Lenovo and other PC OEMs have caught on the rising tide of creators, and the Yoga S740 is designed for them, with a great performance/price ratio that includes a discrete GPUs for intensive tasks such as video effects and compression. The Yoga S740 comes in 14” and 15.6”, and unsurprisingly the larger one is the most powerful one.
To give a Premium feel to this design, Lenovo is using an all-metal design, which is probably also good to dissipate some of the chassis’ heat as well. There’s also a numeric pad, to quickly enter these values to tweak your creation (or perhaps just a fancy excel file) and overall, the design is minimalist and neat.
Let’s go over the specifications of the 15.6” Yoga S740 to get some idea as for the level of maximum performance:
- Up to 9th Generation Intel® Core™ i9
- GeForce GTX 1650
- 16GB Ram max (2x modules)
- 1TB SSD storage
- 6″ UHD (3840 x 2160) VESA400 HDR IPS with Dolby Vision™6, Touchscreen, 500 nits
- 12 x 243.33 x 17.7mm for 4.2 Lbs
- 2 x Type-C™ (DisplayPort™ 1.2, Thunderbolt™ – PCIe x4, USB 3.1 Gen 28) 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 28 (Support AUO: always charging), 3-in-1 Micro Card Reader (SD, SDXC, SDHC)
- 62 Whr battery
The 8-core Core i9 is a very powerful processor that will prove much faster for heavy video editing than 4-core alternatives. That said, the 14” version is not all that different, and comes with the 10th generation Intel Core i7. The differences in specifications are:
- Up to 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7
- SV NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 2 GB + Intel® HD 620
- 16GB RAM max (1x module)
- 14″ UHD (3840 x 2160) VESA400 HDR IPS with Dolby Vision™10, 500 nits, 90% DCI-P3 or 14″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS with Dolby Vision™ 400 nits, 72% NTSC
- 35 x 212 x 14.9mm for 3.1 Lbs
- IR camera (Windows Hello)
- No flash card reader
- No Numeric Pad
Obviously, you have to choose between being a bit more productive and being mobile, but the high-powered CPU options and the discrete NVIDIA graphics makes a world of difference for anyone using GPU-accelerated applications, or even apps that are only compatible with CUDA, NVIDIA’s proprietary technology.