An almost perfect 2-in-1.
The Yoga series from Lenovo initially looked like a gimmick but over the years it has proven itself to be one of the best performing notebooks around. The Lenovo Yoga C930 is no exception, in the weeks we spent with it the notebook combined everything we loved about the Yoga series plus more.
The Yoga C930 is a laptop that you can fold into a tablet, giving you the flexibility of using it in any mode that you prefer. The notebook has a hinge that allows it to transform from notebook to tablet and there’s more to that hinge – it actually houses the speakers of the Yoga C930, giving you a personal soundbar that’s embedded right inside the notebook.
That’s not all, Lenovo has worked with Dolby to bring Atmos sound on the Yoga C930. With the soundbar embedded in the hinge combined with dual down-firing speakers that should give you the best sound output possible. There’s also a pre-installed Dolby Atmos app where you can tune the sound to any profile that’s available or even create a new one.
Design-wise the dark gray color is a welcome treat and is complemented by the backlit keyboard. Lenovo also thought about privacy: the webcam can be easily covered using a small slider and there’s also a dedicated mute button on one of the Fn keys.
The Yoga C930 has the following specifications:
- 13.9-inch Full HD touchscreen display
- Intel Core i7-8550U CPU 1.80 GHz
- 16 GB RAM
- Intel UHD Graphics 620
- 500 GB SSD
- Windows 10
The hardware is pretty much decent, which should be able to handle everyday tasks. I’m a little disappointed that it doesn’t have discrete graphics, which should offer even better performance – but we’re guessing that was done to conserve battery life.
Another favorite on the Yoga C930 is the inclusion of an active pen that’s housed on the upper right corner of the notebook. The pen can support 4,096 points of pressure so you can draw with extreme accuracy without any lag. It’s a little short though, considering you have a huge screen to draw on to. Despite that, it’s a nice accessory to have, and it charges automatically when it’s docked inside the notebook so it’s always ready to be used.
Ports are limited on the left side, where a single USB 3.0 port, dual Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports (also used for charging) and a headphone jack can be found. The ports may be limited but in my time with I never felt it was lacking since most of my documents are stored in the cloud.
The Yoga C930 is clearly made for productivity and it shows, I breezed through the keys with ease and it handled all the typing and editing that I did. I managed to make the Yoga C930 last for about a day without having to connect it to a charger. On another test where I simply used it to stream movies from Netflix, I got around 12 hours of battery life, pretty impressive I must say.
Overall, the Lenovo Yoga C930 impresses on every aspect: from design, features, and especially performance. It’s one of the few 2-in-1 notebooks that is definitely worth having.
+ Decent performance
+ Impressive design
+ Great battery life
– No discrete graphics
Final Rating: 4.5/5