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First Look: Lenovo ThinkPad 8 adds high-res to a Win 8 tablet

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First Look: Lenovo ThinkPad 8 adds high-res to a Win 8 tablet

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A crisp display, quad-core processor and full Windows 8.1: the ThinkPad 8 is a slim little Windows tablet, and one of the best for its size.

Hi. I'm Scott Stein at CNET and this here is an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet. Hi, Windows 8 tablet. You're very small. This is a Lenovo ThinkPad 8. Why do you have to make a Windows 8 tablet this small? Well, because iPad and Android tablets and all that stuff, because there are little small tablets you wanna carry in your pocket and maybe you wanna do that with a Windows tablet. You're really cute. But 8-inch Windows 8 tablets are not the perfect fit. First of all, yes, sure you have all of the apps and the tiles but you also have the desktop mode because this is full Windows 8 and you really wanna connect a keyboard and you wanna connect a trackpad and make this feel like a computer and this doesn't have an including keyboard or a trackpad. So you're gonna be fumbling around like you're floating in space and wishing that you had that in going to have to pair one that you have sitting in a drawer. The point being that there is the Microsoft Surface tablet. There are things like the ASUS Transformer Book T100, things that come with keyboards and are computers but still have little pop-out tablets and feel like a little bit of both. This really feels more like an iPad mini. It's got a nice bright 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 display. Oh, very pretty and it feels nice. It looks nice, $399. You're also getting 64 gigabytes of SSD storage which is good, but there are things out there like the Dell Venue Pro 8 if you're following this landscape or the Toshiba Encore 8. These are 8-inch tablets that cost less, $299, maybe down to $270 with 32 gigabytes of storage but if you bump up 64, maybe it gets you to $349. So this is more expensive but you are getting a better display, a better quad-core Atom processor that narrowly outperforms in tests. This cover by the way does not come with it. There's a $35 extra, consider that. So you're just getting this. So if you want the best screen and you want the best performing 8-inch Windows 8 tablet this might be it, but do you really want an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet? Think again and think again one more time on that or get this. I'm Scott Stein and this is the Lenovo ThinkPad 8.

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