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Lenovo Yoga C930 laptop review
Words by Nathan Irvine
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A new benchmark for the hybrid machines?
Handing the Lenovo Yoga C930 back was painful. The flashy laptop/tablet hybrid became a fixture in my daily routine and edged out my Macbook as my main portable computer. Not only does it do everything you could wish for, this outstanding machine does it all brilliantly.
Laptops that double as touchscreen tablets have had a chequered past until this point. Poor build quality is usually the biggest downfall with machines that feel like you could snap just by looking at it.
No such criticism can be levelled at the Yoga C930. The stunning style is complimented by robust engineering, which means that swinging the screen back feels robust. It’s even more impressive when you consider the 360-degree hinge on which it pivots on is also home to a Dolby Atmos sound system that delivers impressive audio.
Intel® Core™ i7
Windows 10 Home
13.9-inch FHD, touchscreen
Intel® HD Graphics 620
When the Yoga C930 does fold back neatly, it’s noticeably super-slim and light (just 1.38kg) – a must for any modern day laptop. On the occasions I did take it out and about, the Lenovo Yoga C930 would draw admiring glances. And rightly so, as it looks great whichever way you have it.
One of the main reasons I organically switched to using the Yoga C930 was the keyboard. The key feel is great. It made typing up my next feature or “hilarious” tweet a delight thanks to the comfortable, soft touch keystrokes.
Tucked neatly into the impossibly slim casing, inside its self-charging slot, is the stylus. It makes working on the touchscreen even better and immediately brings out your artistic side when faced with a blank digital canvas. Although the trackpad is responsive, I couldn’t help but miss the haptic feedback of Apple’s machines. The sooner the rest of the industry copies it, the better.
Elsewhere, the display is crystal clear. You can upgrade to 4K if you simply must have pinpoint detail in your Excel documents. But the 1080p panel, that comes as standard, is bright and clear – it really does come down to personal preference… and expendable funds.
In terms of performance the Yoga C930 is quick. It’s not gaming rig quick, as it’s not built for running graphics-heavy games, but load times within apps for everyday use were at a minimum. A hefty 14 hours of battery life off a single charge means you can get a full day’s work out of it before it dies.
As far as 2-in-1 laptop/tablets go, the Yoga C930 is the new benchmark for quality. It’s slightly pricier than its rivals, but you get what you pay for – a luxury machine that delivers on a number of levels. It’s stylish, functional and works extremely well as a laptop or tablet. And that’s why I’ll miss it so much.
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