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Lenovo Ideatab Miix 2 8 Windows Tablet – 2GB RAM 64GB SSD 8" Windows 8.1 (59393611)

  • Intel Atom Z3740(1.33GHz)
  • Windows 8.1
  • Touchscreen
  • Integrated Graphics
  • Office Home & Student 2013 included
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Anonymous
  • 6/27/2014 7:57:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood Hardware - Win8.1 not so good

Pros: Lenovo hardware is great.
Screen is very bright and resolution is good - can read outdoors.
Bios is pretty good for being UEFI
Runs windows software.

With bluetooth mouse and keyboard it works as a micro laptop with all the software you are used to.

I even run really old software on it via WinXP pro virtual machine via virtualbox.

Cons: 32 bit UEFI means backup solutions based on Linux are tough since few Linux distros support 32 bit UEFI. Would have been better with 64 bit but Microsoft insists that us need 32bit for "ready standby". Google it and read the sad story.

Windows 8.1 is a mass of continuous and massive updates. The UI is "evolving". Windows 8x is neither fish nor fowl. It's sometimes touch interface tablet and sometimes legacy desktop. Bought for the desktop apps and tablet stuff just gets in the way.

USB OTG doesn't allow using USB and charging at same time. Since you only have one port, you either use a hub and internal battery or you charge. Some have reported charge and USB but I think they are doing something that takes advantage of a software bug in the USB OTG. If you read the OTG spec, the protocol requires some sort of docking station and special software to negotiate charging and USB together. To some extent Bluetooth lets you get around this but blue tooth is not USB.

The bluetooth stack in win8.1 supports keyboard and mouse well. Serial SPP and audio I/O poorly.

Other Thoughts: If you just want a tablet that just works, go with android or if you really want simple and I device.....

If you want to run windows desktop software on a really small size machine, this is your choice.

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  • Kevin F.
  • 4/28/2014 1:34:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Tablet PC

Pros: Battery life on it is amazing!
The CPU is very powerful, for a cheaper Tablet.
Storage space is great! (Get the 64gb and stick a 64gb SD card in, you'll be set.)
Gaming on it is actually enjoyable. I'll make a list of all the games I have tested and played on mine so far in the other thoughts.
Super bright screen (which doubles as a con)
FULL WINDOWS 8.1.
Free version of Microsoft Office.
Thin and light, fits in my back pockets!

Cons: Super Bright Screen. While this is great in light areas, you can see the screen crystal clear, it kind of sucks when you're in a dark room, because even at the lowest brightness setting it is still SUPER bright.
The only other con is that I can't find a a nice case for it. Since it's a sleek little device, I want to keep that and not ruin it with a bulky case. But sadly, I can't seem to find a good, slim case anywhere. I was something like the iPad has, just a screen cover. But sadly, all I can find are big bulky cases. So for now, I'm not going to buy a case.

Other Thoughts: I really do love this tablet. I have a friend that bought a Surface Pro 2 and he spent $1000 on it. I is powerful, but he just does work stuff on it. I bought this for $250, and it can do everything his can do that he needs to do with it. I love it! It is also pretty good at gaming. Here is a list of the games I have installed and working perfectly on my Miix 2 (I bought a wireless mouse and keyboard set to make gaming better.)
-League Of Legends
-LEGO Lord Of The Rings
-Hearthstone
-Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time
-Warcraft 3
-Starcraft
-Age of Empires
-RPG Maker VX Ace
-Worms Armageddon
-Sim City 4 Deluxe
-Roller Coaster Tycoon 3
-Max Payne
-Half-Life
These are just the games that I have installed and played without a hitch. LoL drops down to about 40 FPS when in a bigger battle, but other than that, it runs at 60 FPS. (All these games are running at lowest graphic settings, but they are enjoyable as high FPS.)

In closing, I LOVE this tablet! It's incredible! And if they make a Miix 3 in a year or so, I'd probably buy it.

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  • Winthrop B.
  • 4/13/2014 6:23:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVery good small Windows tablet

Pros: Light weight, long battery life, snappy Windows 8.1. Bright screen. Plenty of free Windows 8.1 apps.
Works well with add on Classic Shell to replicate old Windows desktop/start menu when needed.

Cons: Doesn't seem to like 64gb memory cards. Not an issue for me as I won't be loading this tablet up with lots of stuff.
Not too impressed with Lenovo's support site. Lenovo is slow to provide up-to-date information about newer products.

Other Thoughts: Loaded free Classic Shell to get Windows 7 desktop experience. If you want the old Windows desktop interface, load Classic Shell. Gives you the option of loading the new Start menu or the old desktop/start menu.
I chose to boot into new Start menu with this small tablet. My larger Windows tablet boots into old desktop.
The new Start menu seems easier to use with small screen tablets like this one.

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  • Eric T.
  • 3/27/2014 12:28:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsalmost threw in the trash

Pros: tablet that runs windows, i can vpn to work and log on to the system there. Responsive touch screen, light and small. Easily connect to other windows PC on the network.

Cons: The hardware may be solid, but microsoft doomed it. After first day with very light use(installed google chrome with adblock extension, a few vpn softwares), suddenly the IE wont connect to internet(chrome could connect), then reboot and the device wont boot up(try to reboot a few times still freeze on the startup screen). Have to "reset" the device to default. Typical windows. Luckily I dont have anything on the thing yet so it was an easy choice. During first startup configuration u need to download updates takes a while, another typical windows flaw. Then it basically has all rest of the flaws of windows: infinite number of updates and reboot after installation of softwares. Settings that is very easy for android or ipad to do, you have to click through so many places to go there. I expect this to be a tablet, something simpler to use. I have small fingers but still it is very difficult to click through a desktop interface with them. I am a big fan of old windows OS but if they wanna do a tablet OS, they have a lot of work to do. Then you still have to worry about virus and firewall and malwares. And its not a fast machine. My nexus 4 runs smoother than this.

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  • Kevin F.
  • 3/25/2014 6:46:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Little Machine!

Pros: -Super Tiny!
-Super Light!
-Very Fast!
-Great OS!
-Amazing Screen!

Cons: Lack of full USB port. But just get an adapter for $10 and you'll be fine.

Other Thoughts: I really wanted a tablet that was running Windows, but didn't have $1000 to blow on a tablet. So then I saw this and I just had to have it. And I'm so glad I have it! It's super fast, and it's so much fun to be able to install Steam to a tablet, and do gaming on in. I will be posting screenshots of gameplay, and other points of interest as soon as my USB adapter gets here and I can plug a mouse in. But for now, I'm very happy with it!

I am a little let down because I bought this while it was on sale for $300. But then less than a week later they increased the sale to $270. So that's a little disheartening... but I'm still happy with my purchase.

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  • ROBERT F.
  • 3/10/2014 2:15:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product - i'm sold

Pros: Light
Fast
Decent battery

Cons: Screen could be slightly bigger I guess, but I knew that before i bought it
Needs micro HDMI

Other Thoughts: Great product that runs windows very smoothly. I have android and ipads and prefer this overall just for the full windows experience.

For the person so said they didn't have Office Student addition - I think they all come with it. Check for your windows code in the box, and use that as the activation code for Office Student edition. Works flawlessly with skydrive

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  • david c.
  • 2/28/2014 5:09:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Versatile Device!

Pros: Bought this unit at a Newegg bargain price. What a great buy! Battery life is excellent at 8+ hours. Cold boot for windows 8 32 bit is about 10 seconds. The unit is solidly built, and VERY light and portable (.80lbs).The computer can be used in a variety of setups (explained below), and is very versatile. Performance of Windows 8 32-bit is very fast. The capacitive touch screen works very well. The Musemee (extra purchase) Pen provides almost perfect screen writing capability. Finger touch also works great! I found the 64 GB SSD drive to be perfectly adequate. About 35 GB is available for programs. I added a 64 GB micro flash card for storage of PDF's, and data files. Formatted NTFS, the typical access time is virtually instant to the files and program on the micro card. MPG2 movie video files play perfectly. The 8" screen and extremely light (.8 lbs) weight makes this unit a superb portable device. I added a micro usb to female usb plug ($2. and a Y-connect usb cable. Thus, I now have the ability to both charge the device, and connect a powered usb hub. With a external usb-to-Monitor connection, the unit functions as a desk top replacement. My unit came with Microsoft Office 2013 - included! In conclusion, I LOVE THIS COMPUTER. Combined with the sale price, the Musemee pen writing capability (plus finger touch), and the available external usb hub capability, this unit has performed perfectly as my desktop replacement, and, as a portable under .8 lbs device! Great! (I am a mobile Financial Professional, and this device has been a life-saver!)
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Cons: None so far!

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  • Larry W.
  • 1/5/2014 4:16:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLenovo Miix 2 Mistake

Pros: Nice screen, low weight,

Cons: SD card won't work right. Tried to remove it and twice the Lenovo rebooted and had to fix errors. Tried several different brands of micro SC cards 2 GB to 64GB. Sometimes they were recognized, mostly they were not. Lousy SD media makes this an unusable windows 8 tablet because that's where files will be stored as the main SSD is too small.

Other Thoughts: Others have reported the same problem with the media reader. It hangs up the PC when you try to read it and forces a reboot, or it won't recognize any media, etc.

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  • Vitaliya G.
  • 12/18/2013 10:15:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSo, so, so, so disappointed

Pros: Nice form factor, good feel to hardware, microSD slot

Cons: Windows 8.1 - how many gestures that are useless can Microsoft think of, Windows Home Button Functionality - two presses to get a reaction, 21GB base Windows 8.1 install on a tablet - ridiculous?, 1200x800 screen quality is poor, Lenovo stylus and cover - stylus is useless, Camera ok - just doesn't rotate to landscape mode, CPU performance matches iPad3 A5x at best - the new intel chip is fast and performs well, but has video skips and hesitation that it should not. A relative test that was fun was a game that my son plays - Minion Run. He uses the iPad 3 Retina. I downloaded this game for the Miix 2. Ran them side by side. The A5x chip in the iPad blew away the performance on this new Lenovo sad to say - the A5x is 2 years old now. Minion Run on the Lenovo had choppy video and pauses, also movements of the Minion from side to side and jumps were delayed. So, where is the performance on the device - I guess for Microsoft Office loading or scrolling the screen? I read that IE11 is fully developed for a tablet experience - if yes, no-one at Microsoft has ever used Safari or Chrome, none of the in screen "Gestures" are active. For instance if you read Yahoo news they on the other browsers and OS implementations you can scroll pictures to get to the next story - not on Windows 8.1 and IE 11. Access to all applications - only available through Metro with a swipe up gesture - huh??? Why can't I get it from the desktop - I may want access to an application that I run once per week - do I have to pin it to the desktop? No, you have to click the home button (twice) get to metro, then swipe up and find the application and then execute it, then find what you were doing on the desktop again with four more gestures.

Need I continue? For anyone reading this, it is a total waste of time and money to purchase any Microsoft Windows 8.1 tablet unless you enjoy mediocrity. If you want handwriting recognition - Note 10.1 or Note 3. For the rest, iOS products are my favorite, they just work and are stable - my dream device would be a 5.5" iOS device with an Active Stylus.

To sum up this device and Windows Tablets overall - what is Microsoft thinking? A tablet is not a desktop and Windows 8.1 is neither. That's why Apple and Google have separated them.

For the Lenovo Miix 2. The only reason that I may keep it is for my son's video collection. Having 43GB free and capability to add an additional 64GB microSD would let me store a lot of windows movie and MP4 files without headaches of workarounds on iOS and Android. Also, it supports Flash - big, big issue for iOS and Android. But is it worth it to have a video player for $350 - not sure?

Other Thoughts: Microsoft needs to get its act together, the tablet would be ok at a price point of $100-125 maximum based on what it can do. Windows is not for tablets and Metro is not for tablets - it might be a marginal phone OS but am not wasting my time.

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  • Valerie S.
  • 12/11/2013 4:05:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsImpressive for a small tablet.

Pros: It runs windows 8.1 very well. It boots up quite fast. 64GB Micro SDXC Flash Card works well. I have not had sufficient time to do a complete battery test but so far the battery life seems decent.

Cons: GPS is present and does work but only about 25% of the time. I would not use this device for navigation purposes. Although Neweggs' specifications page says it has a HDMI port it does not.

Other Thoughts: I also got the Flip Cover With Stylus. The cover fits nicely and the Stylus has a thin tip which works very well.

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