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Lenovo - Yoga C630 2-in-1 15.6" Touch-Screen Chromebook - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB eMMC Flash Memory - Midnight Blue-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 169 reviews

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would recommend to a friend

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Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Solid Device But Needs Some Updates To Be Best

    Posted
    zboot
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    The chromebook was packaged neatly and was quick to get up and running once unboxed. It comes with a 45W USB-C charger. I tried my phone’s charger (10W) and it actually worked. Slow, but it worked. So, if you’ve got your phone charger and forget the chromebook’s, all is not lost! It has a regular USB port, the USB-C charging port, and audio jack on the right side of chromebook, a USB-C port (which can also be used for charging), micro sd slot, power and volume buttons on the left. They keyboard also has keys to control brightness, volume (including mute), lock, browser forward/back, android forward back, full-screen toggle, and button to toggle all the open apps. The screen is pretty nice though when watching 1080p content, the lack of additional pixel density makes the screen not look as nice as something with similar pixel count but on a smaller screen. I suppose that’s a tradeoff though being a chromebook, one may not have too much in the way of customizing the DPI with which things are rendered as you would on a typical OS. The speakers are good. The grills open out the bottom of the chromebook which seems strange. Volume wise, I was pleased in a quiet environment. A slightly noisy one really drowns out the speakers, even at full volume. It’s really strange how that seemed to work. The keyboard size and spacing is a bit weird given that you have the chassis of a 15” laptop. There’s a decent amount of bezel so the yoga is plenty wide. The keyboard itself is narrow which makes for a smaller typing area than you’d expect. Furthermore, the keys themselves are on the small side which leads to above average mistakes, especially when keys at the first and last couple columns are involved. The keyboard is also not backlit which mostly isn’t an issue but is annoying if you’re ever typing in the dark. Build quality is pretty good with no flex in the base. The screen didn’t feel as strong and the force threshold I was comfortable applying was much less. Still, the weight distribution is pretty good and when propped on a lap or bed, only starts to topple if the screen angle is toward a particular extreme. The chromebook can be used in tent mode. Essentially, you flip the screen all the way to the other side. This disables the keyboard and puts in in touch only mode. This also flips the screen orientation, though still in landscape, so that you can let the screen and base make a tent to prop up the chromebook. Given how well it plays back video, this can be a pretty useful mode, especially while traveling. Screen orientation can be manually controlled via settings so one can set it to a portrait orientation The chromebook is capable of running android apps. My usual daily apps all have web applications so I mostly didn’t bother. Where having Android will come in handy is to replace things that you’d normally install via a desktop app on a laptop - dropbox for example. While I’m sure, many chromebook users are fully integrated into the google ecosystem, having the ability to make use of alternatives is nice. For me, the chromebook is a strong contender to replace my current laptop with one major weakness - it’s not powerful enough for my engineering work. While remote desktop could solve that, there are enough times that I need to completely work locally or without a VPN connection that that chromebook simply can’t be a complete replacement. I also have some desktop apps (crypto wallet for example) for which there simply isn’t a Android version. To that end, I’ll still need a home machine. Using remote desktop with a headless machine at home to get around these two issues is tempting. Now, I really need to consider just how often I travel and need to work without internet access. Printing worked though setup had a bit of a hiccup. I was able to add the printer both to the chromebook and to google cloud print. The cloud print setup had me confirm the setting on the printer itself. But after that, nothing printed, either via the direct printer setting in the chromebook, google cloud print, or my tablet/laptop which had been previously setup and has printed many times before. After rebooting my printer, everyone was happy and I got three copies of the same document. Battery life is pretty nice. I didn’t perform a true run-down test, but the battery life I got was easily 3X my current tablet/laptop. Given that most of my use at home is not work related, this is a pretty significant improvement. My 8.4 inch android tablet usually handles weekend browsing and reading. With a 12 hour battery life, it’s good for a typical weekend’s use, especially when paired with my normal phone use and the times I want to hop on my current tablet/laptop for the more “desktop” experience. The chromebook’s longevity makes it a strong contender to completely replace the 8.4” tablet and laptop over a weekend and only requiring me to connect the charger at the end of a day. While it can’t replace the 8.4” for mobile gaming, the weight and ease of use make it compelling for almost everything else that I used the android tablet to accomplish. I’ve already complained about the keyboard input. Touch is nice and works well. I need to look into changing the default touch screen keyboard - it doesn’t feel optimized for such a large screen, but otherwise it is adequate. I wish I could use the on-screen keyboard without being in tent mode - perhaps there’s a setting for that but it’s not immediately obvious. I was pleased with the performance of the chromebook under light to medium web browsing loads. With the Core i5 processor, it feels much more fluid and responsive than the Core i7 in my desktop OS running tablet/laptop. However, with a heavy tab load, the chromebook quickly bogs down where the other machine would slow, but still keep up. While I’m sure that the i5 in this chromebook is more geared towards power efficiency, this is still a bit disappointing. This situation doesn’t necessarily occur that often for me as I typically keep things down to around 10 tabs or less, when I’m researching something or comparing various options, the amount of tabs I open can skyrocket and being able to switch between them easily to compare and contrast is important. Overall, I think this is solidly three stars and stretching towards 4. Perhaps 3.5 stars is a better indicator of where this belongs. There are some issues, none are deal breakers, but the combination does make the chromebook a compromise, regardless of the promise contained.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A good next step for some folks

    Posted
    TommyD
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I've had my C630 3 days now and still under evaluation but at first blush it’s the screen that jumps out literally. I really like the larger size for watching videos but using it like a 2-in-1 tablet isn't happening for me, it's just too big! If you travel much on airplanes as I do I’m not sure it would fit comfortably between you and the seat in front of you. I think if you take the mindset this is more of a Chrome based laptop with a touchscreen then this is right on the money! As far as the display itself I found both the colors clarity are quite good when doing side by side comparisons. Performance on the C630 is AWESOME! The unit doesn't get hot after being on all day long and in my lap all night long, it's also super quiet. I’ve loaded O365, used multiple cloud services and taxed the processor as much I could, let me tell you it handles everything you can throw at it and that’s super nice! I don’t do much artwork or video editing, so I can’t say if this will handle it. I believe the intended audience is more for business like users and streaming applications and that it does handle very well. Battery life is showing me about 8-9 hours with constant use with the display brightness all the way up (as I said I’m evaluating and would suspect something better if you tone that down some). The keyboard is fine for me for everyday typing but since switching to Chrome some of the new keys and shortcut’s take some getting used to but that’s the OS not the device. One suggestion is it needs a BACKLIT keyboard PEOPLE c’mon. Although if you tilt the screen forward slightly you can cast enough light with that huge display so it’s not totally bad. My biggest disappointment is not having LTE as was shared in the early release announcements. While the Wi-Fi performance is great as a business traveler I would rather have the option for WiFi or LTE for when I’m on the road and really the only reason I'd return it. Overall, it’s not a bad machine and if you’re upgrading from a smaller tablet or just planning to make the switch to a Chromebook you won’t be disappointed. If I could I'd give it a 3.75!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's a decent purchase if you need the larger scre

    Posted
    Kat777
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I have two of these 2 in 1 type laptops/chromebooks. One from Lenovo and one from another brand with a smaller screen. I personally find the screen size of this laptop and it's use as a touchscreen to be too large.I wish it weighed a little less as it is quite heavy for the size of the laptop. The screen is great and gets a ton of use for Netflix/Hulu type services and the picture is always very clear. The sound from the speakers is great and it easily connects with my Bluetooth headphones for listening in quiet situations. I was pleased with the amount of android apps that were able to download but then quickly realized that a lot of the apps aren't made to work with screens this size or with 2 in 1s in general and ended up deleting the majority of the apps I downloaded as they just don't work well enough to take up space. The google chrome software took a few days to get used to but it is pretty intuitive for someone who hasn't used it before. The touchscreen is great and very responsive and after playing around with some settings to get the trackpad to scroll how I wanted I find I use that just as much as the touchscreen. I wish this had a backlit keyboard like my other 2 in 1 as I find I really miss that feature when switching between the two. The quality of this laptop feels sturdy and also has a very sleek look I've come to expect out of some of the newer laptops. All in all I think this is a great basic laptop, I'm not a gamer though and not sure how it would hold up to that type of daily use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      The Lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook ships with a 15.6" (screen size measured diagonally) screen and weighs just 4.19 lbs. and measures 0.7" thin. If you are looking for a full-featured, 2 in 1 format Chromebook with a high performance Quad-Core/Eight-Thread Intel Core i5-8250U processor, supported by 8GB of RAM and a 128GB solid State hard drive, the C630 Chromebook is a great choice. Lenovo

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Severe backlight screen bleeding

    Posted
    CustomerBB
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I purchased a Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 (81JX0000US) from Best Buy's online store and soon noted the 1080p display exhibits severe backlight bleeding (bright areas on a black background when viewed at night in a dark room). I first observed the issue during night-time movie viewing (bright areas within the upper and lower black bands), and then discovered the bleeding to be more extensive by (1) closing all windows and tabs to return to the desktop (2) double tapping the desktop and selecting 'Set wallpaper' (3) selecting 'Solid color' and 'Black' to create a solid black desktop wallpaper. It then became evident the backlight bleeding was quite severe and extensive - multiple well-defined bright areas were visible along the edges of the display and larger cloud-like bright areas more centrally. I do not yet know if this is an isolated defect or if bleeding occurs in all Lenovo C630 displays due to low quality component selection. It is important to emphasize that backlight bleeding in LCD displays is visible only on a black background and in a dark (preferably night-time ) environment and is not 'normaI'. It is not present on my Toshiba Chromebook 2 or Samsung Chromebook Plus. It is unfortunate the Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 is exhibiting this issue because the device's quality and performance are otherwise excellent (with the exception of a low-quality video camera which produces low resolution and grainy video calls).

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      The Lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook ships with a 720p (HD) web cam. The video signal should be clear and crisp. Also regarding the backlight bleed you mention, we recommend you contact Lenovo Tech Support for help with your specific issues at: 877-453-6686. Lenovo

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Laptop or Tablet?

    Posted
    MbwanaHJ
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    First of all unit is light weight and picture is amazing. The unit is a little big for carrying around for me, especially since my phone can do almost the same things as this unit. I am starting to become a lot more critical of laptop/tablets because unless you are gaming or in school I do not see the use for them and this item is far from revolutionary. You can surf the internet with it and it is pretty fast but other than the normal things it does not do anything that sets it apart from other laptop/tablets.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      If you are looking for a full size 15.6" (screen size measured diagonally) 2 in 1 Chromebook, that provides a full size keyboard for entering data, doing work with Google Docs Programs and provides a large screen for viewing your work, the Lenovo C630 Chromebook is a good choice for you. Lenovo

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's okay

    Posted
    Thomas
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    The screen and feel of the device is nice. However the finish will easily pickup fingerprints (not a big deal in my book but should be noted). I have so far used this device for the linux apps feature and I like that this device has a sufficient amount of memory and power compared to other chromebooks to help those apps run smoothly. With that "premium" feel, you would assume the device had a backlit keyboard but it does not which is a shame but again not a huge deal in my book.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      The lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook ships with a IPS LCD w/LED Backlight (Anti-glare) screen, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (FHD) and a brightness level of 300 nits. Model number 81JX0000US does not ship with a backlit keyboard. The Yoga C630 Chromebook ships with the Quad-Core/Eight-Thread Intel Core i5-8250U processor, supported by 8GB DDR4-2133MHz RAM and a 128GB solid state hard drive. If you are looking for a high performance Chromebook that is a 2 in 1 configuration but still light and portable, the Yoga C630 Chromebook would be a great choice. Lenovo

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Meh

    Posted
    Dale
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Performance was good, but screen wasn't great quality, and I found the size to be a little cumbersome. Returned it and bought a Pixelbook.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      The Lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook ships with a IPS LCD w/LED Backlight (Anti-glare) screen, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (FHD) and a brightness level of 300 nits. The Yoga C630 Chromebook ships with a full size 15.6-inch screen but overall dimensions are only: 14.23 x 9.80 x 0.70 inches and weighs just 4.18 lbs. For 2018, Lenovo retained its place for a second year as the best laptop vendor:
      https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/laptop-brand-ratings Lenovo

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice Chromebook

    Posted
    Michael
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Overpowered for what it is used for. Without being able to dual boot windows now save the money this is overkill.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      The Lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook uses the Chrome Operating system. The Yoga C630 Chromebook is engineered for powerful performance both now and in the future as its designed to improve over time with future Chrome OS enhancements. Key features include up the 8th Generation Intel Core i5 processor with integrated graphics for seamless processing and 128 GB of flash storage for wickedly fast boot-up times and app launching. This is a great configuration for business or university use. If you are looking for a high-powered Chromebook in a 2 in 1 format, the Yoga C630 Chromebook is a great choice. For 2018, Lenovo retained its place for a second year as the best laptop vendor:
      https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/laptop-brand-ratings Lenovo

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It’s ok

    Posted
    Nlop
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    Price is high for the product. Not as described. I bought the open box one and it looks like it was not even tech checked.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      The Lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook is a high performance Chromebook. The Yoga C630 Chromebook ships with the powerful Quad-Core/Eight-Thread Intel Core i5-8250U processor, supported by 8GB DDR4-2133MHz RAM and a 128GB solid state hard drive. This configuration is great for large spreadsheet work or presentation files loaded with high quality graphics and videos embedded. If you are looking for a high performance Cloud Computing device, the Lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook is the right choice. Lenovo

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice...missing some features

    Posted
    Matt
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Fast and stable. Needs a lighted keyboard. Some limitations with Chrome OS I am still getting used to.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      The Lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook uses the Chrome Operating System. It is a Cloud-Based computing system. Here is a link to some tips for using a Chromebook:  https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/chromebook-tutorials. For 2018, Lenovo retained its place for a second year as the best laptop vendor:
      https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/laptop-brand-ratings Lenovo