Summary: Final Thoughts
I actually got my first look at the ThinkPad 8 back at CES in January and I was actually pretty impressed. Lenovo wanted to bring out a tablet for business users where you can actually be productive and most importantly get work done. After spending some time with the ThinkPad 8 it is actually the first tablet that I have used where I could really substitute it for my Ultrabook.
Pros: – 1920 x 1080 screen resolution, – Great performance, – Sleek design, – Dual cameras, – Bluetooth allows you to easily add accessories, – Quickshot cover is a great addition
Cons: – No stylus support, – Battery life is not the best compared to other tablets, – Had a few WiFi issues
Summary: Building a tablet that tries to meld the best of two lifestyles — play and business — is no easy task, not even for Microsoft. After testing out the Lenovo ThinkPad 8, it remains clear to me that smaller tablets just can’t run the full version of Windows 8.1 Pro adequately. There’s too much compromise.
Conclusion: Lenovo has a winner with the ThinkPad 8 -- it's designed in such a way that it feels very portable, yet the quality display and use of Windows 8.1 means it can be used for business tasks that your average Android slate might not be up for. The Quickshot cover is a nice feature, even if it does have a novelty feel to it, allowing those with a habit of snapping pictures using a tablet to take shots without hassle.
Conclusion: The Lenovo ThinkPad 8 is an 8-inch Windows tablet that puts your work into a handheld PC you can slip into a coat pocket. It's not a replacement for your work system, but it's an excellent companion to it.
Pros: Small 8-inch form factor is truly portable. All-day battery life. QuickShot cover makes photos a snap. Professional, yet affordable.
Cons: QuickShot smart cover is optional (and extra). No physical keyboard option. Few ports and connections available.
Summary: Windows 8.1 is in the throes of an identity crisis. The operating system meant to usher in the future of computing found itself mired in the present, installed on laptops and desktops where its hyper-connected, touch-friendly interface didn’t fit quite so well. Microsoft has steadily added back features it once removed, tweaking the operating system to satisfy the users not yet living in the Post-PC era we all figured would be here by now.
Pros: Great display, Solid, premium design, Incredibly long "can-do" list
Cons: Mediocre battery life, Jack of all trades, master of none, Desktop mode is unusable on such a small screen
Conclusion: We sound like a broken record, but this is a great device held back by Windows 8.1. Lenovo has built a fantastic tablet that lives up to its ThinkPad brand, but like the ThinkPad Tablet and ThinkPad Tablet 2 , the operating system continues to let us down. The original ThinkPad Tablet ran Android before Android was ready for tablets, and the Tablet 2 ran Windows 8, which still annoys us on small screens (and large).
Pros: 1080p screen, 8-inch size is comfortable to hold, Good battery life for Windows, MicroSD slot for expanded memory, Universal USB charging
Cons: Some menus are too small to use comfortably, Windows 8.1 apps are scarce and lacking, 7-8 hour battery life lower than Android and iPad, No stylus, Volume toggle squeaks when pressed
Summary: ThinkPad Differently. The avalanche of new Windows 8.1 tablets continues, offering plenty of choices for those so inclined. Lenovo’s professional ThinkPad 8 bumps the resolution to near-Retina-grade levels and boasts a powerful configuration for a tablet. But can it find a spot in the corporate workplace?
Pros: Great build quality, Comfortable in the hand, Beautiful, sharp screen, Excellent general system performance, USB 3.0, The sturdy ThinkPad build, gorgeous screen, and thoughtful QuickShot Cover
Cons: Mediocre battery life, No stylus/digitizer support, Middling screen brightness for its class, Difficult navigation due to high resolution, Lack of keyboard is frustrating in a business environment, A bit pricier than comparable peers, A physical keyboard and more manageable touch navigation at high resolutions
Summary: Those looking for an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet for business and pleasure will find the ThinkPad 8 to be a solid choice. The full-HD display and USB 3.0 connectivity -- not to mention the sturdy aluminum backside -- help this slate stand out versus cheaper consumer-oriented options. You also get a fairly sharp 8-MP camera for capturing images in the field. However, the below-average battery life is a turn-off, and the speakers could be louder.
Pros: Slim and sturdy design, Rich full-HD display, Sharp 8-MP camera, USB 3.0 allows for versatile docking, Clever optional cover
Cons: Below-average battery life, Speakers not very loud, A bit pricey