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Lenovo Yoga C930 Review: It could have been the best

It’s just missing one thing…

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It was during IFA 2018 when Lenovo introduced their latest premium convertible for consumers — the Yoga C930. It doesn’t have a good name, but it does offer everything a Yoga should, especially in media consumption.

Notebooks with flipping displays, like the Yoga lineup, are not just designed for typing. Most manufacturers market their convertibles to be perfect for entertainment, yet they largely fail in one aspect where they should shine — audio.

When Lenovo introduced the Yoga C930 with the rotating soundbar and Dolby Atmos, I hoped that it was not just a marketing ploy. But, is it? Let me share my thoughts about Lenovo’s newest convertible.

No fuss design

The Yoga C930 has a metal shell with a familiar aesthetic from Lenovo. My unit has a dark finish that’s aptly named Iron Gray. If you want a lighter shade, Lenovo is also offering the notebook in Mica, which is close to white. Everything about the body of the Yoga C930 screams premium; nothing here looks cheap or ugly.

To make it more special, the sides and the hinge of the Yoga C930 have a brushed finish. It’s a minor touch, but it’s highly noticeable whenever you’re checking where you should plug your peripherals. I also think that it helps hide unsightly scratches and gives the notebook a bit of shine.

While we’re at it, the available ports on the Yoga C930 are generally okay. It’s got two Thunderbolt 3 ports that fully support PowerDelivery, DisplayPort, and USB 3.1 functions. Both Thunderbolt 3 ports employ 4x lanes for PCIe, so you can connect the Yoga C930 to an external GPU, which is good because this laptop doesn’t have a dedicated graphics unit.

Apart from a couple of versatile USB-C interfaces, there’s also a classic full-size USB that we all know and love. Thankfully, Lenovo knows that this is still a widely used port and bringing a dongle just to read a thumb drive is a hassle. The 3.5mm audio port is also available when you need to plug in a pair of wired headphones.

All of the ports on the Yoga C930 are on its left side, leaving the right with just the power button. There are no volume buttons, either.

While I appreciate that Lenovo provided both USB-A and USB-C ports, I was still hoping for more; another USB-C with PowerDelivery on the right and a full-size SD card reader would do. The Yoga C930 is slim, but it’s not ultra-slim like the fan-less MacBook which got away with having one port (or maybe two if you count the headphone jack).

The Yoga C930 has a fairly large 14-inch display (13.9 inches according to Lenovo), but with minimum side bezels. Since this is made for watching videos, the aspect ratio is still stuck at 16:9.

There are two resolutions available for the Lenovo C930: Full HD or Ultra HD. The one I have here is just the Full HD variant, but it still has the key feature: Dolby Vision. The best way to fully appreciate the display is to play an HDR or Dolby Vision-enabled title. You can find some on Netflix if you’re using the highest-tier plan.

The display gets bright enough to be used outdoors and really dim when you need it to. It’s vibrant and has deep blacks even if it’s only an LCD panel.

When watching a video, I prefer to use the Yoga C930 in Tent mode. It can also be used in Stand mode with the keyboard facing down, but for some reason, Lenovo didn’t put little rubber feet to protect the keyboard when placed on a surface. You have to be cautious where you place the notebook or you risk scratching it.

The integrated soundbar of the Yoga C930 is designed to always face the user. That’s another advantage of watching videos in Tent mode; the speaker is facing upwards. I get to hear the sound directly without any muffle. I must say, the Yoga C930 has one of the clearest speakers I’ve tried on a notebook. It gets really loud, too.

It even has Dolby Atmos to enhance it further, but it’s not as immersive as advertised. To be fair though, I get to hear the stereo effect better than on other notebooks.

The device is least useful (for me) when it’s in Tablet mode. The Yoga C930 is too heavy to be a tablet, plus the 16:9 aspect ratio makes it feel like I’m reading from a really tall magazine. But, this is where the built-in pen comes in handy. The integrated stylus makes it easy for doodlers to annotate on screen.

Fast but not incredible

Let’s talk about power. The Yoga C930 I have is powered by the latest 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor paired with 12GB DDR4 memory and a 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD. Configurations may vary in some regions, so the Yoga C930 in your stores might be more powerful or inferior.

There’s one thing that’s missing though, and it’s not an option anyone can get either: discrete graphics.

As mentioned, the Yoga C930 is not an ultraportable. It has nowhere near the portability of Dell’s XPS 13 or even Lenovo’s own Yoga Book. It’s big enough to house at least a modest NVIDIA GeForce MX150 — just like the latest ZenBook from ASUS.

My usage includes multiple tabs on Chrome, some slight editing on Photoshop, and hours of binge-watching on Netflix. I primarily used the notebook for typing and browsing, which are not heavy tasks.

So far, I had no major performance issues during my time with the Yoga C930. I didn’t bother to install games because it lacks discrete graphics.

Of course, the notebook runs Windows 10. I got the October 2018 update just last week, and it made the dark mode better. It matches the gray motif of the device.

It’s ideal for my own use

Putting all the technical specifications aside, the Yoga C930 has been a great companion.

Aside from the soundbar, I also fully appreciate the notebook’s keyboard. It’s not as great as the one on ThinkPads, but it’s good enough for me. It’s well-spaced and has a good amount of key travel.

The touchpad uses Microsoft Precision drivers and it fully supports all the gestures of Windows 10. It has a glass surface and picks up all the inputs. A responsive touchpad and a good keyboard is the combo I need for work.

There’s also something about the craftsmanship of the Yoga C930 that gives assurance that it’s a well-built device. Perhaps it’s the balance between weight and dimensions.

Lastly, the webcam has a physically cover — just like a ThinkPad’s. It’s nice to see nifty features of Lenovo’s business laptops on a consumer device. I don’t have to cover the webcam anymore with a piece of tape.

Great battery life

I am generally impressed with the longevity of the Yoga C930. Lenovo promises all-day battery life, but we all know that is somehow a stretch. Based on my usage, I get around eight to nine hours. I also experience about the same when watching Netflix non-stop.

It’ll not beat records, but I am always assured that even if I leave my charger at home, I know I can rely on the Yoga C930 to get me through a full day.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

You probably already think that this is my GadgetMatch, which I’ll not deny. I had a good time with the Yoga C930, despite its shortcomings. It’s a premium convertible that managed to meet my expectations. I’m hoping Lenovo will soon have an option with discrete graphics. For now, you can maximize the device by plugging in an external GPU.

The Yoga C930 has a starting price of US$ 1,399. It’s a bit pricier than I expected from its specs, but it’s a premium convertible that offers more versatility than regular laptops.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo IdeaPad 530S, 330S, 330: Which is right for you?

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Huawei Matebook 16s: Bigger, better, brighter

For a bolder you

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Bigger isn’t always better. But Huawei begs to differ. 

After seeing some success with their MateBook D15 laptop, the company decided to up the ante in literally every category imaginable.

This is the Huawei MateBook 16s. As the name suggests, it is a big boy. But it’s more than just a bigger MateBook. Huawei also made sure to up the specs for better overall performance. All while also adding some smart features, making it a bright work companion. 

Let’s break down how this bigger, better, and brighter laptop is great for a bolder you. 

Bigger

First and clearly most noticeable is the 16-inch display. It’s touchscreen and also has a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio. That’s sexy. 

You’re also getting a 3 by 2 screen aspect ratio which is great if you’re pulling windows side-by-side for multitasking. Lastly, it makes sure your eyes are protected with a TUV Rheinland certification for both Blue Light and Flicker. 

It’s also designed with creatives in mind. The screen’s color accuracy is professional-grade. So, for creative work like touching up images, video editing, and anything of the sort, you can rest easy knowing the display is showing the right colors.

After work, you can kick-back, relax and watch videos comfortably.The big screen is great for binge-watching Netflix series or just getting lost in a YouTube blackhole. The speakers on the side help make the viewing experience even more pleasant and immersive.  

The Matebook 16s maintains the unibody design. It looks sleek and sturdy despite the larger body. And the larger body also lends to a more comfortable full-sized keyboard. The keys have a satisfying travel and are spaced just right. You also get a large glass touchpad, making navigation an absolute breeze. 

The bigger body also means more ports. On the right side, you’ll find  two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports. And on the left side, you get two USB-C ports, one of which is thunderbolt 4. Alongside it are the HDMI port and 3.5mm headphone and microphone jack.

Better

This 16-inch notebook is also better in so many ways. 

The camera is placed where you would usually find it. And the camera itself is in 1080P and also wide angle. Even more impressive, it’s an AI camera with built-in video effects. FollowCam and Eye Contact work in tandem to make sure you’re always in the center of the frame and that the line of sight adjusts to you. 

And then there’s Virtual Background which lets you select the background you want to use in any video calling platform. 

But of course, the meat of being better comes in the specs department. The Matebook 16s is available in Core i5, i7, and i9 processor variants. All of which are Intel EVO certified which means you can expect a heavy-hitting performer. 

And you’ll definitely need all that power if you work with plenty of image or video assets. Same is true if you use other software that requires heavy duty performance. Whatever the case, the Matebook 16s is equipped to handle it all. And for an extended period too.

To ensure things stay cool when the workload gets heated, Huawei implemented a gaming-grade size dual shark fin fan for quiet cooling. This helps heat dissipation so the laptop can perform at its best. All while being quiet while it’s at it.

But you know what’s surprising? A laptop this big actually has a smaller power adapter. Normally, big boys like this also have huge power bricks. But not the Matebook 16s. 

It has this instead: Don’t let the size fool you, though. The highest version supports the 135W power adapter which juices up the laptop up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes. 

It’s the Huawei SuperCharge but for a laptop. We love to see it. 

Brighter

Now, what sets the Matebook 16s apart from other laptops is its array of Smart features. 

This notebook is part of Huawei’s whole Super Device initiative. Super Device means different Huawei devices working in tandem for a more seamless workflow for the user. We have an entire video detailing this that you can check out after watching this one. 

But essentially, with this laptop, you can hook up your Huawei phone and tablet. Once connected, you gain easy access to the files and apps on said devices. And you can even launch a phone interface alongside your other apps. This means you don’t have to lift your phone just to check on it. You can work on everything straight from the laptop. 

While we have you here, we’d also like to mention the sibling of the 16s — the Huawei Matebook D16. Specifically, the D16’s Metaline Antenna located right around the top-right side just above the keyboard.

What it does is it ensures the laptop gets the fastest connection possible, giving you an advantage no matter what network you’re connected to. 

Another thing present on these Huawei laptops is the Huawei Mobile App Engine. What it does is kind of merge the worlds of Huawei PCs and smartphones. 

A bolder you

Now, take all of the benefits we mentioned, and imagine yourself using the MateBook 16s. Can you see it now?

Enjoying the big screen and all its color accuracy benefits to help you with work. Opening phone apps without actually having to reach for your phone. Not needing a dongle for extra connectivity. And just kicking back and relaxing with it at the end of the day. 

The Matebook 16s is a hard and smart worker’s dream. It’s a complete package that’s bigger, better, and brighter than matebooks have ever been. 

And that definitely will make for a more confident and bolder you. 

Price and availability

The MateBook 16s is priced starting at PhP 89,999 with a free MateView 4K monitor worth PhP 34,999.

While MateBook D16 models start at PhP 55,999 for the i5 16GB+512GB, which comes with a free MateView SE worth PhP 7,999.

The new laptops are now available for pre-order via Huawei’s official online store, as well as Lazada and Shopee.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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MateBook 16s, D 16, X Pro now for pre-order in Singapore

Huawei’s latest flagship laptops

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Starting on August 5, 2022, customers in Singapore may now add Huawei’s latest flagship laptops to their carts for pre-order.

The new MateBook X Pro, MateBook 16s, MateBook 14, and MateBook D 16 will be available for pre-order on the following online stores:

The biggest and most advanced laptops yet from Huawei are both powered by up to 12th Gen Intel Core i9 H-series processors and come with Intel IrisR Xe Graphics.

They all sport up to a 16-inch FullView display screen with a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio which have various certifications for eye comfort. They also come with up to a 1080p built-in wide-angle AI camera.

For the full price list plus corresponding giveaways worth up to SG$ 1,391 total, check the list below.

Free MateView monitor, backpack, USB flash drive, Bluetooth mouse, and 1-year extended warranty:

  • MateBook X Pro (i7): SG$ 2,798
  • MateBook 16s (i9): SG$ 2,298

Free MateView GT 27-inch monitor, backpack, and USB flash drive:

  • MateBook D 16 (i5): SG$ 1,298
  • MateBook D 16 (i7): SG$ 1,498

Free MateView GT 27-inch monitor, backpack, USB flash drive, Bluetooth mouse, and 1-year extended warranty:

  • MateBook 14 (i7): SG$ 1,798

Huawei 8.8 Super Sale

All products above will be part of Huawei’s 8.8 Super Sale on Shopee and Lazada from August 4 to 10. Aside from them, customers may avail of SG$ 10 vouchers and freebies on a wide range of products, including laptops, tablets, smartwatches and audio devices.

Highlighting the 8.8 Super Sale are following devices which come at discounted prices of up to SG$ 450 off:

  • MateBook 14 (11th Gen Intel i5, 8GB+512GB): SG$ 948 (from 1,398)
  • MatePad Pro WIFI (8GB+256GB): SG$ 638 (from 998)
  • MatePad T 10 WIFI (2GB+32GB): SG$ 168 (from 228)
  • WATCH GT 2 46mm Active: SG$ 148 (from 238)
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Lenovo Legion 5i Pro review: A “pro” in professional gaming

Engineered for success from inside and out

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When it comes to a great selection of gaming laptops, no one does it quite like the Legion brand. Lenovo’s dedicated gaming brand produces some of the best in the market for a variety of gamers out there. Whether you’re the brash, highly competitive type or the more subtle one of the group, there’s a perfect one for you.

For 2022, Lenovo’s latest take on a “professional” gaming laptop comes in the form of the Lenovo Legion 5i Pro. Like its predecessors, it’s not the flashiest nor the most color-laden model, yet it boasts the same raw power and performance any gamer needs. Of course, the “Pro” in the model also includes features for an extraordinary young professional on a daily grind.

Is this the all-around option a professional like yourself could be looking for?

An unassuming form factor

Upon first glance, the Lenovo Legion 5i Pro has a subtle aura to it, mostly due to its Space Gray finish. As part of the Legion Pro series, it passes off as any work laptop working professionals use in the office. Now, one of the key differences is that this laptop is on the bulkier side of things.

While it is a portable gaming device at its core, it’s quite heavy to bring around on a day-to-day basis. It will fit most laptop bags or backpacks you bring it in, but you will feel a bit of its 2.49kg worth of heft mostly due to the components it has inside. Although, it’s worth it considering what the device rocks with (more on that later).

In terms of overall design and port selection, the Legion 5i Pro doesn’t fall short on the essentials. From the available USB-A ports to the Ethernet jack and Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, this laptop can fully support a wide variety of peripherals at your disposal. Plus, most of the ports are placed at the back, so no cables get in the way when you’re playing.

Delivers incredible performance for the everyday 9-5

Like every other gaming laptop out there, the Lenovo Legion 5i Pro packs a punch in the performance department for everything you throw at it. With a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU and 32GB of RAM, this machine is as versatile as advertised. For most work-related tasks like creating presentations and creative tasks, the Legion 5i Pro excels at these with ease.

Another facet of the Legion 5i Pro that delivers as advertised is its 16:10, 165Hz refresh rate IPS display. At 500 nits peak brightness, the display provides great color accuracy and doesn’t wash out any deep blacks when watching dark videos. Of course, the high refresh rate makes animations run smoother, which is perfect for both gaming and entertainment. 

Gaming worth doing after work hours

Speaking of gaming performance, the Lenovo Legion 5i Pro boasts something great with a minor setback in between. First off, the NVIDIA RTX 3060 inside the device handles most games well at relatively high settings. Not only will you enjoy high frame rates, but you will also have the benefit of playing in great detail.

Secondly, if you do decide to turn down graphics settings, the Legion 5i Pro gives you high enough frames to compete at the highest level possible. Of course, this is further supplemented with the 165Hz refresh rate display allowing you to see elements a bit faster. For graphically-heavy games, the RTX 3060 handles these well enough to give you around 60-80 frames per second (FPS).

However, for games that support ray tracing, the RTX 3060 barely scrapes by even with the increased quality in detail. Frame rates for ray-tracing supported games hardly reached 30 FPS and were slow to respond with keyboard inputs, at times. Although, if you only play game modes that don’t demand too much from the GPU, you will appreciate the intricacy in the details and reflections.

It’s a bit too warm in some cases

At this point, no device is safe from the heat when the competition gets intense. As such, Lenovo’s Coldfront 4.0 cooling system kicks into high gear to keep the device as cool as it could be. The thing though, however, is that this isn’t particularly the case with the Legion 5i Pro.

In most cases, the device didn’t feel incredibly hot to near boiling point compared to other devices. However, after about an hour or so of playing games at decent frame rates, it felt uncomfortably warm near the WASD keys even while playing on a desk. Imagine playing games on your actual lap for one hour!

Not the longest lasting machine

This ties in pretty well with the laptop’s battery life when you’re doing all sorts of things. When used for most day-to-day tasks and casual gaming, the Legion 5i Pro lasts for around 10-12 hours before reaching for the charger. If you switch it up to only play games and at decent frame rates, it only lasts for one to two hours at best.

Charging the device, however, doesn’t take too long especially when you want to get back into the thick of things. With Fast Charge enabled, the Legion 5i Pro goes from 0 to 100 in an hour while idle. When you’re using the device while charging, it takes about an hour and 45 minutes, which isn’t too bad.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

Starting at PhP 119,995, the Lenovo Legion 5i Pro is a subtle powerhouse for any type of gamer or professional out there. The hardware inside boasts great power to bolster any task you throw at it, whether it’s for productivity or gaming. Also, if you’re not into flashy designs, this laptop is a perfect fit.

Of course, not every gaming laptop built in this world is perfect. From the heat to the short battery life, these are the sacrifices you’ll deal with for a device as professional-looking as this. Although, Lenovo ensures users that these wouldn’t get in the way too much when you buckle down and get to work.

The Lenovo Legion 5i Pro is one versatile gaming device, and a worthy option for anyone looking for a more all-around device to bring around. Whether you’re on that 9-5 work day or that after hour gaming stream, this definitely has the potential to give you what you need, and then some.

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