- Affordably priced
- Runs the full version of Windows 8.1
- Great looks and slim design
- Low screen resolution
- Lacks extra features
The Lenovo Miix 2, this 8" version, is a Windows tablet that reviews describe as a decent low-cost option for those who want to skip Android or the Apple iPad. It has an attractive and compact design according to Cliff Joseph of PC Advisor, and other reviewers agree including TechSpot's Time Schiesser who praised the use of aluminum as part of its slim design.
This tablet isn’t all about looks, though. It runs the full version of Windows 8.1, so that means you won’t be stuck with mobile-only Windows apps. It can run regular desktop programs, both old and new, so it will essentially allow you to take your desktop with you wherever you go. It can strike a great mix between portability and usability and it has been praised in reviews because of this.
If there is anything bad about the 8" Miix 2, it’s the apparent lack of extra features. According to Michelle Mastin of PC World, this sort of tempers all of the upsides. Brian Fagioli of Beta News also points out that you could probably do better for the money if all you want to do is play games like Angry Birds and watch movies on a tablet.
The one thing all reviewers seem to agree on is that if you’re really determined to get yourself a tablet running Windows, then this model is a strong contender. Even in TechSpot’s review, where the verdict says you should avoid it, its positives are clearly enumerated.
There may be better Windows-powered alternatives, but Beta News summarizes the tablet well in saying, “if you are a business-focused person, with the occasional desire for games and you need a tablet that complements your Microsoft lifestyle, look no further, the Miix 2 8 is it.”
What the Critics Are Saying...
- Alex Todd, Recombu
Pushing Windows 8/8.1 onto a broader array of devices is a smart move on Lenovo’s part. It offers greater compatibility between its products and a unique level of flexibility over mobile-centric rival offerings using Android and iOS, but there are drawbacks…The demands of full Windows t...
- Bobby MacPherson, PC Pro
The 8in Miix 2 is generously equipped, both in terms of core hardware and ports, and at first glance is a handsome piece of kit.
- Saqib Shah, What Mobile
Yes there are better Android slates out there for the same price and Windows will always lag behind its arch OS rivals in the apps and games department, but if you’re a Windows fan looking for a solid compact, then you won’t find much better than the Miix 2. Everyone else should also tak...
- Matt Hanson, TechRadar
The Miix 2 hasn't the best performance levels, but as long as you don't expect too much, it will serve most needs.
- Michelle Mastin, PCWorld
Lenovo’s Miix 2 8 delivers great performance and battery life, but these upsides are tempered by a dearth of extra features.
Prices (Where to Buy)
Manuals / User Guides
- Lenovo Miix2 8" Manual (PDF)
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