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72 Global Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
72

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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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."

The N20p matches that mediocre exterior with middling performance that Digital Trends says was "fast enough" but didn't leave "much grunt to spare." PC World found it "mediocre," while CNET says it's "middle-to-top of the pack in most tests" but that's because most of your usage will be online tools that are "pretty lightweight and easy to run." And compared to other ChromeOS devices, Computerworld says it "feels like a meaningful step backward."

With so many middle-of-the-road features, the one thing that's special about the N20p is its hinged screen, which Computerworld found "handy." But, as PC Advisor notes, "the normal laptop setting also allows the screen to sit up unaided," making the stand mode superfluous. It's even a drawback in some cases, with PC Mag finding that the rubber feet for the stand "may slightly dig into your wrists" when using it in laptop mode and PC Advisor says that using volume controls on the YouTube app in the stand mode equated to "some kind of sadistic torture."

The hinged screen of the Lenovo N20p seems like a nice idea, but ultimately it doesn't give this Chromebook a real advantage over faster, cheaper systems built with more traditional designs.
72 Global Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
72

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Average Critic Score
Product Review
TechRadar
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.
Product Review
CNET
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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SlashGear
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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PC Mag
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.
Product Review
Android Community
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.
 
80
Computerworld
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.
 
80
Computer Shopper
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.
 
80
CNET
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.
 
60
PC World
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.
 
80
SlashGear
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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