Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 (2021) Laptop Review

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Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 (2021) Laptop Review

Operating System 
 Chrome OS
 Qualcomm Snapdragon SC7180
 Qualcomm Adreno 618
 4 GB
 64 GB

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 (2021) is a 2-in-1 convertible laptop with a detachable keyboard and a kickstand built into the back cover. It's thin and lightweight, making it easy to carry around, and its battery lasts easily over ten hours of light productivity and seven hours of video playback. Its 13.3 inch screen is sharp and colorful, and like all OLEDs, it displays deep, inky blacks. The speakers get reasonably loud, but they lack bass and sound slightly unnatural. The webcam's video quality is excellent, though, and the microphone sounds loud and clear with only a bit of static in the background. Unfortunately, the keyboard feels cramped, and the touchpad doesn't track all that well. Also, it only has two USB-C ports and no 3.5mm headphone jack. Its ARM-based Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC (System on a Chip) can handle simple tasks like web browsing and text formatting; however, it isn't ideal for heavy workloads like photo or video editing.

Our Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon SC7180 SoC, Qualcomm Adreno 618 integrated graphics, 4GB of memory, and 64GB of storage. The SoC isn't configurable. 4GB of RAM is enough if you only perform light tasks like media consumption and web browsing, but if you tend to have many tabs or applications running simultaneously, it's best to get 8GB for the extra headroom.

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 is great for media consumption. It's a very portable device, and its battery lasts well over seven hours of video playback, enough to get through a couple of full-length movies. It has an OLED panel that displays a sharp image with deep, inky blacks, making it a fantastic choice for dark room viewing. The speakers get reasonably loud, but they sound a bit unnatural. Unfortunately, there's no 3.5mm headphone jack, and there isn't a USB-C audio adapter in the box, so you have to use wireless headphones or a third-party adapter. Also, it can't play any HDR content even though it has wide gamut support.

  • OLED panel displays inky blacks.
  • Very portable thanks to thin and light design.
  • Battery lasts over seven hours of video playback.
  • Perfect black uniformity is great dark room viewing.
  • Speakers sound slightly unnatural.
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • Can't play HDR content.

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