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(SDN) — I get by with a simple gadget, like a laptop, or a notebook.
That’s at least in terms of being a pen warrior, and been in this news media work for many — and that’s — many years.
So, in terms of my gadget that I bring to coverage for press conferences and other media events here in Metro Manila and out-of-town, as well as on foreign assignments, I get by with an Asus Transformer Book T100A: 10-inch screen (my choice of screen size), and never mind the other specs as long as it can run fairly well.
Back then it was priced at and I bought it for Php20,000. It had been discontinued, no more new ones the likes of it.
Anyways, I am not a heavy laptop- or notebook-user, I don’t do video editing (which I would like to do someday), not a gamer either.
I bought my T100A in June 2016, and traveled with me to Japan for the coverage of Diwata-1 micro-satellite handover to JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), the prolific Japanese space agency, courtesy of the Department of Science and Technology’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD). Thanks, PCIEERD.
Asus T100A also went with me to Singapore, Macau, and Singapore again. My T100A goes with me wherever I go for media events. That was then.
After its lifetime’s been reached, at least the separate keyboard that had now broken down (the tablet part still working but now too slow for convenience), no more Asus T100A for me. Thank you for the great service.
Now, this has come to my attention, been eyeing it for sometime, a new arrival, my type of gadget, the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet, a 2-in-1 (tablet and keyboard separately). A stand-alone tablet minus its keyboard-cum-stand.
What I like about it (never mind the other specs) is being a bit easy on a quarantined pocket, costs US$299. And it’s a 10-inch piece like my Asus T100A. It has more speed with 4GB RAM.
I am not fond with a full keyboard. I have an Acer Aspire 14 inch-screen full laptop, a gift from United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador Hamad Saeed Obaid Al-Zaabi. Ramadan Kareem, Excellency!
For me pounding a full keyboard is a bit of a hassle, that’s why 10-incher’s keyboard I much prefer. My hands do not have to travel or move a lot.
So, I like the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet much better than the new Microsoft Surface Go, also a 2-in-1 combo tablet and keyboard. The Surface Go is more expensive, reason I prefer the IdeaPad Duet (nice name).
According to NotebookCheck.net, the Lenovo 2-in-1 is now available for purchase, which it describes as an “affordable and detachable 2-in-1 tablet.”
I just hope when it is made available in Manila by Lenovo Philippines Country General Manager Michael Ngan the price won’t change that much.
One of the good things about the IdeaPad Duet (by the way it’s a Chrome OS device, and you know what that means) will receive updates until June 2028. Long enough.
Alex Anderson of Notebook Check in his article on May 8, said IdeaPad is embedded with a MediaTek Helio P60T chipset, it’s armed with a 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM, 128GB of eMCP storage and runs on a battery of 7,180mAh.
He said Lenovo claims the Duet can reach 400 nits (unit of brightness) when powering its 10.1-inch IPS panel running at 1,920 x 1,200.
Thickness is at 7.35mm with 920g weight including its keyboard and stand attached.
It sports two cameras, certainly front and back, and has Google One of 100GB for one year.
One downer is that it does not have a microSD card reader.
But for me, that’s a minor trade-off for the 10.1-inch screen, 4GB memory, and just $299. I can live with it.
Now, when is it going to be available in Manila, that’s the Q.
Ms. Daisy D. Sabangan, director for Media Affairs at CID Communication public relations agency, told SDN — Science and Digital News she will check for the IdeaPad Duet’s availability and pricing in Manila. (EDD K. USMAN/SDN)
Featured photo of Lenovo IdeaPad Duet courtesy of and thanks to Notebook Check website.