- 10.8-inch IPS and E Ink displays
- Intel Core i5 Y-series CPU
- 4GB RAM
- 256GB storage
- Windows 10
Lenovo Yoga Book C930 first-look: A perfect laptop for students?
The original Yoga Book blew us away when it launched at IFA last year. Offering a interesting new take on convertibles that replaced a traditional keyboard with a graphics tablet, on paper the device looked perfect for students and avid note-takers alike.
Sadly, come our full review the Yoga Book failed to fully deliver, due to a lack of CPU grunt and issues with its atypical keyboard setup.
One year on, however, and it looks as though Lenovo has taken our criticisms to heart, releasing a follow-up Yoga Book C930 that features fixes for nearly all our quibbles about the original.
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Yoga Book C930 –Design
At first glance, the new Yoga Book C930 looks fairly similar to past Yoga-series devices. It has the same metal chassis, 360 watchband hinge design, and is similarly sized to its predecessor. Open it up, however, and you’ll find it’s a completely different beast.
The biggest change is the new custom 1080p E Ink display. The second display replaces the keyboard and, from what I’ve seen so far, offers a huge step up on the original graphics tablet.
For starters, it means you can turn the Yoga Book C930 into a Kindle replacement when you set it in tablet mode. This will be perfect for frequent travellers, especially if Lenovo’s 13-hour quoted battery life (E Ink-only) rings true.
But what was even more exciting is the ease with which you can now doodle and scribble down notes. The ability to see what I was working on made the device feel significantly more portable and, with the addition of Lenovo’s MyScript software, I was able to easily crop photos, scribble notes on PDFs, and edit documents using the Wacom-powered digital pen.
The experience was further aided by the new screen’s slightly textured finish, which gives the feeling of drawing onto paper.
The typing experience has also been improved. Improvements to AI mean that it should be better at autocorrecting and spotting mistypes. Updates have also been made to improve haptic and audio feedback when you hit a key, and you can now pick between over 160 different layouts.
I didn’t have long enough with the device to check out the AI improvements, but the keyboard’s improved feedback was apparent next to my recollection of the original Yoga Book. I’m not convinced that it will ever be as comfortable to type on as a dedicated physical board for prolonged periods, but if it’s even moderately more usable then the Yoga Book’s E Ink notation perks should make it a great option for students.
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Yoga Book C930 specs
The E Ink display isn’t the only new addition. Lenovo has also upgraded the Yoga Book C930’s core specs.
The main screen has also seen some changes. For starters, Lenovo has boosted the 10.8-inch, 2560 x 1600 resolution screen’s max brightness to 400 nits.
I didn’t have a colorimeter on hand to check the claim, but the screen looked insanely bright by laptop standards. Watching a few demo videos, colours were uniform and pleasingly dynamic. Black levels were also solid, making it feel like a great device for media consumption.
My only concern stems from its colour gamut coverage. Lenovo quotes it as covering a meagre 85% of the sRGB gamut, and there weren’t any stats on the Adobe or DCI-P3 standards favoured by creatives. 85% sRGB coverage is fairly low; most competing laptops currently quote 100%. This could impact its usefulness for creative professionals and photographers looking for a mobile editing or sketch station.
This is a shame, since Lenovo has updated the Yoga Book C930’s CPU to a newer, more powerful Core i5-7Y54. On paper, this makes it capable of moderately sized digital painting and photo editing projects. This is a big deal, since the original Yoga Book’s underpowered Atom CPU was a key issue, particularly on the Windows 10 version.
Elsewhere, the specs remain largely the same, with RAM topping out at 4GB and storage at 256GB. You can see the Yoga Book C930’s full specs in the table below.
10.8-inch, 400nits, 16:9, 2560×1600 main.
10.8-inch, 1080p, E Ink secondary.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-7Y54 or Intel Core m3-7Y30|
|Storage||Up to 256GB|
10 hours with both screens.
13 hours in reading mode *Just E Ink
Yoga Book C930 – Release date
The Yoga Book C930 is expected to arrive in the UK around late September/early October.
Yoga Book C930 – Price
UK pricing has yet to be confirmed, but in Europe the Yoga Book C930 will retail for €999.
The new Yoga Book C930 doesn’t radically change the original’s core offering. It aims to offer students a portable convertible that can be used for everything from entertainment to lightweight photo editing and class notation.
Nevertheless, the subtle changes Lenovo has made are welcome and fix a number of key issues experienced with the original. The improved secondary E Ink screen feels like a marked step forward, and the updated CPU should do away with the performance issues that plagued the original.
Here’s hoping my opening impressions ring true when I more thoroughly put the Yoga Book C930 through its paces for our full review.