Too Thin For A Keyboard: Lenovo Yoga Book C930

Lenovo's calling this thing the Yoga Book C930, which brings it in line with the rest of the company's branding, but in my opinion, isn't quite flashy enough to do this product justice. After all, where else are you gonna get a Windows 10 laptop that's only 10 millimeters thick? Maxes out at 800 grams? One that pops itself open with a little knock knock on its casing. There are a lot of minor changes to the new Yoga Book, and also two major ones, which I'll cover first. I said Windows a second ago, and that distinction is important.

Whereas the 2016 model came in both Android and Windows models, this C903 is only offered with Microsoft's OS. This is no great loss in my view. Android on tablets is, if not dead, then at least on life support, and from what I've heard, the old Android variant didn't sell well anyway. With full Windows 10, this thing seems like it would be a great platform for the new always connected PC devices running on Snapdragon, but nope. Instead, this runs on either an Intel Core I5 or M3, with optional LTE in some markets. That apparently doesn't include the U.S, though, so American buyers will have to settle for wifi only for now. Lame. Lenovo says the battery should last up to 8.6 hours. Let's talk about the other big change: the keyboard. It's just as flat as last year's frosted glass, and you still get audio and haptic feedback when you type, but now, instead of a backlit stenciled touch pad, the keys are e-ink. That means you can change the way the keyboard looks, or change the language, and, this is a neat trick, you can call up the track pad only when you need it and discard it when you don't.

Once again, you have the option to use the keyboard as a memo pad, too. There's a built in MyScript engine to convert your handwriting to text. The one thing there isn't, and this is kind of huge, is a keyboard back light. Lenovo said it didn't have the room given the tolerances here. Maybe it won't be a big deal for everyone, and maybe the light wash from the screen will be enough to keep the keyboard visible in a darkened plane, but if not, this is gonna be a big deal for frequent travelers. I mean, there's also a reader mode here, so you can throw pdfs onto the e-ink panel. It'll be great to use this thing as an e-reader, but again, not without a back light. Thankfully the other changes are welcome.

From the bigger display with a higher resolution, to the addition of a fingerprint sensor, to the updated USBC ports, two of them. And I'm eager to get this new Yoga Book back in the studio for some testing ahead of its official release, which is due in October, for the starting price of a penny shy of 1000 U.S. dollars. Is that too much the pay for the kind of extreme portability this little guy promises? My early thoughts, after a word from a sponsor that might just help you achieve some of your dreams. This video is brought to you by Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes, from technology to design to business and beyond. Now, you've probably heard of programs like this, but Skillshare is more affordable than most. For less than 10 bucks a month, you get unlimited access to over 20,000 high-quality classes taught by experts. These are experts who are actually working in their fields. There's no better people to learn from if you're trying to figure out how to do the work you love.

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So I might be more willing to go the long haul for the Yoga Book 2 C903, especially given the switch to Windows. Seeing as how other laptop manufacturers are reintroducing the concept of dual-screen notebooks as well, maybe it's just the early part of a new trend? 

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