Lenovo IdeaPad N20 Chromebook (College Review)

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The Lenovo IdeaPad N20 is the first semi-convertible Chromebook. It can spin at little more than 270° from close, into a form you can comfortably put on your lab and operate via the touch screen to watch videos, read online news, etc. While this awesome feature is in the spotlight when it comes to Lenovo’s Chromebook, how about the rest of the features/specs? Find out below in our college-exclusive Lenovo IdeaPad N20 review.


Features

  • Runs ChromeOS, the cloud-based operating system used on Chromebooks
  • Flips a little over 270°
  • Touch Screen
  • “3-second boot”
  • 720p HD Webcam

Specs

  • Screen Size: 11.6 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1366×768
  • Processor: 2.16 GHz Celeron N2830
  • Memory: 2 GB DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 16 GB SSD
  • GPU: Integrated Graphics
  • Wireless: 802.11 A/C
  • Average Battery Life: 8 hours
  • Weight: 2.9 lbs

Specs Review: If you’ve seen other Chromebooks, you’ll notice none of them can flip around like the Lenovo IdeaPad; however, other Chromebooks are definitely more powerful than the IdeaPad. Priced at around $270-$300, this is about $100 more expensive than the average Chromebook simply because the screen can flip over. While it is a cool feature, the laptop only comes with 2GB RAM and a decent processor. This is NOT a bad laptop, but if you need a particularly powerful Chromebook I’d look elsewhere, possibly at the Acer Chromebook or Samsung Chromebook. If you don’t require power and just want to surf the web comfortably, I’d suggest the IdeaPad.


Customer Review Summary (from online reviews)

  • “I love the simplicity, speed, and ease of use of this Chromebook.”
  • “Nonetheless, I owned lots of different laptops and this has been the best with battery life, something that i needed while in college.”
  • This Chromebook is very thin, sleek, and attractive, with its smooth silver finish and extremely solid construction.
  • “I’m a college student that has been debating whether i should get a Mac, PC, or ChromeOS. I suggested to my girlfriend that she should go with ChromeOS based on her usage, and so far she has loved it. I, on the other hand, am more of a power user so I feared a Chromebook was not going to be enough. Boy was I wrong.”

Conclusion for College Students: I will repeat what I said in my What is a Chromebook guide, Chromebooks aren’t for everyone. People who need a laptop for heavy-duty applications won’t be able to use a Chromebook since it is mainly for online based applications like Google Docs, Netflix, etc. If you CAN make use of a Chromebook, the Lenovo IdeaPad N20 is perfect for simply surfing the web, watching some Netflix, and word processing. You won’t be able to do much more with the specifications, but for some college students that may not be an issue. Nevertheless, Lenovo dominates the (semi) convertible laptop field of Chromebooks at the moment. This is bound to change sometime soon.

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