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October 14, 2023

Lenovo 730S-24IKB Review

For the past few years, the bulk of desktops available to consumers have been either low end, transformable 2-in-1 systems or small puck style mini computers that come with a mediocre display and a few months salary in bloatware. Lenovo's 730S seems to target a niche between these, with a premium looking chassis and decent specs that you can afford.

In a class that tends to offer fancy touchscreens and battery-chewing 4K displays, Lenovo is refreshingly modest here with a non-touch 1080p panel. This is still a great quality display that has wide viewing angles and can reproduce 100-percent of sRGB color in our tests.

This All-in-One also comes with a number of other useful features. For example, the infrared camera is capable of recognizing your face for log-in security. And, with Cortana you get your very own voice activated personal digital assistant who can answer questions, open apps, set reminders and more.

We were impressed by the fact that this computer got through a full workday on our Laptop Mag battery test, which involves continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness. Other competing systems, like the XPS 13 (starting at $999) and the ZenBook UX333 (starting at $849), fell short of this mark by a significant margin.

Inside this elegant chassis you'll find a hefty Intel 8th generation Core processor that can multi-task with ease and load programs instantly. This is backed by 6GB of RAM and Intel UHD graphics that can handle most games you might want to play. The keyboard is standard Lenovo quality, with well-spaced keys that are comfortable to type on for extended periods of time and a full row of F keys that double as functions. The touchpad, however, feels a bit cheap and doesn't track as smoothly as many other laptops we have tested.