- Editor's Rating
- Beautiful design
- Clear display with wide viewing angles
- Long battery life
- Extremely portable
- It's a tweener, both tablet mode and notebook mode compromised
- Limited performance
- No TouchPad
The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 offers a small and stylish form factor with strong battery life at the expense of mediocre performance.
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is stylish and fun device that is perfect for users who want a light compact machine that excels on the go.
The 10-inch convertible tablet sports an unsymmetrical design that provides a unique look, allowing the device to stand out from the standard tablet design. Similar to other ThinkPad devices, the Tablet 2 offers a black magnesium alloy coat. The textured chassis not only provides a stylish understated look, but I also provide a texture feel making the device easy to hold and use (especially in tablet mode). Additionally, the slim form factor and light weight of the machine add to its portability, but the device is a bit fragile due to its slim design.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 also controls extremely well. Its 10.1-inch IPS HD display with 1366 x 768 resolution offers exception control and response time. While using the device, users will be able to quickly and accurately select text passages, click on links, and even use the digital keyboard with assured accuracy. Additionally, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 offers an optional external Bluetooth keyboard. Despite the small frame of the peripheral, the Chiclet-style keyboard performs admirably with absolutely no lag and a textured tactile feedback that makes typing a breeze. The only downside to the addition is that it costs an extra $120 at the time of review.
Not only does the display control well, but it provides a solid picture too. The 10.1-inch display offers up to 170 degree viewing angles, and clear crisp color contrast. The flexible viewing angles are perfect for tablet use, as it allows users to hold the device in a multitude of positions without diminishing the viewing experience. The only noticeable flaw with the display is its weakness to light. Thanks to the displays reflective surface, adequate to strong lighting conditions will cause the display to reflect images. The tablet performs well enough in most indoor conditions, but the reflective surface can be difficult to deal with in direct sunlight.
The real downfall for this tablet is its lackluster performance. It’s almost a deal breaker. Equipped with an Intel Atom processor and integrated Power VR graphics along with the full version of Windows 8, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is limited in its abilities. The tablet is still capable of performing basic web browsing and computing functions. However, the device struggles to multitask, and even running a few basic functions causes the device to slow down considerably with noticeable performance drops.
As noted in the full review of the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, it is a fun device that excels at running basic functions and programs with a portable slim form factor. However, at $680 for just the tablet (64GB), and $800 with the keyboard, the device is expensive for its minimal performance levels, and users who need real productivity from their device will find the ThinkPad Tablet 2 wanting.