Len­ovo Miix 510

A cheaper Sur­face Pro clone, but note its flaws be­fore you’re lured in by the price

PC Pro - - November 2017 Issue 277 -

SCORE ✪✪✪✪✪ PRICE £707 (£848 inc VAT) from shop.bt.com

Aless ex­pen­sive sib­ling of the Miix 720, the Miix 510 hopes to give you a taste of the pre­mium 2-in-1 ex­pe­ri­ence at a lower price. How­ever, it’s not hard to spot signs of the re­duced bud­get. The type cover has the same faux-leather style as the 720’s, but feels thin­ner and less lux­u­ri­ous. Mean­while, the key­board loses its back­light­ing, there are fewer con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions and the screen drops in res­o­lu­tion from 2,880 x 1,920 to 1,900 x 1,200.

Don’t be too dis­ap­pointed, though. Clipped onto the tablet sec­tion at a raised typ­ing an­gle, the key­board cover bounces more than the Miix 720’s or the Sur­face 2’s, but it has the same com­fort­able, spa­cious lay­out and a crisp ac­tion. The touch­pad may be smaller with an odd, rough sur­face, but it’s ef­fec­tive enough in gen­eral Win­dows use, while the touch­screen works bril­liantly with the op­tional Ac­tive Pen, which is sen­si­tive enough to han­dle some cre­ative work.

While the Miix 510’s screen can’t match the 720’s for def­i­ni­tion or bright­ness – it topped out at 335cd/m² in our tests – it’s still sharp with lovely rich, vi­brant colours. Don’t ex­pect pho­tog­ra­pher-friendly lev­els of ac­cu­racy, though, with an av­er­age Delta E of 2.7. Sound is some­what dis­ap­point­ing: bright and clear at low vol­umes but it grows shrill as you push the lev­els up.

The Miix 510 has a sin­gle USB 3 port along with one USB-C, but cu­ri­ously the lat­ter isn’t used for charg­ing, forc­ing you to use a pro­pri­etary power con­nec­tion in­stead. With the only other con­nec­tion a head­phone out­put, you’ll need ei­ther an adapter or Mira­cast if you want to con­nect to an ex­ter­nal dis­play.

The Miix 510 comes in a few con­fig­u­ra­tions, scal­ing up from a cheap and cheer­ful Core i3 with 4GB of RAM to a Core i5 with 8GB. Our sam­ple ar­rived with a Core i5-7200U, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, and while this left it lan­guish­ing near the bot­tom of our bench­marks ta­ble, there’s still enough power here for any main­stream app. It’s just a shame that it has such a noisy fan. Bat­tery life also lags be­hind, with the Miix 510 only just scrap­ing through six hours of video play­back.

All of this adds up to a de­cent, cut-price Sur­face Pro al­ter­na­tive, but one that can’t hold pace with the more se­ri­ous con­tenders.

BE­LOW The Miix 510 has just a sin­gle USB-C and USB 3 port

ABOVE The screen works bril­liantly with the Ac­tive Pen

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