Labor Day sales are here and Lenovo's getting in on the action with discounts here and discounts there. We've decided to focus on a couple of easy pick-me-ups bundled into one package of savings that will instantly improve any bedside table.
Ever since the Chromebook Duet landed, I've been waiting for Lenovo to improve upon this inexpensive Surface-style tablet with some beefier hardware. Today my waiting pays off: the company's announced the Chromebook Duet 5, a sleek, OLED-screened convertible tablet rocking Chrome software. It's one of many new machines the company is revealing today at the TechWorld showcase.
Everyone makes wireless earbuds these days. It's not just phone makers and startups, either — you could pick a brand name out of a hat, and, chances are, there's a pair of buds listed on its website right now. This sort of saturation does end up benefitting shoppers, of course. With so many options to pick between, you can usually score some for insanely low prices. Over at Lenovo's web store, you can grab a pair of earbuds for as low as $15 right now.
I can't tell you how many times I've almost bought a Microsoft Surface Pro, but I must have had one in my cart at least a dozen times. I like to plug in a small mechanical keyboard when I need to do a lot of typing on the go, and the detachable form factor makes that easier. However, once you add things like a Core i5 CPU and more RAM, the Surface costs well over a thousand dollars. That's before you add Microsoft's mediocre keyboard cover. So, I never pull the trigger, and now I might never have to after using the Lenovo ThinkPad X12.
The pandemic has skyrocketed sales of tablets, and Lenovo, as the third-largest and one of the fastest-growing tablet OEMs, has all intentions of capitalizing on this uptrend. Shortly after releasing a model with HDMI input, the company looks nearly ready set to introduce its next-gen flagship tablet, the Tab P12 Pro.
Digital photo frames have come a long way. Most models are Wi-Fi-enabled anymore, but some of the best ones connect with Google Photos to make managing your pictures less of a hassle. One such photo frame — the aptly named Lenovo Smart Frame — is a screamin' deal on eBay right now: $180, or a full $220 off MSRP.
If you haven't been following digital picture frames (I don't blame you), it may not be immediately obvious why they still exist — when every screen you own is connected to the internet, after all, every screen you own is a potential picture frame. But modern digital frames aren't the Sharper Image novelties you're probably imagining. The Lenovo Smart Frame, for example, is a big, 21-inch screen that connects to Google Photos to seamlessly source pictures from any of your albums, and while it's got some rough edges, this thing has become one of my favorite gadgets.
Chromebooks have proven to be terrific machines for students — or really, just about anyone working from home these days. Chromebooks have seen tremendous sales over the past year, with whopping 275% year-on-year growth in the first quarter of 2021. While growth has now slowed, Chromebook sales continue to do strongly in Q2 2021.
Motorola begrudgingly promised two OS upgrades for its flagship phone for last year, the Edge+, after saying it would only put up for one. Today, in an public relations chain of communication gone wrong, it basically did the same thing for its new Edge 20 series.
The back-to-school shopping frenzy is well underway and for plenty of students, it's back to the real-life classroom as well. But whether there or still remote, if you're looking for a note-taking buddy that'll get the job done on the cheap, Lenovo's Chromebook C340-15 may do just the trick — and it's available at Best Buy for a song.