Lenovo Miix 2 8: Sleek, speedy and practical

By Janica Monick Riego, Business Mirror

Posted at May 11 2014 02:17 PM | Updated as of May 11 2014 10:17 PM

Lenovo Miix 2 8. Photo from Business Mirror

MANILA -- The market has long been waiting for a Windows tablet that will finally sweep them off their feet, and it seems like the answer to this prayer has finally arrived. Lenovo Miix 2 8, an 8-inch Windows tablet released earlier this year, challenges its competitors with its quad-core processor. However, be not fooled of its playful name: the Miix 2 8 begs to be taken seriously with its Intel Atom x86-capable processor and 1280 by 800 display—it just might be the sleeker and more portable alternative to a fully functional laptop PC.

Lenovo proves to be a more solid force in the industry this year despite the decline of the tablet market. From 600,000 devices shipped during the first quarter last year, the electronics giant has shipped 2.1 million tablets and tablet devices this year. It is now in fourth place with a market share of 4.1 percent, and its gap from Amazon, the previous fourth placer, is increasingly widening. More success can even be expected this year with the arrival of the Miix 2 8 in the market.

All tablets have the same base shape, but they vary in width, length and weight. Some would have a nice and wide display, but the weight would be compromised. Fortunately, this is not the case with the Miix 2 8, which flaunts a sleek and light design.

A powerful tablet with an 8-inch wide-view display, the Miix 2 8 has a sleek design, which does not feel cheap at all. It is not too thin nor too thick to hold with a thickness of 8.35 millimeters. It is also very light, what with a weight of 350 grams, making the device easily portable and comfortable to hold.

Moreover, with the exception of the audio jock at the top side, all the buttons and slots are on the right side of the device, which makes it even easier to use even with just one hand. The power button comes at the top most of the tablet’s right side, followed by the volume adjustment buttons, protective panel covering slots for the microSIM, microSD and microUSB.

Unfortunately for those who prefer color, the Miix 2 8 comes only in silver with black accents framing the display, the brand name on the top left, front camera on the top middle and a touch-sensitive windows button on the lower middle part. Its back is made of metal with a nice matte-like texture and has a camera on the upper left portion, a speaker on the top right, and an embossed logo at the back.

The Miix 2 8’s banner feature is its quad-core Intel Atom Processor Bay Trail Z3740 SoC, with a 1.33 GHz quad-core ‘Silvermont’ CPU with a 1.86 GHz Turbo boost, an Intel Gen 7 HD Graphics GPU clocked at 667 MHz, and a dual-channel LPDDR3 memory controller. All these work together to make navigation smooth and applications launch fast. Those who use tablets mostly for social media may find the Miix 2 8 above average as Web browsing is also easy and speedy.

Miix 2 8 users may also find the benefits of being able to switch to desktop mode and enjoy its features such as the ever-familiar and reliable Windows Explorer, Notepad, Paint, among others, although everything is a lot smaller and thus, less user-friendly. The desktop applications are designed to be used with an external mouse and keyboard, and users might find it uninviting to click the on-screen keyboard icon each time to prompt typing.

A free trial version of Microsoft Office 2013 comes pre-installed, as well as a lot more applications that users may find useful. Social-media applications, however, are not included in the bundle and will have to be downloaded from the Store manually. Unlike in Android or iOS, however, applications are still limited, but users will not have to wait for long as variety of applications are coming in the market increasingly.

Internal storage, however, is quite limited with only 32-gigabyte solid-state drive. Windows.81, Microsoft office and system recovery files already eat up most of the storage space, but since it is Windows-run, Cloud storage is easier via OneDrive. It can also hold up to a 64-GB microSD card for more storage space.

In terms of display, Miix 2 8 comes in full high definition and a 1280x800 resolution, which is higher than most Android devices. It has excellent color and contrast, high brightness level and a great viewing angle thanks to its In-Plane Switching display. Users can put the device on the table and still be able to read texts or view images properly.

Miix 2 8’s battery is also an edge with a decent battery life of 8.5 hours of light-to-moderate use at a medium- brightness level. It also uses the Five-Finger Multitouch Technology, which makes tapping, typing and swiping easy and accurate. Connectivity options include an 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and optional 3G through a microSIM. A 2-megapixel front camera and 5-megapixel rear camera are also included, both of which can take photos or be used for video call sessions.

Although not recommended for heavy use, Lenovo Miix 2 8 is simply the perfect everyday companion for any practical tablet user.

This article was originally published by Business Mirror.