Ideapad miix 510

Lenovo ideapad Miix 520 vs Miix 510 – what are the differences?

Recently, we acquainted you with the key features of the new Lenovo ideapad Miix 520 and we thought you would be intrigued to find out the main differences between this bad boy and its predecessor – the Lenovo ideapad Miix 510.

Starting off with hardware options, the former can be configured with up to 8th generation Intel Core processors, while the latter sports only up to a 7th generation one. In terms of graphics performance, both notebooks offer Intel HD Graphics 520 and Intel HD Graphics 620, however Miix 520 has an additional option – Intel UHD Graphics 620. As you can expect, the Miix 520 comes with larger memory capacity – up to 16GB of DDR4-2400 RAM vs 8GB DDR4-2133.

In terms of display, both laptops come with a 12.2-inch FHD IPS display so there is no difference here. The overall dimensions are also the same – thickness of 15.9 mm (tablet + keyboard) and starting weight of 1.2 kg. A difference we would like to point out is the 5MP rear camera in Miix 520 vs 2MP in its predecessor which means you can capture better selfies with the former.

The connectivity options are identical except for the USB 3.1 Type-C in Miix 520 as opposed to USB 3.0 Type C in Miix 510. The former also comes in configurations that sport a fingerprint reader, as well as NanoSIM slot and microSD reader.

Specs sheet
Series OS CPU RAM Internal storage GPU Display Connectivity Features Battery Weight
  • Intel Core i3-6006U
  • Intel Core i3-7100U
  • Intel Core i3-7130U
  • Intel Core i5-8250U
  • Intel Core i7-8550U
  • Intel Core i3-6100U
  • Intel Core i5-6200U
  • Intel Core i7-6500U
  • Intel Core i3-7100U
  • Intel Core i5-7200U
  • up to 16 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM
  • up to 8 GB of DDR4-2133 RAM
  • Intel HD Graphics 520
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
  • Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • Intel HD Graphics 520
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
12.2”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS 12.2”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1x USB 3.0
  • 1x USB 3.1 Type-C
  • combo audio jack
  • AC power adapter jack
  • optional fingerprint reader
  • 1x USB 3.0
  • 1x USB 3.0 Type-C
  • combo audio jack
1.20 kg 1.20 kg
All Lenovo ideapad Miix 520 configurations
All Lenovo ideapad Miix 510 configurations

Lenovo Miix 510 review

Like the best Windows tablets, the Lenovo Miix 510 is here to stay. There are all kinds of devices with removable keyboards that use Windows 10 as an OS – Microsoft has a few of its own.

And, while the Surface Pro 6 is Microsoft’s latest, the Lenovo Miix 510 is closer to the Acer Switch Alpha 12 or the Surface Pro 4.

The Lenovo Miix 510 is the sequel to the beloved Lenovo Miix 700 (yeah, we know), with a 7th-generation Intel Kaby Lake processor, a 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM. This is certainly old hardware, but the Lenovo Miix 510 should be fine for most people. There are cheaper versions of the Miix 510 out there, with weaker hardware, but this is the version you should go for.

This tablet’s hardware design is centered around the watchband-style hinges, which offer more flexibility and control than the Surface Pro, when it comes to the kickstand and display. The included keyboard cover is a nice bonus, and something that the Surface Pro doesn’t offer.

The Lenovo Active Pen is also included out of the box, much like previous Lenovo Miix tablets. These days, styluses keep getting better, and the Active Pen is no different, thanks to the Windows Ink feature in Windows 10, and they’re essential for any tablet that wants to be taken seriously. However, it’s a shame that Lenovo’s pen doesn’t attach to the device via a magnet, though there is a pen loop on the case.

Here is the Lenovo Miix 510 80XE configuration sent to TechRadar for review:

CPU: Intel Core i5-7200U 2.71 GHz Graphics: Intel HD 620 RAM: 8GB Screen: 12.2-inch IPS, Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels Storage: 256GB PCIe SSD Optical drive: None Ports: 1x USB 3.0 Type-C, 1x USB 3.0 (Always-On Charging), 1x Audio Combo Jack Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 Camera: 2 megapixel front camera, 5 megapixel rear camera Weight: 2.76 pounds with keyboard (1.25 kg) Dimensions: 11.8 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches (30 x 0.99 x 20.5 cm) 

 Price and availability 

There’s an Intel Core i3 variant of this device for $599 (£750, AU$600) which has half the amount of memory and storage as well. 

The Core i3 version of the Lenovo Miix 510 will be more than fine for most people, but if you’re looking at any kind of photo or video editing, we’d recommend the Core i5. At the time of writing, you’re looking at $669 (£849, AU$750) for this device. 

The Surface Pro 4 has dropped in price, but it’s still more expensive than the Lenovo Miix 510, at $729 or £899, so you’re paying a lot more when you realize that the Surface Pro doesn’t even include the Type Cover keyboard.

If you look around, the Acer Switch Alpha 12 should be available for around the same price, with Acer recently releasing a new one. However, the Lenovo Miix 510 is no longer available new, so you’ll likely have to grab refurbished or used model.


The Lenovo Miix 510 won’t blow your mind, but it’s still a well-designed tablet. It looks good, and those watch band-style hinges give it a certain je ne sais quois. The included detachable keyboard also doubles as a protective faux leather folio case, which is quite effective, and feels good in the hand. It’s a more premium feeling and mature accessory than the Type cover for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, which isn’t included for free – unlike the Lenovo Miix 510’s.

The side controls – especially the power button - are a little plasticky, but it’s a minor complaint.

The Lenovo Miix 510 weighs just shy of 900g without the keyboard cover. That’s fine to hold in one hand, leaving the other free to write on the display. However, after a while you’ll want to brace it against something or put it on a flat surface. 

The Lenovo keyboard cover sports Lenovo's AccuType-style keys, which are slightly curved along the bottom edge. They're sufficient in size but don't possess quite as much travel as the Surface Pro 4 cover, and this doesn’t make for a great experience when you have a lot of words to type. 

The biggest problem is that we found the keyboard flexes a bit. And if you're a hard typist in any way (which device makers seem to be catering less and less for) then the keyboard bounces rather angrily. Light typing is always preferable, but we think you almost need to be a little too delicate here.

As for the kickstand, it’s an effective bit of industrial design from Lenovo. The ability to be able to poise the device at pretty much any angle is a huge benefit. Elsewhere, the edges of the device are covered by the usual fan and speaker grilles and ports, but everything comes together well, with power, USB-C and USB 3.0 on one side and power, volume and 3.5mm headphone jack on the other.

It’s incredible that the USB 3.0 port now looks weirdly large in comparison to every other cable connector.

With the stylus, writing detection is responsive enough on the Lenovo Miix 510 to jot down notes swiftly, and the pen itself is slim enough to remain comfortable for long periods.

The Lenovo Miix 510 is a sleek and professional device. Now, usually this is expected in a device priced like the Lenovo Miix 510, but there’s no disappointment here. 


The Lenovo Miix 510’s bezels are a bit wide, but they don’t interfere with the device too much – in fact, the display is great. There’s a lot to love here – the blacks are black and colors are vibrant.

Viewing angles are also really rather excellent and this is a big benefit for anybody looking to use this 2-in-1 for collaborative work. What is a bit more of a problem is the resolution, which sticks with Full HD. 

Mind you, when we say it’s a problem we actually mean it’s an issue comparing like-for-like with other tablets. 

Both the Surface Pro 4 and Acer Switch 12 feature 2,160 x 1,440 resolutions. In use, it’s not a problem using Full HD on the Miix 510. It depends on how determined you are to have best-in-class specs in every department. 

  • Images Credit: TechRadar
  • First reviewed May 2017

Lenovo ideapad Miix 510

The first and most important profile (in our opinion) is the Health-Guard – when being used with our LM Profiles application, Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate (they may seem strange at first but after a few minutes our brain will start recognizing them as accurate ones – that’s how Health-Guard differs from alternatives like f.lux).

Now the profile has a higher color temperature which makes is suitable for working through the whole day (not only at night) and simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

Pro Tip: As the Health-Guard profile simulates paper and has as accurate as possible colors, it could be a great tool for prepress designers!

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Health-Guard Profile

Design and Gaming

The second profile type is Design and Gaming – it combines our previous “Web Design” and “Gaming and Movie Nights” profiles in one, so it’s aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well (or maybe you’re a designer who likes to relax with some games or movies from time to time?).

“Design and Gaming” takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Just as our previous Gaming profile, this one also regulates the first steps out of black so you can have even faster reflexes when playing in dark virtual environments…or just see everything in the darkest scenes in movies.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Office Work

The third profile is Office Work and it should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing.

Office Work aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Office Work Profile

You’ll find more information about the profiles HERE.

Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 510 Review: The Bold & The Familiar

Microsoft was trying something new when it launched the Surface Pro. It had user data showing that people carried around both a laptop and a tablet, but whether anyone would embrace a device that wanted to be both was very unclear. The company was making bold moves to ensure that it and its partners would have a foothold in the tablet space. Coming four years after that first Surface Pro, is the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 510. It’s no trailblazer, but it’s a bold move for Lenovo just the same as that first Surface Pro was.

Lenovo bet big on Windows 2-in-1s, but not like the Surface. With the Yoga line, it created notebooks that could become tablets. That bet paid off; this year’s Lenovo Yoga 900s is the best in its class. Now the company is back to dethrone the tablet-that-can-be-a notebook king with a very similar design, a few upgrades and some cost savings.

The upgrades and savings pay-off in a big way for the $799 device available at Newegg.

Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 510 Review: Design & Internals

Cloning a successful device never works out well for the company doing the cloning. Companies have to focus on what makes their take unique. For the Lenovo Miix 510, Lenovo very clearly put the focus on cost.

It’s most distinctive attribute is the watchband hinges on the back of its Magnesium Aluminum frame that allow the kickstand to extend out and freely adjust. Also on the back is a 5-megapixel camera and the Lenovo logo. The top and bottom edges gently curve to make the device feel a bit thinner in your hands. At its thickest point, the Miix 510 measures 0.4-inches.

A speaker sits on each side of the device above slots that allow you to push the kickstand out. On the right edge is a headset jack, volume rocker and power button. On the left edge is a charging port, USB 3.0 port and USB 3.0 Type-C port. Along the top is a set of vents for the fan that cool the Intel 2.3Ghz Intel Core i5 processor inside.

The front of the IdeaPad Miix features a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 12.2-inch 1920 x 1200 touchscreen display. The processor is backed up by 8GB of DDR4 RAM and Intel HD 520 graphics. Everything is stored on a 256GB solid state drive because there’s no SD or MicroSD card slot.

Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 510 Review: Experience

This needs to be said right now, the Lenovo Miix 510 is a better deal than the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. There’s simply no arguing that since the price and internals don’t lie.

Lenovo includes this keyboard and a cover that’s essential to its use, at no additional charge. To get an Intel Core i5 processor and the same internals in the Surface Pro 4, you’re looking at spending $1,299. You’ll still need to purchase a Surface Type Cover, so that’s another $129.99.

What Lenovo doesn’t do is bundle a digital pen with the Lenovo Miix 510. It’s $39.99 extra to take advantage of the 2,048 levels of pressure the Wacom technology inside the device is capable of.

Money isn’t everything, though. These are lifestyle devices meant to change the way you work and the way you relax. They’re a sum of their parts. There’s a lot of good here, but also some bad.

The Miix 510’s keyboard comes on strong.

Lenovo bet on durability and a faux leather finish for the IdeaPad Miix 510 keyboard cover. It’ll definitely look more professional over the long run than the Surface Type Cover’s textured skin. There’s 1.5mm of key travel. The spacing and key positioning matches what you’d see in a 14-inch notebook.

Unfortunately, this very comfortable keyboard experience comes at the expense of the trackpad. The trackpad on this device is tiny. You’ll long for a mouse.

Lenovo makes trade-offs in other areas too. The Lenovo Miix 510 is more powerful than Surface, but you’re looking at significantly less battery life to go with that power. The Surface lasts around 8 hours with minimal settings between charges. At most, you can expect around 7 hours out of the Lenovo Miix 510. At least it was consistent, though, with the right settings I routinely hit that time.

I also routinely heard the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 510’s fans, which kicked on regularly when browsing with Microsoft Edge. This machine has to have a fan because of the Core i5 processor inside. The extra power is worth the ambient noise, but it startled me a little when switching from the Surface Pro 4. My less-powerful Intel Core m3 Surface doesn’t have a fan, which makes for fewer distractions when using it on the couch to read or watch videos. On the other hand, when I go to a website or open an app in Windows 10 on the Miix 510, there’s no lag or waiting. It just works. That’s something I wish I could say about my Surface Pro 4 these days.

You pay for the power in other ways you might not expect, too. Lenovo opted for a 12.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, which is a lot less than what the Surface Pro 4 offers.

The company bills the Miix 510 as a business and productivity powerhouse, but it doesn’t offer any way for businesses to enable Windows Hello sign in. There’s no fingerprint scanner or retina scanning. Surface has the latter and makes the former optional with a cover purchase.

Lenovo also went with a very strange port line-up that’s rooted in the past and present. There’s a USB Type-C port just like the ones that every device will offer in the future and Samsung uses today in its phones. USB-Type C is very, very versatile. It’s not just for data transfers, it can handle external displays and docks, too.

But you’ll need to heavily rely on this port and the regular-size USB 3.0 port. There’s no dedicated video out  and no MicroSD Card slot. There’s no support for Lenovo docking stations or WiGig adapter, either.

Reading and editing in portrait mode made one thing abundantly clear my first week with the Miix 510: the power button is absolutely in the wrong place. I kept accidentally turning the device off trying to read in portrait. Sometimes I’d miss the volume button in landscape and hit the power button instead.

The add-on Lenovo Pen doesn’t have an eraser like the Surface, but it performs better. You’re able to notice the big gulf in pressure sensitivity between the Wacom technology that the Miix 510 offers and what’s included in the Surface as you take notes and draw. There’s also less lag with each pen stroke. Lenovo hands this advantage away slightly by charging extra for pen input and not offering a built-in place to store it when not in use, but I’d say they’re still ahead.

Luckily, you can also carry the pen in a loop on the free sleeve that comes with the Miix 510. You’ll want to stuff the square power adapter in that bag too if you’re headed out for a long day.

Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 510 Review: Specifications

Processor & Graphics 2.30 GHz Intel Core i5-6200U Processor, Intel HD 520 graphics
Memory & Storage 8GB of DDR4 RAM, 256GB Solid State Drive
Display 12.2-inch FHD Display with 1920 x 1200 resolution, Wacom Digitizer with 2,048 different levels of pressure
Ports & Extras 1 USB 3.0 port, 1 USB Type-C port, headphone jack and keyboard connector port.

5-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 AC Wireless

Battery Life 7.5 hours of battery life
Dimensions & Weight 11.8-inches x 8.1-inches, 0.4-inches thick without keyboard. Weighs 2.65 pounds with keyboard.

Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 510 Review: Should You Buy?

I can’t argue that the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 510 is better than the Surface Pro 4 for every type of user. It weighs more than the Surface and gets hours less battery life. You can’t log in with your eyes or your fingers. It’s heavier and thicker than its contemporary, too.

That being said, Lenovo is willing to do what Microsoft won’t do: offer power and a keyboard for a reasonable price. Yeah, you’re missing Windows Hello and the pen, but you get a more durable add-on keyboard at no additional cost, more storage, more processing power and more RAM for less money than even Microsoft’s weakest offering. You also get a USB Type-C port, which is going to come in handy as more monitors and smartphones come with it.

If you want a tablet that can become a powerful laptop for a reasonable price, the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 510 has you covered. That’s not bad for a company who until recently focused on notebooks that could become tablets.

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