“The Yoga C930 is the flagship offering in the Yoga series and can be configured with up to a 4k display and Intel’s 8th-gen Core i7 processor”
Chinese brand Lenovo can be considered the pioneer of 2-in-1 laptops since it took covers off its first-ever Yoga laptop back in 2012. Since then, we’ve seen a deluge of convertibles, but the Yoga series has managed to retain its own charm while expanding the range to include 2-in-1 Chromebooks, the innovative Yoga Book and more. Taking this a step further, the company introduced the Yoga C930 at the recently-concluded IFA exhibition. The laptop warrants your attention because it makes an innovative use of the hinge between the screen and the keyboard. Wondering what that is, and what else the laptop offers? Read on ahead to find out.
The hinge on the Lenovo Yoga C930 isn’t just a connector between the display and the keyboard, as it comes with a speaker as well. The benefit of this approach? Irrespective of whatever mode you’re using the laptop in, you can enjoy immersive 360-degree sound. Add to it the fact that the device comes with Dolby Atmos support, and you can enjoy a rich audio output. During my testing, the laptop was able to deliver rich sound even though I was using it in a chaotic show floor.
To enthuse multimedia lovers, the Yoga C930 offers an impressive 4k panel measuring 13.9-inches. However, it must be noted that the base variant of the laptop ships with full HD resolution. I tested the higher-end model, and while the display was reflective – possibly due to the harsh lighting indoors – it offered sharp text and accurate colour reproduction. The display also supports Dolby Vision that promises better contrast and deeper blacks. Apart from the thick bezel at the bottom of the screen, the display is surrounded by thin bezels on the remaining three sides.
Continuing with the factors that make the laptop a portable multimedia machine, let’s talk about its battery life. Lenovo claims that the Yoga C930 can deliver a battery backup of up to 14.5 hours for the full HD resolution variant, which is nothing short of impressive.
Weighing 1.38 kgs, the laptop is quite lightweight to hold or use in the tablet mode. Built from aluminium, the device offers solid build quality and exudes class with its two colour options of Iron Gray and Mica. The laptop omits an SD card slot, but it does come with one full-sized USB 3.1 port and two USB Type-C ports.
Other design innovations include an ejectable digital stylus at the back of the Lenovo Yoga C930. The laptop also comes with far-field microphones to let users enable various tasks by invoking Alexa or Cortana. To take care of our ever-increasing worry about privacy, the laptop features TrueBlock Privacy Shutter. This allows you to block the webcam, instead if using tacky solutions like using tape or stickers.
The backlit keyboard is also quite good, and I was able to type quickly and accurately. The keys have enough travel and offer a good response when pressed. There’s also a fingerprint module just below the keyboard to unlock the laptop.
Coming to the hardware, the laptop sports Intel’s latest 8th-gen Core i5 or Core i7 processor. The RAM capacity varies between 8GB or 16GB, depending upon the model. Storage options range from a 256GB SSD going all the way up to 2TB. The Yoga C930 comes with Windows 10 Pro with barely any amount of bloatware.
In terms of the pricing, the Lenovo Yoga C930 starts at $1,399 (roughly Rs 1 lakh). Unfortunately, the brand hasn’t announced about Indian availability of the laptop, but we can hope that it will come to our shores sooner rather than later.