This vacation season, Lenovo makes an attempt to show its Yoga convertible a few new tips. While its mannequin quantity has ticked up by just one digit, the brand new Yoga C930 makes some not insignificant adjustments to the C920 which it replaces. The most noteworthy is the ditching of a key design characteristic that has outlined the Yoga 2-in-1 line for years: The watchband hinge that stood because the ThinkPad proprietor’s most progressive laptop computer characteristic since 1995’s butterfly keyboard.- Advertisement -
In place of the chassis-wide watchband hinge is a large hinge that accommodates the Yoga’s speaker. It’s not as intelligent because the watchband, but it surely does supply some actual utility. Instead of counting on audio system which might be muffled from firing down into the desk when the laptop computer is positioned a sure means, the brand new speaker design (which options Dolby Atmos audio) ensures audio is loud and clear irrespective of the way you place it. In normal laptop computer mode the speaker works as a soundbar that fires up from the bottom of the machine; in tent mode, audio shoots out from the apex of the inverted V to fill the room.
That mentioned, audio high quality isn’t a key consideration in an ultraportable laptop computer buy, however the C930 has different upgrades in its arsenal. A slim stylus is included, which stows away in a spring-loaded slot on the rear of the machine. It’s a bit out of the best way, but it surely’s a lot extra handy to have it at all times on the prepared, the place it’s tougher to lose and at all times charged up, than a standalone pen just like the Microsoft Surface’s.
A revamped privateness shutter, with its tiny, bodily on/off change, can be a boon for the paranoid—although I discovered it troublesome to inform at a look whether or not the shutter was opened or closed. I’m uncertain if the keyboard has been revised, but when it has, it’s not for the higher. Its lack of journey is especially noticeable on this model of the laptop computer.
Naturally, the C930 has been upgraded with the most recent innards, which on our take a look at unit included a 1.8GHz Core i7 (eighth era), 12GB of RAM (not a typo), and a 256GB SSD. The 13.9-inch display screen is modestly however noticeably bigger in actual property (and chassis width) than the standard 13.3-inch ultralight, and it could actually now be configured with a full 4K show, together with Dolby Vision sign processing. Our take a look at unit solely provided the stripped down 1920 x 1080-pixel decision, nonetheless, so I couldn’t expertise the total power of all these pixels on a pint-sized system.
Noteworthy is that the C930’s display screen was noticeably dimmer than some competing screens, together with the Microsoft Surface Pro 6. Otherwise, benchmarks had been stable and fully according to different present era ultralights, with one exception: The 9 hours of sustained battery life the C930 was capable of pump out is an actual testomony to the longevity of this newest era of Core processors.
Ports are minimal however barely acceptable: Two USB-C ports (one is used for the charger) and a typical USB 3.zero port are included. There’s no media card slot and, notably, no HDMI output—which suggests these with exterior displays might want to depend on the second USB-C port for video output.
At $1,299 as configured (or much less, with fewer bells and whistles) the Yoga C930 isn’t a nasty purchase—but it surely isn’t no-brainer inexpensive sufficient that customers of the earlier model of the machine might want to ditch their completely serviceable gadgets instantly. Road warriors who want all-day battery life, nonetheless, could also be swayed by its endurance to make the change sooner quite than later.