Len­ovo Miix 2 10

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As the name sug­gests, the Miix 2 is not Len­ovo’s first at­tempt at a hy­brid form-fac­tor tablet PC. While the orig­i­nal Miix had a stan­dard dock­ing tablet de­sign, the Miix 2 bor­rows from Len­ovo’s Helix 2-in-1 en­ter­prise tablet PC, and boasts the same ‘rip-and-flip’ multi-mode form fac­tor. Like Acer’s Switch 10, the new de­sign lets you in­sert the tablet into its mag­netic dock in ei­ther ori­en­ta­tion, you can then ‘ri­pand-flip’ it around, so it’s fac­ing the other way, giv­ing you a to­tal of three us­age modes: tablet, note­book and stand. As a nice touch, the rear base of the Miix 2 has a built-in JBL soundbar with two stereo speak­ers and a small sub­woofer, which faces out in stand mode and of­fers quite de­cent audio for movie watch­ing. The ma­jor dis­ad­van­tage to this form fac­tor – and it’s a pretty big one - is that the dock is es­sen­tially just a groove for the tablet to fit in, and with­out hinges, the screen dis­play an­gle can’t be changed.

Build-wise, the Miix 2 is a fairly non-de­script gray plas­tic, with only a shiny plas­tic Len­ovo logo on the lid to spruce things up. In fact, with­out the logo you would be hard-pressed to tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween the top and bot­tom of the de­vice. While it’s not that ex­cit­ing, build qual­ity is fairly good, and the plas­tic feels solid, if not par­tic­u­larly pre­mium.

The Miix 2 boasts the best dis­play of all of our mod­els, uti­liz­ing a 1,920 x 1,200 pixel res­o­lu­tion Full HD IPS touch­screen panel. As ex­pected, clar­ity is a step up from Acer and ASUS’ mod­els, and view­ing an­gles were good, but the screen is a bit dim, even at max­i­mum bright­ness. For con­nec­tiv­ity, the Miix 2 is quite sim­i­lar to the other mod­els, with a MiniHDMI and Mi­cro-USB port found on the left side of the tablet it­self, along with a head­phone jack and mi­croSD card slot. The power port is found on the right side. On the dock, you’ll also find two USB 2.0 ports, one on each side.

As with our other note­books, the key­board on the Miix 2’s dock is not quite full-sized, but still man­ages to be fairly spa­cious. Un­for­tu­nately, the keys them­selves are very shal­low, and there’s also a no­tice­able amount of flex in the key­board well. Like the Acer and ASUS, the Miix 10’s click­pad is small, but is smooth and re­spon­sive.

Specs-wise, the Miix 2 is pow­ered by an In­tel Atom Z3745 1.3GHz pro­ces­sor with 2GB RAM. Un­for­tu­nately, it has much less stor­age space than the other mod­els, with just a sin­gale 64GB SSD in the tablet.

Mul­ti­ple us­age modes. Built-in JBL

soundbar. Non-ad­justable

screen an­gle.

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