With a weight of just grams and a thickness of a mere 8. Coupled with its rounded edges, this makes the device very comfortable in the hand. It immediately impresses with the subtle confidence of its design and a svelte use of sparse accents.
The touch-sensitive Windows button provides ample tactile feedback, which makes its occasional operation easy enough to avoid fuss. A thin rubberized border protects the edges of the entire device, with what feels like durable plastic wedged between it and the edges of the screen. The screen itself is covered with Infinity AGC Dragontail glass , which is a competitor to the popular Corning Gorilla Glass and which boasts comparable levels of defensive resilience.
Rounding out the assortment of construction materials is the aforementioned aluminum , which wraps around the entire back of the unit. The tablet feels appropriately sturdy, though it does falter a bit in the realm of torsion resistance, and heavier targeted pressure on the back can produce visible distortions on the LCD panel.
In terms of available ports, the ThinkPad 8 has recent competitors beaten due to the inclusion of USB 3. The rest of the ports are par for the course, with the left side of the unit featuring mini-HDMI always appreciated and a flap protecting the micro-SIM card slot and the micro-SD card reader which accepts cards of up to 64 GB in capacity. The opposite side features only the buttons and USB 3.
Dual mics flank the touchscreen for stereo recording, while the front-facing camera and ambient light sensor are above it. We experienced no problems using the hard drive under this configuration without the need for an external power source.
Like all tablets, without the luxury of a dock or other external adapter, there is of course no way to plug into a corporate network using Ethernet. The AC adapter that ships with the ThinkPad 8 is nice and compact. The entire adapter including the heavy-gauge detachable USB cable weighs in at just grams —a big plus for portability, though the cable is quite short less than 4 ft.
Also appreciated by some will be the lack of a ground prong. It fastens along the left side of the unit through the use of a series of magnets on the spine, after which it feels quite secure in its bond. Unlike many previous tablets of its stature, it includes fully-featured Windows 8.
The only integrated input device on the ThinkPad 8 is the point multi-touch screen , which is certainly comfortable and responsive we had no problems with gestures, accuracy, or anything else. Worse yet is the lack of a stylus or any sort of digitizer support , which is something we would have expected from a business tablet. Likewise, the on-screen keyboard is a far cry from a hardware replacement. There were even plenty of times when we yearned for a mouse or at least a touchpad with physical buttons; some operations are just too difficult when relying entirely on touch.
The 8. In terms of pixel density, it rivals the best devices with PPI. As with many tablets, the brightness of the screen is preconfigured to automatically adjust based on the readings of the ambient light sensor, though this feature can quickly be disabled within Windows.
In terms of contrast , a reading of thanks to a good black value of just 0. Several colors notch values just above the 5 deltaE mark the level where color deviation begins to become visibly apparent , but only orange is significantly aberrant, with around an 8. Elsewhere, total gamma is a bit low at just 1. Finally, outdoors , the tablet is easily usable in most shaded areas , but in the sun, the same limitations apply as with nearly all glossy touchscreen devices.
That is, reflections are obtrusive and annoying, exacerbated by the incidence of fingerprints and smudges even though the ThinkPad 8 claims to resist them. Meanwhile, our ceremonial testing with DPC Latency Checker revealed only minor latencies which should not adversely affect the streaming of real-time audio and video.
Best of all, the entire package is rated at an SDP of just 2 watts translating to a TDP of under 4 watts , which makes it perfect for passively-cooled devices like the ThinkPad 8. Numerous other efficiency improvements also combine to make this one of the better options for modern tablets.
CPU benchmarks versus other Zequipped tablets are somewhat disappointing. Our tests place the ThinkPad consistently below other tablets featuring the same SoC—though only one of these is an actual production model the HP Omni 10 eg. While our processor benchmarks are disappointing, general system performance is much more positive. With PCMark Vantage and PCMark 7 scores of and respectively , the ThinkPad 8 is near the top of all tablets in its class, and it even rivals the general performance scores of larger and higher-voltage devices such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and in those same benchmarks.
If more space is desired, a Micro SD slot is included under the left edge flap. Somewhat closer is the Lenovo Miix 2 8, scoring With just 4 EUs and a clock rate of up to MHz, only basic graphical tasks will be possible. As with all devices lacking active cooling, thermal management is a hot topic on the ThinkPad 8.
Still, temperatures remain manageable if not a bit uncomfortably warm even under very heavy load , with thermal averages of While idle , conditions are thoroughly pleasant , with average temperatures of closer to 30 degrees C top and bottom. When possible, we subject devices to a stress test to discern how well they can handle heavy loads of CPU and GPU activity.
We use a combination of Prime95 and FurMark to simulate these conditions. The ThinkPad 8 immediately reveals the same sort of aggressive thermal management as do other Bay Trail-T devices, and that results in performance well below the maximum possible clock rates of either CPU or GPU in any situation involving even moderate stress. We performed a subsequent run of 3DMark 11 directly following full system stress and received a significantly lower score of just , confirming that this throttling does in fact affect real-world performance of the device.
The two small rear-mounted speakers on the ThinkPad 8 deliver decent audio volume and reasonably clear sound, though it should go without saying that low frequencies are hardly reproduced at all. Meanwhile, just with minimal load brightness minimum, wireless radios off is perhaps a more reliable morsel of foreshadowing. For starters, build quality is top-notch , featuring the same sort of solid, premium ThinkPad feel that we expect from the brand.
The screen is overall beautiful , with good contrast and color coverage and extremely sharp resolution. The answer, consistent and predictable in context with our findings from other tablet evaluations, is yes, but only as a companion device. Valiant efforts notwithstanding, manufacturers have yet to produce a solution that can replace a physical keyboard and traditional mouse pointer interface for productivity purposes—and while the ThinkPad 8 enjoys the future support of a fabled keyboard dock, today, it remains as hobbled in those areas as any of its brethren.
Nevertheless, as far as Windows tablets go, the ThinkPad 8 is certainly amongst the best of the bunch. A physical keyboard and more manageable touch navigation at high resolutions. Lenovo Miix 2 8. Dell Venue 8 Pro. Toshiba Encore 8. Microsoft Surface Pro 2. HP Omni 10 eg. The avalanche of new Windows 8.
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When I want to erase something, I use the top but it write more instead. Can you please help me out? Hit Win key and type "Pen Tablet Properties. If you cannot see the program then you may need to download and install drivers from Lenovo's or Wacom's website. Sometimes the tablet features can stop working and you may need to Restart your system.
The Ctrl key is what they call a modifier key, and yes it's possible. Hi there, Thanks for the video! I just got a x tablet. It came with windows 7 and I upgraded to windows 8. The accuracy of the pen is pretty good with OneNote, but whenever I use the pen and seem to hover for a bit, the screen switches back and forth between the desk top and the app screen. I thought this may have been a calibration problem, but I can't find how to do it! Any help? If I want to purchase another stylus for my xt, do I have to purchase a particular stylus?
If so, what stylus do I need to purchase. Thanks, Mike. However, I would recommend getting a Fujitsu Lifebook Digitizer because you get a very useful second button. Ask Lenovo directly. Other than that you better read the product page and ensure that they specified those features, and that way you can demand justice if the company sells you the wrong one.
I lost my cursor yesterday and phoned Lenovo. They told me to phone Microsoft. Microsoft told me to phone Lenovo. Your instructions solved the problem so thank you very much. Well I'm glad there is room in this world for everyone. I have had nonstop problems with the pen. Lenovo has even replaced the Xt and the new one has the same problem.
The pen will randomly stop working and the only way to make it work is reboot the computer. I have updated the Wacom Drivers and Lenovo Bios updates, but it randomly continues. Lenovo has not been helpful with this issue. They just want to keep changing parts Any ideas? I have encountered this problem and a workaround is to force the system to acknowledge the digitizer by enabling and disabling modes of input.
However, after 5 months or so, the button on the digitizer is not working and I get an error saying "A supported tablet was not found on the system" whenever I go to "Pen Tablet Properties" from start menu. Have you encountered this before? I think I encountered it a few times before, but it's very unusual.
Usually restarting the system gets it back and working. But we can try several things: 1. Turn system off, and back on. Reinstall drivers from Lenovo's support website. Perform a dance ritual candles help bring the spirits. Buy a new system. I think that should cover it. I just ran into this problem today after having my xt for 2 months or so. After trying everything i saw here on JBA, I looked further into the problem, and found that there are connection issues with the LCD touchscreen.
This worked for me: 1. Power down 2. Remove the battery 3. Remove the keyboard and palm rest 4. Check the 2 ribbon cables right in front of the bezel 5. Check if they are loose, and reseat them if they are. Reverse steps and check to see if it works!
The XT's touch and digitizer technology are from Wacom. Frankly, there is nothing new on the XT when compared to the XT. But for those interested in more information I'll be glad to provide it. Finger touch The finger touch responsiveness is very good. There are also a few multi-touch gestures, which are the same as the XT's.
There are a few extras, which I might go into later on. Because of the responsiveness I think this will be a very good Windows 8 tablet. Digitizer Pen The digitizer is the same as before. Features of the pen include: tips, a button and eraser. The eraser and the tip do offer pressure sensitivity levels of pressure. You can tweak the settings of each element of the pen through the software.
Hover and palm rejection are also the same as the XT's. Accuracy If you are familiar with Wacom you know what to expect. Very good accuracy on most of the screen, and at the edges the accuracy is not as good. The XT was famous for customers complaining about the edge accuracy.
The Samsung Series 7 Slate also had the edge accuracy issue , but not as dramatic. Of course the issue can be amplified by having bad calibration and by tilting the pen at a low angle. The way you hold the digitizer is very important. When the pen is at a low angle the pointer will be "pushed away", which is the big problem. The solution is to keep the pen at a more "vertical" angle, which keeps the pointer closer to the pen's tip.
Of course we have the tendency of changing the angle of the pen when we draw on the left, middle, and right sides of the screen we are human. By having the pen at a consistent angle you can get very good results. I have demonstrated the behavior several times in the video.
Yes, Lenovo and Wacom could tell you about the digitizer angle through a disclaimer Which makes me think Type "tablet" and select "Pen Tablet Properties". Click "Calibrate" tab, then click "Calibrate" button. From here touch with the digitizer's ti each of the crosses. Do keep a consistent pen angle. Once done click the "Ok" button. Your XT is now calibrated correctly.
But, in that matter we should talk about accessories and personalization possibilities along with what the Lenovo Thinkpad 8 and Asus Vivotab Note 8 are already offering to its future users. You can also have a look at.
We will begin our versus debate with the design of each tablet. The Lenovo Thinkpad 8 is if you want a little bit similar in design with the iPad Mini. The tablet comes with a black mate metal case on the back and with a high quality glass on the front, all for unveiling a compact 8. Since both tablets are featuring an 8 inch display, the devices can be hold in one hand only but only for a short period of time and while typing or writing messages and emails you will have to use both hands at the same time, which is not a bad thing after all.
The Thinkpad 8 weighs only 0. When buying a new Windows 8 tablet you need to check the display and its quality in order to make the best choice. Now, on our debate we will have to declare the Lenovo Thinkpad 8 our winner, even though Asus Vivotab Note 8 is featuring Wacom digitizer and stylus pen. Anyway, both tablets are featuring 8 inch display, though on Thinkpad we might have a better user experience thanks to x pixels density — compared with x pixels on Asus Vivotab Note 8.
Of course, the Note 8 will be the best choice if you are planning to use its stylus pen, though remember that there are only few apps compatible with the same. When having a Windows 8 device it is all about performances. In that matter, the Asus Vivotab Note 8 is coming with Intel Atom Z chip and with a quad core processor clocked at 1. On the other side the Lenovo Thinkpad 8 is coming with a better processor same quad core with Intel Atom Z chip set clocked at 2.
So, in term of speeds and processor performances, again the Thinkpad 8 is our winner. Furthermore, both tablets are bringing 32 GB of internal storage memory along with a micro SD card slot that can be used for extending the storage memory for up to 64 GB. So, when talking about memory we can be satisfied by the performances revealed on both Thinkpad 8 and Note 8 Windows 8 device. Taking pictures is not representing something to be proud when talking about these two Windows 8 tablets.
Of course, if you are an entry level user who is not looking for high res pictures and videos, then both devices can be used in that matter. Anyway, it worth mentioning that Thinkpad 8 is once more better than Vivotab Note 8. Even though both tablets can be equipped with different accessories for improving the battery life, you should know what you will get with the standard Lenovo Thinkpad 8 and Asus Vivotab Note 8.
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