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Lenovo ThinkPad 10 review: A thinner, lighter Windows tablet with a high-res display

Michelle Mastin | July 10, 2014
Lenovo's ThinkPad 2 was a great tablet, but Intel's older Atom platform struggled to run Windows 8 smoothly, the tablet itself was chunky, and its screen had fewer pixels than the smaller, but newer ThinkPad 8. The ThinkPad 10 brings all of those old spots up to spec without sacrificing any of the great quality or productivity perks of the ThinkPad line.

Lenovo also makes a Quickshot cover ($45) for the ThinkPad 10, which is every bit as nice as the one that goes with the ThinkPad 8. I find using the camera on a 10-inch tablet to be a bit gimmicky, but the 8MP rear camera takes nice shots, and the Quickshot cover makes it easy to get into the camera app to capture a moment. The cover folds in the middle to prop up the tablet at a range of good table-use angles. It attaches magnetically using the same guide holes as the various docks, so you must take it off to dock the tablet.

Last, but not least, the ThinkPad 10 comes with a digitizer pen. The battery-less pen writes and draws smoothly with no lag. There is no pen garage in the tablet, but there is a garage in the Ultrabook dock, and there's a pen loop on the Quickshot cover.

The dock's a big deal

The ThinkPad 10 ticks a lot of the right boxes. The most important element of this tablet, its screen, is top-notch. The Atom processor is more than capable for everyday tasks, especially with a 4GB RAM option. A wide array of accessories covers the majority of use cases and input preferences.

The only thing holding me back from scoring this tablet higher than its closest competition, the Dell Venue 11 Pro, is the fixed angle on Lenovo's Ultrabook dock. It was that annoying to use on a table with the screen tipped so far back. If I had to buy one or the other, I still lean toward the ThinkPad 10. But I'd pass over the Ultrabook dock in favor of the Quickshot cover to hold the pen and prop up the tablet. Then I'd need to find the ultimate Bluetooth keyboard to go with it.

 

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