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Lenovo Yoga S740 review: Great for work from home

Well, almost great because of some things

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Being stuck under quarantine meant that I had to work from the comfort of my own room. With the amount of tasks I had to accomplish within the 8.5 hours, I wanted a laptop that could help me accomplish these faster and more efficiently. Naturally, I had my work laptop with me but I decided to give another laptop a try during my work from home saga.

Luckily, before this quarantine started, I got my hands on the Lenovo Yoga S740 in a very beautiful package. The company pegs this as a creative mind’s laptop, doubling down on hardware pieces fit for photo and video work. When you’re not using it for Photoshop or Premiere Pro, it’s supposedly an excellent work laptop.

So, maybe it won’t be too bad to give this laptop a shot — even with my work laptop in full reach. Here’s what the Lenovo Yoga S740 brings to the table:

It has a 14-inch IPS glossy display that flips 180 degrees

It has an NVIDIA MX250 discrete GPU inside

It comes in a thin and light chassis, in the Iron Grey color

Masterful performance for its intended use

The Lenovo Yoga S740 comes with premium hardware fit for professional work laptops out there. The 10th generation Intel Core i7-1065G7 chip they put inside this device provides more than enough power for most of the tasks I did. From making tons of spreadsheets to doing some video editing, this device clearly holds its own against all of it.

It didn’t even take that long to boot up the laptop thanks to the 512GB M.2 SSD inside. Load times for most applications are what you’d expect from a new processor and 16GB of RAM inside. It’s almost like this laptop sets the standard for how work laptops should be based on the hardware.

With the NVIDIA MX250 inside, you can play games at a fairly decent frame rate. In my experience however, I don’t recommend it as part of your main activities with the device. Apart from playable frame rates of 30-40 FPS, the device warms up pretty fast and its thermals are not exactly built for that.

Solid battery life across the board

Lenovo claims the device can last up to 14 hours provided you just use it for most everyday tasks. On my end, I got about 10 to 11 hours all while using it strictly for work-related tasks like writing reports and processing data. When using the device along with social media, Netflix, and a little bit of gaming, it’s around 8 to 9 hours, which is pretty decent.

The device doesn’t take too long to charge either, as it took two and a half hours to fully charge it. If you decide to charge the device using the Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C port, it takes about three hours for a full charge. I found out that you can use any USB-C charger you have lying around, whether it’s for your phone or for your Nintendo Switch.

The way the thermals work confuses me

For me, it’s important to keep any portable device well ventilated. I’ve had experiences both with phones and laptops that just heat up real fast, then take a long while before cooling down. The Lenovo Yoga S740 proved to be no exception to this, but it also manages to do it a little worse than most laptops I’ve had — and I don’t know why.

For starters, the device has rubber feet that elevate it a little bit when placed on any surface. Ideally, this gives the laptop room to exhaust hot air through its ventilation grills underneath, which it was able to do on regular use. However, when you’re doing a lot of tasks at the same time (not necessarily gaming-heavy), the fans get loud and the hot air can’t get out properly. I say that mostly because I feel the warmth on the keyboard when this happens.

Another thing I observed was that even in sleep mode, this device pumps the fans up. Ideally, it shouldn’t pump out as much air as it should when you’re actively using it. However, when I decided to just put it to sleep by closing the lid shut, it still pumped out a lot of hot air. I thought closing the lid shut also means the device would be put in a low power state, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here.

Other features that deserve your attention

There were a bunch of other features that you should look at before even thinking of getting this device. First, the overall design is pretty great for any use case. The FHD IPS display folds up to 180 degrees, and honestly best used when you’re typing something while lying down. The speakers are found just beside the keyboard, and are pretty decent when you’re watching movies.

Second, the 720p IR camera is just, well bad. I didn’t run into any problems setting it up for Windows Hello’s facial recognition, which makes up for a lack of a fingerprint sensor. But the moment you start using the webcam on its own, it’s not promising at all. The images show obvious grain, not much attention to even sharpening the details a bit. If you ever need to do a conference call, this camera won’t help you.

And lastly, there are some ports that this device had to sacrifice but these were not good sacrifices. For most creative professionals, having an HDMI port also helps — apart from the Thunderbolt 3 port. Most external displays readily available still use an HDMI port, so there’s a missed opportunity there. Also, the lack of an SD card reader will have you sacrificing one of your two USB Type-A ports — especially for photographers.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

At PhP 74,995, the Lenovo Yoga S740 is one great on-the-go work device. The hardware inside is great for most work and creative tasks. Plus, it lasts pretty long provided you use it just for work or creativity purposes. You can game on it a little, but don’t expect mind-boggling frame rates unless you get the unit with the NVIDIA GTX 1650 inside.

There are some things that do deserve a second opinion before you get this device. The lack of substantial ports, a grainy 720p camera, and the hard pumping thermals leave a lot to be desired. But, if you feel that you can manage with these, then this device is great on its own.

Overall, I think that this is a great alternative to most work laptops I have. When I’m not using it for work, it’s also great for most past times I have. If I were a creative professional, I’d highly consider getting this, but maybe once the quarantine is over.

SEE ALSO: Why the Lenovo Yoga S940 makes for a perfect business travel companion

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Huawei MateBook D 15, MateBook 13, MatePad Pro arrives in Singapore

All for mobile productivity

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If you’ve been looking to shake-up your work-from-home setup, Huawei has some new devices coming for your consideration. These are the MateBook D15, MateBook 13, and the flagship tablet MatePad Pro.

These new devices will work handily with whatever Huawei phone or other Huawei gadget you already have in tow.

MateBook D 15

The MateBook D 15 is a fantastic 15-inch laptop. It’s perfect for both work and learning. It’s equipped with the AMD Ryzen 3500U processor. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a processor that’s often been compared to the Intel Core i5 8250u. What that means is that this laptop is more than capable of handling everything you do on a browser along with the usual Microsoft office suite. It also has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

It’s also home to features like a hybrid power and fingeprint scanner button, a now-you-see-me, now-you-don’t recessed webcam, and the nifty Huawei Share that lets you quickly share files and control your Huawei or Honor phone straight from the laptop.

MateBook 13

Albeit smaller, the MateBook 13 actually packs more power. It’s powered by a 10th gen Intel Core processor with a 16GB dual channel RAM and 512GB of internal storage. Huawei says you can expect fast reading and writing speeds, image and video editing tasks, as well as entertainment experiences.

It comes with 3:2 high-quality 2K display and side bezels measuring only 4.4mm for more content with vivid details, speed and accuracy. A 2K HUAWEI FullView Display with Multi-touch is also available as an option.

MatePad Pro

The MatePad Pro, Huawei says, is their more affordable answer to the iPad Pro. Not only is it a fantastic multimedia device, it also comes with a pen. This premium-looking slate is geared towards creatives looking to express themselves and create things both for work and play.

Inside it’s powered by the flagship chip Kirin 990 with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It also has a 7250mAh battery with support for wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.

Price and availability

All three devices will be available in all Huawei Concept stores, selected consumer electronic stores and official online stores with Lazada and Shopee starting June 8, 2020. Pricing are as follows:

  • MateBook D 15 — SG$ 998
  • MateBook 13 — SG$ 1,598
  • MatePad Pro — SG$ 898

Pre-orders for these devices will be available from May 30 to 7 June 7, 2020 with exclusive bundle deals, while stocks last.

  • MateBook D 15 — Huawei Wireless Bluetooth Mouse, Huawei Laptop Sleeve Bag, Huawei Freebuds 3
  • MateBook 13 — Huawei Wireless Bluetooth Mouse, Huawei Laptop Sleeve Bag, Huawei Back-up (1TB storage, Huawei Freebuds 3
  • MatePad Pro — Huawei Smart Magnetic Keyboard, Huawei M-Pencil, 1-year 50GB Huawei Mobile Cloud Storage, WPC Office Premium Membership, 3-month Huawei Video Subscription

SEE ALSO: Reasons why the Huawei Matebook D 15 is an easy buy

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LG Singapore launches Lazada store, offers discounts

Up to 25% savings can be had on purchases

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Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, more and more tech brands are relying on online stores to reach their customers. LG Singapore is the latest brand to go online with the opening of its flagship Lazada store. To mark the opening, it is discounting its appliances and devices for a limited time.

There’s a wide range of appliances on offer with LG’s Lazada store. Customers who buy LG appliances from May 23 to May 31 can get savings of up to 25% and a further 3% discount with a minimum purchase of SG$ 499.

Those who work from home will find a great range of LG TV and monitors on offer at the online store. They can also purchase the latest LG Gram through Lazada should they need a trusty laptop for their work.

Those who wanted to step up their facial self-care routine will also appreciate LG store’s selection of Pra.L appliances. For a limited time, LG will give away two complimentary brush heads with every purchase of Pra.L Dual Cleanser.

Other appliances offered on the Lazada store include LG refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, and more. There’s something for everyone on the online store, so be sure to check it out here.

Youtube support channel

LG has also put up a Youtube support channel to help customers in troubleshooting their appliances. Their Youtube channel features handy tutorials on common troubleshooting problems. Since most customer service centers are still closed or are operating in a limited capacity in most areas, the channel is a great alternative for those who need help with their LG devices.

With LG opening its online store on Lazada and putting up a support channel on Youtube, customers don’t have to go to a physical store just to buy or have their appliances repaired. This is not just convenient for many, but also necessary as Singapore still restricts many non-essential shops from opening.

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LG GX Gallery OLED TV now available in Singapore

Comes with a free soundbar for pre-orders until June 7

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Last March, LG unveiled new OLED TVs packed with the latest and the greatest features. Among them is the GX Gallery, a lineup of big OLED TVs that offer high-end features for an unparalleled and immersive viewing experience. Now, the award-winning OLED TV lineup from LG is available to purchase in Singapore.

LG’s GX Gallery is now available to purchase at all authorized retailers nationwide. To entice customers, LG is throwing in a freebie for every pre-order of the 55-inch or 65-inch TV model until June 7. Customers will receive an SL8 soundbar worth SG$ 1,099 for every purchase of 55-inch GX OLED TV. Meanwhile, those who opt for the 65-inch GX OLED TV will receive the SL9 soundbar worth SG$ 1,599. Customers will also get an SG$ 200 grocery voucher on every purchase regardless of the model.

LG is also offering complimentary delivery and free installation for every purchase from June 1 to July 31, 2020. As such, there’s no better time than today to purchase the latest GX Gallery TVs from LG.

The LG GX Gallery features high-resolution OLED displays for a truly cinematic experience. At the heart of each GX TVs is the Alpha 9 Gen 3 processor that boosts the image and sound quality on these TVs. It also has the ThinQ AI and Google Assistant built-in so anyone can just utter commands to the TV without picking up the remote control.

These new high-end TVs from LG are available on all authorized retailers across Singapore. For more information, visit LG Singapore’s website.

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