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Lenovo - Yoga C930 2-in-1 13.9" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 12GB Memory - 256GB Solid State Drive - Iron Gray-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 259 reviews

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would recommend to a friend

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 12 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nearly Perfect

    Posted
    dharr18
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    This laptop is a real joy to use. I really only have one hardware complaint...Intel graphics. But even there, the Intel graphics seems to be a needed evil for the light weight and slim design. I am really in awe of how fast this laptop is. The eighth gen i7 is a fantastic processor. Add in the 12 GB of RAM and you have a smooth running machine. The screen is beautiful with some very rich vibrant colors. I thought I had one last beef, but changed my mind. With cell phones and the notches, people complain about the size of the "chin" on the phones. This laptop has very small bezel and a rather large chin. After playing with different setups; A-frame, tablet, L-frame I find that the chin gives you a place to hold it in tablet mode. It is high enough to have a attached keyboard in front of it. Really makes me see the chin as a necessity. The new hinge is a piece of art. No longer resembling a watch band, the hinge holds the speakers inside. Almost any configuration that you set the laptop in, you can have the speakers aimed at you. And the sound is phenomenal, especially for laptop speakers. The included Windows Ink pen is a nice touch with built in garage storage. From the brief testing I did, it only works with the Yoga. I have another Windows Ink laptop that did not recognize the pen. The location of the garage is kind of odd though. The garage is right behind where the power button is. Power is on the right side at the back corner. The garage is on the back side at the same corner. When I try to get the pen out...I hit the power button. So, I have one design complaint, but is more of an annoyance than anything. The keyboard and touch pad are very responsive and feel good to the touch. Backlit keyboards are a must for me anymore. The touchpad is very accurate. A couple of design considerations. There are two USB Type-C ports and a USB 3.1 Type-A port. Either one of the USB Type-C is used for charging, so you will lose one when charging. No HDMI port, a USB Type-C to HDMI cable works well (not included). It looks like you will need a USB hub if you want to attach keyboard and mouse. There is no SD card port. Unfortunately there is some bloatware. Bloat is no worse than any other new machine. I have never and will never play Candy Crush, please manufacturers stop preloading it. The added Lenovo software is nicely done and adds to the experience rather than be additional bloat. Lenovo has made a great laptop, with minor annoyances. A couple of tweaks and this could be a perfect laptop. I dropped a star for the couple minor annoyances, but this could very easily be a 5 star laptop for most users.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Lenovo Product Expert

      Lenovo has one of the cleanest preloads in the industry, with regard to preloaded software. You mention Candy Crush software, this is installed as part of the Windows 10 operating system, it is not controlled by the manufacturer. lenovo

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very nice update to the Yoga line

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    SteveC
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    Wanted an upgrade to our older Yoga 3 Pro, "still a great machine" but saw the new model and couldn't resist. This came in a nice presentation type box, inside the laptop was nicely padded and protected. The power supply "USB C type", and paperwork. The first thing I noticed this Yoga is about the same weight as the Yoga 3 Pro we have, it's 3.1lbs compared to 2.9lbs, just a little heavier but it feels much sturdier. The Yoga 3s screen has a lot of flex to it, this new model is very stiff in comparison. Same with the base of the unit, very solid and feels so much sturdier, it's also just a little thicker than the 3 Pro, it looks to be machined out of a solid block of metal instead of the plastic frame of the 3. The keyboard on the C930 has been moved up a little creating a larger palm rest. This also left more room for a larger touchpad which is very accurate and easy to use. The palm rest area is also metal instead of the soft feel rubber covering of the 3 Pro. This makes it much easier to wipe off as that rubber coating, while comfortable, was really hard keeping the little perforation like dots cleaned out. You'll also notice a small square on the right side of the palm rest close to the keyboard. That's the built in fingerprint reader and it works with Windows Hello. A nice touch and very much welcomed. The facial recognition of the Pro 3 worked but I never felt it was that secure. Looking around the outside of the unit there are very few ports. In fact there are only 4 total. 1 full sized USB port, two USB C ports "use one for charging" that are also have Thunderbolt 3 support, and an audio jack, that it nothing else. No card reader slot, nothing. Sort of wish they would have added another USB port on the right side but the way it's designed with the pen storage port on the back, the body of the pen would be right where any other port could go. I'd still rather have an extra port or two on that side. The front, and back side haven'thing, and the right has the power button, that's it. The screen this time is an IPS 1920x1080, it's nice, bright and very clear, plus I can actually read it when I bring up a command prompt window. The PRO 3 has the 3200x1800 screen, while it looks great, and not really necessary on a 13.3" screen, "heck I use 1920x1080 on my 27" desktop monitor, when bringing up a command prompt the txt is so small it's impossible to read, I'm very pleased that Lenovo decided to downgrade the resolution of the screen. The screen on the C930 like the 3 Pro is covered in high gloss glass, it's a touch screen so it sort of needs that. But it's a huge fingerprint magnet and shows smudges very easy. At the top of the screen there's the usual webcam, but for once Lenovo added a sliding switch that covers the webcam for security reasons, and a bright red dot appears in the camera lens letting you know it's covered. The C930 also comes with 12gb of memory and a 256gb SSD drive, a little small this day and age but at least you can swap it out for something larger if you wanted to. Now for actual use, this does come with Windows 10 installed, and you get the usual welcome screen when turning on and setting up. I was actually surprised by the voice guided setup though. The keyboard is very easy to type on, I can type well on just about any keyboard without much problem so I really haven'thing to complain about here. There's very little flex to the keyboard, even when sitting on an uneven surface, can feel the stiffer construction of the base. The keyboard is also backlit, and the light is adjustable by a couple levels, the 3 Pro only has on/off. The I7 processor is plenty powerful for this laptops use. It'sn't really built for gaming and the graphics are built in on the I7 processor. Good for MS games and some older games that aren't too graphic intensive. It works great for Netflix movies and I've watched a couple so far on it. This is also perfect for office work, I've been using Office 2013 on it without any problems. It's plenty speedy working in Word, Excel and Power Point. The speakers "for me" are extremely good, can't even compare them to the 3 Pro as they are much louder and clearer. The hinge for the screen is basically a mini sound bar and it's much better than the built in speakers that are on the bottom of the Pro 3. There's still a couple of speakers on the bottom front edge of the base but combining them with the speakers on the hinge there's just a lot more sound coming out compared to the 3 Pro. The speakers also support Dolby Atmos, witch really helps out when watching movies or listening to music. Sound effects and speech on movies is outstanding, speech is very clear and easy to understand. Now on top of this all, this is still a convertible laptop just like the 3 Pro, you can easily use it with the keyboard flipped over as a big tablet. I'll rarely ever use it this way, never really used it that way on the 3 pro either, just nice to know it's there if I want to use it. And because of the design I can lay the screen completely back flat against the desk, "I've done that while giving a presentation with the 3 Pro and standing at a desk looking down at the laptop". This also comes with a built in active pen. It resides in a port in the back edge "think Samsung Note style". Pressing in on it and releasing it pops right out. Once you bring the pen to about an inch from the screen the pointer appears right where the pen tip would be. It's very sensitive and very easy to use, I'll use it for signing documents. I'ven't used it much as I never have much need to use a pen, nice that it's there, but like I mentioned before I'd rather have an extra port or two on the right side of the machine. In all this is a really nice update to the Yoga line, it's sturdier than the older 3 pro and plenty fast. The other thing I do miss is on the 3 Pro it had a hidden Ethernet port on the right side, which came in handy when traveling and I needed to use a cable to get an internet connection. I also used that for connecting directly to our routers for configuring them. I do have some USB C Ethernet and SD card readers that work, just finding ones that actually work without a problem is the hard part. As for heat, the C930 stays as cool as the less powerful 3 Pro. I had it sitting on my lap while doing some web browsing and watching videos on YouTube, it never got uncomfortably hot. As for battery life, I've used this for 3 hours at most, at a time, and had plenty battery left over. This wasn't watching videos, just surfing the internet and using Office, so I'm not sure yet what the battery life will be like but it seem to be more than plenty for most people, I can't complain. I did take the cover off the bottom, just 6 screws and the lid lifts right off, with everything being easily accessible "ssd drive, wifi card, battery, the usual components. It would be very easy to upgrade this if you wanted a larger drive or needed to replace anything. It also make is very easy to clean out as the dual fans will probably collect some dust over time. This isn't an absolutely perfect laptop, none are, but for a student or business person that travels a lot this would be a great machine to take a look at and strongly consider.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best laptop/2-in-1 I've ever used!

    Posted
    Telstar
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    I've owned quite a few laptops over the last several years, including some really good ones, in particular an HP X360 beauty. In addition, I've had all sorts of tablets, desktops, you name it, nearly. Without any hesitation, the Yoga C930 is the BEST laptop/2-in-1 I've ever owned or used. I've an HP All-in-1 desktop with an additional monitor at my desk, but I really needed a "complete" laptop/2-in-1 to supplement it for use away from my desk. I've a Samsung Chromebook Pro that's a delight to travel with - but, Chrome OS is limited compared to a Windows machine so mostly it's used to surf the Web, check email, take notes, that sort of stuff, and it's an excellent device for those things. The Yoga C930 is a dream come true. It's a beauty in appearance (there's options available in that area too) with its all metal case and double-polished finish, and its manufacture is high-end without doubt. This device shouts quality in every way. The Lenovo keyboard is superb for typing, keeping in the ThinkPad tradition; it's backlit as well. The touchpad is at least as good as any I've used including Apple's - smooth, precise with no hesitations. The fingerprint reader located to the lower right of the keyboard is faster than anything I've used before. It's faster than a face scan with Windows Hello. I've never been able to sign in to a device as quickly and consistently. Of course, it boots up within a couple of seconds before using the fingerprint scanner, so it takes no time from hitting the power button and arriving at your desktop within just a few seconds afterward. I'm completely impressed with the speed and consistent performance of this. You can also use the fingerprint scanner for various online transactions where your identity must be verified. My C930 has the FHD screen (1920 x 1080) touchscreen LED-LCD, which is fine by me. With Dolby Vision HDR the screen is sharp, and colors are beautiful. You can get a 4k screen, but for most users you'd be doing yourselves a disservice since it will take more battery reserve to run it, and unless you must do a lot of video/photo work, you truly will never miss the 4k screen. Of course, the 13.9" screen has narrow bezels so you're looking at mostly image when viewing the screen. By the way, that helps keep the width of the device narrower than in days of yore, so the footprint is smaller with more actual screen available. For me, the 14" category 2-in-1 is ideal - spacious screen, keyboard and touchpad while offering a device that's very compact and portable. It only weighs 3 lbs. and is quite thin so carrying it around isn't burdensome, particularly if you need all that the C930 offers. If you want to use the C930 as your primary device, it has 2 USB-C 3.1 full-function ports (PD & DP) that are both Thunderbolt 3 ports as well. This means you can connect to a DisplayPort (DP) monitor, or HDMI and others with a dongle. Of course, with pass-through charging you can hook up a powered Thunderbolt or USB-C dock to your C930 and it will charge during use all with one cable connecting your device to your dock without the C930 being plugged into a wall outlet. With the Thunderbolt capability, you can run various high-speed peripherals, or ordinary USB-C peripherals. You also have a powered USB-A 3.1 port for docks or other accessories having USB-A connectors. Being powered means you can charge other devices from the USB-A port or power unpowered devices (unpowered docks or any other accessory that needs power to operate). An ordinary USB port provides limited power for items plugged into it, but some accessories require more power to operate properly so a powered USB port is better. It comes with a 65w fast charger, so it doesn't take very long at all to charge your C930. It uses one of the two USB-C ports for charging. When setting up the Yoga it wasn't plugged in and yet about 6 hours later I had about 50% battery charge left (I say about, but it was somewhere between 50% & 60%). I was downloading updates to Windows and installing software, so I know during regular office use this thing, on battery only, will go at least 10 hours. Lenovo says 14 hours, which may be a typical manufacturer claim, but, frankly, they're not far off (they claim 9 hours for the 4k version C930). In short, you don't have to look for an external power source with the Yoga C930 unless you start early and work all day long into the evening. Usually, when setting up a device such as the C930, you're downloading updates, installing software and it's indexing all the new stuff for search purposes later. All this is one of the more intensive times of ownership when the device's CPU is running steadily and building up heat. This means the computer's fans are running steadily to keep it cool. I've to say that I did not notice the fans running at all during that time or since. I'm sure they run some (I've not even noticed the bottom of the C930 getting very warm while using it), but I say for the record that this is the quietest laptop/2-in-1 I've ever used as well. For those of you that have ever been distracted by the loud fan noise many laptops can make, you will appreciate the cooling efficiency of the Yoga C930 for it's quiet, very quiet! The C930 has a Wacom screen (digitizer with an active stylus/pen for navigating in Windows or writing on documents, doing artwork etc.), which in my opinion is the best tech available for pen and screen. The beauty of the Yoga C930 is that the stylus is carried in its own silo or "garage" in the laptop itself. It's located on the extreme right rear of the base and you just push in on its flush-mounted end so that it pops out slightly, so you can pull it out. The size of the active stylus is somewhere between the size of a Galaxy Note 8 or Note 9 phone's S-pen and the typical larger stylus/pen you see with Surface Pros and other computers/tablets using pens. It charges while in its silo so there'sn'thing to keep up with like batteries for the stylus, and it will operate many hours without a charge. And, typical of Wacom, it's a smooth experience using the stylus on the screen and it has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. Hand rejection is excellent. Yesterday I had a Word document open reading it and needed to make some changes/comments, so I just flipped the screen all the way back into tablet mode, pulled the stylus from its silo and started writing on the document - easy, simple and no extra thought involved. The stylus has two buttons with one being used to erase any errant marks or mistakes and the other can be used for different purposes. The sound from the C930 is the best I've ever heard from a laptop/2-in-1. Lenovo has built into the hinge a revolving sound "bar" so that the twin speakers inside the bar are pointed at you no matter what configuration you use the C930. In addition, there are two down-firing speakers located very near the front edge of the base. However, the speakers in the sound bar alone are very loud and clear. Frankly, this speaker setup is the very best I've ever experienced in a laptop/2-in-1 device for clarity and volume. It's clearer and louder than the Bang & Olufsen speaker arrangements in my HP All-in-1 desktop - no kidding. Did I say that the sound bar is a Dolby Atmos speaker system? Well, that certainly adds to the phenomenal sound you get with the Yoga C930! The other internal hardware is excellent. The Intel Core i7 is the 8th generation quad-core processor, 12 GB DDR4 RAM, and a 256 GB PCIe SSD - this thing is fast all the way around (it's available with more RAM and larger SSD's also). If your Wi-Fi is fast, downloading updates takes very little time compared to most other devices I've had (Wi-Fi is AC and it has Bluetooth 4.1 also). GPU is the integrated Intel HD 620, which is powerful enough to handle regular office or home use. If you need more graphics processing power, get an eGPU unit (external GPU to increase graphics handling power) to plug into one of the Thunderbolt ports and to your external monitor. If you really need bigtime graphics ability (big, modern gaming, serious/professional video/photo work, serious/professional CAD work and the like), then the eGPU unit running through one of the Thunderbolt ports will serve you well. But don't worry about the HD 620 for it will easily handle all the regular stuff you want to do such as viewing videos, lighter gaming. typical office work, etc. It also has a built-in HD webcam with stereo microphones (these are specifically long-range microphones, so it will pick up your conversation from across the room, or, if you're talking very softly nearby, it will hear you with no problem). The webcam provides a Privacy Shutter you slide open to use or slide shut to guarantee privacy when not using the webcam. As I said earlier, this is an excellent laptop/2-in-1 or even desktop replacement for office or home. It's the best I've used in every category but one - the screen is 16:9, which is typical of most and preferred if you watch a lot of videos, but I've come to appreciate the 4:3 aspect screens (a little taller and more narrow), which is actually a little better suited for document work but just not as nice for video viewing. This isn't a make or break thing but more a matter of viewing preference. If you want a superb 2-in-1 for nearly every possible use situation (did I say the best I've ever used? @@@@@@@ , this is the one! You won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend