Last month, Google joined three manufacturers to announce some new Chromebooks aimed at gamers. In the mix we have offerings from Acer, ASUS, and Lenovo. Each machine has its own redeeming characteristics, but so far, the Acer Chromebook 516 GE seems to stand out among the crowd with the best CPU and the best overall spec-to-price ratio.
Lenovo’s Chromebook gaming was initially launched as a 12th Gen Intel Core i3 model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of eMMC storage. This model falls short of the power offered by the denser Core i5 found in the Acer Chromebook 516 GE but makes up for it with an excellent introductory price of just $399. Right now, the Core i3 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook is currently out of stock at exclusive retailer Walmart, but when it’s available, it’s a bargain.
When announcing it, Lenovo said there will be a Core i5 version of the Gaming Chromebook and that’s good news because the Iris Xe graphics on a Core i5 chip are much more powerful than the standard UHD graphics of an Intel Core i3 CPU. After more than a month, Lenovo has finally released its most popular Core i5 model and it is available directly from the Lenovo website. However, there is one stark caveat. price.
The ASUS 16″ Gaming Chromebook features an 11th generation Core i5 processor and is the only model out of the three to feature a 144Hz display. While it’s more affordable at $699, the Acer Chromebook 516 GE offers even more value with its 12th Gen Intel Core i5 and its price tag of just $649. It also uses a P-series processor which has 12 cores and 16 threads which should give it a definite advantage over the U-series Intel Core i5 which only has 10 cores and 12 threads.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook is powered by the latter’s CPU, and while it still has more than enough power to handle cloud gaming and even Steam games, Lenovo has priced itself out of the market with an MSRP of $799. That’s a whopping $150 more than the Acer machine which is undoubtedly a better machine. However, I hope Lenovo offers the Core i5 Gaming Chromebook from other retailers where we can see a more reasonable price. Lenovo usually lists Chromebooks at inflated prices on their website, but with any luck, they’ll go on sale around the holidays. At $699, I’d say this Chromebook is worth it but $800 makes it a bit challenging. Here is a look at the newly released Core i-5 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook specifications.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook specifications
- Chrome OS
- Intel Core i5-1235U
- 8 GB RAM
- 256 GB SSD
- 16″ 2.5K (2560 x 1600) IPS 350nits anti-glare, 120Hz, 100% sRGB, TÜV Low Blue Light
- 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard
- aluminum top
- Full HD webcam with privacy shutter
- 2 USB-C ports
- 2 USB-A ports
- audio jack
- Stereo speakers, 2W x4, enhanced with Waves MaxxAudio
- Wi-Fi 6 / Bluetooth 5.1
This model upgrades the storage to a physical SSD which is fine for gamers but still doesn’t condone the hefty price tag, in my opinion. While I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the more powerful Lenovo, I definitely feel your money is better spent on the Acer. This is just my article and like I said, I’m sure we’ll see some deals on this deal and it could change my mind on whether or not you should buy this. Lenovo also offers a gaming bundle for the IdeaPad that comes with a mouse and headset for $868. You can see both lists at the link below.
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