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Lenovo's consumer model touchscreen (yoga style) Chromebook is now available at Amazon (pre-order) for $329.99.  The model has what seems to be today's standard, 2GB RAM and 16GB SSD.  You can check this and all the Chromebooks out here: http://bit.ly/NewChromebooks .  
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Why do all of these only have 2GB? Crazy.
 
+Nik Blumish Earlier this year, Lenovo mentioned that they "might" bring a 4GB version of this model.  I am not believing it till I see it though.
 
Would 4GB offer a performance advantage or are you just looking for more storage?  I rarely store anything on my chromebook so I'm trying to understand.
 
It's for performance. I love the idea of a chromebook, but I have a Samsung Series 3 with 2GB and the performance is awful.
 
Interesting, I did not realize that. I do have the same Samsung Series 3 and it is rather a dog but my Acer C720 doesn't feel that much zipper.  Sounds like I may have just discovered the why. thanks.
 
4GB would be a nice option for sure... 2GB really pushes it with ChromeOS once you get a few tabs open.  anyone know if the Lenovo will be user-upgradable?  that would make it a lot more palatable...
 
there's pretty much no reason to get a chromebook with 4gb of ram unless you're someone who hoards tabs.  if you're someone who typically has less than 10 tabs open at any time, 2gb is fine.
 
+J. Weeks True, if you want a peppier machine, a better processor is the usual solution.
 
For most "light users", which unlike this Community is a LOT of consumers, any of the Chromebooks are fine.  Take my Dad for instance, he only uses one tab at a time to surf the web and only has 5 extensions that I put on there for him.  He has the model before the Samsung ARM (even slower processor) and he thinks it is fantastic.  Says it is really fast.  For the geeks here who are running 30+ extensions, 20+ tabs, etc.  your best bet is a Haswell and probably 4GB RAM for good measure.  Just remember, most users don't fall anywhere near that category.  :)
 
interesting... so the general wisdom is that the Samsung Series 3 (as an example) is CPU-bound and not RAM-bound when it comes to browser performance? 10 tabs really isn't that much for a typical user... figure pinned tabs like GMail, G+, FB, etc. are already a large chunk of your always-open tabs for most users...
 
+Leeep ster, correct.  as of today, the arm processors found in samsung's chromebooks are underperformers compared to their intel counterparts.

as far as ram performance goes, if you're an octane benchmark person (like many chromebook people), you'll notice that the octane scores don't vary much when comparing 2gb to 4gb on the same machine, i.e., the c720 2gb scores the same as the c720 4gb.

that being said, real world "feel" is probably the most important.  a lower benchmark score doesn't mean anything if it still feels fast.  for example, my 2012 samsung intel chromebox scored higher than my c720 chromebook on the octane test, but the c720 feels faster.
 
I run my Chromebooks with typically 40 or more tabs open. I've recently been using the Acer C720p instead of the Samsung 303. I notice that the C720p can't hold up to the 303 in terms of open tabs. I keep getting swathes of "He's dead Jim" tabs on the Acer that I don't see on the 303. 
 
+Leeep ster You only have to compare the performance of dual core Exynos 5 and Intel Chromebooks, both with 2gb. The difference seems to be very noticeable, and it sure isn't the RAM.

I guess if you're a tab-happy user 2gb might be a limitation. But then, I simply can't understand why anyone would have more than 10 tabs open as a matter of routine!

The nature of the web apps is far more likely to make a difference.
 
for the money, it sure seems like the Acer C720 with 4GB RAM and Haswell clocks in a bit better than the Lenovo though... still not sure how useful a touchscreen is on a Chromebook, honestly.
 
FWIIW ... I've been testing the Acer C720p (touch) for the past several weeks, using it multiple hours per day. I can't say I've found a compelling reason to use the touch screen, other than to enlarge one photo. I've touched the screen about five times ... three of those to demo to a colleague that there was a touch screen, once for the photo enlargement, and once by accident!
 
I'd jump on this if it had 4G RAM. Still, I'm eager to see reviews of this. Thanks for posting this, +Brent Sullivan! 
 
A lot of people seem to mistakenly associate the poor performance of the ARM models with 2GB of RAM. That's just not the case. RAM doesn't impact performance until 15-20 tabs are open. 
 
+tech.itiswhatitis.biz If the Yoga is used as a tablet, then the touchscreen would certainly be usable. I have a touchscreen on the Pixel, and although I don't use it that often, I'm sure I would more if the Pixel were convertible.
 
if you convert it into tablet mode, it's still not any more optimized for touch than it was when you had a keyboard to type on. I can't think of one reason I would ever want to remove the keyboard from my Acer C720P and start touching the screen. I see no advantage gained by doing so. Chrome OS just isn't a touch friendly OS, and if they try to make it one, I fear they will share the same fate as Windows 8.
 
+tech.itiswhatitis.biz I would pull the screen off my c720P all the time if I could. I think it's a very touch friendly OS. A lot of times, I just navigate with only the touch screen if I'm not doing any productivity work. It works best to move the launcher to the right where your thumb would be. 
 
Interesting. Given that Chrome OS is mostly just the chrome browser, rendering mostly web pages that look the same regardless of which browser you're using, how exactly is chrome OS any more touch friendly than Windows XP?
 
+tech.itiswhatitis.biz Most modern web pages are touch optimized. I guess the response would be to ask how the OS is not touch friendly?  The iOS effect has falsely created the idea that in order to be "touch optimized" an OS must have rows of icons, a home button, and launch apps full screen. That's just not the case. 
 
+Justin Heavenridge You're right. I could use the Pixel's touch screen all day long if I wanted to (and if I didn't need to type to get my work done). Virtually every page I use on the web is touch optimized.
 
+Justin Heavenridge Chrome OS isn't any more/less touch friendly than Windows or MacOS. But I would argue that most web pages are still designed with a mouse/keyboard in mind.

I spend most of my time in Wordpress managing the blog, pixlr editing photos, usually for the blog, and developing other websites. Not once during these activities have I ever been tempted to touch the screen, or remove my keyboard. And trying to scroll in a movie to find where I left off last time with my finger, nearly impossible. It's hard enough with a mouse.

I suppose if you spend most of your time in Google + then you'd be fine on a touch screen. g+ does have nice big, easy to touch buttons.
 
+tech.itiswhatitis.biz It's all about personal usage. I don't think you would be doing those things on a tablet without a mouse or keyboard anyway. That wouldn't be any different on a "touch optimized" OS.

For most tablet type applications, it works nearly as well as Android. Those are cases where you want to pull the screen off and sit back and consume content like you would with a tablet, not do serious work. 
 
+Justin Heavenridge it's definitely user preference. For me, I have a Chromecast on every T.V. I own, so any content consumption I'll be doing will be on the T.V., not the Chromebook. Chromebook is 99% productivity, and it's nearly impossible to be productive on a tablet.

If your Chromebook is a productivity device, touch is mostly useless. If it's an entertainment device, tablet mode would be somewhat useful.

I wonder what percentage of people use their Chromebook mostly for content consumption versus productivity. I would guess it would lean towards productivity but that's a totally uneducated guess.
 
Noticed you could get 4gb model on Lenovo Store online.. It's the "simple" model, without the hinge thingie. 
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