One of Lenovo’s best Chromebooks turns to Windows

Lenovo is updating its popular IdeaPad Duet 3, one of the best Chromebooks out there, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This time the Duet 3i comes with Windows 11 instead of ChromeOS, along with some updates to the chassis and components.

The IdeaPad Duet 3i is a lightweight, productivity-oriented notebook powered by the Intel N200 processor with Intel’s integrated graphics, 4GB and 8GB storage options, and 128GB and 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD storage options . It runs Windows 11 operating system. The touchscreen laptop measures 10.68 x 6.77 x 0.35 inches in total; However, it is detachable from its keyboard, giving it versatility as a smaller and more portable tablet. In terms of software, the device quickly adapts from laptop to tablet to pen mode so as not to get in the way of workflow. You can also purchase a Lenovo Digital Pen for writing.

The IdeaPad Duet 3i features an 11.5-inch 2K display with a 5:3 aspect ratio, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, and 400 nits of peak brightness. These aren’t the high-end specs, but they probably help keep the device’s price point on the lower end. Like many laptops in this range, such as the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5i, this model has both front- and rear-facing cameras. The front camera is a 5 megapixel lens and the rear is an 8 megapixel shooter.

The device has two 2-watt speakers with Dolby Audio tuning and two microphones. Connectivity includes Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. It also features a 35.6 watt-hour battery, an upgrade from the previous iteration that supports 8.5 hours of battery life. A Rapid Charge Boost feature adds two extra hours from a 15-minute charge.

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The input includes a USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 (full function), a USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 type (power/data) and an audio jack. Other software includes Lenovo Vantage, a Microsoft 365 trial, McAfee LiveSafe, and Amazon Alexa.

The IdeaPad Duet 3i will be available in an Abyss Blue color option when it goes on sale in Europe, Middle East and Africa in June 2023. Unfortunately, Lenovo says it currently has no plans to bring this model to North America.

Coming to North America, the IdeaPad Slim 3 Chromebook is a ChromeOS-powered notebook designed for wireless connectivity and long battery life. The Chromebook is powered by the MediaTek Kompanio 500 series processor with 720p and 1080p graphics options, 4GB and 8GB storage options, and 64GB and 128GB eMMC storage options.

The IdeaPad Slim 3 Chromebook features a 14-inch display with a 16:9 aspect ratio in various configurations. The top-tier option has FHD (1920 x 1080) resolution, a touchscreen, 100% sRGB color gamut, and 300 nits of peak brightness. The mid-tier option has FHD resolution (1920 x 1080) and 250 nits of brightness, and the entry-level option has HD resolution (1366 x 768) and 250 nits of brightness.

With dimensions of 12.83 x 8.73 x 0.73 inches, a starting weight of 2.9 pounds, and an all-day battery life of up to 13.5 hours, the IdeaPad Slim 3 Chromebook is a great option if you often spend long periods without mains plug work. according to Lenovo. Specs are comparable to the HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook announced at CES 2023 in January. This Chromebook also features a 14-inch display, weighs 3.3 pounds, and is 0.7 inches thick.

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For connectivity, the IdeaPad Slim 3 Chromebook includes a Wi-Fi 6 Bluetooth 5.2 combo with a Wi-Fi card. It features two 2-watt speakers tuned by Waves MaxxAudio. The input includes a microSD 3.0 card slot, a USB-C 3.2 Gen 1, a USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 and a combo audio jack. Other software includes Google Assistant and Google Play, Android Studio.

The IdeaPad Slim 3 Chromebook will be available in Cloud Gray and Abyss Blue color options when it goes on sale in May 2023. Pricing is said to start at $340, but Lenovo hasn’t said when it will launch.

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