January 2nd 2014 8:38 am

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Sharp screen, worst-in-class battery life

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The ThinkPad 8 is indeed a stand-out tablet, but not necessarily for the reasons you think. It has the winningest specs, and yet it should also be the first one you cross off your shopping list. On the one hand, it has a sharp 1,920 x 1,200 screen and up to 128 gigs of storage, but it's also more expensive than any other 8-inch Windows slate, with worst-in-class battery life to match. For the money, it doesn't bring extra features, either -- no pen input, no fingerprint reader, no state-of-the-art camera. Realistically, I'd probably be more charitable if it was priced in line with other 8-inch tablets, but even then, it wouldn't be a slam dunk -- not with that tiny battery, anyway. Truth be told, none of the small-screened Windows tabs we've reviewed are perfect, but they all manage to offer a little more value.

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7.0
Engadget May 1, 2014

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.

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8.0
CNET Feb 28, 2014

You get a good package for $399, including an impressive 64GB of storage. And if you think of the ThinkPad 8 as a little computer in your pocket that can pair with keyboard and monitor into a full connected device back at home, you'll probably love this.

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8.0
PC Mag Mar 24, 2014

The Lenovo ThinkPad 8 is an 8-inch Windows tablet that puts your work into a handheld PC you can slip into a coat pocket. It's not a replacement for your work system, but it's an excellent companion to it.

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8.0
Wired Mar 27, 2014

At $499 as configured, Lenovo as usual is pricing the device at the top end of the category, but the cost isn’t unreasonable. This is one case where the slight premium may very well be worth the few extra bucks.

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8.0
PC World Apr 18, 2014

Lenovo’s ThinkPad 8 offers many advantages over competing 8 inch Windows tablets, including a faster processor, more storage, and a higher-resolution screen. But it comes up short when it comes to battery

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8.0
Computer Shopper Mar 21, 2014

With its high-res IPS screen, surprisingly good camera, and 64GB of storage, Lenovo's ThinkPad 8 is perhaps the best 8-inch Windows tablet we've tested. But if you can live with a lower-res screen and less storage, competing devices can be had for half the price.

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8.0
HotHardware Apr 16, 2014

And if you are looking for a Windows 8.1 tablet, should you be checking out the Lenovo ThinkPad 8? Yes, we think it's worthy of being on your short list.

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8.0
Notebookcheck Mar 13, 2014

Nevertheless, as far as Windows tablets go, the ThinkPad 8 is certainly amongst the best of the bunch. If you opt for one, just be sure to pick up a Quickshot Cover along with it—it’s worth the extra cash.

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6.0
Digital Trends Mar 19, 2014

Lenovo’s ThinkPad 8 is a fantastic tablet, but it’s let down by it’s operating system, Windows 8.1, which lags behind the competition.

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Engadget Jan 5, 2014

If anything, the only cost-cutting measure seems to be the omission of an active digitizer for pen support, which was included on last year's ThinkPad Tablet 2, and which you can get on Dell's less-expensive Venue 8 Pro.

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Ars Technica Jan 13, 2014

The ThinkPad 8 feels like Lenovo’s other ThinkPad devices. It’s stiff and sturdy thanks to a machined aluminum chassis, and it has the same sort of satin finish ThinkPad notebook users are familiar with.

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PC Mag Jan 7, 2014

The tablet itself is outfitted with a quad-core Intel Bay Trail Atom processor, which allows decent performance and multitasking, along with good energy efficiency. Lenovo estimates that the ThinkPad 8 will get up to 8 hours of battery life.

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Pocket-Lint Jan 6, 2014

From our brief time with the new Lenovo tablet this looks to be a cracker if you are after a work focused tablet that comes with a full desktop operating system.

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SlashGear Jan 10, 2014

The form factor is one we were suspect of, as Windows lends itself to a larger screen. Though screen size isn’t everything, it’s important when considering a Windows tablet, and we were just plain suspicious of the ThinkPad’s size.

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TrustedReviews Jan 11, 2014

The ThinkPad 8 Tablet ... understands that businesspeople are normal people too. It looks and feels better than any 8-inch Windows tablet we've seen. And while it's not super-powered, we imagine that many will be happy with what's on offer here given the tablet's size.

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TechRadar Jan 7, 2014

The Lenovo ThinkPad 8 is a solid Windows 8.1 tablet, so business users who prefer this operating system will have a solid device on their hands. It would've been nice to hear quoted battery times of 10 hours or more instead of 8, but we'll see how it performs in the real world.

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The Verge Jan 5, 2014

While the performance and display improvements are solid, Lenovo has opted to ditch its optional stylus support this time around. The lack of stylus support will disappoint those looking for the perfect small Windows 8.1 tablet.

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WPCentral Jan 7, 2014

We're looking at a 8.3-inch display with an impressive resolution of 1920x1200. Powered by Windows 8.1 Pro, you've also got a Intel Atom quad-core processor inside.

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The Inquirer Jan 8, 2014

Lenovo has configured the Thinkpad 8 with an 8.3in 1920x1200 resolution full HD screen with 10 finger multitouch, and we were impressed with how well it performed.

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Expert Reviews Jan 8, 2014

The Full HD display looked great, with excellent viewing angles. As the screen is 8in, rather than the usual 7in for a smaller tablet, it's that much easier to read.

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Stuff Jan 7, 2014

There's still something a bit thrilling about seeing the full version of Windows running on a tiny screen. That's particularly true if the screen is of almost Retina-level resolution and the device it's running on could slip inside a jacket pocket without tearing the lining.

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