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Lenovo ThinkPad 8: Fancier CPU and display take a toll on battery life

Michelle Mastin | April 21, 2014
Sure, you can now use Microsoft Office on an iPad, but you can run Office and just about every other productivity app on a Windows 8 tablet. And while many of those devices have all the same specs, Lenovo is banking on its ThinkPad 8's faster CPU, higher-resolution display, and business-like styling to earn a coveted spot on your desk.

The ThinkPad 8's $399 starting price is about $100 higher than the average 8-incher, but you get more processor power, more storage, and higher resolution than those machines deliver. Lenovo also offers a $499 SKU that comes with Windows 8.1 Pro, which adds management features your corporate IT department will appreciate, but you'll give up a free copy of Microsoft Office Home and Student to get it.

The shorter battery life and the lack of digitizer pen options are disappointing; in fact, those shortcomings knock the ThinkPad 8 out of the getting-work-done category for me. But those factors might not be showstoppers for you, and I didn't let my personal needs factor too heavily in my final rating.


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