Lenovo Miix 2 10
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