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Lenovo Yoga 730 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop: i5-8265U, 12GB RAM, 256GB SSD EXPIRED

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Best Buy has for My Best Buy Student Members: Lenovo Yoga 730 2-in-1 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop (81JS005BUS, Abyss Blue) on sale for $549.99 when you click 'Apply Offer' on the product page. Shipping is free. Thanks backkom

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  • Intel Core i5-8265U 1.6GHz Quad-Core CPU (8-Threads, 3.9GHz Turbo)
  • 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS Multi-Touch Display
  • 12GB DDR4 Memory
  • 256GB SSD M.2 PCIe
  • Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.1
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Windows 10 Home (64-Bit)
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This price beats our previous FP deal from July by $50. -SaltyOne

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Best Buy has Lenovo Yoga 730 2-in-1 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop (81JS005BUS) for $549.99 when click "Apply Offer" on product page. $50 lower than previous Frontpage Deal
Shipping is free, otherwise select free in-store pickup as an alternative option.

Note, availability for in-store pickup may vary depending on location.

Specs
Intel Core i5-8265U 1.6GHz Quad-Core CPU (8-Threads, 3.9GHz Turbo)
15.6" 1920x1080 IPS Multi-Touch Display
12GB DDR4 Memory
256GB SSD M.2 PCIe
Intel UHD Graphics 620
Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.1
Fingerprint Reader
Backlit Keyboard
Windows 10 Home (64-Bit)

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BB STUDENT deal - not for the general population

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Performance wise, that HP Pavilion 15Z is better but this deal is better in every other aspect. Pavilon is HP's lower tier Consumer model, below Spectre and Envy series, having almost complete Plastic construction, a very dim and so so display and suffers from throttling.
On the other hand, this Yoga 730 is the second best Consumer line from Lenovo, after their 900 seriies and in my opinion this is better choice if you are not planning for gaming. The reasons are: -

Way better build quality and Thermals. This is completely made of aluminium alloy, having Back-lit Keyboard and better cooling.
Better security with Fingerprint reader.
2-in-1 Form factor with Active Pen support which makes it very versatile.
Thunderbolt 3 port which is a very rare addition at this price point. You can add external GPU box for gaming or TB3 docks to connect multiple 4K monitors and tons of accessories to replicate a Desktop environment.
The Wi-Fi card on this is way better with 2x2 antennas.
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So out of the box the screen will have a strange flicker effect when transitioning from whites to blacks. To solve this, you just go to the Intel graphics settings, battery, and turn off the power saving features where it limit frame rates and such. That fixed it instantly.
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As a former graphic / UX designer turned developer, I definitely don't agree with this. If you need a gaming laptop to run Photoshop and Illustrator, you're doing something wrong. Neither is a very taxing program. You can run either just fine on a 4-th gen i5 with 8GB of RAM. Aside from color accuracy you might need, this should do just fine for 90% of designers.
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Couldn't find the apply offer button? Can you attach screen shot? Is it for students only?
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Is this similar in sturdiness like the Thinkpad?
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Couldn't find the apply offer button? Can you attach screen shot? Is it for students only?
Does look to be a student discount though you can sign up for them here [bestbuy.com]
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4.17 lbs is a little heavy for the form factor
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is this is a good deal or is the hp pavillion 15z better? https://slickdeals.net/f/13299556-hp-pavilion-laptop-15z-amd-ryzen-7-3700u-radeon-vega-10-graphics-1...
Performance wise, that HP Pavilion 15Z is better but this deal is better in every other aspect. Pavilon is HP's lower tier Consumer model, below Spectre and Envy series, having almost complete Plastic construction, a very dim and so so display and suffers from throttling.
On the other hand, this Yoga 730 is the second best Consumer line from Lenovo, after their 900 seriies and in my opinion this is better choice if you are not planning for gaming. The reasons are: -
  1. Way better build quality and Thermals. This is completely made of aluminium alloy, having Back-lit Keyboard and better cooling.
  2. Better security with Fingerprint reader.
  3. 2-in-1 Form factor with Active Pen support which makes it very versatile.
  4. Thunderbolt 3 port which is a very rare addition at this price point. You can add external GPU box for gaming or TB3 docks to connect multiple 4K monitors and tons of accessories to replicate a Desktop environment.
  5. The Wi-Fi card on this is way better with 2x2 antennas.
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Is this similar in sturdiness like the Thinkpad?
No. Love my yoga 2. It's like a tank. Had a 720 13" for 5 minutes, and it literally broke. A friend uses it now after Lenovo sent it back, still broke.

They sent me a 730 13" instead. The i7 throttles on the 13 inch, not sure about the 15. The construction on the 730 is leaps better than the 720. But it is no way near a thinkpad.
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If you are signed up for student pricing, can you get student pricing in store?
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4.17 lbs is a little heavy for the form factor
Get in the weight room then.
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Can you change the SSD and memory up easily on this?
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As a parent of a K-12 student I was able to sign up for best buy student rewards. I'm a little surprised they didn't have an option for teachers and administrators which I would also fall under. Great deal. I purchased. Thanks!

I also signed up for the best buy credit card which notes 10% back in rewards the first day and 5% back afterwards. I don't shop here very often at all, but for $50 it doesn't hurt to keep the card around.
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Would this laptop be a good choice for graphic design? Adobe illustrator and Photoshop, mainly. Possibly some video editing.
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