Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Review: Chrome OS finally gets the tablet it’s always needed - 9to5Google
May 22, 2020 2 mins, 35 secs
The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet looks on paper like it would be the first good Chrome OS tablet, but does it live up.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet is a device in three parts.

It’s hard to complain about the tablet portion of this device because, really, it’s just so simple.

That’s a shame considering some of Lenovo’s tablet designs are really unique, but it’s not a bad thing either.

Still, that’s nitpicking a design that’s really just totally acceptable.

The tablet portion of the IdeaPad Duet also includes a 10.1-inch 1080p display which is pretty decent.

It’s not going to stun anyone, but there’s also nothing that’s really wrong with it.

The biggest recommendation I’d offer for the display on the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet is to head to the system settings and decrease the scale.

Going around the tablet, you’ll find microphones, a front-facing webcam (which isn’t great), a rear-facing camera (which is much worse), the POGO pins for the keyboard dock, and a single USB-C port.

The other two parts of the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet are the keyboard dock and the kickstand.

For a keyboard on a 10-inch tablet, it’s great.

The punctuation keys on that side are small and cramped and just really difficult to get used to!

The keyboard won’t just detach or anything, but you absolutely cannot comfortably use this product in your lap.

The flexible fabric portion between the tablet and the keyboard prevents that and it’s just a crying shame.

With the IdeaPad Duet, though, Lenovo and Google have worked together on some improvements for this hardware specifically to make it a better tablet.

However, it’s still hard to say that Chrome OS is all that good on tablets.

It’s strange and pretty annoying, to be honest.

Another really confusing aspect of Chrome OS on tablets and also just in general is that there are three different settings menus.

As it stands today, too many Android apps just aren’t well optimized for Chrome OS.

Lenovo has been marketing the IdeaPad Duet as part tablet, part productivity machine.

For most people, though, the IdeaPad Duet should hold up just fine.

One of the biggest advantages of most Chromebooks is battery life and I’m happy to say that holds up pretty well on the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet is pretty great for media consumption, and the speakers help that.

Google’s cloud-streaming game platform is designed to run on Chrome and, for the IdeaPad Duet, it runs brilliantly

The verdict on the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet comes down to just one thing — value

A capable tablet with a keyboard and kickstand included is just a great deal, but is it worth more than an iPad

Still, for Android users who want a tablet that integrates well with their phone or just someone who wants a proper browser on their tablet, the IdeaPad Duet is a great way to go

The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet is available for $279 from Lenovo, Best Buy, and other retailers

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