Chromebooks accept gotten so adult afresh that it’s a little underwhelming to see one that harks aback to the aboriginal canicule of the category, with a baby 11.6-inch awning and paltry 1,366-by-768-pixel instead of abounding HD or college resolution. But the Lenovo Chromebook C340-11 is about accessible for customer or classroom duty, abnormally aback it’s a flip-and-fold convertible. And at $269.99 in my analysis unit’s Sand Pink adaptation ($20 beneath in Platinum Grey), it’s $130 beneath the account prices of a analogously able Dell Chromebook 3100 2-in-1 Education or Acer Chromebook Spin 11. (To be fair, you can buy the Acer for $299 at Walmart.) It’s a fair accord if the awning admeasurement and its bashful resolution assignment for your purposes.
Next to the Lenovo Chromebook C330 we advised a year ago, the C340-11 costs $30 beneath with 4GB of anamnesis and 64GB of eMMC beam storage. It loses the earlier model’s HDMI port, accommodating you to bung an HDMI or DisplayPort dongle into a USB Type-C anchorage if you appetite to affix an alien monitor, but it assets an aluminum lid instead of the C330’s all-plastic construction. It additionally trades the aboriginal convertible’s MediaTek ARM processor for a dual-core Intel Celeron N4000.
At 0.7 by 11.4 by 8.2 inches, it’s almost abate than the Spin 11 (0.82 by 11.7 by 8.1 inches) and weighs hardly beneath (2.65 against 3.09 pounds). Lenovo and Chrome logos adorn the bland lid, and blubbery atramentous bezels beleaguer the IPS blow screen, abrogation allowance for your thumbs to anchor the accessory in book mode.
Two baby hinges let you bend the affectation all the way aback for use as a tablet, or partway aback for an easel- or kiosk-style angle approach or A-frame covering mode. The awning wobbles back broke in laptop mode, but the arrangement feels adequately sturdy, after abundant angle back you butt its corners or columnist the keyboard deck.
On the convertible’s larboard side, you’ll acquisition a USB 3.1 Type-C port, a USB 3.1 Type-A port, a microSD agenda slot, and an audio jack. On the appropriate are the ability button, a aggregate rocker for use in book mode, addition USB-C port, addition USB-A port, and a aegis lock slot. The AC adapter plugs into either USB-C port.
The ablaze 11.6-inch awning is all appropriate but not impressive. Its low resolution agency that accomplished capacity attending down-covered and argument looks hardly pixelated, abnormally if you use the Settings slider to accomplish items on the affectation arise larger. (You can use the built-in 1,366 by 768 resolution, or accept amid faux resolutions alignment from 1,518 by 813 pixels to 911 by 512.)
The awning isn’t actual bright, so backgrounds aren’t dazzlingly white and colors are tepid. Touch-screen movements are analytic absolute and responsive, but the Lenovo doesn’t appear with a stylus pen as the Acer Spin 11 does.
The keyboard is not backlit, so accounting in dim apartment is no fun. It follows the accepted Chromebook blueprint with browser and arrangement ascendancy keys forth the top row and a search/app barrage key instead of Caps Lock. The Shift, Ctrl, Alt, Escape, and Backspace keys are calmly large, and the cursor-arrow keys are in the able astern T.
Typing feel is bank but snappy, with somewhat loud, clicky feedback. The buttonless touchpad glides calmly and responds able-bodied to one- and two-finger taps. (The closing equals a right-click.) Clicks are quiet and don’t crave too abundant pressure.
The 720p webcam captures dark, blotchy images with a acceptable accord of static. Audio from the bottom-mounted speakers is additionally poor, managing to complete accompanying faint, flat, and alveolate alike with the aggregate maxed out. Highs are acrid and bass is swallowed up.
The Celeron N4000 appearance a abject acceleration of 1.1GHz and turbo acceleration of 2.6GHz, as able-bodied as Intel UHD 600 chip graphics. The Lenovo convertible acquainted neither apathetic nor fast during everyday, accidental use; it streamed distinct YouTube videos after a hitch, admitting two at already was too much, and played several Android games.
The Acer Chromebook 315 is an bargain touch-screen arrangement with the aforementioned dual-core AMD A4-9120C processor begin in the HP Chromebook 14. The HP Chromebook 15 appearance a dual-core, four-thread Intel Core i3 CPU. The Google Pixelbook Go has a dual-core, low-wattage Core i5-8200Y.
The Lenovo almost belted the two AMD-powered Chromebooks, but fell able-bodied abaft the portables with Intel Core processors—landing, in added words, about area you’d apprehend accustomed its Celeron CPU.
Again, the Lenovo accomplished in the average of the pack, or the lower average if you appetite to be careful about it. The arrangement additionally denticulate a blah 7,673 credibility in UL’s PCMark for Android Assignment 2.0 benchmark, compared to 10,280 for the HP Chromebook 15 and 11,948 for the abundant added expensive, Core i5-powered Dell Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chromebook Enterprise.
Finally, to analysis a Chromebook’s array life, we bend a locally stored video with awning accuracy set at 50 percent, audio aggregate set at 100 percent, and Wi-Fi disabled until the laptop conks out.