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Lenovo Mii 10 Windows Tablet Review

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Lenovo Miix 10 Front

Lenovo Miix 10 Front

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Lenovo Miix 10 Back

Lenovo Miix 10 Back

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Lenovo Miix 10 Keyboard Case

Lenovo Miix 10 Keyboard Case

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The Bottom Line

Nov 14 2013 - Lenovo's Miix 10 is a mid-priced full Windows tablet. It has a nice size and offers a slightly better screen than most in this price range but there just isn't enough to really distinguish it from a number of other offerings. In fact, the best feature is the fact that it has a dedicated power connector that means it charges much faster than most tablets that use USB charging.

Pros

  • Full Version of Windows
  • Good Selection of Ports
  • Dedicated AC Power Port For Faster Charging

Cons

  • Battery Life On The Lower Side Of Similarly Equipped Windows Tablets
  • Older Atom Processor Has Mediocre Performance
  • Slightly More Expensive Than Nearly Equivalent Offerings

Description

  • Intel Atom Z2760 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 2GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
  • 64GB Storage
  • 10.1" WXGA (1366x768) Multitouch Display
  • 1.0 Megapixel Front Camera
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Micro USB 2.0, Micro-HDMI, MicroSD Card Slot, 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • 10.43" x 6.81" x .39" @ 1.28 lbs.
  • Windows 8

Review - Lenovo Miix 10

Nov 14 2013 - The Lenovo Miix 10 is designed to be a consumer focused Windows based tablet that could almost be compared very closely to the ThinkPad Tablet 2 business tablet launched last year. In terms of the size, the Miix 10 is very close in size to the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet due to its 10-inch display screen. It does use a slightly wider display which works fine in landscape mode but can be awkward in the portrait mode. It is a bit lighter at just 1.28 pounds but this comes at the cost of a plastic back for the tablet. It has a decent feel but certainly isn't in the same class as the chassis that Microsoft uses or the aluminum clad Apple tablets.

Powering the Lenovo Miix 10 tablet is the Intel Atom Z2760 dual core processor. Now this is an older design of the Atom processor and not the latest Bay Trail design. The big difference is that we have a dual core instead of quad core processor with higher 1.8Ghz clock speeds. In addition, it uses slower 800MHz DDR2 memory instead of the latest DDR3. The net result is a tablet that can run Windows but isn't as snappy feeling as some tablets based on the newer Atom processor. It will do just fine single tasking with programs such as mail, the web, viewing media or even a productivity application but it definitely not for multitasking or more demanding Windows programs.

Storage is a bit better than some other systems as it comes with a 64GB solid state based storage which certainly gives more room for applications, data and media files than those with just 32GB of memory. If this isn't enough space, there is a microSD card slot that can be used for some extra storage space primarily for data files and not programs. There is also a microUSB 2.0 port that can be used for some external storage but more likely for peripheral devices.

The display for the Lenovo Miix 10 is a nice 10.1-inch IPS based display panel. It uses a fairly typical 1366x768 display resolution typical of many low cost Windows based tablets. It offers some nice wide viewing angles, good color and brightness levels. The only downside here is that Microsoft now offers a better 1920x1080 panel in its Surface 2 tablet that is priced around the same.

For those looking to use the Lenovo Miix 10 in a way similar to that of a laptop, Lenovo also offers an optional keyboard case for $99. It differs from the covers that Microsoft offers for their tablets as it is a full case that protects the tablet on the back and front. It also acts as the stand when it is in use. It uses an isolated key style typical of most of Lenovo's laptops but more cramped due to the smaller dimensions of the tablet. It also offers shorter travel on the keys. It could be a bit difficult for some with larger hands to use. The cover does not feature a trackpad in it at all meaning you have to use the touchscreen.

Lenovo claims that the Miix 10 tablet can achieve up to ten hours of running time from its internal 6800mAH battery pack. In digital video playback tests, the tablet is able to run four roughly seven hours before going into standby mode. This is decent for a Windows based tablet but it is a bit on the shorter side. It is certainly much better than the more powerful Microsoft Surface Pro 2 but falls short of say the Acer Iconia W3-810 that achieves right hours with roughly the same level of performance or the eight and a half of the Asus Transformer Book T100. One difference here is that Lenovo uses a traditional AC adapter port that provides quick recharge times compared to those tablets that use the microUSB port for their power port.

Price at $479, the Lenovo Miix unfortunately is on the expensive side when compared to many of the other low cost full Windows tablets. The Acer Iconia W3-810 and ASUS Transformer Book T100 retail for $400 or less. The Acer offers a similar level of performance from nearly identical internals but it is more compact from a smaller 8-inch display. The downside is that its display is not nearly on par with Lenovo's. The ASUS on the other hand is much less expensive and uses the new Atom quad core for better overall performance. It also comes with its keyboard dock to make it a full laptop style hybrid as well while the Lenovo requires a $99 accessory keyboard cover. It should be noted that all of these still perform much lower than a traditional laptop which is what the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 offers but costs twice as much.

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