The N22 has a few more moving parts than your average laptop. From the outside, some parts don’t look like you expect them to, but they’re actually signs of Lenovo’s attempts at innovation. The black plastic lid features the Chrome logo and Lenovo’s emblem, as well as a black cutout near the laptop’s lip. When I opened the lid, I discovered the webcam can spin around to face away from the user. I was also greeted by a 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display, island-style keys and a deck made of more black plastic.
A retractable handle on the rear of the N22 lets you carry the machine around like the world’s smallest briefcase. This seemed a bit like overkill for a 2.6-pound notebook, and my fingers had very little wiggle room under the handle, but I could see the handle being useful for younger students who have less muscle and smaller hands. Between this and the handle, kids will be delighted at how much this seems like a Transformers toy.
At 2.6 pounds and 11.8 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches, the N22 is about the same size and weight as other student Chromebooks, like the Asus Chromebook C202 (2.6 pounds, 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.9 inches). Dell’s Latitude 11 for Education is bigger, at 3.2 pounds and 11.9 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches, while the 1.4 x 8 x 0.8-inch CTL Chromebook J4 Plus is a bit lighter, at 2.5 pounds.
The N22 is durable enough to be knocked around in a backpack on the way to and from class. Lenovo claims that this laptop is “semi-ruggedized,” suggesting that it can survive drops of up to 2.3 feet and that it features a spill-resistant keyboard. Unfortunately, we were unable to independently verify these claims. We did, however, drop the Asus Chromebook C202 from 4 feet onto concrete, and found it sustained no permanent damage.