As previously reported, Google has decided to close its Stadia service. However, the company still does not abandon the idea of cloud gaming – yesterday Google together with its partners announced gaming Chromebooks. One of them was the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook — the company’s first laptop for cloud gaming.
The Chromebook is equipped with a 16-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 2560×1600 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:10. It has a standard color coverage (100% sRGB), a maximum brightness of 350 nits and a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook can use Intel Core i3-1215U or i5-1235U processors, RAM – 8 GB 4266 MHz LPDDR4x, built-in storage – eMMC (128 GB) or SSD M.2 PCIE 2242 (256 GB / 512 GB ). The 2×2 Intel Wi-Fi 6E (802.11 ax) + Bluetooth 5 module is responsible for wireless communication. Traditionally for gaming devices, the Chromebook is equipped with an RGB-illuminated keyboard with an anti-ghosting function and 1.5 mm key travel.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook runs, of course, on ChromeOS, and the manufacturer also notes the availability of Dropbox, Infinite Painter, Clip Studio Paint and Adobe Lightroom software for it.
Regarding cloud services, the Chromebook can work with NVIDIA GeForce NOW, Xbox Cloud Gaming (beta), and Amazon Luna (only available in the US). Searching and launching games across platforms is done using the Everything button in the lower left corner, and favorite games can be pinned to the taskbar for quick access in the future.
The IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook has an anodized aluminum top cover. The model is offered in two color options: gray (Storm Gray) or blue with a pattern (Stone Blue with Pattern). The Chromebook weighs 1.82 kg and has fairly compact dimensions: 356.5x253x19.95 mm. According to the manufacturer, the battery with a capacity of 71 Wh should be enough for 11 hours of autonomous operation.