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The Lenovo N20p tries to set itself apart from its Chromebook competition with a hinged screen that lets you use the device as a standing tablet. Unfortunately, lackluster performance and an average screen keep it from being a truly attractive alternative.

If "buttoned-down, professional, and reserved" is a design philosophy that appeals to you, then you might like the build on the N20p, which Digital Trends calls "plain" and not "inviting." But Computerworld still thinks it's "well-built," and SlashGear says its "solid and conservative." Unfortunately, the display isn't as solid. Though the 1,366 x 768 resolution is pretty standard among Chromebooks and PC Mag says it's "par for the course for this price range," Laptop Magazine calls it one of the "weaker components" on the N20p, offering "poor accuracy, color reproduction and viewing angles."

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8.0
Computerworld Aug 15, 2014

The N20p Chromebook is a standout device with lots of attractive qualities. For folks in the power-user camp, it's just a shame it's not available with the more robust internals that other similarly priced products provide.

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CNET Sep 24, 2014

Lenovo's N20p is long-lasting touchscreen Chromebook with a design on the nicer side of budget, but its semi-hybrid hinge feels like a half-measure.

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7.0
PC Mag Nov 5, 2014

With a touch screen and 300-degree hinge, the Lenovo N20p Chromebook lets you tap and flip, but its higher price and performance that's the same as the competition means it's sort of a one-trick pony.

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PC World Aug 26, 2014

Take your run-of-the-mill 11-inch Chromebook, add a touchscreen with a 300-degree hinge, and you suddenly have a model that's a lot more versatile and interesting than most of its cohort. It's a touch more expensive, but worth it for the extra features. The battery life is good, too.

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SlashGear Sep 11, 2014

While the Yoga 11e might be more flexible, the N20P is quite a bit thinner and will better appeal to more traditional users.

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PC Advisor Oct 8, 2014

The Lenovo N20p is a bit of a disappointment. Visually it’s a very attractive, compact, and smart machine. The touchscreen is useful, and the specs make for a decent experience. This is all ruined by the poor keyboard which proved a constant frustration. Fix that, and this would be a great device.

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Computer Shopper Aug 22, 2014

Lenovo's $329 Chromebook joins the Acer C720P in offering a touch screen and tops it in offering a Yoga-style easel or stand mode. Intel's "Bay Trail" Celeron gives it great battery life at the expense of benchmark-busting performance.

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CNET May 6, 2014

In our hands-on time with the N20p and N20, both felt like a distinct step up from the least-expensive Chromebooks, such as Acer C720 line.

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PC Mag May 6, 2014

The touch-enabled N20p is built with a 300-degree hinge, which allows the display to be folded around into a display mode, which may be useful when watching video or sharing a presentation. It doesn't come around far enough to offer a tablet mode.

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SlashGear May 5, 2014

The key difference between the two Chromebooks is the display and its hinge. The N20 is of a more traditional design, but the N20p borrows from the YOGA and others in Lenovo's line-up, with a 300-degree hinge that allows the screen to be turned around for using the notebook in all-touch mode.

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TechRadar May 6, 2014

The Lenovo N20p Chromebook is one of the most gorgeous Google-stamped laptops I've seen yet. Like the Dell Chromebook 11 before it and the Samsung Chromebook 2 to come, Lenovo has clearly applied its eye for style to the Chrome OS notebook.

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Android Community May 6, 2014

The screen is of particular interest. Both come with 11.6-inch displays with similar 1366x768 resolutions. However, the Lenovo N20P's screen supports 10-finger multitouch while the N20 does not. The two also differ in terms of overall form factor.

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