Review: Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx gives Intel Atom a bad name

Lenovo's Atom-based Windows 8 tablet-laptop hybrid is lightweight and usable, but build quality doesn't cut it

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The keyboard dock is the least impressive part of the package. Its plastic construction not only feels flimsy, but at one point the top edge of the keyboard came away from the base and had to be snapped back in. The touchpad is much smaller than those of other machines in the same class. Worse, it uses click zones at the bottom of the pad instead of actual buttons (which causes the cursor to jump around), and it doesn't appear to support gestures either.

Key action isn't bad, but the tray containing the keys tends to flex a bit when typing -- another sign of poor design. While the dock itself is sturdy, the front lip of the dock makes it difficult to swipe on the screen from the bottom when the unit is docked. (I noticed it's easier to park the unit in the dock by inserting it at a slight angle, rather than straight down.)

The preloaded software in the Lynx is in line with its consumer orientation. You'll find Norton Internet Security, Nitro PDF 7, and a trial copy of Microsoft Office 2010, along with Intel's AppUp store and Lenovo-branded SugarSync cloud storage software. A business user could in theory make this machine part of his or her workflow -- TPM is included -- but there are better offerings from both Lenovo and other vendors for that market, as well as the consumer market.

Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx at a glance

 
PriceStarts at $549 MSRP
ProcessorIntel Atom Z2760 1.8GHz
Memory2GB DDR2
Storage64GB MMC
Weight2.9 pounds docked; 1.4 pounds undocked
Dimensions11.8 by 7.4 by 0.37 inches
Display11.6 inches @ 1,366-by-768 LED IPS display
Battery7 hours, 20 minutes
Ports1 MicroUSB, 1 MicroHDMI, 1 microSD card, 1 audio. Dock: 2 USB 2.0, 1 MicroUSB (for charging)
Radios802.11a/b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0
Touch UI5-point capacitive multitouch
Management featuresTPM
Sandra 2013 score0.82kPt

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