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April 19, 2017

You can spill a cup of water on Lenovo’s new $279 Flex 11 Chromebook

by John_A

Lenovo’s new Flex 11 Chromebook is cheap, rugged and versatile.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult for manufacturers to differentiate their Chromebooks in the highly competitive laptop space. Lenovo’s $279 Flex 11 Chromebook, which goes on sale this week, has a trick up its sleeve — or its keyboard port.

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The Flex 11 has sealed ports and a keyboard that can withstand up to a cup of water spilled on it, with draining channels to ensure that the liquid has something to go. This is a feature Lenovo has been putting to good use in its more expensive Yoga and Thinkpad laptops for some time, but it’s good to see it integrated into something a bit cheaper.

Elsewhere, the Flex 11 is powered by a 2.1Ghz unnamed ARM processor — likely from Rockchip — with an 11.6-inch 1366×768 pixel IPS display, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Like many of Lenovo’s other laptops, the Flex 11 has a strong hinge that allows the unit to be contorted into one of four positions, including laptop, tablet, “tent”, and “watch”.

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Compatible with the Google Play Store (in an update coming after launch, natch), the Flex 11 lasts 10 hours on a charge, and comes with a plethora of ports, including HDMI, USB 3.0, headphone port, and SD card slot. It is powered by a USB-C port, which is handy, and weighs just under three pounds.

See at Lenovo

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