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You can literally use any pen as a stylus on this Lenovo tablet (pictures)

Acer, Asus, and Dell offer 8-inch Windows tablets, though not all include a stylus, and none of them allow you to use your house keys as one.

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Not just any Lenovo tablet

There are a few 8-inch Windows tablets that feature stylus capabilities, but none can do what the Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 does.

Take a closer look at the innovative slate by clicking through the slideshow, and for more details, check out the full review.

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No stylus? No problem.

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 features AnyPen technology, which allows you to use any metal object as a stylus. Yes, that's me using a dart to write down my grocery shopping list.

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Got a pen handy?

Now your favorite pen can also be your favorite stylus. Just keep in mind, you might get some small ink spots scattered around the screen.

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Pencil it in.

Though the pencil is more wood than metal, the lead point works great as a stylus.

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Stand-up design

Take a load off and use the built-in kickstand on the rear to stand the tablet up instead of holding it.

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Get low

Propping up the tablet at an angle makes writing and typing easier.

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Slim profile with a chunky spine

If it weren't for its big bottom edge, the Yoga Tab 2 would be one of the slimmest tablets around.

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Ergonomic edge

The chunky rounded spine makes holding the tablet in one hand easy and ergonomic.

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Wacky camera placement

The 8-megapixel rear camera is located on the left edge of the thick spine. It's a bit awkward to use, since it's located where you might normally grab the tablet.

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Life with a small screen

An 8-inch tablet is on the small side for a Windows device. The screen can feel a bit cramped at times, but when it comes to watching video and gaming, it's not as big (or small?) of a deal.

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Back in black

Whereas the Android models of the Yoga Tab 2 are silver, the Windows version is black. The texture on the back is slightly bumpy, for a bit of grip, and the built-in kickstand keeps it all upright.

Lenovo offers a bevy of tablets, but the 8-inch Yoga Tab 2 with Windows is the only one that rocks the AnyPen technology. This, paired with the useful design, makes the Lenovo tablet stand out among the crowd. Literally and figuratively.

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