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Lenovo IdeaPad Lynx

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What's Hot: Thin and light, long battery life, optional keyboard dock doubles battery life.

What's Not: Not a gorgeous design, keyboard dock could have more ports.


Reviewed April 3, 2013 by , Editor in Chief (twitter: @lisagade)

Not too long ago we looked at the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, one of the smallest Windows 8 Atom tablets, and now we're looking at the consumer line counterpart, the Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx. The Lynx is also powered by a 1.8GHz dual core Intel Clovertrail Z2760 Atom CPU, with the usual 2 gigs of DDR2 RAM and 64 gigs of flash storage, but the form factor and accessories are quite different. The IdeaTab Lynx is an 11.6" tablet that's very thin and fairly light at 1.4 pounds. Like the ThinkPad Tablet 2, it has an IPS display with wide viewing angles, though colors aren't as eye-popping as the Tablet 2's nor does it look quite as sharp.

Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx

This isn't a gorgeous tablet: the front is the usual slab of glass and the back is textured gray plastic that's grippy though dull looking. The IdeaTab Lynx shares a good deal of design DNA with the Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 Android tablet, and even their optional keyboard docks are similar. Both use a wrap-around slot for the tablet that's very secure but not elegant looking. The optional dock, priced from $129 to $199 depending on where you shop, has a secondary battery inside that doubles runtimes. The keyboard is quite good for an 11.6" machine, though not quite at ThinkPad level or even IdeaPad laptop level. Key spacing is generous and the smile-shaped keys are comfortable but key travel is minimal and there's a little bit of keyboard deck flex. The dock has two USB 2.0 ports.

Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx

The tablet has an HDMI port, 3.5mm combo audio jack and a micro USB port that's used for charging (the Lynx uses the same 5v 2amp charger as the ThinkPad Tablet 2) and USB host. Lenovo includes a micro USB to USB female adapter in the box so you can use hard drives, keyboards, 3G/4G dongles and more. It provides enough power to run a portable 2.5" external hard drive, unlike the Tablet 2.

Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx

The IdeaTab Lynx runs Windows 8 32 bit with the usual Live Tile and standard desktop UIs. It's a full Windows PC and is compatible with Windows 7 programs. That means you can install MS Office, Photoshop, the Google Chrome web browser and more. Since it's an Atom machine with low end integrated graphics, it's not meant for Windows 7 games or video editing, but it handles Office and Photoshop fine. Windows 8 games from the Windows Store play fine. Like all Atom Windows 8 tablets, it has a fanless design and runs cool. Battery life is very good at 7.5 hours of actual use time.

Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx

The Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx is available now and sells for $549 to $599. The dock is sold separately at an average price of $149. The 11.6" display supports 5 points of multi-touch but it does not work with digital pens like the ThinkPad Tablet 2 or Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T. You can use a capacitive stylus, as you would with an iPad or Android tablet.


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PCMark 7: 1425

Windows Experience Index (scale of 1.0 - 9.9):

Processor: 3.5
RAM: 5.5
Desktop Graphics: 3.8
Gaming Graphics: 3.3
Primary Hard Disk: 5.6

PC Mark 7 Benchmark Comparison Table, Windows 8 Intel Atom (unless otherwise noted) Tablets:

Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx 1435
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 1425
Asus VivoTab TF810C 1256
HP Envy x2 1424
Samsung ATIV 500T 1273
Samsung ATIV 700T (Core i5) 4034
Acer Iconia W510 1258
MS Surface Pro 4657



The Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx offers all the things we like about Intel Atom Windows 8 tablets: long battery life, silent operation, long standby and a thin and light design. But its looks detract from an otherwise solid experience, and I fear that it may not get a long look from buyers when more visually appealing tablets beckon. The Lynx needs a special something, like the Wacom digital pen in the ThinkPad Tablet 2, Samsung ATIV 500T and Asus VivoTab TF810, or more ports and slots on the keyboard dock to stand out. That doesn't mean it's not a great workhorse with a superior keyboard option vs. the accessory Bluetooth keyboard on the higher end ThinkPad Tablet 2, it's just not special.

Price: Starting at $549 to $599, dock is $129 to $199 additional



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Display: 11.6", 1366 x 768 IPS display (400 nits brightness, 5 points of capacitive multi-touch). PowerVR SGX545 graphics. Micro HDMI port on tablet. Has accelerometer, ambient light sensor and gyroscope.

Battery: 2 cell Lithium Ion rechargeable battery in tablet and additional 2 cell battery in keyboard dock. Compact 5v, 2 amp wall wort charger included.

Performance: 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760 dual core CPU with 2 gigs of LPDDR2 533MHz RAM (2 gigs is max RAM). 64 gig eMMC flash drive soldered to motherboard.

Size: 11.8 x 7.4 x 0.37 inches. Weight: 3.0 pounds for tablet and keyboard together, tablet alone weighs 1.4 pounds.

Camera: 2MP front webcam.

Audio: Built-in stereo speakers, dual array mics on tablet and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack on both tablet and keyboard dock.

Networking: Integrated Broadcomm single band WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0.

Software: Windows 8 32 bit. Bundled apps: Lenovo Cloud by SugarSync, Nitro Pro 7 PDF, Norton Internet Security and Skype.

Expansion and Ports: 1 SDXC microSD card slot on tablet, micro HDMI and 3.5mm audio. Micro USB port for charging and for USB host (comes with adapter to full size USB). 2 USB 2.0 ports on keyboard dock.



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