Choosing between the HP Spectre x360 vs Lenovo Yoga C930 is hard. They’re both excellent premium options from the 2-in-1 convertible category. The flagship HP Spectre x360 13 is consistently on the top of many Editor’s Choice awards for its frequent, substantiative improvements with each new generation. And this iteration continues that tradition with new features that include Intel’s ‘Whiskey Lake’ processor and an incredibly long battery life. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga C930 reciprocates with updates from the previous Yoga C920 that include a “garage” for storing its digital stylus. Let’s dive in to see which is right for you.
HP Spectre x360 vs Lenovo Yoga C930 Comparison Chart
Since the Lenovo Yoga C930 is a 13-inch laptop, we chose the 13-inch HP Spectre x360 to see how these 2-in-1 convertibles stack up against each other. Before we get on with it, below are the fundamental specs:
|Weight||2.9 pounds||3.1 pounds|
|Display||13.3-inch FHD IPS (1920x1080) Touchscreen||13.9-inch FHD IPS (1920x1080) Touchscreen|
|Storage||512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD||512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD|
|CPU||Intel Quad-Core i7-8565U||Intel Quad-Core i7-8550U|
|Graphics||Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620||Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Ports||2 Thunderbolt 3 3 USB Type-C ports w/ power deliver; 1 USB 3.1 Gen 3.1 Gen 1; headphone/mic combo; Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth||2 Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C ports; headphone/mic combo; Wi-Fi 802.11ac|
|Pros||• Head-turning design|
• Stylus included
• Beautiful display
• Excellent battery life
• Unique speaker grille
• Innovative port placement
|• Integrated stylus
• Thin and light
• Stylish metal design
• Webcam privacy filter
• HDR support
• Excellent battery life
|Cons||• Cumbersome touchpad|
• Bottom of laptop gets warm
|• No SD card reader
• Some bloatware
HP Spectre x360 vs Lenovo Yoga C930 Comparison
The HP Spectre x360 and Lenovo Yoga C930 are two of the best laptops in the 2-in-1 convertible category. The design of the Spectre makes it one of the most uniquely attractive laptops in the market. And the Yoga C930 quickly rose to the top of many 2-in-1 rankings ever since its introduction. But which of these excellent 2-in-1 laptops should you choose?
HP Spectre x360 Design and Build Quality
There are two types of 2-in-1 laptops: the kinds that detach the display completely away from the keyboard to be used in tablet mode. And the kind that’s like the Spectre x360 13 and Yoga C930 that rotate the display behind the keyboard giving the device the ability (and utility) of transforming into a tablet with several modes in between.
The Spectre x360 and Yoga C930 are among the sleekest examples of 2-in-1 convertibles on the market. Based on design alone, our favorite is hands down the Spectre x360 13.
Perhaps the most remarkable design element of the HP Spectre x360 13 is its faceted edges and chamfered corners. That along with the gold trim lends the laptop an air of elegance and sophistication like a beautiful chandelier bejeweled with Swarovski crystals or a Montblanc pen in a sea of silver slabs of aluminum laptops. These elements work to make the laptop look even more expensive. And in yet another Avant guard move, you can pick up a Spectre x360 in either Dark Ash Silver (like our example) or Poseidon Blue instead of the typical colors associated with laptops.
Lenovo Yoga C930 Design and Build Quality
Lenovo took a welcome utilitarian approach to the design of the updated Yoga C930 by incorporating a pen slot for the included stylus on the rear of the laptop. Other improvement includes replacing the watchband-style hinge with a more practical soundbar. In our opinion, the decision to add functionality to the design only enhances the aesthetics. For security, Lenovo went with a slider over the webcam for privacy from prying eyes when you’re not video conferencing. And like HP, Lenovo offers the Yoga C930 in several different colors besides gray including white and blue.
While the Yoga C930’s stylish minimalist design doesn’t grab a room’s attention like the Spectre x360. It’s still an attractive 2-in-1 convertible that we wouldn’t mind using every day. And you won’t have any issues flipping either razor thin aluminum-built laptop 360-degrees into tablet mode.
The Yoga proves unwieldy in tablet mode given its 3.1 pounds. This is an unfortunate trait shared among all Lenovo convertible laptops with a 13-inch screen. The Yoga C930 measures 12.68×8.93×0.57-inches, similar to 13-inch convertible models from other manufacturers. But what’s unique about Lenovo’s offering is that it fits a larger 13.9-inch display, which you’re not likely to find on other 13-inch convertible notebooks. Not to mention a spring-loaded pen slot for the stylus, both of which account for the added weight.
You can get the HP Spectre x360 as either a 13- or 15-inch variant. Both are supported by a 360-degree hinge. But our 13-inch example is the best for turning your laptop into different modes all the time. And it’s far easier to grip single-handedly than the 15-inch version.
If you’re familiar with the outgoing model of the Spectre x360 13, which is 0.53-inches thick and weighs 2.85 pounds. You’ll notice that the update is slightly thicker and slightly heavier. The outgoing dimensions would have simply been too claustrophobic for the extra strength and powerful hardware this new version is packing. The 0.57 inches and weight of 2.9 pounds is the result of an upgrade to the 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and integrated Intel Graphics 620.
These hardware components are shared with many laptops in this category. Including the Lenovo Yoga C930, which along with a slightly detuned 8th Gen i7-8550U processor, 512GB SSD and integrated Intel Graphics 620 makes use of 12GB of memory instead of the HP’s 16GB.
Speaking of the Yoga C930’s stylus, it’s easy to manage and precise thanks to tilt detection and pressure sensitivity. Most features on the Yoga C930 remain unchanged from the C920, including a full HD display. It offers excellent picture quality in laptop mode. But you might notice some graininess in tablet mode. And for that reason, you might choose to opt for the 4K version.
In either screen resolution, you get support for Dolby Vision – a High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology capable of displaying a wider range of color and contrast. Perfect for playing a game or watching a video that supports Dolby Vision. Of course, the wider color range is more apparent on the 4K model.
The 1920x1080p resolution touch display on the Spectre x360 13 has a reflective screen that can get in the way of whatever your viewing, even with the brightness turned all the way up. Colors are, however, vivid with sharp text, though not as vivid as if you were to upgrade to the 4K model. You can use your finger to operate the touchscreen. But like Lenovo, HP also provides an active digital stylus, which works best on the screen in tablet mode.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The Spectre x360’s backlit keys are sturdy and feel more satisfying to use than laptops with clicky-sounding keys. Unfortunately, this older version of the Spectre x360 13 uses Synaptic touchpad software instead of the more user-friendly Windows Precision Touchpad interface. You’ll have to fiddle with the Windows 10 Mouse items in the Control Panel to get the touchpad to work to your satisfaction.
The Yoga C930 features the same buttonless clickpad. Keyboard feel is also sturdy and backlit with a feel that’s not as luxurious as the Spectre x360 13. Lenovo’s ThinkPad lineup tend to have the most comfortable keys compared to the IdeaPad range.
New to the Spectre is a physical switch that cuts power to the webcam, which provides way more assurance of security from snooping eyes than a button. Additionally, to solve the frustrating problem of accidentally turning off your laptop when you grasp the sides and getting tangled up in USB cords from peripherals. HP took the unique approach of moving the power button and one of the USB ports to the left and right corners of the laptop, respectively.
Like HP’s x360 series, the ‘Yoga’ family was Lenovo’s clever attempt at differentiating its convertible laptops from standard clamshell models. But now that 2-in-1 convertibles are less niche than they used to be. Lenovo has extended the name to include all its consumer laptops, even if it’s a conventional clamshell laptop, which we think is a mistake.
Nevertheless, the blingy luxury-watchband-style hinge that was unique to the manufacturer’s 2-in-1 offerings has been replaced by a more conventional looking single piece of metal, which we have to admit isn’t without its own charms. Not only does it now serve as a stylus holder (more about this in a moment). But it houses a speaker grille that conceals two now upward-facing tweeters regardless of the laptop’s mode, which should theoretically produce better quality sound.
Lenovo went all in and decided to create a ‘garage’ for the active stylus that comes with the device by creating a channel into the back edge of the laptop, which is a way better idea than the awkward plastic stylus holder that plugged into a USB port from the previous generation.
In addition to making room for better components. And reconfiguring the laptop’s exterior design so that the back left and right corners of the chassis now include a power button (on the left) and a USB Type-C port on the right corner. You get another USB Type-C port, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port, a microSD card slot and audio input-output port adding up to a generous array of I/O ports (some competitors lack Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-A). Wireless connectivity includes Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0.
The Yoga C930 also gets two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port and a headphone jack. Sorry, no microSD card slot. Wireless options include 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
What else would you expect from a premium laptop like the Spcectre x360 13 other than audio quality that sounds quite good? You get four speakers and a discrete amplifier, resulting in loud audio. Remember we said that Lenovo repositioned the speakers on the updated C930, which theoretically should produce better sound since the tweeters now face outward regardless of what mode the laptop is positioned. While there is a marked improvement, in practice the sound is still muffled in tent mode.
This is where the Spectre x360 13 really shines. The machine can last all day with a few more hours to spare over the Lenovo. Along with its advertised 17 percent performance improvement, this version of the HP Spectre x360 13 also claims a 21 percent longer battery life.
Your mileage will vary depending on usage. But you should expect a runtime of a bragworthy 20-hours. Even with the slightly underpowered hardware compared to the Spectre, the Lenovo Yoga C930 manages 19-hours unplugged, which is even less than the Yoga C920 it replaces. But it’s still quite excellent and much longer than its category average.
- HARDCORE PERFORMANCE: Latest Hexacore 10th gen Intel i7- 10750H (2.6 GHz base frequency(2b), up to 5 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost, 12 MB L3 cache, 6 cores) + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti with Q-Max Design 4GB + 16 GB DDR4 RAM, 1 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, Windows 10 PRO. Includes a Super Sleek & cool 64GB ULTRA SLIM Tech Warehouse LLC USB Flash drive. A speedy little performer with a great look! Please see picture illustrations. This laptop is Brand New with HPS tamper proof factory seal in tact.
- IMMERSIVE DISPLAY AND SOUND: You’ll love the 15.6" diagonal 4K 340 nits (3840 x 2160) IPS IPS micro-edge BrightView WLED-backlit touch screen that brings your videos and photos to life. It also includes Bang & Olufsen Quad Speakers, HP Audio Boost, and custom tuning by the experts at Bang & Olufsen, entertainment comes to life with sound you can feel, Nightfall Black
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- ALL-DAY BATTERY: Stay unplugged for up to 13 hours courtesy of the 6-cell 72.9 Wh Li-ion battery. Built to last you through the day, it gives you the freedom to confidently travel with your convertible HP touchscreen laptop and work on the go without constantly worrying about charge. Click ‘Add to Cart’ and enjoy our 100% satisfaction guarantee!
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- 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10750H Hexa-Core 2.60 GHz Processor (12MB Smart Cache, Turbo Boost up to 5.00 GHz)
- 16GB DDR4 2933MHz Memory, 1TB M.2 PCIe Solid State Drive, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti 4GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Pro
- 15.6 Ultra HD+ (3840 x 2400) Touch Anti-Reflecitve 500-Nit Display, Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.0
- 2x Thunderbolt 3 with power delivery & DisplayPort, 1x USB-C 3.1 with power delivery & DisplayPort, SD Card Reader v6.0
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If you’re looking for a Windows laptop you can also use for drawing or watching movies, the HP Spectre x360 13 and Lenovo Yoga C930 are two of the best choices. With class-leading performance, excellent excellent battery life and of course, head-turning looks. The HP Spectre x360 13 seems to have it all. The only element tripping it up is a sub-par touchpad. Not unlike the Spectre, the Lenovo Yoga C930 is an improvement on Lenovo’s version of the 2-in-1 concept. And while even considering how high the Yoga 920 already set the bar, this iteration does it much better.