Lenovo N20p Chromebook Review

on Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The Lenovo N20p might look like any other Chromebook, but when we inspect it closely, we realize there are two distinctive features that sets it apart: Firstly, its 11.6-inch display 1366×768 HD screen, is a 10-point touch screen. Secondly, its hinges can rotate up to 300 degrees so you have an option to prop up the Chromebook in a standing position. Much like yoga laptops, this is a first ever for any Chromebook. This feature makes it a handy notebook for displaying presentations and movies.

The N20p will start selling for $329 (roughly Rs. 20,000) in August. No pricing for India has been released yet, but we’re hoping to hear about that sometime soon. The Chromebook will ship with Intel Celeron processors and integrated graphics, and offer up to 4GB of DDR3L memory and up to 16GB of onboard storage. Lenovo promises 8 hours of battery life, will feature a thin and light profile at less than 17.9mm and weighing less than 1.4 kg.
But the standard drawbacks we usually expect from a Chromebook haven’t been worked on. Some of the problems with Lenovo N20p include:
1. No support for native apps: Software such as Skype, Photoshop, MS Office are not supported
2. Hardly any internal space: 16 GB, out of which 10 GB (expected) will be available to the user.
3. Requires Internet: Chrome OS supports apps to work offline, but most of its contents will require an internet connection. So if you’re hoping to store any data on Google Drive, then you need an internet connection to access it.

So, to sum it up, if you stay connected to the internet most of the time, are a light user, and your primary use for a device is browsing the web –  then this seems like a brilliant device for you.
For those who work on heavy tasks like video editing, photo editing, or gaming, then there are other better alternatives in the market for the same price.


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