New 6th generation Lenovo Ideapad 5i is a great looking Chromebook

If you’re looking at buying your first-ever Chromebook or just considering an upgrade. You may be interested in the new Lenovo sixth-generation Ideapad 5i Chromebook. I don’t know about you but an important factor for me when choosing a laptop is how it looks.

Chrome OS is so popular in 2022 that when it comes to buying a new Chromebook you’ll find plenty to choose from. Apart from the performance, which is something we all need to consider, we’ll usually make our choices based on how it looks and how good the display is.

Because we have such a huge choice when it comes to buying a new Chromebook. The best way for manufacturers to get our attention is to offer something that looks a little different. This is exactly what Lenovo has done with the Ideapad 5i, and I’m sure it will help this new Chrome OS laptop when it comes to sales.

Lenovo IdeaPad 5i looks great

I regularly look at all the different Chromebooks available from online retailers. There aren’t many that grab my attention by the way they look, but the IdeaPad 5i 6th generation Chromebook surely did that. This is thanks to the cool grey exterior, which Lenovo calls Storm grey, and the long green led light positioned by the trackpad.

These little extra touches make the laptop stand out from the traditional-looking laptop that can look a tad boring. The green led light isn’t just about making your laptop look cool. It’s an indicator of your battery level, where green means you’ve got plenty of power left, amber means you’re running low, and if you see red you need to think about charging your Chromebook.

Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Chromebook in grey
Lenovo IdeaPad 5i in grey

The keyboard is also something that looks different from the norm. They’ve gone with black keys, which look great when the keyboard is backlit, which is an optional extra. A perfectly sized keyboard for a 14-inch laptop with just enough space left on either side for speakers.

Lenovo IdeaPad 5i processor choices

The good news is you don’t just have one model to choose from when buying the Ideapad 5i. This is another great thing that has come out of Chrome OS becoming more popular. The days of one particular model only being available in one configuration is over.

This does mean you have to take a bit more time making sure you buy the laptop that will do everything you need it to do. On the plus side, it will also avoid you spending more money than you have to. In the UK alone there are six different configuration choices you can choose from, so I’m sure you’ll find a laptop that matches your needs.

The basic model comes with an Intel Pentium Gold 7505 processor, which will be more than capable of the basics. If you need more processing power you also have the option of choosing an Intel i3 or i5 with an eleventh-generation processor. I own a Chromebook with an Intel i5 eleventh-generation processor, and all I can say is that it’s a super-powerful Chromebook capable of Steam Linux Alpha.

RAM & Storage

The RAM and storage options will mainly depend on the processor you choose. The lower the processor the lower the RAM and storage. The Pentium Gold model comes with 4GB of RAM, which is more than enough for most Chrome OS tasks. Find out more about how much RAM you need for your Chromebook. The Intel i3 model will be available with either 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and the i5 model comes with 8GB.

IdeaPad 5i Chromebook keyboard
The Lenovo IdeaPad 5i keyboard with optional extra backlit keys

Storage starts at 128GB, and it’s the more expensive and more reliable SSD storage rather than the cheaper eMMC. eMMC storage works perfectly fine but you will notice the difference when using SSD when using Linux, where installing and uninstalling programs is a lot quicker. You’ll also notice SSD storage is much better when working with large files. Find out more about how much storage you need for a Chromebook.

IdeaPad 5i is available in two colours

When it comes to having plenty of choices for the processor type. You also have another option to consider, which is the colour of your laptop. Although I think the darker model is far sexier, as it just looks much better with the dark keyboard and green led light. You also have the option of choosing a lighter chassis, which looks like light gold, which Lenovo describes as sand.

IdeaPad 5i in sand colour
The Lenovo IdeaPad 5i is also available in a lighter colour

I’m not sure about the sand version as I think the green led light and dark keyboard would have gone much better with white. Personally speaking, I’d be going with the darker model, but it’s great you have the choice, as we all have different tastes.

Lenovo IdeaPad 5i display

The IdeaPad 5i comes with a 14-inch display, which is the most typical display size for larger laptops. You can get a touchscreen, as an optional extra, which is something I’d recommend if you’ll be using a lot of Android apps.

It comes with a Full HD resolution of 1,920 by 1,080, which is the perfect resolution for the size of the display. The IPS panel is good to see because it means you’ll get great viewing angles and colours will be more true-to-life. An IPS panel offers a much better display than the cheaper TN panel. The best way to see the difference is visually, so I’ve created a video to show the difference between an IPS and TN panel.

Summary

I really do like the look of the new Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Chromebook. It’s available at many different retailers in the UK. Prices start from £379.99 for the basic model right up to £649.99 for the top-end model. These prices are subject to change, so I’d check out your favourite retailer as you’ll most likely find it available at cheaper prices in the future.

Find out more about the Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Chromebook on the Lenovo website.

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