The Lenovo ThinkPad 10.1-Inch Tablet has a much better screen which is crisp and sharp with a rather high resolution, especially when compared to other 10 inch tablets. The build is sturdy and with its metal back it looks good, too. The optional keyboard dock, which comes without an internal battery or any external connectors, is well laid out, the keys are almost as big as on a full-size laptop keyboard. The few connectors and openings to the left and right of the screen are well positioned, some (as the USB 2.0 port, the SIM/Micro-SD slot) have a small flap which can be a bit tricky to open.
Lenovo ThinkPad 10.1-Inch Tablet Review
(4 GB RAM, 64 GB Flash Memory, Windows 8.1)
The 4GB version comes with 64bit Windows 8.1 which runs sufficiently smooth. Of course this device is no gaming laptop and thanks to its Atom processor it won’t gain any speed records. But then this processor saves a lot more power than an i3 or even i5 and doesn’t have active cooling. In fact the tablet gets about hand warm when it needs to work hard, but that’s it.
I ordered the tablet with the Wacom digitizer, which was, given the rather low surcharge, well worth it. It’s precise and fun.
What I really like:
- nice form factor
- good build quality of tablet and keyboard
- the touchpad is quite small but works well
- precise digitizer and pen
- sufficiently fast and smooth running
- very good screen
- attractive price
- Thinkpad branding with an illuminated red i dot
Here the not so good things:
- the magnetic connection between the tablet and the keyboard is not very strong, so you need to take care to lift the combination on the keyboard. It also can detach easily when ‘folded’ for traveling. I keep both in a carry case to protect them.
- there’s only the Atom processor available, with Microsoft’s Surface 2 you get a choice of several different ones
- battery life could be better, the old Miix 10’s battery lived longer but that’s maybe down to the fact that I didn’t use it that much
- at least one USB port on the keyboard dock would be nice
- no charging via USB (the supplied charger delivers 3A via a new smaller version of Lenovo’s new rectangular charging connector)
- the keyboard is rather heavy which gives the combination a secure stand but it adds a lot to the overall weight. An additional battery in the keyboard would be desirable, which could double up as the counterweight.
I can only recommend this tablet if you are looking for something of this size. I don’t know any other tablet apart from the Surface in a Currys shop which would have exceeded my budget by far, the compact 10″ size, the fabulous keyboard and the availability of a digitizer option made the decision for me. My 15″ laptop is now almost unused as I can use this little friend on my lap while watching TV and it doesn’t break my back when I carry it around.
We gave the Lenovo ThinkPad 10.1-Inch Tablet