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The best Windows 8 tablet money can buy

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The ThinkPad Tablet 2 is the best low-powered Windows 8 tablet we've tested, thanks to its 10-hour battery and an unmatched typing experience.

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Critic reviews

7.7
15 reviews
  • Speed and features
    7.2
  • Design and form factor
    7.9
  • Battery life
    8.8
  • Display
    7.5
  • Durability
    7.5
  • Expandability
    7.2
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  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.4

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8.8
5 reviews
9.0
Engadget Feb 11, 2013

It's seriously, refreshingly good. It's the sort of device we'd award an editor's choice... if Engadget did such things. Though the tablet was designed for business users, we'd go a step further and recommend it to anyone who's been looking for a Windows 8 tablet with great battery life.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Feb 9, 2013

With its all-day battery life, light weight, accurate stylus and optional comfy keyboard, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a truly compelling productivity companion.

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8.0
CNET Feb 15, 2013

This Windows 8 tablet from Lenovo scores with great industrial design and battery life, but adding practically required accessories makes the ThinkPad Tablet 2 very expensive for what you get.

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8.0
Ars Technica Apr 2, 2013

We have our concerns about the keyboard stand ... but the tablet itself comes pretty close to delivering a good touch experience and a good desktop experience, at least for business users with no interest in gaming.

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7.0
PC Mag Feb 22, 2013

It's a simple work-based tablet that has a good set of ThinkPad accessories that make it a good fit if you're transitioning ThinkPad users to something a lot more portable.

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7.0
Wired Feb 25, 2013

Incredibly light and portable. Touchscreen tracks well. Cheapest Atom-based slate on the market. Record battery life. Useless USB port. Charging is incredibly slow, and accomplished via an incredibly small cable. Small, stiff Windows button. Somewhat dim screen.

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8.0
SlashGear Feb 12, 2013

For those comfortable with Windows 8 who needs the full PC experience without compromise, yet still in a sleek and lightweight portable option the Tablet 2 should be near the top of the list.

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7.0
NotebookReview Mar 5, 2013

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is fantastic device when used as a casual tablet or business PC for a mobile sales force. The machine looks great, it's light and easy to hold, and the battery lasts all day.

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8.0
TechSpot Jul 10, 2013

The ThinkPad 2's performance and specs are so-so, but plenty adequate for most typical tablet uses. With passively-cooled Haswell chips and AMD's Temash on the way though, its Clover Trail innards are destined to become outclassed in the coming months.

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7.0
CRN Jan 13, 2013

The unusual AIO form factor wont be to everyone's taste, but it remains a reasonable choice for users requiring a proper Windows 8 tablet.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Apr 15, 2013

Sure, it’s well-made, has a decent screen and a useful stylus, but the performance is frustrating and most would be better off with a laptop if productivity was the main reason for purchase, even if they are much bigger and heavier.

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9.0
HotHardware Apr 1, 2013

It's the best tablet keyboard I've ever used, and the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is one of the best Atom-powered Windows slates you can buy. If you know that's what you want, get the ThinkPad Tablet 2.

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7.0
Digital Trends Feb 12, 2013

Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a huge step up from its Android-based predecessor, and the stylus works great, but its use is hampered by a weak processor and Windows 8’s inability to scale to a tablet-sized screen.

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8.0
Funky Kit Jan 21, 2013

The build quality is good, better than I expected and the design isn't too bad either. but it's no head-turner, so don't expect people to say ... "Wow, what tablet are you using?" It has all the bells and whistles for a business user. The only thing is ... price.

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8.0
t-break Mar 11, 2013

At $949, the ThinkPad Tablet is a decent Windows Pro machine- though whether you want to use Windows 8 in a tablet form factor is something you need to decide.

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CNET Aug 10, 2012

The tablet’s responsiveness was smooth in our fleeting time with the Metro interface, far better than previous Windows 7 tablet experiences. Multitouch gestures seemed much more responsive than during an earlier session with the ThinkPad Tablet 2 earlier this year.

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PC Mag Aug 9, 2012

With Windows 8 Pro and an array of features for home and office, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 promises to bring the portability and intuitive interface of a tablet to enterprise environments and everyday life.

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ZDNet Feb 5, 2013

Lenovo has been making tablets as long as any company and brought all that experience together for the ThinkPad Tablet 2. The first impressions show Lenovo got it mostly right.

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TechRadar Sep 28, 2012

As a mobile device the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 feels great to use. That said, the way the device connects to the keyboard is less appealing than with other units.

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phoneArena Jan 12, 2013

For a tablet, we have to admit, we’re digging the slim size it’s packing along for the ride – while also admiring the subtle ThinkPad design DNA it’s boasting too.

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Liliputing Nov 19, 2012

The tablet has a sturdy plastic case that’s easy to hold. It’s also pretty light, at 1.3 pounds. There’s a slot in one corner of the tablet where you can tuck the digital pen when you’re not using it. This isn’t just a plastic stylus… it’s a plastic “pen” with some digital guts.

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HotHardware Jan 7, 2013

This tablet runs on Windows 8 Pro and features a 10.1-inch multi-touch HD display. Lenovo claims this is the lightest Windows 8 tablet on the market with a starting weight of 1.25 pounds.

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toeknee182 toeknee182

I love it. The Win 8 on a tablet is the perfect mix. When I need to do work I am in the desktop connected to my monitor and Bluetooth keyboard. When I am relaxing in front of my TV i use Smartglass with my XBOX or when I am having breakfast I am in the Metro mode. It works flawlessly. The pen...

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9.0
jmyers8888 jmyers8888

This is the most usable computer I've ever had. I take it everywhere and can get real work done wherever I am. Not the fastest computer around, but the battery life is great, and if you want to get real work done with office or just play with some apps, this is a great machine.

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8.0
itslogistics itslogistics

I received this tablet as a gift and have to say it changed my philosophy I once held of "Anything your tablet can do my laptop can do better." For my uses, which primarily center around my schooling, the ThinkPad 2 delivers solutions. I find the onscreen keyboard efficient and easy to use...

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