Chromebooks may not be popular in this part of the world, but I personally think that they are practically useful cloud-based laptops.
Think about it: most of the stuff we do on our computers these days are mainly on the internet.
With Chromebooks, all the applications are available online via Google’s cloud services. Google’s Chrome OS is also simple to use.
And the fact that Chromebooks are cheaper than Windows-based laptops means they make a good backup computer or a gift for students.
But there is one problem: Chromebooks are still mostly stuck in the traditional clamshell design while Windows-based laptops have evolved into hybrids, convertibles and 2-in-1’s.
There’s only one Chromebook that can convert itself into a tablet, the Acer Chromebook 11. That one has a 360-degree hinge and a touchscreen.
But your options are still pretty limited.
Lenovo is hoping to fill that gap with the Flex 11, which the company just launched. Just like Acer’s Chromebook 11, the Flex 11 also goes 360 degrees and can be used in tablet or tent mode at the users’ will.
The Flex 11 costs only US$279 (around B$390), which makes it one of the more affordable Chromebooks in the market.
Weighing at 1.36 kg, the Flex 11 is a bit on the chunkier side, but Lenovo has included mild drop resistance and water resistance to its new chromebook, which are a plus.
The Flex 11 rocks a 2.1GHz quad core ARM processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which is sufficient for a laptop in this class. It also features USB-C, regular USB, HDMI and an SD card slot. Battery life is rated at 10 hours.
Screen resolution on the Flex 11 isn’t something to write home about especially if you’re already spoiled by high definition displays, but at 11.6 inches, the 1366 x 768 resolution shouldn’t look at all bad.
It’s something that you should come to expect from a sub-$300 laptop.