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Battle of the 2-in-1s : HP Spectre x360 VS Lenovo Yoga 720

Beauty, versatility, performance and portability.

2-in-1 laptops provide the flexibility of a tablet with the power of a laptop. This may be why they have become a darling for creatives, freelancers and generally people on the go. There are lots of 2-in-1s in the market right now but today we are going to talk about the HP Spectre x360 15-inch and the 15-inch Lenovo Yoga 720 and see which of these adorable laptops would be best for your needs.

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Lenovo Yoga 720 2-in-1 15.6"

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Features

  • 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-Core Processor 2.8 GHz (max boost speed up to 3.8GHz) 6MB Cache, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics 2GB Dedicated Video memorry
  • 15.6-inch 4K IPS 10-point multitouch screen, Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution Widescreen LED, Convertible 360° flip-and-fold design, Stylus Capable Screen, Windows Ink Capable, Stylus not included
  • 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM 2133 MHz, 512GB Solid State Drive, Backlit keyboard, Fingerprint Reader, Thunderbolt port for connecting advanced monitors and external drives, NO Optical Drive
  • Ultra-fast 802.11 A/C WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, 1USB Type-C port, 1 SuperSpeed 10Gbs USB 3.1 port, 2X high speed USB 3.0, 1x Combo audio jack, JBL Stereo Speakers with Dolby Audio, HD webcam with two microphones
  • Windows 10 home 64 bit, Weighs4.41lbs, measures 0.8" thin, Battery life up to 8 hours, Color: Silver

4K UHD IPS Touch-Screen Ultrabook, Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, Thunderbolt, Fingerprint Reader, Backlit Keyboard -Win10

HP Spectre x360 15-inch

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Features

  • NEWEST 8th Generation Intel® CoreTM i7-8550U (1.8 GHz base frequency, up to 4 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores) + NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 (2GB GDDR5 dedicated), Windows 10 Home 64 - Dark Ash Color
  • 16 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM (2 x 8 GB), 512 GB PCIe® NVMeTM M.2 SSD, HP Wide Vision FHD IR Camera with integrated dual array digital microphone
  • 15.6" diagonal 4K IPS eDP micro-edge BrightView WLED-backlit (3840 x 2160), Supports active stylus compliant with Microsoft Ink
  • Included: Intel® 802.11b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® 4.2 Combo, Bang & Olufsen, dual speakers, HP Imagepad with multi-touch gesture support
  • 1 ThunderboltTM 3 (Data Transfer up to 40 Gb/s, DP1.2, HP Sleep and Charge); 1 USB 3.1 Type-CTM Gen 1 (Data Transfer up to 5 Gb/s, DP1.2, HP Sleep and Charge); 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (HP Sleep and Charge); 1 HDMI; 1 headphone/microphone combo

Quad Core(8th Gen. Intel i7-8550U), 16GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, 4K IPS eDP 3840x2160, NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GDDR5, Windows 10)Bang & Olufsen MS Ink 15.6" Convertible 2-in-1

Lenovo Yoga 720 2-in-1 15.6"

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Features

  • 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-Core Processor 2.8 GHz (max boost speed up to 3.8GHz) 6MB Cache, Intel® HD Graphics 630
  • 15.6-inch Full HD IPS 10-point multitouch screen, Full HD Higher resolution equals better picture quality. Screens come in a range of resolutions (measured in pixels, horizontal x vertical). The higher the resolution the greater the picture quality.1920 x 1080 resolution Widescreen LED, Convertible 360° flip-and-fold design, Stylus Capable Screen, Windows Ink Capable, Stylus not included
  • 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM 2133 MHz, 256GB Solid State Drive, Backlit keyboard, Fingerprint Reader, Thunderbolt port for connecting advanced monitors and external drives, NO Optical Drive
  • Ultra-fast 802.11 A/C WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, 1 USB Type-C port, 1 SuperSpeed 10Gbs USB 3.1 port, 2X high speed USB 3.0, 1x Combo audio jack, JBL Stereo Speakers with Dolby Audio, HD webcam with two microphones
  • Windows 10 home 64 bit, Weighs 4.41lbs, measures 0.8" thin, Battery life up to 8 hours, Color: Silver

FHD IPS Touch-Screen Ultrabook, Quad Core Intel i7-7700HQ, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, Thunderbolt, Fingerprint Reader, Backlit Keyboard, Built for Windows Ink-Win10

2017 HP - Spectre x360 2-in-1 13.3"

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Features

  • This Certified Refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes functionality testing, basic cleaning, inspection, and repackaging. The product ships with all relevant accessories, a minimum 90-day warranty, and may arrive in a generic box. Only select sellers who maintain a high performance bar may offer Certified Refurbished products on Amazon.com
  • 13.3-inch diagonal Touchscreen Widescreen LED-LCD (1920 x 1080)
  • Intel® HD Graphics 620, 8 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM (onboard)
  • Intel® CoreTM i7-7500U Processor (Kaby Lake), 256GB PCIe® NVMeTM M.2 Solid State Drive
  • Disclaimer: This product does not come with the HP Stylus.

Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 8GB Memory - 256GB Solid State Drive - Natural silver (Certified Refurbished)

Design

The Specter x360 is gorgeous in every form of the word. HP has built this laptop from a single piece of machined aluminium which gives it a few advantages. Apart from being beautiful, it is strong, durable and the aluminium does help in the heat dissipation department. The laptop is also a bit stiffer than most, so there won’t be much flex with the screen or the keyboard during use.

One of the major complaints about laptops in general has been the hinge. Using a double-barrel hinge allows the hinge on the HP Spectre x360 to open smoothly while being durable.

The Yoga 720 is also made out of aluminium but in a different way. The lid is made out of aluminium with a gunmetal grey look to it. The deck of the laptop is also aluminium which makes it very comfortable to rest the palms on. The Yoga 720s 360-degree hinge allows it to be used as a tablet, a laptop, a tent or a display when you have the laptop facing down.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Because they will be primary input devices, it is important to have a good keyboard and trackpad on your daily use laptop. The Yoga 720’s keyboard has a little travel than you would expect at 1.2 millimetres. Although this might take some time to get used to, it is not all bad. The keys have 71 grams of actuation which makes the keys feel clicky.

The Yoga 720’s keyboard and trackpad

The Yoga 720’s comes with a 4.1 by 2.7-inch trackpad. Th trackpad is both responsive, spacious and has a very good feel to it. Multi-gesture response, including pinch to zoom and tapping using three fingers, is also great.

If you are picky about your keyboard, you will love the one on the Specter x360. It offers 1.5 millimetres of travel which a lot of people are used to. The layout is also very comfortable and with long key travel, the clickiness is very evident. The keys need 80 grams of actuation which is still very comfortable.

The Specter x360 comes with a 5.5 by 2.5-inch trackpad which takes up much of the deck space provided. The trackpad tracks very well, provided smooth scrolling and has support for Windows 10 gesture control.

The Specter x360 trackpad and keyboard.

Display

The Spectre x360’s 4k screen will keep you glued to the screen, literally. It is gorgeous, has very small bezels on the sides but the top and bottom could use some work. This display supports the full colour gamut which makes this one of the best laptops for graphic designers. Despite the screen being as gorgeous as it is, this is the laptops biggest weakness. The 4K screen takes a lot of power which can reduce the battery life of the laptop considerably.

The Spectre x360’s display

The 15.6-inch, 1080p display on the Yoga 720 is simply stunning. It might not be the 4K screen offered by the Specter, but it has vivid colours and sharp details. As with the Specter x360, the bezels on the side are very small, but the top and bottom leave a lot to be desired.

Lenovo yoga 720’s display. Courtesy CNET

Ports

The right side of the Spectre 360 features two USB-C ports (one with Thunderbolt support) and one full-sized HDMI. On the left, there is a fast-charging USB 3.1 port, an SD card reader, and a headphone jack. The SD card reader is awesome for offloading photos or transferring large files and will be a big plus for digital media enthusiasts.

On the left of the Yoga 720 are the power jack, a full-size USB 3.1 port and the headphone jack. On the right, you will find another USB port and a Thunderbolt 3 port.

Performance

A lot of people might choose a laptop for its display, keyboard or even portability. Others will consider the performance and both the Specter x360 and Yoga 720 have lots of that to go around.

The 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U CPU and 16GB of RAM of the Spectre x360 enable speedy performance. Keep in mind that there are other configurations but this is the one we found to be the best in terms of price to performance metrics. With this kind of horsepower, expect no slowdowns even when doing high CPU-intensive ad multi-threaded tasks.

The Specter x360 gave us a score of 12,672 on Geekbench 4 which just about edges out most of the most popular 2-in-1 notebooks.

With a 2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 2GB of video memory, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, you could say that the Yoga 720 is underpowered. That said, there are more configurations for this laptop and as always, you could get something better.

On Geekbench 4, we saw a score of 11,922 which puts the Yoga 720 right in the middle of the pack.

Storage

The Spectre x360 came with a 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 solid-state drive which gave a speed of around 510 MBps which is almost twice as fast as the industry average. With these speeds, you can expect speedy execution of tasks which take advantage of fast read and write speeds.

On the other end, the Yoga 720 went right into the middle of the park with 279 MBps which, while not bad, might bum some people out. As always, choosing a better configuration should give you better numbers than this. Despite these speeds, you still get a speedy SSD.

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