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Lenovo Yoga C930 2-in-1 Test: Hidden features in the right places



  Lenovo Yoga C930 2-in-1 Test: Hidden Features in Place

Valentina Palladino

Lenovo makes some changes to its premium range – though only hardcore fans (and a tech reporter) can notice. Instead of the name "Yoga", which only refers to convertibles and flexible PCs, Lenovo will now use the name on all premium end devices. Yes, we will see yoga laptops alongside yoga 2-in-1

gadgets and experimental equipment, but today we take a look at Lenovo's response to the Dell XPS 13 Convertible and the HP Specter x360 13: the Yoga C930 2-in-1

The new C930 Cabriolet replaces the C920 of last year and tries to fix its problems, which mainly affect the placement of speakers and pens. It's also one of the first yogas to leave Lenovo's signature bracelet hinge behind and instead opt for a solid metal hinge that also acts as a soundbar. It's probably one of the most traditional yoga-like devices in the new Premium series and its small but decisive improvements make it much better than its predecessor.

Appearance and Feeling

The body and lid of the Yoga C930 are similar to those of the C920 All-Metal Rectangles, with a satin finish and the upper left corner of the lid sporting a glossy yoga label. Unfortunately, the lid keeps more fingerprints and stains than the case, but the consistent metal look is still slim and professional. Weighing in at 3.04 pounds, it's as heavy as other Ultrabooks in its size and price range. Its powerful internals prevent it from being the thinnest or lightest, but it does strike a good balance between style, lightness and performance.

SPECS AT A GLANCE: Lenovo Yoga C930 2-in-1 (as reviewed)
SCREEN 13.9-inch 1920 × 1080 IPS Touchscreen with Dolby Vision HDR
OS Windows 10 Home
CPU Intel Core i7-8550U (1.8GHz)
RAM 12GB
GPU Intel HD Graphics 620
STORAGE 256GB PCIe SSD [19659010] NETWORK Intel Wireless AC 9260
PORTS 2 x Thunderbolt 3 ports, 1 USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 port, 1 x headphone / microphone jack
SIZE 12,68 × 8 , 9 × 0.57 inches (322 × 227 × 14.5 mm)
WEIGHT 3.04 pounds
BATTERY 60 Wh
PRICE AS APPROVED $ 1,299 [19659010] OTHER PERKS Dolby Atmos soundbar hinge, integrated garage for active stylus, webcam privacy screen

The Yoga C930 Convertible comes in iron gray, white and blue. Aside from the blue model, which has a strange, wavy design on the lid, Lenovo decided not to pepper the notebook with metallic lines, soft-touch accents, or other eye-catching accents. I appreciate this decision; Today it can be difficult to make an attractive notebook that has a unique but high-quality design without using some of these tricks, but Lenovo has achieved that with this convertible.

Display and Bezels

Like other Cabriolets, the C930 Giant Chin Syndrome suffers from a one inch wide bezel under the display, while the side and top bezels are just black chips. The upper bezel is about twice as wide as the side panels as it picks up the webcam.

While the C930's keyboard has a camera lock button, Lenovo also has a physical camera privacy shutter (TrueBlock) installed above the webcam. This convertible is much thinner than other Lenovo notebooks: the groove score is so tiny that it is almost invisible. So you have to find them by running your thumb over the webcam. Users can push the shutter button to cover the webcam at any time.

The 13.9-inch touchscreen comes in a FHD panel or a 4K panel and both support Dolby Vision HDR. It's a nice advantage, especially for those who enjoy a lot of Dolby Vision content (Netflix, iTunes and other services now). However, if the screen looks bright at 300 nits, your naked eye will probably not notice much difference, and it certainly will not be the same as watching HDR content on a TV screen.

Soundbar Hinge [19659036] Lenovo has reworked the convertible's audio to complement the expanded screen in the hope that users will see it as a world-class media device as well as a general-purpose ultrabook. Instead of the down firing speakers in the C920, the C930 has a long-hinge Dolby Atmos soundbar that connects the lid to the chassis. Regardless of how you use the C930 – as a laptop while working, in tent mode for watching YouTube videos, or as a tablet during sketching – the speaker always rotates outward, giving the sound of tables, tables, rounds, and other surfaces

The sound of other devices may be slightly attenuated due to the placement of the speaker. Lenovo's solution is one of the smartest I've seen that does not hinder the overall design of the device. Nixing the bracelet hinge for this soundbar hinge served a practical purpose while also preserving the premium look of the device.

The C930 comes with Dolby Atmos audio software to enhance its new speakers, allowing you to customize sound preferences for movies, music, games and voice. There is also a "personalized" profile that you can further customize by manipulating the surround visualizer, the dialogue enhancer and the volume leveler.

The speaker itself is fine, but apart from the fact that it was never inadvertently blocked. t wow me. I expected it to be much louder than it actually was: while using the Atmos audio default settings, I raised the volume to 100, and unlike other laptops and convertibles, I was not afraid of my neighbors irritated by the loud music. It's hilarious enough to fill my entire living room and the tiny adjoining kitchen, but the music was weak as I walked to the opposite end of my apartment.

Lenovo went all-in with Dolby and could convince some users that the C930 is better than media consumption. Although I think that its convertible design and the Dolby audio profiles do more for the device than the HDR capabilities. The flexibility of convertibles makes them inherently better at watching videos and listening to music as they fit better in non-traditional environments. Because HDR on portable PCs is not quite the same as HDR on televisions, users are likely to notice the audio enhancements (especially those that manipulate and adjust them) more than the visual ones.

The C930 also has new long range microphones so it can take commands that tell you about Cortana and Alexa. As far as connectivity is concerned, Lenovo rearranged the ports on the C930, but gained nothing from the C920. Only the power button is on the right side, while on the left side there is a USB A 3.1 Gen 1 port, two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a headphone / microphone port. Although I appreciate a USB-A port, the device would benefit from a card reader, be it a standard SD card slot or a microSD card slot

Keyboard, trackpad, and active stylus

The C930 lends some design elements ThinkPad keyboards, although the two are not exactly the same. The buttons have a rounded flat-top look, but their 1.3mm travel is not the same as on ThinkPad devices. There is also no TrackPoint in the middle of the buttons, which will disappoint some. However, I enjoyed typing on the C930, even though he could not reproduce my experience with this year's ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

The space under the keyboard contains a medium-sized trackpad and a fingerprint reader that sits under the arrow keys in the lower right corner of the keys. The C930 Convertible is equipped with neither an IR camera nor an optional feature, so the fingerprint reader is the only available biometric Windows Hello authentication.

Looking at the keyboard and trackpad, the case looks pretty standard. But hidden in the back corner of the C930, diagonally to the power button in the upper right corner, is a garage where the active pen is located. Like most convertibles, last year's C920 did not have a good chance of keeping its active stylus in check. Lenovo fixed this on this year's convertible by putting the stylus in the device where he waits (and loads) for it to use.

The pen itself is not my favorite – it's short and pretty thin, which makes it difficult to hold and hold anything like a normal pen or pen. But that compensates for pressure sensitivity and low latency. The two side buttons are also handy and provide quick access to erasers, right-click menus, and more (depending on the program you use).

While the active pen does not receive ergonomic accolades I love its home in the C930 because it makes the pen a thing I have to remember when I take the convertible out of my office or home. It's great that Lenovo introduces the pen in the C930 price, but it's even better, as it's always kept clean and safe with the convertible. The active stylus is almost always accessible and is only blocked by the lid when it is at a certain angle.

Performance

Our review unit of the Yoga C930 2-in-1 runs on a Core i7-8550U processor, Intel HD Graphics 620, 12GB RAM and 256GB PCIe SSD. It was not surprising that it served as my most important workbook during my test days. I have never experienced lag or stuttering, although the fans quickly made noises, even though I surfed the internet fairly easily. They're not nearly as loud as the fans on the Huawei Matebook X Pro, but you can hear them working in a quiet room. We look forward to seeing how the performance of the Yoga C930 can match that of the updated Specter x360 13, which will be available in November.

Battery Life

Lenovo estimates that the Yoga C930 lasts between 9 and 14 hours, a single charge, and our tests proved that to be true. It took an average of 767 minutes or just under 13 hours on our Wi-Fi battery test and an average of 674 minutes or just over 11 hours on our WebGL test. This is an above-average Wi-Fi score and excellent WebGL score, as all the most powerful devices (Matebook x Pro, XPS 13, Notebook 9 Pen and others) have survived half of this time in the graphics-intensive test at best.

The new face of Lenovo premium

Lenovo is particularly good at taking on key features – webcam shutters, booming speakers, built-in active pens, and more to use the design of a device without gimmicks. Lenovo's notebooks, the C930 and the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, may not be the most eye-catching Ultrabooks, but they're understatedly attractive and powerful at the same time.

That being said, the Yoga C930 is not the device for you, when you are. You want a lighter, more adaptable device that also has the ThinkPad keyboard. The X1 Carbon scratch itches, and you pay for it with the higher price of the device. But the Yoga C930 is for those who are considering a Specter, an XPS or a premium Samsung convertible. I'm still curious to test the updated Specter x360 13 and see if and how Dell updates the XPS 13 Convertible in the coming months. However, if you want to upgrade your convertible, you have a solid new option with the Yoga C930:

The Good

  • Smooth all-metal construction
  • Standard Dolby Vision HDR support
  • Soundbar hinge ensures speaker is always free stay.
  • New remote microphones for Cortana and Alexa.
  • Built-in garage for holding and loading an active pin.
  • Good performance.
  • Large battery life. [19659080] The Bad
    • Speakers are not as loud as they could be.
    • No optional IR camera.
    • No optional LTE.
    • Fans can get loud.

    The Ugly


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