The Lenovo Miix 510 is very similar to the Surface Pro 4 in terms of design and functionality but is way cheaper. The 12.2-inch 2-in-1 packs a powerful processor and a decent amount of storage in a highly portable design. However, its rock-bottom price of $600 is a complete surprise given the detachable’s interesting features. The device is slated for release in October, and we couldn’t wait to see if it can take on the mighty Surface Pro.
Lenovo Miix 510 – Design and Display:
With one look at the Lenovo Miix 510, you will agree that this detachable laptop means serious business. The one-piece aluminum design looks stunning while the watchband hinges that connect the display to the keyboard are made from 280 separate pieces of stainless steel. They can be adjusted up to 150 degrees, so you can watch your favorite videos in different viewing angles. The tablet feels a bit heavy at 1.98 pounds, but combined with the keyboard, the 2-in-1 weighs 2.65 pounds, which is pretty good for a 12-inch laptop.
The 12.2 inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels (full-HD) isn’t spectacular but its visuals are crisp enough for a nice viewing experience. The brightness and color accuracy levels also seem to be fine. However, the screen falls behind the display panels of more costly 2-in-1s like Lenovo Yoga 900 and Dell XPS 12.
The keyboard perfectly sits under the tablet with no loose connections. The keys feel comfortable enough to type long documents while the touchpad’s responsiveness is above average. Lenovo’s Active Pen, which is basically a stylus, comes handy while signing documents, drawing sketches and taking notes. It is sure to be a hit among designers and artists.
Lenovo Miix 510 – Performance and Battery Life:
The premium models of the 2-in-1 Lenovo Miix 510 will ship in with a 6th-generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and up to 8GB of RAM. In the graphics department, the Intel HD 520 does well but is not as good as a discrete GPU. As of storage, the 1TB PCIe SSD should be more than sufficient for a detachable. The stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ can fill a small hall with clear audio.
The Miix 510’s 2MP front-facing camera is good enough for video conferencing, but the 5MP snapper on the back disappoints a bit due to its grainy images. This shouldn’t be a concern as most people don’t use a tablet to take photos.
The Lenovo Miix 510 will have a USB Type-C and a USB 3.0 port, in addition to a Micro SIM slot and an audio combo jack.
The Miix 510’s battery lasts for about 8 hours and you can use the machine to reverse-charge other gadgets, even while it is asleep. An extra battery life of 1 or 2 hours would have been good, but you cannot ask more for $600.
Lenovo Miix 510 – Conclusion:
The Lenovo Miix 510 is the perfect choice for someone who needs both the functionality of a fully-equipped laptop and the design of a tablet. The device is also available with optional LTE so that you can stay online on the go. The 2-in-1’s pre-orders are available right now from Lenovo’s website. You have the option to choose between Platinum Silver and Ebony Black colors.