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