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If you’re looking for a Chromebook that’s a little more flexible than your average laptop, Lenovo Duet Chromebook is a good option. As a 2-in-1 tablet with a removable keyboard, it almost fills the void left by the Chrome OS tablets of yesteryear while still being a relatively solid (albeit small) laptop. Amazon has a sale on the Duet that brings the price down to $ 231.46, which is about $ 48 below its normal price and a record high.
The base model is the one on sale, which has a 10.1-inch screen of 1920 x 1200 resolution, a MediaTek Helio P60T processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The improved model with 128GB of storage isn’t discounted on Amazon, but you can get it from Best Buy for $ 250, which is $ 50 less than its regular price. There’s no need to shell out extra money for the upgraded model if you already have all of your files stored in Google Drive or some other cloud storage system. But if you just feel more comfortable having more storage space on your laptop, you have that option with the Duet.
We gave the Lenovo Chromebook Duet a score of 79 to be a surprisingly proficient Chrome OS device. Its 10-inch screen might be small, but it’s responsive, bright, and easy to use in tablet or laptop mode. You also get the included keyboard cover when you buy the Duet, which can’t be said for many other 2-in-1 devices.
The Duet’s MediaTek processor and 4GB of RAM were enough to keep Nathan Ingraham running for a full working day. He only had to adjust his workflow to fit the Duet’s smaller screen, which meant organizing browser tabs more creatively and closing programs he wasn’t actively using. The duo also impressed them with their 10-hour lifespan, allowing them to work a whole day without issues.
The Duet’s small size is arguably its biggest weakness, but if you can handle the work on such a small screen or only plan to use it as a secondary device, it should serve you well. But keep in mind that the Duet only has a single USB-C port, a power button, and a volume rocker – that means no headphone jack, which might be a deal breaker for some, and a commitment to the life of the dongle for the time being.
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