Lenovo Miix2 8"

6.9/10 AVG.
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6.9/10
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The Lenovo Miix2 8" currently has an Informr score of 6.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 8 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Affordably priced
  • Runs the full version of Windows 8.1
  • Great looks and slim design

What's bad

  • 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.”


Operating system
Windows
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
8"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


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...

- Alex Todd, Recombu
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.

- Bobby MacPherson, PC Pro
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...

- Saqib Shah, What Mobile
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.

- Matt Hanson, TechRadar
PCWorld

Lenovo’s Miix 2 8 delivers great performance and battery life, but these upsides are tempered by a dearth of extra features.

- Michelle Mastin, PCWorld


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Screen Size
8"

The Lenovo Miix2 8"'s screen size is 8 inches with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a Intel Bay Trail-T Quad core processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Windows 8.1 operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32/64/128 GB

Internal memory is 32/64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4730mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4730 mAh battery. Lenovo's performance ratings are 7 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Miix2 8" Specs

Overview
Release date November 9, 2013
Regions available USA, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows 8.1

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Secondary OS No
Processor Intel Bay Trail-T Quad core
Internal Flash Memory 32/64/128 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4730 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 21.5 x 13.2 x 0.8 cm (8.5 x 5.2 x 0.3 in)
Weight 349 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 189 pixels
Size 8 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


Recombu

It's not perfect, but you get an impressive package

from 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 tax the Miix 2 from the get-go, particularly in the storage and screen departments. The desktop side of Windows 8.1 is awkward to manoeuvre on that tablet’s 8-inch screen and although the ability to support full Windows applications is impressive, the lack of space snubs the potential benefits on offer...

More

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 tax the Miix 2 from the get-go, particularly in the storage and screen departments. The desktop side of Windows 8.1 is awkward to manoeuvre on that tablet’s 8-inch screen and although the ability to support full Windows applications is impressive, the lack of space snubs the potential benefits on offer.

At under £250, the Lenovo Miix 2 has a lot to offer and in many ways out-paces pricier rivals, but if you’re after a budget tablet, this is certainly not the only option worth considering. 

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PC Pro

A competent Windows tablet let down by a disappointing screen, the lack of a video output and mediocre build quality

from PC Pro

With some adjustments, the Lenovo Miix 2 8in may have been a contender: it’s well equipped, attractive and fast. However, the washed-out display, insubstantial build and the lack of a video output sour its appeal. In a market where competition is fierce, and prices cut-throat, this tablet simply hasn’t got it where it counts.

Read full review

With some adjustments, the Lenovo Miix 2 8in may have been a contender: it’s well equipped, attractive and fast. However, the washed-out display, insubstantial build and the lack of a video output sour its appeal. In a market where competition is fierce, and prices cut-throat, this tablet simply hasn’t got it where it counts.

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What Mobile

Works well at most tasks despite average specs

from 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 take note of this small but substantial slate.

Read full review

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 take note of this small but substantial slate.

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TechRadar

Performance should serve most modest needs

from TechRadar

For a small tablet that's easy to hold and carry around, the Lenovo Miix 2 8 doesn't get much wrong. It's certainly one of the nicer 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet's we've tried.

For simple tasks and running full-screen apps, the Lenovo Miix 2 8 performs well. But you'll need to keep your expectations in check, as the Miix 2 8 struggles under more intensive workloads...

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For a small tablet that's easy to hold and carry around, the Lenovo Miix 2 8 doesn't get much wrong. It's certainly one of the nicer 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet's we've tried.

For simple tasks and running full-screen apps, the Lenovo Miix 2 8 performs well. But you'll need to keep your expectations in check, as the Miix 2 8 struggles under more intensive workloads.

If you're happy with a tablet that you can quickly whip out to read the news and check your emails, then this is a great choice with a respectable price tag. But if you want a more versatile tablet that can also run normal Windows programs then we advise you to look elsewhere. 

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PCWorld

A fast tablet that's short on features

from PCWorld

Lenovo’s Miix 2 8 delivers great performance and battery life, but these upsides are tempered by a dearth of extra features.

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Lenovo’s Miix 2 8 delivers great performance and battery life, but these upsides are tempered by a dearth of extra features.

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TechSpot

A low-cost 8-inch tablet that you should avoid

from TechSpot

I’ll give credit where credit is due: Lenovo has attempted to make a decent, low-cost 8-inch tablet that runs a full copy of Windows 8.1. The use of aluminum as part of the Miix 2 8’s slim design is great to see, and its overall size is quite comfortable, striking a great mix between portability and usability.

Read full review

I’ll give credit where credit is due: Lenovo has attempted to make a decent, low-cost 8-inch tablet that runs a full copy of Windows 8.1. The use of aluminum as part of the Miix 2 8’s slim design is great to see, and its overall size is quite comfortable, striking a great mix between portability and usability.

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Tech Advisor

A Windows tablet that provides a more affordable alternative to the Apple-Google duopoly

from Tech Advisor

With its attractive, compact design and sub-£300 price tag the Miix 2 8 is one of the new Windows tablets that provides a more affordable alternative to the Apple-Google duopoly. It can't go head-to-head with the iPad and Android tablets in terms of apps, but the Miix 2 8 may well appeal to...More

With its attractive, compact design and sub-£300 price tag the Miix 2 8 is one of the new Windows tablets that provides a more affordable alternative to the Apple-Google duopoly. It can't go head-to-head with the iPad and Android tablets in terms of apps, but the Miix 2 8 may well appeal to Windows users who want a pocket-size tablet that will also allow them to view their Office documents when they're out and about.

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Beta News

Everything is snappy and responsive

from Beta News

Do I recommend this tablet? Absolutely... if you want a Windows tablet. Despite its faults, it is a fun computer to use. If you just want to play Angry Birds and surf the web, you can probably do better for the money. However, if you are a business-focused person, with the occasional desire for g...More

Do I recommend this tablet? Absolutely... if you want a Windows tablet. Despite its faults, it is a fun computer to use. If you just want to play Angry Birds and surf the web, you can probably do better for the money. However, 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. Keep in mind though, it is a complementary tablet, not a desktop or laptop replacement. For that, a Surface 2 would be your better option.

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