The Good An excellent 4K display that is great to use in laptop and tablet mode. Durable aluminum chassis. Very solid performance and battery life.
The Bad The keyboard is a bit muddy. The stylus is not included. You cannot run these several Windows and MacOS applications on the Chrome operating system.
The Bottom Line Hundreds less than its almost equivalent Windows, the Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 has a sweet versatile 4K display on a sturdy laptop.
The Chromebook C630 Lenovo Yoga Yoga is expanding beyond what you can expect from a Chromebook in 2019. The stand out feature is the stunning convertible, the 15.6-inch 4-inch display, but it also has a set of durable components and a sturdy, tasteful aluminum chassis. And, like most Chromebooks, it costs hundreds less than a similarly configured Windows counterpart.
And, in fact, the C630 is Chromebook versions of Lovely C930 Lenovo – Editors’ Choice and one of our all time favorite two-year convertibles. The Windows-based C930 can be customized with some high-end components and has some notable extra data that is missing on a Chromebook C630 (such as a fingerprint reader and a digital stylus that can be placed in a display hinge). But it also costs a lot more.
We tested the top-level configuration of the Chromebook C630 (model 81JX0008UX) for $ 900. This retail price translates to about £ 715 and $ 1300. At the time of this review, it retails for $ 730, but we’ve seen Lenovo reduce it to $ 600. In addition to the UHD 4K display, our test unit comes with an 8th-generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 128 EMMC GB memory. This is less firepower than what you would find on a mediocre Windows machine, but more than powerful for web pages to load quickly and for applications to jump on this Chromebook, which is as fast as any we’ve tested.
Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630
|Price as reviewed||$730|
|Display size/resolution||15.6-inch 3,840×2,160-pixel touchscreen|
|CPU||1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8250U|
|Memory||8GB DDR4 RAM|
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Networking||Dual band 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.1|
|Operating system||Chrome OS|
The C630 is the first Chromebook with a 4K display. The screen is large This is a touch sensitive. And it’s bright enough to make reading and watching videos a pure joy. I enjoyed reading the New York Times website on it in portrait mode and clicking my finger on the headlines I wanted to read; it was a bit like the 2019 old-school version of a print newspaper.
Note that Lenovo also sells the C630 version with an FHD display that has a lower resolution (1,920×1,080) and costs about $ 100 less. And there is an entry-level configuration, with the same FHD display, Intel Core i3 and twice the capacity of the hard drive; it usually costs between $ 460 and $ 550. I would recommend firing on the high-end model we tested, especially if you can find it for under $ 750; it’s worth it.
With its understated matte-black aesthetic, the Yoga Chromebook C630 is high-end. The durable solid aluminum layer weighs just over 4 pounds – several ounces more than the elegant MacBook Pro – which makes it fairly easy for a laptop with a 15.6-inch display.
Like most Chromebooks, the C630’s keyboard, although full size, is on the soft side. (Note that the non-4K versions of this laptop are for some reason equipped with a backlit keyboard.) And the trackpad is large and responsive. Both are just wonderful.
The audio and video features are also just as adequate: you get two 2-watt speakers mounted on the underside of your laptop and a 720p webcam with a two-mic array. And the connections are typical for a modern Chromebook: two high-speed USB-C ports, one slow USB 3.0 port and a microSD slot. Also on the right side is a power button and a volume switch.
The C630’s battery life was surprisingly good, lasting almost 10 hours in our video playback test. This is not enough to lift him into the pantheon of Russia best laptops with battery , but this is commendable for a two-in-one convertible with a 15.6-inch 4K display – enough to get you through the work or the long haul.
I’m increasingly convinced that buying a Chromebook is no longer a compromise for most people. Sure, if you are looking at one of the few remaining applications that runs exclusively on Windows or MacOS, this is not the laptop for you. Otherwise, the Chromebook Yoga C630 is a gorgeous, inexpensive laptop that comes with a huge tablet – with a killer 4K display and great performance for daily productivity and entertainment tasks.
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