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Lenovo Yoga 730 13.3" Laptop: i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD EXPIRED

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Best Buy.com has Lenovo Yoga 730 2-in-1 13.3" Touchscreen Laptop (81CT0008US) on sale for $699.99 - $100 w/ unique emailed EDU promo code (enroll here for future EDU promotional codes free, .edu address is not required) = $599.99. Shipping is free or select free store pickup where available. Thanks longmanj9

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  • Intel Core i5-8250U Mobile Processor (8th Gen)
  • 13.3" 1920x1080p IPS Touchscreen LED Display w/ Active Pen Support
  • 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 SDRAM Memory
  • 256GB M.2 PCIe Solid State Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
  • Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • 4-Cell Lithium-polymer Battery
  • Windows 10 Home (64-Bit)
  • Weighs 2.62 lbs
    • Inputs
      • 2x USB 3.1 Type C
      • 1x Thunderbolt 3
      • 1x USB 3.0
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  • Intel Core i5-8250U Mobile Processor (8th Gen)
  • 13.3" 1920x1080p IPS Touchscreen LED Display w/ Active Pen Support
  • 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 SDRAM Memory
  • 256GB M.2 PCIe Solid State Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
    • 2x USB 3.1 Type C
    • 1x Thunderbolt 3
    • 1x USB 3.0
  • Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • 4-Cell Lithium-polymer Battery
  • Windows 10 Home (64-Bit)
  • Weighs 2.62 lbs
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Hello. I actually own this laptop and bought it during the $650 sale a couple weeks ago. I returned a HP Envy X360 13" 2-in-1 Ryzen to purchase this one, and I think MacBook Pros are above decent machines if that gives any idea of where my biases lie.

So far the machine has been really great and exceeds my expectations of a sub-$700 laptop. I'll break it down into a few summary and hopefully clear up some misconceptions I've seen in this thread.

Looks
The laptop has a clean metal understated design. The hinges feel very strong which can make opening the laptop more challenging than I would like. This is a problem across most non-Apple laptops though which open easily with one hand lifting at the screen. In the corners of the laptop near the USB-A port and USB-C ports, there some hollowness which you can hear if you rub your finger against them. You won't find that on a MacBook, but it really doesn't affect the fit and finish of the laptop enough to matter to me.

Overall the laptop is very sturdy and looks great.

Keyboard and trackpad
The keyboard is fantastic, but a bit mushier than what I would like. I don't like the travel distance on the MacBook Pros, but I do like that the keys have a satisfying feel of a click. The travel distance is fine on the Yoga, but it would be nice if the keys were more planted and gave a more satisfying click feel. The HP Envy X360 does seem to have a more planted keyboard with a larger track pad, but the track pad on the Yoga feels much better. Occasionally if I haven't used the Yoga trackpad in awhile, the mouse cursor will jump unexpectedly upon first use, but it hasn't been a big issue for me.

Performance
The laptop is relatively quick. The CPU is 4 core with 8 total threads. The built-in SSD is not the fastest, but apps launch fairly quickly and I haven't run into any performance issues. I'm a developer, so I use the machine for Visual Studio Code and Firefox/Chrome. I wouldn't be able to tell you the gaming performance of this laptop nor how well it works with an external GPU. The HP Envy X360 with Ryzen seemed to be faster and snappier, perhaps due to the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerability mitigation in Intel processors, but the Lenovo is much more stable. Sometimes while using Discord on the HP, the machine would hard lock. There are no such issues on the Lenovo.

WiFi performance is strong and I have had no issues with it.

Display
The display is sufficiently bright and I usually turn it down to half way or less for indoor situations. I haven't used it outdoors so I can't tell you much about it there. I calibrated the screen with my Spyder4 which results in about 88% SRGB, 74% DCI-P3, and 64% Adobe RGB, which is decent for a low cost computer. Viewing angles are great, but the screen is very reflective compared to a MacBook Pro.

The touchscreen folds into tablet mode just like any other 2 in 1. I find this gimmicky, and I don't use it. It also supports Windows Ink but I don't have the Lenovo Active Pen 2 nor the Wacom Windows Ink pen, so I couldn't tell you how well it performs. Both the touchscreen and the pen hardware are Wacom.

I have not seen any flickers nor screen distortions nor black bars. I've tried moving the screen every direction with pressure placed among various parts of the screen. Perhaps I'm lucky or the issues will develop later. But I haven't seen any problems yet.

Expansion
There are 3 USB ports on the machine in total.

Two ports on the left are combo USB-C, PD, Thunderbolt 3 (4 lane with one TB device, 2 lane each with two TB devices), charge ports. The machine charges via a 45 watt USB-C adapter, and will charge slowly from my Anker USB-C PD battery pack. Only one of the USB-C ports is labeled as a charge port, but actually both are identical and will charge. Next to these is a headset port. It doesn't appear to accept optical input.

On the right, there is one USB 3.1 Type-A port and a power button.

The machine has 8GB of RAM built on to the motherboard. The hardware maintenance manual states there is an extra DIMM slot, but I haven't opened up the machine to look yet. You may or may not be able to upgrade it to 16GB but don't bet on it being there as these manuals can be generic across several models.

Battery and heat
Battery life is good but not incredible. It doesn't seem to be as good as MacBooks, but it's more than acceptable. At 100% display and doing some developer work, the machine will last 4 hours. At 50% display, that rises to 6 hours. Recently I took it on a road trip and used it as a video player. At 30% display and streaming videos over Wi-Fi from my RAVPower, I got about 8 hours. However, at 100% display and pushing the CPU to 100%, that number drops to under 2 hours, but that's pretty rare for me.

Compare that to the HP Envy X360 Ryzen which lasts about 3 hours with the display at 50% doing developer work.

The laptop always remains pretty comfortable to hold and never gets too hot. Even at 100% CPU with internal temperatures hitting more than 150 degrees, the outside of the case remains just warm.

Other things to mention
I installed Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon on the Yoga recently, and it runs really great. The only thing that doesn't work out of the box is the fingerprint reader and the multi-touch touch screen (single finger touch works). Battery life remains incredible and the machine feels snappy.
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I purchased it couple weeks ago, and returned it yesterday. The flickering screen with random black strips across the display was annoying.

Please Google "Lenovo yoga screen flickering". You may find it is not an uncommon issue for this laptop. I tried all mentioned "solutions". None of them worked. It's hardware problem and Lenovo could not provide satisfactory fix.

It's a great laptop if there is no such issue. If you buy one, make sure you test it thoroughly within first 15 days. So you can return it to BB if you get a lemon.
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cheapest thunderbolt 3 laptop so far and it's 8th gen too. At this price point it's worth tossing an extra $400 or so to get a 1060 egpu if you want a stylish gaming setup. Remember the ram is not upgradable though.
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50 less than previous FP deals!
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cheapest thunderbolt 3 laptop so far and it's 8th gen too. At this price point it's worth tossing an extra $400 or so to get a 1060 egpu if you want a stylish gaming setup. Remember the ram is not upgradable though.
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cheapest thunderbolt 3 laptop so far and it's 8th gen too. At this price point it's worth tossing an extra $400 or so to get a 1060 egpu if you want a stylish gaming setup. Remember the ram is not upgradable though.
^ this...big pass
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Stack with cb @ $50 and Amex @ $30
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Stack with cb @ $50 and Amex @ $30
YMMV even if you're an amex cardholder. just a FYI
but yes, can be stacked. but in all honesty i'd rather put it on a citibank card and forgo the $30 in exchange for 2 yrs extended warranty vs the 1 yr with amex. you're already lucky if you can make it to 12 mo without warranty repair on a non-thinkpad yoga, you're even more lucky if you can make it to the end of year 2 without amex claim. after that you almost certainly will have some issue with this like so many non-thinkpad yogas do (not even talking about battery...usually something with the multi-position hinge, or the lid sensor, etc)
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Anyone know if it is possible to use price protection to get $50 back? Such as chase sapphire?
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You have to return and repurchase if you got the deal couple weeks ago for $649.99 as Best Buy will not do price adjustment.
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I really want to buy this but the keyboard kills it for me.

I like a decent amount of keyboard travel, for example the T series, ThinkPad Yoga X380, etc. otherwise I'd be all over this.
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I really want to buy this but the keyboard kills it for me.

I like a decent amount of keyboard travel, for example the T series, ThinkPad Yoga X380, etc. otherwise I'd be all over this.
X380 has stellar keyboard you're right.
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I purchased it couple weeks ago, and returned it yesterday. The flickering screen with random black strips across the display was annoying.

Please Google "Lenovo yoga screen flickering". You may find it is not an uncommon issue for this laptop. I tried all mentioned "solutions". None of them worked. It's hardware problem and Lenovo could not provide satisfactory fix.

It's a great laptop if there is no such issue. If you buy one, make sure you test it thoroughly within first 15 days. So you can return it to BB if you get a lemon.
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I purchased it couple weeks ago, and returned it yesterday. The flickering screen with random black strips across the display was annoying.

Please Google "Lenovo yoga screen flickering". You may find it is not an uncommon issue for this laptop. I tried all mentioned "solutions". None of them worked. It's hardware problem and Lenovo could not provide satisfactory fix.

It's a great laptop if there is no such issue. If you buy one, make sure you test it thoroughly within first 15 days. So you can return it to BB if you get a lemon.
This is true. I purchased it and had the same issue. Luckily I was able to exchange it and the new one is considerably better
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