You might not have ever heard of the Lenovo 10e, but I guarantee you’ve heard of its prettier, two-tone twin: the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. The 10e shares the same steady performance, great screen quality, and portable size as the Duet, but the shell and the glass have been ruggedized, and the price has slashed dropped 65 to 70%. This is the classroom-tested version of the Lenovo Chromebook Duet, with a 400-nit, 1,920×1,200px touchscreen, long battery life, and unlike the Duet, this version still has a headphone jack. You can buy just the tablet for $99, but I recommend grabbing the keyboard bundle for $139 for a better out-of-box experience.
While there are dozens of Black Friday Chromebook discounts to pick from today, there are only a few that are suitable for everyone. So, whether you just want to try out Chrome OS to see what all the hype is about, need a beginning Chromebook for your child, or just want a tablet that’ll stay updated for seven years and looks fantastic for Netflix and Disney+, Lenovo has the only Chromebook bargain you’ll ever need.
Another significant upgrade is that rather than having to rely on Bluetooth headphones, you can plug in good, old-fashioned wired headphones or earbuds when you’re on a Netflix binge or listening to a video call. One of the few drawbacks of the Lenovo Fuet is that the speakers weren’t very strong, so headphones are essential for YouTube marathons.
Rather than a Gorilla Glass touchscreen, the Lenovo 10e uses Dragontail Pro, a popular alternative to Gorilla Glass that boasts 30% better resistance to corner drops, which is essential to a Chrome tablet with edge-to-edge-glass. Rest assured, the screen is still 400 nits brightness for easy visibility outside in the shade. Of course, 400 nits will still wash out in direct sunlight, but for $99, this screen puts most Chromebook screens under $400 to shame.
Lenovo sells the tablet by itself or in a bundle with the kickstand folio case, and I highly recommend buying the case bundle, as it’s getting harder and harder to find aftermarket. While Chrome OS is getting easier and easier to use tablet-only, it’s still best when connected to a keyboard, given all the keyboard shortcuts you can take advantage of.
You still have access to all your favorite Android apps through Google Play, but unlike Android tablets that are slow to receive updates (and receive 3 to 4 years of updates at most), the Lenovo 10e will get monthly system and security updates direct from Google until June 2028, its AUE date. This means that if you take care of it, this compact tablet could last you for almost a decade.
Ara Wagoner is a Writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she’s not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she’s wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.