The Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Gaming Chromebook is available now for just $399
Only three days have passed since then Google announced the first “gaming” Chromebooks designed for an optimal gaming experience in the cloud. These Chromebooks have high-resolution displays, high refresh rates, the fastest connectivity available, and gaming-focused features like an RGB keyboard with anti-ghosting capability. With 11th and 12th generation Intel processors, this new generation of ChromeOS devices will support the best that cloud gaming has to offer, as well as Steam on ChromeOS when it finally comes out of Alpha sometime in 2023 (hopefully)
Acer, Lenovo and ASUS all debuted their gaming Chromebooks on the day of the announcement. the same day, Acer and ASUS gaming Chromebooks were on sale at Best Buy but Lenovo’s listing on Walmart.com showed it was “out of stock” until earlier today. With the internals that these devices rock and the list of premium features that come with them, we were shocked to learn that most of these premium gaming Chromebooks will cost around $650. That’s less than most 12th generation consumer flagships on the market.
What’s more shocking is the fact that Google told us that one device will have a starting price of just $399. It’s the Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Gaming Chromebook. When Lenovo released its press release, the official announcement said that the company’s Chromebooks would actually start at $599. This caused a bit of confusion, but I was confident that the Core i3 model that Walmart would be selling would actually sell for $399 when it launched. Today, that price has been confirmed and the all-new Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Gaming Chromebook is available to order and ready to ship. There will be better Lenovo models in the future, but the Core i3 model available at Walmart has plenty of horsepower for work and play. Here’s a quick look at what $400 gets you.
Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Gaming Chromebook
- Intel Core i3-1215U
- 8GB of RAM
- 128 GB eMMC storage
- 16″ 2.5K (2560×1600) IPS 350 nits Anti-glare, 120Hz, 100% sRGB, TÜV Low Blue Light
- 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard
- Aluminum tip
- FHD webcam with privacy shutter
- 2 x USB-C
- 2 x USB-A
- Audio jack
- Stereo speakers, 2W x4, optimized with Waves MaxxAudio
- Wi-Fi 6/Bluetooth 5.1
I’m not telling you to run out and buy this Chromebook, but I will say this. If you’re looking for a powerful 12th Gen Intel Chromebook at an incredible price, this is it. Right now, there are devices at Best Buy that have the same internals that sell for over $600. Even if you’re not a gamer, this is a powerful and attractive Chromebook that’s still stylish enough to bring to the office or just to use at home. I’m sure we’ll see plenty of deals on premium Chromebooks as we approach the holidays, but $399 for everything this Chromebook has to offer, well, that’s just crazy. You can pick up the new Lenovo Gaming Chromebook from Walmart at the link below.
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