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Old 22-11-2018, 09:12 AM   #1
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Asus ZenBook S, Yoga 730 or Yoga S730

Hi, I am looking to get an ultrabook at SITEX for my work and home. Need your input.

Requirements:

Emailing, browsing the web, reads a lot of PDF loaded, light photo editing plays non-video intensive simple games like football manager, portable as I need to bring it around for work, long battery life (6-7 hours paper work) and USB PD charging from 3rd party charger.

I had shortlisted 3 laptops below, with my thoughts on them.

Asus ZenBook S
8-16GB/512Gb RAM/SSD
1.05kg
2 TB3 and 1 USB C Gen 1
13.3” FHD glossy screen
2 years International warranty (extendable? I have no need for international warranty, but extended local warranty is good.
Free USB mini dock is a plus
$1998/$2398 (brochure) or $1800/$2200 street price?

Have all I need. Does this support 3rd party usb PD charging?


Yoga 730
Tablet enabled
13.3” FHD Multi Touch
8GB/512GB RAM/SSD DDR4/NVME
1.12kg
2 TB3 and 1 USB C Gen 1
Free Pen and USB C to HDMI adapter
2 years PremiumCare warranty
$1649 for i5-8250 and $1799 for i5-8265 at The Tech Show earlier this month, could be lower for street price

Yoga S730
16GB/512GB RAM/SSD DDR3/NVME
13.3” FHD
1.1kg
2 TB3 and 1 USB C Gen 1
2 years PremiumCare warranty
Free USB C to HDMI adapter
i7-8565 (I don’t need so fast speed actually?)
$1999 brochure price, $1799 street price

I suppose both Yoga supports USB PD charging? I am more inclined to take on Yoga 730 cheapest model at $1649 (if they have stock) as higher CPU speed may not be realised or sustainable for Quad Cores CPU.

Please advise
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Old 22-11-2018, 01:30 PM   #2
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I would advise against the Yoga 730. Check the Lenovo forums -- a lot of complaints regarding screen flickering issues due to the hinge design.

I own the IdeaPad 720s, of which the new s730 is the successor. It's a good laptop and very competitively priced. My unit had some issue with the keyboard (one of the keys were not very responsive). Lenovo support came down to replace the keyboard on-site the next business day. Very good service.

Personally I would go for the s730 for the 16gb ram.

All 3 laptops support PD charging. If I'm not wrong the third usb-c port on s730 should be a gen2 as well
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Old 22-11-2018, 01:32 PM   #3
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Oh ya... Battery life wise, the s730 has a very small battery I think. But you can always get an Aukey power bank to double or triple battery life
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Old 22-11-2018, 01:57 PM   #4
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never consider LG Gram?

72whr battery which im sure battery life will be longer then any model here

Ram and ssd can upgrade, superlight below 1kg.... only thing is below 2k only have i5,

I brought the based model with 256gb ssd and 8gb ram 8th gen i5 @ $1799 before discount was given at harvey norman parkway parade.
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Oh ya... Battery life wise, the s730 has a very small battery I think. But you can always get an Aukey power bank to double or triple battery life
which aukey power bank is good for laptop?
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Old 22-11-2018, 02:50 PM   #6
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never consider LG Gram?

72whr battery which im sure battery life will be longer then any model here

Ram and ssd can upgrade, superlight below 1kg.... only thing is below 2k only have i5,

I brought the based model with 256gb ssd and 8gb ram 8th gen i5 @ $1799 before discount was given at harvey norman parkway parade.
CPU was previous gen?
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Old 22-11-2018, 05:12 PM   #7
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which aukey power bank is good for laptop?
I'm using the 30k mah one. Bought for 69 from someone on Carousell. Think the shop is at prinsep street. Irepair or something.

LG gram -- I wouldn't recommend if you need thunderbolt or usb c gen 2.
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never consider LG Gram?

72whr battery which im sure battery life will be longer then any model here

Ram and ssd can upgrade, superlight below 1kg.... only thing is below 2k only have i5,

I brought the based model with 256gb ssd and 8gb ram 8th gen i5 @ $1799 before discount was given at harvey norman parkway parade.
13” no USB PD charging. 14” was too big. Battery life and CPU throttle sustainability for 13” is great.
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I would advise against the Yoga 730. Check the Lenovo forums -- a lot of complaints regarding screen flickering issues due to the hinge design.

I own the IdeaPad 720s, of which the new s730 is the successor. It's a good laptop and very competitively priced. My unit had some issue with the keyboard (one of the keys were not very responsive). Lenovo support came down to replace the keyboard on-site the next business day. Very good service.

Personally I would go for the s730 for the 16gb ram.

All 3 laptops support PD charging. If I'm not wrong the third usb-c port on s730 should be a gen2 as well
Thanks. Looks like S730 will be the one to get.
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Just bought $1728 Harvey Norman.
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The Yoga S730 uses Samsung PM981 512GB. With a fan blowing, Cinebench R15 Multi Core CPU can sustain 570, Single core 170. Without fan blowing, 410/145.

The TB3/USB C ports can all be charged by 15W USB PD portable chargers and adapters from 3rd parties. But anything other than 65W and lower is considered low power charger (I don’t have 46-64W chargers, only 40/45/30/15).

I have a blue bright pixel, but I think I can live with that.

Need OneKey Optimizer programme instead of Lenovo Vantage to keep the charging capped at 60% to prolong the battery life.

Bought a $39.10 USB C to 3x USB A, 1x SD card and 1x microsd card reader for the Yoga. Overall happy with the lightweight, price and ease of use.
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The Yoga S730 uses Samsung PM981 512GB. With a fan blowing, Cinebench R15 Multi Core CPU can sustain 570, Single core 170. Without fan blowing, 410/145.

The TB3/USB C ports can all be charged by 15W USB PD portable chargers and adapters from 3rd parties. But anything other than 65W and lower is considered low power charger (I don’t have 46-64W chargers, only 40/45/30/15).

I have a blue bright pixel, but I think I can live with that.

Need OneKey Optimizer programme instead of Lenovo Vantage to keep the charging capped at 60% to prolong the battery life.

Bought a $39.10 USB C to 3x USB A, 1x SD card and 1x microsd card reader for the Yoga. Overall happy with the lightweight, price and ease of use.
Thanks for the update! Harvey Norman can't exchange for new set if bright pixel? Think can try your luck
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Can teach me what 60% cap charging ? Don’t understand

The Yoga S730 uses Samsung PM981 512GB. With a fan blowing, Cinebench R15 Multi Core CPU can sustain 570, Single core 170. Without fan blowing, 410/145.

The TB3/USB C ports can all be charged by 15W USB PD portable chargers and adapters from 3rd parties. But anything other than 65W and lower is considered low power charger (I don’t have 46-64W chargers, only 40/45/30/15).

I have a blue bright pixel, but I think I can live with that.

Need OneKey Optimizer programme instead of Lenovo Vantage to keep the charging capped at 60% to prolong the battery life.

Bought a $39.10 USB C to 3x USB A, 1x SD card and 1x microsd card reader for the Yoga. Overall happy with the lightweight, price and ease of use.
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Can teach me what 60% cap charging ? Don’t understand


Means the battery will auto stop charging at 60% and switch to ac power instead
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buy lenovo lah it comes with 3 yrs local warranty
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