Lenovo today unveiled the latest addition to its gaming portfolio with a new twist. Designed for a broad audience of gaming enthusiasts of varying skill levels, the 16-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook is the company’s first-ever cloud gaming laptop. Delivering more power, faster speeds and stunning visuals, this device also comes with new ChromeOS software features, including the ability to easily find and access the latest games while enjoying an enhanced gaming experience.
Like the rest of the tech industry, gaming has exploded in popularity in recent years, with the number of online gamers increasing by more than 32%, which currently accounts for more than a third of the more than 3 billion total gamers worldwide. The masses of people who flocked to gaming as an outlet during the pandemic have also diversified the space, with people of all ages taking up the hobby. Built for a broad spectrum of players of different generations and abilities, the IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook offers an enhanced yet simple gameplay experience, as well as the device features that support productivity – all at an accessible price.
Capable of supporting graphically demanding AAA and multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games, this new laptop is dripping with the performance features that make it a powerful gaming laptop. High-resolution images glide smoothly across the 120Hz WQXGA display that delivers incredible color accuracy and clarity on a larger 16:10 display. With a fast refresh rate coupled with the power of an Intel Core processor and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, players will enjoy accurate, responsive gameplay, making them a worthy contender.
What gaming device would be complete without an RGB keyboard? Not only does the IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook keyboard have four-zone color lighting, but when speed is needed, no keystrokes are lost. This is thanks to the anti-ghosting feature and 1.5mm key travel for a more responsive and intuitive typing experience – a feature that also translates well when users need to transition from gamer to knowledge worker or student.
Designed for gaming, but built to support the work and school needs of everyday life, the IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook offers effortless portability when you need it with the essential productivity to get more done. Slim and stylish with an anodized aluminum top cover, this thin yet sturdy 16-inch laptop weighs just over 1.82kg, providing on-the-go mobility that turns heads when you’re on the go. With up to 11 hours of battery life, 8GB of memory with a capacious PCIe SSD card and an FHD webcam with integrated privacy shutter, this device can be easily adapted for work, study and play. Extended screen time is not a problem due to the low blue light emitting panel, certified by TÜV Rheinland, which minimizes eye strain and fatigue.
Powerful gaming made accessible
The IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook makes streaming full PC and console games more accessible for casual and core gamers alike. It supports and/or meets required specifications for several leading cloud gaming platforms, including NVIDIA GeForce NOW, which streams up to 1600p at 120 frames per second and ultra-low latency for over 1,400 PC games, as well as Xbox Cloud Gaming (beta) and Amazon Luna. As part of the new ChromeOS software, users can easily search, click and play games across platforms using the All button, exclusive to Chromebook devices. Gamers can then pin their favorite titles to the taskbar for quick access in the future.
Being a cloud-powered device, game installations, manual downloads, updates, and patches are a thing of the past. Automatic software updates happen without user intervention, and access to the latest graphics technology in the cloud helps ensure the device performs optimally, even as games evolve over the years. Users don’t need to keep track of version downloads or buy physical graphics cards, let alone be aware of what some consider the complex language of a traditional slot machine.
For users who appreciate additional device protection and support, Lenovo’s advanced support service Lenovo Premium Care is available, which provides 24-hour access to expert technicians for quick repairs and practical assistance. The IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook embodies simplicity at its best and makes it easy for almost anyone to be a gamer.
“We’ve seen a shift in the gaming community. Thanks to the growing cloud gaming ecosystem, users who were once proponents of video games in the early 1990s are taking up the hobby again, while a younger audience is welcome to a seamless, yet immersive streaming experience,” said Benny Zhang, president and general manager of Chromebooks. at Lenovo’s Global Innovation Center, Intelligent Devices Group. “Regardless of skill level or genre preference, every gamer deserves to experience games the way they were intended. The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook not only delivers the power, graphics and performance needed to make that happen for the online gamer, but it simplifies the process for those who just want to play.”
“Quick and easy computing. As we embarked on the journey to introduce Gaming Chromebooks powered by the cloud, we wanted to uphold these qualities while providing a premium experience that is unique to the ChromeOS portfolio. The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook does that and more, providing online gamers with an accessible and intuitive way to take their gameplay to the next level at a reasonable price, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of this partnership,” said Chris Daniel , director of product for the ChromeOS platform, Google.
Pricing and availability in the US
The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook (16″, 7) starts at $599 and is expected to be available from October 2022.