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Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Review

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Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Review
Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Review
Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Review
Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Review

Lenovo is trucking along in the mobile computing space, where they’ve been relentless as it seems with product roll outs. One particular area they’ve been focusing on more so than others, is the busy and ever-evolving Windows 8 tablet scene – a place that’s highly contested by value conscious models. Aiming to grab more of the pie, the Lenovo ThinkPad 8 is another would-be champion in its arsenal thanks to its aggressive $400 price.

The package contains:

  • microUSB 3.0 cable
  • Wall charger
  • Get Started Guide


It’s branded as a ThinkPad, but it’s far from looking like one. Despite that, the design is balanced enough to keep our interest piqued.

ThinkPad laptops are so iconic, thanks in part to the industrial designs we’re commonly exposed to with long withstanding series. At first glance, though, it’s almost hard to concretely say that the ThinkPad 8 incorporates the design language of the beloved name. Nevertheless, it’s a finely crafted thing with its humble design – one that’s surprisingly solid, without compromising with the materials and construction.

Yes it’s plastic, but it’s the sturdier variety that does a decent job to emulate a metallic-like finish. Throw in its manageable size, slim body, ample weight, and rounded corners, it’s something that’s comfortable to hold in the hand, even for long periods of time.

Looking around the sides of the tablet, Lenovo makes sure to grace it with the usual set of ports and buttons. Specifically, they include its power button, volume controls, microHDMI port, microUSB 3.0 port, 3.5mm headset jack, microphone, and a microSD card slot.


Detailed and vivid, it’s a refreshing sight to behold on a budget conscious tablet.

Impressively, the Lenovo ThinkPad 8 dishes up a juicy surprise with its display, seeing that it manages to crunch up a whole lot of pixels. Shocking for something priced the way it is, the 8.3-inch 1200 x 1920 IPS LCD display is pleasant – one that’s extremely detailed and vivid. We have no issues whatsoever making out fine details, but complementing it is the warmer color production of the panel. Outside, it’s sometimes challenging trying to make out the display, due to its 305 nits of brightness. Also, colors like black tend to transform into that milky grey color at wide angles. It’s not perfect, but for the things that matter the most, it gets the job done in a good way.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Lenovo ThinkPad 8 305
Apple iPad mini 2 450
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 410
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posted on 23 Apr 2014, 05:58 2

1. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Ok, but I'd much rather have iPad Mini 2, LG G-Pad or SG Tab Pro 8.4.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 06:44 7

2. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

This is the real deal, not that RT crap.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 06:58

3. djcody (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)

Specially if LG G Pad you can buy now for around 220$, half a price of this.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 07:13 7

4. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2287; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

But this is a full PC

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 07:21 1

5. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

And what's the advantage? Do you really want to use excel or word on your tablet? On the other hand, you leak what's important in a mobile device, i.e. the tight integration of all the services with the cloud and the internet, that Google gives you.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 08:48 9

8. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

Yes yes you do. Because this allows you as a business to forgo the actual pc in the business world, at least what is considered a front line pc.

You know how many times i have seen people carry a laptop and ipad/tablet? Whenever I see that, i pop out my lenovo lynx and tell them, there is a better way. I have yet to not get a call back saying thanks.

Because the cloud and internet are not offered by MS? The one os is great for people that really do not care to be OS fans. All they care is that it works. After a in home demonstration to a Dentist group on pure accident, i now have a weekend, 3 month job upgrading their pcs, tablets and phones to MS. These are the types that do not care about 1million apps. These are the types that wants to make sure it just works.

I have so many examples were this, an 8in tablet simply is the better choice

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 11:48

11. hulk_14 (Posts: 71; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)

MS also gives you paid troll.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 07:34 1

6. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

If I want to buy PC, I buy proper PC. If I want a excellent tablet, I buy iOS or Android tablet. For me 99% of these Windows tablets are same time not-so-good tablets and not-so-good PCs. They try to be too much, which causes them to fail in both (my opinion). I do like Surface Pros, though.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 08:47 2

7. YuLeven (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 May 2013)

Understood, Kemosabe. Me buy proper PC, you buy proper tablet, we make big fire.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 08:48 1

9. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

excellent tablet? let me guess...apps?

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 10:27

10. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Quality and quantity of apps is one factor, why. Overall, I found experience on iOS and Android more enjoyable. I don't use tablet on work, so that might be different case, when there is Office integration and so on.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 11:53

12. hulk_14 (Posts: 71; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)

Yeah, and these "super" tablets with IOS nad Android do not offer even full browser support (flash, silverlight).

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 13:23

14. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

Because apps on a full blown windows os well, nevermind i understand that people need game apps designed for a 'tablet'.

Quanity windows has any tablet beat, it has the full breath of any windows software. Quality, always subjective imo.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 19:21

17. John2014 (Posts: 43; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)

I think difference is the image. PC=Tablet. Many people does not think like it. but I think good tablet is enough to use like PC. Just image.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 16:42

18. robcar (Posts: 110; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)

In my opinion Windows RT is better than Android and iOS. It's a different animal!
Operation is so much smoother and feels prefect on a tablet device, believe me I have a Surface 2.

The downside is the app selection and quality of the apps.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 14:36

16. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2287; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

Yup.... With those tablets, you'll be to play clash of clans, like never before...

posted on 03 May 2014, 09:25

19. jackwong64 (Posts: 32; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)

I finally got the Thinkpad8, it is slower than I though, I am not even multi-tasking, just 1 app at a time.

I would like to use that for web browser, media player, Critix remote and Remote Desktop connection, also a media player in car but the experience is not that good so far...

I have been using Mac laptop as my main computer for 8 years, by the way, I am a IT support.

It takes awhile to open an app, I believe it is because of the CPU...

I will spend 2more weeks with it and see if I should return it and go for Surface Pro

posted on 20 May 2014, 04:07

20. craigy72 (banned) (Posts: 41; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


posted on 23 Apr 2014, 12:04 2

13. Totse2k15 (Posts: 470; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)

Very nice Windows 8" tablet, I want one.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 13:53

15. Aplusk (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)

there’s really nothing that this tablet can handle when it comes to watching high-def videos.

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