Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 10.1" Touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook model: ZA6F0008CA

Ranked #1 among Tablets priced under $500.

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 10.1" Touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook

Quick Description

This affordable tablet has a lot to offer, with a full-featured web browser, access to the Android App Store. Thanks to the bundled cover, it's also slightly better suited to typing emails, and even longer documents.

It only has a single port, however, meaning that this lonely USB-C Port could be in high demand, acting as a charging port, USB port for data transfer, headphone jack and video port. You will have to buy an adapter to fulfill some of these roles, which could cost you a bit extra. It remains a versatile tablet that could act as a Netbook under certain conditions.

Guillaume's pick!

This tablet stood out to me on 8 occasions while compiling the weekly Tech Worth Buying Newsletter. It was most recently selected on 2020-09-11, selling for $330.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this tablet which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

No Headphone Jack. Without a headphone jack, you will need a (more expensive) bluetooth headset to listen music privately. It also won't be possible to connect to traditional speakers or sound systems without a bluetooth feature.$50+

Dongle-Dependant. This tablet has no regular USB port. So, in order to plug most USB peripherals, you will need an adapter of some kind. Those are sometimes included but not always and can result in hefty expenses. $10-$120

Set Expiration Date. This tablet will cease to receive updates from Google after June 1st, 2028, making it more vulnerable to new threats past this date. If you're adventurous, some users have been able to turn their Chromebooks into Linux machines before, but it does require a bit of extra know-how, and most people will likely want to look for a replacement past this point.
Every tech company declares its products obsolete and stop supporting them eventually; Google mostly differs by setting this date long in advance instead of notifying us after the fact. Still, this information should play a role in your decision, especially if you're considering buying an older model.

Available at 2 locations, from $350

Based on 156 days of observation, the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 10.1" Touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook usually costs ~$350 in Canada. If you were waiting for this tablet to drop in price, this could be the day you were waiting for.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 10.1" Touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Staples, Best Buy or Best Buy at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 10.1" Touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Tablets

Bang for the Buck4.5/5
Versatility for the Price5/5
Price1.5/5
Durability5/5
Power2.5/5
General-purpose power2/5
Graphical power3.5/5
Memory4.5/5
Storage5/5
Portability3.5/5
Autonomy4.5/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

Large Tablets

Bang for the Buck4.5/5
Versatility for the Price5/5
Price1.5/5
Durability5/5
Power2.5/5
General-purpose power1.5/5
Graphical power4/5
Memory4.5/5
Storage5/5
Portability5/5
Autonomy4.5/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck3.5/5
Versatility for the Price5/5
Price0.5/5
Durability5/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power0.5/5
Memory1/5
Storage1/5
Portability4.5/5
Autonomy5/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Chrome OS, Android (Chrome OS)
Processor: MediaTek Helio P60T
Graphics: ARM Mali-G72
Memory: 4.00 GB
Storage: 128.00 GB
Screen Size: 10.1"
Screen Resolution: 1920×1200(224.17ppi)
Dimensions: 23.98 × 15.98 × 0.74 cm
Weight: 0.449 kg

The features

  • Back-Facing Camera
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • USB Type-C
  • IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.)
  • Touch Screen
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Fixed storage: eMMC Storage (slow)

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 2/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 3/5
    Music Production 1/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 3/5
    Photo Editing 2/5
    Video Editing 1/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 5/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 1/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (3 / 3)

Texts & Numbers (4 / 9)

Drawing and Illustrations (1 / 12)

Audio & Visual medias (0 / 3)

3D and CAD (0 / 9)

Music Production (1 / 11)

Photo Editing (1 / 7)

Video Editing (0 / 12)

Enthusiast Games (2 / 67)

Video Games (4 / 15)

Triple-A Video Games (0 / 69)

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