Lenovo improves work-life integration with the Miix 720 and Active Pen 2
Today, many of us enjoy entertainment on the same devices we conduct do business with. Lenovo wants to make sure that you don’t have to compromise style or power in order to display powerpoints and spreadsheets or watch some 4K content on Netflix. The Lenovo Miix 720, a chicer, pricier, more powerful iteration of its predecessors seeks to be your next detachable.
For a detachable that weighs 2.42 lbs (1.72 lbs without the keyboard) and is 8.9mm thick, it packs a serious punch. Check out some of the specifications:
- Up to 7th-gen Intel Core i7 processor
- Up to 16 GB DDR4 RAM
- Up to 1 TB PCIe SSD
- 12″ QHD+ (2880 x 1920) display w/ Gorilla Glass
- 41 WHr battery (up to 8 hours)
The Lenovo Miix 720 comes with the standard WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1, and physical connectors include a USB 2.0 port, USB 3.0 port, and a USB-C port. You’ll also get a microSD card slot and an Audio Combo Jack. If you fancy taking photos with a 12″ tablet, you can do that, as well, using the 5MP rear-facing camera. The 1MP front-facing IR camera won’t improve your selfie game, but it supports Windows Hello, granting you easy access to your PC.
This new-and-improved Windows detachable also comes with a new-and-improved stylus — the Lenovo Active Pen 2. The new stylus has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity; twice as many as its predecessor. This sensitivity is stated to provide a “precise drawing experience, like writing on paper.” Apple doesn’t specify its Pencil’s pressure sensitivity, though we suspect this will be a worthy alternative. While styli are no longer the main tool for user interaction on computing devices, they’re still extremely useful for marking up documents and those who enjoy digital sketching.
In the words of some kid’s uncle, “Great power comes with great pricing.” Or something like that. By great, we mean big. Packed with the latest gen processor and plenty of RAM, the Thunderbolt connection will allow you to easily connect 4K monitors to the detachable. However, this kind of power won’t come cheap. The Miix 720 starts at $999.99 with the keyboard. The Active Pen 2 will start at $59.99. At those prices, they’re not for everyone. But they’re definitely worth the price if you’re looking for that amount of power and portability. As an added bonus. it’s a pretty slick looking device.
The Lenovo Miix 720 will be available in Champagne Gold and Iron Gray beginning in April 2017.