14- and 15.6-inches of laptop computing elegance

14- and 15.6-inches of laptop computing elegance

As we talked about in our final Lenovo laptop computer evaluation, Lenovo is one firm that has many, many choices in terms of laptops. When you can consider a mode or use case state of affairs, Lenovo has a laptop computer for you whether or not it’s for enterprise or private use. Our Lenovo Yoga C940 evaluation takes a have a look at the 14 and 15-inch variations of the corporate’s latest 2-in-1 laptops that are fairly elegant wanting. Learn on to see what we considered them!

Specs

The Lenovo Yoga C940 laptops despatched to us have the next options and specs (configurable when ordering):

Mannequin 14″: C940-14IIL 81Q9
15″: C940-15IRH 81TE
Show 14″: 14″ UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS, touchscreen, shiny, HDR 400, 500nits (14” FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, touchscreen, shiny, 400 nits obtainable)
15″: 15.6” FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, shiny, touchscreen, VESA-Licensed Show HDR™ 400 with Dolby Imaginative and prescient™, 500 nits (15.6” UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS, shiny, touchscreen, VESA-Licensed Show HDR™ 400 with Dolby Imaginative and prescient™, 500 nits additionally obtainable)
CPU 14″: Intel i7-1065G7 @ 1.3GHz, as much as 3.90GHz with Turbo Enhance (10th Gen Intel Core i5 additionally obtainable)
15″: Intel® Core™ i7-9750H Processor (2.60 GHz, as much as 4.50 GHz with Turbo Enhance, 6 Cores, 12 Threads, 12 MB Cache), (As much as 9th Technology Intel® Core™ i9-9880H with vPro (2.30GHz, as much as 4.80GHz with Turbo Enhance, Eight cores, 16MB Cache) obtainable)
RAM 14″: 16GB LPDDR4X 3733 MHz
15″: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz
Storage 14″: 512GB+32GB Optane SSD (as much as 2TB SSD PCIe obtainable)
15″: 512GB+32GB Optane SSD (As much as 2TB SSD, PCIe-NVMe M.2 obtainable)
Graphics 14″: Intel Iris Plus Graphics
15″: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 4GB
Digicam 720p HD
Audio Rotating Sound Bar with Dolby Atmos Speaker System
2x far-field microphones
Keyboard 14″: Backlit
15″: Backlit with numeric keypad
Connectivity 14″: Intel® 802.11AX (2 x 2) WiFi 6 or Intel® 802.11AC (2 x 2), Bluetooth 5.0
15: Intel® 802.11AC (2 x 2) WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
Ports 14″: 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Kind-C / Intel Thunderbolt™ 3 (Energy Supply, DisplayPort), USB-A 3.1 Gen 2, Headphone/mic combo
15″: 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Kind-C / Intel Thunderbolt™ 3 (Energy Supply, DisplayPort), 1x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, Headphone/mic combo
Battery 14″: Four Cell (as much as 15 hours FHD, 12 hours with UHD)
15″: Four Cell (as much as 12 hours with FHD, 9 hours with UHD), Speedy Cost
Safety Fingerprint reader
TrueBlock Privateness Shutter
Working System Home windows 10 Dwelling (Home windows 10 Professional obtainable)
Colors Iron Gray, MICA obtainable for 14-inch
Dimensions 14″: 320.Three x 215.6 x 14.5-15.7mm (12.61 x 8.54 x 0.57-0.61”)
15″: 355.2 x 238.39 x 17.5-19.7mm (13.98 x 9.38 x 0.68-0.77”)
Weight 14″: Beginning at 2.89 lbs (1.35 kg)
15″: Beginning at 4.41 lbs (2.Zero kg)

What’s within the field

  • 14″ Yoga C940-14IIL
    • Yoga C940 14″
    • Lenovo Pen
    • 65W AC adapter
    • Four Cell 60Wh inside battery
    • Fast begin information
  • 15.6″ Yoga C940-15IRH
    • Yoga C940 15.6”
    • Lenovo Pen
    • 135W AC adapter
    • Four Cell 69Wh inside battery
    • Fast begin information
What's included with the Lenovo Yoga C940 15" laptop
What’s included with the Lenovo Yoga C940 15″ laptop computer.

Design

There’s no query the Lenovo Yoga C940 laptops are modern wanting. Each the 14- and 15-inch variations look very related with a couple of minor variations which I’ll level out after I get there. Our 15-inch evaluation unit got here within the Iron Gray color whereas the 14-inch we reviewed was the goldish Mica color. The lids on each are clean with the Yoga brand imprinted in a shiny end within the higher left nook (when wanting on the laptop computer from the again with the lid raised).

When the laptop computer is closed, the huge hinge has the Lenovo brand on one aspect and 7 or 9 rows of dots, relying on the laptop computer dimension. These dots are literally a part of the rotating Dolby Atmos soundbar Lenovo has carried out within the design. Opening up every laptop computer and also you’ll discover the identical Lenovo brand and row of dots which provides it an attention-grabbing look. Extra on that later within the sound part. This hinge additionally permits the laptop computer display to flip round so it may be utilized in laptop computer, tent, stand, or pill mode.

As soon as opened, the show has a skinny bodily high and aspect borders with barely thicker in-screen borders. The underside on each is a bit thicker as nicely. The front-facing digital camera is centered within the high and features a privateness shutter. When closed, a crimson dot seems in the course of the digital camera to let you already know the digital camera is turned off/hidden from broadcasting your picture.

The Lenovo Yoga C940 14- (left) and 15-inch laptops
The Lenovo Yoga C940 14- (left) and 15-inch laptops.

Each laptops sport chiclet-style keyboards, the 15-inch a full-sized keyboard with quantity pad whereas the 14-inch does with out the quantity pad. Each function 5 full-sized rows and a sixth half-height row on the highest. The highest row is the place your perform keys, quantity, brightness, and different controls are positioned. As well as, the 15-inch mannequin has media playback controls simply above the quantity pad. Whereas each laptops have been first rate sufficient for typing, I did just like the 15-inch C940 higher because the 14-inch keyboard felt a bit comfortable and spongy.

The trackpad is centered for probably the most half beneath the spacebar on the 14-inch mannequin with the fingerprint scanner beneath the far proper of the keyboard. On the 15-inch mannequin, nonetheless, the touchpad is extra to the left, being centered beneath the spacebar. The fingerprint scanner is in direction of the best, however not fairly to the sting of the alphanumeric keyboard and to the left of the numpad.

The left aspect of every laptop computer has 4 ports. Each have a 3.5mm audio jack and two USB Kind-C ports. On the 14-inch, the charging is supplied over USB Kind-C so the ultimate port close to the again is USB-A. On the 15-inch, nonetheless, the laptop computer is powered by Lenovo’s rectangular energy plug in order that port is close to the again. On the best aspect of every, you’ll discover the ability button close to the again. On the 15-inch, you’ll additionally discover a USB-A port in direction of the again and the included Lively Pen slot in direction of the entrance.

The front and back edges of the Yoga C940 are fairly clear, with one distinction between them each. The Lively Pen slot is on the again proper edge (when utilizing the laptop computer) as a substitute of in direction of the entrance on the best fringe of the 15-inch model. In the midst of the entrance, on the lid edge, is a bit the juts out barely with the phrases Yoga 9 SERIES stamped into it for a pleasant elegant contact.

The Lenovo Yoga c940 14- and 15-inch laptops have sleek details
The Lenovo Yoga c940 14- and 15-inch laptops have modern particulars.

The underside of every laptop computer is comparatively the identical. Every sports activities lengthy skinny rubber strips close to the entrance and the again to boost the laptop computer up barely when used on a desk. In entrance of the again one are two rows of vents for airflow. The primary twin audio system are close to the entrance, in direction of the aspect edges on the bigger mannequin and in direction of the entrance edge on the smaller mannequin.

One factor I did discover, nonetheless, was that they have been each sort of arduous to open with one hand. Although the lid does have the center piece that juts out barely, there’s not a lot grip there for single handed opening because it tends to life the whole entrance of the laptop computer up. It’s minor and I did get round it, however I discover it’s not as simple to open as different laptops.

General although, the Lenovo Yoga C940 laptops are a few of the sleekest wanting I’ve seen.

Show

Each fashions include plenty of display choices. For our evaluation items, the 14″ got here with a 4K show whereas our 15.6″ mannequin got here with an FHD 1080p show.

The 14" UHD display on the Lenovo Yoga C940 14" laptop
The 14″ UHD show on the Lenovo Yoga C940 14″ laptop computer.

Yoga C940 14″

Our Lenovo Yoga C940 14-inch evaluation unit got here with the 4K UHD display. With UHD on a 14-inch display, nonetheless, I discover I’ve to scale Home windows 10 to about 250-300%. Even zoomed, it’s good and crisp. It’s nice for watching 4K UHD HDR content material from Netflix in addition to enhancing images and movies. Whereas the upper decision can translate into extra actual property on bigger screens, because of the scale degree, you’re not getting far more actual property for working right here.

Yoga C940 15.6″

For probably the most half, 1080p continues to be a good decision for a 15.6-inch laptop computer. Textual content is simple to prepared and continues to be fairly crisp for probably the most half. Whereas there’s a noticeable distinction between a 1080p and 4K show, to be sincere, it doesn’t actually have an effect on my productiveness both means. The one profit to a decrease decision display is longer battery life, which we’ll talk about shortly.

Basic show observations

Within the case of each techniques, the touchscreen was responsive and labored as anticipated. Nevertheless, being a touchscreen, the shiny display made it a bit arduous to work in brighter circumstances, like outdoors on the deck. Sadly, you’re not going to essentially be capable to get away from that an excessive amount of except you order a matte display protector.

The working system responded relying on the kind of orientation (laptop computer, stand, tent, or pill) mode used and I didn’t have any points performing duties with the touchscreen. Whereas 4K UHD could appear overkill on a smaller display, it’s positively very crisp. That being mentioned, the FHD decision on the 15-inch was first rate sufficient and will suffice for many customers. Actually, it is dependent upon what sort of labor you do and in the event you’re keen to sacrifice battery life with the next decision display.

Software program

So far as software program is worried, the Lenovo C940 Yoga is obtainable with Home windows 10 Dwelling or Home windows 10 Professional. Home windows 10 Dwelling will work for many customers whereas Professional provides a couple of extra business-focused choices.

There are a couple of further functions that come pre-installed, however not many. Except for Lenovo Vantage, LenovoUtility, and Lenovo Pen Settings, the C940 ships with a McAfee trial pre-installed as nicely. Lenovo Vantage permits customers to simply replace drivers, run diagnostics, request help, and even study extra concerning the options and performance of the C940. LenovoUtility reveals an onscreen icon every time one of many Fn keys is pressed whereas Lenovo Pen Settings allow you to configure the Lenovo Lively Pen. Lastly, McAfee is one in all two anti-virus applications that come pre-installed on most techniques. Personally, I uninstall McAfee and simply use the default Home windows 10 safety software program.

Efficiency

With 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSDs, each techniques carried out nicely, albeit with barely completely different configurations. The largest distinction I discovered in efficiency was when operating video games with the 15.6-inch performing higher because of the higher video card and decrease decision display. As for each day enterprise sort functions, each techniques carried out simply effective. I had no points with enhancing images via Lightroom or Photoshop and enhancing 4K video on both system with Premiere was greater than ample. I may have a number of tabs open in Microsoft Edge similtaneously enhancing images and I may change backwards and forwards with ease and with none noticeable lag or decelerate. Given each techniques as reviewed have been powered by Intel Core i7 processors, I didn’t anticipate something much less performance-wise.

Each techniques additionally include the Lenovo Pen. Whereas I are inclined to navigate quick sufficient with a mouse and keyboard, having a pen included truly enticed me to make use of the touchscreen performance much more for some duties. As soon as I obtained used to it, I didn’t have any points with utilizing the pen as a substitute of a mouse.

Sound High quality

As talked about above, the Yoga C940-series 2-in-1 laptops have a rotating soundbar within the hinge along with the 2 audio system beneath the underside. One of many foremost points with sound on a 2-in-1 laptop computer is that it adjustments relying on how you’ve the system oriented.

The rotating soundbar hinge on the Lenovo Yoga C940 laptops feature Dolby Atmos sound
The rotating soundbar hinge on the Lenovo Yoga C940 laptops function Dolby Atmos sound.

I’ve to confess, after I first seen the soundbar within the hinge, I instantly appreciated the innovation. That may be assuming, in fact, that it labored as marketed. When coupled with the traditional downfiring audio system, the soundbar hinge positively provides further output and an additional degree of encompass to the laptop computer. I’ve watched films on laptops earlier than, generally begrudgingly as a result of sound, different instances with headphones connected. Within the case of the C940s nonetheless, I can actually say that you simply gained’t thoughts watching films on it with out having to succeed in for headphones.

The sound is just not solely clear, crisp, and loud, however it additionally has a greater stage presence when watching movies or taking part in video games. Even listening to music is extra fulfilling with a fuller sound. When you’re nonetheless not going to be getting stellar bass ranges, they’re higher than most laptops. All in all, including an built-in soundbar within the hinge is a superb use of this normally wasted area. It’s one thing I’d like to see carried out in much more laptops, not simply 2-in-1s because it’ll make sure to give laptops throughout the board a good sound enhance.

Digicam

Relating to the cameras on the Lenovo Yoga C940-series laptops, it’s fairly commonplace fare. Each are outfitted with a 720p webcam centered on the highest of the display. As we’ve talked about right here earlier than, it’d be good to see 1080p webcams on laptops turn into the norm, particularly given extra folks being compelled to work at home. On that be aware, the 720p digital camera is greater than appropriate for work and different video-conferencing when wanted.

As appears to be commonplace on Lenovo laptops as of late, the Yoga C940s have a TrueBlock Privateness Shutter. A bodily shutter, it slides over the front-facing webcam to offer you privateness when not in use. When coated, an orange dot is displayed the place the digital camera is.

Battery Life

As I’ve talked about in earlier evaluations, I’m notoriously arduous on laptops in terms of battery life. I personally refuse to make use of the most effective battery setting which is the place most firms get their lengthy battery life claims from. I a lot personally want the higher efficiency setting and can begrudgingly use the higher battery for testing.

Duties for testing together with primary net searching, doc version, and the odd video watching. Even with its decrease 1080p decision on the 15.6-inch model, I used to be solely in a position to get about 5 hours of battery life on higher efficiency. This included utilizing it at 75% brightness, no backlighting on the keyboard, an exterior mouse, and Wi-Fi connection. When set to raised battery, I used to be in a position to get about 6 1/2 hours.

Apparently sufficient, the 14-inch model, with its 4K show and smaller display obtained about 6 hours with the identical parameters because the 15.6-inch on higher efficiency. On higher battery, I used to be in a position to get about 7 hours on a single cost. Given Lenovo claims as much as 10 hours on a single cost for the UHD mannequin we examined (as much as 15 hours for the FHD display), it’s not too dangerous contemplating we weren’t utilizing the most effective battery setting.

Worth/Worth

With a beginning MSRP of US$1,099.99 for the Lenovo Yoga C940 14″ and $1,359.99 for the 15.6″ model, these laptops are fairly fairly priced for what you get. In fact, the extra upgrades you add, the pricier these turn into. For instance, the 14-inch with Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, UHD show, and 2TB SSD will value slightly below $1,800. However, the 15.6-inch UHD model with 16GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD will set you again slightly below $2600. Nonetheless, at that value you might be getting a reasonably beefy, skinny, slick wanting laptop computer with nice efficiency.

Wrap-up

Whereas the Lenovo Yoga C740 laptops are geared extra in direction of the common client, the Yoga C940 sequence will meet the calls for of creatives and enterprise professionals. With 4K UHD choices in addition to a comparatively skinny and light-weight design, the Lenovo Yoga 940 is a slick-looking laptop computer with first rate efficiency.

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Lenovo YOGA C940 14″

US$1,099+

Lenovo Yoga C940 14" laptop keyboard


Nailed it

  • Smooth, mild design
  • Implausible UHD show choice with HDR
  • First rate efficiency
  • Consists of Lenovo Pen
  • Built-in rotating hinge soundbar provides to sound high quality
  • Pretty fairly priced given specs and efficiency


Wants work

  • Keyboard a bit comfortable and spongy
  • Battery life o.okay.
  • Shiny, reflective screens make working outside troublesome
  • A bit difficult to open with one hand



 

Lenovo YOGA C940 15″

US$1,359.99+

Lenovo Yoga C940 15.6" laptop keyboard


Nailed it

  • Very elegant and slick design
  • Nice efficiency relying on specs
  • First rate FHD display with HDR
  • Built-in rotating hinge soundbar provides to sound high quality
  • Consists of Lenovo Pen
  • Pretty fairly priced given specs and efficiency


Wants work

  • Not the brightest at max brightness
  • 15-inch mannequin does not use USB Kind-C charging
  • Battery life o.okay.
  • A bit difficult to open with one hand
  • Nonetheless makes use of proprietary Lenovo charging plug as a substitute of USB Kind-C



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