Lenovo Yoga C940 (14IIL), analysis: review with features and opinion

Lenovo Yoga C940 (14IIL), analysis: review with features and opinion

The Lenovo Yoga C940 is the top model that we can find in Lenovo's range of 2-in-1 convertibles . This new version arrives to replace the Lenovo Yoga C930 and, although it does not have too many novelties in terms of design, it has a very important change inside: the new Intel Ice Lake processors. To this we must add a much faster RAM and a touch screen with up to 4K resolution. All this in an ultrabook design, that is, compact and light.

Sounds good right? I've had the chance to spend a few days with the new 14-inch Lenovo Yoga C940 . Specifically, the test unit was the top of the range, with an Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB of NVMe SSD disk and a 4K resolution screen. In short, an ultrabook designed for the most demanding users, who are looking for portability but also high performance. Do you want to know how this computer works? In this article I tell you everything it offers and what I think about the new Lenovo Yoga C940 .

Lenovo Yoga C940
screen14-inch IPS touch panel with FHD or 4K UHD resolution (depending on model), rotating screen, 400 nits or 500 nits of brightness (FHD and 4K respectively)
Processor and RAMUp to Intel Core i7-1065G7

Up to 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM at 3,733MHz

Internal memoryUp to 1TB NVMe SSD
GraphicsIntegrated Graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7
SoundRotating soundbar with Dolby Atmos speakers
Battery60 Wh with fast charge (65W charger), up to 10.5 hours of autonomy (model with 4K display)
Connections1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C compatible with Thunderbolt, Headphone Jack, WiFi 6 2x2, Bluetooth 4.1
Operating systemWindows 10 Pro
DesignMetallic finish, colors: steel gray or mica
Dimensions and weight320.3mm x 215.6mm x 14.5-15.7mm, 1.35kg
Featured FeaturesFingerprint reader

Built-in stylus

Backlight keyboard

Webcam with TrueBlock Privacy Shutter

Release dateAvailable
PriceFrom 1,460 euros

Elegant, high-quality design

Lenovo Yoga C940 outer shell review

The first thing I said when taking the Lenovo Yoga C940 out of the box was "how beautiful it is." And this Lenovo laptop is one of the most attractive ultrabooks that we can find in the market.

The build quality is really high. The entire body is built in aluminum , in my case in a very elegant dark gray color. In addition, despite the fact that it is somewhat far from some competitive models, this is a compact and lightweight computer. It is just under 16 millimeters thick at its thickest and weighs around 1.35 kg .

Lenovo Yoga C940 soundbar inside review

Without a doubt one of the most striking details of the Yoga C940's design is the sound bar . It is located in the hinge area and rotates as the screen rotates . And I remind you that the Lenovo Yoga C940 is a convertible, that is, we can rotate its screen 360 degrees to transform the computer into a tablet.

Returning to the sound bar, with this curious design Lenovo has managed to make the bar speakers always point outwards , which means that we will have quality sound in any position. In addition, there has been a slight design change from its predecessor. Now the hinge / soundbar is one piece, thus eliminating the small gap we saw on last year's model.

Lenovo Yoga C940 keyboard review

At the base of the computer we have the keyboard. It is a fairly comfortable backlit keyboard , as it has relatively large keys. I have missed some more key travel, but overall the keyboard works fine.

Below we have a touchpad with a glass cover . It's fast and the right size, although it took me a bit to get used to it. The reason has been for the "click" it has, since many times I have made a right click when I wanted to do a normal click. It was probably just a matter of being used to another computer. Finally, in the right corner, just below the keyboard, we have a fingerprint reader .

Lenovo Yoga C940 screen review

As for the screen area, the panel has frames that, without being too large, are somewhat less tight than those of other models that I have tested.

Especially the top frame as it houses a webcam that features the TrueBlock privacy shutter . This consists of a tiny tab that we can slide from the top of the screen to cover the camera.

Lenovo Yoga C940 connectors review

The connectors are all placed on the left side of the computer. Specifically we have a USB 3.1 Gen.2 Type A port, two USB 3.1 Gen.2 Type C ports compatible with Thunderbolt and a 3.5 mm jack connector for headphones . That's it. And it is that Lenovo seems to follow the trend of offering fewer and fewer ports and using various converters for the USB-C port.

On the right side of the computer we will only find the power button. It is a curious and unusual position, but one that has not displeased me. In addition, the button sports a design closely integrated with the chassis.

Lenovo Yoga C940 pencil review

And I don't want to finish the design part without commenting on where we have the pencil “hidden”. The truth is, if you've never used a Lenovo Yoga with an integrated stylus, you may not even realize it has a stylus.

We have it placed in the rear right part of the equipment, just at the end of the hinge . You will see a small hole through which to put the nail and by stretching a little you will remove the pencil.

Lenovo Yoga C940 write review

I am not an artist, so I cannot tell you how the pencil works for drawing. But to write the truth is that it has worked very well . The screen responds quite quickly when we write with the stylus, while the software responds perfectly when we place the palm of the hand on the screen to draw or write.

That said, although we are not artists and we will not use the pencil much, the location and the way to integrate it into the computer have seemed great to me . It can always come in handy to, for example, sign documents or something similar.

4K resolution display

Lenovo Yoga C940 video review

The Lenovo Yoga C940 is available with two types of display. Both are 14-inch IPS panels , but one has a Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) and the other has 4K UHD resolution (3,840 x 2,160 pixels). Besides the resolution, the other difference between them is that the former has 400 nits of brightness while the latter reaches 500 nits . In both cases, the 300 nits that last year's model had are improved.

In my case, I have tried the model with a 4K UHD screen and I can tell you that it looks really good . The viewing angles are excellent, the maximum brightness value is really high, it has a good contrast ratio and a wide color coverage.

Let's welcome the new Intel processors

Lenovo has chosen two of the new 10th generation Intel processors for the Yoga C940 . On the one hand we have a model with an Intel Core i5-1035G4 processor and, on the other hand, one with an Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor.

Regarding memory, the model with the i5 processor is equipped with 8 GB of LPDDR4X memory and the i7 with 16 GB of memory. In both cases Lenovo has used a memory with a speed of 3733 MHz , something very unusual in a laptop.

Lenovo Yoga C940 Cinebench test review

Lenovo Yoga C940 PCMark test review

My test model was the top of the line, with an Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor and 16 GB of RAM. With this technical set, as you can imagine, I have not had any kind of performance problem . All applications run very fast, including heavy video and photo editors. On these lines you have the result of two of the most common tests so that you can see how the new Intel processors perform.

The graphic section is the weakest of the team, without a doubt. The Lenovo Yoga C940 has an Intel Iris Plus G7 integrated graphics that, while being the most powerful integrated graphics today, still cannot be compared to a dedicated graphics.

Lenovo Yoga C940 review CristalMark test

The technical set is completed by an NVMe SSD with a capacity of, in my model, 1 TB. It is a unit made by Samsung that offers really high speed in both writing and reading .

For the rest, the ventilation system deserves a mention since, although it is easily activated, it keeps the case quite cool . During the test days I have worked for hours with the laptop on my knees and I have not had any problems with heating.

Improved autonomy and Dolby Atmos sound

And to close the analysis I want to talk about two technical characteristics that I think deserve their own section. The first is autonomy, which has improved a lot compared to last year's model. Remember that my test unit was the one with the 4K monitor, so its autonomy is much less than that of the model with an FHD screen.

Lenovo Yoga C940 review with charger

The Lenovo Yoga C940's battery has a capacity of 60 Wh , thus making it one of the ultrabooks with the largest battery on the market. With a moderate brightness and the computer always connected to the WiFi, I have reached a range of about 7 hours . The same model with an FHD screen seems to reach about 10-11 real hours.

Finally, it is worth noting the sound section of the Lenovo Yoga C940 . I have commented that it has a sound bar integrated into the hinge and that it rotates together with the hinge to always be in front. But besides turning and being very well integrated, it sounds great .

Lenovo Yoga C940 soundbar review from behind

It has Dolby Atmos technology and the truth is that it has much more power than you might imagine . I have been able to listen to music and videos without any problem in any environment. In addition, the team has two other speakers at the bottom to reinforce the audio, so in this section I was very surprised.

Conclusions and price

The Lenovo Yoga C940 is possibly one of the best ultrabooks on the market . But of course, having the latest technology pays, so we are not facing a precisely economic team.

The tested model, with a 4K screen, 10th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage has an official price of 2,000 euros . Perhaps too much for the vast majority of users.

Lenovo Yoga C940 final review

If we want exactly the same hardware but with a Full HD screen we will have to pay 1,770 euros . And if we settle for a little less power, we can get the Lenovo Yoga C940 with Intel Core i5-1035G4 processor , 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of internal storage and FHD screen with a price of 1,460 euros .

It is a high price, but you must bear in mind that the Lenovo Yoga C940 is one of the first ultralight computers that incorporates the latest Intel processors.