Lenovo Yoga Book C930 Review: A glimpse of a future

The Lenovo Yoga Book C930 is Lenovo’s latest attempt at an all screen future. At only 9.9 mm thick and 1.71 lbs, it is great for being on the go. Despite Lenovo’s attempt, the Yoga Book C930’s e-ink display is not a viable replacement for a tactile keyboard. The frustrating keyboard takes too much away from the device. Coupled with the high price, I would not recommend it for anyone. Nevertheless, the device is a look into a possible future for laptops.

The Basics

The Yoga Book C930’s main differentiators are its dual screens. One of the screens is a 10.8” FHD (1920 x 1080) E-ink display and the other is a 10.8” QHD (2560 x 1600) IPS touchscreen with Wacom pen support. This combination allows it to stand out in the largely saturated laptop space.

  • Processor: 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7Y54
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 615
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Top Screen: 10.8” QHD (2560 x 1600) IPS touchscreen with pen support
  • Bottom Screen: 10.8” FHD (1920 x 1080) Flexible E Ink Mobius™ touchscreen with pen support
  • Storage: Up to 512GB SSD
  • Ports: 2 x USB-3.1 (Gen 1) Type-C
  • Dimensions(W x D x H): 179.4 x 260.4 x 9.9mm / 7.1 x 10.25 x 0.39”

For more information, check out the Lenovo Yoga Book C930 page

What I enjoyed

Weight and Size

The Lenovo Yoga Book C930 comes in less than two pounds, making it a joy to bring around. The size also makes it one of the best on the go devices on the market.

Stylus is better than the Surface line

I was pretty blown away by the response time for the stylus on the E-ink display. There is nearly no lag when using the pen on the E-ink side. Drawing on the LCD screen is also possible. The lag is more noticeable here but still feels slightly better than the Surface line’s N-trig pens.

Performance for a 10 inch laptop

Performance on this device is snappy. In the couple weeks testing the device, I was unable to slow down the device. The laptop seemed to handle basic daily tasks without any hiccups. Running 10+ tabs at once did not slow down the device at all. The Intel Core i5-7Y54 performed quite amicably without getting too hot or uncomfortable to the touch.

Light gaming capable

Although the Yoga Book is definitely not a gaming laptop, I still could not help myself from throwing Civilization V onto it. It worked surprisingly well and was completely playable. I do expect the game to significantly slow down once you reach the end game. All in all, some light gaming on older titles is totally possible on this device.

What I found frustrating

The keyboard is frustrating to use

Over the course of a couple of weeks, I tested the device in various typing conditions:

Typing while laying on a bed

Trying to type on this device in bed was extremely frustrating. Due to where my wrist naturally rested on the device, the bottom edge of the device dug into my wrist making it extremely uncomfortable. After a short typing session, my wrists would be sore.

Typing on a desk

On a regular desk, things got slightly better but not by much. I still often hit the wrong keys when typing, on average happening once every two lines on a standard word doc. After a couple of days of use, I realize I started taking quick peeks at the keyboard when I type to alleviate the amount of error I would have to correct. This did help for a while but also decreased my typing speed significantly.

Typing on a lap

The experience typing on the lap is pretty similar to typing on a table. Due to the light weight of the device, you don’t really need to worry about the device sliding off the lap even if it is on an incline.

Typing in the dark

Lenovo was not able to fit a backlight into the Yoga Book’s e-ink display, making typing in the dark near impossible. You can only rely on the light from the screen to see which keys you are hitting which is an awful experience.

Haptic Feedback

The haptic feedback from the keyboard does help make the typing experience better. However, it isn’t always instantaneous and sometimes has a weird lag before the vibration motors start up.

Worst fingerprint scanner I have used

Fingerprint fails to register

My fingerprint scanner outright refused to register my index finger the first few times. It wasn’t until I tried registering my thumb that it took. But even then, the fingerprint scanner unlocked my device 1 out of 10 times. I would of much prefer if they had opted to use the fingerprint scanner they have on the Lenovo Tab 8 Plus.

E-ink display is a missed opportunity

Lenovo opted to only support PDF for the e-ink display. There is currently no ePub or Mobi support. Copy and paste are also not supported so you can’t copy any text. The lack of features on the E-ink display just seems like a missed opportunity given that this would have made a great replacement for a Kindle as well.

Expensive for the compromises

At a starting price of $999, the Lenovo Yoga Book C930 is an expensive device for what you get. Sure it packs a lot of features like the E-ink display and Wacom pen, but that price does not justify the value you get with this device.

Would I recommend it?

I am glad that Lenovo stepped out of its comfort zone and created a laptop is completely unique. However, it is hard to recommend this laptop to anyone due to its frustrating keyboard and overall suboptimal experience.

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