The Lenovo 3i 11.6-inch Chromebook is a budget entry device. If you’re looking for a new laptop but don’t want to spend a lot of money. Then you’ll be happy with the price of this laptop. It’s not a Hybrid, which means it cannot be used as a laptop and tablet. It’s a laptop only device, so would be suitable for someone who isn’t too concerned about using Chrome OS in tablet mode. It’s a pretty lightweight Chromebook at just 1.12 kg.
THE CHROMEBOOKS PERFORMANCE
When it comes to performance the Lenovo 3i 11.6-inch Chromebook uses an Intel Celeron processor. This is what you would typically see used on a budget laptop so no big surprises there. It’s a dual-core processor that comes with a base speed of 1.1 GHz. It has a turbo speed of 2.8 GHz for when your computer needs that little extra processing power. The processor comes with a 4MB cache, which helps speed up regular tasks.
It comes with 4 GB of RAM, which is just the right amount of RAM for a budget laptop. The RAM will not cause any issues in relation to performance. This laptop is perfect for anyone looking to surf the internet, use social media, stream movies, word process and use spreadsheets. It’s also capable of running Android Apps and you should not have any issues running the majority of apps available in the app store.
You’ll need to remember this is a budget Chromebook, so you should not expect the performance to be fast. It will not be slow and you’ll be able to do most tasks without any issues. However, you may find some Android apps take a while to load due to the processor used.
|One configuration||Intel Celeron N4020 dual-core 1.1 GHz / Turbo 2.8 GHz||4 GB|
THE CHROMEBOOKS STORAGE
When it comes to storage you’ll find two configuration models available. The cheaper model comes with 32 GB of storage and the more expensive model comes with 64 GB of storage. Both are perfectly acceptable considering the price. You may want to go for the 64 GB version if you’re planning on installing a lot of Android apps. If you love your apps and will most likely install plenty of these. Then choosing the model with the larger storage size might be the right choice.
That being said, you’ll still be able to install a few apps without any issues with the 32 GB version. It will depend on the price difference. If there isn’t much difference in price between the two models. Then it would make sense to go with the model offering double the amount of storage. The storage offered on both laptops is eMMC, which is perfectly acceptable storage to use in these laptops considering the price.
|Configuration 1||32 GB (eMMC)|
|Configuration 2||64 GB (eMMC)|
The display offers Standard Definition (SD) at a resolution of 1,366 by 768. If you’re after a Chromebook offering Full HD then this isn’t the laptop for you. However, it’s worth pointing out it would be unreasonable to expect a full HD display from an 11.6-inch display in this price range. Also, although Full HD is nice to see, a display of 11.6-inches will look perfectly acceptable with the SD resolution used here.
Something you will need to consider is that it does not come with a touchscreen. This is really important if you were wanting a Chrome OS laptop to take full advantage of Android Apps. Although you’ll still be able to use a lot of the apps. You may find there are a vast majority of apps, which will not work without a touchscreen. If Android apps are important to you, then I’d not be considering buying a Chromebook that does not support a touchscreen.
The Display panel used is also a bit of a letdown. It uses a TN panel, which means you may not be too impressed with the images and text displayed on the screen. If you’ll be sitting directly in front of your laptop at all times. Then you may be fine with the panel used. However, do not expect the display quality not to deteriorate when viewing from an angle.
|Display Size||Resolution||Panel Type||Touchscreen|
|11.6-inch||1,366 x 768||TN||No|
When it comes to connectivity the Lenovo 3i Chromebook has you covered. It comes with the older USB Type-A port and the newer Type-C port. This means you’ll be able to use old or new peripherals and not have to worry about compatibility issues. This is good to see because although Type-C is the new standard. At the moment a lot of people still own hardware that only supports Type-A.
If you’re concerned about whether the Chromebook has enough storage. You’ll be happy to know you can easily add further storage at a later date thanks to the Micro SD card. Adding extra storage using an SD card is one of the cheapest ways to increase the storage on your Chromebook. However, you need to remember Android Apps can only be stored locally. Any extra storage you add at a later date will only be to store more files. It’s not advisable to store too many files locally on your Chromebook.
|Micro SD slot||Yes|
SHOULD YOU BUY THIS CHROMEBOOK
If you’re after a cheap small laptop and you don’t want to spend too much money then you may be happy with this laptop. However, the fact it does not come with a touchscreen is a bit of a letdown. Chrome OS and the ability to use Android Apps is a great thing. Using these apps without a touchscreen isn’t great. You can still use apps, but you would have a much better experience if it had touchscreen capability. Also, the TN panel used is not going to give impressive results and it would have been much nicer to see an IPS panel. It’s important to remember what you’re paying, and for the price the specs are perfectly acceptable.