The Chromebooks are the new laptops and many manufacturers are now producing the Chrome OS based devices. Lenovo too have joined the competition and have developed their own line of Chromebooks. The latest addition to this line of products is the Lenovo N42.
Processor: Intel Core Celeron N3060 1.6 GHz (Turbo to 2.48 GHz)
Memory: 4 GB of DDR3 RAM
Storage: 16 GB FLASH
Screen: 14 Inches
OS: Chrome OS
Most Chromebooks are light weight and have slim profile and design. The Lenovo N42 weighs 3.3 pounds it is light enough to carry around. Along with a slim and small profile, this device is ideal when going on trips or when travelling. The laptop has a 3 cell Lithium Ion battery.
Most Chromebooks are also cheap but these laptop include all the necessities a user may need. These include connectivity ports such as Bluetooth 4.1, 2x USB 3.0 and an HDMI, to connect to larger screens when needed. That’s why it comes with 802.11 ac for high speed wireless internet and connectivity. It also has a 3.5mm audio jack to connect to external speakers.
The laptop also includes a built in 720p webcam and a large 14” inch display, driven by the integrated Intel HD – 400 graphics. This device could do very well for video calling over services such as Skype. This laptop can be a portable and efficient way of getting basic stuff done, like internet browsing or video streaming.
The Lenovo N42 has its share of flaws too. Most Chromebooks provide less than acceptable onboard storage memory. The Lenovo N42 offers 16 GB of space of onboard memory which is nothing compared to Microsoft Windows or Apples MAC OS based laptops, that offer 500 GB or above. It will be hard for most users to not completely use up their available space.
The Lenovo N42 may have a dual core Intel Core Celeron processor, but it doesn’t compare to i series processors most other non Chromebooks have. It’s just not fast enough to even compare. This is, again, a trend most Chromebooks have as they prefer slower processors.
The Lenovo N42 runs on the Google Chrome OS and is likely to face compatibility issues with many popular software. The device is best suited to handle Google’s own software, such as Google Docs, but will have issues with software that are meant for more mainstream OSs such as the Microsoft Office.
The Lenovo N42 is part of a new type of laptop device, one that runs on anything other than the mainstream OSs such as Microsoft Windows or Apples MAC OS. This may not be the comparable to more mainstream laptops in terms of processing power or available on board storage space, but it will do for most casual users who don’t need the heavy computing capabilities and/or those who can look past the limited storage. This is ideal for users who aren’t very well versed in how complicated computers can be and would want something simple for everyday life’s use.