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Review Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64 GB Tablet

Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 08/17/2013

Keyboard-tablet. The little Miix 10 wants to be a tool for devoted Windows users: the advantages of a tablet's mobility but without having to rethink operations. The manufacturer adds a keyboard-case in the box so that typing emails is normal routine. The competition cannot offer this for less than 500 Euros (~$666).

Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64 GB + "quick flip" keyboard case: The entry-tablet for Windows fans?
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64 GB + "quick flip" keyboard case: The entry-tablet for Windows fans?

For the original German review, see here.

Lenovo likes making clear statements: "Affordable mix of Windows 8 tablet and laptop PC" is how the manufacturer headlines the IdeaTab Miix on its US product website. Lenovo brags about a "Windows 8 tablet with a PC processor that can be attached to a 'quick flip' keyboard case". Users who anticipate sluggish netbook performance are reassured with statements about a "full-function laptop" that is "perfect for on-the-go entertainment or productivity". 

Mighty claims for a small 10-inch tablet that is feebly equipped with Intel's year-old Clover Trail platform. We have had many models in review that did not differ in terms of application performance. No matter whether Acer's Iconia W3-810 or the IdeaTab Lynx K3011W, their performance was extremely low compared with basic standard laptops every time. This severely affected the Windows' work feel. Will Lenovo's Miix 10 surprise us? What about the highly praised TFT with "vivid colors and nearly 180-degree viewing angles"? Does the manufacturer exaggerate in this case too?

There are seemingly many contenders for below 550 Euros (~$732) on the market, particularly in a 10- and 11.6-inch size. However, none include a keyboard dock for a price below 500 Euros (~$666). One exception is the IdeaTab Lynx K3011 (M8772GE) sister model for 390 Euros (~$519). The keyboard dock with a second battery is sold optionally for 125 Euros (~$166).

The following devices are currently on the market. We marked the two most interestingly priced contenders and will compare the IdeaTab Miix with them in this review. Users looking for performance should look at Samsung's Series 7 Slate PC 700T1A. We will clarify whether the Celeron 877 beats the Atom in this report.

Case

The 574 gram, lightweight tablet is made of a not completely rigid plastic back cover and the front with the screen. The device is pleasant to hold and only the transition of both parts is notched. The front (screen) slightly juts over the silver back. The device's gaps are also imperfect in the power button and headphone jack areas. Small spines and irregularities are noticed here. Scratches might be an issue after a while since the back is painted. Abrasions will likely particularly occur where the tablet is often removed from the keyboard dock, so on its upper right and left.

The folio-keyboard case strikes with its rigidness and its non-slip, textile surface. The case has a velvety coating on the inside as well as around the keys. The docking port is located exactly over the keyboard. A strong magnet ensures a secure link. The Miix 10 can even be carried around upside-down when set up without undocking. However, the tablet would not fall even if the set-up position loosens. The upper two fixation points need quite a bit of force to lock. Although releasing them doesn't involve effort, the user will want to avoid fumbling with them.

Connectivity

Lenovo is very restrained when it comes to interfaces. The tablet only features a micro-HDMI, card reader and micro-USB. The device is charged via a separate, roundish plug. We adversely noticed the micro-USB because it is reserved by the folio-case. Thus, a Bluetooth model would have to be used when working with a mouse and keyboard at the same time. This could prove to be very annoying in practice. The user will have to always take the tablet out of its case to connect a USB printer or other devices (stiff, fixed lock). It is a riddle why a second micro-USB port didn't find a place, for example, underneath the card reader flap.

Headphone, power on
Headphone, power on
Volume rocker, card reader: microSDHC (underneath the flap), micro-HDMI, power socket
Volume rocker, card reader: microSDHC (underneath the flap), micro-HDMI, power socket
Docking port, micro-USB
Docking port, micro-USB

Communication

Draft-N Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 are standard nowadays, even for Windows 8 tablets. The Broadcom 802.11 bgn SDIO adapter exhibited a decent but not perfect range in our range test. It stopped 15 meters outside of the house although Windows still presented a signal strength of four bars. The full five bars were displayed at a distance of ten and three meters indoors.

Accessories

Apart from the small 18 watt plug-in power supply, Lenovo includes a micro-USB to standard-USB adapter. The folio case is also standard just like the quick start guides and warranty information. The transportation sleeve is more like disposable packaging.

Warranty

Lenovo includes a two-year, carry-in manufacturer warranty. Thus, the device has to be sent in after notifying support.

Folio-keyboard case
Folio-keyboard case
Quick start guides, warranty info
Quick start guides, warranty info
Sleeve
Sleeve

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keys are the Miix 10's most outstanding feature. They are for enabling comfortable typing of mails in word processors. They rest firmly on the desk and the plate only yields under excessive force when on the lap. The keys feature a very short drop but a short and crisp pressure point. The whole unit resembles the buttons on a calculator. The stroke is firm because the keys are directly on the table. The typing feel has a hollow, slightly yielding character on the lap.

The layout uses the tight space very well. The right shift key and the enter key are sufficiently sized and the arrow keys are even separated a bit toward the bottom. The manufacturer places the standard laptop function keys, i.e. brightness, volume, flight mode, etc., in the uppermost row. The rarely used F1-F12 keys are available as second-level assignment via the FN key. Basically, the user gets a full-scale laptop keyboard without a number pad. We did not like the tablet's steep set-up angle. Although we could easily see text and pictures, we always wanted to tilt the "display" even further toward the back. But that isn't possible due to its fixed position.

Touchscreen

The touchscreen responds quickly and implements gestures without delay. Several fingers are detected without difficulty. Like in smartphones, it is a capacitive screen. It cannot be used with a passive stylus or gloves. Lenovo does not offer an active digitizer pen (pen inputting via handwriting).

Keyboard features a short drop
Keyboard features a short drop
Steep, fixed angle
Steep, fixed angle
Capacitive 10 finger multi-touch
Capacitive 10 finger multi-touch

Display

Compared with other tablets from this price range, the 10.1-inch LC display (liquid crystal, TFT) features the standard resolution of 1366x768 pixels. We could not perform a calibration due to a driver incompatibility (calibration failed, GMA driver does not support adjustable gamma curves, so-called video LUTs). This was also the case in all other Atom Z2760 devices. Consequently, we cannot offer a color space comparison.

410
cd/m²
420
cd/m²
420
cd/m²
428
cd/m²
444
cd/m²
432
cd/m²
373
cd/m²
381
cd/m²
375
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 444 cd/m²
Average: 409.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 344 cd/m²
Black: 0.3 cd/m²
Contrast: 1480:1

We performed the color space assessment with the colorimeter and CalMAN software. 1480:1 is a great rate based on a black value of 0.25 at a very high brightness of 410 cd/m². The brightest area was even 444 cd/m² in the center. Subjectively, the colors look very vivid and a black picture is deep black.

The assessment of the screen in state of delivery (calibration failed, video LUT error) only exhibited the slightest deviations from the sRGB grayscale, which are not visible to the human eye (DeltaE: 3). The color saturation proved to be a bit worse. A weak bluish cast was measured but it is not visible. In total, the deviations were at a DeltaE of 4 (Color Checker).

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color saturation
CalMAN color saturation
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
344 cd/m² in the sun
344 cd/m² in the sun
344 cd/m² in the shade
344 cd/m² in the shade

The brightness is automatically regulated to the light conditions via the ambient light sensor on the TFT's left bezel. We illuminated the sensor with a lamp to achieve the best possible brightness results. The brightness drops to 344 cd/m² in battery mode. Consequently, mobile users can only exploit this 344 cd/m² in the best case, i.e. in bright daylight.

This is roughly on a par with most contenders: Acer's Iconia W510 (300 cd/m²; battery mode), HP's Envy x2 11-g000eg (324), Samsung's Series 7 XE700T1A (397). However, it is possible to do better: Asus' VivoTab Smart ME400C (360), Dell's Latitude 10 (376) and the IdeaTab Lynx K3011W (420) surpass this rate.

Seen in total, all named contenders offer a high brightness. This is important for use on the terrace because only the brightness of a glossy screen can defy the sun. However, the outcome does not look as good as the figures promise in bright sunlight. The sensor sometimes dimmed the brightness in the shade.

The screen's viewing angles correspond to those of a good IPS (in-plane switching) display. It allows wide deviations from the central viewing position vertically and horizontally. We could look up and down on the screen from 85 degrees without experiencing ghosting or unwanted dimming. The viewing angle screenshot is deceiving due to the high brightness (overexposure) but wide viewing angles are possible.

Viewing angles: Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64 GB
Viewing angles: Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64 GB

Performance

The equipment is not very exciting. Intel's Atom Z2760, 64 GB eMMC flash memory and 2048 MB of on-board storage is found on the list of assets. The storage can be expanded via micro-SD which seems necessary in view of 28 GB of available storage in state of delivery.

The Clover Trail Atom Z2760 system-on-a-chip (SoC) is now widespread and is Intel's first tablet platform. It is the counterpart of Nvidia's Tegra SoCs and the ARM SoCs in Android tablets. The chip should be energy-efficient due to its 32 nm build on the one hand and scalable on the other. Clover Trail is also available for smartphones in the form of the Atom Z2000 and Z2580 (rare: Lenovo K900, ZTE Geek).

System info CPU-Z CPU
System info CPU-Z Cache
System info CPU-Z Motherboard
System info CPU-Z Memory
System info GPU-Z PowerVR SGX545
HD Tune 61 MB/s read
Crystal Disk Mark 77 MB/s read
System information: Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64 GB

Processor

The pure computing power (multiple CPUs 32-bit) of the Atom platform does not differ at all among each other. Unlike Intel's Core or even Celeron or Pentium processors, there is no Turbo Boost or clock management that reduces the clock according to temperature development.

Three things are significant in the Rendering Multiple CPUS 32-bit chart: The old Atom platform for netbooks was even slower (-50%); the most basic Celeron laptops are considerably faster (Acer Aspire V5-431 with Celeron 877: +110%). This CPU is very identical with the Celeron 887 in the Series 7 Slate PC 700T1A contender (review in a different configuration. The new Temash Quad-Core APU from AMD (for small 10-11.6-inchers) only has a lead of 65% (V5-122).

How does such a Windows tablet perform compared with premium smartphones or tablets? The Geekbench score shows that the most up-to-date high-end phones surpass our Miix 10 by up to 136%; the majority of Android tablets is +20%. The brand new Toshiba Excite Pro AT10LE (Android) with a Tegra 4 even has a lead of 189%.

The chart illustrates the rapid performance development of smartphones / tablets. Not quite a year ago the Atom Z2760 was just ahead of premium phones. Intel will have to get inventive again. See also: SoC Shootout: x86 vs. ARM.

Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB SSD
1711 Points ∼5%
Acer Aspire One 725
Radeon HD 6290, C-60, Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9500325AS
1344 Points ∼4% -21%
Acer Iconia W510
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3650, Z2760, 64 GB SSD
1685 Points ∼5% -2%
HP Envy x2 11-g000eg
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB SSD
1644 Points ∼5% -4%
Asus VivoTab TF810C-1B026W
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB SSD
1692 Points ∼5% -1%
Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB SSD
1700 Points ∼5% -1%
Dell Latitude 10
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB eMMC Flashspeicher
1637 Points ∼5% -4%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2826 Points ∼8% +65%
Acer Aspire V5-431-887B4G50Mauu
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), 887, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
3597 Points ∼10% +110%
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB SSD
1360 Points ∼10%
HTC One X
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 32 GB SSD
609 Points ∼4% -55%
Apple iPad mini
SGX543MP2, A5, 16 GB SSD
750 Points ∼5% -45%
HTC One Mini
Adreno 305, 400 8930AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1394 Points ∼10% +3%
Asus Transformer Pad TF300T
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 32 GB SSD
1440 Points ∼10% +6%
Lenovo IdeaPad A2109
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 16 GB SSD
1471 Points ∼10% +8%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
1599 Points ∼11% +18%
Apple iPhone 5
SGX543MP3, A6, 32 GB SSD
1648 Points ∼12% +21%
BlackBerry Q10
Adreno 225, S4 Plus MSM8960, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1806 Points ∼13% +33%
Google Nexus 4
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
2054 Points ∼14% +51%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
2531 Points ∼18% +86%
Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505
Adreno 320, 600 APQ8064T, 16 GB iNAND Flash
3216 Points ∼23% +136%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, 4, 16 GB SSD
3931 Points ∼28% +189%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
609
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
1711
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
443
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System Performance

PCMark 7 scores
PCMark 7 scores

As usual with Windows, we rate the overall application performance using PCMark 7. The Atom tablets are close to each other as always because their (slow) flash or working memories barely differ either. It is remarkable that the Miix 10 defeats both the Aspire V5-122P (AMD Temash quad-core) and V5-431 (Celeron 887) in the total score and in the system storage sub-score.

The reason for this is only clear to a part. The flash memory in the Miix 10 as well as in the other Atom tablets reads and writes faster than the conventional hard drives in both subnotebooks (-53%). We cannot explain why the Aspire V5-431 lags behind by -38% in the computation score, opposing the scores of the Cinebench tests above.

The experienced speed is also mixed. System starts or loading programs were very swift. Even changing between applications and loading files was performed without delay. However, copying large files or installing programs resulted in long waiting times.

PCMark 7
Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB
1413 Points ∼21%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
1232 Points ∼19% -13%
Acer Iconia W510
1248 Points ∼19% -12%
Asus VivoTab TF810C-1B026W
1240 Points ∼19% -12%
Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE
1263 Points ∼19% -11%
HP Envy x2 11-g000eg
1430 Points ∼22% +1%
Dell Latitude 10
1428 Points ∼22% +1%
Acer Aspire V5-431-887B4G50Mauu
1450 Points ∼22% +3%
Computation (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB
3274 Points ∼12%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
3457 Points ∼12% +6%
Asus VivoTab TF810C-1B026W
3763 Points ∼13% +15%
Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE
3609 Points ∼13% +10%
HP Envy x2 11-g000eg
3594 Points ∼13% +10%
Dell Latitude 10
3590 Points ∼13% +10%
Acer Aspire V5-431-887B4G50Mauu
2043 Points ∼7% -38%
System Storage (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB
3094 Points ∼43%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
1440 Points ∼20% -53%
Asus VivoTab TF810C-1B026W
2375 Points ∼33% -23%
Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE
2526 Points ∼35% -18%
HP Envy x2 11-g000eg
2980 Points ∼42% -4%
Dell Latitude 10
2966 Points ∼42% -4%
Acer Aspire V5-431-887B4G50Mauu
1480 Points ∼21% -52%
3.3
Windows 8 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
3.5
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
4.7
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
3.5
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
3.3
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
6.1
PC Mark
PCMark 71413 points
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Storage Devices

The 64 GB eMMC flash memory even seems slower than the hard drive in the V5-431 in CDM's sequential read test. This impression is deceiving as the storage sub-score and the read 4K test above show (reading small random files). Now the Miix 10 leads alongside HP's Envy x2 11 and Dell's Latitude 10 in the comparison field and is 95% ahead of the V5-431. The result explains why the PCMark 7 tests turned out so well for the Atom tablet.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0
Read Seq (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB
77.5 MB/s ∼5%
Acer Iconia W510
78.15 MB/s ∼5% +1%
Asus VivoTab TF810C-1B026W
79.44 MB/s ∼5% +3%
Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE
80.62 MB/s ∼5% +4%
HP Envy x2 11-g000eg
81.01 MB/s ∼6% +5%
Dell Latitude 10
79.95 MB/s ∼5% +3%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
87.7 MB/s ∼6% +13%
Acer Aspire V5-431-887B4G50Mauu
118 MB/s ∼8% +52%
Read 4k (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB
8.57 MB/s ∼20%
Acer Iconia W510
7.116 MB/s ∼16% -17%
Asus VivoTab TF810C-1B026W
7.05 MB/s ∼16% -18%
Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE
7.201 MB/s ∼17% -16%
HP Envy x2 11-g000eg
9.628 MB/s ∼22% +12%
Dell Latitude 10
9.143 MB/s ∼21% +7%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
0.298 MB/s ∼1% -97%
Acer Aspire V5-431-887B4G50Mauu
0.449 MB/s ∼1% -95%
64 GB SSD
Transfer Rate Minimum: 54.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 67.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 61.2 MB/s
Access Time: 0.3 ms
Burst Rate: 42.3 MB/s
CPU Usage: 9.8 %

Graphics Card

The graphics performance of the PowerVR SGX545, displayed as Intel GMA, is very modest for Windows conditions. Most current graphics benchmarks did not even start or stopped running. A very low 421 points was achieved in 3DMark06 and even Cinebench R10 OpenGL Shading did not surpass 443 points.

Users who are considering 3D tasks should think about a standard laptop because even the less expensive V5-431 (400 Euros, ~$533) with Intel's HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) calculates graphic tasks 440% faster. It is similar with the Richland APU in the V5-122P (+462%).

3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
421 points
3DMark Ice Storm3420 points
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3DMark (2013) - 1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB SSD
3050 Points ∼0%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
21788 Points ∼3% +614%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB SSD
421 Points ∼1%
HP Envy x2 11-g000eg
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB SSD
401 Points ∼1% -5%
Dell Latitude 10
SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB eMMC Flashspeicher
453 Points ∼1% +8%
Acer Aspire V5-431-887B4G50Mauu
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), 887, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
2274 Points ∼6% +440%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2366 Points ∼6% +462%

Emissions

System Noise

The Miix 10 does not have a fan and is cooled passively. Since a flash memory is used as the storage device, it does not have any movable parts that could cause noise inside.

Temperature

Stress test: Prime95 (CPU) & Furmark (GPU) run simultaneously for at least one hour
Stress test: Prime95 (CPU) & Furmark (GPU) run simultaneously for at least one hour

Like the Tegra-based models, the Miix 10 does not sport a fan. This is possible due to the energy-efficient tablet CPU. Atom netbooks were downright heaters in comparison and consequently energy-wasters (5-15 watts). The Miix 10 is satisfied with 2 to just below 9 watts (idle minimum, stress test) despite its very high brightness.

The fan-less design is only a disadvantage for the temperature during consistent high load. The chassis heated up to 43 °C on its surface. We simulated this via our stress test where the CPU remained stable at 81 °C. The stress test is an unrealistic scenario for the Miix 10, but it illustrates the cooling system's potential.

Idle or low load (browsing, email, etc.) resulted in much lower temperatures of at most 35 °C on the front and 34 °C on the back. The keyboard dock always remained at room temperature because it does not sport any circuits or a battery.

 30.6 °C29.7 °C28.7 °C 
 32.1 °C31.7 °C30.1 °C 
 34.1 °C29.2 °C32.5 °C 
Maximum: 34.1 °C
Average: 31 °C
28 °C29 °C31.2 °C
28.3 °C29.6 °C32.5 °C
29.5 °C30.1 °C33.2 °C
Maximum: 33.2 °C
Average: 30.2 °C
Power Supply (max.)  33.3 °C | Room Temperature 24.6 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The built-in speakers on the tablet's back supply an acceptable sound which is sufficient for quiet background music or a movie. The maximum volume causes a slight overdrive; the trebles vibrate and the sound loses quality. Low pitches and bass are simply not present and the sound is midrange-heavy. Headphones can be connected to the standard 3.5 millimeter jack (no microphone combo).

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power requirement ranged between 1.8 - 4.7 watts in idle and a good 7 watts during load via 3DMark06. These low consumption rates are on a par with the current Tegra 4 Toshiba Excite Pro AT10LE 10.1-inch tablet, which consumes 2.5 to 6 watts from the mains when idling. The Tegra 4 is however more power-guzzling during load with 9.3 watts. Then again, it is also stronger (see Geekbench chart).

The 18 watt power supply is apparently adequately sized for this power requirement. Nevertheless, recharging the battery takes almost 6 hours (5:51 hours) when the device is on.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.1 Watt
Idle 1.8 / 4.7 / 4.7 Watt
Load 7.4 / 8.7 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The runtime is not one of the Miix 10's strengths. 5:29 hours in the practical Wi-Fi test with a fixed brightness of 150 cd/m² doesn't look good when compared with the contenders. However, they usually feature a higher capacity or a second battery in the keyboard dock. Consequently, users will have to live with a runtime of five to seven hours in the price range of up to 600 Euros (~$799). Our recommended Celeron configuration of the Series 7 XE700T1A was tested with a Core i5-2467M at the time. Thus, the runtime with Celeron could be different.

Maximum, idle, minimum power consumption 884 min.
Maximum, idle, minimum power consumption 884 min.
Wi-Fi browsing 329 min.
Wi-Fi browsing 329 min.
Load - minimum runtime 231 min.
Load - minimum runtime 231 min.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
14h 44min
WiFi Surfing
5h 29min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 51min

Verdict

It came, it saw - but did it also conquer? The IdeaTab Miix 10 (64-bit version) does a lot of things right but also places some stumbling blocks in the buyer's way. First the good features: Only bright sunlight defeats the very bright, reflective IPS screen. We had a perfect view from all viewing angles in less stressful situations. The runtimes of 5:30 (Wi-Fi test) to almost 15 hours (idle) are acceptable for the price range although the contenders last longer.

In total, the keyboard that is the main feature of the Miix 10 is quite decent in use, which is primarily due to the clear and immediate pressure point. Big keys in AccuType style, separated arrow keys and a few function buttons (brightness, flight mode, volume, etc.) result in a balanced picture. Unfortunately, the TFT's set-up angle cannot be altered. We deem an opening angle of 110 degrees too little particularly for taller people. Most laptops open to at least 130 degrees.

The somewhat tight storage capacity (64 GB, 28 available) can be expanded via micro-SD. The included adapter allows connecting full-sized USB sticks or devices. This brings us to the biggest drawback. A USB device can only be connected when the tablet is not inserted into the keyboard. Thus, it is not possible to work with Lenovo's keyboard and a mouse in Word and a Bluetooth mouse would be the only option. The same is naturally true for typing emails and attaching a file from a USB stick. The keyboard dock reserves the USB port. Lenovo did a better job with its IdeaTab Lynx K3011 that sports two USB ports in the keyboard dock. The 11.6-incher however has problems with switching between both batteries and its build quality.

Like in previous review samples that featured Intel's Atom Z2760, the performance is very limited. Every low-cost laptop with Intel's Pentium or AMD's APU calculates faster. The application performance is nevertheless quite satisfactory owing to the comparatively fast eMMC flash memory. Buyers should generally keep this in mind when considering Atom-based tablets. The platform is not a PC replacement.

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Specifications

Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB

:: Processor
:: Memory
2048 MB
:: Graphics adapter
PowerVR SGX545, Core: 400 MHz, 9.14.3.1154
:: Display
10.1 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, capacitive 10 finger multi-touch, IPS, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
64 GB SSD, 64 GB , 28 GB free
:: Soundcard
HD Audio
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: headphone, Card Reader: microSD, Sensors: light sensor, position sensor, NFC, Micro-HDMI, Micro-USB 2.0 & adapter to standard USB, micro 3G SIM card reader (optional)
:: Networking
Broadcom 802.11bgn SDIO Adapter (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 10.1 x 265 x 173
:: Weight
1.014 kg Power Supply: 0.128 kg
:: Battery
24 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 2 cell, 6800 mAh
Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 10 h
:: Price
499 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 32 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 720p 1280x720, Speakers: 2 x stereo, Keyboard: AccuType, Keyboard Light: no, keyboard dock, Lenovo Motion Control, VeriFace face recognition, Lenovo Cloud Storage, 24 Months Warranty

 

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Lenovo's IdeaTab Miix 10 is currently available for 480 Euros (~$639).
Lenovo's IdeaTab Miix 10 is currently available for 480 Euros (~$639).
Similar prices are demanded for...
Similar prices are demanded for...
...some Atom-based tablets.
...some Atom-based tablets.
But Lenovo adds a keyboard-case in the box.
But Lenovo adds a keyboard-case in the box.
The input device is standard.
The input device is standard.
The folio-keyboard case...
The folio-keyboard case...
...is connected to the tablet via USB.
...is connected to the tablet via USB.
These six pins ensure a secure connection...
These six pins ensure a secure connection...
...that even works in flight mode (Bluetooth off).
...that even works in flight mode (Bluetooth off).
The keyboard's feedback is wanting...
The keyboard's feedback is wanting...
...but still acceptable due to its crisp pressure point and firm stroke.
...but still acceptable due to its crisp pressure point and firm stroke.
The case has small openings for the speakers.
The case has small openings for the speakers.
It is clad in a stiff fabric.
It is clad in a stiff fabric.
Owing to the strong magnetic connection, the device can...
Owing to the strong magnetic connection, the device can...
...even be carried around in keyboard mode.
...even be carried around in keyboard mode.
Both hands are needed to release the lock.
Both hands are needed to release the lock.
The connection seems to be stable and lasting.
The connection seems to be stable and lasting.
The build is on a good level...
The build is on a good level...
...but it doesn't feature an elegant aluminum finish.
...but it doesn't feature an elegant aluminum finish.
The TFT proves to be pressure resistant and is sleek in use.
The TFT proves to be pressure resistant and is sleek in use.
The webcam only shoots low resolution and quality pictures.
The webcam only shoots low resolution and quality pictures.
The painted back is made of plastic.
The painted back is made of plastic.
Scratches could soon be seen on it.
Scratches could soon be seen on it.
The micro-SD card slot is underneath the flap.
The micro-SD card slot is underneath the flap.
The power supply...
The power supply...
...is an 18 watt plug.
...is an 18 watt plug.
That is perfect for a maximum power consumption of not even 9 watts.
That is perfect for a maximum power consumption of not even 9 watts.
Only headphones can be connected but not a microphone.
Only headphones can be connected but not a microphone.
Accessories: A micro-USB to standard-USB adapter
Accessories: A micro-USB to standard-USB adapter
The screenshot shows the power button and speaker opening on the back.
The screenshot shows the power button and speaker opening on the back.
The packaging has a high-quality design.
The packaging has a high-quality design.
The instructions illustrate how the folio case is used.
The instructions illustrate how the folio case is used.
Nothing can go wrong.
Nothing can go wrong.
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10: The smallest of Intel's processors with the Atom.
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10: The smallest of Intel's processors with the Atom.
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10: Very bright and only marginally dimmed to 344 cd/m² in battery mode.
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10: Very bright and only marginally dimmed to 344 cd/m² in battery mode.
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10: Good IPS viewing angles.
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10: Good IPS viewing angles.

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Pro

+Very bright, color-rich IPS screen
+Good battery runtimes
+Expandable storage capacity
+Viable keyboard
+Low weight
 

Cons

-TFT's inclination angle too steep when on keyboard dock
-Keyboard dock obstructs micro USB
-Very few interfaces
-Poor computing performance
-No gaming performance

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What we like

Lenovo includes the keyboard as standard in the box. The key's typing feel lacks feedback but is satisfactory otherwise. A bright screen that is only marginally dimmed in battery mode.

What we miss

The TFT's inclination angle is too steep and we would like to be able to adjust it. A micro-USB port on the keyboard dock would be ideal.

What surprises us

No USB available when the Miix is inserted in the keyboard. Who designed that?

The competition

Intel Atom: IdeaTab Lynx K3011 (M8772GE) plus keyboard dock; Acer Iconia Tab W511 + keyboard dock 64 GB (Atom); HP Envy x2 11-g040eg; Samsung ATIV Tab 5 3G + keyboard dock (formerly Smart PC XE500T1C); Dell Latitude 10; ASUS VivoTab Smart; HP ElitePad 900 3G + docking station 710 Euros (~$946, no review to-date)

Featuring more Windows power for the same price: Samsung Series 7 Slate PC 700T1A 64 GB (Celeron 877, Windows 7) for approx. 500 Euros (~$666).

Rating

Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB
06/24/2014 v4
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
74 / 98 → 76%
Keyboard
80%
Pointing Device
85%
Connectivity
45 / 95 → 47%
Weight
82 / 78 → 100%
Battery
90%
Display
84%
Games Performance
52 / 85 → 61%
Application Performance
47%
Temperature
84%
Noise
100%
Average
75%
83%
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Author: Sebastian Jentsch, 2013-08-17 (Update: 2013-08-17)