With so many laptops and 2 in 1 portables around these days, any new machine has its work cut out trying to get noticed. If it’s not stylishly designed, thin and light, powerful, flexible, long-lasting and attractively priced, buyers like you and I are likely to look elsewhere.
That’s a demanding set of requirements. Six in total. So how does the Lenovo Ideapad Miix 720 fare?
Not convertible, but detachable
It’s certainly a stylish-designed bit of kit — a one-piece metal alloy body with dual watchband hinges on the kickstand and a detachable, touchpad-enabled keyboard. As for ‘thin and light’, the Miix 720 is only 8.9mm thick (fattening to 14.6mm with the keyboard) and weighs a mere 780g (1.1kg with the keyboard).
“Most detachable keyboards are terrible,” said Laptop Magazine in its review. “But the Miix 720’s detachable keyboard breaks from tradition, offering a comfortable typing experience (albeit one that comes with a minor learning curve).”
There are few compromises when it comes to power. The beating heart of the Lenovo Ideapad Miix 720 is a 7th Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, giving it the raw performance to handle all manner of tasks (photo editing, HD video watching, PowerPoint-prepping and casual gaming) without breaking a sweat.
The processor is ably assisted by up to 16GB of DDR4 memory, while there’s scope for a 1TB SSD to be added if you demand lots of storage.
A pen-friendly QHD+ display
The Miix 720’s display is equally impressive, measuring 12 inches across with a QHD+ (2880 x 1920) resolution. This high-res touchscreen is the perfect canvas for using the bundled Lenovo Active Pen 2. With Windows Ink, you can scribble digital notes, annotate documents and sketch with precision.
“With both keyboard and stylus included in the box,” wrote Pocket-Lint, “the Miix 720 is a step ahead of the keyboard-not-included Microsoft Surface Pro, which makes the Lenovo feel like a complete laptop alternative.”
The detachable screen (with its Active Pen 2) support is a big part of what makes the Lenovo Ideapad Miix 720 so flexible. You can use it as a Windows 10 tablet or plug in the keyboard to transform it into a Surface Pro-a-like laptop. No passwords required either. You can login securely using Windows Hello, just by looking at the front-facing IR camera.
The future of the laptop
Despite its compact size, Lenovo has still managed to cram in a trio of USB ports (1x Thunderbolt/USB Type-C, 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0), plus a MicroSD slot and Dolby-enabled stereo speakers. As for the 41-watt hour battery, expect that to keep going for up to eight hours (less if you spend it binge-watching Game of Thrones on your commute.)
Finally, we get to ‘attractively priced’, the last requirement on our list. Obviously a 2 in 1 that looks this good and performs this well isn’t going to be cheap. So expect the Core i5-7200 version to cost around £1,150 and the Core i7-7500U model to set you back £1,650.
This is what the future of the laptop looks like. Find out more about the latest 2 in 1 computers here.