CONS: No SD card , no accurate colors.
Why do you need a Lenovo Yoga C930 if you can afford it? Fierce competition in the laptop industry has made it necessary for companies to go the extra mile. Everyone is making laptops with suitable specs for all needs. But what makes your product stand out? What is the additional merit of spending on your product? That is the kind of competition manufacturers are facing.
The Lenovo Yoga C930 does NOT disappoint. It is a 2-in-1 type machine with a fully foldable hinge, that also duals as the speakers. Pretty cool, isn’t it? But is that all? The answer is no, being 2-in-1 makes it a tablet as well, and Lenovo Yoga C930 comes with its stylus for you to bring out the artist inside you. That is what makes Lenovo Yoga C930 one of the most potent flagships in its category.
Lenovo Yoga C930 Review & Overall Specification
|CPU||Intel Core i7-8550U|
|Display||13.9 inches FHD IPS|
|Storage||512GB NVMe SSD|
|GPU||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Battery Life||12 hours|
|Size||12.6 x 8.93 x 0.57 (inch)|
|Connectivity||1 USB 3.1 Type-A, USB-C 3.1, HDMI, USB 2.0, ThunderBolt 3|
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Lenovo Yoga C930 Design
Competitor 2-in-1 laptops usually give a second-rate look when incorporated with a 360-degree hinge. Lenovo Yoga C930 however, seems to have given the looks a bit of thought. It is a premium quality build with a thin 0.6” body. The sleek and sharp design gives it a quality look that very few models of this kind can boast. The Lenovo Yoga C930 is not to be confused with the dual-screen yoga book C930 which is not as nearly as impressive.
Lenovo has outdone themselves with their intelligent speaker design. Most 2-in-1 laptops have thick, unattractive hinges that let them rotate the screen 360-degrees. The rotation is smooth and soft when you turn it into a tablet. Yet, the screen won’t budge any matter at what angle you use the stylus or touch operation. To top it all off, Lenovo has not only made the hinge design sleek, but they also worked with Dolby to turn it into a speaker. The sound quality isn’t bass-heavy, it sounds rather thin when you use it usually. But, tune your audio with the built-in Dolby Atmos application, and the quality improves considerably. There aren’t many laptops in the market with mentionable sound quality. Lenovo Yoga C930 is one of them.
The baseline model is available with a full HD screen that does not disappoint. It has bright colors but is lower in comparison to the competitors. It gives you a 100% sRGB color gamut which is about 12% lower than the average of the rivals. In other words, it is not precisely impressive considering the premium quality of the machine and of course, the price. The relatively lower resolution does mean that you can run it at 100% scaling and still retain font legibility. Yet, the touch screen sensitivity works well. The contrast is sharp, and the colors are deep too.
The stylus is a definite highlight when you talk about Yoga C930’s screen. The screen integration is practical, and the pen is elegant-looking too. There is also a 4K version upgrade but with a significant bump in the price. A very slick little touch is the plastic shutter available for the webcam. To all the folks who are a bit extra conscious about privacy (Just about everyone, of course).
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Although the laptop is not exactly meant to attract a gaming audience, it does not compromise on connectivity. 2 USB Type-C ports are available along with a 3.1 on one side of the body. It gives you a seamless connectivity experience.
Lenovo Yoga C930 Pen
Yoga C930 comes with a seamlessly connected stylus. It’s ready to use as soon as it is brought out. Also, the pen boasts 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. If you compare it with the latest drawing tabs, it’s almost half as efficient. But as an additional feature with a 2-in-1 laptop, it’s more than just good. The lag is also not very discernible. However, the slenderness of the pen may cause your hands to cramp if you end up using it for longer durations of time.
Previous Lenovo machines that came with a stylus, and they rarely did, had a parking space issue. You had to use a heavy pen holder which, when plugged into the USB, blocked the power button. Yoga C930 has solved the problem elegantly. The stylus garage inconspicuously holds your stylus. So, when you are not using it, it’s not even visible. But that’s not all, the garage also duals as the pen’s charger. Say goodbye to the clunky USB plugins.
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Keypad and Track-pad
The placing of the backlit portions of the keypad has a soothing effect, it looks good. The downward key travel is just short of the optimum (1.3mm instead of the sweet 1.5mm standard). But, that is to be expected in a laptop this thin. The required actuation force is a sweet 75gms, but it can tire you out in long typing sessions.
The track-pad on the Yoga C930 is large and sensitive. You will love the response that you get. It measures up to 4.1 x 2.7 inches. It has 3, and 4 finger features available as well. The first one is for apps and the latter for opening the action center. The fingerprint sensor for quick logins is another useful feature.
Yoga C930 boasts a Quad-core 8th generation I7 processor. It is highly efficient when it comes to voltage consumption. It is also supported by Intel’s Turbo Boost technology. An average working speed of 1.8 MHz is topped at 4.0 MHz. It is not precisely THE top-notch tech available out there, but it is adequate.
Couple that with a 12 GB RAM built with DDR4 tech and you get a sweet performance laptop. The memory speed is 2400MHz. What is missing here is a dedicated GPU. Make no mistake; this is not a gaming machine. The integrated graphics are NOT meant to support onerous gaming requirements. Your average performance, however, will be snappy. The hard drive is 512 GB solid-state drive technology. That would add further to the snappy performance of the machine. You have to agree, quick start-up and login are extremely attractive. And the SSD tech makes it happen. The graphics are integrated type, Intel UHD 620 and as already mentioned, do not expect 90fps on GTA with this.
The specs setup of Yoga C930 gives it solid sweet performance and our benchmark tests show that clearly. As already mentioned, the processor and RAM combination makes for a sweet performance machine. The Yoga C930 is also scoring higher than the average of the category. The only downside to the otherwise premium laptop is the screen.
As you can see, the color gamut is not impressive. But, it is fairly adequate. Nevertheless, for a premium quality laptop, Lenovo could have come up with something better. The average screen brightness also falls well short of the average. Despite all this, the screen quality is not a deal-breaker if you can afford Lenovo’s flagship C930. The machine is an easy setup, but if you still require some help, Lenovo will not make you wait.
As a 2-in-1 machine, what gives the Yoga C930 actual mobility? It is the promised 14-hour battery life package. If you want to double your C930 as a drawing pad or a tablet for any purpose, the 14 hours 60KWh battery gives you a great deal of flexibility regarding your schedule. With 6-8 hours of sleep and at least 2-3 off-screen hours a day, virtually, you only need to charge it once a day. And with a touch screen display, this is certainly something to boast of.
The charger is a standard Lenovo 65W USB C type AC adapter. Also, it is compatible with other Yoga series and Idea pad from Lenovo as well.
The baseline model with a UHD screen costs $1070 at the time of this review. It is upgradeable in many aspects but at a hefty price. In simple words, it’s a best gaming laptop under 1000 that gives you a lot of things at this mid-range price.
In conclusion, the Lenovo Yoga C930 is an overall attractive package. And not just figuratively, the laptop is beautiful to look at. The premium design makes it unique in the 360-degree 2-in-1 machines. The stylus is also an additional attractive feature. Just like a flagship is expected to be, it is a little heavy on the pocket. But, anyone with the resources will not regret the Yoga C930 experience.