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Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 Convertible Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 01/26/2016

The superior Surface Pro? With its IdeaPad Miix 700, Lenovo aims to win potential Surface Pro 4 buyers. A keyboard dock and ActivePen are included and do not have to be purchased separately. The other equipment is also appropriate: A bright, high-contrast screen and fast SSD are on board. The installed Core M processor ensures noiseless operation. The entire bundle is even cheaper than a comparable Surface Pro 4 package.

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Microsoft has been successful with its Surface Pro lineup, and thus other manufacturers also want a piece of the pie and launch competitive models on the market. The current Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 is such a rival. The Miix 700 models are exclusively available with Core M processors. Microsoft relies on Intel's entire ULV products (Core M to Core i7) for its Surface Pro 4 lineup. All are Skylake processors. Our report reveals whether the Miix 700 can keep up, if not outdo the Surface Pro 4. In addition to the Surface 4 Pro, devices such as Apple's iPad ProFujitsu's Stylistic Q665 and HP's Elite x2 1011 G1 are rivals of the Miix 700.

Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 (IdeaPad Miix Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 515, Core: 300-900 MHz, Dual-Channel, 10.18.15.4281
Memory
4096 MB 
, LPDDR3-1866, dual-channel, soldered memory
Display
12 inch 3:2, 2160x1440 pixel, capacitive, 10 touch points, native pen support, Samsung L_QLLTN120QL01L01, IPS, glossy: yes, detachable screen
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-Y Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2, 128 GB 
, 100 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek HD Audio
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: micro-SD, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: position sensor, brightness sensor, TPM 2.0
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 14.5 x 293 x 224 ( = 0.57 x 11.54 x 8.82 in)
Battery
41 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 5 MP
Primary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, ActivePen, McAfee LiveSafe - Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.08 kg ( = 38.1 oz / 2.38 pounds), Power Supply: 197 g ( = 6.95 oz / 0.43 pounds)
Price
999 Euro

 

Case

The Miix 700 pleases with its restrained, elegant design. The entire casing is black. Both the back and the stand are metal. Its thickness of 9 mm (14.5 mm with keyboard dock/~0.35 to ~0.57 in) and a weight of 780 grams (1110 grams with keyboard dock/~1.72 to 2.45 lb) place it just behind the Surface Pro 4 (8.5 mm, 774 grams/~0.33 in, ~1.7 lb). The iPad Pro (6.9 mm, 723 grams/~0.27 in, ~1.6 lb) undercuts both devices. The Miix 700's construction is beyond reproach. The device features an impeccable build and does not display any weaknesses in this regard. However, this is different in terms of stability: The tablet can be warped visibly. Here, Microsoft has a lead with its Surface Pro 4.

Like the opponent from Microsoft, the Miix 700 also has a stand. It can be adjusted freely. The maximum opening angle is approximately 150 degrees. The stand will not collapse since its hinges are pulled tight. The latter look like the elements of a wristwatch band, and are accordingly called "watchband hinges". The Miix 700 is primarily suitable for use on a solid, flat surface. Using it on the lap proves very uncomfortable. This is also true for the Surface Pro.

Unlike the Surface Pro, the included ActivePen of the Miix 700 is not magnetically attached to the casing. Lenovo provides a plastic holder that can be inserted into one of the device's USB ports. Thus, the pen can be attached on either side of the tablet. The power supply is satisfactory: Its length of approximately 183 cm (~72 in/from plug to plug) is sufficient.

Connectivity

Only the most necessary interfaces are found in the Miix 700. A USB 3.0 port (Type A) is installed. A second USB port supports the USB 2.0 standard (Type A), and is also the power socket. The micro-SD memory card reader is located behind the stand and is not immediately visible. Unlike Microsoft, Lenovo does not offer any accessories for expanding the interface diversity of the Miix 700.

Left: 1x USB 2.0 port also for the power supply
Left: 1x USB 2.0 port also for the power supply
Right: USB 3.0, micro-HDMI, volume rocker, power button
Right: USB 3.0, micro-HDMI, volume rocker, power button
Upper edge: Combo audio jack
Upper edge: Combo audio jack
Lower edge
Lower edge

Communication

The Miix 700 features a Wi-Fi module with Intel (Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260). It supports all common Wi-Fi standards (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac). The connection to our router was always stable. The installed Intel module also provides Bluetooth 4.2. The innovations of Bluetooth 4.2 in brief: faster, more secure and more power efficient - provided that all Bluetooth peripherals support this standard. An external solution, such as USB-to-Ethernet adapter, will be needed to connect the Miix to a cabled network. The accessories market offers many alternatives.

Unlike the Surface Pro 4, versions of the Miix 700 with an LTE modem can be found, making it possible to access the Internet via the mobile network.

Webcam

Both cameras in the Miix 700 have a resolution of 5 megapixels. The rear-facing camera also has an auto focus and flash. Overall, its pictures are satisfactory, but it will not produce artistic masterpieces. More expensive Lenovo tablets are equipped with 3D cameras (Intel RealSense) on the back instead of conventional cameras. The 3D cameras allow creating three-dimensional objects.

Security 

The Miix 700 does not offer security features that are, for example, needed in businesses. Only TPM 2.0 is on board.

Accessories

The Miix 700 comes with the standard documents: A quick start poster and warranty information. In addition, the keyboard dock and ActivePen are included. Lenovo does not have dedicated accessories for the Miix 700 in its lineup.

Operating System

Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) operating system is preloaded. A recovery DVD is not included.

Maintenance

The device does not offer significant maintenance options. The battery and SSD can be replaced by removing the tablet's back. The screws are behind the stand. Further  instructions regarding dismantling can be found in the tablet's maintenance manual.

Warranty

The Miix 700 comes with a two-year warranty. Lenovo does not offer warranty upgrades or extensions.

Input Devices

In addition to the tablet, a keyboard dock and stylus are included in the box. Neither component needs to be purchased separately. Like in Microsoft's opponent, the dock is connected via magnets. It can be placed flat on a surface or face the user at an angle.

Keyboard

The keyboard does not feature a backlight. The key design of the chiclet keyboard corresponds to Lenovo's current design. The flat, roughened keys have a short drop and clear pressure point. The keyboard rocks while typing on it when set at an angle. This is construction-related and cannot be prevented. Overall, Lenovo delivers a decent keyboard.

Touchpad

Lenovo has also installed a small ClickPad in the keyboard dock. It has a surface area of approximately 10 x 5 cm (~4 x 2 in), making gesture control quite easy. The pad's sleek surface allows the fingers to glide easily. The pad has a short drop and clear pressure point.

Keyboard dock
Keyboard dock
Keyboard dock's underside
Keyboard dock's underside

Touchscreen

The capacitive touchscreen responds instantaneously to inputs; we did not encounter any problems. It offers full support for 10 touch-point inputting.

ActivePen

The included ActivePen weighs 18.3 grams (~0.65 oz) with battery (1x AAAA; included). It is approximately 14.2 cm (~5.6 in) long. Two buttons are situated on the pen's lower half. Holding down the back button deletes sketches. The Miix 700's maintenance manual indicates that the pen is a model by Wacom.

ActivePen with holder
ActivePen with holder
Pen by Wacom.
Pen by Wacom.

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The installed touchscreen has a diagonal of 12 inches. Like the Surface Pro 4's screen, its aspect ratio is 3:2. The Miix's screen has a native resolution of 2160x1440 pixels, which is lower than in the Surface Pro 4 (2736x1824 pixels). Users will have to decide whether this is a drawback. Both the brightness (317.9 cd/m²) and contrast (957:1) of the Miix are compelling. The Surface's screen, however, achieves much better rates. Consequently, the Surface Pro 4 has a major advantage in terms of screen.

The screen in the Miix exhibits PWM flickering at a frequency of 200 Hz at a brightness level of 18% and lower. This could lead to eye irritation and headaches in sensitive users.

330
cd/m²
335
cd/m²
305
cd/m²
335
cd/m²
341
cd/m²
323
cd/m²
300
cd/m²
297
cd/m²
295
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 341 cd/m² Average: 317.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 341 cd/m²
Contrast: 947:1 (Black: 0.36 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 8.12 | - Ø
97.4% sRGB (Argyll) 63.4% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.23

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 200 Hz18 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 200 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 18 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 200 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 59 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 446 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 10420) Hz was measured.

Miix 700 vs. sRGB
Miix 700 vs. sRGB
Miix 700 vs. AdobeRGB
Miix 700 vs. AdobeRGB

Color reproduction can be called satisfactory in the state of delivery. The DeltaE 2000 color deviation is around 6; the target range (DeltaE less than 3) is not out of reach. The tablet only shows a very minor bluish tint. Calibrating improves this significantly: The color deviation drops to 1.72, and the grayscale levels look more balanced while the bluish tint disappears completely. The screen covers the sRGB color space by 97.4%. The rate is 63.4% in the AdobeRGB color space.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - ColorChecker (post-calibration)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (post-calibration)
CalMAN - Grayscale (post-calibration)
CalMAN - Grayscale (post-calibration)
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps (post-calibration)
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps (post-calibration)

The installed panel is a viewing angle stable IPS model. Thus, the screen is legible from every position. The Miix cannot really be used outdoors. Its glossy surface will usually thwart any such intentions. Outdoor use should be at most possible in cloudy conditions or in the shade.

Miix 700 outdoors
Miix 700 outdoors
Viewing angles: Miix 700
Viewing angles: Miix 700

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
16 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4.4 ms rise
↘ 11.6 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 6 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (27.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11 ms rise
↘ 19 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 250 (maximum) ms. » 12 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (42.5 ms).
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
IPS, 2160x1440
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
IPS, 2736x1824
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
IPS, 2736x1824
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
IPS, 2736x1824
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
IPS, 2732x2048
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
IPS-Panel, 1920x1080
Response Times
-74%
-74%
1642%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
30
46
-53%
46
-53%
48.4
-61%
Response Time Black / White *
16
31
-94%
31.2
-95%
35.6
-123%
PWM Frequency
200
50
-75%
50
-75%
10420
5110%
Screen
25%
18%
30%
36%
-14%
Brightness
318
392
23%
396
25%
433
36%
393
24%
331
4%
Brightness Distribution
87
92
6%
87
0%
87
0%
92
6%
84
-3%
Black Level *
0.36
0.27
25%
0.36
-0%
0.326
9%
0.22
39%
0.44
-22%
Contrast
947
1441
52%
1147
21%
1340
41%
1814
92%
827
-13%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6
3.61
40%
3.09
48%
1.82
70%
2.96
51%
7.32
-22%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
8.12
3.8
53%
3.92
52%
1.44
82%
3
63%
7.37
9%
Gamma
2.23 108%
2.16 111%
2.3 104%
2.1 114%
2.21 109%
2.03 118%
CCT
7011 93%
5969 109%
7333 89%
6560 99%
7049 92%
6479 100%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
63.4
63
-1%
61
-4%
62.3
-2%
71.15
12%
42.2
-33%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97.4
97
0%
97
0%
97.5
0%
97.87
0%
66.1
-32%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-25% / -2%
-28% / -7%
836% / 469%
36% / 36%
-14% / -14%

* ... smaller is better

Performance

With the Miix 700, Lenovo has a direct opponent for Microsoft's Surface Pro 4. The frugal Core M processor enables noiseless use while providing enough computing power for routine use. The attachable keyboard and ActivePen are included as standard and do not have to be purchased separately. Thus, it is currently the cheapest model in the lineup. More expensive models are equipped with stronger Core M processors, higher capacity SSDs, and some have an LTE modem. The latter makes the corresponding Miix 700 models interesting since the Surface Pro 4 is not available with a 3G or an LTE modem.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon

Processor

The Miix 700 is powered by an Intel Core M5-6Y54 dual-core processor. It is a very frugal model from the latest Skylake architecture. Its low TDP of 4.5 watts enables passive cooling of the CPU, which is also implemented in the Lenovo tablet. The processor has a base clock of 1.1 GHz. The processor's maximum clock speed is 2.7 GHz (one core) and 2.4 GHz (two cores).

We performed the single thread and Multithread tests of the Cinebench R15 benchmark multiple times to check if the computing performance decreases in the course of time. The single thread tests were performed at 2.3 to 2.4 GHz. Even several runs did not cause a dramatic performance decrease. The rates always ranged from 95 to 99 points. This looks different in the Multithread performance. The clock remained at 2.3 to 2.4 GHz for a short time after a cold start to then drop to 1.6 to 1.8 GHz. The clock decreased in the third/fourth run a little more before stabilizing. The test results ranged at a level of 175 to 180 points. Thus, the Core M can approximately provide the Multithread performance of a Core i3-4010U processor. This should be sufficient for a device like the Miix 700. The behavior in AC and battery mode is identical.

A comparison with the Core m3 Surface Pro 4 did not result in a clear winner. Although the Miix is equipped with a stronger processor, it stands out only marginally in single thread applications. The Surface sometimes has the lead in Multithread applications.

Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6810 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
7979 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
4927 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6820
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
6340
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3690
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
23.06 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.08 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.06 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
27.55 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
200 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
99 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
99 Points ∼75%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
122 Points ∼92% +23%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
88 Points ∼67% -11%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
132 Points ∼100% +33%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
84 Points ∼64% -15%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q665
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y31, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
79 Points ∼60% -20%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
200 Points ∼58%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
306 Points ∼89% +53%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
206 Points ∼60% +3%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
342 Points ∼100% +71%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
153 Points ∼45% -23%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q665
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y31, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
148 Points ∼43% -26%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
1.06 Points ∼70%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
1.4 Points ∼93% +32%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
0.98 Points ∼65% -8%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
1.51 Points ∼100% +42%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
0.99 Points ∼66% -7%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q665
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y31, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
0.93 Points ∼62% -12%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
2.08 Points ∼55%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
3.4 Points ∼89% +63%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
2.27 Points ∼60% +9%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
3.8 Points ∼100% +83%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
1.72 Points ∼45% -17%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q665
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y31, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
1.67 Points ∼44% -20%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
3690 Points ∼71%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
4656 Points ∼89% +26%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
3286 Points ∼63% -11%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
5223 Points ∼100% +42%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3276 Points ∼63% -11%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q665
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y31, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3123 Points ∼60% -15%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
6340 Points ∼55%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
10558 Points ∼91% +67%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
6994 Points ∼60% +10%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
11564 Points ∼100% +82%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
5370 Points ∼46% -15%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q665
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y31, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
5280 Points ∼46% -17%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
5189 Points ∼81%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
6419 Points ∼100% +24%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q665
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y31, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3476 Points ∼54% -33%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
2588 Points ∼84%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
3085 Points ∼100% +19%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q665
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y31, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2088 Points ∼68% -19%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
97.8 ms * ∼54%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
104.5 ms * ∼58% -7%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
122.4 ms * ∼68% -25%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx, A9X, Apple 128 GB (iPad Pro 12.9 NVMe) (Safari Mobile 9.0)
181 ms * ∼100% -85%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP (IE 11)
133.4 ms * ∼74% -36%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q665
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y31, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP (IE 11)
145 ms * ∼80% -48%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
169.85 Points ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx, A9X, Apple 128 GB (iPad Pro 12.9 NVMe) (Safari Mobile 9.0)
142 Points ∼84% -16%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q665
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y31, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP (IE 11)
67.04 Points ∼39% -61%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
1311.8 ms * ∼43%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
1178 ms * ∼38% +10%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
1556.2 ms * ∼50% -19%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx, A9X, Apple 128 GB (iPad Pro 12.9 NVMe) (Safari Mobile 9.0)
1498.8 ms * ∼49% -14%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP (IE 11)
2898.3 ms * ∼94% -121%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q665
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y31, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP (IE 11)
3085.7 ms * ∼100% -135%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
26885 Points ∼90%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
29991 Points ∼100% +12%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx, A9X, Apple 128 GB (iPad Pro 12.9 NVMe) (Safari Mobile 9.0)
19852 Points ∼66% -26%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP (IE 11)
10467 Points ∼35% -61%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q665
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y31, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP (IE 11)
10827 Points ∼36% -60%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
2295 Points ∼42%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
2998 Points ∼55% +31%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
2216 Points ∼41% -3%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx, A9X, Apple 128 GB (iPad Pro 12.9 NVMe) (Safari Mobile 9.0)
5417 Points ∼100% +136%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP (IE 11)
2222 Points ∼41% -3%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q665
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y31, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP (IE 11)
1946 Points ∼36% -15%

* ... smaller is better

Discussion

System Performance

The system runs smoothly; we did not encounter any problems. The PCMark benchmark scores are very good. The Miix 700 outruns the Core m3 Surface Pro based on a weaker processor. It also places itself very close to the Surface Pro models with a Core i5 or Core i7 processor. Once again, this proves that a stronger processor barely involves advantages in routine use. The Miix 700's system performance cannot be increased.

PCMark 7 Score
4518 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2733 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3344 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3837 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
3837 Points ∼95%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
3697 Points ∼91% -4%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
3186 Points ∼79% -17%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
4052 Points ∼100% +6%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3480 Points ∼86% -9%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q665
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y31, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3574 Points ∼88% -7%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
4518 Points ∼78%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
5229 Points ∼90% +16%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
4274 Points ∼74% -5%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
5799 Points ∼100% +28%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
4087 Points ∼70% -10%

Storage Device

AS SSD
AS SSD

Lenovo has installed a solid-state drive by Samsung in the Miix 700. It is a M.2 model with a capacity of 128 GB. Approximately 100 GB of that can be used. The remaining storage is reserved for the Windows installation and recovery partition. The SSD's read speeds are state-of-the-art, but the write rates lag behind the possibilities of modern SSDs. This is due to the SSD's low capacity. The few parallel memory channels limit the write rates. For example, 256 GB models achieve roughly twice as fast a write speed than the SSD installed here.

Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
Sequential Read: 497.9 MB/s
Sequential Write: 153.5 MB/s
512K Read: 401.2 MB/s
512K Write: 154.5 MB/s
4K Read: 36.2 MB/s
4K Write: 95.48 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 389.5 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 154 MB/s

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics 515 GPU takes care of video output. It is one of the weakest models in the Skylake generation. The graphics core supports DirectX 12 and clocks at speeds of up to 900 MHz. The core can never fully develop its full performance. The 3DMark benchmark scores are consistently worse than those of the Core m3 Surface Pro. This is all the more surprising since the latter is equipped with a slower version of the HD Graphics 515 GPU (850 MHz vs. 900 MHz). It could suggest that its working memory operates in dual-channel mode and the Miix 700's memory does not. However, this is not the case. The working memory in the Miix also operates in dual-channel mode. This mode utilizes the graphics core more effectively, which leads to better results.

The mystery is solved when looking at the stress test screenshots of both devices. The Miix 700 has a lower TDP limit. The CPU and GPU start to throttle at a rate of approximately 4.5 watts. This limit is approximately 9 watts in the Core m3 Surface Pro 4. Therefore, the components in Microsoft's tablet can achieve higher speeds.

We performed the 3DMark benchmarks after a cold start each time. The device could not maintain the rates we measured permanently. We ran the 3DMark 2011 benchmark several times in succession after a cold start to record the performance decrease. The results dropped continuously: 1109, 1027, 976, 923. The score did not drop below 900 points.

Rendering H.265 material barely loads the processor
Rendering H.265 material barely loads the processor

However, the Skylake graphics core can shine elsewhere. Its integrated decoder unloads the processor when rendering videos. This also includes H.265 encoded material. The H.265 format follows the H.264 format and enables smaller video files at the same image quality. The CPU capacity was clearly below 10% while running a test video (4K, 60 FPS, H.265). This will only work when the media player supports hardware accelerated playback of H.265 material, like the movie and TV app in Windows 10.

3DMark 06 Standard
5842 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1109 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
38523 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
3936 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
630 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
1109 Points ∼42%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
1344 Points ∼51% +21%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
1565 Points ∼60% +41%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
2624 Points ∼100% +137%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
625 Points ∼24% -44%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q665
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y31, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
699 Points ∼27% -37%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
630 Points ∼45%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
740 Points ∼53% +17%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
844 Points ∼61% +34%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
1395 Points ∼100% +121%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
371 Points ∼27% -41%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q665
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y31, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
409 Points ∼29% -35%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
2316 Points ∼49%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
4699 Points ∼100% +103%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q665
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y31, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
1439 Points ∼31% -38%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
3936 Points ∼50%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
4604 Points ∼59% +17%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
5853 Points ∼75% +49%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
7822 Points ∼100% +99%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2946 Points ∼38% -25%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q665
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y31, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3064 Points ∼39% -22%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
38523 Points ∼52%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
42046 Points ∼57% +9%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
51010 Points ∼69% +32%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
73990 Points ∼100% +92%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
29336 Points ∼40% -24%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q665
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y31, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
30390 Points ∼41% -21%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
5842 Points ∼76%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
7733 Points ∼100% +32%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
4144 Points ∼54% -29%

Gaming Performance

The Miix 700 has not been designed to cope with modern 3D games. Nevertheless, the device renders some games smoothly in low resolution and low quality settings. Like in the 3DMark benchmarks, the Miix 700 cannot fully develop its full potential in computer games. A comparison of the frame rates of "BioShock: Infinite" between the Miix 700 and Core m3 Surface Pro 4 discloses a clear lead for Microsoft's tablet. The graphics core would be able to produce higher frame rates if it were sufficiently cooled.

The frame rates that we measured in the Miix can be reached permanently. We ran the benchmark of the game "Dirt Rally" in a loop (1024x768 pixels, very low) for over two hours. The device was connected to an outlet in the first hour, and it ran on battery power in the second. The frame rates remained stable at 65 fps over the entire time. An emergency shutdown due to potential overheating did not occur.

low med. high ultra
Deus Ex Human Revolution (2011) 5027.211.2fps
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 31.118.711.67.1fps
Diablo III (2012) 61.941.835.120.5fps
Counter-Strike: GO (2012) 76.757.335.120.2fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 45.32316.37.2fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 33.118.515.44.7fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 86.526.314.912.5fps
Sims 4 (2014) 161.139.217.110.4fps
F1 2014 (2014) 41281712.5fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 22.118.16.84.1fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 65.714.412.512.5fps
World of Warships (2015) 42.826.312.77.4fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 15.59.3fps
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 18.710.4fps
BioShock Infinite
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
18.5 fps ∼38%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
26.93 fps ∼55% +46%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
30 fps ∼61% +62%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
49.1 fps ∼100% +165%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
12.3 fps ∼25% -34%
1280x720 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
33.1 fps ∼38%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
52.42 fps ∼60% +58%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
58.1 fps ∼67% +76%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
86.8 fps ∼100% +162%

Emissions

System Noise

A fan is not installed in the device, and consequently no noise apart from electronic humming/whistling is audible. The Miix 700 is noiseless.

Temperature

Miix 700 in the stress test
Miix 700 in the stress test

The Miix 700 performed our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) in the same manner in both AC and battery mode. It should not come as a surprise that the CPU and GPU are throttled quite quickly due to the lack of active cooling. High speeds are only reached for 1 to 2 minutes before decreasing. The processor clocks at 500 to 700 MHz. The clock remains mostly at 500 MHz in the course of the test. The graphics core clocks at 350 to 400 MHz. Thanks to the low operating speeds, the device does not heat up excessively. 40 degrees Celsius (~104 degrees Fahrenheit) were just slightly exceeded on one measuring point.

Max. Load
 29.8 °C33.3 °C36.8 °C 
 30.2 °C34.5 °C37.4 °C 
 34.1 °C37.2 °C38.6 °C 
Maximum: 38.6 °C
Average: 34.7 °C
40.8 °C35.5 °C31.1 °C
38.7 °C36.6 °C30.6 °C
33.7 °C31.2 °C28.6 °C
Maximum: 40.8 °C
Average: 34.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  36.5 °C | Room Temperature 20.4 °C | Fluke 62 Max
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
6Y54, HD Graphics 515
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
6Y30, HD Graphics 515
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
6300U, HD Graphics 520
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
6650U, Iris Graphics 540
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
A9X, A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
5Y51, HD Graphics 5300
Heat
-9%
-33%
2%
-7%
2%
Maximum Upper Side *
38.6
43.6
-13%
52.3
-35%
45.4
-18%
40.1
-4%
36.6
5%
Maximum Bottom *
40.8
45.2
-11%
51.4
-26%
43.2
-6%
39.3
4%
37.3
9%
Idle Upper Side *
30.4
32.4
-7%
43.2
-42%
25.2
17%
33.8
-11%
30.5
-0%
Idle Bottom *
28
29.6
-6%
36
-29%
24
14%
32.9
-18%
29.9
-7%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

The stereo speakers are situated in the tablet's lower left and right areas. They produce a very decent sound that allows even prolonged periods of listening. As expected, the speakers lack bass. Nevertheless: We have had to listen to worse speakers. Headphones or external speakers can be connected to the device as an alternative. The corresponding jack is situated on the tablet's upper edge.

Speakers
Speakers

Energy Management

Power Consumption

We measured a maximum idle power consumption of 9.3 watts. This rate is rather high for a compact device that is equipped with a frugal processor. The bright, high-resolution screen is responsible for the high energy requirement. This is also the case for the rivals of the Miix 700. The power consumption climbed up to 36.3 watts in our stress test. However, this rate is only reached for a very short moment at the beginning of the test. As soon as CPU and GPU throttle, the rate drops to 16.9 watts and remains at that level. The power supply has a nominal output of 40 watts.

The power supply has a nominal output of 40 watts
The power supply has a nominal output of 40 watts
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4 / 8.6 / 9.3 Watt
Load midlight 18.6 / 36.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
6Y54, HD Graphics 515
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
6300U, HD Graphics 520
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
A9X, A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
5Y51, HD Graphics 5300
Power Consumption
2%
18%
48%
Idle Minimum *
4
4.4
-10%
2.69
33%
1.5
62%
Idle Average *
8.6
9
-5%
10.95
-27%
4
53%
Idle Maximum *
9.3
10.7
-15%
11.14
-20%
5
46%
Load Average *
18.6
19.6
-5%
11.54
38%
13.9
25%
Load Maximum *
36.3
19.9
45%
12.8
65%
16.9
53%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

Overall, the battery life is very good. Our real world Wi-Fi test simulates the load needed for opening websites using the "Balanced" profile and a screen brightness of approximately 150 cd/m². The Miix 700 achieves 7:20 hours here, which should be enough for a workday or a day at school/university. Lenovo's tablet manages 7:30 hours in our video test on one battery load. We test video playback time by running the short movie "Big Buck Bunny" (H.264 encoding, 1920x1080 pixels) in a loop. The wireless modules are disabled, and the screen is set to approximately 150 cd/m². Its direct rival - the Core m3 Surface Pro 4 - can outperform the Miix slightly in most runtime tests. We performed all battery tests with the Miix 700 docked in the keyboard.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
14h 21min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
7h 20min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
7h 30min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 37min
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
41 Wh
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
38 Wh
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
38 Wh
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
38 Wh
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
39 Wh
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
54 Wh
Battery Runtime
-3%
-9%
-36%
62%
51%
Reader / Idle
861
791
-8%
899
4%
654
-24%
1933
125%
1063
23%
Load
157
138
-12%
111
-29%
79
-50%
195
24%
288
83%
WiFi
WiFi v1.3
440
488
11%
427
-3%
293
-33%
695
58%
675
53%
H.264
450
630
40%
658
46%

Pro

+ bright, high-contrast IPS screen
+ noiseless operation
+ SSD in M.2 format
+ keyboard dock
+ ActivePen
+ very good battery life

Cons

- multi-thread throttling
- GPU throttling
- casing could be stiffer

Verdict

In review: Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700-12ISK Pro. Test model courtesy of Campuspoint
In review: Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700-12ISK Pro. Test model courtesy of Campuspoint

Lenovo has an elegant tablet/convertible in its lineup with the IdeaPad Miix 700 that overall, made a positive impression. The installed Core M processor provides enough computing power for routine use. It can permanently develop its performance despite passive cooling - at least in single thread performance. A (minor) performance decrease can be observed in Multithread performance. The graphics core never fully develops its performance. It cannot hold a candle to the slightly weaker opponent in the Core m3 Surface Pro 4 even after a cold start.

This raises the question whether Lenovo should perhaps have installed a Core m3 processor. The Core m5 processor only outperforms the Core m3 in the Surface Pro 4 slightly. Lenovo could even offer a Core m3 version of the Miix 700 at a lower price, which would make the device even more attractive.

A positive effect of the passive CPU cooling is the noiseless operation. This is the case for all Miix 700 models. Lenovo exclusively installs Core M processors within the lineup. The device does not produce noises apart from an electronic hum or whistling noise. The installed solid-state drive ensures a fast-running system. It could be replaced with a higher-capacity model when required. The Miix 700' screen is overall satisfactory. It is bright, high-contrast and viewing angle stable. Its color reproduction is also impressive - post calibration. Very good battery runtimes round off the total package.

A clear winner cannot be ascertained in the duel of the Miix 700 and Core m3 Surface Pro 4.

Both devices can serve with the qualities that the other does not have. The Miix 700 is less expensive - the Surface Pro 4 boasts with the brighter, higher-contrast screen. Microsoft offers dedicated accessories for the Surface Pro - Lenovo has Miix 700 models with an LTE modem in its lineup. Which one is the most suitable device depends on the user's needs.

Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 - 08/22/2016 v5.1
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
83 / 98 → 84%
Keyboard
77%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
44 / 81 → 54%
Weight
74 / 78 → 91%
Battery
89%
Display
84%
Games Performance
53 / 68 → 78%
Application Performance
75 / 87 → 86%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
68 / 91 → 75%
Camera
50 / 85 → 59%
Average
74%
84%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2016-01-26 (Update: 2016-02-11)