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Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16 review: Stream games while doing homework

Chromebook with 120 Hz display. On paper, a 16-inch Chromebook with a 1600p full sRGB 120 Hz display sounds overkill. After spending just a few minutes with one, however, we can't look back. The Lenovo lives up to its name for being both a cloud gamer and a productive Chromebook.

Gaming has always been a major limitation of Chromebooks. Game streaming services circumvent this issue for the most part, but most Chromebooks just aren't optimized for such a workload. The latest Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16 comes with a larger, higher quality display and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity in an attempt to improve the game streaming experience.

Our review configuration includes the 12th gen Core i5-1235U CPU, Iris Xe 80 EUs GPU, 8 GB LPDDR4x RAM, 256 GB SSD, and 16-inch 2560 x 1600 120 Hz IPS display for approximately $600 USD. Cheapers SKUs are also available with the lesser Core i3-1215U for closer to $500 USD.

The IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16 competes directly with the Acer Chromebook 516 GE and Asus Chromebook Vibe CX55 Flip — all of which were announced simultaneously as part of Google's cloud gaming initiative for Chromebooks.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16 (IdeaPad Gaming Series)
Processor
Intel Core i5-1235U 10 x 0.9 - 4.4 GHz, Alder Lake-U
Memory
8 GB 
, LPDDR4x-4266, Soldered
Display
16.00 inch 16:10, 2560 x 1600 pixel 189 PPI, IPS, glossy: no, 120 Hz
Storage
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headset, Card Reader: MicroSD
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 19.95 x 356.5 x 253 ( = 0.79 x 14.04 x 9.96 in)
Battery
71 Wh
Operating System
Google Chrome OS
Camera
Webcam: 1080p30
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 4x 2 W, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.825 kg ( = 64.38 oz / 4.02 pounds), Power Supply: 323 g ( = 11.39 oz / 0.71 pounds)
Price
600 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
83.4 %
12/2022
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
i5-1235U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.8 kg19.95 mm16.00"2560x1600
79.4 %
01/2022
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
SD 7c, Adreno 618
715 g7.2 mm13.30"1920x1080
83.6 %
09/2021
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
2 kg18.5 mm15.60"1920x1080
80.7 %
12/2020
Acer Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT-P297
Pentium N5030, UHD Graphics 605
1.9 kg20.3 mm15.60"1920x1080
79.9 %
04/2022
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
3015Ce, Vega 3
1.7 kg18.6 mm14.00"1920x1080
83.4 %
02/2019
Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630-81JX0008UX
i5-8250U, UHD Graphics 620
2 kg17.85 mm15.60"3840x2160

Case

The chassis consists of a two-tone anodized aluminum outer lid and a plastic keyboard deck and base not unlike many other IdeaPad 3 or IdeaPad 5 models. The smooth matte finish and monotone colors are reminiscent of the ThinkBook series for a somewhat semi-professional look. Overall rigidity is firmer than expected even if it's not quite up there with the pricier Yoga options.

Right: USB-A 3.2 Gen. 1, USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2 + DisplayPort + Power Delivery, Kensington slot
Right: USB-A 3.2 Gen. 1, USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2 + DisplayPort + Power Delivery, Kensington slot
Left: USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2 + DisplayPort + Power Delivery, USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2, 3.5 mm headset, MicroSD reader
Left: USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2 + DisplayPort + Power Delivery, USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2, 3.5 mm headset, MicroSD reader

Size Comparison

366.4 mm / 14.4 inch 250.5 mm / 9.86 inch 20.3 mm / 0.799 inch 1.9 kg4.19 lbs361.5 mm / 14.2 inch 248.5 mm / 9.78 inch 17.85 mm / 0.703 inch 2 kg4.47 lbs356.5 mm / 14 inch 253 mm / 9.96 inch 19.95 mm / 0.785 inch 1.8 kg4.02 lbs357 mm / 14.1 inch 240 mm / 9.45 inch 18.5 mm / 0.728 inch 2 kg4.3 lbs326.5 mm / 12.9 inch 228.8 mm / 9.01 inch 18.6 mm / 0.732 inch 1.7 kg3.64 lbs305.9 mm / 12 inch 186.8 mm / 7.35 inch 7.2 mm / 0.2835 inch 715 g1.576 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

SD Card Reader

SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630-81JX0008UX
Intel Core i5-8250U (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
70.4 MB/s +70%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7 (AV Pro SD microSD 128 GB V60)
57 MB/s +37%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U (AV Pro SD microSD 128 GB V60)
41.5 MB/s
Acer Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT-P297
Intel Pentium Silver N5030 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
34 MB/s -18%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce (AV Pro SD microSD 128 GB V60)
32 MB/s -23%

Webcam

The 2 MP webcam has no IR sensor, but it includes a sliding shutter for privacy.

ColorChecker
10.8 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
14.7 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
14.5 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
12 ∆E
11 ∆E
5 ∆E
ColorChecker Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16: 10.57 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 15.13 ∆E

Maintenance

The bottom panel is secured by nine T5 Torx screws for easier servicing than most other Chromebooks. Users can replace the M.2 2242 NVMe SSD and even the M.2 WLAN module is needed. However, keep in mind that longer M.2 2280 drives are not supported. RAM is fixed at 8 GB which isn't much of an issue on a Chromebook.

Accessories and Warranty

There are no extras in the box other than the AC adapter and paperwork. A one-year limited manufacturer warranty applies if purchased in the US.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard offers 1.5 mm of travel and full anti-ghosting for a typing experience that's similar to the IdeaPad 5 Pro. We appreciate the integrated numpad as well which many smaller Chromebooks tend to omit. The Enter, Up, and Down arrow keys are smaller and more cramped than we would like, however.

A four-zone RGB keyboard backlight comes standard which is uncommon on a Chromebook. Annoyingly, colors are limited to just a small handful as shown by the screenshot below.

Touchpad

The clickpad is decent in size (12 x 7.5 cm) but much too spongy when pressed. A USB mouse is highly recommended for more comfortable navigation.

Display

This model is notable for its 16-inch 1600p 120 Hz IPS display which automatically makes it one of the best displays on any Chromebook. Black-white response times are fast, colors cover sRGB in its entirety, and maximum brightness is just over the advertised 350 nits. Not coincidentally, these properties make the IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16 an ideal Chromebook for game streaming. You can certainly stream games on other Chromebooks, but the decrease in image quality and increase in ghosting will degrade the experience.

Perhaps the biggest asterisk at the moment is that Chrome OS does not fully support the 120 Hz refresh rate at the time of writing and so the display is still limited to just 60 Hz when running applications on a virtual machine. Google is expected to update Chrome OS in the future with proper 120 Hz support. If 120 Hz is important to you, then you might want to wait until the update rolls out before purchasing since prices may fall.

(December 26, 2022 update: Clarified that Chrome OS running apps in a virtual environment, such as those designed for Android or Windows, is limited to 60 Hz. Certain applications optimized for Chrome OS, such as GeForce Now streaming, will operate at 120 Hz.)

No edge-to-edge glass or touchscreen options
No edge-to-edge glass or touchscreen options
Very narrow side bezels
Very narrow side bezels
Slight-moderate uneven backlight bleeding along the corners
Slight-moderate uneven backlight bleeding along the corners
Matte panel is just slightly grainy
Matte panel is just slightly grainy
343.8
cd/m²
364.6
cd/m²
366.1
cd/m²
340.2
cd/m²
364.2
cd/m²
353.2
cd/m²
326.5
cd/m²
331.3
cd/m²
348.6
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 366.1 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 348.7 cd/m² Minimum: 10.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 364.2 cd/m²
Contrast: 1138:1 (Black: 0.32 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.28 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 2.4 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
Gamma: 2.21
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
IPS, 2560x1600, 16.00
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
OLED, 1920x1080, 13.30
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Acer Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT-P297
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630-81JX0008UX
IPS, 3840x2160, 15.60
Response Times
85%
-88%
-38%
-101%
-126%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
19.2 ?(10, 9.2)
2.3 ?(1.1, 1.2)
88%
35 ?(16, 19)
-82%
20 ?(2, 18)
-4%
40 ?(19, 21)
-108%
38.4 ?(22, 16.4)
-100%
Response Time Black / White *
14 ?(8.4, 5.6)
2.6 ?(1.2, 1.4)
81%
27 ?(15, 12)
-93%
24 ?(14, 10)
-71%
27 ?(15, 12)
-93%
35.2 ?(19.6, 15.6)
-151%
PWM Frequency
60.2 ?(100)
250
200 ?(10)
962 ?(99)
Screen
-7%
-62%
-85%
-101%
-36%
Brightness middle
364.2
358
-2%
282
-23%
272
-25%
200
-45%
281.2
-23%
Brightness
349
366
5%
259
-26%
229
-34%
196
-44%
262
-25%
Brightness Distribution
89
97
9%
84
-6%
78
-12%
84
-6%
76
-15%
Black Level *
0.32
0.15
53%
0.185
42%
0.2
37%
0.24
25%
Contrast
1138
1880
65%
1470
29%
1000
-12%
1172
3%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.28
1.93
-51%
5.55
-334%
4.44
-247%
4.82
-277%
3.63
-184%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
3.49
4.78
-37%
7.46
-114%
18.84
-440%
20.61
-491%
4.5
-29%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.4
1.6
33%
4.97
-107%
2.2
8%
1.64
32%
3.3
-38%
Gamma
2.21 100%
2.22 99%
2.41 91%
2.44 90%
2.43 91%
2.349 94%
CCT
6400 102%
6238 104%
6473 100%
6448 101%
6475 100%
6299 103%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
39% / 16%
-75% / -67%
-62% / -75%
-101% / -101%
-81% / -54%

* ... smaller is better

This is one of the most color-accurate displays we've tested on a Chromebook. Average grayscale and color deltaE values are only 2.4 and 1.28, respectively, which trumps most Windows-based laptops in the same $600 USD price range.

Grayscale
Grayscale
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
ColorChecker
ColorChecker

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
14 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8.4 ms rise
↘ 5.6 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 29 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
19.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10 ms rise
↘ 9.2 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 27 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17794 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

The display here is brighter than on most other Chromebooks where <300 nits is common. Even so, it's not bright enough to overcome direct sunlight or a bright overcast day. You'll still want to stay under shade to minimize glare.

Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

Processor

The Lenovo Chromebook is one of the few Chromebooks to utilize a 12th gen Core i5 U-series CPU for significantly faster performance than the typical Pentium, Celeron, or Atom solutions on cheaper alternatives. If you do a lot of remote management and multitasking, then the raw performance of a U-series processor will come in handy. This is the same processor that powers many of the latest Ultrabooks.

CPU Performance Rating: Percent
WebXPRT 4: Overall
CrXPRT 2: 3D Shapes | DNA Sequence Analysis | Stocks Dashboard | Offline Notes | Face Detection | Photo Effects | Score
Geekbench 5.5: Multi-Core | Single-Core
Jetstream 2: Total Score
Speedometer 2.0: Result
WebXPRT 3: Overall
JetStream 1.1: Total Score
Octane V2: Total Score
Mozilla Kraken 1.1: Total
Sunspider: 1.0 Total Score
CPU Performance Rating
Average Intel Core i5-1235U
 
70.4 pt
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16 -1!
Intel Core i5-1235U
67.3 pt
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise -9!
Intel Core i5-10310U
61.1 pt
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA -2!
Intel Core i7-1165G7
59.8 pt
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1 -10!
Intel Core i5-10310U
58.4 pt
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 CP713-2W-560V -9!
Intel Core i5-10210U
57 pt
Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630-81JX0008UX -13!
Intel Core i5-8250U
56.8 pt
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP -1!
Intel Core i3-1115G4
56.8 pt
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx -3!
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
51.9 pt
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10 -1!
Mediatek Helio P60T
45.7 pt
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1 -1!
AMD 3015Ce
44.3 pt
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook -10!
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
32.6 pt
Acer Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT-P297 -10!
Intel Pentium Silver N5030
32.2 pt
Acer Chromebook Spin 511 R752T-C26N -9!
Intel Celeron N4120
27.7 pt
Acer Chromebook 314 CB314-1H-C7SJ -15!
Intel Celeron N4100
20.3 pt
Acer Chromebook Spin 311 CP311-3H-K2RJ -12!
Mediatek MT8183
11.3 pt
WebXPRT 4 / Overall
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U
231 Points
Average Intel Core i5-1235U
  (206 - 236, n=10)
224 Points -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
48 Points -79%
CrXPRT 2 / 3D Shapes
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
10680 Points +289%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce
7512 Points +173%
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
7372 Points +168%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
5358 Points +95%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5149 Points +87%
Average Intel Core i5-1235U
  (2749 - 5047, n=2)
3898 Points +42%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U
2749 Points
CrXPRT 2 / DNA Sequence Analysis
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
955 Points +357%
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
757 Points +262%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce
566 Points +171%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
310 Points +48%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U
209 Points
Average Intel Core i5-1235U
  (206 - 209, n=2)
208 Points 0%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
174 Points -17%
CrXPRT 2 / Stocks Dashboard
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
533 Points +408%
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
305 Points +190%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce
302 Points +188%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
130 Points +24%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
115 Points +10%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U
105 Points
Average Intel Core i5-1235U
  (90 - 105, n=2)
97.5 Points -7%
CrXPRT 2 / Offline Notes
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
343 Points +586%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce
204 Points +308%
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
201 Points +302%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
88 Points +76%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
73 Points +46%
Average Intel Core i5-1235U
  (50 - 51, n=2)
50.5 Points +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U
50 Points
CrXPRT 2 / Face Detection
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
8968 Points +191%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
8609 Points +179%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce
4874 Points +58%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U
3085 Points
Average Intel Core i5-1235U
  (2942 - 3085, n=2)
3014 Points -2%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
1825 Points -41%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1546 Points -50%
CrXPRT 2 / Photo Effects
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
1201 Points +304%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
1114 Points +275%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce
506 Points +70%
Average Intel Core i5-1235U
  (297 - 336, n=2)
317 Points +7%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U
297 Points
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
243 Points -18%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
206 Points -31%
CrXPRT 2 / Score
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
181 Points +2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U
177 Points
Average Intel Core i5-1235U
  (162 - 177, n=2)
169.5 Points -4%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
147 Points -17%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce
71 Points -60%
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
53 Points -70%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
41 Points -77%
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
Average Intel Core i5-1235U
  (5528 - 8571, n=10)
6774 Points +23%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U
5528 Points
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
3872 Points -30%
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 CP713-2W-560V
Intel Core i5-10210U
3314 Points -40%
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1
Intel Core i5-10310U
2931 Points -47%
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise
Intel Core i5-10310U
2821 Points -49%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
2699 Points -51%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
1725 Points -69%
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
1687 Points -69%
Acer Chromebook Spin 511 R752T-C26N
Intel Celeron N4120
1561 Points -72%
Acer Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT-P297
Intel Pentium Silver N5030
1529 Points -72%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
1257 Points -77%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
926 Points -83%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce
1135 Points -79%
Acer Chromebook 314 CB314-1H-C7SJ
Intel Celeron N4100
1098 Points -80%
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
Average Intel Core i5-1235U
  (1426 - 1643, n=10)
1553 Points +7%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U
1456 Points
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1302 Points -11%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
1190 Points -18%
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise
Intel Core i5-10310U
1066 Points -27%
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1
Intel Core i5-10310U
1040 Points -29%
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 CP713-2W-560V
Intel Core i5-10210U
949 Points -35%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
620 Points -57%
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
597 Points -59%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce
564 Points -61%
Acer Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT-P297
Intel Pentium Silver N5030
532 Points -63%
Acer Chromebook Spin 511 R752T-C26N
Intel Celeron N4120
449 Points -69%
Acer Chromebook 314 CB314-1H-C7SJ
Intel Celeron N4100
378 Points -74%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
263 Points -82%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
254 Points -83%
Jetstream 2 / Total Score
Average Intel Core i5-1235U
  (191.9 - 254, n=7)
233 Points +8%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U
216.171 Points
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
185.4 Points -14%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
162.9 Points -25%
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise
Intel Core i5-10310U
124.6 Points -42%
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1
Intel Core i5-10310U
117.9 Points -45%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce
75.3 Points -65%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
68.5 Points -68%
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
60 Points -72%
Acer Chromebook Spin 511 R752T-C26N
Intel Celeron N4120
58.8 Points -73%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
42.49 Points -80%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
32.22 Points -85%
Speedometer 2.0 / Result
Average Intel Core i5-1235U
  (235 - 292, n=5)
266 runs/min +13%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U
235 runs/min
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
181 runs/min -23%
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 CP713-2W-560V
Intel Core i5-10210U
115 runs/min -51%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce
67.7 runs/min -71%
Acer Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT-P297
Intel Pentium Silver N5030
59.9 runs/min -75%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
49.4 runs/min -79%
Acer Chromebook Spin 511 R752T-C26N
Intel Celeron N4120
49.1 runs/min -79%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
33.2 runs/min -86%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
27.68 runs/min -88%
Acer Chromebook Spin 311 CP311-3H-K2RJ
Mediatek MT8183
27.96 runs/min -88%
WebXPRT 3 / Overall
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
314 Points +5%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U
299 Points
Average Intel Core i5-1235U
  (233 - 305, n=11)
263 Points -12%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
257 Points -14%
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise
Intel Core i5-10310U
201 Points -33%
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1
Intel Core i5-10310U
196 Points -34%
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 CP713-2W-560V
Intel Core i5-10210U
190 Points -36%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce
118 Points -61%
Acer Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT-P297
Intel Pentium Silver N5030
116 Points -61%
Acer Chromebook Spin 511 R752T-C26N
Intel Celeron N4120
106 Points -65%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
89 Points -70%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
80 Points -73%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
59 Points -80%
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
78 Points -74%
Acer Chromebook Spin 311 CP311-3H-K2RJ
Mediatek MT8183
59 Points -80%
JetStream 1.1 / Total Score
Average Intel Core i5-1235U
  ()
367 Points 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U
366.68 Points
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
314.9 Points -14%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
296.3 Points -19%
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise
Intel Core i5-10310U
216.2 Points -41%
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1
Intel Core i5-10310U
202.9 Points -45%
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 CP713-2W-560V
Intel Core i5-10210U
191.3 Points -48%
Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630-81JX0008UX
Intel Core i5-8250U
171.1 Points -53%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce
124.8 Points -66%
Acer Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT-P297
Intel Pentium Silver N5030
110.3 Points -70%
Acer Chromebook Spin 511 R752T-C26N
Intel Celeron N4120
84.7 Points -77%
Acer Chromebook Spin 311 CP311-3H-K2RJ
Mediatek MT8183
53 Points -86%
Octane V2 / Total Score
Average Intel Core i5-1235U
  (78578 - 83104, n=5)
80181 Points +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U
79131 Points
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
65153 Points -18%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
59497 Points -25%
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise
Intel Core i5-10310U
47563 Points -40%
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1
Intel Core i5-10310U
46029 Points -42%
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 CP713-2W-560V
Intel Core i5-10210U
41604 Points -47%
Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630-81JX0008UX
Intel Core i5-8250U
35674 Points -55%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
25578 Points -68%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce
23395 Points -70%
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
22523 Points -72%
Acer Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT-P297
Intel Pentium Silver N5030
21894 Points -72%
Acer Chromebook Spin 511 R752T-C26N
Intel Celeron N4120
18537 Points -77%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
11391 Points -86%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
9656 Points -88%
Acer Chromebook Spin 311 CP311-3H-K2RJ
Mediatek MT8183
10030 Points -87%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 / Total
Acer Chromebook Spin 311 CP311-3H-K2RJ
Mediatek MT8183
3957 ms * -698%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
3809 ms * -668%
Acer Chromebook Spin 511 R752T-C26N
Intel Celeron N4120
2125 ms * -329%
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
2050 ms * -313%
Acer Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT-P297
Intel Pentium Silver N5030
1914 ms * -286%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
1792 ms * -261%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce
1415 ms * -185%
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise
Intel Core i5-10310U
1153 ms * -133%
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1
Intel Core i5-10310U
1078 ms * -117%
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 CP713-2W-560V
Intel Core i5-10210U
1067 ms * -115%
Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630-81JX0008UX
Intel Core i5-8250U
1060 ms * -114%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
657.9 ms * -33%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
591 ms * -19%
Average Intel Core i5-1235U
  (486 - 634, n=11)
571 ms * -15%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U
495.9 ms *
Sunspider / 1.0 Total Score
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10
Mediatek Helio P60T
716 ms *
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
408.3 ms *
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce
344.3 ms *
Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630-81JX0008UX
Intel Core i5-8250U
265.6 ms *
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 CP713-2W-560V
Intel Core i5-10210U
251.5 ms *
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise
Intel Core i5-10310U
202.3 ms *
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
145.8 ms *
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
135.9 ms *
Average Intel Core i5-1235U
  ()
99.6 ms *
CPU Performance Rating: Percent
WebXPRT 4: Overall
CrXPRT 2: 3D Shapes | DNA Sequence Analysis | Stocks Dashboard | Offline Notes | Face Detection | Photo Effects | Score
Geekbench 5.5: Multi-Core | Single-Core
Jetstream 2: Total Score
Speedometer 2.0: Result
WebXPRT 3: Overall
JetStream 1.1: Total Score
Octane V2: Total Score
Mozilla Kraken 1.1: Total
Sunspider: 1.0 Total Score

* ... smaller is better

PCMark for Android: Storage 2.0 | Work 3.0
PCMark for Android / Storage 2.0
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
Vega 3, 3015Ce, 64 GB eMMC Flash
24872 Points +169%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
20627 Points +123%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
Adreno 618, SD 7c, 64 GB eMMC Flash
19557 Points +111%
Average Intel Core i5-1235U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (9253 - 10759, n=2)
10006 Points +8%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1235U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT256G
9253 Points
PCMark for Android / Work 3.0
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
12778 Points +11%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1235U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT256G
11558 Points
Average Intel Core i5-1235U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (11508 - 11558, n=2)
11533 Points 0%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
Vega 3, 3015Ce, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9775 Points -15%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
Adreno 618, SD 7c, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9644 Points -17%

GPU Performance

The integrated Iris Xe 80 EUs GPU may be unimpressive for a Windows PC, but it's one of the fastest in the world of Chromebooks. UHD Graphics or ARM Mali solutions can't come close to Intel's latest iGPU solution.

Nonetheless, not every game from the Play store will be playable due to the x86 architecture or non-touch display. Genshin Impact, for example, crashes upon installation even after several retries. Meanwhile, Mario Kart Tour runs very smoothly but it is essentially unplayable without a touchscreen. The GPU is instead best for optimizing 4K video playback, game streaming, or connecting external displays — workloads that cheaper Chromebooks tend to struggle at.

3DMark Performance Rating - Percent
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022 -1!
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
100 pt
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
 
57.9 pt
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1235U
51.1 pt
HP EliteBook 865 G9 -2!
AMD Radeon 680M, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6850U
48.2 pt
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, Intel Core i3-1115G4
39.4 pt
Oukitel RT2
ARM Mali-G72 MP3, Mediatek MT8788
4.4 pt
3DMark
Wild Life Score
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (5055 - 11448, n=10)
8665 Points +6%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1235U
8186 Points
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, Intel Core i3-1115G4
5974 Points -27%
Oukitel RT2
ARM Mali-G72 MP3, Mediatek MT8788
653 Points -92%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
21302 Points +157%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (5244 - 11404, n=8)
8354 Points +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1235U
8289 Points
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, Intel Core i3-1115G4
5698 Points -31%
Oukitel RT2
ARM Mali-G72 MP3, Mediatek MT8788
649 Points -92%
Wild Life Extreme
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
5137 Points +177%
HP EliteBook 865 G9
AMD Radeon 680M, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6850U
2563 Points +38%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (1400 - 3121, n=13)
2405 Points +30%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1235U
1854 Points
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, Intel Core i3-1115G4
1647 Points -11%
Oukitel RT2
ARM Mali-G72 MP3, Mediatek MT8788
185 Points -90%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
5328 Points +185%
HP EliteBook 865 G9
AMD Radeon 680M, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6850U
2476 Points +33%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (1257 - 3190, n=13)
2430 Points +30%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1235U
1867 Points
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, Intel Core i3-1115G4
1593 Points -15%
Oukitel RT2
ARM Mali-G72 MP3, Mediatek MT8788
187 Points -90%

Emissions

System Noise

The cooling solution consists of one ~50 mm fan and a heat pipe whereas many slower Chromebooks are passively cooled. The fan is nonetheless still silent most of the time or just barely audible at 24 to 25 dB(A) when streaming video content. When running more intensive applications for longer periods, we're able to record a high of 29.6 dB(A) which is still quieter than other actively cooled Chromebooks like the Asus Chromebook Flip CX5.

Unfortunately, our test unit exhibits moderate electronic noise or coil whine. It's not loud enough to be distracting, but it's certainly noticeable when working in quieter environments.

Fan noise profile (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: Video streaming, Green: 100 percent CPU utilization)
Fan noise profile (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: Video streaming, Green: 100 percent CPU utilization)

Noise Level

Idle
23 / 24.6 / 25 dB(A)
Load
27.3 / 29.6 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 23 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.337.335.533.22528.629.728.730.13123.424.825.328.94022.424.324.823.95026.521.322.527.66325.621.12125.38024.122.621.923.810022.322.123.924.712519.717.921.122.516015.915.915.317.220017.213.514.317.125017.513.514.716.831515.813.312.416.140015.911.912.415.550015.411.612.215.663014.510.510.514.880014.69.69.315.2100015.810.19.316125016.49.29.317160017.610.19.717.6200017.810.19.817.9250016.811.810.118.2315018.412.610.820.140001714.711.220.7500014.213.711.516.7630013.313.511.615800012.214.211.714.51000012.214.511.7161250012.21511.7151600011.715.31115SPL28.224.62329.6N10.60.41.2median 15.9median 13.5median 11.6median 16.7Delta1.621.91.5hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseLenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1235U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT256G
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
Adreno 618, SD 7c, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
Acer Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT-P297
UHD Graphics 605, Pentium N5030, 128 GB eMMC Flash
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
Vega 3, 3015Ce, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630-81JX0008UX
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, 128 GB eMMC Flash
Noise
-14%
-14%
off / environment *
23
26
-13%
28
-22%
Idle Minimum *
23
26
-13%
28
-22%
Idle Average *
24.6
26
-6%
28
-14%
Idle Maximum *
25
26
-4%
28
-12%
Load Average *
27.3
28.5
-4%
29.2
-7%
Load Maximum *
29.6
41.8
-41%
32.4
-9%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Surface temperatures are warmer on the left side of the laptop than the right due to the positioning of the cooling system inside. Hot spots on the keyboard and bottom can reach up to 30 C and 40 C, respectively, compared to 36 C and 49 C on the Asus Chromebook Flip CX5. We don't find the Lenovo to be uncomfortable to the skin despite the temperature differences between the sides.

Rear exhaust
Rear exhaust
AC adapter after an hour of heavy load
AC adapter after an hour of heavy load
Max. Load
 34.4 °C
94 F
33.6 °C
92 F
35.2 °C
95 F
 
 29.6 °C
85 F
29 °C
84 F
22.2 °C
72 F
 
 20.8 °C
69 F
20.6 °C
69 F
18.6 °C
65 F
 
Maximum: 35.2 °C = 95 F
Average: 27.1 °C = 81 F
31 °C
88 F
39.2 °C
103 F
40.8 °C
105 F
22.2 °C
72 F
29.6 °C
85 F
28.6 °C
83 F
19.8 °C
68 F
21.4 °C
71 F
22.4 °C
72 F
Maximum: 40.8 °C = 105 F
Average: 28.3 °C = 83 F
Power Supply (max.)  37 °C = 99 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 27.1 °C / 81 F, compared to the average of 31.2 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 35.2 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 36.9 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 40.8 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 39.1 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22.4 °C / 72 F, compared to the device average of 31.2 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 20.8 °C / 69.4 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (+8 °C / 14.4 F).
System idle (top)
System idle (top)
System idle (bottom)
System idle (bottom)
System stress (top)
System stress (top)
System stress (bottom)
System stress (bottom)
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c, Qualcomm Adreno 618
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
Acer Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT-P297
Intel Pentium Silver N5030, Intel UHD Graphics 605
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce, AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630-81JX0008UX
Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
Heat
5%
-0%
12%
-15%
15%
Maximum Upper Side *
35.2
34.6
2%
36.9
-5%
32.5
8%
37.4
-6%
29
18%
Maximum Bottom *
40.8
41.6
-2%
41.4
-1%
32.3
21%
47.2
-16%
37.8
7%
Idle Upper Side *
26
22.4
14%
25.4
2%
23.9
8%
31.7
-22%
22
15%
Idle Bottom *
27.6
26.2
5%
26.9
3%
24.5
11%
31.8
-15%
21.8
21%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

Pink noise at maximum volume. The integrated speakers are not very loud despite the large 16-inch form factor
Pink noise at maximum volume. The integrated speakers are not very loud despite the large 16-inch form factor
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs204137.341253229.7323127.824.827.84025.724.325.75027.421.327.46322.921.122.98024.422.624.410026.722.126.712535.817.935.816046.815.946.820049.313.549.325054.513.554.531555.913.355.940056.711.956.750060.111.660.163061.710.561.7800609.660100060.810.160.8125063.79.263.7160062.310.162.3200063.410.163.4250064.411.864.4315064.912.664.9400068.214.768.2500068.413.768.4630067.613.567.6800060.114.260.11000058.114.558.11250053.71553.71600057.915.357.9SPL76.624.676.6N38.40.638.4median 60.1median 13.5median 60.1Delta6.426.426.325.821.422.12624.925.127.622.532.523.448.72655.818.860.922.167.2267019.372.317.674.217.774.319.575.31571.711.871.311.27410.574.21072.710.17210.67210.97511.374.811.671.71269.71269.612.371.112.669.61270.111.269.824.784.70.666.6median 12median 71.73.42.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 34% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 58% worse
» The best had a delta of 5%, average was 18%, worst was 45%
Compared to all devices tested
» 22% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 73% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(+) | good bass - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | bass is linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (2.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (4.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 5%, average was 18%, worst was 45%
Compared to all devices tested
» 0% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

CPU stress test initiated at 10s mark. Consumption would spike to 49 W for about 10 seconds before falling and stabilizing at 30W
CPU stress test initiated at 10s mark. Consumption would spike to 49 W for about 10 seconds before falling and stabilizing at 30W

The Lenovo demands more power than most other Chromebooks across the board likely due to the larger higher resolution panel and fast 120 Hz refresh rate. Simply idling on desktop at the maximum brightness setting can demand up to 10 W compared to 8 W or lower on the Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 or Acer Chromebook 15 CB315. Streaming video would consume about 14 W.

We're able to record a maximum draw of 49 W from the small (~9.4 x 4.1 x 3 cm) 45 W AC adapter when the CPU is stressed to 100 percent utilization. This rate is only temporary as shown by the graph to the right due to the limited Turbo Boost potential of the system.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.26 / 0.33 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.7 / 9.8 / 9.9 Watt
Load midlight 14.3 / 49.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
i5-1235U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT256G, IPS, 2560x1600, 16.00
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
SD 7c, Adreno 618, 64 GB eMMC Flash, OLED, 1920x1080, 13.30
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, , IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Acer Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT-P297
Pentium N5030, UHD Graphics 605, 128 GB eMMC Flash, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
3015Ce, Vega 3, 64 GB eMMC Flash, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630-81JX0008UX
i5-8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 128 GB eMMC Flash, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.60
Power Consumption
52%
29%
38%
38%
22%
Idle Minimum *
5.7
0.96
83%
3.4
40%
2.9
49%
3.9
32%
1.3
77%
Idle Average *
9.8
6.7
32%
6.5
34%
6.5
34%
6.3
36%
9.3
5%
Idle Maximum *
9.9
6.8
31%
7.8
21%
6.6
33%
6.8
31%
9.5
4%
Load Average *
14.3
9
37%
12.5
13%
13
9%
12
16%
12.9
10%
Load Maximum *
49.4
11.4
77%
30.1
39%
16.6
66%
12.3
75%
43.3
12%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Though battery capacity is relatively large for a Chromebook at 71 Wh, the more demanding CPU and display take away much of that capacity advantage. In fact, battery life can be shorter than most other Chromebooks overall. We're able to record a real-world WLAN browsing runtime of almost 7 hours compared to 9.5 hours on the Asus Chromebook Flip CX5.

Charging from empty to full capacity is also a bit slow at 2.5 hours compared to 1.5 hours on most other laptops.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
6h 45min
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
i5-1235U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, 71 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
SD 7c, Adreno 618, 42 Wh
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, 57 Wh
Acer Chromebook 15 CB315-3HT-P297
Pentium N5030, UHD Graphics 605, 50.29 Wh
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
3015Ce, Vega 3, 50 Wh
Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630-81JX0008UX
i5-8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 56 Wh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
405
660
63%
561
39%
618
53%
524
29%
383
-5%

Pros

+ easily replaceable M.2 SSD and WLAN module
+ excellent display especially for a Chromebook
+ spacious 16-inch 1600p resolution
+ fast 12th gen Core U-series CPU
+ affordable

Cons

- weak integrated speakers
- charging could be faster
- no touchscreen options
- Wi-Fi 6E not working
- average battery life

Verdict — Chromebook In Disguise

In review: Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16. Test unit provided by Lenovo
In review: Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16. Test unit provided by Lenovo

While the standout features of the IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16 are primarily for cloud gaming, they also happen to boost productivity. The larger display, denser resolution, more accurate colors, more capable CPU, Wi-Fi 6, and integrated numpad are arguably just as useful for schoolwork and spreadsheets in addition to video streaming and gaming. Most other Chromebooks have cheaper panels in comparison with poorer color accuracy and shallower colors.

A "gaming Chromebook" might sound weird at first, but there's no denying that the fast, large, and color-accurate display can come in handy for other applications as well.

A few major drawbacks hold back the model. For one, Chrome OS is unable to detect or connect to our Wi-Fi 6E network despite shipping with an Intel AX211 module. The 120 Hz native refresh rate, which is a key selling point of the model, is not yet supported on all apps. Wi-Fi 6E and 120 Hz can each potentially improve the game streaming experience and yet both are not wholly reliable at the time of review. Furthermore, the speakers aren't noticeably louder or better than the speakers on smaller Chromebooks and the lack of a touchscreen automatically makes the system incompatible with many Play Store games. For a model that calls itself a "Gaming Chromebook", these setbacks can be a real sting. We suspect that some of these omissions were made to keep prices within the $500 to $600 USD range which is already on the upper-end of the spectrum for a Chromebook.

Price and Availability

Lenovo is now shipping its IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16 for $600 USD in our configuration as reviewed. Three-month free trials for both Amazon Luna+ and Nvidia GeForce Now are included with each purchase.

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16 - 12/24/2022 v7
Allen Ngo

Chassis
79 / 98 → 81%
Keyboard
78%
Pointing Device
69%
Connectivity
61 / 80 → 77%
Weight
65 / 20-72 → 87%
Battery
73 / 95 → 77%
Display
91%
Games Performance
67 / 90 → 74%
Application Performance
96 / 90 → 100%
Temperature
95%
Noise
98 / 95 → 100%
Audio
70%
Camera
36 / 85 → 42%
Average
75%
83%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2022-12-25 (Update: 2022-12-27)