Lenovo Yoga 720 - 15.6" Convertible with Active Pen, GeForce 1050 and Quad-Core CPUs

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  1. BigDragon

    BigDragon Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Does anyone have styluses beyond the Lenovo Active Pen? I have a LAP, but am wondering if there are better options out there. I'm looking at picking up a Bamboo Smart Stylus since SurfaceProArtist indicated it works on the Yoga 720. Not sure if it performs better or worse than the LAP. Looks to have a better pen design.

    My solution to this was to disable all Intel IGP power saving options. They seem to conflict with what the Nvidia driver wants to do. Disabling dynamic brightness and panel self refresh got rid of the flicker. Haven't thought of disabling the Intel IGP entirely. I only really need the Nvidia GPU when using Blender or gaming.

    When drawing in Clip Studio Paint the battery life can get wildly long (8 to 9 hours). I'm assuming the Nvidia GPU is going into some deep power saving mode. Normal web browsing and chatting brings the battery down to about 4.5 hours for me...less if I'm watching videos.
     
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    CIUVAK Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Are you happy enough with the 4k screen?
    I am trying to choose between 1080p vs 4k. More interested in better brightness and colour reproduction, not necessarily interested in higher resolution, but will not mind it either.
    Looks like officially both 1080p and 4k have 300 nits, but not sure if maybe other specs are more superior on the 4k.
     
  3. DreadfulDrummer

    DreadfulDrummer Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Yeah, I've seen the price of those down-under.
    I live in Finland and I'm thinking of picking up the 1TB UHD 4 GB GPU version for €1,999 -ouch!- when I'm in Amsterdam this weekend (the Dutch use US International keyboard layout, I couldn't stand a a German, French or Nordic layout!) but, quite strangely, it's listed as using USB 3.0 in its Type-C port and not supporting Thunderbolt...
    I assumed it was a mistake and, thus, considered the possibility of the 4 GB of VRAM also being incorrect so I've asked the store to check; they've confirmed, with their specialist, that their page has the correct info.
    How odd?

    I think I'll get it anyways and hope that they really were wrong!
    If they're not, I think I'll be okay with USB 3.1 Gen 1, which I guess it's called now cos **** consumers, right?
     
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    Love the 4K display. Haven't measured colorspace or color accuracy, but comparing it to my fully-calibrated desktop display, it's fairly-decently-calibrated sRGB. The brightness is far brighter than my previous device, Fujitsu T904. With the T904 I could not use the display outside in the sun, and barely in the shade. I can't say the 720-15 is built for work in sunlight, but it's far more visible. Haven't measured the nits, so take it with a grain of salt. No dead pixels thankfully, I spent almost ten minutes with my face against the display at the shop to make sure of that.

    Most importantly I can work on documents at page-width on half the display, which I couldn't at QHD, let alone at FHD.

    A few pages ago I said I won't be using the Nvidia GPU, but for the first time I find myself playing videogames on my PC, so, uh, if you want to be less productive, get the dGPU model. Make sure you configure the application to run with the dGPU in Nvidia Control Panel.
     
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    DreadfulDrummer Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Well, the Active Pen's Lenovo store page states it supports 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity with specific systems, if that matters to you, it may be imperceptible from the Bamboo Smart's 2048 levels.

    http://www3.lenovo.com/us/en/access.../TAB-ACC-BO-Lenovo-Active-pen-NA/p/GX80K32882

    Surface Pro Artist also said the Active Pen is compatible with some of Wacom's nibs, if that matters to you. Just search for the model number ACK21716.

    But you are correct in saying the Bamboo Smart looks better so, if that's what matters most to you, go for it!

    Maybe wait until the 31st when Wacom officially introduces the Bamboo Ink Stylus and you can get the cheapest option, for now, if the wait isn't too long before it's release. I think that's what I'll do.
    Edit: so it's out in the US but I'm in Finland... We don't understand Best Buy's methods here.
     
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    surfaceproartist Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    I can confirm with no hesitation whatsoever that the Bamboo Ink offers a better experience than the Lenovo Active Pen. The nibs are interchangeable but they extend much further out of the barrel end and the Ink can be used nearly parallel to the screen for light sketching (this isn't the same as full tilt support like on the Apple Pencil, but it helps).
     
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    You mean the Bamboo Smart?
    Or have you tried the new Bamboo Ink and haven't told us? :eek:
     
  8. BigDragon

    BigDragon Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I did notice that removing and re-inserting the Lenovo Active Pen nib made it stick out farther. The factory configuration has the nib really jammed deep into the pen. Clip Studio Paint gives me about 70% of the potential pressure levels. I never press hard enough to activate the upper 30%, so my pressure curve in CSP is a traditional slope that plateaus.

    I think I will order a Bamboo Smart. I know the multi-protocol pen is on the way, but the price is doubled -- very expensive!
     
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    Bamboo Ink. I picked it up at Best Buy yesterday. See the Wacom dual protocol pen thread.
     
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    @BigDragon the Ink is slightly better ergonomically than the Smart. Marks register at a lighter pressure and sharper angle to the screen. The nib sticks out slightly farther. On the Smart, the side switches are larger and easier to detect. I can't tell the difference between 2048 and 4096 pressure levels.
     
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