Where's the best place to buy Lenovo's IdeaPad 730S?
What configurations does Lenovo offer?
Lenovo has four basic configurations to choose from, starting with a baseline model that costs about $720 and going up to a high-end model that hits closer to about $960. The basic IdeaPad 730S has an 8th Gen Whiskey Lake Intel Core i5-8265U processor (CPU) with four cores and a turbo clock speed up to 3.90 GHz. It's coupled with 8GB of DDR3 RAM that, together, can chew through a regular workday. This model also has a 128GB PCIe SSD in an M.2 form factor that you can swap out yourself with relative ease later down the road.
A jump up from the baseline model usually costs about $800, though Lenovo has frequent deals that bring the price even lower, sometimes down to about $722. You get the same specs (Core i5 CPU and 8GB of RAM), but the storage is upped to a 256 GB PCIe SSD. In most cases, this is a Samsung PM981, which delivers outstanding performance with read speeds hitting 3,450 MB/s and write speeds hitting 1,463 MB/s. This configuration is the same as the one we reviewed quite favorably,
Those who'd like more processing power can opt instead for a Core i7-8565U CPU with boost clock speeds up to 4.60 GHz. These models come with 8GB or 16GB of DDR3 RAM, but the maximum storage remains at 256GB. No matter which configuration you choose, you get a 13.3-inch FHD non-touch display with perfect sRGB color reproduction, a modern selection of ports, a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello, and a thin and light aluminum chassis with a premium look.
All models also come with a standard one-year warranty for parts and labor, which can be upgraded to two- and three-year plans that cover onsite technician support and an annual checkup. Accidental damage protection, which covers spills, drops, and power surges, can likewise be had for about $22 more. Finally, if you're not up to paying for the laptop all at once, Lenovo has credit and leasing options set up with Klarna and Zibby.
Who is the IdeaPad 730S intended for?
Buying a laptop this size usually means you're entering premium territory, which then usually means there are a bunch of extra features tacked on that help justify the high price. For those who don't need a touch display, pen support, IR camera, or battery that lasts far longer than 10 hours, the IdeaPad 730S should make a great choice.
It doesn't sacrifice quality on what it does offer, so you get a great display, an aluminum chassis that's thin and light, and strong performance, all for cheaper than you'd usually pay for a similar laptop elsewhere.
Don't forget to grab the right accessories at checkout
Lenovo makes it easy to bundle accessories at checkout so that you can be prepared from day one. We recommend a sleeve to keep the iron-grey exterior pristine, and a USB-C hub or Thunderbolt 3 dock will make up for the lack of legacy ports.
Well worth the price.
The IdeaPad 730S could easily be mistaken for a premium laptop, at least until you see the price. You get strong performance, a great display, and a lean aluminum chassis, all for well under $800.
Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.
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