Lenovo ideapad miix 700 80QL0020US is a full-fledged tablet laptop by Lenovo that was most certainly created in attempts to bring a versatile machine into the industry; if not try winning over potential Surface Pro 4 buyers. From a first look, it is as trending setting and as premium as they get and most of my workmates agree that it sure is a clone to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. How you may ask? Well, from a side to side comparison, it is intriguing and hard to deny the similarities. If you’ve used a Surface Pro 3 before, you should feel at home with the Lenovo ideapad miix 700 80QL0020US.
They both share a kickstand with plenty of motion, screen resolution (2160 x 1400), choice of color (black and rose gold options) and similar folding of the keyboard while connecting to the hinges. The major difference I noted is that Lenovo Miix borrowed the Yoga line wrist-watch hinges which is nothing short of exemplary. It also is a quieter system thanks to the fanless system.
Lenovo Miix 700 Review
- Great screen resolution -2160 x 1440 pixels
- Fast boot ups thanks to 256 GB SSD
- Decent battery life –up to 9 hours. Even longer depending on use.
- Features M-Core type processors which maintain cool (hence fanless machine)
- Keyboard is included –unlike Surface Pro so you save a few bucks
- Offers USB 3.0 for connectivity.
- Pen included
- Micro-SD card slot for extra storage
- Budget priced. Way cheaper than the Surface Pro 4
- Lacks HDD storage but that is only an issue if you use lots of storage.
- Lacks backlit keyboard
- The Lenovo ideapad miix 700 80QL0020US has an attractive design and flashes of close resemblances to the Surface Pro 3. The wrist watch hinges are remarkable, battery is as promised (we expected 9 hours only to find it can give more) and an average keyboard. Lenovo did a decent job trying to fill the shoes of Microsoft Surface 3, but it is a considerable choice over Surface Pro 4 especially on price matters. Lenovo did a superb job giving value for so much less and we recommend it.
Note: The entire bundle of the Miix 700 is way cheaper than the Surface Pro 4 package. I’m talking about the total initial cost of buying the laptop/tablet plus screen protector and Folio case which you might need later (are sold separately).
DESIGN AND FEATURES
Lenovo Miix 700 Case
The Ideapad miix 700 80QL0020US is made of gold-colored magnesium-alloy (could be black too) and a glass covered 12 inch display. It measures 12.4 x 9.6 x 3.1 inches and weighs 1.73 pounds when alone which is pretty lightweight. The folio keyboard case brings in an additional 0.22 inch of thick making a sum total weight of 2.46 pounds together. In comparison, that weighs almost similar to the Surface Pro 4 but slightly thicker. It still weighs and measures more than the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S too. Generally, the overall metal back and stand construction are beyond reproach.
The screen display enjoys a 2,160 by 1,440 resolution ideal for web browsing and YouTube video streaming at 1080p. The Surface Pro 4 has 2,736 by 1,824 resolution on its display where images are clearly vivid and images brighter. If you love clarity, that could be a good reason to jump on the Microsoft yacht. But if your main use is making notes while in meetings and sketching that should not be a dud.
Even so, Lenovo ideapad miix 700 80QL0020US shines in harsh outdoor light and has great viewing angles thanks to the IPS. The touchscreen is responsive and works perfectly with the pen for intricate work that involves focus. Speaking of which, the pen runs on AAAA batteries (that’s not a typo – they’re one smaller than AAA). If you’re new to the pen, hold it down for right clicking or just use the two buttons at the top as an alternative.
On a more positive note, Lenovo borrowed the wrist watch hinge theme for its hinges which we totally loved. The kickstand on the back is somewhat different from the adjustable stand on other tablets such Microsoft Surface Pro 4. The hinges is made of three rows of faceted interlocking metal rings that combined allow the hinge to contort with grace.
It is able to turn open from 0 to 160 degrees, and does it magnificently I must say. This is an open victory for the Lenovo Ideapad Miix 700 80QL0020US as not even its rival Samsung Galaxy Pro S has this feature. The latter is constrained to only two angles built into the folio’s case.
Unlike the Surface Pro, the Miix 700 has an included ActivePen which you don’t have to pay extra separately for. This is one other reason the Lenovo Miix is cheaper than Surface. While the Microsoft has its pen attached magnetically to the side, Lenovo varies by having the pen attached on either side through USB ports available.
For a device to thrive and be useful to us, it needs to have an existing connectivity option for other less more advanced devices. We were proud that the Lenovo ideapad miix 700 80QL0020US a healthy port system. The right side houses the USB 3.0, micro-HDMI port, volume rocker and power button. The left side has the second USB port but this time a USB 2.0 (Type A) port which doubles up as the power supply. There’s no huge advantage here as this means you can only have one USB available while charging the tablet.
There is a Micros-SD card reader hidden behind the stand; it might not be obviously visible. The upper side is home to the combo microphone/headphone jack.
Other connectivity options included: Supports Wi-Fi standards (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth 4.2 which is faster, secure and power efficient provided public or your private Bluetooth peripherals support this standard. You can also access the internet via mobile network thanks to the LTE modem available in the Lenovo Miix 700.
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Lenovo miix 700 80QL0020US: PERFORMANCE
Features M-Core 1.1 GHz Core M 6Y54 type processors which maintain cool (hence fanless machine) but on the other hand this is a downside as well. This is because i-core processors are faster in performance which in this case makes the Microsoft Surface Pro faster. Just so you know, don’t then expect to play graphic intensive games, heavy photo editing (Photoshop) or rendering / animate things as it isn’t built to handle it. Otherwise, we highly recommend using the Lenovo miix 700 for doing everyday light and medium tasks.
The tablet also comes with 8GB DDR3 RAM and 256GB of SSD. Besides the Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) operating system preloaded on the machine, there are quite a few apps preinstalled: I’m talking about Flipboard, McAfee, LiveSafe and other Lenovo utilitites. It would be wise to uninstall some of these as 256GB is easy to fill up. Should the storage still prove wanting, there’s a microSD slot to sort out extra storage space.
Moving on, the Intel Core m6Y54 is integrated with Intel HD graphics 515. Thanks to the efficient Core m-processor, there isn’t any fan noise on the system as the machine hardly produces any excessive heat. The benefit is that it keeps the tablet thin and lighter. In return, the tablet is not much of a gaming partner and is only good for day –to-day tasks such as creating office documents, web browsing, video conferencing or taking notes during meetings.
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KEYBOARD AND TRACKPAD
The detachable keyboard flaunts a chiclet key design that is similar to Lenovo’s previous design. The keys are flat, slightly roughened and have a shot drop. I had easy time using it as the key travel is decent and the keyboard doesn’t wobble. Although on some angles it does rock, but that should not be a problem if placed on solid surface. Its Achilles Heel however is that it lacks backlighting while the Microsoft surface pro has one; a bitter pill to swallow for users in dim lit spaces.
The touchpad is simple, neat and responsive too. It is center aligned and small (measures 10 x 5 cm,that is appro 4 x 2 inches) but handles gesture control like a charm. The surface is sleek and the pad only drops slightly on a single tap with clear pressure points. There is a button on the keyboard to disable the trackpad if you choose to only use the ActivePen which comes in handy more often than not.
The Lenovo miix 700 80QL0020US comes with two cameras; the front and the rear. Both offer similar 5 megapixels but the rear trumps for having focus and flash. The picture quality is nothing too “flashy” as a 3D camera, but you won’t be disappointed either. The camera is not iris sensors either and as a matter of fact the only security feature installed is the TPM 2.0. You would have to spend extra for security on a premium tablet.
Battery life is strong on the Lenovo Miix 700. It lasted 8 hours 51 minutes on rundown test but slightly longer with minimal usage. Typically, the battery can last you through a day’s work. In a last-man-standing competition the Surface Pro 4 takes the crown though by 1 hour 16 minutes
Lenovo miix 700 Specs
- Screen Size 12 inches
- Screen Resolution 2160 x 1440 pixels
- Processor 1.1 GHz Core M 6Y54
- RAM 8 GB DDR3
- Hard Drive 256 GB SSD
- Graphics Co-processor Intel HD Graphics 515
- Wireless Type 11 A/C
- Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
- Average Battery Life (in hours) 9 hours
- Series Miix 700-12ISK
- Item model number 80QL0020US
- Operating System Windows
- Product Dimensions 12.4 x 9.6 x 3.1 inches
- Color Black
- Rear Webcam Resolution 5 MP
- Processor Count 2
- Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
- Flash Memory Size 256
- Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA-600
- Optical Drive Type None
- Power Source Battery
- Batteries 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)
Lenovo has an excellent laptop/tablet with the Lenovo ideapad miix 700 80QL0020US. in its lineup. From its myriad of features, one can make the conclusion that it clearly makes a good impression as it provides a great value for money. The core m processor has enough muscle for daily computing power and allows a noiseless system, the battery is remarkable, the display is bright (IPS screen) and the price is low enough for budget category.
Additionally, the ActivePen and keyboard are provided at no extra cost which gives Microsoft a run for their money. If you’re in the market for a Surface alternative, the Miix is a good option to check out first. It comes with our recommendation and approval.