Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Review
By now, there are no surprises with the experience on this particular Windows 8 tablet, since Microsoft’s new platform is pretty much standardized between devices – so we get the same Modern UI on the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2. Being a Windows 8 tablet, instead of Windows RT, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 can run legacy Windows 7 “computer” apps, bridging the gap between a tablet and a computer. Aside from the stock set of apps that are normally found with all Windows 8 slates, Lenovo throws in a few from its stable, but to tell you the truth, they don’t necessarily add any depth to the experience. Rather, they’re basically portals to some of the surface functions of Windows 8. Specifically, we have Lenovo Settings that provides access to some common settings, the information and services offerings of Lenovo Companion, and finally the screenshot-crop app in Lenovo QuickSnip.
Yet again, we’re not surprised that the core set of organizer apps are nothing new to us. Therefore, whether you’re using the email or calendar apps, there’s nothing separating this from other Windows 8 slates.
More than effective for typing things up with its on-screen keyboard, we’re presented with the usual set of options that are standard with Windows 8, which include the full-sized and split style keyboards – with a hand writing recognition one as well to complement the experience.
Processor and Memory:
In keeping its price point from being too overbearing, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 opts to employ a dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760 processor that’s coupled with 2GB of RAM and an integrated Intel HD SGX545 GPU. On the surface, it handles most processes with the same finesse as its Intel core i5 brethren, but it’s undoubtedly tested to its limits with legacy software in the desktop. Furthermore, it begins to show some level of sluggishness with more processor intensive tasks such as running 1080p videos.
Available in either 32GB or 64GB capacities, the actual out of the box figure for our 64GB review model tallies in at roughly 50GB. Always a comforting thing to know, we can supplement it thanks to the microSD card slot.
Internet and Connectivity:
No surprises whatsoever here folks, as Internet Explorer delivers the goods in the web browsing department. From its peppy page loads to its responsive navigational controls, we have no issues whatsoever with the experience. To top it off too, the digitizer pen helps to give us that mouse cursor-like control with various web page elements.
Armed with the usual assortment of connectivity features, such as aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, it’s nice to know that you can get mobile broadband connectivity too, seeing that Lenovo has a variant that includes a Gobi 4000 radio for connectivity to AT&T’s LTE network.
1. RossP (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)
It's an awesome tablet. But you haven't mentioned whether the USB port can be used for External hard drives or DVD readers..? In the reviews on other sites, there is confusion on that issue. Due to this issue I'm planning to get the Dell latitude..!
10. oldhamletman (Posts: 35; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)
RossP, all win8 pro devices are full blown windows OS, meaning USB ports can be used for whatever you like..... you only have to worry about restrictions on other OSs / normal tablets... I notice a lot of reviewers don't seem to get that these win8 pro devices aren't really tablets in the Ipad / Android sense... when you get Pro, it will run any software and work with any device that works with Windows.... I even see some reviewers criticizing them for not having enough apps.... which is retarded
11. RossP (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)
Instead of disparaging my query, if you could have just read it completely, you could see that i had a very specific question.
In quite a few reviews, i saw that although TP2 USB port can use keyboards / pendrives, it doesn't have enough power to support the External hard drives or DVD readers. And true, it is retarded to talk about no. of apps for Windows 8.
2. GJanee (Posts: 211; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)
is that really just a plain windows logo sticker on the home button (which in addition is even misplaced)?!?! if so, then it's kind of disappointing. i mean that is just really poorly handled by lenovo and a huge letdown for an awesome device like this...