Lenovo ThinkPad 8

72
Engadget
Score
72

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Lenovo ThinkPad 8 review: sharp screen, worst-in-class battery life

Summary

With a high price and worst-in-class battery life, the ThinkPad 8 should be the first 8-inch Windows tablet you cross off your shopping list. Though not terrible in its own right, other small-screened slates offer more value for less money.

from $230+
Pros
  • Full HD display -- a rarity among 8-inch Windows tablets
  • One of the only tablets this size offered with 128GB of built-in storage
  • Thin and light, even for a small-screened tablet
Cons
  • Worst-in-class battery life
  • Expensive compared to other 8-inch Windows tablets
  • Aluminum case scratches easily, as does the screen
  • Backside can get quite hot
  • Slower-than-average boot-up time
Lenovo ThinkPad 8 review: sharp screen, worst-in-class battery life

Not long ago, I vowed to review every 8-inch Windows tablet. That's partly because they're popular, sure, but there was another reason, too: Their specs are so similar that you'd have to actually use one to know which is best. In a field full of same-y options, though, the Lenovo ThinkPad 8 would seem to stand out: It's the only one with a full HD screen, not to mention a 128GB storage option (good news for folks who'd rather not store stuff on a microSD card). Other bonus points include an aluminum casing -- a step above other tablet designs -- as well as optional 4G. Of course, premium doesn't come cheap; the ThinkPad 8 starts at $429, whereas competing models can be had for around $300. The question, then, is: Could it still be worth it?

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Breakdown

Battery life
5.6
Durability
8.0
Design and form factor
8.0
Portability (size / weight)
8.0
Speed and features
7.8
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Specs

ThinkPad

Type
Tablet (Slate)
Bundled OS
Windows
System RAM
2 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to8 hour
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Specs

ThinkPad

Type
Tablet (Slate)
Bundled OS
Windows
System RAM
2 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to8 hour
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