HP Spectre x360 Vs Lenovo Yoga C930 (2020)

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We tested and compared the HPSpectre x360 versus the Lenovo Yoga C930 in terms of Performance, Display, Keyboard, Battery Quality and more. You will find the results of the test in the ranking below. After that we provide you with the in-depth tests of each Laptop.

Winner
2019 Lenovo Yoga C930 2-in-1 13.9" 4K UHD Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel i7, 16GB DDR4, 1TB PCI-e SSD, 2X Thunderbolt 3, Dolby Atmos Audio, Webcam, WiFi, Windows 10, Active Pen, 3 LBS, 0.6", Mica
Best Price
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0013dx Convertible 13.3inch Full HD Touchscreen Notebook Computer, Intel Core i7-8565U 1.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10 Home, Ash Silver - by HP(Renewed)
Model
Yoga C930
Spectre x360
Test Result
Test Result 9.5/10 Excellent April 2020
Test Result 9.1/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
Lenovo
HP
RAM
16GB
8GB
CPU
Intel i7-8550U
Intel Core i7-8565U
Graphics Card
Intel UHD Graphics 620
Intel UHD Graphics 620
Storage Capacity
1TB SSD
256GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
3 lbs
2.91 lbs
Pros
  • Best Performance in the Test
  • Active Pen included
  • Innovative Soundbar
  • Awesome Display
  • Fast Work speed
  • Good Display Quality
  • USB-C with Thunderbolt Technology
Cons
  • No SD-Card reader
  • Keyboard Layout weird
Winner
2019 Lenovo Yoga C930 2-in-1 13.9" 4K UHD Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel i7, 16GB DDR4, 1TB PCI-e SSD, 2X Thunderbolt 3, Dolby Atmos Audio, Webcam, WiFi, Windows 10, Active Pen, 3 LBS, 0.6", Mica
Model
Yoga C930
Test Result
Test Result 9.5/10 Excellent April 2020
Manufacturer
Lenovo
RAM
16GB
CPU
Intel i7-8550U
Graphics Card
Intel UHD Graphics 620
Storage Capacity
1TB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
3 lbs
Pros
  • Best Performance in the Test
  • Active Pen included
  • Innovative Soundbar
  • Awesome Display
Cons
  • No SD-Card reader
Best Price
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0013dx Convertible 13.3inch Full HD Touchscreen Notebook Computer, Intel Core i7-8565U 1.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10 Home, Ash Silver - by HP(Renewed)
Model
Spectre x360
Test Result
Test Result 9.1/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
HP
RAM
8GB
CPU
Intel Core i7-8565U
Graphics Card
Intel UHD Graphics 620
Storage Capacity
256GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
2.91 lbs
Pros
  • Fast Work speed
  • Good Display Quality
  • USB-C with Thunderbolt Technology
Cons
  • Keyboard Layout weird

Ranking First: Lenovo Yoga C930

Lenovo Yoga C930 review


Pros

  • Best Performance in the Test
  • Active Pen included
  • Innovative Soundbar
  • Awesome Display

Cons

  • No SD-Card reader

The Lenovo Yoga 930 represents the current spearhead of Lenovo’s consumer notebooks. You can see that immediately. The convertible brings along a kind of mini sound bar as a special feature, which takes laptop sound to a new level. For this review, we have the noble “Glass” version with a Gorilla Glass surface, which makes it even harder to take your eyes off this laptop. Would this laptop be something for you?

Real innovations in notebooks come once in a blue moon. We’d include the Touch Bar in Apple’s MacBook Pro line as the latest example, even if it’s not universally loved. Lenovo has a nerve.

At IFA 2020, the Chinese company introduced the Yoga Book C930, a hybrid tablet and notebook with two displays, one of which is an e-ink display. However, this should not be confused with the current test device, the Lenovo Yoga C930. This is a classic convertible notebook, but it also boasts an exciting new feature: a rotating sound bar!

As you probably know, Lenovo is considered the pioneer of the convertible genre with its yoga series. The laptops with the special hinges are now so sophisticated that you almost have to ask yourself why every notebook display can’t be folded over 180 degrees. But no matter if Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga or Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1, they all have a problem. The sound from the loudspeakers is in need of improvement, as it is mostly aimed at the normal laptop position.

As soon as you put the device into tent, tablet or presentation mode, thus fully exhausting the possibilities of a convertible, the sound seems out of place. The anyway mostly small speakers radiate in the completely wrong direction. This is different with the Yoga C930.

The delicate hinge of the predecessor model C920 is history. The Chinese manufacturer now accommodates two Dolby Atmos-certified speakers in a continuous hinge strip. This strip simply rotates when the display is folded down, so that the Yoga C930 sounds more or less the same from every position. And the sound is unlike anything you’ve heard on a ThinkPad Yoga X1.

The sound of the tester is not only louder without overmodulation, but much more balanced, round and room filling. We actually asked ourselves a few times in the movie rendering if we hadn’t forgotten a paired Bluetooth loudspeaker somewhere in the room. Well done, Lenovo – during movie rendering, it literally vibrates in the keyboard, even if we don’t want to put the word “bass” in our mouths. Incidentally, the two drivers in the “sound bar” are joined by two more mini speakers under the wrist-rest.

Hardware and Ports

Lenovo Yoga C930 ports

You receive the notebook with an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, eight gigabytes of memory and 256 gigabyte SSD. The 13.9 inch display has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. Further equipment lines can be found in the Lenovo configurator (Amazon).

The Yoga C930 version we have in front of us, on the other hand, is currently only available from retailers. It is the top version with Intel Core i7-8550U, 16 gigabyte RAM, 1-terabyte SSD as well as UHD touchscreen. In addition, it’s the mentioned “Glass” edition, which is also wandering around on the net under the addition “Vibes”, where the front of the lid is made of Gorilla Glass 3, which brings a pleasant change to the otherwise rather dreary notebook allurement. If you aim for the top equipment but can do without the glass front, you’ll pay $100 less.

When looking at the built-in ports, which are all found on the left side, we’re happy about a fingerprint scanner and two USB Type-C ports. Both are Thunderbolt 3-compatible; the notebook can be charged over both ports with the help of the included 65 watt power supply. A USB 3.1 port in “normal size” is also included. Lenovo doesn’t install an SD card slot, we are meanwhile also satisfied with a microSD card slot, even for an additional charge.

Regardless of the selected configuration, the Yoga C930 always has an active stylus. As in the ThinkPad Yoga X1, this finds a fixed place in the notebook when not in use, where it is charged at the same time. Practical, because this way the stylus doesn’t get lost in case you want to try things like Windows Ink.

Display

Lenovo Yoga C930 convertible Display

The surcharge for the UHD display with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, which is Dolby Vision-capable according to the manufacturer, turns out to be moderate at $120. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t blindly put a cross here in the configurator. Because the high resolution has a direct influence on the Yoga Converter’s battery life. By the way, it’s a wide-angle IPS panel, which you can open with only one hand, in both cases. We can also look at our UHD display from an acute angle without significant color distortions. We also can’t detect a brightness drop.

The illumination is evenly distributed, and the Eizo monitor test doesn’t reveal any conspicuous features like halos or the like. Unfortunately, the display reflects comparatively strongly, which is especially disturbing when working outdoors. But the window seat in the editorial office also sometimes made it necessary to realign the display during the test phase. The brightness turns out subjectively high, amounting to 300 candelas per square meter according to the manufacturer.

The touchscreen reacts precisely to input with the finger and stylus. The latter allows “hoovering” over selected entries, as you might know from the Samsung Galaxy Note series. However, from an angle of more than 110 degrees, the touchscreen bounces a little after a touch. It’s easy to live with.

Keyboard and Trackpad

If you automatically think of Lenovo’s ThinkPad series and thus of keys with an incredibly long stroke, you’ll have to rethink the Yoga C930. There are no ThinkPad keys here. The C930 keyboard doesn’t retract into the case as spectacularly as on the ThinkPad X1 Yoga when the display is flipped over.

The total of 81 keys can be illuminated in two stages. The LED illumination seems to pass the keys a bit in an oblique top view, which hardly diminishes the otherwise very high quality impression. All keys have a very clearly defined pressure point with a medium long stroke. We would place the typing feel between the new MacBook Pro keyboards with butterfly mechanism and the classic ThinkPads. In any case, it can be typed quickly and fluently on the keyboard without getting used to it. The typing noise is comparatively quiet and thus suitable for office use.

The trackpad with a diagonal of 12.5 centimeters reacts sensitively to our input and offers good gliding characteristics. The mouse pointer hooks a few times in the upper corners. The mouse substitute supports the multi-touch gestures under Windows 10 and performed its service unobtrusively and thus well during the test period.

Performance and Battery runtime

Lenovo Yoga C930 review

After a cold start, the Lenovo Yoga C930 needs an average of only a sensational 10.5 seconds before it reacts to user input again. Actually, you never get the feeling of being “underpowered” on the road with the test configuration. Good – Yoga is not a gaming laptop.

Only the Intel graphics (UHD Graphics 620) makes a big joke of all too ambitious gamer dreams. A dedicated graphic is also not available for an extra charge.

Programs and even huge Excel tables open quickly on the test device. The perceived high work rate is confirmed by the executed benchmarks.

The OpenGL test under Cinebench R15, for example, attests the Lenovo convertible an average of 55 frame repetitions per second. A look at the Cinebench points is more meaningful, though. Here it becomes clear that Lenovo reduces the initially high CPU performance bit by bit, the longer the test lasts.

You have to accept a few concessions in the battery life. Lenovo states 14 hours for the version with a Full HD display, and for the version with a UHD touchscreen, which is available to us, it should still be 9 hours. But these 9 hours are an optimal value and probably only achievable if you let the convertible display a static page in idle mode with a dimmed display.

In a typical mixed mode, consisting of surfing the net, writing emails and using word processing programs, the lights usually went out after an average of seven hours. Those who depend on long battery life for their work should therefore definitely choose the variant with a full HD screen.

Fans and Webcam

You usually do not hear the built-in fan. Surfing, texting – all this is usually done “fanless”. The blade wheel only starts up under load and then discreetly draws attention to itself with a constant hissing sound. It is not pervaded by a high-frequency sound and usually passes quickly when the load does not stop. We didn’t notice the dreaded coil whimpering in the review copy provided to us.

Like the ThinkPad Yoga X1, the Yoga C930 also has a slider with which the webcam can be mechanically closed. So you can be sure that nobody is watching you secretly. There is no option for a Windows Hello-enabled webcam. Unfortunately, the built-in webcam is not the yellow of the egg. If there is too little ambient light, the images are quickly noisy. If there is too much light, the image is quickly outshined. Then the image literally “pulsates”. Nevertheless, it’s enough for a video chat via Skype, especially since the built-in microphones are relatively good.

Verdict

The Lenovo Yoga C930 looks very good, fortunately it is just as well made and can stand out from the competition with unique features like the “sound bar” and the gorilla glass lid. We like almost everything we see.

The bottom line is that you get a premium convertible with power reserves on your desk with this model, which has been thought through in detail. Which brings the Lenovo Yoga C930 on the first Rank versus the HP Spectre x360, since its Hardware and Display is performing extraordinary well.

Ranking Second: HP Spectre x360

HP Spectre x360 review


Pros

  • Fast Work speed
  • Good Display Quality
  • USB-C with Thunderbolt Technology

Cons

  • Keyboard Layout weird

ClockHP is putting a really elegant and practical notebook-tablet combination into the market with the Spectre X360 13 in the 2019 version. Is it convincing in the test?

Perhaps the newcomer in the noble squad will convince: HP’s practical Convertible Spectre X360 13 in the retouched 20202 version? The test provides answers!

Design

Optically, the HP Spectre is a bit more sophisticated: The deep dark brown (or dark blue) case has polished, golden edges – that looks really chic. Additionally, the Spectre’s display can be folded onto the back of the keyboard.

Thanks to the touchscreen, the owner uses the HP like a tablet. Great: Despite a more elaborate hinge construction for the rotatable display, the HP is thinner than the Huawei MateBook 13 with its 19.5 millimeters (16 millimeters).

The HP weighs exactly 2.86 lbs. So it is not only nice and thin for a convertible, but also comparatively light. Just as good: Thanks to the fingerprint sensor, the HP Spectre makes it easy for users to log in to Windows, software and websites. There is also a switch on the right side of the HP that can be used to deactivate the web camera – very few notebooks have that.

Display

HP Spectre x360 screen review

That the HP Spectre X360 13 is no dazzler becomes apparent after turning it on: Its 13-inch display (33 centimeters diagonal) shows photos and movies beautifully sharp with 1920×1080 pixels.

However, the color fidelity is only 74.70 percent – this is expandable, even if it doesn’t bother you in normal office and internet applications, but does in photo and video editing. The good thing about it is that the image change was completed without streaks in just 11.5 milliseconds.

Performance

The heart of the HP Spectre X360 13 is Intel’s Core i7-8565U “Whiskey Lake” model, which has 16 gigabytes of RAM at its side in the “ap0312ng” configuration variant tested here. Operating system, programs and data are stored on a fast M.2 SSD with an effective 477 gigabytes of memory and a fast PCI Express 3.0 connection. And what about the speed? Even with complex photo and video editing, the HP worked through even the most exhausting test points really quickly.

Ports

HP Spectre x360 review

Also great: The Spectre has two USB C sockets of version 3.1 Gen 2, which work with Thunderbolt 3 technology. This means that not only data from external Thunderbolt-3 SSDs can be transferred damn fast, but also network and image signals.

Thus, users can either plug a monitor with USB-C connection directly to the HP or classic displays with HDMI or display port via adapter. In addition, the Spectre’s battery can be filled with power via one of the two USB-C sockets. The Spectre X360 also has a classic USB socket (Type A, Version 3.1 Gen 2) and a headset connection.

Battery Runtime / Fans

The battery life was also convincing: The Spectre was able to work for a full seven hours and 25 minutes without a power outlet, while video playback lasted about eight hours. These are good values!

The noise level could be improved, though: Under full load, the interior rotating fan was annoying with 1.7 sone, but it wasn’t audible at all in normal internet and office applications (0.1 sone). Useful: HP includes a protective cover made of artificial leather in the Spectre X360.

Verdict

Just under $800 is a great price for this Laptop! Instead of an ordinary Ultrabook, you also get a practical convertible – with great features, a very high work rate and a very long battery life. Which ranks second versus the Lenovo Yoga C930. But has the better price while still performing well, thats why we would advise you to buy the HP Spectre x360, if you are on a budget and don’t need the best performance (but still good).

Is Lenovo a good Laptop Brand?

Lenovo Laptops series review

Lenovo laptops are among the best known and most sought after laptops on the web. The Chinese devices often score with good prices. Lenovo offers many attractive models for little money. With the Yoga 900 series and the gaming brand Legion, Lenovo rounds off its portfolio with noble convertible and gaming laptops.

Lenovo defends its strong market position with a wide variety of products on the one hand and occasional bargain offers on the other. This even affects the manufacturer’s convertibles: They are available from 11.6 to 15.6 inches and from under $400 to almost $1000. For example, the Lenovo Yoga 720 – which currently sits in a good 10th place on our best list. Other providers cannot cover this range. Lenovo has some interesting notebooks in the range even in the cheap segment up to a maximum of $300. How the Lenovo notebook performs in the test can be found in our Ranking at the Top.

Every year, the technology portal Engadget surveys a ranking of the ten best laptop manufacturers. Engadget takes criteria like support, design, innovations and product quality into account. The biggest point was the evaluation of laptops on the relevant platforms, as the article states.

Lenovo defended its place at the top of the ranking. The Chinese manufacturer achieved 86 out of 100 possible points. HP came in very close behind with 85 points. The US company was able to make up two places in comparison to the previous year. Dell remained in third place, with 82 points.

Asus recorded significant losses. The company slipped two places and is in fourth place together with Acer. Apple (rank 7) and MSI (rank 9) also slipped two places each. Apple was mainly punished for the lack of innovation.

The biggest climber in the ranking is Microsoft. The company made up four places and loaded with 77 points in sixth place. With this, Microsoft even landed ahead of Apple.


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