Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 Chrome 12IAN8, Intel N100
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Reviews for the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 Chrome 12IAN8, Intel N100
Source: PC Mag
The Lenovo Flex 3 Chromebook presents itself as a budget-friendly 2-in-1, and it fulfills that promise with a carry-friendly convertible design and impressive port selection. While its plastic construction and raw performance are no match for more expensive laptops, it's still a satisfying portable companion for casual users at a price that's hard to beat. If you're looking for something with more power for demanding applications or games, you're probably not after a Chromebook to begin with. We've tested faster and more powerful ChromeOS laptops galore, but in an environment defined by online tools and Android apps, relatively modest performance isn't a deal-breaker. We wish the Flex 3 had a couple of hours more battery life, but it's nevertheless a compelling budget option.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/03/2023
Rating: Total score: 70%
The portability of the Flex 3i is the cherry on top. Compared to the 16-inch MacBook Pro that I usually lug around, the Lenovo weighs less than three pounds and it's as backpack-friendly as laptops come. For $349, I challenge you to find a laptop with more functionality and benefits than the Lenovo Flex 3i Chromebook. I'm not saying this is the best laptop on the market, but it would've easily been at the top of my buying list if I was still in college, and that's coming from someone who's had all the experiences with buying $300 laptops.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/21/2023
Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N): Integrated graphics card in Intel Tiger Lake-h SoCs based on the new Gen. 12 architecture with 24 of the 32 EUs (Execution Units / Shader Cluster). The clock speed depends on the processor model. Only suited for very low demanding games.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
N100: Alder-Lake-N based mobile CPU with 4 efficient cores (Gracemont) with 1 - 3.4 GHz. The TDP is specified at only 6 Watt.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This range of display format is largely the upper limit for tablets and the lower limit for subnotebooks.
The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small in size and therefore easily portable. The tiny display has the added advantage of requiring little power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is exhausting for the eyes. High resolutions, which one is used to from a standard laptop, are almost not usable.
The same applies to tablets in this size range.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Lenovo: Lenovo ("Le" from English legend, novo (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. As of 2004, the company was the largest laptop manufacturer in China and, after acquiring IBM's PC division in 2005, the fourth largest in the world. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company manufactures monitors, projectors, servers, etc, and specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing consumer electronics, personal computers, software, enterprise solutions and related services.
In 2016, the company ranked first in the world in computer sales. It still held it in 2023 with about 23% global market share. Important product lines are Thinkpad, Legion and Ideapad.
In 2011, it acquired a majority stake in Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Motorola Mobility was purchased, which gave Lenovo a boost in the smartphone market.
70%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
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