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Lenovo Yoga C930 Review: The Modern Age Laptop

Lenovo Yoga C930 Review

The Lenovo Yoga C930 is an absolute master class convertible notebook. The top performance, an aesthetic design language and a lot of multimedia entertainment z. Featuring the Rotating Rotating Sound Bar and Dolby Atmos speakers, the Yoga C930 lets you play in a league of its own. The slim form factor with minimal weight looks extremely elegant and noble and let the convertible always be there. With the practical digital pen you write and draw directly on the display and then stow it back in the Yoga C930, where it is also charged immediately. Discover Yoga!

With the C930, the popular Yoga 920 is a worthy successor. What distinguishes the device, you read in the review. Yoga C930? Exactly, you have read correctly. The successor to the Yoga 920 carries the prefix C. Since all premium consumer notebooks from Lenovo are now called yoga, the Chinese manufacturer had to come up with a fresh naming scheme. Classic yoga notebooks, so the convertibles, now have the prefix C. After so much nonsensical naming theory a few hard facts about the sharp part.

 

Brings Pictures to Life

The Yoga C930 combines the crisp sharpness of a 4K resolution display with the ultra-vivid colors of Dolby Vision HDR (High Dynamic Range). Experience brighter whites, darker blacks and vivid colors that are not possible on standard SDR displays – the fresh red of a strawberry or the deep blue of the summer sky over the Alps. Netflix lets you enjoy Cinema Entertainment, mastered in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, with more and more titles in the movie library.

 

3D Sound in Every Convertible Fashion

3D sound

When we developed the Rotating Sound Bar with Dolby Atmos speaker system, we were not so sure if it was even feasible. Together with the engineers at Dolby, we have managed to integrate the speakers into the tiny space in the hinge and still create a powerful and full 3D sound, which is available through the rotatable soundbar in all convertible modes.

Dolby Atmos is usually only available with headphones equipped with headphones, not the Yoga C930. Here, the 3D sound is realized through the speakers, with down-sweeping woofers, special tweeters and vibration dampers. This is how Dolby Atmos comes into its own, without headphones. The sound seems to envelop you and move around you. It feels like you’re in the middle of the action.

 

Specs

  • Intel Core i7-8550U mit 1.8 GHz
  • Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • 16 GB DDR4-2400-RAM
  • 512 GB SSD
  • 13.90” IPS-4K-Hochglanz-Touchscreen
  • 4-Zellen-Lithium-Polymer-Akku mit 60 Wh
  • Windows 10 Home

 

Design and Connections

Lenovo Yoga C930 Design

The C930 is in the truest sense of the word a sharp part. The fact that my colleagues did not have to carry me from work with my arteries cut open borders on a miracle. The edges of the lower part of the yogas are razor-sharp. That’s the biggest criticism I have about the design.

I really like the look of the closed convertible. My review sample comes in iron gray. The eye-catchers are clearly the speakers, which are in the hinge. The holes make the device look sleeker, though it does not make it faster. But that holes do not make faster, had already experienced Ned Flanders painful to the body.

If you look at the yoga from the side, it has the form of a parallelogram. The display is slightly shifted on the lower part. Nice detail is also that the C930 has rounded edges and razor-sharp front. It weighs 1.38 kg and is 22.7 x 32.2 x 1.49 cm tall.

 

Display

Lenovo Yoga C930 Display

The 13.90 “multitouch IPS display dissolves in 2160p and has a color depth of 8 bits. In addition, the display is certified by the manufacturer for Dolby Vision. That astonishes me, would not have been a 12-bit display for Dolby Vision? According to the Windows 10 DirectX diagnostic tool, the panel is also unable to play HDR content. To test this, I look at some Dolby Vision content on Netflix.

First, I envision “Godzilla: a city on the brink of battle”. Compared to my workbook, I can actually see better color contrasts. But it does not look as extreme as on a TV. At “Altered Carbon” I have the same impression. In the EIZO monitor test I could not find any negative abnormalities.

The display shows no pixel errors, gradients are clearly displayed, the gray levels are homogenous, the viewing angles are stable and text is reproduced sharply. Although it is a glossy display, it reflects relatively little. I was also able to work outside in the sunshine.

The touch screen of the C930 responds reliably. For more precision, you can also operate the touchscreen with the integrated stylus. Lenovo packs this in the back right in the case.

 

Speaker

Lenovo Yoga C930 speaker

 

The speakers are installed in the hinge. Lenovo uses the Dolby Atmos speaker system. Yes, with the Yoga C930 you can save yourself the money for Dolby Atmos, you get the app for it. I’m always skeptical when using a device with just two front speakers with Dolby Atmos advertised. The C930 but I was taught a better. I also used the vision for Dolby Vision for the speaker test. I joined in with colleague Martin Jud, who has already dealt intensively with surround sound.

We are both excited. Never before have we been able to experience such sound when watching movies on a notebook. The speaker system actually produces a sound that sounds a bit more spacious than normal stereo. In “Lost in Space”, the sound not only seems to be approaching us from the front, but also from the side. Although this is not a comparison to a 5.1 or 7.1 system, it is nevertheless fascinating.

We like the rich sound. But even unofficial Dolby Atmos supported content sound great. Godzilla screams shake the small meeting box where we conduct the test. When the monster of all monsters releases its laser, we actually get the impression that it passes from left to right. Sure, with the two built-in speakers, we do not have the impression that the sound comes from behind. But he actually distributes himself better in the room.

 

Keyboard and Trackpad

Lenovo Yoga C930 Keyboard and Trackpad

The keyboard looks clearly structured. The keys are arranged so that I always meet the ones I want to meet. The key stroke is a bit short at 1.3 millimeters, especially since the keys are relatively hard to press. The palm rest is not big enough for me. I always go with my wrists over the sharp edge, which is extremely unpleasant when writing.

The trackpad is too small for my taste. It reacts very reliably. I like the surface texture. Lenovo also donates a fingerprint scanner right underneath the keyboard. This has always worked reliably during my test phase and unlocked Windows within a few milliseconds.

 

Battery Pack

Lenovo Yoga C930 Battery

 

The C930 has a 4-cell lithium-polymer battery with 60 Wh. This is the yoga in the lower midfield as far as the battery size. Like colleague Martin Jud, I test the device in Youtube continuous streaming. Unlike him, however, with two-thirds of the maximum brightness, because personally in daylight, half the maximum brightness is too dark for me. It will run for 5.5 hours.

When I use the device for ordinary office work, it runs out of breath after just over 9 hours. Of course, I also exposed the Yoga C930 to the stress test Heavy Load. So the battery lasts 2 hours and 15 minutes. During the stress test, a great heat developed.

Not so big that I burned myself, but on the lap, I do not want to take yoga-like that. Loading once takes a relatively long time. It took me about 2 hours and 20 minutes each until I reached 100 percent battery power.

 

Performance

Lenovo Yoga C930 performance

The built-in Intel Core i7-8550U is a quad-core processor with up to eight threads. It operates at a clock rate of 1.8 GHz and has a maximum TDP of 25 W. So the power consumption is 10 W higher than the Acer Swift 5, which I recently tested. The greater power consumption is reflected in the performance. The C930 in the CPU benchmark of Cinebench R15 achieves a score of 630. Almost twice as much as the Swift 5.

On the chip an Intel UHD Graphics 620 is installed. The yoga does not have a dedicated graphics solution, as evidenced by the OpenGL benchmark of Cinebench R15. Here it just renders at 53 fps. For comparison: In the ultrabook comparison test by Martin Jud, the devices each achieved a score around 100. Sure, the devices all have a dedicated graphics solution. The Yoga C930 falls in the same price range of the tested devices, but brings a lot less power.

 

Conclusion

Yoga C930 is an excellent leisure notebook. Film watching, surfing and listening to music masters the device perfectly. The beautiful display and the absolutely brilliant speakers are just fun. The convertible accompanies you in every life situation.

The device is, except for the sharp edges, ingeniously processed. It’s fun to paint and just admire it. Even Apple can wrap up. For photo editing and video editing, the device is suitable. Simple image and video editing masters it confidently.

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