Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 assessment: Huge display screen, lengthy battery life, strong construct high quality Evaluation

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Lenovo has taken the Chromebook idea and bundled it right into a high-quality 15.6-inch convertible laptop computer with a 360-degree rotating display screen hinge. There’s even a 4K display screen within the offing, though this isn’t obtainable within the UK on the time of writing. The one Yoga Chromebook C630 mannequin presently on Lenovo’s UK web site has an FHD display screen and prices £599.99 (inc. VAT).

Chromebooks are designed with data employees in thoughts, somewhat than energy customers — “Splendid for on a regular basis work, multitasking, leisure, and extra,” as Lenovo places it within the case of the Yoga Chromebook C630. With Google’s Chrome OS and G-Suite software program preinstalled, they’re augmented by third-party apps and extensions, in a similar way to your smartphone.

That does not imply Chromebooks have to chop corners on construct high quality and options. Our latest analysis of the £699 (inc. VAT) Acer Chromebook Spin 13 demonstrated this properly, and Lenovo supplies one other instance right here.

Consideration to design and construct signifies that the Yoga Chromebook C630 wouldn’t appear misplaced at work. The all-aluminium casing is strong and hard, and I discovered it troublesome to bend the lid. This laptop computer ought to actually address being carried round each day, if you happen to can address its bulk and weight. The color — midnight blue — is sober and businesslike.

The 15.6-inch display screen makes for a big laptop computer, even with comparatively slim bezels alongside the quick edges. Its dimensions of 361.5mm deep by 248.5mm extensive by 17.8mm thick and 1.9kg weight might be noticeable in your bag or backpack.

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The 15.6-inch Yoga Chromebook C630 is powered by an Intel Core i5-8250U processor with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of inner eMMC storage. It has a 56Wh battery rated for 10 hours of life, and weighs 1.9kg.


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Lenovo’s web site suggests there could also be a 4K (three,840 x 2,160) model of this laptop computer obtainable within the UK in some unspecified time in the future, however my assessment pattern had an FHD (1,920 x 1,zero80) IPS contact display screen. I used to be pleased to have this set at 50 % brightness when working, however the display screen wanted to be considerably brighter for watching video — certainly, at instances I felt it wasn’t fairly shiny sufficient even at 100 %.

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Lenovo supplies twin audio system with a grille on the underside of the laptop computer. A shade extra quantity could be appreciated, however audio high quality is okay when streaming catch-up TV, for instance. The display screen may be very reflective, which can be a minus level some folks. Utilizing the Yoga Chromebook C630 with shiny daylight streaming by means of a close-by window could possibly be difficult.

This can be a Yoga gadget, which suggests its display screen hinges rotate a full 360 levels. It is somewhat unwieldy to bodily rotate such a big gadget, and there is no means I’d wish to maintain it for lengthy in pill mode. Nevertheless it labored fantastically in each ‘tent’ and ‘stand’ modes as a TV viewer, and may be a fantastic gadget for exhibiting displays to colleagues or purchasers. The big display screen would assist content material attain throughout a sizeable convention desk.

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The keyboard is as much as Lenovo’s standard excessive commonplace, and is backlit.


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As all the time, Lenovo’s keyboard is a pleasure to make use of. The keys have about equal weighting on downward and spring-back motion, and are comparatively quiet — I am a really light-touch typist and so they barely made any noise in any respect. A backlight helps with working in darker circumstances. The touchpad is massive and responsive, though its built-in buttons give a louder click on than the keys.

The keyboard switches itself off whenever you go into pill mode, eliminating the opportunity of by chance registering key presses. But it surely’s nonetheless attainable to bodily press the keys, in order that they could possibly be susceptible to heavy-handed manipulation of the laptop computer — or certainly to unintended drops or prangs on account of its dimension and weight.

The Fn key row is considerably curtailed on a Chromebook compared to a normal laptop computer. Right here, a row of 12 wider than commonplace, half-height keys present for quantity management, app switching, ahead and again capabilities (when internet searching, for instance), display screen brightness, locking down till your password is entered and an ESC operate.

The Intel Core i5-8250U processor underpinning this laptop computer is supported by 8GB of RAM, together with an built-in Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU. I wasn’t capable of trigger any issues even with greater than 30 tabs open throughout two cases of Chrome, three of which have been working movies together with one streaming music (and possibly extra working video adverts).

There may be 64GB of inner storage, greater than 99 % of which was free out of the field. Provided that 128GB is quick turning into commonplace fare for higher-end smartphones, this appears considerably paltry and is arguably the important thing disappointment with the Yoga Chromebook C630. There’s a MicroSD card slot in addition to 100GB of Google Drive storage, however extra built-in storage would nonetheless be welcome.

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The Yoga Chromebook C630 has an influence button, quantity management, MicroSD card slot, a USB-C port and a Kensington lock slot on the right-hand facet. The left facet has an influence enter, a USB three.zero port and a three.5mm audio in/out combo jack.


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Alongside that MicroSD card slot there’s a USB three.zero port, a three.5mm audio jack and a USB-C port, in addition to a USB-C formed energy enter. I’s not essentially the most beneficiant array of ports, however might be sufficient. There’s a 720p webcam above the display screen.

Based on Lenovo, the Yoga Chromebook C630’s 56Whr battery ought to preserve the FHD display screen going for as much as 10 hours, whereas the higher-resolution 4K display screen reduces battery life by an hour. Throughout testing I skipped round with display screen brightness, most likely spending extra of my time close to 100 %, and by no means dropping beneath 50 %. Music was enjoying, or some kind of information streaming for a lot of the time. Over a number of separate three-hour classes, greater than 1 / 4 however lower than a 3rd of battery life was consumed.

I put in Geekbench and ran its system benchmark 3 times, attaining a mean multi-core rating of 8857 and a single-core common of 4415 — roughly equal to a high-end smartphone. The Geekbench battery rundown check, which I ran with the display screen brightness at 100 % and display screen dimming disabled, noticed the battery final for six hours.

Taking the real-world and Geekbench battery checks under consideration, most customers ought to anticipate to get all-day (Eight-hour) battery life from the Yoga Chromebook C630, with an affordable mixture of workloads and display screen brightness settings.

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Picture: Sandra Vogel/ZDNet

Conclusions

Lenovo’s Yoga Chromebook C630 could also be a difficult choice in an organisation the place Home windows is the first platform, because it lacks the breadth of utility help — though it’s attainable to get Home windows functions to run on Chrome OS.

Nevertheless, the Yoga Chromebook C630 ought to fare higher in workplaces the place G-Suite is the usual, and Lenovo has completed the Chromebook platform a favour by refusing to compromise on construct high quality and — inner storage excepted — on inner specs.

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