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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Review
3 April 2014
Excerpt: PC manufacturers were thrown off by Windows 8 and its new touch-friendly face, which has given the PC industry what it needed to bring the PC forward into the mobile device space. The PC’s long term success hinges on its ability to evolve, both in form factor and functionality. Boxes have largely given way to all-in-ones, laptops to Ultrabooks, and so on.
Conclusion: Alongside our ThinkPad 2 review unit, Lenovo shipped an optional bluetooth keyboard stand, a companion device specifically tailored to the ThinkPad 2 which retails for about $120 . Please note that the keyboard is simply a keyboard and stand -- nothing more. However, Lenovo does offer a full-on dock accessory complete with port replicator for about $100 which we did not test.
Conclusion: The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 combines touch, all-day battery life, and ThinkPad styling to the Windows 8 Slate tablet market. It's not a bad first effort, but rivals currently have the upper hand.
Pros: Very compact and light. Integrated stylus storage. Uses micro USB for charging. Very good battery life.
Cons: Slow multimedia benchmark scores. Intel GMA graphics. Only 2GB of memory. A 32-bit OS. USB port is low-powered. No erase button on stylus. No latch on keyboard accessory.
Summary: The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 was the company’s attempt to create a new version of their original tablet equipped with Windows 8, but unfortunately, its specs and its overall experience gave us the feeling of a low-budget tablet, even though this particular tablet we reviewed is priced at $729, and that’s without including the price of its accessories like its low-quality keyboard.
Conclusion: It's hard to not love this little guy. If you're looking for a small Windows 8 tablet, this is one of the smallest and lightest, yet it's sturdy and ready for the road. Battery life is super and standby times are among the best we've seen on a Windows tablet. The Wacom pen makes drawing and note-taking a pleasure and the IPS display is colorful and crystal clear. The tablet is smart enough to handle business and productivity tasks as well as streaming HD video.
Pros: Supremely thin and light, sharp display, 3G/4G option, Wacom digitizer with pen.
Cons: 3G/4G option is quite expensive. USB port lacks power to run portable hard drives.
Conclusion: The ThinkPad Tablet 2 is an impressively built tablet and the fact that it comes with 3G makes it connected anytime and anyplace. The form factor is superb- better than almost any other Windows based tablet I’ve used and the battery life that should last you close to a working day. Charging the ThinkPad Tablet 2 using a standard USB connector is also a great touch by Lenovo. However the form factor and battery life are a result of a sacrifice in performance.
Summary: With its all-day battery life, light weight, comfy keyboard and accurate stylus, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a truly compelling productivity companion that will let you check email, take notes, edit documents or work on presentations from anywhere, even when you're standing. That said, this device isn't perfect: Lenovo should include the absolutely necessary stylus as standard, and its inability to connect directly to USB-powered hard drives will annoy some.