If you thought the Lenovo Yoga 920 was impressive, wait until you try out its successor, the Lenovo Yoga C930. This two-in-one laptop has a better battery life, improved display, and a new functional design. The Lenovo Yoga C930 has a provision for placing and charging its stylus.
- Excellent battery life
- Superb performance
- Slim and lightweight
- Good speakers
- Stylish and functional design
- Display isn’t particularly outstanding
|13.9-inch 1920 x 1080 touch display
|1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U
|Windows 10 Home
|60 Wh, 65 Wh charger
|128MB Intel UHD Graphics 620
|720p with privacy shutter
|2 x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3)
1 x USB 3.1
|(12.68 x 8.94 x 0.57 inches)
32.2 x 22.7 x 1.45 cm
|3.05 pounds (1.38 kg)
|802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless; Bluetooth 4.1
- 12.68 x 8.94 x 0.57 inches
- 3.05 pounds (1.38 kg)
- 2 x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3)
1 x USB 3.1
- Audio jack
With its refined, premium design, the Lenovo Yoga C930 can now compete favourably with LG Gram 14 2-in-1, Samsung Notebook 9 Pro and the like.
The C930 can be converted into a tablet. Weighing 3.1 pounds and measuring 0.6 inches thick, the Lenovo Yoga C930 is slightly heavier than the Dell XPS 13 (2.7 pounds) and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2.5 pounds).
Thin bezels are now the industry standard especially with high-end laptops. The Lenovo Yoga C930 does not disappoint in that regard. It has thin bezels and a black border at the bottom of the display.
Lenovo has added a webcam shutter just above the C930’s display to prevent hackers from snooping.
Two thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports for fast charging and transfer of data, one standard USB 3.0 port and a headphone jack which are on the left side are the only ports the laptop has. You could charge your phone via the USB 3.0 port even when the C930 is not powered on. It does not have an SD card slot and HDMI.
The power button is on the right side of the laptop. A fingerprint sensor is an inch or so below the arrow keys on the right, as well.
Do not confuse the Yoga C930 with the Yoga Book C930 which has a dual screen. The convertible Yoga C930 has a 360-degree hinge design which makes it easy for anyone to use it either as a laptop or tablet. The speaker system is built into the 360-degree hinge.
Lenovo has added a webcam shutter just above the thin display to prevent hackers from snooping. You do not need to block the 720p webcam with a sticker or tape, any longer. Speaking of privacy, you can mute the laptop’s mic completely, by simply tapping one of the function keys.
- 13.9-inch 1920 x 1080 touch display
In terms of display, the Lenovo Yoga’s screen is not really the best. Other laptops in the same league have better displays. The HP Spectre x360, for instance, has a much better display than what the Yoga C930 can boast. It has a touchscreen functionality and 1920 x 1080 pixels panel.
With regard to display brightness, the C930’s max panel brightness (273 nits) is some nits shy of the likes of Dell XPS 13 (372 nits). You may have to deal with reflections when working outdoors.
- 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U
- 12GB RAM
- 256GB Storage
You wouldn’t expect anything less than an Intel Core i7 on a premium laptop like this. As expected, the C930 ticks this box: its CPU is powered by Intel’s Core i7-8550U just like Dell XPS 13 and HP Spectre x360.
But what is its performance like? The Yoga handles video streaming, playing light games, and processing of light image files without issues. With a 256 GB storage, this 2-in-1 is fast, however, again, brands like Dell XPS 13 and HP Spectre x360 have better processing speeds.
Performance falls down only when handling power- intensive games and working with processor-demanding graphics programs. The convertible Yoga C930 has an upgradable SSD.
Keyboard, Touchpad and Stylus
- Backlit keyboard
To be fair, the backlit keyboard on the Yoga C930 is quite OK with decent travel. Its touchpad (4.1 x 2.7 inches) which is not as large as the MacBook Air’s touchpad (4.6 x 3.1 inches) is responsive, also.
The touchpad’s very smooth surface makes for easy scrolling of pages. What’s more, swiping to open apps and using the four-finger press to open the action center, can be done with ease. The 2018 MacBook Air’s touchpad is better, though.
The C930 comes with a stylus, and there is a provision – a slot in the back – for stowing and charging it after use. So you need not worry about misplacing it. The responsive short stylus is always paired and can be used anytime. Since the pen is slim and small, it may cause a little discomfort when used for a long period of time. Lenovo has better pen options you can buy.
- Dolby Atmos audio
As with the most premium laptops, the C930’s audio quality is top-notch. But the bass could be better. The Dolby Atmos helps in boosting and adjusting the sound to suit your sound needs when watching movies or playing games.
We now know one of the reasons Lenovo adopted the hinge design: so that audio quality is not compromised should you decide to use the Yoga C930 as a tablet. You get a clear sound irrespective of your screen position.
- Up to 12 hours of web browsing
- 61Wh battery
One outstanding feature of the Lenovo Yoga C930 is its battery life. With a 60Wh battery, it beats other 2-in-1 laptops in the same league. It can withstand approximately 12 hours of constant web browsing via Wi-Fi with brightness at 150 nits when it is not plugged in.
- Windows 10 Home
- 1-year warranty
The Lenovo convertible is powered by Windows 10 Home. It is equipped with programs and the Lenovo Vantage app which enables you to get system-related updates. You can adjust system settings as well as settings for the pen. You get a one-year warranty when you buy the Yoga C930. MS Office 365 is one of the preinstalled apps on the Yoga.
The Lenovo Yoga C930 is by far the best ultraportable two-in-one on the market right now. It is quite pricey, but the price matches the excellent performance you will get. So if you are OK with the price, then it is worth buying.