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Wonderful little device that comes with the keyboard and also back cover which doubles as a stand as well. Loving it so much so far. Updated the Chrome OS version and so far working well. Able to install some of my frequently used Android apps like Skype. Light gaming like Clash of Clans and 8 ball pool works well. The package comes in a standard Amazon brown box with some air bags. Delivery all the way from the US and delivered professionally with tracking from UPS and very polite deliveryman. Thank you so much.
I got my Duet yesterday although I bought one for a family member and had experience helping her set it up. I was impressed with the quality of the tablet. It's sturdy and attractive. The back cover/kickstand is fine although I have trouble finding where to slip my fingers to push out the kickstand.
The miracle to me is the keyboard. I learned to touch type in 1956 and I was amazed that I can type on the tiny keyboard. Most of the keys that were reduced in size are ones I rarely use such as [ and ] but after just a few hours use my fingers were hitting the apostrophe and the backspace reliably. I would want to take a speed test on this keyboard but for emails and documents it's really quite good.
I had a problem with Bluetooth and contacted Lenovo Support. That was a difficult and non-productive experience. They advised I get a new Duet. I ordered a replacement from Amazon and the next time I tried to use Bluetooth it worked. I don't know why but I'm happy.
Later... Okay, I've been using the Duet for a week now. A friend who was mildly interested in Chrome OS wanted a show and I took my Lenovo Duet and showed her how Chrome OS works. That was three days ago and she wrote yesterday saying she had ordered one. Even she was amazed at how easy typing was on the tiny keyboard. Occasional mistakes on the right but not at all bad.
I have used this for 3 months always in its cover and with keyboard attached(i.e.fully protected)..after 3 months a horizontal crack all across the screen developed..it was not dropped,bent or anything like this(wondering if temperature changes are to blame)..even though it is still under warranty and there absolutely no signs that it was ever dropped(no dents/scratches or anything like that on the frame)Lenovo just declined a repair under warranty..I find this unbelievable ..do not buy Lenovo products..they dont stand behind their products..
i have been in the tablet market for a very short time. I'm mainly an Amazon HD Fire kind of guy because they have exactly what i wanted. I mostly watch videos, shop, read kindle, and do some google searches. I've never been a big app person for games and those things. But, then i started looking for something i can increase productivity because i now am streamlining and getting away from a physical PC or laptop. I did some research and youtube reviews and this little guy was exactly what i needed for the value. I was hesitant about it because the cons i feared were the non-expandable SD slot avalilable, one USB-C port, 4g ram, and software update/servicing. BUT, there are great work arounds to compliment what it does excellent! The screen is great. The speakers are great, because when do you actually blast these at max level. The 4B ram is actually really good and doesn't stutter when i have a few tabs, music, or amazon shopping app running. the SD lots i really don't need it because you have Google drive for a free 15g and you can buy more, or you can connect expanded memory. And you get a 8year upgrade commitment for security and app maintenance. Others fall short at 2-3 years.
I"m really diving into the Google ecosystem too, and it's really friendly use. I've never used the Google apps and i think they are great sources for alternatives to the original word, excel, notes, etc. For $300 you get a cover and keyboard as well. That's value! i don't care how small the keyboard is, you make due because it's there and it's actually really easy to type on and easy to track on as well. So, when you add all the laptop components and the available apps that can run fairly fast and reliable, in such a small form factor, i call this a win.
Overall i think it's a really great product and it's an easy recommendation.
I bought this to be a touchscreen tablet that could cast to a Roku smart TV across the room, and it can't do that for me - seems Google and Roku are having a fight about wireless video licensing. It would apparently work if I bought a chromecast, but I will be staying dongle-free thanks...
I then decided to use it for video conferencing, but after messing with the Zoom app and trying the web interface, it couldn't do that either. The camera didn't work. There's some security setting that's not working correctly.
Next I decided to make it a living room tablet, and it does that less well than the android tablet it replaced because the typepad makes it awkward to hold in your lap, and app support is frustrating because there are two app stores you have to navigate through to find what you want.
At this point it's been sitting in the living room unused for weeks and I'll probably just give the thing away soon.
I have had three iPads in the past. Each time, they got "tired" after a couple of years and I had to replace them (battery, memory issues, etc). I thought it was time to try a Chromebook. So far, I am happy with the functionality of the device itself. Screen is crisp, audio OK, keyboard fine although I am not quite used to it after a couple of weeks. The main thing that I am adapting to is that the number of Android apps is just not as large as for Apple products. A few apps I just cannot find at all. Some of these are less-common apps, like for the security cameras I have in my house. But the Major League Baseball app is not adaptable for a Chromebook. I am happy with my purchase, but this takes some getting used to.
We were a bit skeptical given the low price, but this machine is shockingly good value.
The screen is bright and clear. Build quality is excellent. The keyboard, while small, is definitely usable. Chrome OS has come a long way, and now that Linux is available (via Crostini), as well as Android apps, oceans of programs will run on the machine.
The one downside is that the ARM processor is not super fast. But it runs cool without a fan, and is plenty fast for normal work. Typical games run fine. I've installed various Android 3d games that run without a hitch.
The device is a great value proposition especially when paired with a compatible USI stylus, however it has a few flaws.
For me the major flaw is responsiveness. It gets to a point where the touch capabilities of the screen seem to go to sleep if no touch input is detected for a while (like when watching a video on YouTube, or browsing the web). To be fair this doesn't happen all the time, but when it does I find myself tapping away at the screen to get it to start registering touch input. The most annoying thing is the lack of consistency; sometimes the screen doesn't momentarily lose responsivenes after brig periods of on activity, but some times it does. Sometimes it only takes one tap to 'wak'e it up, other times it takes several taps and even a couple of strokes. The only positive is that this seems like a software issue more than a hard ware one, coz once the screen is 'awake', it responded great. I hope this can be fixed via some sort of software/firmware update.
The keyboard is not as bad as some other reviews make it seem. Some of the keys on the right hand side are a bit cramped but after a while you get used to it, assuming of you have normal sized fingers or maybe smaller fingers.