Gone are the days when the good elements of any laptop would please all the eyeballs. But this technology-driven generation is all hopped up on that X factor which makes their machine stands out from the rest, be it in terms of ultra-slim chassis, thin bezels, extraordinary battery life, or overall performance. And here’s where Lenovo Yoga C930 plays its crucial role. The yet-to-review machine not just has one stand-out feature but several of them giving a tough competition to its competitor Dell XPS 2-in-1 and Microsoft Surface Pro 6.
Design and Display:
The first thing that caught our eyes when we unwrapped this baby is a 360-degree robust Dolby Atmos soundbar hinge that transforms this laptop into a tablet. Apart from this, the alloy surface of Lenovo Yoga C930 has a premium feel with its super smooth steel grey gunmetal finish and quite thin bezels on all 3 sides of the screen. Speaking of the screen, the Lenovo Yoga C930 offers 2 variants of its 13.9- inch IPS touchscreen display with Dolby Vision. The 13.9” UHD (3840×2160) offers 158 pixels per inch whereas 13.9” FHD (1920×1080) edition is about 317 pixels per inch. The screen is punchy and pleasing through detailed colors and sharp contrast with 4K as an option. Our experience of the backlit keyboard was pleasant with bouncy keys and a solid base. The hinged, buttonless trackpad is decent too.
The razor-thin aluminum slate has a stylized chrome Yoga logo in one corner of its bare gray lid and branding of the Dolby Atmos logo on the right side of the deck. You see an adorable Lenovo emblem placed seamlessly on a secondary mini hinge and an Ovular power button on the right side of the device. The fingerprint sensor is positioned at the bottom right of the deck.
Processor/CPU and Performance/OS:
When it came to performance test, Lenovo Yoga C930 did a commendable job with its Intel Core i7-8550U CPU and Window 10 Home’s super smooth processing. The ultra-fast processor showed a quick loading of any normal to the heavy task and hence delivered an excellent result on our benchmark tests without a hint of lag even with processor-intensive tasks. This beast might not be quite appealing to heavy gamers as its equipped with an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU. But should work absolutely fine with some casual gaming that can run less-demanding titles on low settings.
Storage and Connectivity:
The Yoga C930 comes in 3 memory variants 8 GB, 12 GB and 16 GB DDR4 with a storage capacity of 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB PCle SSD. The device offers all few ports on its left side i.e. one USB-A 3.1 port, two USB-C ports which are full Thunderbolt 3 ready and a headphone jack. The right side is naked except an ovular power button. While it may be no gaming beast, the laptop certainly does not skimp on connectivity. However, there is no direct video output like HDMI or an SD card slot
Battery life is the final piece of the puzzle. The Lenovo Yoga C930 sport a good 60Wh battery that claims to last for more than 14 hours. In our moderate battery test, the Yoga clocked up just over 13 hours which is quite impressive. It certainly will not be the same case with heavy usage and would require a charger along. But overall, one can definitely treat this laptop as a phone: juicing out all day long and fueling at night.
The appeal and utility of the Yoga when in tablet mode is the Stylus. The design of Yoga C930 extends to active stylus support, which is slick, accurate and responsive in use. More importantly, it is completely discreet when stowed away in the garage at the back-right edge of the body charging there, nice. The stylus has 4,096 points of pressure sensitivity with little to no discernible lag.
The other center of attraction of this device is the Privacy shutter. The Lenovo Yoga C930’s 720p webcam is fitted with a physical shutter built into the top of the thin display that slides to block the camera giving their users much needed privacy. Because we often see people sticking an ugly sticker over their webcam when it is not in use out of some serious security concern. So, here comes Lenovo Yoga C930 inheriting one of the key features from its X1 Yoga just to give a little peace of mind to their huge Yoga series fan base.
Last but not the least, another impressive feature of Yoga C930 is the heating element of it. Heavy loaded slim laptops usually get toasty under an intense workload, but this was not the case with Yoga C930. It remained startlingly cool over an hour of our HD video streaming online.
Apart from all the other upgraded features, the Yoga C930 stands out in terms of replacing of watchband hinge with a beautiful soundbar, an integrated stylus slot and the privacy shutter i.e., webcam cover. All these fantastic additions make this very laptop more intriguing. Overall, this slick machine is an impressive piece, by all means, and has set quite an example as to how far 2-in-1 technology has come. The Lenovo Yoga C930 is simply one of the best two-in-one laptops available out there that has the potential to be a premium alternative of Microsoft Surface Pro.
- Soundbar hinge
- Integrated stylus slot
- Privacy shutter
- Small stylus size
- Slightly heavier
- No option for discrete graphics