So I got myself Lenovo Chromebook Duet as a new year gift and I can’t put it down on the table ever since. I have always been a fan of Chromebooks because most of my work is inside the Google Chrome browser.
But the Lenovo Chromebook Duet brings that experience to a tablet form factor. I was earlier using Samsung Chromebook Plus, which is a 12.2inch and relatively smaller than my MacBook Pro. But the 10.1 inch Lenovo Chromebook Duet size makes it so much convenient to hold it that my brain has literally stopped making excuses to get something done.
Here are 5 things I love about the Lenovo Chromebook Duet and hopefully this will help you make a decision whether you should go for this Chromebook tablet or not.
- Desktop grade Google Chrome browser optimize for touch
Lenovo Chromebook Duet comes with a detachable keyboard but I find myself using it without the keyboard most of the time, thanks to the Google Chrome browser optimization for touch.
One thing I disliked about it earlier was the fact that the onscreen keyboard used to pop up and cover half the screen whenever the physical keyboard was not attached. But you can resize the keyboard and make it a floating one which you can keep on either the left or right side.
So it does not cover half of the tablet screen, it just appears on the side giving you enough room to make use of the big screen.
If you combine it with voice typing, available on the onscreen keyboard itself, you can literally write long articles like this without having to type on the keyboard. Voice typing is almost perfect and oftentimes you don’t even have to do the corrections.
I am writing this article using voice typing while walking on the lawn, I would later be correcting it using Grammarly. And most of the time I do it on my laptop, but it’s a relief that I already have got the first draft ready so that I don’t have to spend time sitting in front of my laptop and feeling guilty about not being outdoors.
2. Superb battery life to work on it throughout the day
The Lenovo Chromebook Duet has a 7000mAh battery which is huge. When you have the keyboard attached to the Lenovo Chromebook Duet, you get around 5 to 6 hours of usage time but when you detach the keyboard and use Lenovo Chromebook Duet as a Tablet, you can get as much as 12 to 14 hours of battery life which is awesome.
Another big reason that I get a huge battery life on the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is that I do not have any social media apps on the device. It’s just google chrome browser where I open Google Docs are my website’s dashboard where I spend the majority of my time.
I also have the Trello app installed on the Lenovo Chromebook Duet since it also supports Android apps. I also have the Microsoft to-do list app on the Chromebook. I previously used to do all my planning and scheduling on these apps on my mobile phone but it is so much better on a big screen.
And since there aren’t any distracting apps on the tablet, it really helps me get things done.
3. Instant tethering makes it super easy to connect to the internet
Chromebook is Wi-Fi enabled unlike other tablet PC is where you also have the option to get LTE variants as well, where you can insert a sim into the tablet PC and access the Internet without having to rely on Wi-Fi.
Although I have always found it is cheaper to go for the Wi-Fi model on the tablet since I always carry my mobile phone with me and use the hotspot feature on my mobile phone to use the internet on my tablet PC.
But the Lenovo Chromebook Duet makes it easy to use your mobile phone’s hotspot without even picking up your mobile phone.
If you have got an Android phone, and you are signed in on both the devices (Lenovo Chromebook Duet and Android mobile) using the same Google account, he will enable mobile data under networks in the settings area of your Chromebook.
4. You can use Lenovo Chromebook Duet to extend your laptop screen
If you have heard about Apple’s sidecar feature, which allows Macbook users to use their iPad to extend their laptop screen. You can achieve a similar thing using the Lenovo Chromebook Duet, or any other Android tablet.
Although this is not a native feature, you will have to install, or should I say ‘Purchase’ an Android app called iDisplay, and download and install the supporting software on your Windows or Mac computer.
Currently, the support is only available to wirelessly connect to the external monitor. So, if your laptop and Lenovo Chromebook Duet are connected on the same Wi-Fi network you will be able to extend your laptop screen and use the Lenovo Chromebook Duet as an extended monitor.
So the connection is via Wi-Fi, you can’t really use it for the heavy tasks, such as video editing on the extended screen as there is a bit of lag, but you can definitely use it as some extra screen real estate where you can place a browser Window for reference purposes or open a document from where you have to to take notes.
I have even tried having folder windows opened while working in Final Cut Pro on the laptop and then drag and drop files from folders opened on the extended monitor on Lenovo Chromebook Duet.
Frankly, it is not a feature I use on a regular basis but I am happy that this works without any issues
Cities were some of the things that I like about my Lenovo Chromebook Duet. I will be adding more if I find them. I am currently using it as per my use case, but will definitely come up with a list of things you can do on it in different use cases.