When you think of Chrome OS, you probably think of cheap laptops. For the past few years, though, Google has been working to make Chrome OS better for more expensive machines and, perhaps more importantly, for tablets. The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet looks on paper like it would be the first good Chrome OS tablet, but does it live up? I’ve spent the past week finding out.
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Stories May 22
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If you use a touchscreen tablet or computer on a regular basis, you’ll probably know how useful a stylus can be for projects that need any sort of precision. To make things work a little better together, a new standard has arrived in the form of “USI” and Google has been pushing that stylus standard on Chrome OS devices. Thanks to some of that new hardware, I’ve had a chance to spend some time with USI — here’s what you need to know about it.
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Stories May 11
Google’s Chrome OS has long supported the ability to switch between a laptop mode and a tablet mode, but now that the tablet form factor is being pushed a bit hardware, the company is making some optimizations. Debuting alongside the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet, Google is giving Chrome OS a better tablet UI for the browser.
Back at CES 2020 — January was just a different world, wasn’t it? — I was able to spend some time with one of the most exciting Chrome OS products in years, the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet. Now, a few months later, that product is officially launching for $279. Is it any good? We’ll have a review soon, but here are a few first impressions after a weekend with the product.
Thus far, the world of Chrome OS has only seen two kinds of tablets — premium, high-end devices like the Google Pixel Slate and low-end, education-focused ones like the Acer Chromebook Tab 10. The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet, which goes on sale today, aims to slot somewhere in the middle by bringing a well-rounded mid-tier spec sheet at an affordable price point.
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Stories April 30
Of the many, many things we got to preview at CES 2020 back in January, there were two clear winners, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook which ended up being underwhelming for an overwhelming price, and an affordable Chrome OS tablet from Lenovo. The latter device, the IdeaPad Duet, has now appeared for pre-order at one retailer, possibly revealing its release date.