Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Windows 8 Tablet Review

The IdeaTab Lynx is a full-blown Windows 8 tablet. That means all of the programs you are used to using will be compatible, and you will have desktop mode if you feel you need to use it. Windows 8 is made for the touch experience anyways so using it on a tablet like this is great. The touchscreen panel is very responsive and using the touch gestures within Windows 8. There was not a single instance where the tablet did not recognize touch commands.

Viewing websites and browsing the internet on the Lynx is very enjoyable. The 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 display will give you enough screen real estate to see websites clearly, especially when in landscape mode. If you move to portrait mode some lettering does get a little squished, depending on the which website you are viewing. The tablet is nice a light and is very easy to pick up. The rigid back gives you some grip and there is enough room on each side of the display to easily hold it without accidentally touching the touchscreen. Typing on the Lynx can be a little difficult if you are holding it with one hand and trying to type with another. If you have the tablet propped up or sitting on a desk typing is a breeze and very comfortable.

As far as performance goes the 1.8 GHz Intel Atom processor should easily be able to handle most everyday tasks like word processing, web browsing and some light tablet-based games. Multi-tasking within Windows 8 works great and I did not notice any type of lag when having multiple applications open at once. You only get 64GB of storage with this tablet so I would definitely try and get some type of cloud storage setup on the device, there is also the top-mounted SD card slot, which will give you additional storage.

When it comes to playing media on the Lynx we really did not experience any issues, although when playing 1080p content there was a little bit of a noticeable slow down. All other media, including 720p video played flawlessly. Everything on the 1366 x 768 display looks nice a crisp. Since the display uses IPS technology you have very wide viewing angles as well. The two speakers on the tablet are nothing to write home about, but I did crank them all the way up and see what they could do. For a single person experience they get the job done, of course if you want you can plug in speakers or a headset.

The front facing camera works great for having Skype calls. It can record 720p and 1080p video, but the quality is not that great. Since the camera is only a front facing camera I wouldn’t expect many people to be using it to take photos, but if you do beware they do come out a little grainy.

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