Len­ovo Ideapad Miix 520

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When pow­er­ing on the Miix 520, you may no­tice one of the de­sign touches that please ha­bit­ual Len­ovo users: the on-screen bat­tery gauge. You also have the op­tion (via the Len­ovo Van­tage software, dis­cussed later) of plac­ing a bat­tery icon wid­get on your taskbar.

While the Miix 520’s 12.2-inch, 1920 x 1200 IPS panel taxes bat­tery life and lacks the vis­ual pop of, say, the OLED screen used by the Sam­sung Galaxy Book ( go.pc­world.com/ sagb), the ex­pe­ri­ence is worth it. There’s a per­cep­ti­ble im­prove­ment in dis­play qual­ity com­pared to 1920 x 1080. The lu­mi­nos­ity maxes out at just 298 nits, which is some­what less than the com­pe­ti­tion, but we con­sider some­thing be­tween 250 and 270 nits to be com­fort­able for av­er­age use.

Un­for­tu­nately, one as­pect where the Miix 520 skimps too much is Win­dows Hello. The tablet lacks a fingerprint reader, and the 5MP

PROS

• 8th-gen Core chip de­liv­ers out­stand­ing per­for

mance

• Ex­cel­lent value for the money

• Com­fort­able, sturdy typ­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

CONS

• Bat­tery life falls far be­low the com­pe­ti­tion • Pen holder blocks a USB port

BOT­TOM LINE

Len­ovo’s Ideapad Miix 520 is an out­stand­ing Win­dows tablet in terms of price and per­for­mance, held back only by shorter-than-ex­pected bat­tery life.

$999

front-fac­ing cam­era is not Win­dows Hello– ca­pa­ble. The rear-fac­ing 8MP cam­era is suit­able for Mixed Re­al­ity Viewer ( go.pc­world. com/mxrv), a fun new fea­ture in Win­dows 10 where you can snap a photo with your tablet and then drop in one of thou­sands of 3D ob­jects to spice it up.

(In our orig­i­nal re­port [ go. pc­world.com/ip52] on the Len­ovo Miix 520, we no­ticed one change: Len­ovo had orig­i­nally told us that the rear-fac­ing cam­era, dubbed World­view, would pair with a bun­dled Mag­icwin­dow app that would let you in­sert 3D images into reg­u­lar images. That app has not been bun­dled, and it’s not clear—even after check­ing with Len­ovo—what hap­pened with World­view.)

A fan grille runs the length of the Miix 520 tablet. The tablet’s fan turns on fre­quently, but the low hiss never be­comes an­noy­ing.

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