Lenovo Lynx hybrid is a convertible tablet/notebook featuring energy efficient Intel Atom chip with solid performance and gorgeous design. Here is a review of Lenovo IdeaPad Lynx and its comparison to other windows 8 tablets.
Lenovo IdeaPad K3011 Lynx notebook weights 1.4 pounds, and featuring well-executed craftmanship from top to bottom – not even a whiff of a rough join or a jagged edge with a textured overlay that feels intriguing to the touch. The 11.6-inch display features 1366 x 768 pixels, and it is wonderfully bright; quantified at 444 candelas. On the left side is a switch for locking the auto-rotation of the display.
The processor is an Intel Atom Z2760 clocked at 1.8GHz, just like all the other Clover Trail W8 tablets. For storing all your sundry pics, vids, and docs Lynx have a 64GB SSD.
Ports are scarce – microUSB connector and a microSD card reader, audio jack, a microUSB connector and one microSD card slot. The Lenovo IdeaPad K3011 Lynx is graced with rather chic tablet design encased in a black sensually-veneered shell.
For an additional $200 will get you the Lynx’s keyboard dock, which adds a battery pack and a couple of full-sized USB ports as well as a slightly cramped keyboard and a jolly cramped trackpad. The dock is done out in slate gray, in stark contrast to the black and charcoal surfaces of the tablet, and the two connect with the help of a button to ‘officially’ link them up. The keys are U-formed, helping with typing accuracy, but don’t expect to tap out your autobiography on the IdeaPad Lynx unless you’ve got the patience of a saint.
The trackpad is a bit too small for anyone used to a full-sized trackpad. Still, sitting on a bus or train, or checking emails in a cafe aren’t beyond its usability. That said, we are looking at a total of $748 for both tablet and dock, and there are other solutions for this sort of cash…
The entire gamut of W8 Atom tablets land up within 5% of one another in benchmark tests, and real-world experience is a similar story; they all read data at 80-odd MB/s, write it at 35MB/s give or take a megabyte per second (i.e. 3% difference)…catch our drift? Windows 8 zips along, with only the very occasional stutter reminding the user that there are more powerful platforms out there for running the latest Windows OS. It scores about 30% points higher on Geekbench at 1331 than a first generation Netbook, the first format to feature the Atom architecture, and pretty good at running everyday XP it was too. Now the force of technological progress has added touch control to the Atom’s palette, and as with the netbook, it’s all about adapting the task to suit the tools at hand. Fine casual enjoyment on the move, instant and precise recognition of touch gestures, all very nice for what it is. Mass Photoshop edits, or Black Ops 2 and other graphical grunt is somewhat lacking on the Clover Trail architecture.
Audio on the Lenovo Lynx is very acceptable; volume is fair and there is very little distortion with it turned up full.
Battery runtime fizzled out after just 6 hours 24 mins of Wi-Fi surfing. It’s really the weakest point with the Lynx, and means you need a reason to opt for this solution ahead of, say, the Asus VivoTab Smart or the Acer Iconia W 700, both of which offer a good 90 minutes extra runtime.
Acer Iconia W700 with 64GB of storage and Intel Core i3 starts at $729. The design might well be the thing that swings it for you… IdeaPad Lynx is a gorgeous machine. Lenovo has provided 12-month warranty free of charge. That guarantee is extendable for $59 to two years; a good deal for 12 months extra hassle-free computing.
All things considered, the category leader in the Atom Windows 8 sphere is another Lenovo tablet, the ThinkPad Tablet 2, with a good four extra hours of battery runtime and the option of stylus input. OK so its display is 10.1 inches across the diagonal, but you can’t have everything on a tablet. As the Lynx shows. Standard in the sector of ultraportable hybrid notebooks tablets requires at least one USB 3.0 port, Ethernet port, a SD card reader and perhaps HDMI or DisplayPort. Lynx has none of these. Performance-wise it will not break records. The bottom line is that Lynx makes a perfect second Windows 8 device. It will not replace a desktop. It is very portable, great looking and for a reasonable buck.
Lenovo IdeaPad Lynx with 64GB of storage can be picked up at Amazon for $499.
Keyboard Dock will cost you another $144.
READ: Lenovo Windows 8 devices
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