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Lenovo Chromebook Duet 2-in-1 Tablet

MSRP 280 USDExt score 66%

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Product Overview

Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a compact and lightweight Chromebook 2-in-1 tablet designed for mobile productivity. It comes with a thin detachable keyboard to provide laptop-like user experience.
Made from aluminum alloy, the Chromebook Duet sports an adjustable stand cover in fabric with a hidden kickstand that features a 135-degree free stop. Combined with a detachable keyboard, this smart configuration allows for three separate modes designed for typing (with the keyboard); watching (with the stand cover); or just browsing.
The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is compatible with USI Stylus pens for when you want to take notes or sketch. Thanks to the versatility of the Chrome OS, it can switch between laptop mode and tablet mode by simply attaching or detaching the keyboard.
The tactile and responsive keys on the detachable keyboard feature an ample 1.3 mm of key travel, along with one of the longest pitches (18mm) on a 10-in device keyboard. The one-piece trackpad is also a nice size at 87mm x 49mm.
The Lenovo Chromebook Duet also comes with a number of smarter attributes, such as Instant Tethering to your phone and offline access to productivity applications. And the newest Chrome OS update extends the “picture-in-picture” feature for multi-tasking.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Comfortable keyboard and kickstand cover
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lackluster performance
  • Only one USB Type-C port

What external reviewers found***

Ext 66% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good performance
  • Excellent standby performance
  • Solid performance
  • Good keyboard
Cons
  • Poor performance in dark scenes
  • Lacks backlighting
  • Slow SoC
  • Weak SoC
  • Lackluster keyboard
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Tablet + KeyboardTablet Only

Connectivity

Ports1x USB-C Gen 2 + 1x 5-point pogo pins
Wireless ConnectivityWiFi 5, Bluetooth 4.2

Construction

Camera | Front2 MP fixed-focus with LED indicator
Camera | Rear8 MP auto-focus
Speakers2 x Dolby Audio speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth18.2 mm7.35 mm
Size | Height169.31 mm159.8 mm
Size | Width244.87 mm239.8 mm
Weight920 g450 g

Display

Brightness400 nits
Display Diagonal10.1"
Display TypeIPS glossy
ResolutionFHD

Function

GraphicsARM G72 MP3 800GHz
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P60T Processor (2.00 GHz, 8 Cores, 8 Threads)
Touch ScreenYes

Performance

Battery LifeUp to 10 h
Memory | Capacity4 GB
Memory | TypeLPDDR4X
Power Supply10 W
Storage64 GB eMMC

Production

Availability2020-05
Debut2020-05

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score 62%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following***:
For just $249 (64GB), the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is practically a steal. The device runs Chrome OS and includes the same strengths (speed, security) and weaknesses (app support) The keyboard may simply be too small for some, and performance can be hit or miss, depending on what you're doing.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Compact form factor
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lacks backlighting
  • No backlighting

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Lenovo Chromebook Duet runs Chrome OS and features a taskbar with quick access to Chrome, Google Docs and the Google Play Store. Despite the low price point, the webcams weren't as tragic as I thought they would be. Because of its spectacular low price, I'm willing to overlook the Duet's thick bezels and absent headphone jack.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Attractive design
  • Bright, colorful touchscreen display
  • Comfortable kickstand
Cons
  • Lackluster keyboard
  • Lacks headphone jack

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score 37%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The glossy 10.1-inch IPS display offers a high resolution of 1920x1200 pixels (>Full HD) in the 16:10 format. The integrated mouse button also pleases with a precise pressure point, which is quite remarkable for the price range. Unfortunately, the relatively weak CPU doesn't always keep up with the amount of input.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality IPS display
  • Fast response times
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Weak SoC
  • Slow SoC

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Duet pairs with your Android smartphone so you can use your phone to unlock the Chromebook. The Duet has an eight-core, 2.0GHz MediaTek Helio P60T processor. It's one of the quantitatively slowest Chromebooks we've tested in years.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons
  • No wireless charging

pcworld[5]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from pcworld have found the following***:
Lenovo's Duet has a MediaTek Helio P60T processor. It's noticeably slower than a Core i5-based Chromebook like the Pixel Slate or Pixelbook Go. Battery life is fantastic, and it didn't seem to lose significant battery life doing any single task.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent standby performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Keyboard is a little cramped
  • No magnetic closure

pcworld[6]

Sentiment Score 67%
Reviewers from pcworld have found the following***:
The Duet 5 has a brilliant OLED panel that makes every pixel pop with amazing contrast and color. The new Snapdragon SC7180 is a big improvement over the MediaTek chip on the original. The keyboard and trackpad are notably better on this model. The larger 13-inch screen and tiny bezels make it difficult to hold comfortably.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous OLED screen
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent performance
Cons
  • Lackluster keyboard
  • Thick bezels

t3[7]

Sentiment Score 61%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The 10.1-inch IPS LED screen is clear and sharp, with great brightness. It has sharp, clear color, but the relatively high resolution seems a bit wasted on a screen of this size. Two small speakers on the top edge supply the sound, which is loud, but lacking in bass and clarity. Front and back cameras are present for video conferencing.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Good battery life
  • Good keyboard
Cons
  • Lackluster performance
  • Mediocre speakers

techadvisor[8]

Sentiment Score 62%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following***:
The IdeaPad Duet is a small Chromebook that doubles up as an Android tablet. The 10.1in IPS display boasts a 1920x1200 resolution which is a big step up from a lot of Chromebooks in the price bracket. Twin Dolby stereo speakers have their grills along the top of the tablet, producing a limited range of frequencies that results in boxy sounding music tracks.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Compact design
  • Good battery life
  • Good keyboard
Cons
  • No microSD card slot
  • Mediocre cameras

techradar[9]

Sentiment Score 64%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet is a 2-in-1 Chromebook that runs Google's Chrome OS. It has a two-megapixel camera on the longer edge of the tablet while the backward-facing camera is located at the top-left corner. There is a USB Type-C port, which is good to see, but that's it as far as ports and physical controls go.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Good performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Limited software options

theverge[10]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
The Lenovo Chromebook Duet has two cameras, including a 2MP front shooter and an 8MP rear shooter. The Duet supports instant tethering, meaning you can automatically hitch it to your phone's data connection. Google says the Duet is the first device ever to launch with a version of Chrome that's actually optimized for tablet use.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Solid performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No headphone jack

tomsguide[11]

Sentiment Score 68%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The Lenovo Chromebook Duet marks the platform's push to touch. The rear-mounted 8MP camera in the Duet is also not great, especially when daylight hits its sensors. Google Assistant's still proving clever in ChromeOS. But for families looking for a device that everyone can use from YouTube to drafting emails, the ChromebookDuet is a compelling option.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, attractive design
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lackluster performance
  • Keyboard is cramped

trustedreviews[12]

Sentiment Score 68%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Lenovo Chromebook Duet has a fabulous 10.1-inch touchscreen, with the Full HD resolution ensuring a sharp picture and the IPS panel featuring punchy colours. The colour accuracy is impressive, hitting 93.9% for the sRGB gamut coverage. It does admittedly struggle in dark scenes, with shadowy corridors and gloomy battlefields lacking the detail the director intended. The base model only features 64GB space capacity and the slightly more expensive model maxing out at 128GB.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Decent performance
Cons
  • Poor performance in dark scenes
  • Mediocre keyboard

wired[13]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from wired have found the following***:
Chrome OS is still rough around the edges on a tablet. The 1920 x 1200 screen has a 16:10 aspect ratio. The keyboard is great considering the Duet's size. There's no headphone jack, something you'll find on the Surface Go and iPad.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Slim and lightweight
  • Great keyboard and trackpad
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No headphone jack

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Lenovo Chromebook Duet review: Practically a steal. [androidauthority]. https://www.androidauthority.com/lenovo-chromebook-duet-review-1119856/. 2020-07-28. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Lenovo Chromebook Duet review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/lenovo-chromebook-duet. 2020-05-14. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10 tablet review. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-IdeaPad-Duet-Chromebook-10-tablet-review.492395.0.html. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
4. ^ Lenovo Chromebook Duet Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/lenovo-chromebook-duet. 2020-05-19. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Lenovo Chromebook Duet review: Redefining the small and cheap tablet. [pcworld]. https://www.pcworld.com/article/3562718/lenovo-chromebook-duet-review.html. 2020-06-29. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Lenovo IdeaPad Chromebook Duet 5 review: Less than the sum of its parts. [pcworld]. https://www.pcworld.com/article/557564/ideapad-chromebook-duet-5-review-less-than-the-sum-of-its-parts.html. 2021-12-16. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
7. ^ Lenovo Chromebook Duet Review: A great Chrome OS hybrid going for a song. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/lenovo-chromebook-duet. 2021-03-03. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
8. ^ Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook review. [techadvisor]. https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/lenovo-ideapad-duet-chromebook-3800096/. 2021-01-05. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
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10. ^ Lenovo Chromebook Duet review: this has no business costing so little. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/21262694/lenovo-chromebook-duet-review-tablet-chromebook-chrome-os-price. 2020-05-19. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
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13. ^ Review: Lenovo Duet Chromebook. [wired]. https://www.wired.com/review/lenovo-duet-chromebook/. 2020-05-20. Retrieved 2021-10-14.

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