Question The Yoga 720 would've been ideal. What should I get?

Sep 21, 2019
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The discontinued 15-inch Lenovo Yoga 720 looks about perfect to me. The new Yoga 730 has Core U, which I've read performs pretty badly; it seems pretty hard to find a good, affordable laptop without it these days. Portability isn't important for me; I would've preferred the 720's good performance and display with its Core HQ. How bad a choice is a Core U laptop really? And what would you recommend I get?

If it helps, the computer I'm trying to replace is my Samsung RC512. It's served me really well for years but is getting old and outdated.

Here's what I'm looking for:
• Longevity
• Nice screen that won't cause eyestrain, 15 inches, maybe 14
• Can handle lots of programs and browser tabs open
• I dabble in digital art, so pen input and good sRGB coverage would be nice. But I've also read about the downsides of a touchscreen, so I'm fine with continuing to use my old Fujitsu convertible for my very occasional painting hobby and getting a non-touch
• At least 512 GB drive, 8 GB RAM. Having both an SSD and a hard drive sounds nice but not important
• Budget around $1000. Willing to wait for a sale or maybe a very trustworthy refurbished model

Don't care about: using it in tablet mode, dedicated graphics, Windows 10 Pro (because I think I might dual-boot Linux), weight, overall fanciness
 
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