8.0
Score

Pros

  • Solid Build Quality
  • Good Performance
  • Thoughtful 2-in-1 Design
  • Improved Stylus
  • Impressive Battery Life

Cons

  • Hefty Price Tag
  • Less Number of Ports, More Dongle Life

One of the few brands in the market that offers a 2-in-1 convertible laptop is Lenovo and they have been doing for quite a bit of time. A while back, they announced the new Lenovo Yoga S and C Ultrabook. The kind folks over at Lenovo sent us over their Lenovo Yoga C930 2-in-1 for us to play with and here’s our final verdict of it.

Design & Build Quality

1/6

In terms of design, the Lenovo Yoga C930 has a much more urban industrialized design going on with a muted grey finish the way I personally like it. It doesn’t have a lot of going on like a fancy color or design overall but it looks a lot more professional and appealing to the eyes of a person who appreciates simplistic design. On the front, theres an angular cut where it makes the whole lifting up the lid process a whole lot easier. Unlike the other YogaBook we have seen previously where they feature their signature hinge that shows the whole mechanical counterpart, the C930 has a simpler hinge but with something else going on – it houses a speaker.

As for the build quality, this is one gorgeous and solid built laptop that has amazing structural integrity. It doesn’t flex and definitely doesn’t feel cheap at all. The whole laptop is constructed in Metal which gives this nice heft to it. There isn’t a single flex around the keyboard and the trackpad quality is nice. One thing that bothers me is that the Hinge on the Yoga C930 is at sturdy as it should be and it feels like it’s too weak.

One smart thing Lenovo did here is including a Stylus and the best part is that the stylus is a part of the laptop – as it has a dedicated slot to store it away – making it the best way to store it and remove the pen to use it.

I/O & Connectivity

As the Lenovo Yoga C390 falls under the whole ultrabook category – expect the laptop to have a very limited selection of ports. All the ports on the C390 is located on the left side of the device. You’ll find:

  • A Full Size USB 3.1
  • 2 x USB-C (with charging capabilities)
  • Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack

On the other side, you’ll find the power button to turn the laptop on. So, expect to purchase an extra set of dongles and a desktop hub to make sure that your whole experience doesn’t take a hit in anyway. We personally used our USB-C Cables to make sure that our experience wasn’t interrupted.

Specification and Performance

In terms of specification, this Yoga C930 houses enough power for an Ultrabook to last through the day. Under the hood you will find:

  • Intel 8th Generation Core i7-8550U Processor
  • 8GB RAM | 512GB M.2 SSD

Personally, this is a decent specification for those who doesn’t want a GPU intensive laptop and its for those whose life revolves more towards productivity than gaming and sorts. The performance is snappy and quick thanks to the 8th Gen Intel Processor under the hood. The 8GB RAM does sound very little but for tasks like writing documents and some light browsing, it should be alright. Only place we did hit with a bit of hiccup is Chrome where we opened up a ridiculous amount of tabs and it did take up a lot of that precious memory. SSD does help in bringing up the reads and write to a pretty good level – to make sure that the files load faster and easier. We performed CrystalDiskMark on the SSD. It has a capability to hit Read Speeds upto 2677 MB/s and a Write Speed up to 1267 MB/s under sequential Q32T1. As for normal Sequential Read and Writes, it hits about 985.4MB/s and 1089MB/s respectively. To test the performance, we used Geekbench 4 – which you can see the score below.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark
Geekbench 4
Geekbench 4

Overall, the laptop can put up a good show and as an Ultrabook person myself, it is very compelling.

Display

The Yoga C930 houses a 13.9” Full HD IPS Display with support for Touch and a Digital Stylus. Considering the fact that a lot of laptops in 2019 are also heading towards that ultra thin bezel, the C930 sits right in the middle – where the bezels on the top and the size is thin but has a bottom chin. This depends on how much it bothers you but for us, we were complete fine with this approach. With that aside, the display on the Yoga C930 is simply nice to view. The colors are nice and the viewing angles on the display is just spot on. Watching content on this particular screen is nice and there’s no complains. Using the display under a bright light is indeed a challenge as it has a lot of reflection going on. Other than that, it’s a good display.

In terms of Touch and Stylus, Lenovo has made a long way in perfecting the whole experience. Compared to the experience I had with the Lenovo MIIX 510 a long while back and fast forwarding to this, the experience has improved by ten-fold. The Active Pen has a really good response and the input is instantaneous. The palm rejection is better but it still needs a bit of work to finetune. But overall, it sure is fun to use. Used the pen to jot down notes and even sketch and it did work like a charm.

Good job right there, Lenovo.

Battery Life

To run all of these components, the C930 packs a 4 Cell Lithium Ion battery. During our time using the laptop, I am personally impressed with the battery life and I was able to leave home without worrying too much about bringing the power brick with me. With the WiFi Connected and get some productivity based work done – the laptop lasted for a solid 7 hours under Better Battery Mode. It is possible to get an extra 30 minutes to one hour, if you were to toggle the Best battery life.

With just 32%, the laptop had the potential to give upto 2 hours of battery life which is really a sweet spot. Again, you wont have to worry about bringing this without the charger. Pretty neat.

Trackpad, Keyboard and Speaker

The C930 has a pretty decent trackpad with enough room to move the cursor around and click the button. It has a frosted matte coating on the top and it also has a nice palm rejection as we were typing on the keyboard. Speaking about the Keyboard, the C930 uses a low profile chiclet style keyboard with a Key travel of 1.2mm. I am really in love with this keyboard because not only the short travel helps in actuating the keys faster, but also the keys on the Yoga C930 offers the least wobbly keys I have come across so far. One thing Lenovo seriously needs to change is the Windows and Function button which annoys me a lot.

Every laptop I have used or come across, has some sort of compromises and it happens mostly in the sound department. With that said, the C930 is an exception. Not only the speaker facing you, it actually is located in the hinge of the display with is literally the smartest place to put a speaker. The speaker has enough power – and listening to music is a bliss, thanks to the Dolby ATMOS support. The sound is clear, crisp and has a bit of bass to give it a depth.

Security

In terms of security, Lenovo went for a Fingerprint Sensor to unlock the device at ease. It does take a bit of a delay – for a second or two, and then it unlocks. Another interesting approach is how Lenovo is taking privacy very seriously. You don’t have to place a weird tape on your camera, as it comes with a neat slider that blocks the camera. Neat.

Conclusion

For an Ultrabook, the Lenovo Yoga C930 does check out a lot of the boxes. It offers the best 2-in-1 experience I have personally come across with the pen inside the device, a decent performance and a solid metal body that screams perfection. The configuration we received from Lenovo comes in at a price tag of RM 6,617 (configured on Lenovo Online) and personally, I think its worth the buy – especially for those who wants a productive centric laptop.

We, at the Adventures of Vesper recommend the Lenovo Yoga C930 to our readers.