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Lenovo Yoga C940 review: Sexy slickin’ good!

Package of premium, power, and versatility

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Laptops are more than just productivity machines — for the premium category, that is. It has cemented itself in our lives in different ways; a portable entertainment hub, a statement piece, and an avenue to a connected lifestyle.

For the upper-middle class and above, laptops aren’t just tools. They’re also accessories complementing their way of life. Such is the case for the Yoga C940 — one of Lenovo’s promising flagship consumer notebooks meant to suit anyone’s upscale lifestyle.

Lenovo’s most premium convertible

The Yoga C940 arrived in my home in a snazzy package. Held together by a black ribbon with a red branded tag, curiosity kicked in. When I unboxed the black box, I was greeted by the Yoga C940, together with its charger.

On top of the laptop is a gray leather notebook with a pen attached to its side. Next to it is a glass bottle with an inscribed cork cover that says “Time capsule. To be opened in 2050!”

The thought Lenovo puts in crafting and presenting a beautiful package for a premium laptop is quite impressive. My expectations rose.

Lenovo’s Yoga lineup has a distinct aesthetic and it’s present in both the C and Y series. The Yoga C940 has a striking resemblance to the Yoga S940Lenovo’s other flagship Yoga that doesn’t flip. You might even wonder what’s so premium about it when it looks similar to another laptop?

Like a touch of your favorite designer clothes

The unit I have comes in Iron Grey. Some will argue it looks bland, but I beg to differ. This laptop knows its position in your life; complementing and elevating your style. It wasn’t meant to stand out with flashy colors or gimmicky features.

Rather, it shines through its intricate design and well-thought out details. Similar to the Dell XPS 13, it’s always the little things that make a big difference.

For instance, its engraved name shines when light hits from an angle. Its metal shell lids invites the gliding of your fingertips. It’s like brushing your fingers off a Valentino wool-silk scarf or Givenchy cashmere sweater.

There’s a certain high when your senses meet its light chassis; it’s like touching someone you’re passionate about for the first time.

“Lenovo” is also inscribed on the extra space found on the edge of the soundbar. Yes, you read it right. This convertible used a soundbar for its speaker, built into the actual hinge of the laptop in place of using knuckles on opposite sides. It’s a step-up compared to its predecessor.

All the essential connection and protection you need

Moving to the left side, the Yoga C940 carried all the essential ports for your daily grind: a USB 3.1 Type A, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a headphone jack. Thankfully, Lenovo was polite enough to keep the USB Type-A, unlike what Dell and Apple did.

Meanwhile, its right side carried only the power button and nothing else. How I wish there’s a dedicated HDMI port or at least, an SD card reader. On the other hand, Lenovo’s “Active Pen” is garaged on its little silo behind the power button.

Another branding can be found on the laptop’s top. The “Yoga 9 Series” is etched on a small protrusion housing the laptop’s camera. It’s more noticeable when the lid is closed.

Lenovo is also high on security and privacy. If worse comes to worst and your camera is being remotely used to monitor you through spyware, you can protect yourself with its physical cover.

It’s highly becoming an essential, nifty feature among premium laptops, although Lenovo already had it on its ThinkPad laptops.

Simply exceptional

Holding the Yoga C940 invoked feelings of holding someone precious to you. There’s something about it that just felt like it demanded extra care. As my fingers caressed its gunmetal-looking body, I found myself being more gentle and soft with how I used it.

Everything in the Yoga C940 simply screams premium. Its fingerprint scanner found on the bottom right side of the keyboard works like The Flash. It instantaneously recognizes your finger and unlocks at a lightning speed. Astonishing!

Moreover, the keyboard is breathtaking to use. I enjoyed writing my tablet and smartphone reviews in one sitting, simply because I loved typing on this handsome gizmo. As I’ve said before, it’s always the little things.

It’s the way every key felt like a cushion whenever I pressed my fingers, silently transcribing the words I want to say. The spacing, the travel, it’s… sensational. Honestly, I’m out of words. That’s how exceptional it is.

Unfortunately, the trackpad failed to be as remarkable. It was just like any Windows trackpad. While it’s large enough to offer wider tracking, its touch sensitivity isn’t as seamless nor smooth as its premium rivals such as the MacBook Pro and Dell XPS 13.

Keeping it loud and vivid

The Yoga C940 sits parallel to the Yoga S940. Both are flagship laptops bearing similar looks, yet designed distinctively to indulge different consumers. The Yoga S940’s slim and flagship prowess made it the perfect companion for business travelers and creators on the go.

Meanwhile, the Yoga C940’s convertible design accommodates a wider range of consumers. For starters, Lenovo integrated a soundbar, simplifying its hinge while promising stellar audio experience.

This proved helpful in playing clear and loud sound freely. Especially in Tent mode, where the speaker faces upwards and there are no blockages that would cause muffling.

Despite sporting Dolby Atmos’ speaker system, it wasn’t a treat to listen to at max volume. I found it more pleasing when I lowered the volume, keeping my space harmonious.

Firing up a loud and clear speaker doesn’t equate to impressive sound quality. We’re talking premium here, and it must at least replicate an immersive experience as if it’s your own, portable IMAX cinema.

Luckily, the Yoga C940 has a stunning 14-inch 4K Dolby Vision display which can go as high up to 500 nits. It’s vibrant and produces deep blacks, even though it’s just an IPS LCD.

Convertible for the flexible

Aside from using the laptop for style and entertainment, it’s a useful tool for leisure and business. With a 360-degree hinge, you can lay the laptop flat, flip it like a tablet, or make it stand with the keyboard facing down.

It’s easy to show-off your works and/or presentation, and there’s a huge chance of impressing your clients and colleagues.

It easily switches to Tablet mode when flipped, too. You can read and sign documents, particularly when you use the “Active Pen.”

Your work-life balance companion

Lenovo’s Yoga C940 isn’t necessarily your portable high-powered  workstation. However, this laptop is powerful enough to make everything work, at least to the best that it can.

It sports an Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor and it’s equipped with 16GB Soldered LPDDR4X-3733 RAM, 512GB of M.2 PCIe SSD storage, and an Intel Iris Plus graphics card.

As an associate creative director, my work involves multitasking: Running multiple tabs on Google Chrome while using creative software such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom. It even runs Adobe Premiere Pro decently until you push it to its limits.

On top of everything I use for work, I either have Spotify on to stream my favorite tunes or put Netflix in the background to serve as white noise. Living and working in a fast-paced environment requires me to have a gear that won’t slow me down or worse, give up on me.

The Yoga C940 proved more than capable and it helped me balance work and life. I might even say, it acted like my life support, especially during my busiest days.

Too hot to handle

Though it seemed perfect for an ultra notebook, the Yoga C940 had one problem: Heat. The laptop is relatively thin and small, and there’s no way you can put multiple fans and perforations to help dissipate heat.

When it’s running, it just isn’t advisable to use even if you’re just typing. It’s highly uncomfortable, and I worry about its hardware melting from too much heat. A bit of an exaggeration on my part, but that’s my anxiety talking.

More importantly, you can feel the heat further when you use Tablet mode. How are you supposed to carry it when it’s blazing through your skin? If you place the laptop on a surface while in tablet mode, clean or not, it risks scratching the body and the keyboard since there are no rubber feet to protect it.

Even though there’s a heating issue, it didn’t affect the Yoga C940’s long battery life. During my stint, it lasted for eight hours with heavy and memory-consuming usage. This laptop’s predecessor lasted from eight to nine hours.

In conclusion, it doesn’t have major changes in its battery although the laptop would probably last longer if I’m not a power user.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

The Lenovo Yoga C940 is a flagship, premium convertible that lives up to its billing. It prides itself on its sleek, intricate design that helps elevate one’s style. It does this while offering flagship prowess to accommodate various users: artists, content creators, businessmen, entrepreneurs, rich kids who want to show-off, and power users.

For PhP 99,995 (US$ 1,985), it positions itself as one of the expensive laptops rivaling the Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Pro. Despite having a few shortcomings, it still met my expectations — putting together a premium look, power, and versatility in one gorgeous machine. Truly, it’s one of the best flagship laptops worth buying today.

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Lenovo expands ThinkBook, ThinkVision lineup

Lenovo expands ThinkBook, ThinkVision lineup

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Lenovo has been rather busy recently updating their entire product portfolio. So this ThinkBook and ThinkVision refresh was absolutely inevitable and most definitely welcome.

We’re going to go through all the ThinkBooks and ThinkVisions real quick. Ready? Take a breath. Let’s go!

ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 i

This was co-engineered with Intel and meets the requirements of the Intel Evo platform. That’s true across hardware specifications and key experience targets for device responsiveness, instant wake, battery life and fast charge.

It has a high resolution 13.3-inch display with a new 16:10 aspect ratio that offers 90% screen-to-body ratio with ultra-narrow bezels and is available with optional touch.

You’re also getting Thunderbolt 4 port and optional PCIe Gen 4 storage.

We’ll be going on virtual meetings for the foreseeable future. Taking that into account, the ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 i features microphones that has three audio modes: private, shared, and environmental.

  • ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 i is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $829
  • ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 AMD is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $729.

ThinkBook 14s Yoga i

Need something flexible? Well, here you go. The popular Yoga form factor means this thing can bend and a different number of ways.

For performance, it’s powered by 11th Gen Intel Core processors. It also comes with the Lenovo Smart Pen to really help you let your creativity run wild.

It’s available in Mineral Grey with an Abyss Blue version added to the mix.

  • ThinkBook 14s Yoga is expected to be available from November 2020, starting at $879.

ThinkBook 14/15 Gen 2 i

If working smart is your think then it doesn’t get any smarter than this. It’s powered by 11th Gen Intel Core Processors (will also come in AMD variants) with flexible storage options: HDD + SSD or dual SSD.

Working remotely and need support? The service hot key helps users reach Lenovo support at the press of a button, automatically including device details such as serial number for a fast track support experience.

But here’s the kicker. It comes with ThinkBook wireless earbuds that can be stored within the laptop. The earbuds charge automatically when stored and connect to the laptop audio instantly when taken out. Double tapping toggles the mute function, and it has dual mics and environmental noise cancellation.

  • ThinkBook 15 Gen 2 i is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $569.
  • ThinkBook 15p i is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $939.
  • ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 i is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $569.
  • ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 is expected to be available from November 2020, starting at $699.
  • ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 is expected to be available from November 2020, starting at $699.
  • ThinkBook 15 Gen 2 AMD is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $549.
  • ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 AMD is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $549.

ThinkVision T27hv-20

This single cable USB-C Hub monitor is designed to to meet the collaboration requirements of a hybrid working model. The 27-inch display features a 1080p IR/RGB webcam, noise cancelling microphones and integrated speakers that help users conference with confidence

It has Smart Guard that blurs the screen the moment you look or move away or detects someone peeking over your shoulder. Meanwhile, Smart Energy will turn off the screen when it senses that you have moved away from your desk, saving power and protecting data.

  • ThinkVision T27hv-20 is expected to be available from December 2020, starting at $549.
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Lenovo launches ThinkPad X1 Nano, pre-order for ThinkPad X1 Fold

Two ThinkPads that deserve your attention

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If the Yoga lineup is any indication, it’s that Lenovo has never been shy about experimenting with form factors. They doubled up on that when they unveiled the ThinkPad X1 Fold at CES 2020. Now, they’re following it up with the ThinkPad X1 Nano.

Here’s a refresher on the ThinkPad X1 Fold in case you forgot what it was.

So yeah, it’s a PC but not exactly. Lenovo is calling it a new device category. It starts at US$ 2,499 and is now available for pre-order.

ThinkPad X1 Nano

The ThinkPad X1 Nano is being billed as the lightest ThinkPad ever. At less than 1kg, it’s hard to argue against that claim. It promises a complete laptop package all while being ultra freaking light.

It comes with up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and Intel Iris X graphics. That combo promises 20% faster office productivity and over 2x faster gaming plus streaming.

It has Thunderbolt 4 for fast, single cable connection to power, monitors, storage, as well as other external devices.

It’s the first ThinkPad to feature an updated suite of AI and biometric ThinkShield security features. These include new voice recognition and human presence detection.

It has a 13-inch Dolby Vision 2K display with a 16:10 aspect ratio. It has 100% sRGB for clarity and color accuracy. It also comes in touch display options.

This notebook also has four speakers with Dolby Atmos support for immersive sound. It also has four 360-degree microphones to ensure you are loud and clear during virtual meetings.

The ThinkPad X1 Nano starts at US$ 1,399. It is expected to be available Q4 of 2020.

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Samsung is working on a 65W charger

But with a twist

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Who doesn’t want fast charging? With charging technologies finally making some headway, tech makers are engaged in a free-for-all sprint on who can charge devices the fastest. The current leaders, OPPO and vivo, can already go up to 125 watts, charging a phone in no time at all. Brandishing their own devices, Samsung obviously wants to catch up. Spotted in Korea, Samsung is working on a 65W charger.

Dutch Samsung outlet GalaxyClub spotted the device passing through a South Korean certification agency. Though the filing does not state the charging rating, the model number holds clues to the device’s capabilities. The explicitly stated “Travel Adapter” carries the model number EP-TA865. Samsung’s standard 45W adapter has the model number EP-TA845.

Other than that, the filing does not reveal much about the upcoming device. If anything, a wall charger indicates a persistent focus to bring the best of wired charging, instead of going all-out on wireless charging.

If you’re hoping to grab one for your smartphone, you might be out of luck. Commenting on their own platform, renowned Samsung leaker Ice Universe confirms that the device will mainly power notebooks. The leaker cannot confirm if the charger will make its way to smartphones — specifically, the Galaxy S21 series — at this point.

Currently, Samsung has a full slate of devices lined up for the next six months. Recently, the company launched the Galaxy S20 FE, a lighter version of this year’s flagships. They are also gearing to release the Galaxy S21 series early next year.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Philippines Smartphone Price List

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