Google announced cloud gaming Chromebooks earlier this week in a big push, with one of the tent poles being a $399 120Hz ChromeOS laptop from Lenovo, which is now available from Walmart.
The Lenovo Ideapad 5i Gaming Chromebook features a 16:10 16-inch 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA) IPS display with a refresh rate of 120Hz, 350 nits of brightness, and 100% sRGB coverage. An RGB keyboard with four-zone color backlighting, anti-ghosting, and 1.5 mm key travel is also included.
It has a 12th Gen Intel Core i3-1215U processor, 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and 128GB of eMMC storage. The battery life is rated at 12 hours, and other important specifications include:
- 1080p webcam with privacy shutter.
- 4 x 2W Speaker with Waves Audio.
- Ports: 2x USB-C, 2x USB Type A, and microSD card slot.
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.
When you buy from Walmart, you get a 3-month trial of Nvidia GeForce Now Ultimate ($59.97 value), with the listing emphasizing: Participants who bought and activated an eligible Chromebook between October 11, 2022, and March 31, 2023, or while supplies last, are eligible. To redeem the offers, open the Explore app on your eligible gaming Chromebook, click on the “Perks” tab, find the offers, and click “Get Perk” to collect your promo code.
The non-discounted price at Walmart is $679.99, but the Lenovo gaming Chromebook is currently in stock for $399.
This is a significant starting price for Google’s cloud gaming Chromebook ambitions, which will be heavily promoted with ad campaigns this holiday season.
ChromeOS has been chip-optimized for cloud gaming and includes an optimized out-of-the-box onboarding experience.
There’s also the option to search the GeForce Now library directly from the default Launcher and begin playing right away. Meanwhile, PWAs can be used to customize gaming accessories.
In addition to GeForce Now, which offers 1600p at 120FPS with RTX enabled, Xbox Cloud Gaming at 1080p and an installable PWA on Xbox.com/play, as well as Amazon Luna, are available.