The Positive The powerful Chromebook 500e will get the job completed as a laptop computer and tablet, with a cushty keyboard, responsive (included) stylus and stable battery life. Two webcameras.
The Imperfect Chunky, plastic aesthetic. Mediocre show. Limited to on-line apps.
The Outcome Well-suited for fundamental on-line use, the 500e is sturdy, transportable, long-lasting Chromebook that competently doubles as a tablet.
The Chromebook idea is rooted in simplicity. Forget Windows, with all of its sophisticated licenses, patches and updates. Google’s free, light-weight working system simply works — so long as you perceive what a Chromebook can and might’t do. You cannot set up Photoshop, Steam or some other Windows or Mac-dependent software — solely on-line apps and providers that run by way of your browser (and now, many Android apps). With the 500e, Lenovo stays steadfast to the Chromebook premise, delivering an affordable laptop-tablet mixture that simply works — and with surprisingly few limitations.
While Samsung and Google have refined the high-end Chromebook — see the Chromebook Pro and Pixelbook, respectively — Lenovo has gone down-market with a lineup of Chromebooks optimized for classroom use. They’re sturdy, convertible between laptop computer and tablet, and cheap. Priced at $310 (£340 or AU$600), the 500e is well-suited for the classroom in addition to fundamental private and enterprise use.
|Price as reviewed||$310|
|Display dimension/decision||11.6-inch 1,366×768-pixel touchscreen|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.1GHz Intel Celeron N3450U|
|Memory||2GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 500|
|Webcam||Built-in 720p HD digital camera and mic, 5MP HD digital camera and mic|
|Networking||802.11ac wi-fi, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Operating system||Google Chrome|
A troublesome little machine
The 500e’s plastic design lacks the metallic class of higher-end laptops however exudes toughness; I felt assured handing it off to my 8-year-old daughter. According to Lenovo, the rubberized bumpers can soak up a drop (as much as 29.5 inches) and the water resistant keyboard can face up to a drenching (as much as about 11 ounces of liquid). The ports — two USB-C, two USB 3.0, a microSD card slot and a headphone jack — are bolstered.
The 11.6-inch HD multitouch Gorilla Glass show is completely mediocre sufficiently sharp however simply not vivid sufficient, even at its most setting. The 500e’s 360-degree convertible hinge — just like the one discovered on the pricier Yoga 920 — is stiff and stays put at any middleman angle, although the show will shimmy a bit when you’re a forceful typist.
Respectable as a laptop computer and tablet
Although it is a comparatively small machine, the 500e’s keyboard is not a lot smaller than what you’d discover on the 13-inch Macbook Air, and it has just a few useful further keys for on-line navigation (i.e. again, ahead, refresh). I discovered it snug to kind on. In addition to the customary webcam embedded above the show, Lenovo has positioned a second digital camera above the keyboard so you may shoot images and movies whereas trying on the show in tablet mode — a considerate contact.