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Lenovo Miix 2 8: A fast tablet that's short on features

Michelle Mastin | March 7, 2014
Intel's Bay Trail-class Atom processors make it easy for PC manufacturers to build powerful tablets with a key feature that competitors like Google's Nexus 7 and Apple's iPad mini can't deliver: The ability to run Windows 8.1 and all the apps available for that OS. Lenovo's Miix 2 8 has that to its advantage. But while it delivers impressive performance, it falls short in features.

So maybe now you're wondering if this thing can replace a laptop. With the only I/O being the micro USB 2.0 port that's also used for charging, I wouldn't recommend trying that. You could pair it with a Bluetooth keyboard, but there's no way to connect an external display, hardwired ethernet, or any other peripherals.

The Miix 2 8 is an excellent tablet, but this market is expanding rapidly and details matter. For me, the more dimmable screen on Dell's Venue Pro 8 makes it a better nighttime reader. For others, the micro HDMI port on Toshiba's Encore 8 , or the active Wacom digitizer in the Asus VivoTab Note 8, will be must-have features. The Miix 2 8's great performance isn't enough for it to rise above comparably priced competitors with more features.

 

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