I’ve just got hold of a Lenovo Ideapad Duet 2-in-1 Chromebook/tablet. ChromeOS seems to have come quite a long way since I last used the HP Chromebook 11 back in 2013.
With native support for Android apps and a full Debian linux that seemlessly integrates with the rest of the OS – maybe we’re finally at a point where a Chromebook could be a device capable of doing real work!
So far I’ve installed VS Code, GIMP, Firefox and a bunch of terminal-based tools/apps (Git, Jekyll, etc,) I’m writing this post from that very environment.
The Lenovo Ideapad Duet comes with a detachable full keyboard – many reviews will complain about the narrow key layout on the right-hand side of the keyboard – but it’s very usable, I can work on my muscle memory to avoid hitting 0 instead of - repeatedly.
This device might seem redundant in my already full arsenal of an iPad, Macbook 13” and OnePlus 7 Pro, but it fits in quite nicely. It feels more like a content creation tool than the iPad and it integrates with my Google account and connects seemlessly with the OnePlus 7 Pro for connectivity and smart unlocking.
I might do a full device review in the coming days/weeks if I find myself with a chunk of time to fill.