Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 review

Rises above the Surface when it comes to value

Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700

We liked

I loved the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700's sturdy design, matte black finish and high-quality screen. It's an impressive device for the cost and runs quiet too. In terms of value, there's no need to purchase extras like a pen, keyboard and case as they're all included which may help the Miix 700 get its nose in front of Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 if you're deciding between the two.

Doodlers will appreciate the provided stylus, which is accurate and doesn't feel flimsy. The Miix 700 is ever-so-slightly lighter than a Surface Pro 4 and Intel's fanless m7-6Y75 processor inside is zippy. In most office tasks and it's very quick to boot and wake from sleep.

We disliked

While having two USBs is great, the problem is that both can be taken up with the pen holder and charger - so it's not a particularly clever design. Also having the pen on the side, it can feel a little vulnerable, you might want to pop it in a case for safe keeping.

Final verdict

Overall, the IdeaPad Miix 700 is a very well-built hybrid that's a genuine Surface Pro 3 rival. You may even consider it as an alternative to Microsoft's Surface Pro 4. Its price point makes it an attractive offer and with no hidden peripheral costs and it could be a winner if you're looking to dip your toes into a 2-in-1 that comes with a pen and keyboard for the first time.

If you're looking for all-out power, however, then it's probably not what you're looking for - the Surface Pro 4 is a more viable device in that situation thanks to its meatier Intel Core-series processors. But for general office work, surfing the web and even light photo editing, the Miix 700 does the job all while looking slick and getting down to action straight out of the box.

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