And I spent the last few days with the Yoga Book C930. It's not a full 15W U-series, but you shouldn't expect that in a device of this size. The Good The revamped Yoga Book improves on the original version, with a better typing experience and more powerful hardware. That doesn't actually have a thread yet, which seems weird. The dual side speakers produce some pretty good audio for a device this size. We've seen this key placement on plenty of ThinkPads before, but never on Lenovo's consumer devices. It's far more difficult to type out long documents on a touchscreen, while devices like the iPad Pro only became useful writing machines with a keyboard.
It should not to be confused with the which is interesting, but considerably less awesome. A signature design piece of past premium Yoga models since 2014 was the watchband-style 360-degree hinge that helped reduce the thickness of the convertible laptop. Capable of sensing multiple levels of pressure, it's quite easy to get a small, half page of spidery notes written up. Honestly, what actually really interested me most was the Yoga c930 not the book. And there the disappointment starts: it is not the performance of any of the both screens but the integration into windows. Lenovo has worked hard to give you and your subconscious little tweaks to avoid you reeling from culture shock. Let me put it this way: When Windows 10 version 1709 shipped, the original Yoga Book took about seven hours to install it.
When I wrote in a horizontal orientation, copying text worked well with a small margin of error. You could probably even take on a game like Cuphead if you wanted to, although you'll definitely want to plug in an Xbox controller instead of trying to use the E Ink keyboard. In our web browsing test, the Yoga Book landed just under seven hours. Now with E Ink, you can see it without a separate piece of paper. There, a monochrome on-screen keyboard appears on demand, complete with a touchpad. For one thing, you can actually change the language of the keys now.
Your notes automatically save to the E Ink screen. I need to learn more on that but currently I feel it below expectations I expected a solution better than rM but unfortunately the e-ink on the c930 seems being an own device, it is absolutely not integrated with Win10! It even tried its hand at converting my cubes and triangular and rectangular prisms, with varying degrees of success. There are compromises, it costs a lot, and most people will not see a need for it. That larger version certainly makes for a better typing experience, or at least it's more forgiving considering the lack of tactile feedback. The Yoga Book C930 releases its physical shell of a keyboard and embraces the life of an E Ink keyboard, which is basically a 10.
It also future-proofs you a little bit. Getting to know your computer Note: Parts shown with dotted lines are not visible externally. Getting to know your computer This chapter provides basic information to help you get familiar with your computer. I have a portable Bluetooth keyboard so typing isn't an issue btw. At first glance, it looks the same, as the minimalistic form factor is similar to the original Yoga Book.
Is there a better alternative? By trade I'm a touch typist — I don't look at my fingers — so while there is some adjustment to the Yoga Book C930 when its placed on a table, I can bang out a few emails, notes, or tweets with ease. They were surprisingly loud for such a small device, producing sufficient noise to fill my living room. A preinstalled Dolby Atmos app lets you quickly tune the audio for whatever you're listening to -- music, movie, game, voice -- or you can set up three personal profiles or set it to Dynamic and let the software do the guesswork. The Yoga Book lineup is the exact opposite, primarily a tablet and can sometimes be uncomfortable to use as a laptop. Lenovo decided against the usual notch at the front of laptops to help users open the lid and plumped for magnets instead.
The show played smoothly, but there was occasionally a one-to-two-second delay when switching between tabs or scrolling through one of the web pages. Tapping on this pill brings the touchpad back to its usual size. Select the System Protection tab and then select Create. The result is interesting, sometimes fun, but often frustrating. Summary The Yoga Book C930 is an engineering marvel, and swapping its keys for an e-ink display is groundbreaking. But while innovative, the E Ink screen has room for improvement.
I do find that it occasionally pops open on accident, but I enjoy doing it too much to care. One more thing that's pretty cool is that you can tap the device to open it. The stylus itself is easy to use and quite precise, thanks to tilt detection and pressure sensitivity. The Bad Using an E Ink keyboard and touchpad full time is never going to be as good as the real thing. The Bottom Line The Yoga Book C930 is an adventurous, risk-taking laptop that skirts the conventional thinking on portable computers. In fact, that very rotating hinge, which is a piece of luxury-watchband-style bling on the Yoga 920, is now a more ordinary-looking single piece of metal on the Yoga C930. While the keyboard is a problem, the Yoga Book C930 does offer fantastic stylus support.