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Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 Review: A Big Chromebook

Lenovo’s latest Chrome OS device is a big, speedy 2-in-1 with a lot to like.

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There are many people who are fans of Chromebooks, laptops that run Google’s lightweight Chrome OS operating system. After all, machines with the software installed have great battery life, great performance, and great security. More often than not, however, Chromebooks ship in smaller sizes with tinier screens and less processing power.

Here’s a question: what do you buy if you want a bigger Chromebook? What if you want, say, a 15-inch Chromebook with plenty of power that wont’ break the bank?

That’s the idea behind the Yoga Chrome C630, Lenovo’s latest Chrome OS-powered machine. This laptop checks a lot of boxes on the lists of Chromebook lovers, and it’s everything you’d expect out of a device of this caliber. With very little wrong with it, it’s hard to argue with what you get for the price.


Design

There’s no doubt about it, the Yoga Chromebook C630 is an attractive laptop. It boasts an aluminum design with a solid construction that feels premium. It’s not all that thin, but it should fit in the sleeve of your backpack’s 15-inch laptop compartment.

What I can’t seem to get over, however, is the weight. Given its size, you might expect the machine to weigh a bit more than an average laptop to begin with. And you’d be right. It sits at 4.2 pounds which doesn’t sound like much, but when you lug it around with you to coffee shops or school, you’ll immediately notice its presence as your bag’s shoulder pads begin to dig into your neck. If you rarely take your laptop out with you, this shouldn’t be a problem. But for everyone else, you may want to carry fewer items if you’ll be bringing this mammoth.

I’ve also noticed that the laptop likes to pick up fingerprints. I deal with aluminum laptops on a daily basis, and never have I had one that picked up this amount of smudges from my appendages. They can be wiped off with a microfiber cloth, but if you don’t keep up with them, your laptop can look ugly fast. Maybe it’s the Midnight Blue color scheme or a missing coating on top of the aluminum build. Whatever it is, prepare to constantly be wiping your computer clean.

Around the Yoga Chromebook, you’ll find a single USB-A port, two USB-C ports (both equipped to charge the laptop), a headphone jack, a power button, a microSD card slot, and a volume rocker. The reason for the latter is simple: the C630 is a convertible (hence the C in its name) and it’s much easier to control the volume with physical controls.

What is a convertible, you may ask? It means the device’s screen rotates 360 degrees so you can use the machine as a tablet, stand, tent, or standard laptop. I don’t exactly recommend using the C630 as a tablet given its weight and overall size, but the other convertible form factors could prove useful if you wanna watch a movie or read.


Display

Speaking of the display, Lenovo includes a large 15.6-inch 1920×1080 touchscreen with the Yoga Chromebook C630. A 4K panel is available if you want it, but I’ve found the Full HD resolution to be sufficient enough. Colors are reproduced nicely, contrasts are okay, sharpness could be a bit better, and brightness is decent enough. Overall, I wouldn’t call this screen fantastic, but it isn’t bad by any means. It gets the job done, essentially, and that’s good enough for most people.

I will note that the C630 comes with some pretty sizeable bezels, especially at the bottom where a gigantic chin lives. For the price of the laptop, this is to be expected, but I thought I’d just mention it since I couldn’t help but stare at the big black bars around my screen during day-to-day operations.


Performance

Lenovo sent me the Yoga Chromebook C630 with an Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 64GB of solid-state storage. A spec blend like is enough to make any Windows 10 laptop run well, and it’s even better with the C630. Chrome OS runs excellently with this hardware, with the i3 and 8GB of RAM managing to handle 10 to 15 tabs open at once like a champ. I will admit, the 64GB of storage isn’t enough for practically any laptop buyer, but Gogle does offer 100GB of Drive cloud-based storage for $20 a year which will greatly improve your storage experience with this laptop.

The specs under the hood are also sufficient for running Android apps. The Yoga Chromebook C630 ships with Android app and Google Play Store support out of the box, giving you access to the apps you already have on your phone or tablet right on your laptop. Games such as Alto’s Odyssey run at high frame rates with little to no interruptions, while other apps like Spotify and Hulu perform as you’d expect.

In a nutshell, you won’t have to worry about the performance with the Yoga Chromebook C630. Considering I didn’t have any problems with this model which serves as the cheapest available, I’m pretty confident you won’t run into any snags or hitches on the day to day.


Keyboard and Trackpad

One of the most important factors in a laptop is its keyboard and trackpad. With the Yoga Chromebook C630, there’s nothing to worry about. The keyboard offers a comfortable typing experience for longer periods along with extra clicky keys. They are relatively loud, but they shouldn’t bother others around you in a quiet environment.

Meanwhile, the glass trackpad is a pure delight. It’s smooth and silky and doesn’t have me scrammering for my Bluetooth mouse. I do wish it were a bit bigger, but it’s fine.


Battery Life

Finally, let’s talk battery life. Chromebooks are known to have some of the best endurance of any laptops on the market, and the Yoga Chromebook C630 is no exception. It packs in a 56Whr cell which is good for around 10 to 12 hours of usage on a full charge. This should give the average person at least a day or two before plugging in.

When you do need to plug in, the USB-C on the left gives you 50 percent of the battery’s capacity in around an hour and half. That isn’t bad by any means, but it isn’t impressive or record-setting. It’s decent, and that’s all that matters.


Conclusion

When you consider every feature of the Yoga Chromebook C630, you realize this is a well-balanced laptop with plenty of features and power for the price. At $599, it’s hard to argue with what you get.

Do I recommend the C630 to big Chromebook seekers? Yup. It checks a lot of boxes and gives you a good experience for the money. It’s a big Chromebook, and if you want one, it’s one of the only ones you should be looking at.

Rating: 8/10

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