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Review: Lenovo Ideapad Miix 310 with Windows 10

published on 2017-05-19 written by 0xReki
Lenovo, Windows 10, Review

My mobile internet contract was about to end so it was time to extend it and while doing that getting a new tablet.

Up until now I’ve only had Android tablets: Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab A. But as I’m not afraid to try out new stuff I thought: “Try out a Windows tablet and after a few weeks post a review on your blog.” So I got a Lenovo Ideapad Miix 310 with Windows 10 for this.

To my opinion the specs are quite average:

The tablet itself feels well-made. Instead of a micro USB port it uses a DC plug for charging. The power adapter is rated with 5V at 4A. Though it has a micro USB port you cannot use that to charge the device. In fact you can’t even use that port to connect to a computer to transfer data — it’s a host port. The other ports it has are a micro HDMI and a headset jack. The keyboard is a 60% keyboard: it has only alphanumeric keys plus some extra keys crammed in. It has a metal top plate and two full size USB A ports. I like how it looks and feels. The only complaint I have here: the Intel Atom x5 sticker looks crooked.

Since this tablet features dock-able keyboard and a real Windows 10 Home Edition it can run real Windows programs as well. I can run low graphics games like 100% Orange Juice and League of Legends. But that’s all what I can say in favor of this tablet.

This tablet is a netbook with touchscreen and detachable keyboard. Windows and the apps is the store act like this is a netbook: The system keeps turning off. You want to be notified if someone sends you a SMS? Nope, the sound turns off whenever you close the lid. You want to install your messengers on your tablet as it your main data access? Nope, the apps in store don’t see this as a mobile device. The nail in the coffin is its screen. While sitting in the train I noticed the screen is not very bright. The brightness is reminiscent of netbook screens.

Sure you can change the power settings to suit my needs. And you can probably force installation of the apps by sideloading etc. All that said as a tablet it’s somewhat lacking. As a netbook it’s definitely great.

EDIT: I sold it on eBay.