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Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Review

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Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Review
Introduction:

Just last month, we checked out the well-rounded performer in the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, which did justice in the tablet market with its long withstanding ThinkPad brand. However, if you're still itching to save some money on a Windows 8 tablet, then the Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx might seemingly be the better fit. Looking at the two side-by-side, you'd be hard pressed to see any major differences in specs, but more importantly, let's cross our fingers and hope that the slightly lower price point of the Lynx doesn't compromise in the performance.

Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Review
The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • USB cable adapter
  • Quick User Guide
  • Important Safety and Handling Information

Design:

Sheesh! Talk about bland and boring here folks with the Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx. In fact, there's nothing too pretty with this one, as it feels hollow and cheaply constructed. Quite frankly, it doesn't help either when its plastic casing is on the brittle side of things – and the rigid pattern of the rear does little to give us a decent grip in the hand, essentially giving it a slippery feel. Yet, we do appreciate that it's light weight (1.4 lbs) and skinny (0.37" thin) for its size, but its boxy figure and overall tasteless design doesn't give it the killer appeal of an actual lynx.

The Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx is light weight and skinny - Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Review
The Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx is light weight and skinny - Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Review
The Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx is light weight and skinny - Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Review

The Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx is light weight and skinny


Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Review

In accordance to its lower price point, not surprisingly, the Lynx is sporting a physical Start button below its display – as opposed to something touch sensitive. On the opposite side, there's a no-frills 2-megapixel front-facing camera that's enabled for 1080p video recording, which is the only one on this budget tablet.

Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Review
Start button - Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Review
Front camera - Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Review
 

Start button

Front camera


Unfortunately though, everything around the tablet's trim is flush to the surface, making its physical buttons (power, volume control, and orientation lock) notoriously difficult to feel out. Regardless of that, it's comforting to know that this budget tablet is sporting the usual set of ports we'd come to expect on a Windows 8 tablet – these include the microHDMI port, microSD card slot, 3.5mm headset jack, microphone, microUSB port for charging/data connectivity, and left/right speakers.

The sides of the Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx - Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Review
The sides of the Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx - Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Review
The sides of the Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx - Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Review
The sides of the Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx - Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Review

The sides of the Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx


Sure, we're thankful that Lenovo throws in a USB port adapter, but it means that we need to remember bringing it along for the ride all the time. Lastly, on the bottom edge, there are notches that allow an optional keyboard dock to attach to the tablet – albeit, it's an additional $130 cost, but does bring along 2 full-sized USB 2.0 ports and extra battery life.


Display:

As expected, there's nothing that jumps out too extravagantly with the Lynx's 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 IPS LCD display. Churning out a pixel density of 135 ppi, which is undoubtedly below the average nowadays, we're constantly finding ourselves doing some serious pinch zooming in the web browsers to properly see fine text. As for color reproduction, we can't complain too much seeing that it's a bit on the neutral side, but there's some noticeable bleeding around the edges of the display that becomes more prominent at certain viewing angles. Using it outdoors, its 400 nits of brightness does well to handle direct sunlight, but it does require some shielding every now and then. Yeah, it's sufficient enough to use, but like its design, it ultimately comes off as bland.


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posted on 03 Apr 2013, 08:33 2

1. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


I will go with nexus 10 or iPad 4

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 08:47 4

2. TheMaxColonel (Posts: 48; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Ipad 4? What a joke

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 09:01 3

5. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


unless you are an android fanboy, can you elaborate me what makes you think that choosing an iPad 4 is a joke? despite its stale OS, It has a stunning display, state of the art design and build quality with a good processor and battery back up. Its as worthy as nexus10 or any other android tablets.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 09:11 3

6. ichiranjeeb (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


I will go for Surface. problem???

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 09:15

7. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


well, thats a great choice. I have read that Surface's one helluva tablet. I am not against windows OS.My opinion was based on this review that this device struggles with poor performance. And thats just my opinion.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 17:24

9. TheMaxColonel (Posts: 48; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Nexus 10 is much cheaper than Ipad 4. It has a better resolution and better pixel density. It runs android. It has a better processor and better design (the speakers are amazing on the nexus 10)

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 08:52 2

3. ebubekir26 (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I would go with Nexus 10 or Galaxy Note 10.1
Ipad ? hell no

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 08:53 1

4. highonandroid (Posts: 18; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


yep, same here

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 16:48

8. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 733; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Seriously guys, unless you really want the S-Pen there is no reason to buy a Note 10.1, it is one of the worst tablets out there IMO, i used one and it made strange noises when i was holding it from the plastic in the back, it is also strangely squeaky on the back. The iPad has a much better screen, build quality, more GPU power, and has a huge battery.

Unless you don't like iOS the iPad is without a doubt a better tablet than the Note 10.1. And this is coming from an Android fan.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 17:26

10. TheMaxColonel (Posts: 48; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Note 10.1 isnt the only android tablet on the market -.-
Nexus 10 is probably the best tablet at the moment. Highest resolution ever seen on a tab, fast processor, pure android jellybean, amazing build quality and much more

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 02:53

11. plary122 (Posts: 23; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


I'll choose the iPad, just for the design, great CPU and GPU, the display and un-laggy iOS. Dislike now... (sorry for my bad english)

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Display11.6 inches, 1366 x 768 pixels (135 ppi) IPS LCD
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2048 MB RAM
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(300.9 x 188 x 9.48 mm)
22.58 oz  (640 g)

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