When it comes to Windows, Lenovo is likely one of the first big players that come into your mind. They have a ton of Windows products on the market and one that I’ve been using recently is the Lenovo Yoga 2 Tablet 8” with Windows. This tablet has quite a bit to bring to the table and it’s a fun little device. But is it worth buying?
- 8” inch 1920×1200 IPS Display
- Intel Atom Z3745 Processor
- 2GB RAM
- 32GB Storage (expandable via microSD)
- 8MP Rear Camera
- 1.6MP Front Camera
- 6400 mAh battery
As with all of Lenovo’s other tablet, this one brings nothing less of a great design that has a ton of functionality. We have the thin design at the top which heads down to meet the cylindrical hinge at the bottom. That hinge gives users several different modes to work with including hold, stand, tilt, and hang. Holding the tablet is easier than ever thanks to that hinge and the kickstand found on the back makes it easy to consume content. The tilt mode makes it easy to type on the device as well. Last but not least the hang mode takes advantage of the hold in that metal kickstand to allow you to hang the device on something like a nail to let you use it anywhere. All these modes really help the hardware be more useful than on every other tablet.
Software & Performance
As for software we’re looking at Windows 8.1 with Bing and performance on it is great. Everything is fluid as ever and the only complaints come from some apps being a bit slow to open up. Lenovo does pack in a few apps some of which could be useful and some of which you’ll never touch. There’s also an offer for 1 free year of Office 365. Overall if you’re looking for a small, semi inexpensive, Windows 8.1 tablet, you won’t be disappointed with the performance on this.
The display on this tablet is an 8” inch, display that comes in with a 1920×1200 resolution. The display is sharp and has great viewing angles. It gets very bright if you want to use it outdoors or very dim if you want to use it at night.
The speakers on this tablet are extremely good. They produce very loud, rich, and nice sound. They are loud enough to fill up a small room and are very nice for watching a movie or just streaming music.
When it comes to the battery life this tablet has a 6,400 mAh cell. Battery life could very easily get me through a day of extremely heavy use, but usually I could get at least 3 days out of this battery. That included hours of watching content and streaming music as well as some minor web browsing.
One last thing to talk about on this tablet is that it is the first tablet to use AnyPen technology. This feature allows the touchscreen to not only sense your finger or a traditional stylus, but any metal object at all. Whether that’s the other end of a pen, a utensil, and literally anything else metal, this technology could prove quite useful to most users. However something to note is that this isn’t the only tablet to do this. Quite a few other tablets can do this. Not all of them, but I’ve been able to make this work on the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, and my Kindle Fire HD. However it works far better on the Lenovo tablet.
So overall the Lenovo Yoga 2 Tablet 8” with Windows is a solid Windows tablet. It can handle both entertainment and productivity without breaking a sweat. It’s certainly a stand-out from other Windows tablets in the same form factor and it’s one I can easily recommend. Pricing starts at $299 and while I personally think that’s just a bit high, it’s not out of the question for what you’re getting. It’s not a replacement for your PC, but if you pair it with a Bluetooth keyboard, it could be the ideal machine for note-taking.