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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2: Ideal add-on device

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2: Ideal add-on device



10.1-inch (16:9) IPS LED-backlit anti-glare 5-finger multi-touch screen


Windows 8 (32 Bit)


dual-core Intel Atom SoC 1.8GHz


64GB internal, microSD up to 64GB, 2GB RAM


8MP rear, 2MP front


Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0


262.6 x 164.6 x 9.8mm, 565g




The ThinkPad Tablet 2–one of the most portable yet dynamic Windows 8 tablets–is a decent performer and can handle the nuances of Windows 8 quite well for an Atom-powered device.

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Aiming to offer a compact yet highly capable tablet that can run Windows 8 (not RT) on a frugal Atom processor, Lenovo has created the ThinkPad Tablet 2, which brings the best of Windows 8’s multi-touch experience to a multi-faceted 10.1-inch tablet.

The ThinkPad Tablet 2 wisely avoided Android altogether and focused on Windows 8 (not the lightweight Windows RT variant that runs on ARM processors but the desktop edition running on an Intel Atom one). It can be used as a tablet, with a Bluetooth keyboard attachment, or docked on a desk.

The 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor with 2GB RAM provides smooth performance for most applications but is insufficient for more demanding types of games.

Portability is power
Thinner, lighter, and cheaper than the Microsoft Surface RT, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 has the added advantage of running Windows 8 and all the applications and programs that are already available for that operating system.

As a standalone tablet the ThinkPad Tablet 2 can compete with any Android powered device and also Apple’s iPad. The true versatility of the Tablet 2 comes when it is mated to its accessory keyboard which converts it into a true sub portable device.

My biggest issue with the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is the resolution when running desktop applications, but the same can be said for all 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablets at the moment.

The display is great for Windows 8’s Metro interface with live tiles and various full-screen apps. But the moment you transition into desktop mode to work on classic Windows programs, it can be painfully small. The resolution is too fine for the human eye to comfortably handle. Thankfully, there are video-out options for second screen use and mirroring.

But is it worth it?

If I weren’t already invested in the Surface RT and the Type Keyboard, I’d seriously consider the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2. Sure, it isn’t made of exotic metals nor does it have a kickstand. But it runs the full gamut of applications and offers more bang for your buck.

Review by Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla

First published in Speed June 2013

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