Lenovo Yoga C630 Review: A Sleek, Always-Connected PC with Amazing Battery Life

Lenovo Yoga C630 Review: A Sleek, Always-Connected PC with Amazing Battery Life


– Windows 10 on ARM is still a thing, in fact today we’re going to take a look at the new Yoga C630 from Lenovo. It’s run on Snapdragon 850
and here’s the best part, it’s only $800 which for for some of you may still be too expensive but it’s one of my favorite
devices so far this year. Today I’m gonna tell you why, stay tuned. (upbeat music) Alright, before we get
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want me to cover as well. Now the Yoga C630 here is one of the more interesting devices. Like I said, it’s $799, you can pick it up at Best Buy right now
and it’s one of the first Snapdragon devices I’m running
that has 8 gigs of ram in it which is actually a really nice change from all the previous
versions we’ve seen so far. It’s running a Snapdragon 850 as well so it’s actually a very good performer, around a Core i3, we’ll be
talking a little bit more about benchmarks a bit later. One of the neat things about this laptop is it’s one of the first that’s
a true laptop/convertible that turns into a tablet. Sure we have the ASUS NovaGo, I never even tried to review that device because it’s not one of
my favorites out there but this is actually a
really, really good device and that price point just
brings it all together and it’s more about the comparisons of what’s available on the market there. Well let’s get into the pros
and cons of this device as well but first let’s give a product tour. Alright, taking a look at the outside, it’s a very clean looking device. Aluminum design and
chassis, no flex whatsoever, really solid. Get the Yoga label up there
which is pretty familiar. Coming around to the back
you can see those hinges so this is a tablet device as well so this does fully rotate. This is the new style
hinge that they’re using. No more with watch-band hinge,
which is kind of unique. And it’s nice and rounded. I like the layered look, too. I think it’s actually a pretty
handsome looking device. They do make this as a Chromebook as well but why you’d get that, I have no idea but if you are interested
you can get that. There are subtle differences. This one’s better, obviously, has LTE but their speakers are
also better placement. We’ll talk more about that soon. Looking at the left hand side here, you can see the slot for the nano SIM card so that goes in there. You also have a USB type
C port, that is 3.14 power as well as a little LED for
charging which is kind of cool. Coming around to the right hand side and we get a second USB type C port, so again, this has something
to do with the Snapdragon 850, they are limited by the amount of ports they can put on the Snapdragon 850. That’s something you will see improved if they ever release newer
chip sets, I’m just saying, but you do get two type
C’s so that’s really nice. Same as the other side, no difference. You can charge the device
with that one as well. A standard 3.5mm headset jack
so they didn’t get rid of that which is good, and your power button which also lights up, so this glows white when it’s powered on and
charging which is nice and if you hit 20% battery or lower, well it turns orange which
I think is really clever. I’ll be honest, you’ll rarely ever see it. We’ll talk about battery life, it’s really impressive on this device. Alright, taking a look
at the display here. Nice, thin bezel on the side and the top. Quite a chin though there on the bottom. I would’ve preferred a
little bit more balance but, you know, it’s not so bad. This is a 13.3 inch, full HD display. It is touch and pen enabled. The pen on this is extra,
so if you want to get it, it is an intrigue system so you can use a Surface pen with it. I will say this is one area of the device where they do cut back on, so compared to, say the new Samsung Galaxy Book 2, this display is nowhere near as good. It’s not as high of resolution
and the color contrast, well, it’s a little bit on the lower side. I find the whites to be
a little bit more yellow. This is what you typically see in Lenovo’s lower end devices. It’s a good screen though,
I really don’t mind using it but you can tell it’s not
the best on the market and this is where they’re
saving some money. Same thing when it comes to inking. The pen doesn’t quite drag as smoothly as a Surface device, for instance,
but it gets the job done. But again, if you want a
better inking experience, Surface or a Galaxy Book
2 is a better choice. It’s worth noting you do have
a 720p camera at the top here. It’s, well, it’s a camera. That’s all I can about it. It’s not very good, but
it gets the job done if you absolutely need
to make a video call but again, you can tell it’s
where they made some cuts. I turn to the deck though,
this is where I really like a lot that’s going on here. First of all, I like this
placement of the Lenovo logo. I think it’s a pretty clever design and it’s not as hideous as in the middle as some manufacturers
do so you’ll see Lenovo doing that a lot more in
their newer devices for 2019. You do get two top firing speakers. That’s something you don’t really expect on this kind of device, I suppose. So many companies put them
on the bottom and the sides and all this kind of stuff,
but two top firing speakers. Pretty good audio, not the best, but if you look at how thin this device is it’s kind of forgiving. Just really nice to
have that there though. When you flip it around,
it works pretty well. Obviously quad speakers are
better for this kind of device but at this price point,
I’m actually really happy to see this. The Chromebook version
doesn’t have ’em on top so much better design here. This is also a really good keyboard. Lenovo’s typical smile key
design works very well. It is back lit with multistage lighting so you can do that with
a function key here. Overall I really enjoy typing on this. Again, it’s a strong point of this device which is super important for me, who, I use this for writing a lot of time and I just enjoy using it. Looking at the track pad, very large size, very smooth glass and precision drivers. No complaints whatsoever,
really nice design. Finally for a bio authentication you get a fingerprint reader. No Windows Hello IR camera,
which I would have preferred but this actually a pretty
good fingerprint reader. It’s read all the time, I
don’t get misreads on it and it just works. Alright, look at the bottom
here, very clean design. Just have a couple labels,
you do have some screws so yes, you can take off this cover though you can’t do a lot with it but if you really wanted
to pop off the bottom to see the inside, well
you could do that as well. Okay, let’s get into
specifications and features here. So we’re talking 8 gigabytes of DDR4 RAM which is kind of interesting
because a lot of laptops don’t ship with DDR4. This one has it. There’s apparently a
version of 4 gigabytes, too but Best Buy’s selling this 8 gigabyte one which is probably the one you should get, especially at this price point. Anyway, 128 gigabytes of storage or 256. Again, I haven’t seen a 256 out there but this one here, 128 gigs of storage. It is EUFS, so it is not NVME SSD. That’s coming maybe in a later chip set? But this is pretty good performance here. Around 800 megabytes per second for reads and around 200/250 for
write, so on the lower end compared to NVME storage
but still very good. It’s actually faster than
some older Surface devices. Now we’re coming to the
processor, Snapdragon 850, so technically an eight core processor, four big, four little. And if you’ve seen my previous reviews, I talk about how to benchmark it, this is pretty tricky actually. One way we do it is with Geek Bench which can actually simulate ARM 64, and in that regard it performs very well so ARM 64 here is gonna be everything that the Windows 10 operating system does, all the inbox apps, the
entire operating system, running Office, all that
is native to ARM on here as well as all the apps in the store or actually around 95% of them. So when you take that in consideration, that’s what you’re running this device, well it’s gonna perform like a Core i3, almost like a Core i5. It’s very good performance. It actually slightly
beats the Galaxy Book 2 but that’s probably more of
an anomaly here of performance but don’t forget the Galaxy Book 2 has a higher screen resolution so I wouldn’t be surprised if that takes some taxing on the processor itself but it’s a very good processor. I really enjoy using this. It’s a significant improvement
over the Snapdragon 835. I know for some of you
this won’t be fast enough but for me it actually is. Now where the caveat comes into as well, running Win32 apps, that
is things you download off the web that are executable. Now in theory you wouldn’t use
the device for this, right? You’re going to stick to the store but if you want to, say, install Chrome, that’s where you would have this problem. So it installs, you could run it but it’s gonna perform more
like an add on processor or a low end Intel one, so
sort of like the Surface Go and it’s not as good an experience but it does run and it can get you by but this is one weakness
right now of the ARM system. Now I should point out that this is technically a software
limitation that’s solvable so, for instance, Microsoft
has already just released a few weeks ago a new
development kit for devs that allows them to
recompile apps to ARM 64 and there’s already rumors that Microsoft has committed code to the Chromium project for a Chromium browser
and I’ve heard Firefox may be involved with this, too, so you can expect some movement here around ARM based browsers for this device if you don’t like using Edge. But if you’re okay with
using Edge like I am? Well this is a fantastic experience. Now the really big
selling point here for me has been battery life. So they’re promising a little
over 20 hours with this. It does pack a 61 watt hour battery. Put that in perspective,
you don’t really find 61 watt hour batteries in 13 inch laptops. It’s around 10 to 15 watt hours larger than most laptops at this size. That’s because the Qualcomm
chip set is so small they can devote more battery to it and this thing is absolutely
incredible for battery life. So I’m actually getting real
world usage around 15 hours. That’s actually just using the device and it’s been really phenomenal. It’s actually really hard to kill. Having said that, if you
do run some apps like Slack and you leave ’em
running in the background I have noticed some
slight battery drain there so it’s not impervious, again,
that’s a software issue. If you were just using this as a laptop? This thing lasts forever,
it’s absolutely incredible. Alright so there’s two
other selling points besides battery life with this device. One is instant on, so the idea here is when you open the lid and
you hit that fingerprint reader this device just turns on. It never sleeps, it never hibernates. It’s just like your smartphone, you hit that power button, it comes on. It’s a really great experience if you’re always turning on
and off a device all day, you really appreciate the speed here. The other thing, of course,
is gonna be the LTE. So this is a 4G LTE, it
uses a Snapdragon X20 modem which is very good speeds. You can drop in a Verizon SIM, an AT&T SIM and it just works. It’s really nice. I’ve had no issues with it. Data speeds have been very good and I use this a lot when
I’m traveling obviously and that’s really the benefit here. I should mention it
does have eSIM support. It’s actually a second SIM on the device so you can run a physical
SIM as well as an eSIM and dynamically switch between the two. There is an app that let’s
you go and buy data packages. You can do that on a per day, per month or even a per six month period. It’s not cheap but it’s a nice option especially if you travel globally, because you can go to a different country and buy a data package
and it’ll just turn on. That’s a really big benefit here of eSIM so that’s on here and it works very well. Okay, let’s bring it all in. So Windows 10 on ARM
is still growing a lot but we’ve made so much movement here over the last few months. One area we need to see improvement upon is gonna be app compatibility with things outside of the store. That should be coming with that
new Windows development kit that’s out now. If I had to summarize this device, it’s strong point is definitely
going to be battery life. It’s just absolutely incredible. It’s also just really good using it as a word processing type laptop so if you love writing a lot, if you’re always responding to e-mails, browsing the web, using Office, well this device is gonna be yours. Yes you can use a pen on it. I would still not draw on it as an artist but for taking notes it’s actually okay. It’s also just got a
really decent screen on it. It’s not too heavy, it’s
2.65 pounds, 1.2 kilograms so it’s still lighter than
most laptops out there but really the selling point here is that always connected
ability, instant on, 4G LTE, as well as
really good battery life. Now at $800 it’s not particularly cheap but this is the lowest price we’ve seen with this feature set for such a device and I’m actually pretty happy about that. To put that in comparison
the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 is $1000, so $200 more than this. Sure the display is better and
it’s a different form factor but that’s 200 bucks. On the other end you get
the Surface Go with LTE which is a really fun device as well but that’s $679 plus you need the keyboard so you’re right at about $800 now. That’s a very different device. It’s 10 inches, it’s
smaller, but for battery life it’s night and day between these two so you gotta decide what’s more important, the form factor or the battery life? I’m really impressed though with what Lenovo’s pulled off here and I’m really excited by
these device categories, the super thin, light computing device and I enjoy using it a lot, too. If you’re a student or you’re a worker? Well this is something
definitely to consider. If you’re a little bit on the
edge with Windows 10 on ARM well you’d probably want
to wait a few more months because there’s gonna be some
more exciting news there. They’re not gonna necessarily
come down on price, not all of them at least, but I do suspect we’ll see some more exciting
devices in the future. So there’s a quick look at
the new Lenovo Yoga C630. Now if you have more questions about this make sure you go check out our library. I’ve done a lot of videos
explaining Windows 10 on ARM and how it all works
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