Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Product Review: Lenovo Miix 2 8 Windows 8.1 Tablet

This is a review for a new 8 inch tablet we purchased from Best Buy. It is a Lenovo Miix 2 8 Windows 8.1 Tablet. The product page on Best Buy’s website, are not correct. It shows that it is running Windows RT, this product actually is running a full blown version of Windows 8.0 which I recently updated to Windows 8.1 for free. Another spec that seems to be overlooked, is that this particular model ships with Microsoft Office Student/Home 2013 (which retails at $139.99 from Best Buy)This unit sold for 199.99 from Best Buy. We purchased this unit as a package deal with a Lenovo Ultra Book which cost $699.99 via the Deal of the Day.
We both are very happy with this unit, it is very fast. The processor is an Intel Bay Trail Atom Z3740, part of Intel’s Quad core family, clocked at 1.33Ghz, and sports 2 Gig’s of ram and a 32Gig hard drive. It charges via a micro Usb cable and allows for external micro SD card.
The windows 8.1 interface is very responsive, and seems more logical in the touch configuration.
The cameras work well, the battery is sufficient, and the display is gorgeous.
A side note, we decided to install the Microsoft Office on the laptop instead of this tablet. We figured it would get used more on that particular device and it worked fine without a problem. Keep in mind that Office does not come preinstalled, the activation key comes in the package, if purchasing this unit, use caution not to discard it or mistaken it for a Windows 8.1 activation code.
  • It’s form factor (8.5” x 5.25”) is perfect for typing with my thumbs.
  • Snappy for being a full version of windows 8.1
  • It comes with Microsoft Office Student/Home
  • Lack of a flash on Rear facing camera
  • Only left with 5 Gig of hard drive space (apps cannot be installed on the micro SD card)
  • After Market cases don’t quite fit (at least the ones that stores have locally, I will probably turn to Amazon)

**I have no material connection with this manufacturer or supplier.**

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