ThinkPad Tablet 2 on the way

Summary:There is rarely a gadget I don't like and I buy far too many of them. History repeats itself as I have a Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 on the way.

Tablet 2
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One of the best Windows 8 tablets I have tested is the ThinkPad Tablet 2 by Lenovo. When I looked at it earlier this year the 10.1-inch screen impressed me as it created a great form factor for a tablet. I was tempted to buy the Tablet 2 when I tested it at launch but the list price of $729 stopped me cold. Like other Windows 8 tablets the price of the Tablet 2 has dropped quite a bit so I opened my wallet and have one on the way.

The ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a great tablet due to its size and weight. The screen is relatively high resolution (1366x768) for its 10.1-inch size and at 1.3 lbs it is lighter than the iPad. Throw in a thin form (0.39 in) and you have a very mobile tablet that runs full Windows 8 for over 10 hours.

See related: ThinkPad Tablet 2: First look | ThinkPad Tablet 2: Inking in Windows 8 | ThinkPad Tablet 2: First impressions

The Tablet 2 I bought comes with a stylus, so I will be able to take full advantage of the good inking in Windows 8. I've been missing the ability to use a pen with Windows as my HP Envy x2 lacks pen support. The video below was shot earlier this year when I was first testing the tablet and it shows the inking capability of the Tablet 2.

I am very excited the ThinkPad Tablet 2 will be showing up soon. I was pleased with everything about it when I was testing it, except the price. With the price now less than $600 I couldn't pass it up.

Tablet 2 keyboard
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I also purchased the portable keyboard for the Tablet 2 since I do so much writing. I found it to be a good balance between portability and functionality so buying one was a given. I don't like the $120 price however, which I find to be a bit high.

I'll be sharing my continued experiences with the ThinkPad Tablet 2 once I have it, meanwhile the specs of my purchase are as follows:

  • Processor: Intel Atom Z2760 (2 cores, 1.8 GHz, 1MG cache)
  • OS: Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
  • Display: 10.1-inch IPS (1366 x 768)
  • Pen: yes
  • Graphics: PowerVR SGX545 in Atom SoC
  • Storage: 64GB eMMC
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Cameras: 2MP front; 8MP rear (720p video capture)
  • Sound: stereo speakers (0.5 Watt x 2)
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS
  • Weight: 1.3 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 10.34 x 6.48 x 0.39 inches
  • Battery: 30 Whr
  • Slots/ports: 1-USB 2.0; miniHDMI; microSD; dock connector; 3.5mm audio

Topics: Mobility, Lenovo, Tablets, Windows


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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