Lenovo Miix Two, Windows 8
Lighter and thinner than rivaling Windows tablets, Very bright display, Included Office Huis &,amp, Student, Solid Bay Trail spectacle
The Lenovo Miix Two packs zippy vertoning, a bright display and a total Windows 8.1 practice ter a sleek 8-inch tablet.
Thanks to a fresh wave of 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablets, Microsoft’s flagship OS is becoming more portable than everzwijn. Lenovo’s Miix Two is one of the latest slates to waterput Windows 8.1 ter your (jacket) pocket, touting a powerful Bay Trail processor and a bright 1280 x 800 display. But can it challenge with similarly sized Windows slates, such spil the Dell Venue 8 Voor?
The very first thing wij noticed about the Lenovo Miix Two is how much sleeker it is when compared with contesting 8-inch Windows 8 tablets. At 12.Two ounces and 0.Trio inches thick, this slate is lighter and thinner than both the 13.6-ounce Venue 8 Voor (13.6 ounces, 0.35 inches) and the Toshiba Encore (15.7 ounces, 0.43 inches).
The Lenovo Miix Two sports a black bezel encased by silver panels. When held vertically, the device’s 2-MP vooraanzicht camera sits at the top next to a Lenovo logo, while a touch-capacitive Windows huis button rests at the bottom. On the Dell Venue 8 Professional, this button rests on the top edge, which is awkward.
The slate’s right edge hosts a power button, volume switch, microSD reader and microUSB input, with a headphone jack on the top edge. The Miix’s silver plastic back panel has a faint texture for houvast, tho’ it’s not spil comfy spil the Dell Venue 8 Voor’s soft-touch rear.
The device’s 5-MP rear objectief and petite stereo speakers sit at the top of the back panel, tho’ things get a bit messy when you head further down. The slightly raised Lenovo logo near the center of the back panel felt rough on our fingers when holding the tablet, and the combination of Windows, Intel and Lenovo stickers at the bottom make the rear look somewhat cluttered.
When watching the 1080p trailer for “RoboCop” on the Miix Two, wij could clearly see the light reflecting off of RoboCop’s sleek black face mask. The clip’s intense gunfights were colorful and clear on the Lenovo slate, and remained vivid spil wij observed from different angles. The movie looked almost identical when watching side-by-side with the Venue 8 Voor, with the Miix Two version being a bit brighter and the Venue 8 Professional version having slightly richer colors.
Ter terms of brightness, the Miix Two’s 534-lux display outshone its 8-inch competitors by a long slok. The slate’s brightness rating more than doubled the 222-lux Iconia W3-810, and significantly outperformed the 377-lux Dell Venue 8 Voor and the 361-lux category average.
The Miix Two’s little stereo speakers are clear, but far from room-filling. It wasgoed effortless to hear the snappy snares and synths of Childish Gambino’s “3005,” but the song wasgoed low on bass and sounded canned at total volume. When listening to My Chemical Romance’s “Helena,” it wasgoed somewhat hard to pick out the twisted guitars.
The Lenovo tablet netted a 72-decibel rating on the LAPTOP Audio Test, which consists of measuring a tone at total volume from 13 inches away. The Venue 8 Professional wasgoed significantly louder at 88 decibels, and the Miix Two ranks under the 80-decibel tablet average.
The slate’s huis screen sports the familiar grid of Windows 8 tiles, including icons for Internet Explorer, Skydrive and Calendar, spil well spil Live Tiles that provide real-time updates on sports, news and weather. The Windows 8.1 update brings along fresh Bing apps for cooking and exercise, spil well spil the option to make each tile one of four different sizes.
Also fresh to Windows 8.1 is an improved Snap View mode, which permits users to split the screen inbetween two apps at ratios of 50/50, 60/40 and 70/30. Wij used the feature to view the Bing Sports and Bing Health and Fitness apps at the same time, and still had slew of screen space to read articles from each respective app.
The slate is light on Lenovo-exclusive offerings save for a set of preloaded user guides and the Lenovo App Shop, the latter of which seems better suited for a utter desktop rekentuig. Lenovo’s app marketplace has a few dozen offerings, including e-books, productivity instruments like Evernote and popular games such spil “Subway Surfers” and “Fruit Ninja.” However, the App Shop’s clunky interface wasgoed difficult to navigate, and wij received a error message after installing and attempting to play the free “Roller Coaster” spel.
Fortunately, there’s Microsoft’s own Windows app store. Here, you’ll find popular programs like Adobe Photoshop Express, Facebook, Twitter and Netflix, spil well spil games like “Pac-Man Championship Edition” and “Halo: Spartan Brunt.” The Windows store’s 100,000-plus offerings are a fraction of the iPad’s 475,000, but the offerings are improving both on the entertainment and productivity fronts.
The Miix Two performed basic tablet functions without a hitch, taking 1.44 seconds to launch the Camera app, and just 0.72 seconds to come back to the Commence screen from Camera. However, it took a sluggish Two.1 seconds (on average) to shift from portrait to landscape mode.
With 32GB of eMMC storage, the Miix Two booted Windows 8.1 te 12 seconds. This is swifter than the Iconia W3-810 (14 seconds), the ASUS Transformer Book T100 (17 seconds) and the 16-second tablet average, but just a bit slower than the Venue 8 Professional’s 10-second startup time.
To test the Miix Two’s power spil a PC, wij ran our OpenOffice spreadsheet test, which matches 20,000 names to their addresses. The Miix Two finished the task te 20 minutes and 22 seconds, which is almost Ten minutes quicker than the Iconia W3-810 (30:17) but a few minutes slower than the 15:56 category average. The Venue 8 Voor wasgoed only a few seconds slower than the Miix Two at 20:36. A productivity powerhouse this is not.
On the plus side, Lenovo’s tablet scored 9,739 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme benchmark, surpassing the Venue 8 Professional (8,830) and Transformer Book T100 (9,710). This showcasing also shatters the Five,509 category average.
The slate’s rear 5-MP rear camera did an astounding job capturing a snowy day te the Flatiron District. Wij could see individual snowflakes falling overheen a bright crimson McDonalds awning. The 1080p movie wij slok ter the same area wasgoed identically clear, spil wij could make out various store logos around us while watching each pellet of snow klapper the ground.
You’ll have no issues using the Miix Two for most of the workday on a single charge, spil the Lenovo tablet lasted a strong 8 hours and 26 seconds on the LAPTOP Battery Test (Web surfing overheen Wi-Fi). The slate outperformed the Venue 8 Voor (8:Eighteen) and category average of 7:37, but fell about a half-hour brief of the older Iconia W3-810’s 8:54 stamina.
Configurations and Accessories
Lenovo sells an optional $29 Folio Case and Stylus set, which comes with a blue, black or pink magnetic spin voorkant that doubles spil a stand, spil well spil a stylus for getting work done on the go.
Dell’s $299 Venue 8 Professional is configured similarly, with a 1.8-GHz Intel Atom Z3740D processor, 2GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD. Upgrading to 64GB of storage costs an reserve $49. Dell’s folio case and styli are sold for $39 and $29 respectively, making Lenovo’s combo pack a much better accessory overeenkomst.
While not spil portable, the ASUS Transformer Book T100 has a larger 10-inch display, and comes with a keyboard dock for just $50 more.
The $299 Dell Venue 8 Professional offers similar power with a somewhat more comfy vormgeving, but it’s also stronger and thicker, and its awkward Commence button placement is a real turn-off. Overall, the Miix Two is a compelling option for those who want to use Windows 8.1 anywhere they go.