The way that we use our device is changing their form factors. Snapdragon-powered notebooks focus on a range of use cases that Intel doesn’t address quite as well. Long battery life and LTE connectivity make this device tailored for someone who is on the road.
Lenovo Yoga C630 Design
The flexible hinges rotate 360-degrees, they’re the style of hinge found on the original Yoga. They turn in 2 stages making them very stable on the rotation. They don’t take much pressure to rotate but are very stable when I touch the screen in tablet mode. What I like most about this form factor is being able to watch Netflix without seeing my keyboard. Hiding the work aspect of this device is important to me.
Lenovo has done great job reducing the bezel size without compromising webcam placement.
Lenovo Yoga C630 display
The Yoga C630’s 13.3-inch display is crisp, vivid, but not very punchy and I wish it were brighter. The whites also seem to have a little bit of a yellow tint, but if you head into Windows 10 calibration software, this will improve the white balance considerably.
I had no problems using the Yoga’s touchscreen in tablet mode to surf the web and mess around in 3D Paint.
Lenovo has a legacy of making excellent keyboards and the C630 doesn’t quite live up to my expectations. The travel of the key’s shallow, we know the device is thin (12mm) but the keys only have 0.9mm of travel. A typical notebook has between 1.5-22mm of travel, the Macbook has 0.7mm so we’re looking at essentially the same feeling when you press on the keys.
Apart from the travel the spacing of the key’s and the lay of the keyboard is perfect, we had no problems at all touch typing. After a week of use, I did get used to the slightly still keyboard and the shallow key’s. However, if this was my only device and I needed to do serious writing I’d want a keyboard with larger travel on the keys.
I would say this is a good enough keyboard for the deskless worker looking for a laptop. Someone whose primary job function doesn’t have them in front of the computer all day, but who would sit down to write a report or do a few hours of emails.
When we worked with the Yoga in our lap we never noticed it get warm at all.
Lenovo Yoga C630 Specifications
Qualcomm Snapdragon 850
4 or 8GB LPDDR4X
128GB or 256GB UFC 2.1
4G LTE Snapdragon X20
13.3-inch (1920 x 1080) IPS Touchscreen
Qualcomm Adreno 630
Up to 25 hours
12.08 in x 8.52 in x 0.49 in
2.65 lbs (1.2 kg)
At 2.65 lbs (1.2 kg), the Yoga C630 is on the lighter side for a 13.3-inch laptop, and its 12.5mm thickness (when closed) makes it one of the thinnest laptops around.
For ports, there are not a lot of options. There are two USB Type-C 3.0 ports for power, display and data, a headphone jack, and a power button. The ports work well enough, especially for charging, but you will need a Type-A adapter (not included) to use any older peripherals.
Lenovo Yoga C630 Performance
The Snapdragon 850 CPU a made-for-PC chip and it bare to the multitasking of my normal workday. Typically I have 15 Google Chrome web pages open and it’s not unusual for me to be playing some Netflix at 1080p on the side. The websites took a while to load the more I had open and I did notice a lag when switching between tabs.
I haven’t been as into Benchmarks over the last few years but in this case I think it’s really worth noting to see how the SoC stands up.
3DMark Fire Strike
Tests notebook graphics performance
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
Tests graphics and gaming performance using the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark.
vs Core i5: 6239
The benchmarks show a very large gap in performance between the latest Snapdragon chip and Intel’’s Core series. The Yoga C630 has 8GB of RAM and if we focus in on the Geekbench 4 score you’ll see just how massive the gap is.
Scored 3,561 if you take a look at the Intel Core i5 (2018) processor you’ll see a score of around 12,000.
My work day often involves Adobe Lightroom and Premiere for some video editing. That wouldn’t be a possibility on the C630. This is due to the power of the processor but also because Windows 10 S limits your program choices to the Windows Store *cough Windows RT anyone?
Windows 10 S limits you to apps from the Windows Store, if you want to download third party apps you’ll need to upgrade to Windows 10 Home.
Other applications has installed Phototastic Collage, the Candy Crush Saga, LinkedIn and Fitbit Coach. There is also Vantage, which should provide system updates and custom settings. However, during the review it simply had a user guide.
We love it for business trips but we haven’t fully committed to Microsoft’s ecosystem, I lean heavily on Chrome for seamless transitions between devices. This made moving from my Surface Book more of a hassle then I would have like.
We found the camera to do well in good lighting conditions but as soon as things even threaten to be low light the image gets a bit grainy.
We had no problem using the C630 on a 19 hour flight from Istanbul to Toronto. We were able to get 13.17 hours of screen on time and the device was on stand by between charges for another 10 hours.
Obviously having the WiFi off on the plane helps to extend the battery life, I expect that with WiFi or LTE on we’d loose about an hour of battery life. I did however have a 9 hour layover in the lounge where I used it for 5.5 hours with the WiFi on.
It’s a battery life beast!
Starting at $850 the build quality seems totally justifiable, I just wonder how it will feel in a year of use if after 3 weeks we’re noticing the limits of its performance already.