Lenovo 2019 Yoga C930 (14) – innovation and design
4.6Overall Score
Name: Lenovo 2019 Yoga C930 (14)
Price (RRP): $2200+
Manufacturer: Lenovo

Lenovo Yoga series is a 360° hinge design, high-end, prosumer notebook. The new 2019 Yoga C930 (14) takes innovation to the next level.

I love Lenovo’s Yoga 360° design. The 2018 14-inch, 4K, i7-8550U, 16GB, 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD, Yoga 920 (review here) and now $2499 was GadgetGuy’s reference machine, and we measure all comers by it. This year’s 2019 Yoga C930 (14) takes that up a notch or three.

It is not just the fully-garaged, 4096-pressure level Pen (a first and it slips nicely into the rear pen garage under the hinge), nor the new rotating Dolby Atmos ‘soundbar’ or its thin/light size. It is a feeling of ‘you have arrived’ with one of the best prosumer laptops you can buy in 2019, and you did not pay too much as it starts from $2267.

It is all about choice!

Review 2019 Lenovo Yoga C930 (14) Model C930-131KB

Website here – as tested

  • Intel i7-8550U (option i5-8250U)
  • 8/256GB (option 16GB/1TB)
  • 13.9-inch FHD Dolby Vision (option 4K, 3840×2160, Dolby Vision) and glass outer cover
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • Windows 10 Home (option Pro)

There is also a 10.89-inch 4K version that weights 775g!

Out of the box

  • Lenovo C930
  • 65W USB-C PD 3.0 20V/3.25A, 15V/3A, 9V/2A, 5V/2A charger
  • A Lenovo Pen (4096-pressure levels with dock rechargeable battery)

I would have liked a USB-C-to-whatever dongle but alas not. It supports all USB-C dongles as well as Thunderbolt 3 docks.

First impression

Lenovo calls it iron-grey – a halfway between Apple’s space grey and silver grey. It is quite attractive.

Yoga C930

The most noticeable thing is that the speakers are part of the hinge allowing them to face the right way regardless of the style – tent, tablet, laptop etc.

And the pen docks and charges in its own ‘garage’ – no more lost pens that need to be replaced at exorbitant prices or trying to get AAAA and coin batteries.

There is a small top bezel just large enough to hold a camera, minimal side bezels and a largish chin bezel. Two full-width rubber runners provide desktop grip and Torx screws to take off the bottom plate.

It is a very attractive, premium finished and built device.

Setup

It comes with Windows pre-installed and for most, all you need to do it run Shutup10 to lock down Windows privacy features. Lenovo has a System update to keep firmware updated. As most of the firmware is Intel standard, it comes down via Windows update.

Thunderbolt 3

The prime advantage of this breed of notebooks is Thunderbolt 3. Forgive the image – my office is not deep enough to take it all in but here is the Yoga C930 (14) in tent mode with an HPz38C (4K)  and HPz34c (discontinued – almost 4K) monitor using a Kensington SD5200DT dock. It supplies ample power and runs the z34C off DisplayPort and the z38C off USB-C.

Yoga C930

It has two USB-C 3.1 gen 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports and one USB-A 3.1 (Always on) as well as a 3.5mm audio combo jack.