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.
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.
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