The Intel Bay Trail Atom processors have proven very capable of handling Windows 8.1 in other devices like the Toshiba Encore 8, and here they don’t disappoint. The Lenovo ThinkPad 10 TPCR reviewed has the quad-core Intel Atom Processor Z3795 running at 1.6GHz, along with 2GB of RAM. It runs 32-bit Windows 8.1 Pro, but is upgradable to 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro and 4GB of RAM.
Startup and shutdown are both exceptionally swift, and the ThinkPad 10 has no issues with light to moderate tasks, including productivity and Office work. Heavy image editing and gigantic spreadsheets will tax the system and serious gaming is completely out of the question, but most users, including professionals, will get by just fine with the ThinkPad 10 as travel companion.
For perspective, we compared the Lenovo ThinkPad 10 to the two best Windows 8.1 tablets on the market, the Surface Pro 2 (4GB RAM, 1.9GHz Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 2.5GHz) and the Surface Pro 3 (8GB RAM, 1.6GHz Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz).
Overall, the Pro tablets blow the ThinkPad 10 away in terms of raw performance, but get trounced when it comes to battery. This is to be expected. The ThinkPad 10 performed right in line with the other Bay Trail tablets, including the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 8, HP Omni10, and Toshiba Encore 8.
PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark and measures overall systems performance (higher scores mean better performance):
wPrime processor comparisons (lower score means better performance):
As expected, the Lenovo ThinkPad 10 is quiet, but it does moderately heat up in the upper-right corner with extended use. It’s not enough to bother users, but it’s certainly noticeable.
The Lenovo ThinkPad 10 ships with either standard Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Pro, with the main difference being Pro supports BitLocker for data protection, domain connections, and the native Windows remote desktop app. IT departments will like the first two, regular end users will find the last feature helpful, even though there are plenty of third-party remote desktop apps and services for both versions.
The ThinkPad 10 unfortunately ships with some bloatware, including:
- Lenovo Companion (a sort of device FAQ)
- Lenovo Support (just a Settings shortcut)
- Norton Security
- Lenovo Video Editor
- Evernote Touch
- Lenovo QuickCast (screensharing app)
- Lenovo Photo Editor
- Hightail (file sharing app)
- Lenovo Red Karaoke
Most of these are useless and can be uninstalled easily. It’s a minor, but all-too-common, hassle with third-party Windows devices. Considering the ThinkPad 10 is supposed to be a productivity device, some form of Office would have been a nice addition.
The Lenovo ThinkPad 10 has a phenomenal battery. It lasted 5 hours and 55 minutes in the rigorous “balanced” PowerMark test. Of the Bay Trail tablets TPCR tested, only the Asus TransformerBook T100 and Dell Venue 8 Pro have lasted longer. In real life usage, the ThinkPad 10 will easily last a full workday, and then some.