Lenovo’s new ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook has all the pieces ThinkPad followers love—there’s a terrific keyboard, a sturdy, no-nonsense design, and sure, the little purple TrackPoint within the center—however as a substitute of Windows or Linux, it runs Google’s Chrome OS.
It’s not the most affordable nor the prettiest Chromebook round, however that is the nicest I’ve used. The 2-in-1 design comes with a built-in stylus, the trackpad has buttons on the high, and there are many ports. If you like ThinkPads and are contemplating dipping your toes into Chrome OS land, this laptop computer is for you.
The C13 Yoga is Lenovo’s first time bringing the ThinkPad identify to a Chromebook, so it is fascinating to see what Lenovo sees because the defining traits of a ThinkPad.
Everything I like about my favourite ThinkPad, the X270, is right here within the C13 Yoga—the keyboard is sort of similar to each different ThinkPad of latest reminiscence (the format follows the Chromebook fashion), the TrackPoint is current, and the trackpad buttons are on the high. You’ll additionally discover a fingerprint reader and a slew of ports, together with two USB-C, two USB-A, a MicroSD card reader, and an HDMI. Curiously, it has a phone-style quantity rocker too.
What makes it extra fascinating is it is one of many first Chromebooks utilizing AMD’s newest 3000C-series processors. There are a couple of configurations, beginning with the entry-level mannequin that makes use of the Athlon Gold chip with 4 gigabytes of RAM. Then there’s the Ryzen 3 mannequin, additionally with 4 gigabytes of RAM, adopted by the mannequin I examined, which has a Ryzen 5 chip and eight gigabytes of RAM (a higher-tier Ryzen 7 can also be obtainable). Hard drive choices vary from a paltry 32 gigabytes to 256 gigs on the mannequin I examined. All the SSDs use PCIe NVMe connections.
The Ryzen 5 chip in my take a look at unit is loads quick. Chrome OS would not ask an excessive amount of of a processor, in order that’s not stunning. But even enhancing images in an Android app, opening dozens of tabs in Chrome, and typing that is in Vim utilizing Linux options did not sluggish it down in any respect. It’s each bit as quick as premium Chromebooks like Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook or the Pixelbook Go.
The 1080p display screen is brilliant and sharp, a pleasant change from inexpensive Lenovo Chromebooks that are likely to have washed-out, muddy screens. There’s additionally an choice to get a 4K OLED display screen with the C13 Yoga, however given the battery life, I’d hesitate so as to add a power-hungry display screen (extra on that later).