Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook Review: A Beautiful Wedding
Lenovo’s new ThinkPad The C13 Yoga Chromebook has everything that ThinkPad fans will love: it’s a great keyboard, a solid, nonsensical design, and yes, a little red TrackPoint in the middle, but Windows or instead Linux, Uses Google’s Chrome OS.
It’s not the cheapest either the prettiest Chromebook around, but this is the prettiest one I’ve used. The 2-in-1 design has an integrated pencil, the trackpad has buttons at the top and plenty of ports. If you love ThinkPads and are thinking of getting your fingers into Chrome OS, this laptop is for you.
C13 Yoga is the first time Lenovo has taken the ThinkPad name to the Chromebook, so it’s interesting to see what Lenovo sees as a defining feature of a ThinkPad.
Everything I love my favorite ThinkPad, the X270Here it is in C13 Yoga: the keyboard is almost the same as the other ThinkPad in the last memory (the design follows the Chromebook style), there’s TrackPoint, and the trackpad buttons are at the top. You’ll also find a fingerprint reader and many ports, including two USB-C, two USB-A, a MicroSD card reader, and an HDMI. Curiously, it also has a phone-style volume rocker.
What makes it more interesting is that it is one of the first Chromebooks to use AMD’s latest 3000C series processors. There are a few configurations, starting with the entry-level model that uses the Athlon Gold chip with 4GB of RAM. Then there’s the Ryzen 3 model, which also has 4 gigabytes of RAM, and then I tested the model, which has a Ryzen 5 chip and 8 gigabytes of RAM (a higher-level Ryzen 7 is also available). The hard drive options I tested in the model range from 256 to 256 256 gigabytes. All SSDs use PCIe NVMe connections.
My test unit is a fast Ryzen 5 chip. Chrome OS doesn’t require too much of a processor, so it’s no surprise. But editing photos in an Android app, opening dozens of tabs in Chrome, and writing this too Vim The use of Linux functions did not slow down at all. It’s as fast as a Premium Chromebook Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook or Pixelbook Go.
The 1080p screen is light and sharp, which is a nice change from the more expensive Lenovo Chromebooks that tend to clean dirty screens. There’s also the option to get a 4K OLED display with C13 Yoga, but given the battery life, I’d be hesitant to add a power-hungry display (more on that later).