Lenovo's Ideapad 710S is a really well-rounded work companion that's available at a good price. This $799 laptop offers a crisp 13.3-inch display, zippy performance and a portable design that will please commuters. But while its keyboard is comfortable, a couple of unusual key placements will really annoy serious typists.
The Ideapad 710S is slim, sleek and lightweight. The system weighs just 2.4 lbs., which makes it noticeably lighter than rivals like the 3.4-lb. Asus ZenBook UX303UA and 2.7-lb. Dell XPS 13. That's a big perk for commuters who need to lug the laptop back and forth between home and the office.
Other hardware highlights include a 13.3-inch, 1080p display that's sharp and roomy enough for serious productivity. Meanwhile, the system's Intel Core i5-6200U processor and 8GB of RAM provide enough oomph for heavy multitasking.
Generally speaking, typing on the Ideapad 710S feels pretty good — even if its keys are a bit on the shallow side. You get about 1.35 millimeters of travel on each stroke, which is a bit below the 1.5-mm minimum we look for on a laptop keyboard. At least the keys offer snappy tactile feedback, which helps make up for that particular shortcoming.
Touch typists will probably have some trouble getting used to the odd placement of the right Shift key, which is to the right of the up-arrow key. On top of that, the Delete key has been shifted to the left, and the laptop's power button is located in the spot where you'd usually look to hit Delete. Both of those idiosyncrasies are sure to give touch typists some grief.
Check back for a full review of the Lenovo Ideapad 710S very soon, or check out our picks for the best business laptops currently on the market.