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Lenovo’s new Duet Chromebook starts at just $279

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Lenovo has launched the Duet Chromebook, a 10-inch 2-in-1 that runs Chrome OS. The bottom mannequin, which has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a MediaTek processor, prices $279, however solely the $299 mannequin, which has 128GB of storage, seems to be listed at Best Buy proper now.

That’s a gorgeous worth, particularly when different extremely anticipated Chromebook releases this 12 months have requested over $700. We have now the Duet’s measurement (10 inches is fairly small) and underpowered processor to thank for that. However Chrome OS doesn’t require as a lot horse energy as Home windows — and it’s attainable we’ll see a battery-life profit from the weaker chip as nicely.

I’ve spent a number of days with the brand new Chromebook, and it’s been enjoyable to make use of thus far. The system is straightforward to flip between laptop computer and pill use — it ships with a kickstand, keyboard, and touchpad, that are a breeze to fold, connect, and detach.

The keyboard and touchpad are (understandably) cramped, however they’re usable, and I’ve gotten used to them after a number of days. The compact show shall be limiting if you happen to actually need to multitask, however if you happen to’re simply looking and YouTube watching, it renders a pleasant, crisp image. And at simply over two kilos, it’s fairly a light-weight product, and fairly simple to hold round in a backpack or purse.

Primarily, don’t count on to make use of the Duet Chromebook as a major workstation, however it’s shaping as much as be a strong secondary looking system, or a pleasant alternative for youths. Keep tuned for our full evaluation of the product later this week.


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