The Best Chromebooks | Tech Spot

Great | Differentiating Features
AMD APUs, ThinkPad look and feel

Good | Most Have It
Lots of connectivity options

Average | Competitors May Be Better
Basic entry model spec, average battery life

For users wanting to save a bit of money, but still get a feature-filled Chromebook, then the Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga should be at the top of their shopping list. On Lenovo’s site, the number of offerings is quite limited, in terms of different configurations, but there are plenty of models from previous years in stores (including models with Ryzen 3000 APUs and Vega graphics). This results in the Yoga 13 frequently being discounted, so it’s worth checking prices regularly.

While the specifications of the basic versions are nothing special (dual-core Athlon, 4GB RAM, 32 or 64GB of eMMC storage), the rest of the package easily makes up for this.

The 13.3-inch 1080p screen is bright, rich in color, and can rotate fully around to rest flat against the back of the keyboard. Some models even come with 4K displays but the prices for these are notably higher.

Classic ThinkPad flourishes are present, such as the red Trackpoint nub in the center of the keyboard, and a match-on-chip fingerprint reader and touchscreen stylus are available as optional extras.

No matter which version you get, there’s a wealth of connectivity options: four USB 3.2 ports (2x Type-C, 2x Type-A), a HDMI 2.0 socket, headphone jack, and a microSD card reader.

One obvious compromise when you add in every possible option is price, but battery life is another drawback. But for those on the go who want a Chromebook that can do it all, without being flimsy or cheap, then the ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook will fit the bill. For the money, this is a tough choice to beat.

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