Right now, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is the king of the laptop/tablet hybrid world, but Lenovo could change that with the Miix 510. Gotta Be Mobile has the news.
“PC maker Lenovo used this year’s IFA 2016 trade show to deliver a clear message to anyone who is considering purchasing a Windows 2-in-1 with a removable keyboard like the Surface Pro 4. If it’s money they’re trying to save, the Lenovo Miix 510 is the best Windows 2-in-1 with a detachable keyboard to purchase.”
The article adds that for $599, you get a 12.2-inch display that supports touch and pen stylus input. Both the pen and the keyboard come with the device. It also has a USB-C port, a 4G LTE data connection, Intel Integrated 520 graphics, and an Intel Core M processor. There will be slightly more expensive options that offer an Intel Core i7 Processor. Engadget, who notes that the Miix 510 offers brisk performance without making your bank account weep, is also impressed with Lenovo’s Surface Pro 4 competitor, but notes some of its drawbacks.
“It sports a lower-resolution display than the Miix 700 (1,920 x 1,200) and is both heavier (1.9 pounds without the keyboard attached) and thicker (0.39 inches), but it promises to be more powerful. You can have up to a 6th-generation Core i7 processor inside rather than a Core M, and up to a 1TB SSD.”
The article adds that the Miix offers 7.5 hours of battery life rather than the nine hours Microsoft says it offers with the Surface Pro 4. However, anybody who has read the complaints about the Surface Pro 4 over the last year knows that Microsoft over-exaggerated its battery life a lot. Still, the Surface Pro 4 has set the standard in the industry, and there have been several attempts to create similar devices. The one that has come the closest has been the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S, which CNET gave four stars to.
“The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S doesn’t do everything right, but its few missteps are in service of a greater good — providing a top-notch Windows tablet experience at a reasonable price. The overall value here is excellent, especially considering the advanced display and very long battery life,” said critic Dan Ackerman, who praised Samsung for including the keyboard cover with the device.
A couple of things Ackerman didn’t like with the TabPro S is the fact that it comes with a sluggish Core M processor, and the keyboard cover allows only two screen angles, both of which may seem uncomfortable. Trusted Reviews wasn’t thrilled about the Core M processor either, but still gave the device four stars.
“The Galaxy TabPro S remains one of the best Windows tablets around. The stellar screen and battery life make it a solid, albeit expensive, alternative to Microsoft’s ageing Surface 3 and it easily outclasses Huawei’s competing MateBook,” claimed columnist Alastair Stevenson, who — like others — can’t stop talking about the amazing screen.
Besides the Miix 510 and TabPro S, there is also the Asus Transformer 3 Pro, which Digital Trends actually likes more than the Surface Pro 4.
“Asus hasn’t made those mistakes [referring to other Surface Pro clones]. Its Transformer 3 Pro won’t win awards for originality, and we suspect some Surface owners will levy a few choice words at it for its imitation. That aside, it’s promising. It seems to nail the fundamentals; proper display size, thin design, and great keyboard.
The Transformer 3 Pro and the Lenovo Miix 510 should hit stores within the next month or so. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 5 likely won’t be released until 2015. One certainly has to thank Microsoft for creating the Surface Pro and inspiring other companies to create similar devices.
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