We are still seeing a lot of Chromebooks intended for consumers and bathrooms classy, but sophisticated business models are increasingly popular. Lenovo's ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook (starting at $ 584; $ 859 as tested) might be the most sophisticated yet. This 13.3-inch convertible lives up to the ThinkPad name with a TrackPoint pointing device in the keyboard and MIL-STD 810G certification against road hazards such as shock, vibration, and extreme temperature and humidity. It's even available with a display 4K OLED. This is nots cheap, but neither is it plagued by the fatal shock of the sticker its rival has HP Elite c1030 Chromebook Enterprise is, and overall it is impressive enough to win the Editors 'Choice award for professional Chromebooks. Think of it as a premium desktop 2-in-1 that runs Chrome OS instead of Windows.
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The ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook also has a AMD processor instead of an Intel processor. (Last fall, AMD released a series of five Ryzen and Athlon "C series processors, specially designed for use in Chromebooks.) A $ 584 lowball system features a dual-core Athlon Gold 3150C chip, 4GB of RAM, and worse (meven a double size be skinny) 32GB eMMC flash storage. Our $ 859 review unit upgrades to a 2.1GHz Ryzen 5 3500C quad-core processor with Radeon Vega integrated graphics, 8GB of memory, and a generous 256GB PCI Express SSD. Both models share a display. Full HD IPS touchscreen (1920 x 1080 pixels) with 300 nits of brightness.
Our test machine also has a fingerprint reader digital, a universal stylus Initiative stylus hidden in a slot on the front edge and two cameras. The first camera is a webcam with a privacy shutter, centered above the screen; the second is a 5 megapixel camera facing the world above the keyboard, suitable for taking snapshots while maintaining Yoga in tablet mode. A step forward compared to our test model, thehe 4K OLED version is better value for money at $ 968; it not only has a brighter and better resolution screen, but also a faster (Ryzen 7 3700C) processor and 16 GB of RAM.
Finished in a very deep navy llic blue instead of the usual ThinkPad black, the Lenovo's aluminum chassis measures 0.61 by 12.1 by 8.4 inches and weighs 3.3 pounds, matching more or less at its 13.3-inch convertible rivals the Dell Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chromebook Enterprise (0.76 x 12 x 8.2 in, 3.2 lb). The HP Elite c1030 has a 13.5-inch screen with a squarer aspect ratio of 3: 2 rather than 16: 9; it's a bit lighter at 2.9 pounds. The Asus 's 14 inch Chromebook Flip C436 is more lightweight but at 2.6 pounds.
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The usual Chrome logo is joined by the familiar ThinkPad diagonal badge (with a glowing dot on the i) on the cover. Half-flat bezels surround the 1080p display, which two hinges allow to flip and fold into the tablet, easel, and tent modes familiar to other Yogas and 2-in-1 vendors. Screen barely flickers when typed in gold modeportable dinator; there is almost no flex if you grab its corners or tap the keyboard.
We're giving big bonus points to the few Chromebooks that have HDMI video output instead of messing around with a USB-C DisplayPort dongle to plug in an external monitor. The C13 has one on its right side, with a USB 3.2 Type-C port, volume rocker, power button and a security cable lock notch. The left edge contains another USB-C port, two USB 3.2 Type-A ports, audio jack and microSD card slot. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth provide wireless communications.
A pleasure to use
Like the other panels rated at 300 nits of brightness, the touchscreen is sunny enough - I wouldn't mind being able to crank it up a notch or two more, but the white backgrounds are decently crisp instead of dull . Colors are rich and well saturated if not exactly vivid; contrast is good and viewing angles are wide.
Fine details are crisp, but using the native resolution of 1080p makes it look screen elements are small. So, as with most Chromebooks, you can choose from a variety of "looks like " resolution settings to suit your tastes. (The default is 1536 x 864.)
Lenovo claims that the supplied stylus receives sufficient charge in its slot in 15 seconds to operate for 100 minutes and offers 2,048 levels of sensitivity.e to pressure. It followed with precision and showed good palm rejection when I tried to draw in Chrome Canvas, but it wasn't f smart enough to keep up with quick scribbles without jumping.
Backlit keyboard has a typing feel eye-catching and the usual Chromebook layout, with a search / menu key in place of the caps and browser lock and system control keys along the top row. The TrackPoint cursor controller has three buttons to the south of the space bar, giving users who don't mind the usual two-finger press in Chrome OS a real right-click button to play with. The TrackPoint and touchpad work smoothly and responsively.
The 720p webcam and 2,592 x 1,944-pixel keyboard camera capture fairly crisp, colorful and well lit, although it is inconvenient holding the system in tablet mode to take a picture. Side speakers produce muffled and muffled sound; the bass is weak and the overlapping tracks are flattened. Lenovo backs the ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook with a one year warranty.
Performance tests: Chrome Comparison of convertible OS
For our benchmark graphics, I pitted the mid-to-high-priced C13 to four 2-in-1s with a variety of Intel s processors. The Asus Chromebook Flip C436 has a Core i3. The Dell Latitude 5300 2 Chromebook Enterprise-en-1 is equipped with a Core i5. The same goes for the Acer Chromebook Spin, winner of the Editors 'Choice 713 price, which like the Core i7-based HP Elite c1030 Chromebook Enterprise has a 13.5-inch display with a 3: 2 aspect ratio. more on how we test laptops . )
It followed the Core i7 Elite, but the ThinkPad's Ryzen 5 processor kept pace with its Core i5 rivals. Opening a dozen browser tabs or streaming 1080p videos isn't a challenge.
HP and Dell took the lead, but the Yoga delivered solid midrange performance. They're all sleek and relatively fast Chromebooks, a cut above most mainstream models.
We have added the PCMark test for Android Work 2.0 from UL to our program.amme Chromebook. This test suite runs in a small smartphone-style window and mimics productivity operations ranging from text and image editing to creating data graphics and video playback.
The five contenders for this benchmark Didn't separate much. The Lenovo almost caught the HP Core i7, showing a high aptitude for Android apps and games.
Finally, to test the battery life of a computer portable, we loop a 720p video file with the screen brightness set to 50%, audio volume to 100% and Wi-Fi and keyboard backlight off until the system turns off. Sometimes we have to play video from an external SSD plugged into a USB-C port, but the growing number of Chromebooks with SSD flash drives instead ofeMMC flash drives have room to store them locally.
Lasting just under nine hours, the C13 has demonstrated unprecedented endurance by today's ultraportable standards, but he should have no trouble getting through a full day's work.
A worthy addition to the ThinkPad line
To $ 859 as tested, the ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook is a bit pricey compared to, say, the $ 629 Acer Spin 713, although it's a bargain alongside the $ 1,529 HP Elite c1030. Still, we could see the consumers and entrepreneurs looking for a first-class Chrome OS convertible are very happy with it, andcompanies adopting Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) will find it perfectly suited. It 's a publisher of merit ' Winner of choice for companies wishing to go outside of Windows.
Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chro Specifications mebook
| Laptop Class || Professional, 2-in-1 convertible, Chromebook |
| Processor || AMD Ryzen 5 3500C |
| Processor speed || 2.1 GHz |
| RAM (as tested) || 8 GB |
| Boot drive type || SSD |
| Boot disk capacity (as tested) || 256 GB |
| Screen size || 13.3 inches |
| Native display resolution || 1920 by 1080 |
| Touchscreen || Yes |
| Panel technology || IPS |
| Support for variable refresh || None |
| Refresh rate of the 'screen || 60 Hz |
| Graphics processor || AMD Radeon Vega Mobile Graphics |
| Wireless network || Bluetooth, 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) |
| Dimensions (HWD) || 0, 61 x 12.1 x 8.4 inches |
| Weight || 3.3 lb |
| Operating system || Google Chrome OS |
| Battery life tested (hours: minutes) || 8:50 |