Lenovo Miix 2 8 – A Windows 8.1 8-inch Tablet Review

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22 Responses

  1. Tyradius says:

    Thanks for the review! It seems the Lenovo is the best looking among the offerings, while not compromising on performance. I still have questions about it concerning miracast support. It may not seem like much, but I plan on using miracast or something similar. Microsoft really needs an answer to apples air play. Also can you connect an OTG connector? USB to HDMI? If you don't have those cables to test I understand. I'm just trying to get a solid understanding of this devices capabilities before I make a purchase. Thanks!

  2. Purian23 says:

    Great review, thank you!

  3. Mario says:

    You saw more battery life… how much more? average.

  4. Joe says:

    Boy, none of you guys seem to like The Surface 2. Sorry, but the Surface 2 beats this by a country mile, and no sane person wants to run x86 software on an 8" screen. x86 software stinks on touchscreens, because they were built for touch. When I use a tablet, I want it to work like a tablet. I don't want to have to put up with viruses, malware, crashes, and other issues that you have to deal with on a PC.

    • jwiskowski says:

      RT is unstable and not well support IMO. Original Surface was decent, thanks to a year of driver and OS updates. The Atom Bay Trail destroys the Tegra 4 is everyday usage as well. Surface 2 felt slower than it should.

      Glad you like yours, but 8" devices are much different than 10.6" ones. I want a 8" tablet right now, nothing larger.

  5. Joe says:

    By the way, you aren't watching 1080p content on a 1200×800 screen. That's worse than the original Surface RT.

    • jwiskowski says:

      I am streaming and processing 1080p thank you, 1080p content looks better on a 1280 x 80 screen than 720p content. 1080p content is downscaled, 720p content upscaled.

  6. JCdev says:

    I'm new to Surfacegeeks and quite excited about this new crop of 8 inch Windows 8.1 tablets. Very helpful review and looking forward to more Miix 2 reviews since there are not many folks who have this device as of now.

  7. Angel says:

    I just picked one up today. So far I like what I see. I plan to install some X86 apps for work to truly test this thing. But so far its really looking like a keeper. This type of form factor should of been out in 2012.8" is the sweet spot and yes I do feel like this can be my iPad Mini replacement.

    • jwiskowski says:

      I love this form factor, but it still feels new as it caught on so slowly outside of the iPad mini. Glad you are enjoying yours!

  8. esque says:

    Thank you for this review. The Miix2 seems to be a great little tablet.
    What I'm wondering is how much of the flash memory is free on a freshly installed tablet?

  9. kentma says:

    this device has a GPS , why don't you mention it? it is import piece if information in my opinion

    • jwiskowski says:

      Sorry for the omission! It is not very useful to me. But Bing Maps Preview is the first modern UI app that leverage GPS I enjoy using. I should revisit it as my current daily driver, the Toshiba Encore 8 has GPS as well.

  10. Great review. I happened to get one at best buy on 11/16/13 and haven't been able to put it down. Its like you said an iPad mini running full blown Windows 8.1. I can VPN and use the corporate apps on it AND use it for personal tablet stuff. This was the best $299 I've spent.

  11. den says:

    i can't wait for you to compare these 4 windows 8.1 8 inchers (acer w4, dvp8, miix2 and Toshiba encore) all their pros and cons, hidden or unpublished features like mimo wifi, sdxc, dual channel, etc, hopefully by Christmas I can finally decide on which 8 incher should I get, cheers guys!

    • jwiskowski says:

      Dual channel won't mean much on these devices, IMO.

      But for the (3) I have used, I think the Dell is the most supported of the bunch, and weight/thinness combo isn't too bad. The Miix 2 would be my pick if they can sort out their driver issues. But the Encore 8, even though heavier and thicker, is rock solid IMO. The additional of micro HDMI separates it from the others. The Acer will have the best screen, or so we hope!

      I use the Encore 8 everyday and am thrilled each time.

  12. Looking for the 8 incher which is capable of HDMI out, comes with Office 2013 and can use a stylus with One Note and other apps (I have my workstation and a solid laptop so it's a companion device). Yeah the Miix looks great BUT!!!!! no HDMI and I know you guys are fans of the Venue Pro 8 as well but the stylus on that sucks (Mobile Tech Review). Messed around with the Toshiba Encore 8 yet?

    • jwiskowski says:

      Remember, the Dell has received various firmware and driver updates, some targeted at the pen. Don't go off of all the reviews, check the forums too. I prefer the Toshiba for the HDMI and rock solid drivers. But no stylus.

      You might want to wait for the Asus. I don't know if it'll have HDMI out, but it will support a Wacom stylus.