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Lenovo Yoga C940 15 review: Doing what the MacBook Pro doesn't

Plenty of Windows laptops try to position themselves as MacBook Pro alternatives, combining slick designs and vibrant displays with powerful PC performance, but the Lenovo Yoga C940 15 is no mere copycat.

While the Yoga looks sharp and has a bright display, it also leans into its differences as a Windows PC. It has a touchscreen that flips around into tablet mode, a built-in stylus for writing or sketching, and—thank heavens—a full-sized USB-A port to complement its two USB-C connections. It even fits in a number pad without cramping its excellent keyboard.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best laptops. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them.

That’s not to say the Lenovo Yoga C940 15 ticks every imaginable box. Screen backlighting is a bit uneven, audio quality could be better, and limited configuration options will prevent you from turning this into a beastly desktop replacement. Also, if we’re comparing to Apple’s MacBooks, Lenovo’s laptop doesn’t include all the same niceties, such as a slightly larger screen and jumbo-sized trackpad.

Still, the Lenovo Yoga C940 15 is a decent choice for those who want a luxurious workhorse PC without giving up what Windows does best.

Tech specs

Our Lenovo Yoga C940 15 review unit has a list price of $1,700 at Best Buy and includes the following specs:

  • 15.6-inch display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 9th-generation Intel Core i7-9750H processor
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics
  • 512GB SSD
  • 16GB DDR4-2666 RAM
  • Left side: Two USB-C 3.1 ports (with Thunderbolt 3), proprietary charger, headphone jack
  • Right side: USB-A 3.0 port
  • Wi-Fi 6 Support
  • Stylus with 4,096 pressure sensitivity levels
  • Fingerprint reader
  • 720p webcam with privacy shutter
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Dimensions: 14 x 9.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Weight: 4.41 pounds (5.68 pounds with charger)
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The Lenovo Yoga C940 15 has two USB-C ports and a proprietary charging port on the left side, plus a USB-A port on the right.

Best Buy also offers a 4K display version with the same other specs as above for $1,899. Lenovo’s website offers several other configurations: On the low end, you can drop to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage (currently $1,460), while on the high end you can upgrade to an Intel Core-i9-9880H processor, 4K display, and 2TB SSD ($2,440 as of this writing). In all cases, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 is the only option for graphics, and the non-upgradeable RAM tops out at 16GB.

While it’s nice that Lenovo included a USB-A port on this laptop, its use of a proprietary charger—similar to the one Lenovo uses for its ThinkPads—is a drag, as is the lack of a MicroSD card slot and additional USB ports on the right side of the laptop.

Design and display

The Lenovo Yoga C940 15 comes in either a darker “Iron Gray” or a lighter shade that Lenovo refers to as “Mica.” Its all-aluminum body, along with its sharp edges and flat sides, only serve to underscore the laptop’s heft, which is unavoidable given the discrete GPU inside. But for a workhorse laptop that folds around into a tablet, the C940’s size and weight are reasonable.

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