THE LENOVO Ideapad 710S packs a crisp 13.3in Full HD screen into an elegant frame. Lenovo’s powerful ultraportable is offered in various configurations, chief among them being the i7 model that we’re reviewing here. An i5 model can also be picked up. If you’re considering an ultrabook investment this should be fast-tracked to the top of your list.
The Ideapad 710s cuts a fine figure. Our review unit is stylish in silver but there’s a gold variant too. The gold option elevates the Ideapad’s already beautiful design, but we reckon it would be just a little too gaudy for the office.
The Ideapad 710S measures just 307mm at its widest point. The lid is made from aluminium and magnesium, contributing to its thin (13.9mm) and light (1.2kg) properties. That’s not to say it’s not sturdy because it is, at least to a point. Some flex is evident if really pushed, but not enough to cause any concern. The underside does away with the mixture and is made wholly from aluminium.
However, the lithe dimensions limit the connectivity options to 2x USB 3.0, micro HDMI output, SD card reader and an audio combination jack. Those after USB-C, full-size HDMI, Kensington lock, or legacy Ethernet will be disappointed.
The decision to make the cursor keys the same size as everything else is somewhat baffling. And, while we’re used to the chiclet-style keyboard, the Ideapad’s power button is in this key-based kingdom. Like Asus, Lenovo has clearly taken some inspiration from the MacBook in this regard, but the LED indicator has been relegated to the side of the chassis.
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