A couple of months ago I was getting really excited about the launch of the Lenovo 2-in-1 Ideapad Chromebook. It’s the first launch of a decent Chrome OS tablet since the Pixel Slate.
The reason for my excitement was due to Chrome OS getting some major updates since the Pixel Slate. All of the reasons people were put off the Pixel Slate are now fixed.
Also, the 2-in-1 Chrome OS tablet by Lenovo is being offered at a much cheaper price. I was convinced it was going to be a huge success, but there is one big problem.
Trying to get your hands on one of these devices appears to be almost impossible. Well, that’s certainly the case in the UK. In the USA stock levels have been an issue. However, Chrome Unboxed confirms they are still readily available in the USA. You just have to be quick when they become available because they sell out fast.
LENOVO 2-IN-1 STOCK ISSUES
At the time of writing this article, you can currently order the Lenovo Ideapad directly for their website. This is great but you can only get your hands on the device, which offers 64GB.
Although 64GB is enough storage for most of us. It’s very hard to justify buying this device, when you can get it from Curry’s PC World with 128GB of storage, well, when it’s in stock. The price difference is so minimal; I can see the reason why you’d want to hold out for the device offering more storage.
This appears to be the same dilemma if you’re looking to buy the Lenovo Ideapad 2-in-1 in the USA as well. The 64GB version is much easier to get your hands on than the 128GB model.
I HOPE THIS DOES NOT DAMAGE SALES
I totally get manufacturers will run out of devices from time to time. However, the last time I remember a stock issue like this for a Chromebook. Was when the Toshiba Chromebook 2 was the laptop to have back in 2013. It was so difficult to get that laptop back then whether you were in the UK or USA.
Although it’s great to see the 128GB model is available for not much more than the 64GB version. This surely cannot be helping with sales. Sure, some people will just go with the 64GB version. I bet there are many others though who are just holding out for the model offering double the storage.
Let’s hope Lenovo manages to deal with this stock level issue before Christmas shopping starts. As soon as we get to November people will be on the lookout for presents. If the Lenovo is out of stock, they’ll most likely look elsewhere, which is a real shame for Chrome OS tablets.
I’m still confident we’ll be seeing more Chrome OS tablets launched in the future. They offer such versatility over a Chromebook. For now though. If you’re still really eager to get your hands on a Lenovo 2-in-1 Chrome OS tablet. You might just have to settle for the lower storage option.
Interested but unsure whether the Lenovo Ideapad 2-in-1 is for you. Take a look at this review from Chrome Unboxed.