As form factors change and tablets become increasingly important to our everyday lives, computer manufacturers are beginning to put out some truly impressive tablets. The Lenovo Miix 2 takes the original Miix, slims down the case, and beefs up the internals.
The biggest change from the previous version, on the outside, is the size. Instead of a ten-inch slate, Lenovo decided to embrace the more common seven-to-eight inch form factor, making this both a bit more wieldly and also attention getting; increasingly we’re seeing Windows tablets with a lot of power behind them, and this is light, as well, at only .77 pounds, which means the Miix 2 sheds almost half the weight of the Miix.
Beefy On The Inside
Inside, the system is still running the Intel Atom series, but with some substantial upgrades. First of all, the Miix 2 has a Bay Trail processor from Intel, meaning you’ll see improvements in speed and cores thanks to both the smaller transistors made as part of the Bay Trail process and the Silvermont architecture. That also means a jump in cores, from the dual core processor in the Miix to the quad-core found in the Miix 2. The display is a bit lower on pixels than the original Miix, largely thanks to scaling down the screen, but it’s still HD, so streaming and games will still look good.
And A Slim Price
Probably most attention-getting, though, is the price for what amounts to a pretty good computer; Lenovo is asking just $300 for the 32GB version and $350 for the 64GB version of the Miix 2. At that price, that actually makes it a lot more competitive for a laptop, and means that a full-featured slate with Windows 8.1 is actually now price-competitive with many Android tablets. So, if you’re looking at a tablet for the holiday season, the Miix 2 might just be your winner.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.