The Lenovo Ideapad Miix 520 aspires to compete with Microsoft’s Floor Professional, and it checks practically the entire packing containers: wonderful efficiency; a shiny, high-resolution show; and a snug typing expertise. Solely in battery life does it fall effectively quick. Nonetheless, the Miix 520 is a superb different to the pricier Floor lineup.

As Home windows tablets coalesce towards the 12.2-inch panel dimension utilized by the Miix 520, evaluating them is all about tradeoffs. The Miix 520, which is presently obtainable in just one configuration (presently about $990 on Amazon), upgrades the everyday pill show from 1080p to a 1920×1200 panel. However that larger decision impacts battery life, as you’ll see later in our assessments. The opposite main options are detailed beneath., 

Lenovo Miix 520: Fundamental specs and options

  • Show: 12.2-inch (1920×1200) IPS
  • Processor: Intel 1.6GHz Core i5-8250U  (Kaby Lake-R)
  • Graphics: Intel 620 (built-in)
  • Reminiscence: 8GB DDR4 (2,133MHz)
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Ports: 1 USB three.zero (Kind C), 1 USB three.zero (Kind A), microSD, headphone jack
  • Wi-fi: 802.11ac (2×2), Bluetooth four.1
  • Cameras: Entrance (5MP, fixed-focus) Rear (8MP, autofocus)
  • Battery: 39Wh
  • Working system: Home windows 10 Dwelling
  • Dimensions and weight: 11.eight in. x eight.1 in. x zero.four in., zero.6 in. with keyboard; 1.9 lb (pill), 2.72 lb (with keyboard), three.06 lb (pill, keyboard plus charger)
  • Worth as reviewed: $999

In contrast to Microsoft, Lenovo bundles the removable keyboard in addition to a stylus, often called the Lively Pen 2. 

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The Lenovo Miix 520 affords excellent worth. though it’s all packaged in a somewhat unassuming exterior.

Lenovo Miix 520: Construct high quality and show

Save for Lenovo’s silvery “watchband” hinge, the Miix 520’s platinum silver exterior is discreet, as is the case with most tablets. In contrast to the crisp, minimalist strains of the Microsoft Floor Professional (2017), nonetheless, there’s far more of a way of “busy:” a fan grille runs alongside the highest of the pill, ports cluster to the left-hand-side, and speaker grilles come out right here and there.

The watchband hinge isn’t only for present. It helps the burden of the pill (which, at 2.72 kilos with the keyboard, is a bit heavier than the competitors), and it reclines to 150 levels (the identical vary because the Floor Professional) with hardly a wobble. Lenovo makes use of the skinny “sheath” kickstand that the majority pill makers (besides HP) make use of, although, which may jab your thighs after extended use.

Lenovo Miix 520 Mark Hachman / IDG

The Miix 520’s watchband hinge not solely captures the attention, it helps help the pill because it reclines.

When powering on the Miix 520, it’s possible you’ll discover one of many design touches that please recurring Lenovo customers: the on-screen battery gauge. You even have the choice (through the Lenovo Vantage software program, mentioned later) of inserting a battery icon widget in your taskbar. 

Lenovo Miix 520 Mark Hachman / IDG

A fan grille runs the size of the Miix 520 pill. The pill’s fan activates continuously, however the low hiss by no means turns into annoying.

Whereas the Miix 520’s 12.2-inch, 1920 x 1200 IPS panel taxes battery life and lacks the visible pop of, say, the OLED display utilized by the Samsung Galaxy Book, the expertise is value it. There’s a perceptible enchancment in show high quality in comparison with 1920×1080. The luminosity maxes out at simply 298 nits, which is considerably lower than the competitors, however we take into account one thing between 250 and 270 nits to be comfy for common use.

Sadly, one side the place the Miix 520 skimps an excessive amount of is Home windows Whats up. The pill lacks a fingerprint reader, and the 5MP front-facing digicam just isn’t Home windows Whats up-capable. The rear-facing 8MP digicam is appropriate for Mixed Reality Viewer, a enjoyable new characteristic in Home windows 10 the place you’ll be able to snap a photograph together with your pill after which drop in one in all hundreds of 3D objects to spice it up.

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