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Lenovo Ideapad Miix 520 review: A glorious Windows inscription with subpar battery life

The Lenovo Ideapad Miix 520 aspires to contest with Microsoft’s Surface Pro, and it checks scarcely all of a boxes: excellent performance; a bright, high-resolution display; and a gentle typing experience. Only in battery life does it tumble good short. Nevertheless, a Miix 520 is a good choice to a pricier Surface lineup.

As Windows tablets fuse toward a 12.2-inch quarrel distance used by a Miix 520, comparing them is all about tradeoffs. The Miix 520, that is now accessible in usually one pattern (currently about $990 on Amazon), upgrades a customary inscription arrangement from 1080p to a 1920×1200 panel. But that aloft fortitude affects battery life, as you’ll see after in a tests. The other vital facilities are minute below., 

Lenovo Miix 520: Basic specs and features

  • Display: 12.2-inch (1920×1200) IPS
  • Processor: Intel 1.6GHz Core i5-8250U  (Kaby Lake-R)
  • Graphics: Intel 620 (integrated)
  • Memory: 8GB DDR4 (2,133MHz)
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Ports: 1 USB 3.0 (Type C), 1 USB 3.0 (Type A), microSD, headphone jack
  • Wireless: 802.11ac (2×2), Bluetooth 4.1
  • Cameras: Front (5MP, fixed-focus) Rear (8MP, autofocus)
  • Battery: 39Wh
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home
  • Dimensions and weight: 11.8 in. x 8.1 in. x 0.4 in., 0.6 in. with keyboard; 1.9 lb (tablet), 2.72 lb (with keyboard), 3.06 lb (tablet, keyboard and charger)
  • Price as reviewed: $999

Unlike Microsoft, Lenovo bundles a detachable keyboard as good as a stylus, famous as a Active Pen 2. 

Lenovo Miix 520 Mark Hachman / IDG

The Lenovo Miix 520 offers superb value. nonetheless it’s all finished in a rather artless exterior.

Lenovo Miix 520: Build peculiarity and display

Save for Lenovo’s dulcet “watchband” hinge, a Miix 520’s gold china extraneous is discreet, as is a box with many tablets. Unlike a crisp, minimalist lines of a Microsoft Surface Pro (2017), however, there’s many some-more of a clarity of “busy:” a fan grille runs along a tip of a tablet, ports cluster to a left-hand-side, and orator grilles cocktail out here and there.

The watchband hinge isn’t usually for show. It supports a weight of a inscription (which, during 2.72 pounds with a keyboard, is a bit heavier than a competition), and it reclines to 150 degrees (the same operation as a Surface Pro) with frequency a wobble. Lenovo uses a skinny “sheath” kickstand that many inscription makers (except HP) employ, though, that can poke your thighs after enlarged use.

Lenovo Miix 520 Mark Hachman / IDG

The Miix 520’s watchband hinge not usually captures a eye, it helps support a inscription as it reclines.

When powering on a Miix 520, we might notice one of a pattern touches that greatfully unreasoning Lenovo users: a on-screen battery gauge. You also have a choice (via a Lenovo Vantage software, discussed later) of fixation a battery idol widget on your taskbar. 

Lenovo Miix 520 Mark Hachman / IDG

A fan grille runs a length of a Miix 520 tablet. The tablet’s fan turns on frequently, yet a low hiss never becomes annoying.

While a Miix 520’s 12.2-inch, 1920 x 1200 IPS quarrel taxes battery life and lacks a visible cocktail of, say, a OLED shade used by a Samsung Galaxy Book, a knowledge is value it. There’s a obvious alleviation in arrangement peculiarity compared to 1920×1080. The resplendence maxes out during usually 298 nits, that is rather reduction than a competition, yet we cruise something between 250 and 270 nits to be gentle for normal use.

Unfortunately, one aspect where a Miix 520 skimps too many is Windows Hello. The inscription lacks a fingerprint reader, and a 5MP front-facing camera is not Windows Hello-capable. The rear-facing 8MP camera is suitable for Mixed Reality Viewer, a fun new underline in Windows 10 where we can snap a print with your inscription and afterwards dump in one of thousands of 3D objects to piquancy it up.

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