Battery Life, Pricing, and Conclusion
While we just saw that performance for ultrabooks is very similar, battery life is one place where these machines can really differ.
Unfortunately for the Yoga 700, it's at the bottom of the pack when we compare it to similar notebooks. Scoring just under 5 hours isn't necessarily a bad result on our web browsing battery test, but when we look at battery capacity we begin to see an issue.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4, with a 39Wh battery as compared to the 45Wh found in the Yoga 700, adds almost an additional hour of use over the Lenovo competitor. Given these machines are equipped with nearly identical Skylake-based Core i5 processors, this is a very disappointing result. We would love to see Lenovo do some more optimization here to start to reach similar levels as the Surface Pro 4.
The Lenovo Yoga 700 is one of the cheapest ultrabooks we have ever seen at this specification level.
Compared to notebooks like the Dell XPS 13, and Lenovo's Yoga 900, this is quite the bargain at $250 and $300 less respectively.
Ultrabooks and 2-in1s have always been more of a niche in the notebook market. While subsequent generations have made you give up less and less for the thin-and-light chassis, there are still some trade-offs.
Traditionally the largest trade-off for these more portable designs has been cost. In the past, what we have considered "good" 2-in1s have come in at around $1200. With the Lenovo Yoga 700, it is refreshing to see a solid performing machine come in at under $900. You might sacrifice a bit of battery life, but for most users I would highly recommend the Lenovo Yoga 700.