The way we use our devices changes with time. The migration and consolidation towards smartphones from various device uses is now reversing as consumption habits are shifting to more specialised devices for productivity and consumption. OS’ are also growing more mature and able to support multiple uses. Users are no longer held to one ecosystem as chrome OS has widened support to fit the needs of the many. The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a perfect entry as it serves as a two-in-one Chromebook tablet bridging the gap between entertainment and productivity in one package.
Build and Display
The Chromebook Duet has a minimalist finish more reminiscent of a Pixel device. With a uniform design language, it is a solid looking, well-built tablet and while there might be a little bit of flex, it is nothing to write home about. The display is a welcome surprise. A 10.1 WUXGA inch IPS panel. It has a 1900×1200 pixel resolution, that is bright and amongst the better displays at any price range. There is a decent amount of bezel around the screen but not too much to be a bother. It weighs in at under a pound and does not tire out the hands.
It comes with a single USB Type-C connector, a volume rocker and a power button with a set of speakers that can get fairly loud. Conspicuous by its absence is a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the Chromebook Duet but Lenovo has included a 3.5 mm to USB Type-C adapter inside the box.
The Chromebook Duet is made up of three parts, the tablet, keyboard and back cover. The back cover is made of hard plastic and is covered by a grey fabric material which makes it easy to grip and use as a kickstand. Altogether, it can be quite heavy once it is all assembled. The keyboard and trackpad are not as weighty as other combination devices but it is full-sized despite some of the keys being shrunk and it not being backlit. The trackpad is of a smaller size and can be a bit of a bother with a few accidental clicks but works fairly well.
Performance and Battery life
Here might come one of the biggest reservations around the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. Powering the system is an eight-core, 2.0GHz MediaTek Helio P60T processor with 4gb of RAM. This might be one of the slowest processors in a Chromebook around and is definitely not for the power users out there. If you are looking to keep dozens of tabs open simultaneously it might not be for you. But while it is much slower than any of the more premium Chromebooks, it is still powerful enough to easily accomplish the more common tasks thrown at it. Depending on your usage, it should perform as well as any lower-priced or competing Chromebooks, belying the low statistics the chip racks up.
Battery life is also another positive. The company offers a conservative 10 hours of battery life, but the reality is even better with standby time being equally great. Even with the keyboard attached, the Duet offers enough power to get you through the day and more.
Chrome OS has advanced a lot and it is especially apparent on the Chromebook Duet. You will get the ability to multitask using gestures with touch screen support, UTS support for stylus’ and the many applications and extensions for ChromeOS and Android. So we know Chrome OS has achieved maturity to guarantee a reliable experience but what about the Chromebook Duet? Well, the best part is that the Chromebook device starts at $279 for the 64 GB model but a better alternative would be the 128 GB model that retails for just $20 more at $299.
This 2-in-1 device is a great deal if you are able to temper your expectations for the price range and keep your usage in mind. In all, it offers incredible value, alone and against its competition, whether they be Chromebooks or Android tablets.
Lenovo Chromebook Duet Specs
|Laptop Class||Chromebook, 2-in-1|
|Processor Speed||2.0 GHz MediaTek Helio P60T|
|Screen Size||10.1 inches|
|Native Display Resolution||1920 x 1200|
|Screen Refresh Rate||60 Hz|
|Graphics Processor||ARM G72 MP3|
|Operating System||Chrome OS|