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Lenovo IdeaPad Miix review

Verdict

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

Review Date: 19 Jul 2013

Reviewed By: Barry Collins

Price when reviewed: £374 (£449 inc VAT)

Overall Rating
4 stars out of 6

Features & Design
4 stars out of 6

Value for Money
5 stars out of 6

Performance
3 stars out of 6

Of the multifarious form factors we’ve seen from Windows 8 devices over the past year or so, none has come as close to the Microsoft Surface 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.

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User comments

No trackpad

At last! A device without a track pad. It's the first thing I dsable on a new laptop.

By kennapier on 19 Jul 2013

No trackpad

At last! A device without a track pad. It's the first thing I dsable on a new laptop.

By kennapier on 19 Jul 2013

But who sells it?

Does anybody know anybody who's selling this in the UK? It's not even on the Lenovo site.

By artiss on 19 Jul 2013

That's a deeply weird review

You're comparing an Atom based PC (a netbook in effect) with an i5 based machine - apples and oranges surely?

Surely a much better comparison might be with a Surface RT - or perhaps with Lenovo's own Thinkpad Tablet 2 (a thoroughly lovely piece of hardware). Or even, if we're treating it as a tablet, with the iPad, a 10" Samsung and the Nexus 10.

The surface pro exists in ultrabook territory, this is a next gen, touch, netbook...

By Murph on 19 Jul 2013

Make you mind up time

In laptop mode the Miix is better because it is a good inch or so slimmer, but the Miix is worse because the trackpad is missing.

The Miix is better because it's cheaper than Surface but the Miix is worse because the specs aren't anywhere near as good.

The joy of hardware choice.

By stephen_d_morris on 19 Jul 2013

Chromebook?

Surely the Chromebook is a competitor given your suggested use of web browsing and twittering.
You could even use your phone/tablet and a bluetooth keyboard, and do the same for less.

By tirons1 on 21 Jul 2013

Scale Lower Resolutions to Screen - Problem

Does this Atom Z2760 based tablet have the same bad Intel graphic drivers as the Asus & Dell tablets? Does a legacy 800x600 resolution application scale full screen on the tablet? We had issues with all this generation of tablet.

By lukemcurley on 9 Aug 2013

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