Lenovo Flex 15 vs Lenovo Yoga 730 – Which is the better Tablet PC?

Tablet PCs are convertible laptops that you can use both as a Tablet and a PC. These are great for designers and not so tech-savvy people.

Lenovo is a leading manufacturer when it comes to Tablet PCs and in this article, I will compare the Lenovo Flex 15 vs Lenovo Yoga 730. So, without further ado, here is a detailed review of Lenovo Flex vs Lenovo Yoga.

Quick Features Comparison

Below you will find a comparison table of the most important features of the Flex and Yoga. The Maximum Rating for a feature is 10 and the Minimum Rating is 0.

FEATURELENOVO FLEXLENOVO YOGA
BUILD QUALITY78
DESIGN78
DISPLAY7.58
PERFORMANCE68.5
BATTERY87.5
UPGRADABILITY85
COOLING SYSTEM68
SPEAKERS88
TOTAL(80)57.561

Lenovo Flex 15 Pros and Cons

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PROS

(a) 4 in 1 Memory Card Reader is present.

(b) You can upgrade RAM, SSD, WLAN card as well as HDD. RAM is not soldered to the motherboard.

(c) Price is decent for the features which makes it more Affordable than Lenovo Yoga.

(d) Security Lock Slot is included.

CONS

(A) Cooling System has only one Fan which makes the laptop heat up a lot more.

(B) Lenovo Active Pen is not included with the product.

(C) Dedicated Nvidia or AMD Graphics Card is absent in most models.

(D) Accelerometer and Gyroscope sensors are not included.

(E) Speakers are not powerful.

(F) Thunderbolt 3 Connector is absent.

Lenovo Yoga 730 Pros and Cons

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PROS

(a) Better Performance than Lenovo Flex 15.

(b) Build Quality is better because it uses Aluminium instead of Plastic.

(c) Accelerometer and Gyroscope Sensors are included.

(d) Thunderbolt 3 Connector is present with Quick Charging.

(e) Hard Disk(SSD) and WLAN Card is Upgradable.

(f) Lenovo Active Pen is included with the product.

CONS

(A) HDD upgrade is not available.

(B) Memory Card reader is not included.

(C) RAM is not upgradable as it is soldered to the motherboard.

(D) Fans get noisy when subjected to high workload.

(E) Security Lock Slot is not included.

(F) Keyboard quality is not that great and the keys are quite soft. The durability of the Keyboard is a concern.

Difference between Lenovo Flex and Yoga

CONFIGURATIONS

The Lenovo Flex 15 and Lenovo Flex 5 are part of the Flex series from Ideapad which has Flex 14 and Flex 15 models. They come in different configurations.

Flex 14 contains a 14 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Display Screen whereas the Flex 15 has 15.6 inch Full HD IPS Display. The Yoga 730 also has a variant with a 4K display.

The Flex 14 has the highest configuration of 8th Generation Intel Quad-Core i5 Processor with 16 GB RAM and up to 512 GB SSD Hard Drive. Flex 14 also has a different variant that contains AMD Ryzen Processor instead of Intel.

Flex 15 has the highest configuration of the 10th Generation Intel Quad-Core i7 Processor with 20 GB DDR4 RAM and 1 TB SSD Hard Drive.

Both Flex 15 and Flex 14 offers a variant with Dedicated Nvidia Graphics Card. The cheaper Flex 14 and 15 models usually have an Integrated Intel Graphics card and no dedicated graphics card.

Lenovo Yoga 730 is from the Yoga Series by Lenovo. The Yoga Family has three main series Yoga 700 series, Yoga 900 series and Yoga C series.

The Yoga 900 series have better build quality but Yoga 700 and C series have similar designs with decent build quality. Yoga 900 series has better build quality than the Yoga C and 700 series.

The Yoga 730 can be configured up to 8th Gen Quad-Core i5 Processor with 24 GB RAM and 1 TB SSD Hard Drive. It comes in 15.6 inch and 13.3 inch Displays.

The Yoga C series can be configured up to 10th gen Intel Corei7 processor with 12 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD Hard Drive.

The Yoga Series laptops are far superior to the Flex series in features but they are costlier than Flex.

Lenovo Flex 15 vs Lenovo Yoga 730 In-depth Features Comparison

Earlier I shared with you a quick comparison table with different features. Now it’s time to dig in and review every single feature in more detail.

BUILD QUALITY

The exterior part of Lenovo Flex 15 including the lid and the bottom is made of Plastic. Even though it is plastic, it has a premium look and feel to it.

The Build Quality is decent and Sturdy. This makes this laptop good for rough use because it can handle a lot of external pressure.

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Lenovo Flex 15

Both the hinges are quite tight and require some effort to open the lid. You need to be careful because you can damage those hinges if you apply a lot of force.

The interior is made of Anodized Aluminium which gives a solid and rigid impression and it can handle a lot of external pressure.

The exterior of Lenovo Yoga 730 is made of Anodized Aluminium which gives it a premium matte finish. It is Sturdy, decent looking and quite rigid and tough.

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Lenovo Yoga 730

The Build quality is much better than Flex 15 but the matte finish makes it prone to fingerprint marks.

The hinges in Yoga 730 are not that tight as that of Flex 15 and you can easily open and close the lid with one hand.

Overall, the Lenovo Yoga 730 beats Flex 15 in terms of Build Quality and Sturdiness.

DESIGN

Lenovo Flex 15 is around 1 inch in thickness and weighs around 4.41 pounds.

The 15 inch model of Yoga 730 is 0.8 inches thick and weighs around 4.18 pounds and the 13 inch model is around 0.5 inches thick and weighs about 2.47 pounds.

Flex 15 has one USB 3.1 Type-C Port, two USB 3.1 Ports, one HDMI-out Port and one Combination Audio Jack but Thunderbolt 3 Connector is absent. The charging will be slower on Flex 15.

Yoga 730 has one Thunderbolt 3 Port, one USB 3. 1 Type-C port, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one HDMI-out port, and one Headphone/microphone Combo Audio Jack. The charging will be faster on Yoga 730.

The Flex comes in only Black color whereas Yoga 730 comes in Black and Silver. Both of them come with Fingerprint Reader.

The Screen bezels of Yoga 730 is much thinner than that of Flex 15.

Yoga 730 is thinner and lighter than Flex 15. Also, the design of Yoga 730 feels more premium, hence it beats Flex 15’s design.

KEYBOARD and TOUCHPAD

The Keyboard of Lenovo Flex 15 has decent Key travel and is very comfortable to use. The touchpad is super responsive. The touchpad area is big, giving you more room for use.

The Keys on the Lenovo Flex 15 have good tactile feedback which is good for typing.

The keyboard of Lenovo Yoga 730 has much shorter Key travel and some keys have very low tactile feedback. This makes the keyboard not so comfortable for typing.

The touchpad of Yoga 730 is also very responsive and records every gesture without any fault. The area is big enough to use up to 10 fingers at once.

Both Lenovo Flex 15 and Yoga 730 have full-sized Keyboards with no Numpad. This means a lot of areas are left unused on the laptop. One advantage is that the keys are of decent size and are well spaced without any clumsiness.

Both laptops have backlit Keyboard which is white in color.

Overall, the Flex 15 beats Yoga 730 on the Keyboard. Not much to differentiate when it comes to the Touchpad.

DISPLAY

Lenovo Flex 15 has a Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display, but the screen is not that bright. Lenovo Yoga 730 also has two options Full HD (1920 x 1080) and 4K (3840 x 2160) IPS display.

In both laptops the display is touchscreen and all touchscreen displays are Glossy.

Glossy screens reflect light and this makes them a bad option for using outdoors in the sun and under bright light. The reflections make it very difficult to see the screen. Hence they are also called Glare screens.

Both laptops have a high Color Contrast ratio which makes the colors look vivid and crispy.

Color Accuracy of Yoga 730 is far better than Flex 15.

Lenovo Flex 15 has lower Screen Flickering than Lenovo Yoga 730 but the Color Coverage is less wide.

Yoga 730 has more comfortable viewing angles compared to Flex 15.

The touchscreen of Yoga 730 is more responsive than Flex 15 and you won’t notice any delay whatsoever.

The Yoga 730 definitely beats the Flex 15 Display.

PERFORMANCE

Both laptops come in different variations hence it is better to compare the base models.

The base model of Lenovo Flex 15 has an Intel 8th Gen Corei5 Processor whereas the base model of Lenovo Yoga 730 has Intel 8th Gen Corei7 Processor. Needless to say the i7 beats i5 every single time.

The base model of Lenovo Flex 15 has 8 GB DDR4 RAM with one additional RAM slot. The base model of Yoga 730 has 8 GB DDR4 RAM but there are no additional RAM slots.

When it comes to GPU, the base model of Lenovo Flex 15 has an Integrated Intel Graphics Card whereas Lenovo Yoga 730 has Nvidia GTX 1050 with 2GB VRAM. Costlier models of Flex 15 may have a dedicated Nvidia Graphics Card.

It is obvious from the configurations that Yoga 730 has a more powerful GPU and you can perform a lot of graphic intensive tasks such as Streaming, running heavy programs like Autodesk, Gaming, etc.

You have to be careful while playing more demanding games or running more demanding programs like Unity 3D because the Cooling system is not the best on Yoga 730. This can cause Thermal Throttling.

The base model of Lenovo Flex 15 which has Intel Graphics should never be used for running demanding software and games.

This is because Intel graphics card uses system RAM for running these tasks and when no more RAM is available, then you will encounter CPU throttling even if you increase the VRAM of your Intel Graphics card.

All in all, the Lenovo Yoga 730 is way ahead in CPU and GPU performance than Lenovo Flex 15.

COOLING SYSTEM

When you open the back cover of Lenovo Flex 15, you will find that there is only One Cooling Fan with a single Heat Pipe. The air vents for removing hot air are located on the back of the laptop.

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Lenovo Flex 15 Components

The Lenovo Yoga 730 has two Cooling Fans but only one Heat pipe is present for both the CPU and GPU.

lenovo yoga 730 with back cover open
Lenovo Yoga 730 Components

Flex 15 heats up much faster than Yoga 730 during resource-intensive tasks which makes it unfit for gaming. Lenovo 730 also heats up a lot but a better cooling system helps it outperform the Flex 15.

The Cooling Fans of Yoga 730 are noisier than the single fan of Flex 15 but this doesn’t affect the cooling system and performance.

The middle portion of both the Laptop gets heated up the most while the palm resting area remains relatively cool.

We can conclude that Lenovo Yoga 730 has a much better cooling system than Flex 15.

UPGRADABILITY

Lenovo Flex 15 has upgradable RAM with one extra slot.

It also has an upgradable Hard Drive where you can upgrade your SSD or you can even add an HDD if you like. Getting an HDD will be cheaper but you will notice slower boot and load times.

Lenovo Yoga 730 doesn’t have the option to upgrade RAM. The RAM is soldered to the motherboard and there are no extra RAM slots.

Lenovo Yoga 730 has an upgradable SSD Drive. You cannot add HDD.

Both the laptops have an upgradable WLAN card. I highly suggest you upgrade your WLAN card because Lenovo has a lot of WiFi problems due to the poor quality WLAN card.

Flex 15 scores above Yoga 730 on Upgradability because it offers more options for upgrading.

BATTERY

The Lenovo Flex 15 has a 3 cell 52Wh Lithium-Polymer battery which gives you a pretty decent battery life of around 8 hours of web browsing at maximum brightness.

The battery life of Flex 15 with Video Playback is around 7 hours. In the case of Gaming, the battery life drops down to around 1 hour.

Lenovo Yoga 730 has a 3 cell 51.5 Wh Lithium-Polymer battery which gives you less battery life than Flex 15.

The battery life of Yoga 730 is around 7.5 hours for web browsing and around 6 hours for Video Playback. For gaming battery life is less than 1 hour.

The battery of Yoga 730 drains out quickly because of the combination of the i7 processor and Nvidia GTX 1050. The GTX 1050 consumes more power in Yoga 730.

The battery of Flex 15 is better than Yoga 730.

SPEAKERS

Both Lenovo Flex 15 and Lenovo Yoga 730 have dual speakers with decent Sound Output. You won’t notice any distortions at different frequencies on both laptops.

AFFORDABILITY

The base model of Lenovo Yoga 730 will cost you much more than Lenovo Flex 15. Hence, Lenovo Flex is more affordable than Lenovo Yoga.

Lenovo Flex vs Lenovo Yoga – Which One Should You Get?

Lenovo Yoga 730 outperforms the Lenovo Flex 15 in most aspects. Therefore, Lenovo Yoga is a better option to go for among the two. However, the price of Yoga 730 will be much higher than that of Flex 15.

If you are buying a laptop for simple tasks like 2D designing, Browsing, Video Playback, and very casual and light gaming, then Lenovo Flex is a better option for you.

For more demanding tasks like 3D modeling, Streaming, Designing, Medium level gaming then the Lenovo Yoga 730 is the ideal option for you.

Finally, I recommend the Lenovo Yoga 730 over Flex 15 because you should never compromise on Performance even if it costs you a few extra dollars.

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