Lenovo configured the ThinkPad 8 with an Intel Atom 1.46GHz processor, 64GB of storage, and 2GB RAM, which performs well for basic tasks. The tablet is snappy as it can be with only 2GB of memory and in basic usage; it seemed to outperform the Asus Transformer Book T100, which boasts the same processor and memory.
With this configuration, users won’t be playing intensive games, but they should have no problems streaming content, playing basic games, and multitasking apps. Plus, thanks to the gorgeous display, streaming Netflix and browsing the Web is a joy on the ThinkPad 8, and in terms of performance, testers did not notice any lag.
This Lenovo tablet performs well, handles multiple apps, and can easily be used in desktop mode. However, reviewers kept going back to the point that it just doesn’t seem to fit a business user’s needs. For one thing, its not exactly easy to hook up a keyboard and mouse to this device, and is more effective if used at a docking station with an external display. With the micro-USB 3.0 port, users will have to use a cord that converts it to a standard USB port, and attach a keyboard that way. Same with a mouse, meaning there will be a number of cords hanging off the tablet if users want a mouse or keyboard attached to the device. Meanwhile, users won’t be able to charge the tablet since the micro-USB port is intertwined with the charging port.
Anyone just checking email on the go or who needs to tap out the occasional email won’t mind, and will certainly appreciate the tablet’s light size and profile. But it seems better suited for anyone interested in a multimedia tablet with its stunning display and fast speeds.
wPrime processor comparisons (lower scores means better performance):
PCMark 7 measures overall systems performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphic card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
Battery life is fairly decent on the ThinkPad 8, with testers clocking in at 5 hours and 29 minutes during a rigorous run down with the PowerMark benchmarking tool. Our lab pushed the tablet to the limit, so users will most likely get 7 to 8 hours with normal use.
Not bad for a thin tablet, but depending on usage, the ThinkPad 8 might not last the full workday on a single charge for business users. It is something to consider since the micro-USB 3.0 port is integrated into the charging port, if users plan to use the tablet with any USB devices, and then need the charge to last through the commute home, they will have to make time to recharge.
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