Last week I shared a first video look at the Asus Chromebook Flip CM3 and Lenovo Duet Chromebook from someone with both devices. Over the weekend he shared another more detailed video comparison between the two Chrome OS tablets.
This new video is quite long but worth a look if you are considering these two devices.
From what I can see, there are actually very few differences.
The performances are identical
For starters, the overall performance of the CM3 and Duet Chromebooks was identical in benchmark testing.
This doesn’t surprise me at all since the Duet’s Helio P60T chipset is essentially the same as MediaTek’s MT8183. If you were expecting the CM3 to perform better than the Duet, there is no reason to.
That’s not to say that there aren’t any perks for the Asus Chromebook Flip CM3, in comparison. This only means that if the few differences between this one and the Lenovo Duet Chromebook are “must have” for you, then maybe the CM3 is the better choice, albeit more expensive.
The main differences are more about the design choices
For example, the CM3 has a parked stylus that charges inside the tablet chassis. It also has a slightly larger 10.5-inch screen. It doesn’t look like much of a jump in size, but you can see how that extra screen space just adds a little more information to the display.
Look for it in different parts of the video to see what I mean. When both tablets show the same content, you will see more of it on the larger tablet.
I didn’t realize this until after watching the video, but the CM3 can charge faster than the Chromebook Duet with the included power supply.
Asus includes a 45W USB-C charger with the CM3 tablet, while Lenovo only provides a 10W charger. Granted, you can use a third-party charger with the Duet to speed up the process. But with the Asus Chromebook Flip CM3, you can use what’s included.
Speaking of charging, both devices run roughly the same amount of time on a single charge. This is because the difference in battery capacity for the two is almost identical. The Duet’s 7000mAh battery is only slightly less than that of the CM3’s 7040mAh power supply.
Which one should you get?
Even though I haven’t used the Asus Chromebook Flip CM3, I have a good idea of what to expect after watching this video. And internally, it’s almost identical to the Lenovo Duet Chromebook, which I used. I named this device my choice for the Chromebook of the Year 2020, given the value it represents for the price.
So if you compare between the two devices, it really comes down to the CM3’s “extra” features and whether they’re worth the extra price. I’m still assuming the predicted $ 369 price tag applies to the CM3, compared to the under $ 300 price tag for the Lenovo Chromebook Duet.
Personally, I would go with CM3 when available, based on what we know. You get a slightly larger screen but not much more weight or bulk. In fact, when you weigh both tablets with just their kickstand covers (i.e. no keyboard attached), the larger CM3 weighs a little less than the smaller Duet.
You also get a pen that can be stored inside the device, additional speakers, and what I think is a much better keyboard experience.
This is not only because the keys are a little more apart, but also because the keyboard attaches to the tablet in two ways: once with POGO pins like the Duet and again with magnets in the lower frame. of the screen. And yes, the CM3’s double-hinged kickstand is another feature that I like.
If I add up these design differences, they are worth the premium for me personally. However, you might not care about some or all of them.
So why wait until the Asus Flip CM3 Chromebook is available? Just grab a Lenovo Duet Chromebook and go.