The Lenovo Ideapad series of computers have always been focused on being strong consumer devices, and the Ideapad 710S is no different. The 710S tries to walk the line between premium and budget computing, offering the best aspects of some of the more luxury ultrabooks at a moderately accessible price.
The laptop’s size is pretty average for an ultrabook, weighing 2.6 lbs (1.2 kgs) and measures .55 inches (13.9 mm) at its thinnest point. The enclosure is made of a mixture of magnesium and aluminum, making it as rigid as we’d expect for a device that starts at $799. The display is 13.3” with a 1080p resolution, a matte coating and no option for a touchscreen. The display has a thinner bezel than many of Lenovo’s other ultrabooks, echoing the ever popular Dell XPS 13, but keeps a 720p webcam up top.
A full-sized SD card slot, USB 3.0 A, and Micro HDMI are on one side, along with a combo headset jack, another USB 3.0 A and DC-in charging port on the other. The speakers are positioned on the underside of the unit, along with a row of vents but otherwise the overall design of the enclosure feels very reminiscent of a MacBook Air; unadorned metal with very little embellishment.
We’re putting together a full review and if you’re interested in going into more detail with us, it should be up in the next few days. Is there anything in particular you’re curious about or would like to us take a look at? Post in the comments below and we’ll do our best to incorporate it into the review.