Lenovo is no stranger to the Windows marketplace as they’ve made some amazing Windows laptops in the past and continue to do so today. One area they’ve started to excel at recently is the tablet space. They’ve got a lot of different tablets available, but in this review we’ll be taking a look at the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10.1” With Windows.
- 10.1” inch 1920×1080 Full HD IPS Display
- Intel Atom Z3745 Processor
- 2GB RAM
- 32GB Storage (microSD up to 64GB)
- Windows 8.1
- 9600 mAh Battery
- Front facing Dolby Audio speakers
- 8MP Rear Camera
- 1.6MP Front Camera
- WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
Hardware And Design
Lenovo’s entire Yoga lineup has a very unique design which is strange at a glance, but actually makes a lot of sense. The tablet’s design makes it easy to hold, great for media, and makes it very functional. At one end of the tablet, it’s absurdly thin, but then as you move further down, things get thicker and thicker until you reach the cylindrical end which contains the speakers and the battery along with the kickstand.
The tablet is made from plastic with metal forming the kickstand. The kickstand is built very well and is surprisingly easy to extend and position. The kickstand is a major point of focus on this tablet as it not only helps with media consumption, but also allows the major selling point of this device, the keyboard, to be used in full. We’ll talk more about the keyboard later however.
On the left and right of the tablet we’ve got a circular power button and headphone jack on opposite sides of the cylinder with microUSB and microHDMI ports on each side along with a volume rocker.
The tablet weighs in quite nicely and is very easy to hold and carry around. The tablet is certainly designed well and looks the part at the same time. Not to mention that Lenovo’s entire Yoga lineup just looks so much better in black than in silver like the Android counterparts.
The Yoga Tablet 2 10” packs a 10.1” inch IPS display at 1920×1200 resolution. It’s a solid display, that’s for certain. It has good viewing angles, good color reproduction, and can get very bright and fairly dim. It’s not the best display out there, but it’s definitely a good display.
When it comes to software we’ve got Windows 8.1 with Bing. The software absoutely flies on this tablet with very little to no lag to be found. From time to time an app will take a bit longer to load, but overall it works just fine.
Apps like Twitter run wonderfully on the tablet and even games run just fine. Even Microsoft’s Office suite runs perfect fine on the tablet even if loading time is a bit longer than it would be on a more powerful PC.
Any issues with speed on this tablet come down to it’s amount of RAM. With only 2GB on what is pretty much a full Windows machine, it can feel a bit tight. That’s not say however that you can’t get by. This tablet certainly gets the job done with just 2GB of RAM even with several apps open at once.
The speakers on this tablet are wonderful. The audio is crisp and clear and it sounds great. While this 10” inch version does lack the back mounted subwoofer that the 13” inch variants include, the speakers are still great. I enjoyed watching videos using the speakers and they were also great for listening to music.
There are two major selling points for the Yoga Tablet 2 10”. One is the keyboard which we’ll talk about in just a minute, but the other is the battery life. This tablet just does not die. While using the tablet it barely loses any power and standby time is just absolutely mind blowing.
I used the tablet one day for 5 hours straight with multiple apps open, the screen on about 75% brightness, and the keyboard connected an active and by the time I was getting ready to leave I still had over 65% of my battery left. If that’s not impressive, I don’t know what is.
Now that’s good, but what really blew my mind was the standby time. It’s almost like the tablet used no power at all! At one point I wasn’t using the tablet much so I had simply placed it in my desk drawer. About 1 week and a half later when I picked it up expecting it to be completely dead, I found that it came back to life instantly with over 40% of it’s battery life left. The real kicker here, I only had about 80% on the battery when I placed it in that drawer in the first place.
Clearly, the battery life on this tablet is impressive. If you are not impressed, have fun on your pen and paper.
Last but certainly not least, let’s talk about the keyboard. Included free in the box with this tablet is a super thin Bluetooth keyboard. This keyboard is constructed very well and actually doubles as flip cover for the tablet. It connects to the tablet using magnets on the cylinder portion of the tablet. Connecting the keyboard is as simple as pairing it via Bluetooth and the connection is pretty solid with very little to no lag time when typing. Battery life on the keyboard is great as I never needed to charge it up over the several weeks I used the tablet.
As for the keys themselves, they are great. The keys are well spaced and provide a nice amount of travel when typing. The layout might feel just a bit condensed, but overall, I don’t think you’ll be unhappy with this keyboard. This is actually the first Bluetooth keyboard of this size that I’ve actually been able to type on both accurately and at full speed.
For the price Lenovo asks for it, the Yoga Tablet 2 10” with Windows is a very solid deal. At just $329 you get a large, high quality tablet with outstanding battery life and a great screen. Add onto that the fact that this tablet can basically become a Windows PC with the included keyboard and you’ve got a pretty good value for your money right here.
If you own a tablet to get work done, this should definitely be the next tablet you consider.