The contact activated dual-display Yoga E-book C930 is a “one a form” computing gadget that can’t be categorized below any current market section since it’s neither a laptop computer nor a pill and can’t be considered solely as a note-taking product or a 2-in-1 pill. That’s the reason, not like our typical evaluations, it’s tough to check it to any cell computing product at present out there.
The successor of the primary Yoga E-book launched in This autumn 2016, the Yoga E-book C930 shares a few of its key options whereas delivering way more efficiency and a number of enhancements, for the next price ticket: $949.99 MSRP for the bottom model (128GB), and $1049.99 for the 256GB mannequin. The 2016 model was very inexpensive: Android $499 for the Android mannequin (64GB) and $549 for the Home windows one which lacked respectable efficiency.
Equally to the unique Yoga E-book, the secondary show homes the digital keyboard, nonetheless, it’s an E Ink contact show, and never a printed capacitive contact floor, that can swap from keyboard-mode to handwriting and drawing-mode with out the necessity to add paper on high of the contact panel.
In addition to the E Ink show supporting the Lively Pen (Wacom AES help), essentially the most noticeable adjustments from the earlier mannequin are the working system and the SoC, Lenovo favored Home windows 10 over Android for the Yoga E-book C930 and upgraded the processor from an Intel atom x5-Z8550 to an Intel Core i5-7Y54 (See our specs comparability web page).
We had been very blissful about this important system improve, figuring out that the majority laptop pill customers require a full model of Home windows for the productiveness functions, with respectable efficiency to work whereas on-the-go.
What’s new? Yoga E-book C930 vs. the unique Yoga E-book
Programmable keyboard (from customers suggestions): the unique Yoga E-book had a static “Halo” keyboard which was “printed” and couldn’t be modified. The keyless keyboard is the first motive why the pc was so skinny, so it needed to keep, however now, it’s housed by an E Ink touchscreen HD show. The typing expertise is significantly better than with the Yoga E-book.Bigger touchscreen with greater decision, the essential show is now 10.eight” and QHD (2560 x 1600)- it was 10.1” FHD within the earlier mannequin > the bigger type issue permits having a bigger keyboard and extra snug typing expertise within the secondary E Ink displayNow you’ll be able to take notes on each shows with out the necessity of a paper notepad: on the new E Ink show and the colour LCD show – a much-requested function by early adoptersKnock twice on the display screen or lengthy press the quantity down button to open barely, it’s handy for one-hand operationLenovo added an infrared fingerprint sensor on the high proper nook of the E Ink panelNow the Lenovo Lively Pen options 4096 strain ranges, helps Wacom AES know-how and is included with some modelsImpactful improve: Core i5-Y754 (four.5W TDP)! From an Intel Atom X5 processor within the unique 2016 versionNo extra 8MP essential digicam – Lenovo saved the two MP HD webcam for video callsRemoved Micro HDMI, micro USB, and three.5mm audio jack ports to switch with two USB-C ports (Three.1-gen1, each with charging functionality.A hair thicker at 9.9mm (vs. 9.6mm) and heavier 775g (vs. 690g) than the earlier model for significantly better efficiency.
10.eight” QHD (2560 x 1600) IPS touchscreen with pen help. 400 NITs10.eight” FHD (1920 x 1080) Versatile E Ink Mobius touchscreen with pen helpLenovo Lively Pen (4096 strain ranges)Intel seventh Technology Intel Core i5-7Y54 (1.20GHz, as much as Three.20GHz with Turbo Enhance, 4MB Cache)Built-in Intel HD Graphics 615 GPU4GB LPDDR3 RAM128GB SSD or 256GB SSD inner storagePorts: 2x USB-Three.1(Gen1) Sort-C and MicroSD slot2MP HD Entrance digicam with microphone for video callsInfrared fingerprint scanner36 Wh battery capabilityHome windows 10 House working systemDolby Atmos sound – two audio system217.94 x 260.four x 9.9 (mm), 7.1″ x 10.25″ x zero.39”775g (1.71 lbs)At launch in October, the value began at $999 for the 128GB model, and the 256GB model was $1049.99
Industrial Design (Wonderful)
From the surface, the Yoga E-book C930 seems like its predecessor, with an analogous skinny and lightweight physique manufactured from magnesium alloy and aluminum, and nonetheless options the well-known slim and durable “watchband” hinge with a special coloration. Lenovo opted for a extra refined darkish gray with a number of silver highlights, to switch the shiny silver and gold hinge.
The within is completely totally different, primarily with the substitute of the capacitive floor housing the printed “halo keyboard” by a 10.eight” FHD (1920 x 1080) Versatile E Ink Mobius touchscreen with Wacom-enabled Lively Pen help.
Weighing solely 775g, the 10.eight″ 2-in-1 pill is simply 9.9 mm when closed and four mm at it slimmest edge when open. The brand new secondary E Ink touchscreen and the extra highly effective configuration explains the 85g weight achieve and the slight thickness improve (solely four mm).
In keeping with Lenovo, the 2016 Three-axis “watchband” hinge was manufactured from 130 totally different mechanical items and 5 totally different supplies to permit laptops to be very skinny and to swivel at 360 levels. And it delivers on the guarantees: at 9.9 mm (zero.39”), the Yoga E-book C930 is solely 1.four mm (zero.06”) thicker than the Floor Professional 6 with out its Sort Cowl (removable keyboard housed within the cowl).
With the Yoga E-book C930, Lenovo delivers a powerful construct high quality in an ultra-thin and swiveling clamshell type issue, a primary in that class.
“AN IMPRESSIVE BUILD QUALITY IN AN ULTRA-THIN AND SWIVELING CLAMSHELL FORM FACTOR, A FIRST IN THAT CATEGORY”
Double-knock or long-press quantity right down to open with one hand
Maybe to keep up the design language slim and clear, Lenovo renounced so as to add a small cutout to open with one hand, and as a substitute permits customers to double knock on the duvet or lengthy press the quantity down button to take action. Some folks could not like this progressive function as a result of they like to stay to their habits, for my part, the double knock could also be an excellent different to open a clamshell laptop computer when you get used to it.
Infrared fingerprint scanner
Since Lenovo opted for a Home windows 10 model, the addition of an infrared fingerprint scanner was an apparent selection in case some companies requiring safety options would choose that gadget. I’m serious about structure or design companies, for instance. Infrared fingerprint sensors is likely to be extra forgiving to greasy fingers.
The selection of ports was a subject of complaints with the earlier mannequin, and Lenovo appears to have listened to the consumer suggestions. The only micro USB and micro HDMI ports have been changed by two USB-C Three.1 ports, each charging, which is a greater configuration. Some folks would remorse the elimination of the audio jack, nonetheless, the pattern is gaining extra traction like in the latest smartphones. The quantity rocker and the facility button are positioned on the suitable facet of the E Ink panel. From our day by day utilization, we all know it might be extra handy to have them positioned on the suitable facet of the IPS show.
The microSD slot is positioned on the left facet of the E Ink show, near the hinge and to the opposite the USB-C Three.1 charging port.
E Ink Show with Keyboard, Handwriting, and E-reader
What units the Yoga E-book C930 aside from any 2-in1 pill laptop is its secondary 10.eight FHD touchscreen E Ink show that includes three modes: digital keyboard, digital notepad/sketchpad, and e-reader. You turn from one mode to the opposite by tapping the icons on the high proper nook of the monochrome secondary show, and from there you’ll be able to entry the E Ink panel settings.
Digital keyboard and Typing Expertise – higher than the unique Yoga E-book
The Yoga E-book C930 will not be designed for individuals who have to carry out lengthy writing periods like writers or journalists. It’s best fitted to burst typing, for individuals who principally like to make use of an ultra-compact laptop computer on-the-go, writing emails, looking the online, consuming visible content material and taking notes or sketching. The keyboard learns your habits to enhance the expertise over time. I’ve not used it for lengthy sufficient to test the declare. Please observe that E Ink know-how can’t be backlit.
Sound and haptic suggestions for the keyless keyboard
The keyless keyboard provides several types of suggestions to switch the bodily sensation of the important thing journey with sound or haptic suggestions. The latter slows down the responsiveness whereas the sound is adequate to make the expertise snug.
Basic and Trendy keyboard modes in black or white variations
The Basic mode delivers the best expertise because it shows the touchpad in any respect time whereas the Trendy format provides bigger keys however disguise the trackpad by default, and make it seem instead of the house bar when taping the world beneath it, which makes the utilization harder.
Typing expertise and trackpad – tremendous for brief typing periods
To be honest, I’m not an knowledgeable typist, and I do know this keyboard could also be irritating for fast-typers. For example, I began to write down this assessment on the Yoga E-book C930, however actually, my productiveness was significantly better on my giant 30″ show and my common keyboard.
The trackpad is a bit difficult to make use of at first, because of the absence of bodily click on, nonetheless, when in Basic mode, it’s simple to get used to the left and proper “(silent) click on,” and choose sentences for copy/paste. The LCD touchscreen will also be used for a lot of actions, comparable to closing/transferring home windows, proper clicks, and so forth. That reduces the necessity for utilizing the trackpad.
As a designer, I are typically much more snug with a mouse than a trackpad, particularly once I edit pictures and graphics in Photoshop, and I all the time carry a USB wi-fi mini mouse for my laptop computer when on-the-go. I attempted it with the Yoga E-book C930, and it labored nicely.
Handwriting and Sketching with the Lenovo Lively Pen
Lenovo Lively Pen – pairable with Bluetooth for buttons customization and presentation mode
The Wacom-enabled and AAA battery powered Lenovo Lively Pen comes with some fashions of the Yoga E-book C930 (be certain that to test it earlier than shopping for). Out of the field, the pen begins to work instantly with the E Ink panel and Home windows Ink, or with One Word and Photoshop you probably have put in these functions.
The Pen’s three buttons are customizable provided that you pair the pen with the pc over Bluetooth. One neat choice is the flexibility to set the pen to take screenshots by double-clicking the highest button.
Taking Notes: wonderful expertise with excessive responsiveness on each shows
Taking notes with the Yoga E-book C930 could be executed on the E Ink panel or immediately on the LCD touchscreen in numerous functions, comparable to One Word or Home windows Ink apps (or any suitable functions out there for Home windows). The responsiveness may be very quick on each shows, and the expertise is superfluid.
Convert handwritten notes captured in E Ink into textual content: may very well be extra easy
The Yoga E-book C930 is a computing gadget particularly designed for folks like me who don’t like typing and would relatively take handwritten notes with a paper-like expertise that might convert to textual content simply. On the E Ink panel, the handwriting conversion to textual content is kind of sophisticated and never very clearly defined neither within the assist part nor within the consumer guides that you will discover on Lenovo’s web site. Fret not, I’ll clarify how one can do it:
How you can convert Handwriting Ink to Textual content with the Yoga E-book C930
1/ you write a sentence with the pen2/ you choose the sentence after clicking the lasso icon within the menu bar3/ then you definitely lengthy press on the double-rectangle icon within the menu bar on the high till a drop-down menu appears4/ click on on the sub-menu “Copy as Textual content” (image-to-text conversion occurs now)5/ Open any software from the primary RGB show comparable to phrase or powerpoint6/ Choose the previous operate in that software, then your sentence is pasted as textual content there.I’m not positive if there’s a solution to convert a number of pages of notes into textual content without delay. Anyhow, I hope that the Lenovo software program crew will launch an replace of the E Ink panel software to permit for direct handwriting to textual content conversion of a number of notes. Researching this gadget
Sketching: nice expertise on each shows
The Lenovo Lively Pen allows nice management over the stroke width variations in accordance with strain and angle, due to the four.096 ranges of strain, the high customary in right now’s stylus know-how. It feels nearly like sketching on paper, the very best expertise for me was with the medium-size pen. If it’s essential to carry out an extended note-taking session, the E Ink know-how is much more energy environment friendly. Making an attempt it with Photoshop (skilled model) was a fantastic expertise as nicely, even engaged on a big file, the system was extremely responsive. For example, I like the drawing and note-taking expertise offered by the 6.four” Samsung Galaxy Word 9 and its S-Pen, nonetheless, sketching on a bigger 10.eight” show is way more snug and produces extra satisfying outcomes.
E-reader doesn’t help well-liked e-book codecs, solely PDF
Sadly, the E-reader mode doesn’t help well-liked e-book codecs Mobi, and EPUB codecs didn’t work), and works solely with PDF information, which is kind of shocking for a contemporary E-reader.
Studying on an E Ink show could also be higher for the well being, it’s simple to transform ebooks to PDF
On the brilliant facet, it’s now very simple to transform Kindle ebooks into PDF information, and with the Yoga E-book C930, you are able to do the whole lot out of your mattress on one gadget. Granted that your e-book file is already in your laptop, convert it to PDF within the browser, and comfortably learn it on the built-in E Ink reader, which is now beneficial by well being professionals to keep away from the publicity to blue mild from common shows (TVs, telephones computer systems), as a result of it would intrude with your sleep.
Lenovo is anticipated to help the ePub and Mobi e-book format subsequent yr (to be confirmed).
The consumer interface may very well be higher as nicely, it’s not that simple to regulate the zooming, and total, apart from studying, the consumer expertise is much less agreeable than what you get within the Kindle.
I hope that Lenovo will work on the E-reader app and supply a greater software program with an replace subsequent yr.
Excessive decision and pixel density, good distinction with deep black
The bigger 10.eight” QHD IPS LCD tactile show delivers deep black ranges and vivid colours. The shiny end makes it reflective however enhances the colour saturation. Lenovo pumped up the decision from the final mannequin, and the elevated pixel density (280 PPi vs. 224) is sweet to have and better than the one discovered within the Floor Professional 6 (12.Three” at 2736×1824 > 267 PPI).
Premium brightness stage
The unique boasted a excessive brightness at 400 NITs (in accordance with Lenovo), and the brand new Yoga E-book C 930 delivers 375 NITs as measured in our lab.
That stage of brightness is excellent for a laptop computer, 350 NITs and above is a variety for premium gadgets just like the Dell XPS 13 or the Floor Professional 6, with few of them reaching 500 NITS and above – suppose MacBook Professional, LG V40, Huawei P20 Professional and Mate 20 Professional smartphones.
First rate coloration gamut
The show has an 85% sRGB coloration gamut in accordance with the technical specs, and it positively seems prefer it. It’s barely beneath the typical for this worth and won’t be supreme for Inventive functions that require a really correct coloration replica. For sketching or informal video enhancing, it ought to be tremendous, and it’s no downside for informal gaming.
Lenovo saved the 2MP HD webcam for video conferencing on the high of the Quad-HD IPS show and removed the 8MP essential digicam beforehand positioned on the keyboard panel.
The facet mounted audio system ship a fantastic sound high quality with a surprisingly good quantity and sound high quality for such an ultra-thin chassis. The gadget options Dolby Atmos help.
Lenovo favored Home windows over Android for this distinctive compact computing machine, and with this new mannequin, you get Home windows 10 House, which is Home windows full model for shoppers. As described within the keyboard and handwriting paragraph earlier, the E Ink show options proprietary software program that enables to modify from a digital keyboard to a note-taking and sketching software and eventually an e-reader.
A laptop computer processor inside a tiny dual-screen fanless and swiveling type issue!
Managing to combine an Intel seventh technology Core i5-7Y54 (four.5W TDP) in a fanless ultra-thin and ultra-light dual-screen clamshell design with a keyboard is completely tough. The identical processor powers the bigger and far heavier 12.Three” Pixel E-book 2017, so, Lenovo in all probability confronted excessive challenges to bundle it on this tiny foldable laptop.
From the benchmarks we suspect that Lenovo needed to throttle the efficiency to make the thermals work, the consequence is the Pixel E-book 2017 is barely quicker with the identical SoC.
The closest gadget we will examine to this dual-display tiny swiveling computing machine is the 12.Three” Microsoft Floor Professional 6, which contains a bigger type issue and is thicker (10.7 mm) if you embrace its Sort Cowl that homes the keyboard.
Many individuals commented on the higher efficiency delivered by the Microsoft gadget, due to its the eighth technology Intel Core i5-8250U or i7-8650U (15W TDP). We all know that it’s simpler to deal with a robust processor in a bigger and thicker chassis that’s not cut up in half, particularly to accommodate the thermals.
An important efficiency improve in comparison with the unique Yoga E-book
Lenovo got here up with two variations of its unique Yoga E-book, one that includes Android and the different working on Home windows. Nevertheless, the Intel Atom x5-Z8550 was not highly effective sufficient to make the Home windows expertise sufficiently quick for many customers, so we reviewed the Android mannequin.
Within the Geekbench four chart beneath you’ll be able to see how a lot efficiency achieve the brand new CPU (in inexperienced) delivers in comparison with the predecessor (in purple). (processor benchmark)
When in comparison with different 13” and 14” clamshell laptops that includes extra muscular processors such because the Dell XPS 13 (9370), you’ll be able to see on the PC Mark eight House that the brand new Yoga E-book C930’s efficiency is nearer to a bigger laptop computer efficiency than the earlier Yoga E-book.
Perceived efficiency: very highly effective for the scale
We examined the system with compute-hungry functions, comparable to picture enhancing and drawing utilizing Photoshop with a number of information open (one was high-resolution 24MP 6000×4000) whereas a number of tabs had been open within the browser in addition to on Phrase file. The Yoga E-book C930 might handle nicely, though it was a bit slower than a high laptop computer configuration just for opening the information. The efficiency was nice for picture enhancing and drawing. We suggest to carry out note-taking periods on the E Ink show with out Photoshop working.
Please observe that I examined the system with Photoshop (skilled model) as a result of some folks would in all probability like to attract utilizing Photoshop’s incredible instruments. Nevertheless, this gadget will not be focused as a main laptop for imaging professionals (i.e., photographers, videographers). It’s not appropriate for lengthy and sophisticated periods of picture enhancing on tons of of pictures concurrently. The Yoga E-book C930 is okay for enhancing smaller batches of high-resolution pictures.
With a battery capability of 36WH and a battery life estimated at eight hours with Mobilemark 2014 by Lenovo, on the paper, the Yoga E-book C930 is on par with our expertise engaged on numerous Home windows laptops. In actual life, battery depletion pace is so extremely reliable on which workload and sort of duties you carry out that it’s practically unattainable to estimate any “common” period.
We measured the battery utilization below numerous workloads, so these examples is likely to be good indicators to estimate what it might appear like for various customers.
Intense workload with WiFi on – 6 to 7 hours of battery life
1/ Utilizing Photoshop for drawing, Phrase open, Web browser open over wifi, multitasking forwards and backwards on each shows, measured throughout one hour: the battery dropped by 14%
Which implies that the Yoga E-book C930 would final for 7 hours and 14 minutes on a single cost. (If we contemplate the battery depletion as linear below an analogous workload)
2/ Downloaded Chrome and Firefox and typed textual content on a Google doc, a number of tabs open, WiFi on, measured throughout 51 minutes: the battery dropped by 13 %
Underneath a linear battery depletion fee with an analogous workload, the battery would final for six hours and four minutes.
In our expertise multitasking on Home windows laptops powered by Intel processors (with WiFi on), we by no means bought greater than 5 to six hours of battery life, which is analogous to what the reviewers at Home windows Central discovered for the Floor Professional 6 utilizing the PC mark eight check.
Extremely minimal workload with WiFi on – 19 hours 33 minutes of battery life
When measured for 4 hours and thirty minutes with some web looking, sketching for a restricted period of time on Photoshop and taking notes forwards and backwards on each shows with WiFi on, and on sleep mode in between brief work periods, the battery dropped by 23%.
Underneath a linear battery depletion fee with an analogous workload, the battery would final for 19 hours and 33 minutes.
We didn’t strive multitasking with solely the E Ink show on and no WiFi for an hour, so we have no idea how the battery would carry out below that exact workload.
Deep sleep with WiFi on – Three% battery drop in 18 hours
When on deep sleep with WiFi turned on throughout 18 hours (routinely related earlier than and after going into deep sleep), the battery dropped by Three%.
Sluggish Charging – 2 hours to cost in full
The charging time is kind of disappointing, at zero.Three Wh per minute (18Wh/hour) it takes about two hours to completely cost the Yoga E-book C930. That is beneath common efficiency and manner slower what Lenovo normally delivers for its Home windows laptops. For instance, the ThinkPad T480 prices at zero.9 Wh per minute (54 Wh/hour) and is totally charged in about one hour.
The Lenovo Yoga E-book C930 is an extraordinarily progressive laptop computer constructed with two distinct options:
1/ an extraordinarily mild and small clamshell design
2/ a distinctive E Ink secondary show.
These could be the the explanation why shoppers are considering a purchase order.
E Ink supplies a singular visible expertise that LCD or OLED show can’t mimic. Many individuals simply love that feeling, and they may not wish to carry a dumb e-book gadget for that. In a footprint that’s akin to an E Ink e-book (just like the $550 Onyx E-book), you will get a full-blown Home windows laptop which is surprisingly highly effective for its measurement.
“AN EXTREMELY INNOVATIVE LAPTOP”
The clamshell chassis stands in stark distinction with the legions of tablet-like gadgets that get solely thicker and heavier after you add the keyboard. Clamshells additionally give customers way more management over the orientation of the show.
As with every product not designed for the plenty, there are trade-offs comparable to comparatively excessive worth, typing pace, computing energy, variety of ports, and so forth.,
In the long run, this laptop computer is focused for a distinct segment market, and it looks like you have got executed your homework. Thanks for studying!
General product ranking: 7.5/10