Lenovo’s excellent Chromebook Duet has dropped below $200 for the first time

Lenovo’s excellent Chromebook Duet has dropped below $200 for the first time

Lenovo's excellent Chromebook Duet has dropped below $200 for the first time

With graduation fast approaching, Best Buy’s current deal on the Lenovo Chromebook Duet — our favorite budget Chromebook — couldn’t have come at a better time. If you’re looking for a useful gift available for under $200, Best Buy is selling the Lenovo Chromebook Duet with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for just $189, more than $100 off the typical retail price of the $299.99 Chromebook.

That’s the best price we’ve seen on the Chromebook Duet, a 2-in-1 that impressed us with its long battery life and affordability. During our testing, we were able to use it for nearly 11.5 hours on a single charge while we made Zoom calls and browsed through a variety of tabs and apps, including Gmail, Slack, and Facebook. We also liked the convertible’s lightness and portability as well as the fact that it includes a removable keyboard and kickstand cover.

Of course, the Duet has its drawbacks. It’s a cramped laptop given the 10.1-inch screen (its included keyboard is also small), and the MediaTek Helio P60T processor means it’s not ideal for tasks either. more system intensive. It also lacks a 3.5mm audio jack and offers a single USB-C port. Still, if you need a Chromebook for browsing and performing day-to-day tasks, this is a good Chrome OS machine to consider. Read our review.

Lenovo Chromebook Duo

The Chromebook Duet boasts long battery life and a 16:10 aspect ratio display to show more content at once. The Duet can be used as a tablet or laptop. On the downside, it only has one USB-C port and no 3.5mm headphone jack.

Samsung’s 2022 frame (right) looks more like an actual canvas painting compared to the 2021 edition (left).
Photo by Chris Welch/The Verge

The latest iteration of Samsung’s art-inspired The Frame TV launched less than a month ago, but the gorgeous screen is already selling for its best price yet. Regularly $1,497.99, you can pick up the 55-inch model for $1,297.99 from Amazon and Samsung.

Like its predecessor, this QLED TV displays artwork when not in use, but when turned on, it transforms into a smart 4K TV with support for a fast 120Hz refresh rate and 120Hz refresh rate. a number of streaming apps. The 2022 model also features a new anti-reflective, low-reflection matte coating, which makes the image look remarkably similar to a real painting on canvas that you would see hanging in a museum. Still, while it looks like a beautiful work of art, note that it lacks the full local dimming and Dolby Vision support that are hallmarks of many other high-end TVs in this price range. If that doesn’t bother you, however, Samsung’s The Frame is a unique TV like no other.

Samsung The Frame 2022 TV (55 inches)

Samsung’s latest aesthetic TV model retains the same vivid QLED screen as its predecessor, but uses a new anti-glare and low-reflection coating called “Matte Display”, which delivers images with qualities that resemble real canvas.

If you prefer a Windows laptop to a Chromebook and don’t mind spending a lot more money, the HP Specter x360 14 is also on sale. When we tested the convertible, we found it hard to find much to complain about and even gave it a rare 9 out of 10. It’s a gorgeous laptop with a 3:2 aspect ratio OLED display, and it also offers excellent performance, both in terms of processing power and long battery life. Plus, it’s a great tablet that comes with a stylus that attaches magnetically to the side of the chassis, making it a great gift for college grads looking to take notes in class more easily. – or, well, to doodle.

However, there were some things – albeit not many – that we didn’t like, such as its stiff touchpad and the fact that the laptop had bloatware pre-installed. Still, perhaps one of our biggest issues was its price. At $1519.99, it’s an expensive laptop, but luckily you can save a few hundred dollars today. Right now, HP is selling the HP Specter x360 14 with 512GB of storage and 8GB of built-in memory for $1199.99. Moreover, this configuration is also equipped with an Intel Core i7-1195G7 processor, which is more powerful than the base Core i5-1135G7. Read our review.

Best laptop 2021: HP Specter x360 14

HP Specter x360 14

The HP Specter x360 14 is the best Windows laptop. It has a 3:2 OLED display, but it also offers great performance and comes with a stylus that attaches magnetically to the side of the chassis.

If you’re still looking for a great Mother’s Day gift, today’s deal on Amazon’s hybrid smart speaker and streaming device, the Fire TV Cube, worth the detour. Right now, Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is on sale for $69.99 down from $119.99 at Amazon as well as Best Buy, which is a new all-time low. The Fire TV Cube is one of our favorite streaming devices, one that offers a powerful processor that makes it the fastest device in Amazon’s current Fire TV lineup. Like the excellent and recent Fire TV Stick 4K Max, it also offers the ability to issue voice commands to Alexa without having to press a button.

If you’re just looking for a streaming device, it’s worth noting that the 2019 Fire TV Cube isn’t the best or cheapest for those in Amazon’s ecosystem. That honor goes to the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max, which is on sale for $44.99 ($10 off). The Fire TV Cube isn’t the best smart speaker on its own either, with devices like Amazon’s sphere-shaped Echo Dot sounding better than the Cube’s tiny built-in speaker. However, if you’re looking for a unique gift that’s both a smart speaker and a streaming device, this is an option worth considering.

Amazon FireTV Cube

As a hybrid smart speaker and streaming device, the Fire TV Cube offers a ton of features and convenience for the price.

Some other offers worth checking out

  • You can still pick up Apple’s latest iPad Mini for an all-time low of $399.99 ($100 off) in the 64GB Wi-Fi configuration at Best Buy and Amazon. The iPad Mini comes with a number of features we liked, including USB-C charging, a larger 8.3-inch screen, and support for the second-generation Apple Pencil, which can be connected. charge wirelessly when magnetically attached to the side of the tablet. Read our review.
  • Speaking of tablets, Amazon offers several of its budget Fire slates. The Fire HD 8, for example, is selling for $49.99 — a $40 discount and $5 off its all-time low. It’s obviously nowhere near as fast or as capable as an iPad, but you can still use it to play games, stream shows, read books, or make video calls. Additionally, the tablet supports Alexa and USB-C.
  • A white and pink version of the excellent HyperX Cloud II wired headset is on sale for $69.99 from HP, a $30 discount. The comfortable gaming headset offers good balanced sound and is compatible with PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC and Nintendo Switch (when plugged into the dock). Read our review on the wireless version.
  • In honor of May 4, Apple is selling all digital Skywalker Saga titles, ranging from Star Wars: A New Hope for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker for $7.99 instead of $20.

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