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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 review

7.2/10 AVG.
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7.2/10
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The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 17 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is tagged as “redefining business” as it is aimed squarely at business-types who want to get work done without being tied down to a desktop or even a laptop computer. Unlike many other tablets that are available on the market today, it won’t run a mobile operating system like iOS or Android. Instead, it will come with Windows 8 Pro pre-installed and will utilize an Intel Atom processor with 2GB of RAM to give users the full mobile desktop experience.

Lenovo plans on releasing the ThinkPad Tablet 2 to take on the current tablet market leader, the Apple iPad, from a business user’s standpoint. It will have the ability to run not only full versions of PC software programs but Metro apps as well, and it boasts useful features such as full-size USB support, HDMI-out, and a whole host of wireless options that include Wi-Fi, 3G, and 4G LTE.

The 10.1-inch touchscreen display on this Lenovo tablet has a native resolution of 1366x768, which means it will be more than capable of displaying 720p HD content. It also packs dual cameras and a full-size SD card slot along with all the other features mentioned above while weighing in at just 600 grams and measuring 9.8mm thick.

Perhaps the best thing about the device is the fact that it comes with a keyboard dock that gives it extra features such as additional USB ports, a full-size Ethernet port, and a standard ThinkPad keyboard with fully-functioning UltraNav navigation key. This is part of what makes it truly capable of being a full-size laptop replacement.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is expected to become available in October 2012 when Microsoft finally releases Windows 8 to the market.

Need To Know: Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

1. The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 will run full versions of desktop software programs with Windows 8 Pro. (The Good)

2. The keyboard dock comes with a standard ThinkPad keyboard and UltraNav key for user input and menu navigation. (The Good)

3. Lenovo’s use of x86 hardware on the ThinkPad Tablet 2 makes it incompatible with Android software, a strong possible alternative to Microsoft’s Windows 8. (The Bad)

4. Even the combined forces of Lenovo, Intel, and Microsoft appears inadequate to conjure up a true iOS ecosystem alternative as the Windows Marketplace is lagging behind in terms of available software programs. (The Bad)


Operating system
Windows
Processor
1.8 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


WMExperts

Overall, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is one of the most well designed Windows 8 tablets we have set our hands on; it's minimal styling, accents of red, and thin design present a tight and durable package that deserves the ThinkPad branding. The tablet is aimed at business consumers with the need for a lig...

- Michael Archambault, WMExperts
APC

There’s no doubt that this is the best tablet for business owners, but that doesn’t quite justify the high price tag. The additional business-centric features would barely have added to the cost, so it should really be selling at around the $700 mark. Thankfully, most businesses don&rsqu...

- Bennett Ring, APC
GottaBeMobile

The ThinkPad Tablet 2 is an affordable business tablet that delivers a great inking experience that should make it the go to note-taking tablets for executives and office workers. The Atom processor limits performance but won’t slow down the target user, and it delivers great battery life in a...

- Josh Smith, GottaBeMobile
PC Pro

Lenovo may have created a product with the looks of a top-class ThinkPad, but we’re not convinced it’s good enough to clinch our business tablet top spot. Granted, it’s sleek, attractive, and the docking stylus is a boon, but with Dell’s Atom-powered tablet delivering a much...

- Sasha Muller, PC Pro
TrustedReviews

It’s hard to recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad 2 without using it with its keyboard accessory. Sure, it’s well-made, has a decent screen and a useful stylus, but the performance is frustrating and most would be better off with a laptop if productivity was the main reason for purchase, even i...

- Evan Kypreos, TrustedReviews


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.8 GHz

There is a Intel Atom Z2760 Dual-core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32/64 GB

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

Battery
30WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 30 WHr battery. Lenovo's performance ratings are 25 days standby time, 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

ThinkPad Tablet 2 Specs

Overview
Release date December 19, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor Intel Atom Z2760 Dual-core 1.8 GHz
Internal Storage 32/64 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
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 30 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 25 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 25.7 x 17.5 x 0.9 cm (10.1 x 6.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 600 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Wallpapers
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, Fingerprint Reader
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader Yes
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 Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
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 HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert No
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, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps Microsoft Office, Skype, Evernote, Skitch
More
Additional comments Optional 3G/4G Connection
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Critic Reviews


WMExperts

This is the Atom powered device you have been looking for

from WMExperts

Overall, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is one of the most well designed Windows 8 tablets we have set our hands on; it's minimal styling, accents of red, and thin design present a tight and durable package that deserves the ThinkPad branding. The tablet is aimed at business consumers with the need for a...More

Overall, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is one of the most well designed Windows 8 tablets we have set our hands on; it's minimal styling, accents of red, and thin design present a tight and durable package that deserves the ThinkPad branding. The tablet is aimed at business consumers with the need for a light and portable tablet, optional stylus, and optional broadband.

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APC

Built for business

from APC

There’s no doubt that this is the best tablet for business owners, but that doesn’t quite justify the high price tag. The additional business-centric features would barely have added to the cost, so it should really be selling at around the $700 mark. Thankfully, most businesses don&r...More

There’s no doubt that this is the best tablet for business owners, but that doesn’t quite justify the high price tag. The additional business-centric features would barely have added to the cost, so it should really be selling at around the $700 mark. Thankfully, most businesses don’t mind paying extra for capital expenses — a fact Lenovo probably had front of mind when setting the price.

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GottaBeMobile

An affordable business tablet that delivers a great inking experience

from GottaBeMobile

The ThinkPad Tablet 2 is an affordable business tablet that delivers a great inking experience that should make it the go to note-taking tablets for executives and office workers. The Atom processor limits performance but won’t slow down the target user, and it delivers great battery life in a very portable package.

Read full review

The ThinkPad Tablet 2 is an affordable business tablet that delivers a great inking experience that should make it the go to note-taking tablets for executives and office workers. The Atom processor limits performance but won’t slow down the target user, and it delivers great battery life in a very portable package.

Read full review

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PC Pro

It’s sleek, attractive, and the docking stylus is a boon

from PC Pro

Lenovo may have created a product with the looks of a top-class ThinkPad, but we’re not convinced it’s good enough to clinch our business tablet top spot. Granted, it’s sleek, attractive, and the docking stylus is a boon, but with Dell’s Atom-powered tablet delivering a mu...More

Lenovo may have created a product with the looks of a top-class ThinkPad, but we’re not convinced it’s good enough to clinch our business tablet top spot. Granted, it’s sleek, attractive, and the docking stylus is a boon, but with Dell’s Atom-powered tablet delivering a much brighter screen, not to mention the flexibility of a replaceable battery, Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet 2 doesn’t quite have what it takes.

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TrustedReviews

Stylish, light and well built

from TrustedReviews

It’s hard to recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad 2 without using it with its keyboard accessory. Sure, it’s well-made, has a decent screen and a useful stylus, but the performance is frustrating and most would be better off with a laptop if productivity was the main reason for purchase, even if they are much bigger and heavier....

More

It’s hard to recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad 2 without using it with its keyboard accessory. Sure, it’s well-made, has a decent screen and a useful stylus, but the performance is frustrating and most would be better off with a laptop if productivity was the main reason for purchase, even if they are much bigger and heavier.

However, if you’re looking for a sleek, light tablet to use for basic Office tasks and entertainment, then the stylus, all day battery life and compatibility with other Windows devices makes the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 an intriguing, if flawed, option.

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ITProPortal

It's big on features that businesses will love

from ITProPortal

The ThinkPad Tablet 2 doesn’t have the fastest processor, the best screen or the most awesome sound, but it's big on features that businesses will love, and its stylus makes it a more versatile working tablet than your average Windows 8 or Android device. Battery life is excellent and Windows 8...More

The ThinkPad Tablet 2 doesn’t have the fastest processor, the best screen or the most awesome sound, but it's big on features that businesses will love, and its stylus makes it a more versatile working tablet than your average Windows 8 or Android device. Battery life is excellent and Windows 8 is very much the right OS. The only real concern is the price, which while not unreasonable might put off smaller companies.

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The Register

An extremely likable Windows 8 Pro tablet

from The Register

With the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, you end up with is an extremely likable Windows 8 Pro tablet due to its capacity to function with typical PC peripherals when you need it to. As a standalone device though, even if you get by reasonably well wedded to the Modern Interface, its Desktop mode short...More

With the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, you end up with is an extremely likable Windows 8 Pro tablet due to its capacity to function with typical PC peripherals when you need it to. As a standalone device though, even if you get by reasonably well wedded to the Modern Interface, its Desktop mode shortcomings soon present themselves as you're bound to end up in there sooner or later.

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Gizmodo

Just barely a laptop

from Gizmodo

It's not that the Thinkpad Tablet 2 is bad, it's just duplicating the functionality of something you likely already own, and it isn't any better at it. If you don't have a beater laptop, or really want a tablet that can word-process, then it might not be a bad buy. Or if your PC-only needs are re...More

It's not that the Thinkpad Tablet 2 is bad, it's just duplicating the functionality of something you likely already own, and it isn't any better at it. If you don't have a beater laptop, or really want a tablet that can word-process, then it might not be a bad buy. Or if your PC-only needs are really specifically non-taxing. The version we tested (with a keyboard and Windows 8 Pro) is $850, so it sits at a decent middle ground between the Surface RT and the Surface Pro, and most of the way to a really nice ultrabook. Just know you're buying a tablet with a middling laptop impression, not the other way around.

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PhoneArena

Thin and lightweight tablet with full Windows 8 experience

from PhoneArena

If we came upon the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 in a store and quickly glance over its specs sheet, we probably wouldn’t get too excited. And who would considering its low-res display and choice of packing an Intel Atom processor? As we’ve seen, though, the tablet is still equipped in providing...More

If we came upon the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 in a store and quickly glance over its specs sheet, we probably wouldn’t get too excited. And who would considering its low-res display and choice of packing an Intel Atom processor? As we’ve seen, though, the tablet is still equipped in providing us with the same experience as its beefier counterparts – well, it probably will take more time in executing the same tasks. Regardless, if we’re to look at the $579 base price (32GB, Wi-Fi only) of the tablet, there’s some good value when we take into consideration its travel friendly size, great battery life, and wealth of ports.

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TechRadar

A slick, expensive jack-of-all-trades

from TechRadar

We like the Lenovo ThinkPad 2, but just barely. It won us over with its good looks, solid keyboard and excellent battery life. Still, we'd never recommend it as your sole computing option. This is a traveler's device, for when you don't have the bag space for a real computer.

This tablet wi...More

We like the Lenovo ThinkPad 2, but just barely. It won us over with its good looks, solid keyboard and excellent battery life. Still, we'd never recommend it as your sole computing option. This is a traveler's device, for when you don't have the bag space for a real computer.

This tablet will save your shoulders, and keep you entertained and productive while on the road. It's well built, and Lenovo is offering some very smart, but pricey, accessories. However, we do have to say that you could get a lot more functionality if you spend a bit more and spring for an ultrabook, or spend the same amount of cash and put up with the weight of a laptop.

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