 Points ∼39%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
3694 Points ∼39% -2%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
3658 Points ∼38% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
3613 Points ∼38% -4%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZYTE256HMHP
3756 Points ∼39% 0%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QD
HD Graphics 520, 6200U
3057 Points ∼51%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
2814 Points ∼47% -8%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
2983 Points ∼50% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
3270 Points ∼55% +7%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZYTE256HMHP
2795 Points ∼47% -9%
PCMark 7 Score
4848 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3057 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3758 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4289 points
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Storage Devices

Slim 5 mm HDD
Slim 5 mm HDD

The slim 2.5-inch SATA III bay is the sole storage option for the Yoga 700. The drive is thankfully easy to remove and replace as needed. Lenovo is currently offering the Yoga 700 with dedicated SSDs only for faster performance.

Our test model is equipped with the 256 GB Samsung MZYLN256HCHP SSD. Results from CrystalDiskMark show it to be a standard SATA III SSD with read speeds approaching 500 MB/s and write speeds at 300 MB/s. A fair amount of competing SSDs can offer faster sequential write speeds at over 400 MB/s including the Samsung SSD 840 EVO and Micron M600 M.2 drive.

See our growing list of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmarks and comparisons.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM
CDM
HD Tune
HD Tune
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
Transfer Rate Minimum: 258.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 430.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 409.2 MB/s
Access Time: 0.1 ms
Burst Rate: 200.4 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.5 %

GPU Performance

Raw graphics performance from the HD 520 is roughly 20 percent ahead of the HD 4600 and 50 percent ahead of the even older HD 4000 according to 3DMark 11. Low-end Nvidia discrete graphics or the older Iris Pro Graphics 5200 will still outperform the HD 520 by even wider margins.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Unlimited
Ice Storm Unlimited
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QD
HD Graphics 520, 6200U
1201 Points ∼2%
MSI GS30 Shadow
Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4870HQ, 2x Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU (RAID 0)
1923 Points ∼4% +60%
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
GeForce 930M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
2057 Points ∼4% +71%
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
912 Points ∼2% -24%
Vizio CT14-A0
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Toshiba THNSNW128GMCP
550 Points ∼1% -54%
1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QD
HD Graphics 520, 6200U
1313 Points ∼4%
MSI GS30 Shadow
Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4870HQ, 2x Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU (RAID 0)
2156 Points ∼7% +64%
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
GeForce 930M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
2165 Points ∼7% +65%
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
1040 Points ∼3% -21%
Vizio CT14-A0
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Toshiba THNSNW128GMCP
631 Points ∼2% -52%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QD
HD Graphics 520, 6200U
621 Points ∼2%
MSI GS30 Shadow
Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4870HQ, 2x Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU (RAID 0)
1281 Points ∼5% +106%
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
GeForce 930M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
1287 Points ∼5% +107%
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
653 Points ∼2% +5%
Vizio CT14-A0
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Toshiba THNSNW128GMCP
466 Points ∼2% -25%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QD
HD Graphics 520, 6200U
4708 Points ∼10%
MSI GS30 Shadow
Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4870HQ, 2x Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU (RAID 0)
9626 Points ∼19% +104%
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
GeForce 930M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
6200 Points ∼13% +32%
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
5192 Points ∼10% +10%
Vizio CT14-A0
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Toshiba THNSNW128GMCP
3354 Points ∼7% -29%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QD
HD Graphics 520, 6200U
37935 Points ∼3%
MSI GS30 Shadow
Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4870HQ, 2x Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU (RAID 0)
84120 Points ∼8% +122%
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
GeForce 930M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
39147 Points ∼4% +3%
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
47406 Points ∼4% +25%
Vizio CT14-A0
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Toshiba THNSNW128GMCP
29368 Points ∼3% -23%
3DMark 11 Performance
1313 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
37935 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4708 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
621 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
305 points
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Gaming Performance

The integrated HD Graphics 520 is still limited to Low to Medium settings on most titles even though it is upgrade from the HD 4600. Playing at the native resolution of 1080p is still out of reach, so we recommend upgrading to the vastly superior GT 940M if gaming is on the top of your list.

See our dedicated GPU page for more benchmarks and comparisons for the HD Graphics 520.

low med. high ultra
Guild Wars 2 (2012) 45.815.36.5fps
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) 121.242.923.813fps

Stress Test

We stress the notebook with Prime95 and FurMark to identify for any stability or throttling issues. First with Prime95 active, the CPU is able to maintain a healthy Turbo Boost of 400 MHz above the base clock rate. Similarly, the GPU never falls below 850 MHz when under FurMark stress. Maximum stress under both Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously will throttle the CPU down to a few hundred MHz below the base 2.3 GHz clock rate. Core temperatures never rise above 65 C, so this is likely the imposed ceiling to guarantee safe operation at the cost of higher Turbo Boost potential.

Performance under Unigine Heaven stress is steadier as both the CPU and GPU are able to maintain consistent Turbo Boosts. Running on battery power will not significantly impact system performance. A 3DMark 11 run on battery power returns Physics and Graphics scores of 3520 and 1194 points, respectively, compared to 3557 and 1201 points when connected to mains.

Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Maximum stress
Maximum stress
Unigine Heaven stress
Unigine Heaven stress
Stable Clock Rates and Temperatures Under Stress

CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Maximum Core Temperature (C)
Prime95 Stress 2.7 -- ~65
FurMark Stress -- 850 - 950 ~62
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 1.9 - 2.3 800 - 950 ~65
Unigine Heaven Stress 2.7 - 2.8 950 ~65

Emissions

System Noise

ULV CPU requires only a small cooling solution
ULV CPU requires only a small cooling solution

The small cooling system consists of just a single 40 mm fan and a short heat pipe over the CPU. Everything here is doubled on the SKU with the dedicated Nvidia GPU. Thus, our results and measurements below apply only to the lower-end SKUs with integrated graphics.

The Yoga 700 is noiseless when idling on desktop at approximately 29 dB(A), but it doesn't take much to start the fans. Light multi-tasking or video playback will cause fan noise to jump to 30.6 dB(A). This is still extremely quiet and almost not noticeable in a typical office setting. Gaming or very high loads will cause fan noise to reach close to 33 dB(A), which is still very quiet as many Ultrabooks tend to reach as high as 40 dB(A) in comparison when under similar processing loads.

Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QDHP Pavilion 14t-ab000 K9E07AVAcer Aspire E5-473G-59QTLenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00Lenovo Yoga 3 14Dell Latitude E7450
Noise
-6%
-15%
-1%
-9%
-5%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
28.8
31.6
-10%
32.2
-12%
29.1
-1%
32.2
-12%
29.1
-1%
Idle Average *
30.5
31.4
-3%
32.4
-6%
29.1
5%
32.5
-7%
29.1
5%
Idle Maximum *
30.6
31.8
-4%
33.4
-9%
29.1
5%
32.6
-7%
30
2%
Load Average *
31
33.3
-7%
37.7
-22%
33.1
-7%
33.6
-8%
36.4
-17%
Load Maximum *
32.8
34.6
-5%
41
-25%
34.3
-5%
37.2
-13%
37.8
-15%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
28.8 / 30.5 / 30.6 dB(A)
Load
31 / 32.8 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Surface temperatures are cool on the palm rests and keyboard when the system is idling. The rear quadrants are noticeably warmer than the front even under these low-load conditions.

Whilst running very high loads for over an hour, we were able to measure a surface temperature of nearly 46 C on the bottom rear of the unit. Note that the Yoga 700 will likely become even warmer if equipped with the dedicated GT 940M GPU. Fortunately, the palm rests and keyboard remain relatively, so users can still type comfortably on the desk no matter the processing load. The Aspire E5-473G and its dedicated Nvidia GPU can become much warmer in comparison when under similar loads.

Max. Load
 26 °C31.8 °C31.2 °C 
 24.4 °C30.6 °C27.6 °C 
 22.8 °C22 °C24.2 °C 
Maximum: 31.8 °C
Average: 26.7 °C
30.6 °C45.8 °C26.4 °C
26.4 °C38.2 °C30.4 °C
23.6 °C22.2 °C22.4 °C
Maximum: 45.8 °C
Average: 29.6 °C
Power Supply (max.)  42 °C | Room Temperature 20 °C | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer

Speakers

Small speakers lacking in bass
Small speakers lacking in bass

The speakers are identical to the ones on the Yoga 3 14. Thus, sound quality is lacking in bass and in range. We can notice no static at higher volume settings and volume is loud enough to be sufficient for the occasional video or music. Earphones continue to be the superior solution if available.

Battery Life

The non-removable Li-Ion battery is smaller in capacity compared to the Yoga 900 even though the Yoga 700 is a larger convertible. Runtimes are still respectable from the Yoga 700 at just over 6 hours of constant WLAN use. Lenovo promises up to 7 hours of continuous video playback, which is certainly achievable if active background applications are kept at a minimum.

Competing notebooks like the HP Pavilion 14t and Acer Aspire E5 have smaller capacity batteries and shorter runtimes overall. The large battery runtime gap between our Idle and WLAN tests means that users can squeeze out longer battery life if additional Power Profile settings are tweaked.

Maximum runtime (Reader's Test)
Maximum runtime (Reader's Test)
Minimum runtime (Classic Test)
Minimum runtime (Classic Test)
WLAN runtime
WLAN runtime
Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QD
45 Wh
HP Pavilion 14t-ab000 K9E07AV
41 Wh
Acer Aspire E5-473G-59QT
37 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
48 Wh
Lenovo Yoga 3 14
45 Wh
Dell Latitude E7450
54 Wh
Battery Runtime
-13%
-27%
-13%
42%
6%
Reader / Idle
748
649
-13%
565
-24%
774
3%
1183
58%
714
-5%
WiFi v1.3
363
233
-36%
280
-23%
276
-24%
422
16%
Load
108
119
10%
70
-35%
88
-19%
135
25%
115
6%
WiFi
336
467
459
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 28min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
6h 03min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 48min

Pros

+ low fan noise
+ relatively accessible internals
+ upgradeable 2.5-inch SSD and SODIMM RAM
+ backlit keyboard
+ optional Nvidia GT 940M graphics
+ full system performance on batteries

Cons

- backlight could have been brighter for better outdoor usability
- non-removable battery
- utilizes PWM for brightness control
- average color accuracy
- slow charging

Verdict

Like last year's Yoga 3 14 and Yoga 3 Pro, the Yoga 700 feels like a cut down Yoga 900 to appeal to users on a budget. This isn't necessarily bad as the core Yoga mechanics are not functionally inferior in any way. Instead, the Yoga 700 has been made to look larger, heavier, and less luxurious, so tablet mode is unfortunately more uncomfortable to use as a result.

One important advantage of the Yoga 700 over the higher-end Yoga 900 is that the added girth allows for a dedicated Nvidia GPU. If gaming is an important factor, then we recommend a SKU with the dedicated Nvidia graphics over the Yoga 900. Otherwise, even a low-end Yoga 900 SKU is the better investment for tablet use and general classwork. If cost is a concern, last year's Yoga 3 14 or Yoga 3 Pro are still very good candidates as little has changed outside of Lenovo's new naming convention.

The Yoga 700 is one of the best convertibles available for under $1000 USD with discrete Nvidia GPU options. Its brightness, size, and weight, however, more or less limit Tablet mode to in indoor use only. The Yoga 900 is the better convertible for travel and outdoor use.

Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QD - 11/29/2015 v4(old)
Allen Ngo

Chassis
71 / 98 → 72%
Keyboard
77%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
55 / 81 → 68%
Weight
68 / 67 → 100%
Battery
87%
Display
78%
Games Performance
72 / 85 → 85%
Application Performance
78 / 92 → 85%
Temperature
92%
Noise
94 / 95 → 99%
Audio
56%
Average
76%
81%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2015-12- 1 (Update: 2015-12- 1)
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Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.