Lenovo's latest budget-friendly notebook is the most flexible Chromebook yet. The Lenovo Yoga 11e Chromebook is modeled after the company's Windows-based Yoga line of notebooks, which feature keyboards that fold back 180 degrees so you can use the devices like tablets. But as its name indicates, the Yoga 11e Chromebook doesn't run on Windows. Instead, it runs Chrome OS, a lightweight operating system developed by Google.
Chrome OS isn't compatible with Mac or Windows software, so the Yoga 11e Chromebook is a bad pick for business users who rely on a specific piece of software made for those platforms. But it's more than capable of handling basic business tasks like drafting emails and creating documents and spreadsheets. Check out a full review of the Lenovo Yoga 11e Chromebook at our sister site Laptop Mag, or read on for three features that make it good for work.
Like other Yoga laptops, the Yoga 11e Chromebook has a flexible design so that it can function like a tablet; just fold the keyboard over 180 degrees and use the responsive touch screen. That makes it easier for business users to keep working in cramped quarters, such as on airplanes. It also means you get both laptop and tablet functionality in a single device, so you can stop carrying your tablet to work.
Chrome OS updates
Compared to Windows and OS X (Apple's desktop operating system for Macs), Chrome OS can feel a bit limited. But a slew of updates implemented this year make it better for business. Those include better support for offline apps, so you can keep working even when you're not connected to the Internet. One new feature lets you link your Android phone to your Chromebook so you can view alerts and respond to text messages right on your laptop. That way you can spend less time fiddling with your phone and more time working.
For a budget-priced notebook, the Yoga 11e Chromebook features a good number of ports and connectivity options. That includes two USB 2.0 ports to connect accessories such as a mouse or external hard drive; an HDMI-out port that could come in handy for business presentations; an SD card reader to expand the notebook's internal memory; and a Kensington lock slot, which lets you deter theft by tethering your notebook to a stationary object such as a table.