April 29, 2013
- Good size
- Beautiful 11.6-inch display
- Decent overall performance
- Tablet's edges are sharp
The Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx is a Windows 8 tablet that offers good battery life and a large 11.6-inch display. It has 64GB of storage, 2GB of RAM and a 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760 CPU that provides solid performance. The price, however, is probably a bit too high for our liking.
When you first pickup the Lenovo Lynx, we really liked the diamond-shaped textured finish on the tablet's rear. The texture gives you a good, solid grip on the tablet. The rear panel is plastic, so it's less sturdy than a metal back would be. The edges of the tablet are squared off and after some extended use, some of our users complained the sharp edges were cutting in their hands. Perhaps Lenovo should have made the edges more rounded for comfort sake.
The tablet measures 11.8 x 7.4 x 0.4-inches (wdh) and weighs 1.4-pounds. It definitely does feel like a larger-sized tablet when you told it but it is lighter in weight than we expected. Aside from the power button on the top left edge, there is an orientation lock and volume control on the left edge. The Start button below the screen, while a little undersized, provides a good solid click.
The 11.6-inch display has a resolution of 1366 x 768-pixels, which is the standard for Windows 8 Atom-powered tablets. We found the display to be very bright and having a crisp image. Viewing angles were outstanding and the touch sensitivity was also very responsive and accurate. With this tablet, only 5 simultaneous touch points are supported.
For ports and connectivity, there is a micro-USB 2.0 port, a microSD memory card reader and a micro-HDMI video output. A headphone jack is also included for audio output. Wireless connectivity includes both 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. We liked the ability to show video and pictures on an HDTV via the micro-HDMI output, but Lenovo does not include the cable in the box, so you'll need to purchase one separately. They do, however, include a micro-USB to USB dongle.
The IdeaTab Lynx is powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 (1.8GHz) CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB solid-state drive and Intel GMA graphics. The included operating system is Windows 8, which pairs well with a tablet thanks to the touch-friendly design of Microsoft's latest operating system. In our use, we found performance to be speedy and allowed for the quick launch of many apps that we tried and used. When several applications were open (about 4+) there was a noticeable slow down in performance. This slow down is expected, however, due to the low-voltage mobile CPU and limited RAM.
Overall the performance fell slightly above average when compared to other similar, Windows 8 tablets.
Battery life is a strong point thanks to those low-voltage components. We were able to squeak out almost 8 hours of battery life, which is also above average.
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