If there is something that Lenovo does well, its laptops. They’ve brought a new look at laptops that has translated into their unique design and has lead them into becoming one of the leaders in Windows computers. Chromebooks on the other hand are on the rise and are hitting homes quicker than ever. The median between tablets and laptops is here and Lenovo has its take on the Chromebook with the N20p. After spending my fair share of time with it, here are my thoughts and review on Lenovo’s latest mobile partner.
Like I mentioned earlier, Lenovo does extremely well in design. They do an amazing job at making every product feel sturdy and well worth your money. Most importantly it doesn’t feel cheap whether your buy a Yoga (which are awesome) or the N20p that I’ve had the opportunity of reviewing. The grey modeled N20p is nothing to over-the-top but its not a slouchy, sloppy looker. It has the right profile that fits the look I would want in a Chromebook. It has a thick plastic which looks closer to aluminum and is also light to carry at just 3 pounds. As my first Chromebook to ever touch my lap, it left me with a good impression of what Chromebooks are offering.
The display comes in at 11.6″ with a resolution of 1366 x 768. If your anything like me, you’d want the 1080p display across all of your devices and its no different here. Its not that 720p displays are bad but they aren’t impressive. The N20p display is not bad, but it would have been nicer to have the 1080p pixel happy display. Where Lenovo makes up for this is the display is touchscreen. Its a nice addition to have and makes it easier to handle in some situations. Especially when they brought over the “tent mode” and “stand mode” that they had on their Yoga line of laptops. Those come right in handy when watching a movie or trying to show someone a file or picture.
Aside from the touchscreen display, some of the bigger highlights are all the different ports. You have two USB ports (3.0 and 2.0) for flexible options, a micro HDMI, an SD card reader and of course your standard headphone jack. The keyboard is very similar to the one you would find in the Yoga laptop which is great and the touchpad is one of the more responsive ones I’ve tried. Last but not least you have your battery life. It is projected to have up to 8 hours of battery life and I almost always got to that finish line. The stand by time was great as most of the time I never turned it off, I just closed it, stuffed it in my bag, went on my trip and got back to work.
Lenovo does a great job in this version of a Chromebook with the hinged and touchscreen display. It does a good job in setting itself apart from the class of Chromebooks that are already available. I do think that a 1080p display at the same cost wouldn’t have hurt but that is just me. Otherwise, it did replace my Macbook Pro Retina for most of my Google work and that even includes writing this review. Enjoyable, portable and easy to handle is the shortest way to describe the Lenovo N20p. The Lenovo N20p is available now in grey starting at $329.99 over at Lenovo.com.
- Multi-touch display
- Great battery life
- Light weight design
- Lackluster display
- Downward facing speakers don't sound good when using on lap