Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

The Good The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is the best-looking Atom Windows 8 tablet yet, and the optional keyboard dock is excellent. All-day battery life makes it great for travel.

The Bad The Tablet 2 is expensive, especially considering the small 64GB SSD, lack of USB 3.0, and generally slow Atom performance.

The Bottom Line This Windows 8 tablet from Lenovo scores with great industrial design and battery life, but adding practically required accessories makes the ThinkPad Tablet 2 very expensive for what you get.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 6.0
  • Battery 9.0
  • Support 8.0
7.8 Overall

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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2
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Review

Great features for a Atom tablet, but it'll cost you

Lenovo, maker of the fabled ThinkPad brand, has had a long and storied history with touch-screen laptop/tablet hybrids. At a time years ago when most other PC makers wouldn't go near the tiny convertible tablet market, there was always a ThinkPad model or two with a swiveling touch screen, even if Windows XP/Vista/7 weren't particularly well-designed for touch interaction.

Then there was the infamous U1 hybrid, a clear predecessor to today's removable-screen hybrids, and a product we championed several CES shows ago, only to see it fade into vaporware.

In the Windows 8 era, Lenovo has been at the forefront of the new thrust towards touch devices, first with the folding-screen IdeaPad Yoga and rotating-screen ThinkPad Twist, and now with the ThinkPad Tablet 2, an Atom-powered slate that comes bundled with a clever keyboard dock and leather carry case.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $699
  • Brand Lenovo
  • Diagonal Size 10.1 in
  • Type Windows 8 32-bit Edition, Windows 8 Pro 32-bit Edition
  • Monitor Features Infinity Glass, WideView, anti-reflective
  • Weight 20.81 oz
  • Color Category black
  • Installed Size 2 GB
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