The Lenovo N20P Chromebook has managed to set the bar higher for what a tablet and what a Chromebook can be. It has a few really great features that aren’t yet commonplace with Chromebooks. It has a responsive touch screen, which is something only seen with the higher-end Chromebooks. Albeit, the N20P is one of the more expensive models. All of the included features make it worth it.
The N20P Chromebook gets several points for style. Lenovo have attempted to break away from their more well-known “business design” approach and go for something a little more stylish. It features a smooth, gray top with the Chrome and Lenovo logos. It’s small, lightweight, and ultraportable.
As with most ultraportable laptops, it’s designed to taper away towards the front edges. This makes it feel even smaller than it really is. It’s around 1.8 centimeters thick and weighs less than three pounds. Compare that to the previous Yoga model which was slightly thicker and weighed significantly more. It’s great for ig you are on the move, travelling loads.
If you spend a lot of time typing, then you’ll love the N20P keyboard. The buttons resemble the same thin style as with the high-end Lenovo laptops. The buttons have slightly curved bottoms, which actually helps improve typing accuracy. It also features the signature large Lenovo touch pad.
The screen is 11.6 inches, which is large enough to enjoy videos, but small enough to remain ultraportable. The hybrid swivel allows for turning the screen up to 300 degrees. Viewing from these off-angles can be problematic for some laptops, but the N20P has surprisingly good viewing quality from all angles.
Of course, the best thing about the screen is that it has touch capacity. It can be used as well as any tablet with the Chrome OS. Touch capacity is still new for the Chrome OS. It wasn’t designed to work with touchscreens in the same way Windows 8 is.
If there is any complaint about the screen it’s that the hybrid hinge just isn’t enough. It’s better than no hinge at all, but with the 300 degree capability, it seems like they should have just went the full nine yards and allowed for 360 degree swivel capability. Unfortunately it does not support such a wide range of motion.
As with any Chromebook, it has its advantages and disadvantages. The Chrome OS isn’t really designed as a replacement for Windows or Linux. It is a web-only operating system. If you’re comfortable using web-based applications, then it’s perfect for you. However, you can’t download and run typical .exe files and programs. That’s why many people use their Chromebooks in conjunction with standard laptops.
That being said, there is some decent computing power beneath the hood. The best models features a quad-core Intel Celeron Processor with up to 4GB of RAM.
If you’re new to Chromebooks and want a good, user-friendly model to get started with, then the N20P is perfect for you. It has enough power and functionality to handle almost any needs of the average user.