After an unlikely rebound during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, the tablet market has begun to contract again in recent quarters as more and more people returned to their “normal” work habits.
That’s bad news for companies like Apple, Samsung, Amazon, Lenovo, Huawei and Microsoft, of course, but not necessarily for people who still need portable and (often) affordable computing devices for different use cases.
We’re talking about three different models, mind you, the latest that scores a hefty discount is also the newest member of the Chromebook Duet family. Unveiled internationally at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February, this versatile 11-inch slate barely went on sale in the US a few weeks ago for a reasonable $369.99 with a detachable keyboard included.
By no means an iPad Air or iPad Pro rival in terms of raw speed, this thing is probably powerful enough to hold its own against many of the best Android tablets out there thanks to a Qualcomm Snapdragon SC7180- Processor.
The 11 (or rather 10.9-inch) “almost borderless” touchscreen is no fun either, with a resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels, while the battery is somehow big enough to last “up to” 12 hours. promise on a single 45W fast charge despite squeezing into a wafer-thin 7.9mm case.
The annoyingly named Lenovo IdeaPad Chromebook Duet 3 (11) also technically supports stylus input, but of course the discounted price of $259.99 doesn’t really cover an optional pen. On the plus side, you do get a fairly fast 30W charger and a folio case in the box alongside the detachable water-resistant keyboard that can easily turn this into an ultra-value laptop (with full access to Google’s Play Store).