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The new Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 Chromebook is a 14 inch ChromeOS notebook with a few features that help set it apart from entry-level Chromebooks. It’s available with up to a full HD IPS LCD touchscreen display, front-facing speakers, and a full-function USB-C port that can be used for charging, data, and video output.
But this isn’t exactly a premium Chromebook. It’s powered by a MediaTek Kompanio 500 processor, which is designed for entry-level Chromebooks. First announced during Mobile World Congress in February, the Ideapad Slim 3 Chromebook is now available from Best Buy for $319.
The model available from Best Best Buy features 4GB of LPDDR4x-3733 RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2. It has a 14 inch FHD touchscreen IPS LCD display and the laptop measures 13.2″ x 8.7″ x 0.7″ and weighs about 2.9 pounds.
It has USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C and Type-A ports, a headphone jack and microSD card reader and comes with a 45 Wh charger.
Lenovo says other models may also be available with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, a low-resolution 1366 x 768 pixel non-touch TN display with limited viewing angles. or a 1080p non-touch TN display.
All models feature MediaTek’s Kompanio 500 processor, which is an octa-core chip with four ARM Cortex-A73 CPU cores and four Cortex-A53 cores that all top out at 2 GHz. It also features 800 MHz ARM Mali-G72 graphics and a 2-core AI processing unit with up to 0.5 TOPs of performance.
The laptop’s other features include 720p and FHD webcam options (with a physical shutter), a dedicated mute key, and a 170 degree hinge that lets you push the display way back.
Lenovo says the notebook weighs about 1.3 kg (2.9 pounds) and has “an all-day battery” good for up to 13.5 hours of run time under ideal conditions.
This article was first published February 26, 2023 and most recently updated March 28, 2023.
MediaTek makes great SOCs, but Linux driver support needs to be improved. I would rather run a less powerful and more power-hungry device with good drivers.
Admittedly this Chromebook does not do much, but not everyone is a power user. This device gives people practice turning it on and off, logging in, etc. Beginner skills.
I can’t tell if this is a sarcastic remark or not.
Laptops could be replaced by foldable mobile cloud devices or another form factor in the next 5-10 years anyway. But please keep spending your money on planned obsolescence to make it happen.
Eww. I wish they wouldn’t sell this class of laptops. Its just causing e-waste and frustrated companies and family members. Please buy something 2nd hand, or get something better on clearance. I got a Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 open item some months ago, way better than this Lenovo junk.
It would suck having to buy a computer right now.