Lenovo Chromebook Duet vs. ASUS Chromebook Flip C214: Which should you buy?

by Joseph K. Clark

Best of both worlds

Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Lenovo Chromebook

Built tough for kids

ASUS Chromebook Flip C214

Lenovo finally did what Google could not: They gave us a worthwhile Chrome OS tablet experience that came with everything in the box and actually works well. So long as you don’t absolutely need the mil-spec durability of the C214, the Duet is better in literally every way.

Most importantly, the expiration dates that all Chromebooks come with have gotten longer and longer with each generation. June 2025 wasn’t a shabby AUE date when the C214 launched — and it was extended to June 2026 last summer — but June 2028 for the Duet is significantly longer, which means that the Duet will last years longer while being less expensive.

Another advancement is that instead of using EMR or proprietary style for Chromebooks, like the ASUS C214, Google mandated that stylus support going forward would be USI, meaning it’s easier to buy a replacement Chromebook stylus. You don’t have to spend the extra money upfront. This is a significant improvement over the C214, where the stylus model is harder to find and has been price-gouged since March 2020, when distance learning started, and parents scrambled to find Chromebooks for their kids.

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