Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 review: The Chromebook with the killer 4K display

The Good Excellent 4K display that’s a joy to use in laptop and tablet mode. Durable all-aluminum chassis. Very solid performance and battery life.

The Bad The keyboard is a bit mushy. Stylus not included. You can’t run those few Windows- and MacOS-only applications on the Chrome operating system.

The Bottom Line For hundreds less than its Windows near-equivalent, the Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 features a sweet, versatile 4K display on an all-around solid laptop.

8.5 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 9
  • Performance 9
  • Battery 8

The Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 further expands the boundaries of what you can expect from a Chromebook in 2019. The standout feature is a terrific convertible, 15.6-inch, 4K display -- but it also has a complement of solid components and a sturdy, tasteful aluminum chassis. And like most Chromebooks, it costs hundreds less than a similarly configured Windows counterpart.

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And, in fact, the C630 is the Chromebook version of Lenovo's excellent C930 -- an Editors' Choice and one of our all-time favorite two-in-one convertibles. The C930, which runs Windows, can be configured with some higher-end components and has a few noteworthy extras that the C630 Chromebook lacks (e.g. a fingerprint reader and digital stylus that can be housed in the display's hinge). But it also costs a lot more.


Lenovo's Yoga C930, pictured here, is the Windows equivalent of the Yoga C630 Chromebook.

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We tested the top-tier C630 Chromebook configuration (model 81JX0008UX) which retails for $900. That retail price converts roughly to £715 and AU$1,300. At the time this review was published it was selling for $730 -- but we've seen Lenovo discount it to closer to $600. In addition to the UHD 4K display, our test unit came with an eighth-generation Intel Core i5-8250U CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM and a 128GB of eMMC storage. That's less firepower than what you'll find on the average Windows machine, but more than potent enough to keep webpages loading fast and apps zipping along on this Chromebook, which is as fast as any we've tested.

Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630

Price as reviewed $730
Display size/resolution 15.6-inch 3,840x2,160-pixel touchscreen
CPU 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8250U
Memory 8GB DDR4 RAM
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620
Storage 128GB eMMC
Webcam 720p HD 
Networking Dual band 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.1
Operating system Chrome OS