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72 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
72

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

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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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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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
72 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
72

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Average Critic Score
Product Review
Engadget
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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Pocket-Lint
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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TrustedReviews
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
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
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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The Inquirer
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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Ars Technica
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
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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SlashGear
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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Stuff
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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