What in the world has Lenovo been up to lately? Oh you know, adding new members to the Yoga notebook family, (apparently) announcing some crazy new near field communication (NFC) features to its upcoming K4 Note phablet, as well as finally recovering from an adware scandal appearing on its PCs earlier this year. Another thing Lenovo is doing is brushing up on some of its “how to make a good tablet even better” skills.
The first iteration of Lenovo’s ThinkPad 10 did quite well. Now it is time for a few upgrades to grace us. The 2015 model is going to feature a few things that will make the “equally at home, in the boardroom, and living room” tablet even more at home in your arms. The Lenovo ThinkPad 10 was announced way back when Lenovo had its Tech World event in Beijing back in the middle of 2015, but has been officially in the hands of consumers since August. It is being considered a nice refreshment to the first model, as well as a stable contender to the Microsoft Surface 3, as far as price range and specs are concerned.
The 10.1-inch device sports the same aluminum body with a 1,920 x 1,200 pixel touch display, now protected via Gorilla Glass 3. It only weighs 21.7 ounces, and measures 10.1 x 7 x .35 inches. It pairs with a top-of-the-line Wacom stylus out of the box, which if we’re getting to specifics and I think we are, is cheaper than the Surface 3’s $50 sold-separately stylus (Business News Daily). It runs a quad-core Intel Atom processor, either the Z8500 or Z8700 chipset, comes with 2GB to 4GB of RAM, either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, and comes running Windows 10. On the tablet, you’ll also find a USB 3.0 port, mini-HDMI as well as microSD (Cnet).
Lenovo added a nice handwriting feature called WRITEit, an app to make scribbling down some notes super easy. Using the Wacom pen, by the way, makes note-taking and diagram-drawing a lot easier- as it feel a lot like using a real pen by offering a high level of pressure sensitivity. Anyone who plans on using their ThinkPad 10 on-the-go or in business meetings is totally covered in this department. Keeping business users in mind, the ThinkPad 10 also cares about security, and offers both a fingerprint reader and Smart Card reader. You have to admit most of today’s tablets don’t focus on many of these details.
An array of accessories are available for the Lenovo ThinkPad 10, but you must take into consideration the extra cost (the base model starts at $499). Know that even the highly tempting ThinkPad 10 Folio Keyboard will put you back an extra $110. The thing with using a tablet for business, is it’s kind of hard to imagine any level of production happening sans a keyboard. I’d say having a working keyboard and the lovely Windows 10 OS would make me feel right at home. But is it worth it to spend over $600 to make your tablet feel productive enough for business?
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