High refresh rate screens are nothing new on today’s laptops. Even if they are not gaming notebooks, some thin and light notebooks and all-around notebooks have a refresh rate of 90Hz or 120Hz. But unexpectedly, even Chromebooks
can have high refresh rate screens. Lenovo’s latest IdeaPad 5i is equipped with a 120Hz refresh rate screen.
The IdeaPad 5i is Lenovo’s first 16-inch large-screen Chromebook. This size is relatively rare in such netbooks and student notebooks, and it has a 2.5K resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. Putting this on daily web browsing, it should have a better page scrolling viewing experience. Of course, this high refresh rate screen may be more prepared for cloud streaming games, such as Google Stadia and Xbox Cloud Gaming can use this 120Hz screen.
Although the screen specifications are still relatively mainstream, the internal hardware configuration of Lenovo’s IdeaPad is weak. It started with the Intel Pentium 8505. This is a very strange-looking 5-core CPU. It is composed of 12 generations of 1 performance core + 4 energy efficiency cores, plus 48 EU UHD Graphics. Even if it is the highest, it will be equipped with Core i3-1215U, with up to 8GB of memory and 512GB of storage, so if you really want to use it to play games, it is some simple independent games, online games, or simulation games.
However, the battery life of the IdeaPad 5i is rated at 12 hours, which is not bad considering that this is a 16-inch screen with a high refresh rate and high resolution. Coupled with a full-layout keyboard, Waves MaxxAudio speakers, a full HD camera with privacy protection, and more, it’s enough for an entry-level notebook. Lenovo priced it at 549 euros and will go on sale this September.