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Lenovo isn’t the first name you think of when you’re considering a gaming laptop. Alienware or Razer, maybe, but not Lenovo. The Y40 might change your opinion. This machine delivers great everyday performance, a GPU that’s good enough to game at the display’s native 1920×1080 resolution, and a classic Lenovo keyboard.

Measuring 13.7 inches wide, 9.8 inches deep, and 0.9 inches thick, and weighing 5.4 pounds (with the AC adapter; 4.5 pounds without), the Y40’s form factor is neither chunky nor thin-and-light—just all-purpose, all the way. That said, it’s a bit more stylish than the norm, with tasteful red accents highlighting the sides of the keys, setting off the speakers from the keyboard desk, and delineating the right/left button areas on the touchpad.

Red accents are scattered all over the Lenovo Y40’s design, from the sides of the keys to the speaker grill and USB ports. 

Our eval Y40 (Lenovo’s model number 59416787) arrived with an Intel Core i7-4500U, 8GB of DDR3/1600 memory, an AMD Radeon R9 M275 GPU with a 2GB frame buffer, and a 256GB SSD. It costs $950 and is available on Amazon, (but not from Lenovo’s site). Lenovo sells the similarly configured model 59423035 for the same price, but that is equipped with the slightly different Core i7-4510U. Less-expensive versions start at $749 and feature the same discrete GPU.

Lenovo’s Y40 can’t swing with the big-boy gaming laptops, but it definitely doesn’t embarass itself. And it costs a whole lot less. 

The Core i7, the discrete graphics, and the SSD helped our test unit earn a more-than-respectable WorldBench 9 result of 67. Not surprisingly, given the discrete GPU and dedicated graphics memory on board, its gaming scores were good, too. While it didn’t equal the marks of its big sibling, the Y50 (which is outfitted with the more powerful Nvidia GTX 860M), the Y40 did manage playable frame rates in the high 30’s and high 40’s in 1080p tests. If you want to game at 60fps and higher, you’ll need to dial the resolution down to 1024×768. But at this price, that’s excellent performance.

You’ll need to dial the graphics down a bit if you want to game at 60-plus frames per second. The Y40 was more than twice as fast at 1024×768 than it was at 1920×1080.

Battery runtime for the Y40’s 54-watt-hour unit was 5 hours and 14 minutes, not too shabby given the configuration. That’s measured while everyday computing chores are being performed, not gaming; you’ll want to be plugged into an AC outlet for that.

The Y40 delivered excellent battery life for a gaming machine. 

Getting to said battery entails the removal of no fewer than 12 screws before you can pull off the bottom of the unit. The Y40’s design further complicates this process with screws whose insertion angles follow the rounded contour of the shell, rather than remaining perpendicular to the horizontal plane of the unit. I quickly realized why most vendors choose the latter approach when I stripped a soft screw head while trying to insert it only slightly off-kilter. User error, to be sure, but it shouldn’t be that easy to get wrong.

Using the Y40 for writing and general business was a pleasure. The keyboard, though short-throw, had nice aural and tactile feedback, and the touchpad was a solid with butter-smooth response—it was a world of difference from my recent experiences with the Dell Latitude 14 5000.

Lenovo’s well-earned reputation for building excellent keyboards is preserved with the Y40.

The 14-inch, 1920×1080 display—being non-touch with a matte finish—is less prone to glare than many laptop displays you’ll find these days. The bezel surrounding it, however, is glossy and prone to such. That can be distracting. But the display rendered 1080p movies and games to good effect, and that’s what really matters.

One caveat is that you have a lot of pixels in a relatively small amount of space, which apparently confused either Windows or the graphics driver. The fonts in some applications, such as Device Manager, were badly anti-aliased. This is a software/driver issue, though; it’s not the fault of the display.

The sound through the Y40’s JBL speakers was acceptable. Spaciousness increases dramatically if you use Windows Media Player’s WOW effect (or similar), which means the speakers are decent. But bass response is minimal, even with TruBass (or similar effects) enabled.

Inputs/outputs

The thin chassis meant Lenovo had to use a drop-jaw Ethernet port. But this one feels very sturdy and unlikely to break. 

Perusing the BIOS, I found the always-on charging for the USB turned off. This is done to extend battery life, but it’s a pretty handy feature to have off by default. I was in the BIOS to change the function key behavior back to the old-school norm of not having to press the FN key in conjunction with the F4, F5… keys to achieve the desired effect. Old habits die hard.

All told, Lenovo has done an exceptional job with the Y40. It has the Lenovo-ness (simple design, great input ergonomics) that has won the company legions of fans, it’s fast, and it games well enough for the average player. There’s not a lot more you could ask for in a 14-inch laptop in this price range.

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Lenovo Yoga 9I 14 (2024) Review: The Pinnacle Of Design

Pros

Thin, attractive design

Supports USB-C 4 with all the extras

Vivid, rich OLED display

Excellent sound quality

Fast, especially for its size

Cons

Relies heavily on USB-C 

Fan noise can be annoying

Our Verdict

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14-inch uses Intel’s 12th-gen Core processors to deliver solid performance in a compact machine.

A decade has passed since Lenovo introduced the first Yoga 2-in-1. Though Microsoft’s Surface devices set the trend, it was arguably the high-volume Yoga line that became the true vanguard of mainstream convertible design. Lenovo’s Yoga 9i 14-inch (2024) builds on this decade of experience in all the right ways. From the thin profile to the powerful internals, this year’s model delivers blazing fast performance in a tiny package. Although the fan noise can be a bit loud and we feel as though it relies too much on USB-C, overall we were impressed with this machine.

Lenovo Yoga 9i 14-inch specifications

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14-inch is among the first laptops with Intel’s new 12th-Gen Core mobile processors targeting thin-and-light machines. Though thin, the laptop packs four performance cores and eight efficiency cores for a total of 12. 

CPU: Intel Core i7-1260P

Memory: 16GB

Graphics/GPU: Intel Iris Xe (96 EUs)

Display: 3,840 x 2,160 IPS with HDR support

Storage: 1TB

Webcam: 1080p with IR

Connectivity: 2x USB-C 4.0 / Thunderbolt 4, 1x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, combo headphone/mic

Networking: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5

Biometrics: Fingerprint reader

Dimensions: 12.57 inches wide x 8.53 inches deep x .64 inches thick

Weight: 3.02 pounds

Design and build quality

IDG / Matthew Elliott

Lenovo doesn’t get enough credit for its design. I can’t think of another Windows laptop maker so consistently willing to go off script and the Yoga 9i 14-inch is a prime example of its willingness to depart from the norm.

From a distance, the Yoga 9i looks like most Windows 2-in-1s. It’s a clamshell design with a rotating hinge that folds back 360 degrees, effectively turning the laptop into a tablet. Approach it, however, and you’ll notice the laptop is adorned with round, gleaming chrome edges across the top and bottom half. 

It’s an eye-catching look with practical benefits. The rounded edges mean you never encounter a hard touch point while maneuvering the laptop. This will be a minor point for many. After all, it’s not like other 2-in-1s will slice your finger. Still, the Yoga 9i is more inviting than the norm.

The Yoga 9i’s low weight and touchscreen further improves ease of use. It’s a great machine to carry with one hand or spin around to share something with a friend or co-worker across a table. It’s not small or light enough to be an iPad replacement, but the 9i comes as close as you can expect from a device without a detachable keyboard. That’s good news if you need a 2-in-1 for use in cramped spaces or for travel.

Keyboard and trackpad

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The Yoga 9i 14-inch offers a quality keyboard despite its thin profile. Key travel is good and has a firm, pleasant bottoming action. The layout is also excellent and makes full use of the laptop’s 14-inch size. Key caps are reasonably sized yet there’s plenty of space between keys.

Several unique keys can be found on the keyboard’s right side. These include a key that turns the Windows system-wide dark mode setting on or off and one that flips through performance modes. Though a nice extra, they’re not a must-have and won’t change how most people use the 2-in-1. The keyboard has a backlight and uses a light sensor to automatically turn it on in a dark room (it can also be activated manually). 

I appreciate the Yoga 9i’s large touchpad. It measures about 5 inches across and three inches deep. This is a great size for a thin, portable 2-in-1 and provides plenty of room for Windows’ multi-touch gestures. The touchpad does a good job of rejecting unintended input, which is important, as its large size means my palms came to rest on its surface. 

Display, audio

IDG / Matthew Elliott

The base Yoga 9i 14-inch has a IPS touchscreen with 1,920 x 1,200 resolution, but my review unit had the upgraded OLED touchscreen with 3,840 x 2,400 resolution. This makes for a 16:10 aspect ratio which provides extra vertical screen real estate that’s useful when multitasking or viewing vertically scrolling content like web pages or PDF documents. Text clarity is excellent, as 323 pixels are crammed into each inch. Eagle-eyed users might detect a fine speckled pattern in bright white documents, a likely result of the OLED screen’s particular subpixel layout, but I didn’t find it distracting.

Image quality is otherwise excellent. The Yoga 9i’s display has accurate color, a wide color gamut spanning up to 99% of DCI-P3, a high maximum brightness above 400 nits, and deep black levels thanks to the OLED display panel. Images and movies look vivid, crisp, and have a realistic sense of dimensionality that draws in your eye.

The display is glossy, so glare can be a problem. The maximum brightness of 400 nits allows use even when beside a sunlit window but some reflections will be obvious. 

In another departure from the norm, the Yoga 9i leans hard into audio quality. The hinge doubles as a miniature Dolby Atmos soundbar. It works well, delivering a loud, throaty presentation that is suited to music and movies but still clear enough for podcasts. Maximum volume is high enough to fill an office, though this sometimes muddies the sound in bass-heavy tracks. This is an excellent sound system for a slim 2-in-1. 

Webcam, microphone, biometrics

A 1080p camera standard on the Yoga 9i 14-inch. This is great to see on any premium Windows device and remains the exception, not the rule. It’s an obvious upgrade over 720p, offering a big leap in sharpness and more accurate, vivid color. Exposure is still an issue in unevenly lit rooms, however, and using it at night will introduce a ton of noise. The camera offers a small physical privacy shutter, which is a nice touch. 

The laptop’s dual microphone setup performs as expected. It’s usable from several feet away from the laptop. You can even speak from across a small room if you raise your voice. Quality is thin and distant, however, and distinctly different from using a real microphone. 

Biometric login is offered through both a fingerprint reader and facial recognition. The fingerprint reader works well but, as always, it can be fooled by greasy or dirty fingerprints. Facial recognition through Windows Hello is the quicker, more reliable method. It works well even in a dark room.

Connectivity

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14-inch has a pair of USB-C 4 / Thunderbolt 4 ports. These include DisplayPort Alternate Mode for connecting displays and can charge the laptop when connected to a USB-C power source. With the right adapters, these versatile ports can be used to attach a HDMI or DisplayPort display, connect to the Internet over wired Ethernet, or drive multiple additional USB ports in a USB hub. 

While the lack of wired connectivity will annoy some, it’s typical for the premium 2-in-1 space. Want more wired connectivity? You’ll need to put up with a heavier, thicker machine. 

Wireless connectivity is provided by Wi-Fi 6 along with Bluetooth 5.1. The wireless adapter provided very strong, reliable performance in my testing, dealing well with all corners of my home. Bluetooth was functional up to about 25 feet with walls between devices.

Performance

The Yoga 9i 14-inch is an interesting test of the Intel Core i7-1260P’s capabilities. This new 12th-Gen Intel Core processor packs a total of 12 processor cores (four P-Cores, 8 E-Cores) plus Intel Xe graphics. It looks great on paper.

IDG / Matthew Elliott

PCMark 10 gets the Yoga 9i with i7-1260P off to a mediocre start. The benchmark score of 5,280 is not bad, but it doesn’t defeat the prior model with an Intel Core i7-1195G7 processor. It also falls behind the Ryzen 5700U. 

IDG / Matthew Elliott

The heavily multi-threaded Cinebench R15 benchmark is a different story. It puts the cores to work for an outstanding score of 1,837. This absolutely blows away the prior Core i7-1195G7 and comes surprisingly close to the Ryzen 7 5700H. Intel’s many-core approach pays off here.

IDG / Matthew Elliott

This remains true in Handbrake, another heavily multithreaded benchmark. Transcoding a 4K file of the short film Tears of Steel takes over an hour, which is a long time, but it’s about a half-hour less than prior Intel processors. The Core i7-1260P does not score as close to the Ryzen 7 5700H as in Cinebench, however.

But what about graphics? 

IDG / Matthew Elliott

The Core i7-1260P offers many processor cores but doesn’t make big changes to integrated graphics. That’s fine, as Intel’s Iris Xe with 96 execution units (EUs) remains capable for its category. It delivered a score of 1,985 in 3DMark Time Spy. This is the match for the best Intel integrated graphics we’ve tested in the past and will match or beat most Ryzen mobile APUs, as well. 

Games from the Xbox One / PlayStation 4 era are typically playable at 30 FPS or better, though the most demanding will require cuts in resolution and detail settings. Older games, like Counter-Strike or League of Legends, can sustain 60 FPS at 1080p. 

There’s just one issue to be aware of – noise. The Yoga 9i is quiet at idle but a real whirlwind at full tilt. It’s enough to annoy anyone in the same room if the laptop is left in the open. This is an area where Intel-powered laptops just can’t compete with Apple’s nearly silent MacBook line. 

Battery life

Lenovo squeezes a large 75 watt-hour battery into the slim Yoga 9i 14-inch. This is serious capacity for a 2-in-1 and good news for endurance. 

IDG / Matthew Elliott

The Yoga 9i lasted 12 hours and 12 minutes in our standard battery test, which loops a local 4K video file until the laptop dies. This is far from a record and a bit less than the prior Yoga 9i model, but I’d still call it better than average. 

Real-world observed battery life was not as impressive. The laptop averaged about seven hours of endurance in a workload of heavy web browsing, document editing, and occasional photo editing. The 4K OLED display is a likely factor, as these screens can be power-hungry at high brightness. 

Software

The product page for Lenovo’s Yoga 9i touts several partnerships including Amazon Alexa for PC and three free months of Xbox Game Pass. Free stuff is nice, but it hints at a problem: there’s a lot of bloatware. 

Conclusion

Lenovo’s Yoga 9i 14-inch is an excellent addition to the company’s long line of capable premium 2-in-1s. It packs strong performance, a great OLED display, excellent audio, a pleasant keyboard, a large touchpad, and future-proof connectivity into one compact, versatile package. Though Intel’s new Core i7-1260P is performant enough for many professionals and creators, the Yoga 9i’s size and connectivity makes it ideal for travelers, students, and everyday users who want a premium Windows experience. 

Review Lenovo Ideapad 5 Gaming Chromebook

Pros

Pantalla grande y brillante de 2560 x 1600

Excelente conectividad inalámbrica y por cable

Altavoces potentes

Rendimiento sólido

Contras

Diseño sin destacar

Teclado y touchpad mejorables

Calidad de la webcam

Nuestro veredicto

Puede que Google haya acabado con Stadia, pero los Chromebooks para juegos siguen existiendo, y el IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook de Lenovo demuestra que la plataforma merece la pena en el área gaming.

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Tienda

Precio

$538.40

Ver oferta

La decisión de Google de asociarse con fabricantes de portátiles para crear Chromebooks para juegos no podría haber llegado en peor momento. Los primeros modelos se lanzaron a finales de 2023, sólo unos meses antes de que Google cancelara Stadia, su servicio interno de juegos basado en la nube.

Esto podría parecer el fin de los Chromebooks para juegos antes de que hayan empezado. Pero el IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook de Lenovo demuestra que la idea todavía tiene recorrido. Desde la excepcional pantalla, hasta los potentes altavoces, este dispositivo tiene mucho que ofrecer. Aquí tienes nuestro análisis completo.

Diseño y construcción

Diseño sencillo y minimalista

Construcción ligeramente endeble

Buena selección de puertos

El IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook está construido para jugar con sólo mirarlo. El portátil está dotado con un exterior de material de plástico gris simple, confiando únicamente en una tira mate de contraste para animar un poco las cosas.

Tiene un diseño atractivo, pero tampoco llama demasiado la atención. Lenovo podría haberlo etiquetado fácilmente como un portátil educativo o de negocios sin ningún cambio en el diseño.

A juzgar por su aspecto, nunca sabrías que el IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook está hecho para jugar”

Aparte de su aspecto, el IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook es un dispositivo relativamente moderno. Presenta unos biseles impresionantemente finos alrededor de la pantalla, lo cual ayuda a mantener el tamaño general relativamente bajo para tratarse de un panel de formato 16:10 de 16 pulgadas.

El portátil mide poco más de 355 mm de ancho, 254 mm de profundidad y 20 mm de grosor. No es pequeño, pero sí más compacto que muchos de los portátiles de 15,6 pulgadas que salieron al mercado hace unos años.

Sin embargo, la calidad de construcción no es tan impresionante. Todas las superficies del portátil son de plástico (aunque la tapa parezca de metal) y hay una ligera flexión tanto en la tapa de la pantalla, como en la parte inferior del chasis.

Nada de esto es una sorpresa dado el precio del portátil, pero los competidores de Lenovo pueden hacerlo mejor. El Acer Chromebook 516 GE, por ejemplo, ofrece un chasis parcialmente de aluminio que a muchos les resultará más lujoso.

IDG / Matthew Smith

Este Chromebook se inclina hacia USB-C con dos puertos que admiten tanto la carga rápida Power Delivery, como el modo alternativo DisplayPort para conectarse a pantallas externas. Cualquiera de los dos se puede utilizar para la carga, la transferencia de datos, o la entrada de vídeo a un monitor.

También se incluyen un par de puertos USB-A para usar con dispositivos cableados más antiguos. Un lector de tarjetas MicroSD y un conector de audio de 3,5 mm completan las opciones. Es una buena oferta a la que tan solo habríamos añadido un puerto HDMI completo.

Teclado y trackpad

Teclado de tamaño completo

Teclado numérico separado

Buen desplazamiento, pero no el más táctil

Trackpad pequeño pero sensible

Lenovo aprovecha bien todo el tamaño del IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook para desplegar un teclado tremendamente espacioso. Junto a todas las teclas normales, tienes un teclado numérico separado en el lado derecho.

Hay mucho recorrido de tecla y espacio para escribir cómodamente, pero las teclas parecen un poco blandas y no particularmente táctiles. Sin embargo, la fila especial de teclas de función de Google Chromebook están todas ahí, proporcionando un acceso rápido a funciones como el volumen, el brillo y la actualización del navegador web.

IDG / Matthew Smith

La retroiluminación del teclado es una característica clásica de los portátiles para juegos, aunque aquí es un poco más limitada. Puedes personalizar el color de la retroiluminación a través de los ajustes de Chrome OS, pero sólo hay un puñado de colores o una opción de arco iris predefinida.

Aún así, es una gran característica dado el precio del portátil. La mayoría en este rango de precios se quedan con una retroiluminación de teclado blanca y sin personalización del color.

Hay mucho recorrido y espacio para escribir cómodamente, pero las teclas son un poco blandas y no especialmente táctiles”

Justo debajo del teclado principal hay un modesto touchpad. Mide 114,3 mm de ancho por 50 mm de profundidad, lo que es definitivamente en el lado más pequeño. Aunque responde bien y nunca parece estrecho, se agradecería un poco más de espacio.

También notarás que el touchpad está significativamente desplazado hacia el lado izquierdo en un esfuerzo por mantenerlo centrado debajo de la barra espaciadora. Los usuarios con manos grandes deben tener cuidado, ya que esto puede significar que su mano izquierda termine fuera del lado del reposamanos.

Personalmente, prefiero el enfoque del Acer Chromebook 516 GE, que prescinde por completo del teclado numérico para centrarse en un panel táctil y un teclado centrados. Tu opinión variará dependiendo de cuánto valoras la presencia del teclado numérico.

Pantalla, sonido y webcam

Sólida pantalla LCD IPS de 16 pulgadas a 120 Hz

Altavoces impresionantes

La calidad de la webcam 720p podría ser mejor

El IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook es uno de los dispositivos ChromeOS más grandes que se pueden comprar, con una pantalla de 16 pulgadas y relación de aspecto 16:10.

Mientras que el modelo básico tiene un panel de 1920 x 1200 con una tasa de refresco de 60 Hz, el que he probado lo mejora a 2560 x 1600 y 120 Hz. Ambos son LCD IPS en lugar de OLED, pero tienen un acabado antirreflejos y sin brillo.

Por desgracia, la calidad de imagen es mediocre. Aunque los colores son atractivos y el brillo máximo es razonable (350 nits), la relación de contraste de la pantalla no es nada impresionante y resta profundidad y dramatismo a la imagen. Las escenas oscuras a menudo se ven ligeramente borrosas, con sombras carentes de detalle.

A pesar de estos defectos, la pantalla del IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook es una mejora sobre la mayoría de portátiles baratos, como el Acer Nitro 5 y el Asus TUF Gaming A15. Los portátiles gaming Windows de este rango de precios tienden a tener una gama de colores peor y apagada, y un ratio de contraste aún más bajo.

La frecuencia de refresco de 120 Hz del Lenovo es otra ventaja sobre la competencia. Se muestra muy fluida en los juegos, pero también mejora la experiencia visual del día a día. El desplazamiento es fluido, mientras que el movimiento por las aplicaciones y las páginas web es muy sensible.

Aunque la pantalla es una ventaja, hay un gran inconveniente: no todos los servicios de juego en la nube admiten una resolución de 2.560 x 1.600 a 120 Hz. Hasta donde yo sé, Nvidia GeForce Now y Shadow Blade son los únicos servicios disponibles que admiten esta resolución y frecuencia de actualización.

El portátil soporta otros servicios de streaming de juegos, pero la imagen en estos puede parecer más suave de lo que cabría esperar.

IDG / Matthew Smith

Aparte de los juegos, la pantalla se ve muy bien al navegar por la web o escribir documentos. Su imagen nítida y brillante reproduce las fuentes finas con una claridad sobresaliente, mientras que la capa antirreflejos elimina los bordes de la luz. El tamaño y la alta relación de aspecto de la pantalla también ofrecen espacio de sobra para la multitarea.

Hay más noticias buenas en lo que respecta al audio: los altavoces integrados del portátil son excelentes para su precio. Están orientados hacia arriba, lo que significa que el sonido no está amortiguado en absoluto, y combinan una buena separación estéreo con una pizca de fuerza en música y películas.

El rango medio todavía puede ser mejorable y el volumen es simplemente adecuado, pero los altavoces están un peldaño por encima de la mayoría de Chromebooks y portátiles Windows de precio similar.

Los altavoces están por encima de la mayoría de Chromebooks y portátiles Windows de precio similar”

Encima de la pantalla hay una webcam básica de 720p. El brillo y los colores son aceptables, pero el vídeo tiende a verse suave y falto de detalle. Sin embargo, aquellos que se preocupan por la privacidad, estarán contentos de ver la inclusión de un obturador de privacidad físico que puede bloquear completamente la cámara.

La calidad del micrófono está por encima de la media, con buen volumen y claridad. Es incapaz de bloquear muchos ruidos de fondo fuertes o consistentes, pero los sonidos menores u ocasionales no son un problema. Sin embargo, merece la pena señalar que el obturador físico no desactiva el micrófono.

Desafortunadamente, el inicio de sesión biométrico (con tu huella dactilar o cara) no es una opción en este Chromebook. Pero eso no es una sorpresa, ya que no muchos Chromebooks optan por incluir esta característica. En su lugar, tendrás que utilizar un PIN o una contraseña a la antigua usanza.

Especificaciones y rendimiento

CPU Intel Core i5-1235U

Mucha RAM y almacenamiento

Excelente rendimiento en juegos en la nube

El IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook está equipado con el procesador Core i5-1235U de Intel, una CPU de la gama de 12ª generación que llegó en 2023. Con 10 núcleos (dos de rendimiento y ocho de eficiencia), es un procesador modesto comparado con los portátiles gaming Windows, pero extremadamente potente para un Chromebook.

Lenovo tampoco ha comprometido otras especificaciones de rendimiento. Tienes 8 GB de RAM y un SSD de 512 GB.

Eso es excelente para un Chromebook, incluso 256 GB deberían ser suficientes para la mayoría de la gente. En mi experiencia, un SSD de 256 GB en un Chromebook es similar a una unidad de 1 TB en un portátil con Windows, ya que el espacio de almacenamiento reducido se compensa con el hecho de que la mayoría de las aplicaciones (incluidos los juegos), se ejecutan en la nube.

Estos son los resultados benchmark del Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook en cinco pruebas de rendimiento basadas en navegadores.

CrXPRT 2: 184

Velocímetro: 124

Basemark Web 3.0: 1193

Kraken 502.7

Jetstream 2: 211,928

Estas son puntuaciones altas que compiten con otros Chromebooks recientes con procesadores Intel Core i5, como el Acer Chromebook Vero 514 y el Framework Laptop Chromebook. El Lenovo con procesador Intel está un poco por delante del Acer Chromebook Spin 514 con procesador AMD Ryzen en la mayoría de las pruebas, aunque los resultados del benchmark están muy cerca en general.

Acer Chromebook Vero 514 no está diseñado para jugar, pero sigue siendo un competidor clave

Dominik Tomaszewski / Foundry

¿Qué hay de los juegos? Los juegos instalados en el Chromebook no se ejecutan bien – o en absoluto. Los juegos de Android están técnicamente disponibles a través de Google Play Store utilizando la emulación de Android, pero los títulos exigentes están fuera de cuestión.

Durante las pruebas, Call of Duty: Mobile se bloqueó inmediatamente y me devolvió al escritorio. Genshin Impact se inicia bien y es vagamente jugable, pero tiene un aspecto terrible y es de todo menos fluido. Asphalt 8 es lo bastante fluido para jugar, pero tiene problemas de tartamudeo que restan valor a la experiencia.

Sin embargo, el juego en la nube es otra historia. El IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook puede transmitir cómodamente casi cualquier título de juego en la nube con una resolución máxima de 2560 x 1600 y una frecuencia de actualización de 120 Hz.

Usando el nivel Ultimate de Nvidia GeForce Now (19,99 € al mes), que proporciona acceso a hardware de clase RTX 4080, ejecuté Cyberpunk2077 a 136 fps. Esto fue con los ajustes Ultra detalle y Ultra trazado de rayos activados, además de DLSS 3 activado.

Y lo que es aún más impresionante, lo hice desde una habitación situada a 15 metros con varias paredes de distancia del router de casa, por lo que dependía totalmente de la potencia de la señal wifi.

IDG / Matthew Smith

Es un resultado asombroso. Habría que gastarse miles de euros para obtener un rendimiento similar en un portátil con Windows que jugara localmente.

También me sorprendió la solidez del adaptador Wifi del IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook en esta situación. Es un escenario difícil, ya que el rango entre el router y el Chromebook resulta en solo 90 Mbps de ancho de banda y latencia irregular, pero el juego se sentía sin problemas.

¿La pega? Tendrás que pagar una cuota mensual para acceder a cualquier servicio de juego en la nube. También estarás limitado a una selección más reducida de juegos compatibles. Pero si puedes hacer frente a estas limitaciones, el juego en la nube en este Chromebook es una experiencia fantástica.

Jugar en la nube en este Chromebook es una experiencia fantástica”

La conectividad es impresionante, ya que el portátil es compatible tanto con Bluetooth 5.1, como con el último estándar WiFi 6E (en el momento de escribir estas líneas). Eso es importante para un Chromebook de juegos – mientras que WiFi 6 es más que capaz de manejar los juegos en la nube, el ancho de banda extra nunca es una mala cosa.

Me alegra saber que el portátil es compatible con Bluetooth 5.1 y WiFi 6E, que es el último estándar. Esto es importante para un Chromebook de juegos. La velocidad de WiFi 6 es capaz de gestionar juegos en la nube, pero un ancho de banda extra nunca viene mal.

WiFi 6E también tiene una banda adicional de 6 GHz que puede mejorar la fiabilidad de la red si tienes numerosos dispositivos conectados. Sin embargo, necesitarás un router compatible para aprovecharlo.

Duración de la batería

Capacidad de 71 Wh

Impresionante duración de la batería

El Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook incluye una gran batería de 71 Wh en su gran chasis. Es una gran capacidad para tratarse de un Chromebook, y merece la pena cuando estás lejos de la corriente de carga durante mucho tiempo.

Usando el test de duración de batería CrXPT 2, registré unas muy alentadoras 15 horas y 56 minutos. Es un gran resultado, superando a portátiles de la talla del Acer Chromebook Vero 514, Acer Chromebook Spin 514 y Framework Chromebook Laptop.

La duración de la batería es un punto fuerte del IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook”

Sigue siendo un gran salto con respecto a los portátiles para juegos de Windows, que a menudo luchan por alcanzar las cinco horas de duración de la batería con una sola carga. La duración de la batería es uno de los puntos fuertes del IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook.

Precio y disponibilidad

El precio del IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook parte de un precio para la configuración aquí analizada de 699 € con procesadores de última generación y la resolución FullHD soportada con el panel IPS antireflectante que integra.

Esto lo convierte en un Chromebook de gama alta sin llegar a ser un portátil caro, pero en uno de los portátiles para juegos más asequibles que se pueden comprar.

Su rival más obvio es el Acer Chromebook 516 GE (desde 999 €), mientras que el Acer Chromebook Vero 514 (más económico) no está diseñado para juegos, pero podrás ejecutarlos a través de la nube.

Veredicto

El IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook es un Chromebook impresionante, tanto para abordar tareas de productividad diaria, como para jugar en la nube. Hay mucho que gusta aquí, incluyendo una pantalla brillante y nítida, buen rendimiento, gran conectividad y excelente duración de la batería.

Lenovo ha hecho algunos sacrificios de diseño, sin embargo, mientras que el teclado y la webcam no son los mejores.

Por muy bueno que sea este dispositivo, el Chromebook 516 GE de Acer ofrece una experiencia de juego ligeramente más completa. Pero la mayoría de la gente será feliz con cualquier dispositivo, y el IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook es una buena segunda opción.

Especificaciones

Pantalla de 16 pulgadas y ratio 16: 10

Procesador Intel Core i5-1235U

Memoria: 8 GB

Gráficos/GPU: Intel Iris Xe

Resolución de pantalla de 2560 x 1600

Almacenamiento: 512 GB SSD

Cámara web 720p con IR

Conectividad: 2x USB-C con Power Delivery y DisplayPort 1.4, 2x USB-A, 1x lector de tarjetas microSD, 1x conector de audio combinado de 3,5 mm

Redes: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1

Biometría: Ninguna

Batería de 71 Wh

Dimensiones de 356 x x 252 x 22 mm

Peso de 1,82 kg

Lenovo C260 Review: This Inexpensive All

Penny pinchers in need of a very inexpensive all-in-one desktop PC will be happy with the Lenovo C260 only if their computing needs are truly minimal.

The best all-in-one PCs bundle solid desktop features in a sleek display—no unsightly tower required. But because they include a display, they often cost a lot more than traditional desktops, a problem Lenovo seeks to address with its C260 all-in-one, a 19.5-incher which goes for $480 (Amazon was selling this model for $450 as of this writing).

Frankly, we’d have happily traded the optical drive for better wireless networking hardware and more USB 3.0 ports. 

But you get what you pay for, and the C260 skimps in many ways to achieve its low price. It might be adequate for someone with truly minimal computing needs—email, light web browsing, or simple word-processing tasks—but others will find at least some of the many compromises annoying.

Boo! There’s just one USB 3.0 port, and no HDMI input for connecting a videogame console or set-top box. 

Performance is the obvious starting point. Powered by a Pentium J2900 CPU with integrated Intel HD graphics (the latest branch on Intel’s Bay Trail family tree) and 4GB of DDR3/160 memory, the C260 eked out a dismal Desktop WorldBench 9 score of 28, despite having a relatively fast, but low-capacity hard drive. It’s only 500GB, but it spins its platter at 7200 rpm (we’ve seen all too many inexpensive PCs with 5400-rpm drives).

The Lenovo C260 produced one of the most anemic Desktop WorldBench 9 scores on record. 

Granted, our 100-point baseline PC consists of an Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, discrete graphics and a solid-state drive, but very few of the PCs we’ve tested have scored below 50. The Pentium chip, which lacks hyperthreading, likely is the major culprit, although the minimal amount of RAM combined with integrated graphics almost certainly contributes as well (the system can be upgraded to 8GB of memory).

Intel’s Pentium J2900 CPU might be better suited to a tablet than a desktop PC.

This is not a unit you’d want to use for multitasking, which would severely challenge its memory resources. Even YouTube videos with lots of movement showed signs of strain, including pixelation. I also found touchscreen response to be less than snappy.

The YouTube issues, however, may also relate to another significant drawback: The unit’s Wi-Fi client adapter is a 1×1 model that supports only 2.4GHz, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. A 1×1 adapter like this can support just one spatial stream for transmission and one for receiving. This adapter is also limited to operating on the very crowded 2.4GHz spectrum, which will be problematic in environments where lots of other wireless networks are operating.

A halfway decent wired keyboard is better than a crummy wireless one, but did I mention this machine needs more USB 3.0 ports. Oh well, at least it has gigabit Ethernet.

You’ll be limited to the playing very simple machines on this all-in-one. 

There are other irritants as well: Only one of the C260’s four USB ports supports USB 3.0—the others handle only slower USB 2.2 connections. And unless you pay extra to upgrade to a wireless keyboard and mouse, two of those four ports will be occupied by the wired peripherals that come with the unit.

Honor Magicbook 14 (2024) Review: Practical Power

Pros

Impressive core performance

Excellent all-day battery

Strong set of ports

Cons

Slightly drab design

No i7 option

Fast charger only ships with RTX GPU model

Our Verdict

The Honor MagicBook 14 (2024) is as practical as it gets. Plenty of power (including an optional RTX GPU), long battery life, and a diverse set of ports make this a sensible option for students and workers who prioritise performance.

Honor inherited a lot from former parent company Huawei, but one underrated element of that is a knack for quietly capable laptops. 

The MagicBook range is reliably capable and affordable – never the plushest or most premium laptops around, but always excellent value.  

That hasn’t changed with the 2023 refresh of the MagicBook 14, which delivers impressive power and longevity while skirting the lower edge of the premium price bracket thanks to a no-frills design. 

Design & build 

Solid – but heavy – aluminium build 

Only available in grey 

Plenty of ports 

If there’s a word best-suited to the MagicBook 14’s design, it’s probably ‘functional’. 

Dominic Preston / Foundry

I don’t want to do the laptop dirty too much, but ultimately this is an aesthetic that tilts firmly away from form, without ever straying too far towards becoming unattractive. 

Only available in a grey finish, the MagicBook 14 is built from an aluminium alloy that means it feels sturdy and solid by laptop standards. The downside is that at over 1.5kg it feels heavy for it – not so much that it’s burdensome to carry in a backpack, but enough that you’d hesitate to call it lightweight. 

A tapered design means that the whole package still feels pretty slim and compact despite the 14in display, though the bezel round the display is a little thicker than you might find in some rivals around the same price.  

Ports are another strong point here. Along the left side you’ll find a pair of USB-C 3.2 ports, either of which can be used for charging too, alongside the 3.5mm headphone jack. Alongside there’s a welcome USB-A port (an increasing rarity in laptops) along with a real oddity: a full-size HDMI port. 

Dominic Preston / Foundry

Ultimately, this is a simple, solid, grey slab of metal. It feels tough and looks professional, and for plenty of people that will be more than enough – but if you want something more striking, you’ll have to look elsewhere. 

Keyboard, trackpad & webcam 

Excellent, comfortable keyboard 

Decent trackpad 

720p webcam 

One thing the MagicBook 14 offers is a really great keyboard. 

The keyboard also features a combined power button and fingerprint sensor, which allows you to turn the laptop on and unlock it with a single button press. 

Finally, above the display you’ll find a 720p webcam. This is about what you’d expect: it gets the job done on a Zoom call, but quality really isn’t great, especially with bright lights or dark rooms. There’s not all that much better out there though. It also doesn’t support Windows Hello facial recognition, which means you’ll have to use the fingerprint sensor or an old-fashioned password to sign in. 

Screen & speakers 

14in, 1440p LCD display 

3:2 aspect ratio for productivity 

Dual speakers 

In case the name didn’t give it away, the MagicBook 14 is kitted out with a 14in display. It’s LCD, rather than OLED, but that’s no surprise at this price. It’s also limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, but again, that’s not too uncommon. 

The screen’s stronger specs are its resolution – a detailed 2160×1440 – and aspect ratio – the boxy 3:2 form. This latter is increasingly common in laptops, and gives you extra vertical screen space,  which is ideal if you’ll mostly be using this to work on. The downside will be extra letterboxing when you watch movies, so this is less well-suited if it’s primarily for streaming Netflix in bed. 

Dominic Preston / Foundry

Setting aside the core specs, the screen here looks pretty good. It’s not tuned for perfect colour-accuracy (it only hit 72% of the AdobeRGB and DCI-P3 colour gamuts when tested with our SpyderX) but it’s bright enough to use in direct light, detailed, and will get the job done when it comes to basic creative work or the aforementioned Netflix in bed. 

The dual speakers here aren’t anything to write home about, but they hold their own. For prolonged music listening you’ll definitely want to connect headphones or a speaker, but these are crisp enough for a Zoom call or podcast, which is likely where they’ll see most of their use. 

Specs & performance 

12th-gen H-series Core i5 chip 

Optional RTX 2050 GPU 

Strong performance all-round 

The MagicBook 14 this year comes with a single CPU option: a 12th-gen Intel Core i5. It’s more powerful than it sounds though, because the chip here is the i5-12500H, which runs at a higher wattage and clock speed than the P- and U-series chips you find in most non-gaming laptops. 

I’ve been testing the regular model, which uses Intel’s integrated Iris Xe graphics. If you need more power you can opt to buy a model with an Nvidia RTX 2050 included, which should add enough oomph to make this a capable machine for video editing and the like. 

Whichever model you opt for, it comes with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of storage – you don’t get any options here, though at least that keeps things simple. 

As for wireless connectivity, the laptop includes Wi-Fi 6 (but not the more recent 6E) and Bluetooth 5.2. 

Battery & charging 

Fantastic battery life 

Fast charging – but it varies by model 

Let’s start with the unambiguously good: battery life on the MagicBook 14 is excellent. When it launched the model, Honor claimed the laptop would run for 17 hours. We were, understandably, a little sceptical. 

So imagine my surprise when I ran our standard battery benchmark – playing a 720p video on loop at a set display brightness – and the laptop lasted for a full 17 hours and 32 minutes. Fair play Honor. 

Of course you don’t normally spend your time watching videos on repeat, but the battery holds its own in more typical use cases too. That’s harder to measure of course, but I’ve found the MagicBook 14 more than capable of lasting a full workday with juice left in the tank, which is really the threshold that matters. 

Dominic Preston / Foundry

Charging impresses too, though there’s some variation here, because Honor ships a different charger depending on the model you buy. Pick up the standard MagicBook 14 and you’ll get a 65W charging brick, but if you upgrade to the RTX GPU then Honor will in turn upgrade you to a much faster 135W charger. 

Even this slower charger is faster than most laptops though – I got 39% of the battery back in just half an hour, and Honor says a full charge would take 95 minutes. 

Software & features 

Ships with Windows 11 

Easy file and screen-sharing with other Honor devices 

The MagicBook 14 ships with Windows 11 Home, the latest version of the Microsoft operating system, so you’re pretty much getting the best software experience you can expect from a Windows laptop. 

Dominic Preston / Foundry

Honor doesn’t interfere with the experience too much, but does add in its own PC Manager software. This has two main functions, the first of which is to streamline firmware and BIOS updates for the various laptop components. 

The second is to enable easy file-sharing and screen-streaming with other Honor devices, like phones or tablets. That means with a simple NFC tap you can share files or bring your phone display up on the laptop in its own window. 

It’s great tech, and easy to use, but the big downside is that it only works with other Honor hardware. So to get the benefit you’ll have to go all-in on the company’s ecosystem – if you’re not ready to also pick up an Honor phone or tablet then you won’t get much use out of it. 

Price & availability 

The MagicBook 14 is available now in “select European markets,” which at least for the time being doesn’t include the UK – though keep an eye on Honor’s UK site. It’s also unavailable in the US, and is unlikely to ever launch there. 

The base model of the laptop will set you back €1,099 (around $1,070/£960), while the upgrade to a discrete GPU and faster charging raises the price to €1,299 (roughly $1,270/£1,130). 

By MagicBook standards that’s expensive, though for the power on offer this is still a fairly competitive price. It’s certainly premium, but by staying closer to one grand than two, it undercuts a few other options on the market. 

Dominic Preston / Foundry

Check out our ranking of the best laptops on the market to see what else we’d recommend, or our more specific guides to the best business laptops and best laptops for students.

Verdict 

The MagicBook 14 will prove a good option for workers on the go who need strong performance and a lengthy battery life and are willing to forego some luxuries to get them in a relatively affordable package. 

Specs 

Windows 11 Home 

14in 2160×1440 LTPS touchscreen, 185ppi, 60Hz 

Intel Core i5-12500H processor 

Intel Iris Xe Graphics or Nvidia RTX 2050 GPU 

16GB LPDDR5 RAM 

512GB SSD storage 

720p webcam 

2x USB-C (data, charging) 

1x USB-A 

1x HDMI 

Headphone jack 

Fingerprint power button 

Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 

Bluetooth 5.2 

Dual speakers 

Dual microphones 

75Wh battery 

65/135W charger 

308x228x16.9mm 

1.54/1.58kg 

Space Grey 

Review: Lenovo X1 Carbon Gen 4 Business Ultrabook

There are certain things about the X1 Carbon line that stay consistent across all the models — the slim body, sharply tapered front edge, dark color, and classic ThinkPad keyboard, for example. Each model features subtle changes over the last model, though, and the fourth-generation X1 is no exception. One of the first things you’ll notice is the lighter weight — the X1 is lighter than it looks, and won’t be any sort of burden when in your laptop bag or backpack.

Big changes aren’t anywhere to be found, however. The largest deviation from the last model is one that may turn away some consumers — Lenovo has ditched the touchscreen, something that won’t matter at all to some users and will be sorely missed by others. Truth be told, having a touchscreen on the X1 Carbon seems a tad pointless — the display can’t rotate fully back into tablet mode, instead opening a max of 180-degrees. There’s little usefulness for a touchscreen, then, as there’s no way to use it that isn’t awkward.

If you need a touchscreen, Lenovo no doubt would rather you choose from one of their many (many) Yoga and flexible ThinkPad laptops. (check out the ThinkPad Yoga 12!)

Touchscreen aside, the display is as excellent as you’d anticipate for an X1 model; customers have the option of a 14-inch 2560 x 1440 IPS 300nits panel or a 14-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS 300nits panel. This is nestled in a body weighing 2.6lbs with svelte 13.11 x 9.01 x 0.65″ measurements. The laptop, despite its thin size, packs a bunch of connectivity options — there’s mini DisplayPort, HDMI, a trio of USB 3.0 ports, microSD, OneLink+, and WiGig…a nice upgrade from the third-generation model.

The ThinkPad keyboard has long been a favorite among users, and you’ll find it in all its glory with the Gen 4 X1 Carbon. The keys aren’t too shallow, but still have a modest profile, being soft on the downstroke with a firm report while typing. Lenovo has elected to keep the physical buttons on the trackpad, as well, something found on the third-generation and the first generation, but not the second. As with Gen 3, the physical buttons are much better over the no-button Gen 2 design. The TrackPoint nub in the keyboard is still present.

TECH SPECS

Processor: Up to Intel® Core™ i7 vPro™ Processor

Operating System:

– Windows 10 Pro

– Windows 10 Home

– Windows 7 Professional

Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 520

Memory: Up to 16 GB DDR3

Storage: Up to 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD

Camera/Microphone: 720p/Digital Array Microphone

Battery: Up to 11 Hours (52 WHr)

Display:

– 14″ WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS, 300 nits

– 14″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 300 nits

Dimensions: 13.11″ x 9.01″ x 0.65″

Weight: Starting at 2.6lbs

Security and Manageability

– TPM

– Kensington® Lock

– Touch Fingerprint Reader

– Intel® vPro™ Technology

I/O (Input/Output) Ports

– WiGig

– OneLink+

– Mini DisplayPort™

– HDMI™

– 3 x USB 3.0

– microSD™

WiFi: Snowfield Peak 2 x 2 a/c + Bluetooth® 4.1 (vPro™)/Snowfield Peak 2 x 2 a/c + Bluetooth® 4.1 (Non-vPro™)/Douglas Peak (WiGig / WiFi / Bluetooth® 4.1 Combo) (coming soon)

Mobile Broadband: Integrated Mobile Broadband/Sierra Wireless EM7455 Qualcomm (coming soon)

Bluetooth®: Bluetooth® 4.1

Note: specs vary based on configuration.

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