The original Lenovo Chromebook Duet holds a spot in our list of best Chromebooks. It packs a sharp screen, great battery life, and solid performance. Lenovo's back with the Chromebook Duet 5 and although we haven't reviewed it yet, it looks very promising, especially now that it's on sale.
Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5: was $499 now $399 @ Best Buy
The original Lenovo Chromebook Duet earned a spot on our list of best Chromebooks. While we've yet to test the Duet 5, on paper this Chromebook appears to be a worthy successor. It features a detachable keyboard and fabric back cover with built-in kickstand, 13.3-inch 1080p OLED display, Snapdragon SC7180 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB eMMC.
The new Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 features the same detachable keyboard and fabric back cover with built-in kickstand found in its predecessor. However, the comparisons end there as the new laptop packs a 13.3-inch 1080p OLED display, Snapdragon SC7180 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB eMMC.
OLED displays are still pretty rare in laptops, especially Chromebooks. OLEDs typically deliver more vibrant colors, inkier blacks, and sharper contrasts than non-OLED screens — the 4K AMOLED display in the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook, for example, made watching movies and light gaming on a Chromebook a joy.
According to Lenovo, the Chromebook Duet 5's OLED display can achieve 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and deliver brightness levels of up to 400 nits, which would make it pretty eye-catching. And while an OLED display can quickly zap battery life, Lenovo claims its 42WHr battery will deliver up to 15 hours of use on a single charge.
Whether it can last that long (or longer) under real-world conditions remains to be seen as we've yet to test one ourselves. Nevertheless, this potent laptop looks like a solid successor to the original Duet.