- Saqib Shah , What Mobile
It’s a shame that overall the ThinkPad 8 is about the have-nots rather than the haves.
- Jared Newman , Techland
Lenovo's $400 Windows tablet would be pretty slick if not for several software nuisances.
- Crisp, vibrant display
- Windows 8.1 Pro
- Micro-HDMI port
- Great build quality
- Below-average battery life
- Lack of stylus
- No gaming or heavy multitasking capabilitie
- Camera concerns
The 8-inch Windows tablet market is growing by leaps and bounds. This device aims to be the flagship device for Lenovo and set a new bar for performance in the 8-inch market. Reviews of the device are superb overall with Brian Westover of PC Magazine calling it, “the perfect device to slip into your coat pocket, letting you walk away from your desk without having to step away from important work.” David Pierce of The Verge says that “it’s the perfect size for a Windows 8 tablet.”
However, some reviewers question the viability of an 8-inch tablet for any real productivity uses. Scott Stein of CNET says, “you could argue that 8 inches is a downright weird territory for an OS that really still wants to be a full computer operating system.” Peter Bright of Ars Technica notes that, “The 8-inch screen isn't big enough for any kind of comfortable extended desktop usage.”
These points are entirely about the size of the screen. Reviews agree that the clarity and color of the 8-inch IPS touchscreen is top notch. Kevin Lee of TechRadar states, “The higher-resolution screen is by far the biggest selling point that makes the Lenovo ThinkPad 8 stand above the rest of the competition.” PC Magazine praised the viewing angles of the device, stating, “The screen offers rich colors and wide viewing angles—nearly 180-degrees.”
Powered by an Intel Atom processor and Intel Graphics chipset, reviews indicate that the tablet does excellent for basic productivity tasks, web browsing and other light activities, even when multitasking. However, numerous reviews, including that of CNET mention that you should not “expect to do any serious gaming or graphics work.”
A lack of built-in keyboard or stylus support also discouraged a few reviewers. David Pierce of The Verge says, “This device is first and foremost a tablet, and really only becomes something else with the right add-ons and accessories” but also mentions that he “constantly missed having a stylus that worked.” Scott Stein of CNET mentions, “If you think of the ThinkPad 8 as a little computer in your pocket that can pair with keyboard and monitor into a full connected device back at home, you'll probably love this.”
Unfortunately, there appear to be a few other considerations as well. Many reviews noted a lack of clarity and stability with the built-in 8MP camera. Kevin Lee of TechRadar experienced numerous crashes and issues before installing an update available through Lenovo. He stated, ““Even with the update in place, though, the camera is still quite buggy.”
Another consideration is battery life. All reviews noted a lack of battery life from the device due to the increased power requirements of the Atom processor. Most sites found running times between seven and nine hours on average before needing a charge. CNET went as far as to note, “Don't pick the ThinkPad 8 if you want the best battery life.”
Overall, reviews indicate that if you are looking for a media consumption device with productivity capabilities, or a solid small-format Windows 8 tablet, this device is a sound choice. The Verge said, “For all other normal tablet things, the ThinkPad 8 is as good as any device I’ve used.” Kevin Lee sums up many reviews by saying, “the ThinkPad 8 is pricier than most tablets in its class. But if you're a Windows fan, this high-end tablet is well worth the extra cash.”
Reviews (7.4/10 Avg. rating)
Plenty of built-in productivity apps but comparatively expensive
Sharp screen, worst-in-class battery life
The ThinkPad 8 is indeed a stand-out tablet, but not necessarily for the reasons you think. It has the winningest specs, and yet it should also be the first one you cross off your shopping list. On the one hand, it has a sharp 1,920 x 1,200 screen and up to 128 gigs of storage, but it's also more expensive than any other 8-inch Windows slate, with worst-in-class battery life to match.
For the money, it doesn't bring extra features, either -- no pen input, no fingerprint reader, no state-of-the-art camera. Realistically, I'd probably be more charitable if it was priced in line with o... Full review
Compact, light, and responsive
We can’t stress enough how the Lenovo ThinkPad 8 has more flexibility than other prized tablets in the space. Giving us that desktop-like experience thanks to Windows 8.1, it has an advantage in the productivity side over other Android tablets and the iPad. Add in its base price point of $400, it absolutely provides consumers with plenty of value that won’t drain their pockets. In many ways, it’s a fantastic tablet that’s great for fun and work, but we wouldn’t say that it’s something that greatly oversteps traditional laptops in the mobile computing spac... Full review
A solid, well-constructed tablet
Lenovo has a winner with the ThinkPad 8 -- it's designed in such a way that it feels very portable, yet the quality display and use of Windows 8.1 means it can be used for business tasks that your average Android slate might not be up for. The Quickshot cover is a nice feature, even if it does have a novelty feel to it, allowing those with a habit of snapping pictures using a tablet to take shots without hassle.
Those looking for a Windows tablet up to the task of performing regular business activities -- writing reports, let's say -- would do better looking elsewhere for no othe... Full review
Fancier CPU and display take a toll on battery life
A classy Windows tablet, with quirks
The Rolls Royce of small Windows tablets
Lenovo has crammed an awful lot of computer into a tiny, unobtrusive package
Performance always comes at a price, and in the ThinkPad 8′s case, that price is battery life. I got just 5 hours, 42 minutes of full-screen video in my tests, which is a significant step down from last year’s Windows tablets. What’s more, the unit charges — slowly — via its USB 3.0 connection, and under heavy loads the battery will discharge even while it’s plugged in, as the power-throttled USB connection can’t keep up with the drain. Surprisingly though, even under load the unit only gets mildly warm, far from uncomfortably so.
At $499... Full review
A fantastic tablet, but it’s let down by it’s operating system
We sound like a broken record, but this is a great device held back by Windows 8.1. Lenovo has built a fantastic tablet that lives up to its ThinkPad brand, but like the ThinkPad Tablet and ThinkPad Tablet 2, the operating system continues to let us down. The original ThinkPad Tablet ran Android before Android was ready for tablets, and the Tablet 2 ran Windows 8, which still annoys us on small screens (and large).
If you want a small tablet, you may be better off with a competitor like the LG G Pad 8.3 or Nexus 7; both are at least a hundred dollars cheaper than the ThinkPad 8.... Full review
More than a tablet, not quite a PC
Three things are true of the Lenovo ThinkPad 8. One, it’s the perfect size for a Windows 8 tablet: it’s easy to hold and use, and Windows 8’s live tiles just suit smaller screens better. Two, it’s easily the best of its kind: for $100 more than the Dell Venue Pro 8, it offers a better screen, more storage, and far superior build quality. For $50 less than the Surface 2, it’s a far better tablet and a more versatile device. If you’re buying a Windows tablet, to be used primarily as a tablet, buy this one.
The third thing: I’m not sure you... Full review
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