Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook review: a Chromebook for grown-ups - The Verge
May 12, 2021 2 mins, 18 secs
Some may be power users running Linux applications, some may make heavy use of Google Workspace in the office, and some may just like Chrome OS.

That’s who the Thinkpad C13 Yoga Chromebook is for: it’s a Chromebook for grown-ups.

Lenovo isn’t the first company to try this shtick: Samsung and Google, for example, have both targeted this market with $999 Chrome OS machines in the past, and there are Dell Latitude Chromebooks floating around that are even more expensive.

But the C13 Yoga is my favorite attempt at a premium, convertible Chromebook that I’ve seen to date.

Speaking as someone who’s tested a number of sluggish budget Chromebooks recently, it’s really refreshing to see Chrome OS running this smoothly.

While those scores aren’t as good as those we’ve seen from our top Chromebook pick, Acer’s Chromebook Spin 713, (and don’t compare to the likes of the MacBook Air, of course), they’re still close to the top of the Chrome OS pack, beating scores we’ve seen from both Samsung Galaxy Chromebooks and the Pixelbook Go.

One disappointment underscores all of this, and that’s battery life.

I’ve seen significantly more than that (with the same workload) from all kinds of Chromebooks, not to mention Windows and macOS laptops.

I’d be more willing to let this battery life slide on a budget device (though plenty of budget Chromebooks last much longer than this).

But all kinds of Windows laptops at this price point leave this battery life in the dust.

Lenovo says it hasn’t seen this problem before, so it may have been an issue with my unit.

— are equivalent or slightly better experiences in Chrome, and some work-related Android apps (like Slack and Google Docs) are still bad on Chromebooks.

Why shouldn’t Chrome OS fans get a ThinkPad option, too.

The 16:9 screen makes me sad, and the battery life is a big miss.

With that said, the C13 is also the closest thing to a MacBook that I’ve seen yet in the Chromebook space.

So while the C13 may not be the right choice for most people — there are more affordable Chromebooks with better battery life that will be a better buy for most consumers — it’s objectively a neat device that will probably make a certain sect of Chrome OS users happy.

If you’re a Chrome OS business user who’s been jealous of the premium chassis that Windows and Mac users get, here’s a ThinkPad for you.

To start using the Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook, you’ll need to agree to the following:

In total, that’s four mandatory agreements and eight optional agreements to use the Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook


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