Lenovo Chromebook C340-11 review: budget-friendly 2-in-1 system for school basics – CNET

0
43
Lenovo Chromebook

Lenovo Chromebook

Sarah Tew / CNET

With dozens of Chromebooks The Lenovo Chromebook C340-11 is still available and offers all the basics that students need at an affordable price. The 11.6-inch two-in-one costs just over $ 300 and is equipped with an inexpensive Intel chip, the Gemini Lake Celeron N4000, which is sufficient for average schoolwork. You also get a range of required ports, all packaged in a portable, lightweight package.

To like

  • Low price
  • Light but robust
  • Long battery life

I do not like it

  • Weak speakers with poor quality
  • Unusually large bottom screen bezel

Lenovo built this Chromebook with a metal cover and a plastic case, but the mix of materials is not off-putting and the construction of the C340-11 feels solid and durable. The metal-plastic pairing doesn't affect the overall aesthetics either, because the colors go together pretty well and the metal lid makes the Chromebook appear more high-quality.

Lenovo Chromebook C340-11

Price as rated

$ 320

display

11.6-inch touchscreen with 1,366 x 768 pixels

processor

1.1 GHz Intel Celeron N4000

memory

4 GB LPDDR4 2400 MHz (soldered)

graphic

Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 600

camp

64 GB eMMC

Networking

Intel 9560 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2

operating system

Chrome OS

Dimensions

290 x 208 x 17.9 mm (11.4 x 8.2 x 0.7 inches)

Weight

2.7 lbs (1.2 kg)

The keyboard deck is made of plastic, but solid and does not bend when typing. The keys themselves feel mushy and occasionally give random clicks as if there are crumbs under the keys, but overall the keyboard is fine considering the low price.

The C340-11's 11.6-inch display has a glossy IPS touchscreen with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels. It is fairly bright and sharp when used indoors without sunny windows. The touchscreen is precise and responsive, but I'd appreciate a pen that you can use to take notes, draw, or just avoid annoying fingerprint stains.

The strangely large lower border of the display takes up a lot of vertical space and makes the display appear smaller. Convertible two-in-one models may have to leave some space when you use them as a tablet, but Lenovo may have gone too far with the C340's crazy, thick chin, which is almost twice as wide as the other three.

Lenovo Chromebook "data-original =" https://cnet1.cbsistatic.com/img/SWV5lZku4o88YDfUF7xUvTVhvOk=/2020/01/28/20dcd19d-36bc-4969-a8eb-23ad75ce56c4/04-lenovo-chromebook.jpg

Sarah Tew / CNET

Lenovo did not save on the C340 with ports with two USB-C and USB-A ports – one on each side of the Chromebook – as well as a headphone jack and a microSD card reader on the left. The C340 is charged via USB-C, making it easy to connect the Chromebook regardless of the setup and without the clutter of cables. Lenovo says the Chromebook's battery will last up to 10 hours, but we did more than 12 hours on our streaming video test. Regardless, it should give you more than enough battery to survive school or work.

The Chromebook's two sturdy 360-degree hinges allow the lid to be swiveled into a variety of positions without the two-in-one falling over or collapsing. The display wobbles slightly when the touchscreen is used in a conventional laptop position, but it is not enough to affect the overall stability. One of my favorite superstructures folds it into a tent. This A-shaped arrangement offers plenty of desk space to do homework and make handwritten notes from a PowerPoint or online textbook. It's also a great way to see Disney Plus and Netflix,

Lenovo Chromebook "data-original =" https://cnet1.cbsistatic.com/img/vHgQHWDwWuV2KWsNXa4-W2WEigQ=/2020/01/28/ae79f658-4922-4c2e-b540-7d3a9fb17b5e/03-lenovo-chromebook.jpg

Sarah Tew / CNET

The disadvantage of using this Chromebook for entertainment purposes is the speakers. The two stereo pairs are quiet and even at 75% volume, the sound is a whisper. At full volume, the speakers distort the sound with crackling mids and highs and an almost non-existent bass. Use the headphone jack and Bluetooth connectivity if you can – it's a better choice.