Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 arrives: Pixelbook power for $300 less

If you’re heading into a Best Buy store to check out the new Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 today, there’s another surprise waiting for you: The Lenovo Chromebook Yoga C630 is also debuting today in retail stores. Best Buy has two models available and one is an exclusive: $699 for the same internal configuration as the base $999 Google Pixelbook.

For that price, you get an 8th-gen Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of memory and 128GB of eMMC storage. This model doesn’t have the 4K display, however: You’re limited to 1080p on the 15.6-inch touchscreen display. Other specs include a pair of USB Type-C ports, a full USB Type-A port, and microSD card slot in the metal chassis. Expected battery life on the 4.2 pound Chromebook is around 10 hours.

If you do want that 4K display, you can get the exact same internals with it for $899. I expected about a $200 price premium for that higher resolution and Lenovo came through. 😉

As some newer devices have been announced over the past few months, I’ve heard some grumblings that Chromebook prices were getting too high. There’s merit to that since most of the upcoming Chromebooks and the Google Pixel Slate have traditional PC-like power inside. And that costs money.

But it was just a few years ago when the grumblings were about not having enough high-end Chromebooks on the market, save for Google devices. Essentially, I don’t see an issue. The Chromebook makers are filling in the gaps at the high end but not abandoning entry-level devices at the same time. There’s no way they will because Chromebooks have a large chunk of the education market and school districts can’t afford to offer every student a $1,000 or more device.

Additionally, the price of a high-end Chromebook is actually decreasing. A Core i5 device like this Lenovo can be had for $599 if you choose the base model, although I haven’t seen it on sale yet. The Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 isn’t quite as powerful with its Core i3 but is still reasonably priced. And the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 is right there too with models ranging from $699 to $999. Just a year or two ago, there weren’t any high-end choices under $999.

Anyway, if I get a chance to hit Best Buy to check out the Dell, I’ll look at the Lenovo as well. I’m curious what kind of benchmarks* we’ll see on these 8th-generation Intel chips inside a Chromebook.

*Note: My stance on benchmarks is that they are a very general indicator of performance; real-world usage is far more important in my opinion.

10 thoughts on “Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 arrives: Pixelbook power for $300 less

  • October 21, 2018 at 2:10 pm
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    It seems that there are two schools of thought on Chromebook pricing: those that feel it’s too high, and those that think it’s fine as long as you’re getting high-end hardware and specs. I can empathize with both groups.

    I’m a “PC guy”. Have been for years, but I also enjoy chromebooks and android phones/tablets. I’ve had 3 Chromebooks — currently using the ASUS Chromebook C302. Loved them all. The ASUS is my goto machine for couch surfing, YouTube biniging, and few other things. However, I work in a corporate world where everything is Microsoft centric, I have a Lenovo laptop that I use when I need “to get work done” outside of the office. There are a few things I simply currently can’t do on the Chromebook. And honestly, there’s a strange familiarity and comfort I get from using the PC over the Chromebook for certain tasks.

    I paid over $1200 for my Lenovo. I’m ok spending $200-400 on a Chromebook as a secondary machine. It’s an impulse buy at that price. Above $400, the thought process changes. It’s no longer an impules buy but an additional luxury, i.e. do I really want it. Sometimes that answer is “yes”, other times “no”. Above $800, it’s no longer whether or not I can justify both, but rather which one.

    I feel like there are a lot of people like me. Perhaps I’m not the target audience for the new line of high-end Chromebooks. I love what I’m seeing but don’t see myself dropping that kind of money on one.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 3:58 pm
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    Will either of these Chromebooks support Crostini?

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    • October 21, 2018 at 3:59 pm
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      More than likely. Pretty much any new device that meets the chip and kernel requirements will as far as I know.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 4:01 pm
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    All good but Google Pixelbooks can be found on Amazon for under $800. I just got one last week for $793. While it’s one year old, it’s an amazing product and I would guess a better experience than some of these newer premium models. At full price of $999, that much change the equation. Your thoughts?

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    • October 21, 2018 at 4:02 pm
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      Pixelbook is still a great deal at discounted prices. Just remember as mention above in the comments that one year of long term support is already gone on them.

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      • October 21, 2018 at 4:09 pm
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        For some reason, I can’t see any comments. Can’t even see the one I posted. At top of article it says “0” comments. This is odd??

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        • October 21, 2018 at 4:13 pm
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          My mistake! For some reason I got confused on which comments were on which posts. 😉 There was a comment about long term Chrome OS support on the prior post about the Pixel Slate: https://www.aboutchromebooks.com/opinion/google-pixel-slate-vs-chromebook-should-i-buy-chromeos-tablet/#comment-5239

          Google sets the support date beginning when a device launches, not when you buy it was the gist, and it’s a valid point. Then again, saving a bunch of money up front may be worth buying a device that already has “used up” one of its support years. Sorry about the confusion!

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          • October 21, 2018 at 4:21 pm
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            I have a Samsung Chromebook 3 series that came out in Dec 2012. It still gets software updates from Google almost 6 years later. So I am not too concerned about when software support will end on my Pixelbook.

  • October 24, 2018 at 12:18 pm
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    I’m pretty sure this is my next Chromebook. Is there a strong argument in favor of the 4K screen?

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