Lenovo launched its affordable Ideapad MIIX 300 tablet at MWC2015 which runs Windows 8.1 out of the box. But, the full fledged Windows is not the only USP of Lenovo’s new tablet. You would need to shell out mere $150 for the base model. Isn’t it great? This is a result of Microsoft giving away Windows free to its partners for devices with screens smaller than 9 inch. This cuts the licensing fees which previously accounted for major part of a device’s price. There are such tablets from lesser known to unknown brands that offer sub-par quality so it would be always be smart to stick to big brands like Lenovo.
It is powered by an Intel Atom processor and has 2GB of RAM. The 8 inch screen has a crisp WXGA (1280×800) resolution. I’m sure many will find this a comfortably spacious viewing space as it is not as compact as seven inch displays nor as big as 10 inch ones. And since it’s an IPS LCD unit, you can also expect wide viewing angles. The top most model will offer 64GB memory but even the lower capacity ones will come with microSD slot so you don’t need to worry about the memory. Oh, and it also has cameras on both the sides just in case you need to snap something.
For the productivity part you already have Windows so you can carry out most your tasks just as you would on your PCs or laptops. To take it even further, Microsoft is throwing in a free subscription to its Office 365 suite which otherwise costs $70. So, essentially you end up paying roughly half the retail price (for base model). It also lets you use the same subscription on a PC or a Mac and a phone such as Lumia.
When you’re not working on something that’s resource hungry, it would be wiser to use tablets like this one. MIIX 300 is lighter too at 0.8 pounds (360g) which make carrying it around a tireless thing. Add a Bluetooth keyboard and you get the comfort of your laptop, too. It also offers 7 hours long battery life which many regular, bulky laptops will never be able to match.
Tablets are surely a great way to have mix of convenience, mobility, entertainment and productivity. You’d easily find Android tabs for that in every price segment but the Windows running ones are rare and carry heavy price tags. They also score more in terms of productivity. I, for one, would pick up Windows tablets over Android ones as I can do a lot more with them and having a desktop class, full fledged OS is always a plus, at least for me.
Did reading this get you excited about MIIX 300? But, you’ll need to wait for July to come as that’s when Lenovo will start selling MIIX 300. For users, looking to buy a complete productivity tablet, this one will be a good option coming from a reputable brand.