Lenovo IdeaPad Miix review

19 Jul 2013

A lightweight, long-lasting tablet that suffices for both work and leisure, although the absence of a trackpad or stylus is an oversight

Price when reviewed 
449
4

Of the multifarious form factors we’ve seen from Windows 8 devices over the past year or so, none has come as close to [A HREF ="http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/tablets/379795/microsoft-surface-rt"]the Microsoft Surface[/A] blueprint as the Lenovo Miix 10. Given that the Miix is £350 cheaper than the cheapest Surface Pro, does this make it an irresistible bargain?

The Miix is certainly less stylish than the Surface. Instead of a kickstand that emerges from the back of the tablet, the Miix comes with a plastic keyboard case. That may sound like a compromise but we found it a much more practical solution than Microsoft’s kickstand and keyboard cover combo. For one, you can use it on your lap, unlike the Surface, whose Type Cover keyboard flexes under your fingers, rendering some keys inoperable. The Surface is a good inch or so deeper in laptop mode, making the Miix more suitable for use in confined spaces such as aeroplane seat trays or train tables.

The Miix is also much lighter and slimmer. When popped out of the keyboard case – a process that involves a little more wrestling with stiff plastic clips than we’d like – it weighs a mere 574g, only 60% of the weight of the Surface Pro. That makes it more comfortable to hold as a tablet, and its rounded edges don’t dig into your fingers like the Surface’s. The weight and size difference is negligible with keyboards attached, however, although the Miix is 100g lighter at a shade over a kilogram.

Lenovo IdeaPad Miix

The Miix's keyboard is perfectly adequate for a mobile device. The keys are fairly lightweight but offer sufficient travel, and they’re well spaced. There’s one enormous fly in the ointment, though: the absence of a trackpad or trackpoint. That’s not a serious concern in Metro apps, which are designed for touchscreen use, but trying to navigate the Windows desktop on the Miix’s 10.1in screen without a trackpad or stylus is like trying to drive a tractor across a tightrope. And don’t think you’ll simply be able to plug in a USB mouse when working – the only micro-USB port is completely inaccessible with the keyboard case clipped in place. A Bluetooth mouse is your only salvation.

Detail

Price ex VAT £374
Price inc VAT £449
Warranty 1 yr return to base
Overall rating 4
Performance 3
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 5

Physical

Dimensions 283 x 20 x 95mm (WDH)
Weight 574g

Display

Screen size 10.1in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,366
Resolution screen vertical 768
Display type IPS touchscreen
Panel technology IPS

Core specifications

CPU frequency, MHz 1.8GHz
Integrated memory 64.0GB
RAM capacity 2.00GB

Other

WiFi standard 802.11bgn
Bluetooth support yes

Software

Mobile operating system Windows 8 32-bit