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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 review

A slick, expensive jack-of-all-trades

Put a full version of Windows 8 on a tablet you're in for a bit of a juggle, just ask the Microsoft Surface Pro. You've got two balls to keep in the air: processing power and battery longevity. While the ThinkPad Tablet 2 often fumbles with the former, it flourishes with the latter.

Unlike the Surface Pro or the Surface RT, which are powered by an Intel i5 and an ARM processor respectively, this tablet has an Intel Atom chip. You may remember this processor from the netbook era of a few years ago, before tablets came along and cleaned their clocks. Now the Atom is back to power Windows 8 slates, like this and the Acer Iconia W510.

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 review

The ThinkPad Tablet 2 handled web browsing well enough, with Internet Explorer at least. Sites load at an acceptable speed, and we were able to begin scrolling down the page almost instantly, before images and video embeds finished loading. Google Chrome, as well as the Google app, performed poorly though. There's an obvious need for a patch or two here.

The system had just enough grunt for some light multitasking. Using Window 8's neat split-screen feature, we could watch run a YouTube video while browsing news headlines in the Bing Daily news app. We also enjoyed listening to music via the Music app while playing some Angry Birds or Cut the Rope.

That's the limit of the ThinkPad Tablet 2's gaming and multitasking abilities. The low-wattage Atom processor is meant for battery life, not blazing speeds. Lenovo estimates the battery life at 10 hours. We generally came in around 8 hours, after taxing it with heavy web use and streaming video. That's not bad at all, enough to get you through the average work day, or to watch several movies on a long flight.

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 review

While we enjoyed the battery life the Atom provided, it had us wondering why it was paired up with Windows 8. What's the point of making a device with wide compatibility if it doesn't have the horsepower to run the most important legacy apps? Food for thought, especially if you're between this and the more powerful but not as long lasting Microsoft Surface Pro, or just a regular old laptop.

Full specifications

1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760
2GB, 800MHz DDR2
64GB SSD
Intel GMA graphics
1366 x 768 resolution

Tech Specs

Product TypeNet-tablet PC
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerImagination Technologies
Graphics Controller ModelPowerVR SGX545
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyThinkPad Tablet 2
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor ModelZ2760
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameLenovo
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.80 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)570 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityGREENGUARD, RoHS
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
DigitizerNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Memory StandardLPDDR2-800
Height9.8 mm
Width263 mm
Depth165 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyLPDDR2
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product Model36792PG
Product NameThinkPad Tablet 2 36792PG Net-tablet PC
Product LineThinkPad Tablet 2
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberN3S2PUK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing Information

THE TABLET YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR.

Three of the world's leading technology companies collaborated to build the world's leading tablet experience. Featuring the best that Lenovo, Microsoft and Intel have to offer, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 redefines business, appeasing IT manager and end user alike in one productive, mobile, reliable device.

Package Contents
  • ThinkPad Tablet 2 36792PG Net-tablet PC
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year