Best Buy has the Yoga Chromebook C630 $50 cheaper than Lenovo, with a catch

There are 45 different Chromebooks on sale this week at Best Buy, with discounts ranging from $20 to $150. On the latter end of that scale is the Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 for $549, down from the $699 suggested retail price. That’s $50 less than Lenovo’s direct price for a nearly identical model.

Here are the full specs that both of the devices share, regardless of where you buy from:

  • 8th-Generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor (which uses a fan for cooling)
  • Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS touch panel
  • 8 GB of memory
  • 128 GB of eMMC storage
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi (2 x 2 MIMO)
  • 720p HD camera
  • 2 USB Type-C ports, 1 USB Type-A port
  • MicroSD card slot

The only difference – besides the $50 price tag – is that the less expensive Best Buy model doesn’t have a backlit keyboard. That requirement is a personal choice as some can live without it; for them, the Best Buy price is a great deal. For others who need to see their keyboards in dimly lit locations, you’ll have to pay the $50 premium this week.

There actually is a third option worth considering that includes a backlit keyboard: Lenovo has discounted the Core i3 model to $469.99.

You’ll be able to see your keys in the dark but you’ll sacrifice slightly on the processor as well as local storage due to the 64 GB eMMC drive. Then again, you can use a low-cost microSD card if you need more space for local data.

If you do want a backlit keyboard and don’t mind 64 GB of storage paired with a still-capable Core i3 processor – likely good enough for typical Chromebook usage – this might be your best bet. Note that all models run in the U-Series Intel processors, which require a fan to dissipate heat, although it should only run under a heavy load.

3 thoughts on “Best Buy has the Yoga Chromebook C630 $50 cheaper than Lenovo, with a catch

  • May 6, 2019 at 2:50 am
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    I don’t recommend the i3 model. It chokes on the 15″ screen if you use a bunch of extensions. The screen will go black for a few seconds and you have to wait for it to come back on. There is nothing you can do except using fewer extensions.

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    • May 6, 2019 at 2:33 pm
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      Extensions are the main security risk of chromebooks. They are not so rigorously screened as are android apps on the play store. Best to use few, and only from Google itself, IMO.

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  • May 7, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    The i3 version literally says no backlit keyboard on Lenovo’s website. Excellent reporting my friends!

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