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CNET First Look
Lenovo's Miix 720 is strong Surface Pro competitionDespite its unimpressive battery life, the 720 is worth a look for its features and accessories.
[MUSIC] Lenovo's Miix 720 may be a Surface Pro clone, but it's a standout in its own right. Currently starting at around $1250. The 12 inch Windows 10 detachable 2-in-1 can be used as a tablet or more like a laptop thanks to an integrated hinged kickstand that adjusts 150 degrees. [MUSIC] But instead of charging extra money for its comfy magnetic backlit keyboard cover or its first gen active pen for drawing and writing on the screen Lenovo includes both, unlike Microsoft. Also, while the Surface Pro uses a proprietary connector for charging and expansion, the Miix 720 has a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, along with USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, and a Micro SD card slot. And up above the bright but glossy QHD+ resolution display is an IR camera for use with Windows Hello facial recognition to log into the tablet. Performance from its base specs is respectable for office work and entertainment but nothing too demanding and you'll have to live with a gentle whirl of its fan. The biggest shortcoming for most, though, will likely be the battery life. While Lenovo says it will get up to 8 hours, we hit just 6 hours and 40 minutes of streaming video. That's an hour and 45 minutes less than the latest Surface Pro. Still, with a lower total cost of ownership, the mix 720 Might be the better option for you. [MUSIC]