If you can’t decide between a tablet and a laptop the Lenovo Miix 2 10 inch will give you the best of both worlds with this package, so that you get maximum portability. It stays portable but will also give you a decent battery life and a large solid state drive. If you are after something that is stylish and gives you a magnetic keyboard as well this is one that you will want to check out and we think you will be impressed with it.Check out the pros and cons and a full review below:
Lenovo Miix 2 10 FHD w/ Keyboard $499 Release April 1 2014
Lenovo Miix 2 10
Lenovo Miix 2 10.1-Inch 64 GB Tablet (59427304) Silver GreyFree shipping
- 10.1-inch Display
- Intel Atom Z3745 1.3 GHz Processor
- 64 GB Flash Memory, 2 GB RAM Memory
- 2.38 pounds
The design of the Lenovo miix 2 (10-inch) tablet looks a bit different to some of its competitors, it has an angular look and both parts are silver plastic which looks very sleek and stylish, and when it detached from the keypad dock, the tablet looks much like any other Windows 8 slate with a black glossy bezel frame.
The 10 inch touch screen has a 2 megapixel front facing camera which is positioned above the display with a Windows button positioned below it, and there is a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera which is situated at the top on the right corner of the back panel.
The keypad dock attaches to the touch screen with a magnetic connector at the bottom of the tablet on the edge, the back of the dock there is a backward facing speaker grille, and there is a full sized USB 2.0 port on each side.
The magnetic link is very sturdy, holding the tablet quite securely when it is resting in the notch, to give you a laptop style and the keyboard can be tilted without the tablet falling out of the magnetic notch, and the two parts also come apart quite easily, while staying securely together when closed. The Lenovo Miix 2 is a compact design at 0.4 inches thick and weighs 1.27 lbs making it very portable and a similar size and weight to its rivals like the Asus T100.
- Pretty decent battery life
- Compact design
- The 128GB SSD is large for a hybrid tablet
- Stylish design
- Included magnetic keyboard
- Key placement slightly awkward
The screen has a pixel count of 1, 9920 x1, 200 which is better than its competitors, so that for photos and video, you get some much sharper and detailed images, the colour contrast is very good and the viewing angles are excellent both horizontal and vertical.
Keyboard & Touchpad
The keyboard unfortunately a little on the small side, but I suppose if you want something as compact as this is to be expected, it measures 10 inches across and does feel a little bit cramped when using it, and the key placement is a bit awkward, but saying that, it does have a curved key shape, making a curved edge at the bottom for making less missed key strokes.
The touchpad measures 8 x 4cm making it quite small, but it does work really well, but you are not able to pinch-to-zoom as the clicks are only recognised in the lower part of the pad and gestures are not supported, but it does work fine and is adequate.
Lenovo Miix 2 10 FHD w/ Keyboard $499 Release April 1 2014
Lenovo Miix 2 10 FHD
The Miix 2 includes a dedicated power adaptor, meaning that the Micro-USB port is available for other devices even when you are charging the tablet, it also features a MicroHDMI port for output to an external TV or monitor, there is also a full sized USB port on each end of the keyboard, you can also expand the storage, as there is a MicroSD card slot which is suitable for cards up to 32 GB, which is great.
The Lenovo miix 2 (10-inch) tablet has some pretty good hardware considering its size, the processor it uses to power, is Intel Atom Z3740, running four cores at 1.33GHz, with the quad core you get enough power for when you are multitasking, although saying that, it only comes with 2GB of RAM, which is a bit of a shame as some of its rivals have a bit more and have 4GB.
Windows 8.1 perform very well, almost perfect as well as the apps, and swiping through the start menu and browsing Windows apps is done with ease, apart from some of the apps loading up a little slower than it would on a more powerful tablet.
The battery life is pretty good, down to the Atom processors which are good in energy efficiency, and you shouldn’t run out during the day, you can get up to 7 hours or more when the tablet is attached to the keyboard dock, and more when just using the tablet on its own, which should be sufficient for most users.
Speakers & Audio
The JBL-branded speakers which are located on the right and left of the tablet are boosted by the a subwoofer when the tablet is inserted into the keyboard dock, give you an adequate sound, but when the tablet is used on its own it does tend to sound a little tinny, so an external speaker might be a good idea if you want a better quality.
The Lenovo Miix 2 is quite cool with its wedge shape and silver colour it does look good, it has a really nice 1,920×1, 200 touch screen which many of its rivals don’t have, many having just 1,366×768 at the most. Videos and photos look sharp and quite detailed, the colour contrast is pretty good, and the viewing angle both vertical and horizontal are also impressive.
The magnetic connector is quite a unique idea and surprisingly works really well at both keeping the two parts together when transporting, and also when the tablet is resting in the notch when using as a laptop, it is quite sturdy. The Lenovo Miix 2 is a lightweight device weighing just 1.27 lbs which is a similar weight to its rivals, and when used as a tablet even lighter.
Windows 8.1 works well and is smooth when browsing through the apps, and you get decent hardware, Intel Atom Z3740, running four cores at 1.33GHz, and comes with 2GB of RAM, and good battery life that should see you through the day, about 7 hours or a bit more.
The downside is the keyboard which is a little small, so might not be comfortable for longer productivity tasks, but the Lenovo Miix 2 is a good convertible tablet that is easy to carry around, the sound is good, the touch screen is excellent and gives you sharp, detailed images and videos.
It’s a great tablet, which is ideal for watching movies, emailing, reading and lighter productivity tasks.