Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 10 review

Windows 8 in a thin tablet

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The jury is still out on super thin and light Windows 8 tablet-laptop hybrids, despite the efforts of the Lenovo Miix 10.

Certainly, there will come a time when they're perfectly powerful enough for most computer use, but right now the Intel Atom chips inside this, the Samsung Ativ Smart PC and the Acer Iconia W510 are just struggling a bit too much to make them ideal replacements for your laptop.

It's a balance with the interface too, of course. The Lenovo Miix might be slow, but it runs fairly reliably. But with no integrated trackpad, will it run your software usably?

We liked

The Lenovo Miix is smart, light, reasonably well-made and comes with an excellent keyboard to help you to use it like a laptop. The potential is here for it to be a great mobile work machine, provided you don't need to run anything too intensive.

The screen is really nice, too, and though it may not have a powerful processor, the speed with which it comes on from sleep is exactly what you'd want from a tablet.

We disliked

The lack of power really will be a deal-breaker for some people, as will the absence of a built-in mouse pointing device. If you really need a Windows 8 tablet, odds are it's going to be for a specific software reason, and if that software leans heavily on the CPU or has fiddly fields and buttons, this may not be the package for you.

The battery life was also a little on the disappointing side, and the lack of always-accessible USB ports is just silly.

Final verdict

The Lenovo Miix is more than capable of serving the needs of some people, but it's a definite niche. If the question is should the average person get this instead of an Ultrabook (even a low-end one that comes in at a similar price point), then the answer is no. The Asus VivoBook S200 is almost certainly a better bet.

But if there's something here you specifically want - the lightness and flexibility of just taking the tablet side while running Windows apps, or the corporate-friendliness of Windows - then this is one of the better machines of its kind.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNet-tablet PC
Flash Memory Capacity64 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerImagination Technologies
Graphics Controller ModelPowerVR SGX 545
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Battery Run Time10 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyIdeaTab Miix
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor ModelZ2760
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameLenovo
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.80 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells2-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)580.6 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology, VibrantView
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Memory StandardLPDDR2-800
Height9.9 mm
Width264.9 mm
Depth173 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyLPDDR2
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product NameIdeaPad Miix 10
Product LineIdeaTab Miix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number59375018
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/

A 10.1" Windows 8 tablet with a PC processor, the Lenovo Miix can be attached to a "quick flip" keyboard case that instantly converts it to a full-function laptop PC, perfect for on-the-go entertainment or productivity.

Maximum Memory2 GB
Package Contents
  • IdeaPad Miix 10
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year