Lenovo miix 720


Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720

The Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720 ($1,249) is a detachable Windows tablet that's so light it can actually be held comfortably with one hand. Like most higher-end detachable tablets, though, the Miix 720's expense makes it a relatively poor value compared with both conventional laptops and devices like the Apple iPad Pro. If that doesn't bother you, the Miix 720 is a fine choice for a tablet, occupying a middle ground between the ultra-expensive Microsoft Surface Pro and the more affordable Lenovo Miix 520.

On the Lighter Side

At just 1.65 pounds excluding its keyboard cover, our review unit is refreshingly light, compared with the Acer Switch 3 (1.98 pounds), and about the same as the Surface Pro (1.75 pounds). It's thin, too, at 0.35 inches or 0.57 inches with the keyboard attached. That's comparable with the 0.33-inch Surface Pro, but slightly thicker than the iPad Pro (0.27 inches). Once you attach the folio-style cover, the weight is a more significant but still manageable 2.49 pounds. That's more than the lightest ultraportables (the Apple MacBook and the LG Gram 13 both weigh about 2 pounds), but less than the 3-pound threshold that's considered light for a conventional laptop.

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In addition to the tablet and cover, Lenovo also includes its battery-powered Active Pen with every Miix 720 purchase, a nice touch considering that even if you spend more than $1,000 for an iPad Pro or more than $2,000 for a Surface Pro, you're still going to shell out extra if you want a digital pen from Microsoft or Apple. The pen works well for quick sketches or doodles using the apps that come with Windows 10, although graphic designers used to precision tools will find it lags behind the 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity that the Microsoft Surface Pen offers.

Aside from two different memory and storage configurations, Lenovo offers no other options, meaning it comes in just one color. Nearly every inch of the tablet is black, from its keys to the kickstand that props it up when you're using it on a desk in Laptop mode. The one color exception is the silver watchband hinges that anchor the kickstand to the back of the tablet. They offer a taste of the massive, head-turning hinge that you'll find in Lenovo's 2-in-1 convertibles, such as the Yoga 920. On the Miix 720, they add a small premium flare noticeable only to people who are sitting in front of you and have a view of the back of the tablet.

As for memory and storage, you can select either the 8GB of memory and 256GB SSD of our review unit, or step up to 16GB of memory and a 512GB SSD for $1,549. The latter choice is better if you plan to plug the Miix 720 into a monitor and peripherals to use as a desktop when you're not on the go. In fact, if you can make use of the additional power, stepping up to the top configuration makes the Miix 720 more competitive with similarly priced laptops, especially the Apple MacBook Pro.

If you do want to connect your tablet to peripherals at home or in the office, Lenovo's generous I/O complement makes it easy. On the left side, there is a USB 2.0 port, a headphone jack, and a USB 3.1 Type-C connector with Thunderbolt 3 support. Connect the USB-C port to a Thunderbolt dock that is in turn connected to a power supply and you suddenly have access to charging and all of your peripherals with a single connection with 40GBps throughput. On the right side, there's a USB 3.0 port, the power button, and a single rocker button to raise or lower the volume.

The inclusion of Thunderbolt 3 vastly increases the Miix 720's versatility at home and in the office. That's versatility you won't get with the Surface Pro, which lacks both USB-C and Thunderbolt 3. The Miix 520 has USB-C, but no Thunderbolt support.

Lots of Pixels

Another benefit of the Miix 720 over its less-expensive but equally sized sibling, the Miix 520, is a higher screen resolution. To anyone who's used a smartphone in the past few years, the Miix 520's full HD (1,920-by-1,080) resolution will be noticeably grainy, especially when browsing the web or playing games. The Miix 720's 12-inch QHD (2,880-by-1,920) glossy multitouch display is far easier on the eyes. On the other hand, if you're primarily using your Windows tablet to watch HD movies and TV shows, you won't get a lot of benefit out of the extra pixels.

Meanwhile, the Miix 720 has many—but not all—of the nifty features for on-the-go use that you'd expect from a much larger laptop. For instance, there's a front-facing webcam with IR sensors to let you log into your Windows 10 account using face recognition. As you'd expect from a tablet, there's also a rear-facing webcam, but both cameras suffer from grainy photos and video, especially indoors. There are stereo speakers, too, cleverly integrated into the cutouts for grabbing the kickstand so that they face outward. They offer faithful audio thanks to Dolby processing, although it's far from voluminous and prone to muffling if you grab the tablet by its sides.

One minor drawback that might frustrate you on the go is the plastic stylus holder that attaches to one of the two USB ports on the Miix 720. Not only does it occupy a port, but when the pen is in the holder, it will block access to the other ports or buttons along the edge. To my chagrin, Lenovo uses this impractical plastic USB holder for many of its pen-enabled products, and we can only hope that the company will switch to a far superior magnetic design like the one Microsoft offers in the near future.

When you're using the Miix 720 as a laptop, you'll likely luxuriate in its excellent keyboard and touchpad, which are included instead of an optional extra like the Surface Pro's keyboard cover. Not only are the keys backlit, but they're also the same size and shape as the ones you'll find on Lenovo's ThinkPad lineup, which we think offers the most comfortable typing experience of any laptop. Because of the thinness of the cover, the Miix 720's keys offer less travel than the ones on a ThinkPad. As a consolation you can choose from a flat or angled orientation thanks to the cover's two magnetized zones, and you even get rare full-sized directional arrow keys.

Lenovo includes a standard one-year warranty with the Miix 720.

So-So Performance

Detachable tablets typically offer lackluster computing performance compared with their laptop competitors, which is one of the factors that reduces the Miix 720's value proposition. The tablet's seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor is nothing to scoff at on paper, but on our benchmark tests, it fell significantly short of the performance that the CPUs on competing tablets offer. Its score of 2,837 on the comprehensive PCMark 8 benchmark is significantly worse than the Miix 520, which managed an impressive 3,436 thanks to its newer eighth-generation CPU.

These proprietary scores are calculated from a battery of tests that measure common tasks like video conferencing, web browsing, and spreadsheet editing. While a score below 3,000 is relatively unusual for a Core i7 machine, I didn't notice significant sluggishness while using essential apps like the Microsoft Edge browser or Microsoft Excel. The Miix 720 is also fine for light photo editing, as evidenced by its competitive time on our Photoshop test (3 minutes and 41 seconds) but it lags far behind the Miix 520 when it comes to 3D rendering and video encoding. For instance, it was more than a minute slower than the Miix 520 when encoding a 1080p video using Handbrake.

While it's fine to play simple games like Solitaire or Minecraft on the Miix 720, it can't handle the detailed graphics of more complex titles. Neither can most of its competitors, as evidenced by their dismal scores on our Heaven and Valley game simulations. The one exception is the Surface Pro, which has a superior Iris Plus GPU that helped it achieve frame rates above the minimum 30 frames per second we generally consider to be acceptable for hardcore games.

With a battery that lasted 8 hours and 30 minutes on our rundown test, the Miix 720 should be up for a day of light use without making a trip to a power outlet. This is nearly an hour longer than the Miix 520, but significantly shorter than the Surface Pro, which lasted for almost 14 hours on a single charge.

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Consider the Tradeoffs

The Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720's brilliant display offers the experience you'd expect from the Microsoft Surface Pro at a significantly lower price. It also offers Thunderbolt 3 support for much better connectivity at home, a comfortable keyboard, and an included digital stylus. But those advantages come at the cost of computing performance, which lags behind both the Surface Pro and the less-expensive Miix 520.

Assuming you can do without a QHD display, the Miix 520 offers a better blend of value and performance, which means it remains our Editors' Choice for midrange detachable tablets. Meanwhile, if you're looking for the ultimate Windows tablet and have a big budget, it's hard to turn down the Surface Pro, which pioneered the category and continues to be a better tool for professional use thanks to features like its superior pen and graphics card.

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Lenovo Miix 720, touchscreen tablet+laptop comes with a sensitive Input Stylus

Users looking for the flexibility of Microsoft Surface at an affordable price can find an alternative in Lenovo Miix 720. It’s a touchscreen tablet that can be turned into a powerful laptop, the next moment. The 2-in-1 detachable thus appears to be a perfect blend of mobility and performance. It runs on Windows 10 and is also quite light in weight and stylish combining chic design with a stunning display.

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The Mix 700 has a 12-inch Gorilla Glass display with 400 nits of brightness. While it does not claim to be the most accurate color display, it is adequate for content creation for people who are always on the go. Display works pretty well when switched to the landscape mode.

Internal specs reveal Lenovo mix comes with different configurations but the one we managed to get our hands on, features Intel core m5- 6Y54 processor clocked at 1.1 GHz, 8 GB of LPDDR3L memory, a 256 GB SATA SSD, 40 Watt-hour battery, AC Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Looking around, left side has USB 2.0 port that works as a charging port. There are speaker grills towards the bottom on the left side as well as on the right side. The right side has room for USB 3.0 port, HDMI port, volume rocker and a power button.

The back of the device is clad in premium feeling brushed aluminum covering which comes in two colors – Black and gold. Also, you can see an Ideapad logo reminding us it’s from Lenovo’s consumer line and not the professional ThinkPad line. Hidden under the kickstand is an SD card slot, this will almost miss your sight. There’s also a 5 MP camera that sits on the rear side and does an admirable job of quickly adjusting to light and changing conditions.

There’s a detachable keyboard that will enable you to enhance your productivity. Other configurations include a processor configurable up to 7th generation Intel core ‘I’ processor. There are magnetic connectors at the bottom of the tablet that holds your keyboard. It has a pretty sturdy back that makes it one of the best keyboards you might have ever tried. The chicklet keys are very responsive. The disappointing part, though, was the touch-bad. While it has a satisfying click and multi-support touch, it seemingly has no ability to avoid accidental touch while typing.

Lenovo is also marketing Active Pen 2 as an active input device for creative types such as draw, paint, sketch, etc. Basically, it’s lot like a Microsoft Surface device but has a couple of distinctive features. For example, the keyboard features a watch-bend style hinge on the rear side. This allows kickstand to be adjusted at almost any angle. Speaking about Active Pen, the stylus features two customized buttons that provide around 2000 levels of pressure sensitivity so drawing fine lines, or strokes shouldn’t be a task for you. In addition, the pen comes with the plastic holder that inserts into Mix’s one of the USB ports easily. This comes handy especially when you want to use the pen right away.

The bottom looks beautiful with a leather finish. The tablet has 8 hours battery life, and if you are not watching videos, it should last for a day. Please note, all battery life claims are approximate and are based on certain test results. Cheaper variants of the device will be available but in lower configurations. Upgraded model of Lenovo Miix 720 will likely cost around the US $ 1000.

Final thoughts, if you are looking for a device that suits more of your gaming requirements than Lenovo Miix 720 shouldn’t be considered as a choice as it falls short on this front. Apart from this, the device works just great, and its look is quite appealing.

Lenovo Miix 720 Accessories

Yoga Mouse

The Yoga Mouse is slim, elegant and designed for both, work and play, without compromising comfort or grip. It gives you maximum flexibility. This multitasking mouse also boasts an adaptive touch display that provides additional control for presentations and entertainment. It is powered by a rechargeable battery and supports Bluetooth 4.0 and 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity. Yoga Mouse is available in Gold, Black, Orange, and Silver color.

Lenovo 500 2.0 Bluetooth Speaker

Lenovo 500 2.0 Bluetooth Speaker delivers 270° stereo sound with an enriched audio experience that can liven up any room or simply set you in the party mode. The wireless speaker is truly portable and has a built-in mic for clearer VoIP calls. It is powered by CSR 4.0 Bluetooth® technology and also supports NFC connectivity.

Lenovo USB-C Hub

With Lenovo USB-C Portable Hub, you can connect your PC quickly and easily to other displays, devices and cable network (LAN). Apart from this, the USB-C port offers super-fast data transfers at up to 10 Gbps, two times faster than USB 3.0 technology.

Lenovo Miix 720 specifications

Processor Up to 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
Operating System Windows 10 Pro

Windows 10 Home

Graphics Intel® HD Integrated Graphics 620
Camera & Microphone Front: 1 MP with IR Camera Supports Windows Hello

Rear: 5 MP Auto-Focus; Dual-Array Microphone

Memory Up to 16 GB DDR4
Storage Up to 1 TB PCIe SSD
Audio Integrated Dolby®-Enabled Stereo Speakers
Battery 41 WHr; **Up to 8 Hours
Display 12″ QHD+ (2880 x 1920), 400 units with Gorilla® Glass

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Today’s Crossover Consumers Meet Their Match: Lenovo™ Miix 720

Today’s consumers no longer expect barriers of any kind to impede their work or play. From crossover vehicles and business casual dress to telecommuting and always-on connectivity, people want effortless, convenient transitions from the office to the mountaintop, from the coffee shop to the home. And critical to this way of life is a PC that can be configured for any need.

Lenovo’s user and customer experience teams gather feedback from millions of people to better understand what they need, and want, in their next portable PC. It’s these consumer trends and insights that led to the development of the new Miix 720 Windows detachable – an all-purpose digital vehicle with state-of-the-art components that not so much blur as altogether eradicate the lines separating today’s work hard, play hard mentality. With one-third of millennials prioritizing device flexibility and work mobility over other work perks, including salary,1 the Miix 720 is tailor-made for the “work from anywhere” user. 

Lenovo Miix 720 Windows detachable

Want proof? Read on and put yourself into a day in the life with the Lenovo Miix 720.

Your alarm goes off and like nearly 40 percent of the U.S. workforce,2 you may be working remotely for part of the day due to a high-stakes mid-morning presentation that you’ll be giving to a key prospect.

You slip the ultra-slim machine into your bag and head for the door. Measuring in at just 0.57 in (14.6 mm) and 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg) including the precision touchpad-enabled keyboard, the Miix 720 makes the weight on your shoulder almost imperceptible as you walk to the coffee shop.

Thin and light Lenovo Miix 720 detachable

You take a seat and flip open the screen for a final review of the deck. The Miix 720’s integrated infrared (IR) camera with Windows Hello  instantly recognizes your face to unlock the detachable. No more obtuse, difficult-to-remember, easy-to-mistype passwords that will unnecessarily delay the start of your workday. You’re grateful for the ease and agree with the 75 percent of PC users surveyed who think PC bio-authentication, like the Miix 720’s facial recognition, is a highly convenient and appealing feature.3

With only a few minutes before your meeting, you leave the keyboard in your bag and use the 12-inch touchscreen as a tablet, its QHD+ screen with 2880 x 1920 resolution delivering ultra-crisp clarity to your graphics-rich pitch. 

With the Lenovo Active Pen 210 in hand, you use the shortcut button to open your email and check for any last-minute edits from your boss. Her suggestion: add one more hand-drawn schematic to the presentation. As part of the over 20 percent of detachable users surveyed who use a pen or stylus on a daily basis,4  you rely on a digital pen to sketch out the drawing along with some supporting annotations with just the click of your Lenovo Active Pen 210 using Windows Ink™. The 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity on the pen offer a precise drawing experience, like writing on paper.

Like most of us, the process of drawing and writing with a pen helps you frame content in a way that makes it more memorable and meaningful. Lenovo’s commitment to creating smarter pens is based in large part on a growing body of research demonstrating that digital pens are better suited to intrinsic human cognition, including conceptualizing, prototyping, sketching, memorizing, and good old-fashioned brainstorming.5 In other words, not only are you not worried about this last-minute addition, you’ve already got the new information incorporated into the pitch and understand precisely why it’s there. 

You add the new slide to the deck and use Wi-Fi to fire the updated presentation off to your boss. All of this and your coffee is still hot. Your detachable’s up to 8-hour battery life6 with a USB connection that never sleeps means you can even charge your smartphone while your Miix 720 is powered off, as you finish your coffee.

Charge your phone through the a USB connection that never sleeps, even when your Miix 720’s powered off

When you get to the client’s office, you simply connect the conference room’s 4K monitor8 to the Miix 720 via Thunderbolt™ 3, the fastest port available on a PC today.7   At 40Gbps,7  Thunderbolt 3 can handle all of your data transfer needs along with a simultaneous videoconference feed with the boss. 

The presentation is a hit, the deal is secured, and you once more break out the Lenovo Active Pen 210 to create a digital signature on the contract. Losing the stylus is the number one problem amongst digital pen users,9  but you have no trouble locating your Lenovo Active Pen 210 thanks to a convenient pen holder designed for the Miix 720.

Back in your own office, you attach the full-size keyboard which boasts 1.5mm of key travel for faster, more accurate typing and alternate between email and word processing for two new proposals before heading to a new product presentation. During the meeting, you again detach the touchscreen and use your mobile tablet and Lenovo Active Pen 210 to easily take notes. Before exiting the room you snap some photos of the presenter’s whiteboard notes with the Miix 720’s integrated camera.

Miix 720’s rear-facing integrated camera

En route home after a long day, you’re inspired by the outdoor scenery for your next prospective pitch. Because creativity doesn’t wait, and thanks to the Miix 720, you quickly snap some images on its rear-facing 5MP camera and spend the train ride home editing the image with Lenovo Active Pen 2.10

Home by sundown, you and the Miix 720 spend a few minutes networking with family and friends on social media and emailing your boss that clever scenery mockup, the backlit keyboard making it easy to type in the gathering darkness. 

Miix 720’s full-size backlit keyboard

As you relax at home, you set the Miix 720’s up-to-150-degree tablet kickstand to the preferred viewing angle to enjoy a movie in a comfortable position. Its improved dual kickstand hinges offer a noticeably smoother rotation and firmer rigidity than before. 

Better yet, its integrated Thunderbolt 3 and optional connectors8 lets you connect up to two displays at vivid 4K resolution for the times you want to watch movies with family and friends.\

It’s been a hectic, but ultimately successful day, and it’s difficult to imagine how you’d have made it without the many faces of the Miix 720 at your side. 

The Miix 720 (keyboard included) starts at $999.99, available in two color options Champagne Gold and Iron Gray beginning in April 2017.10 Lenovo Active Pen 2 starts at $59.99, available beginning in February 2017.10 All Lenovo products are available on www.lenovo.com.10

Specs for the Lenovo Miix 720 can be found at http://bit.ly/2iXSKCJ.

Full 2017 CES press kit at http://news.lenovo.com/presskits/ces2017.htm.

Watch how customer insights inspired Lenovo’s latest innovations at CES 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIoPzpwS4uM

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1 “Maximizing Millennials: The Who, How, and Why of Managing Gen Y,” Kenan-Flagler Business School, June 2013: https://onlinemba.unc.edu/blog/geny-in-the-workplace/

2 “In U.S., Telecommuting for Work Climbs to 37%,” Gallup, August 2015: http://www.gallup.com/poll/184649/telecommuting-work-climbs.aspx

3 Based on Lenovo’s 2015 survey of 1,261 respondents in US, UK, Australia and India.

4 Based on Lenovo’s 2016 survey of 100+ respondents in US, China and Germany.

5 “Computer Interfaces and Their Impact on Learning,” Sharon Oviatt: http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/1/2/012FC5FD-750F-4BDE-96EA-83BC0199EC51/Microsoft_Computer_interfaces_and_their_impact_on_learning_widescreen.pdf

6 All battery life claims are approximate and based on test results using the MobileMark® 2014 ver 1.5 battery life benchmark test. Actual results will vary, and depend on numerous factors including product configuration and usage, software, operating conditions, wireless functionality, power management settings, screen brightness and other factors. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage. See https://bapco.com/products/mobilemark-2014/ for additional details.

7 Thunderbolt FAQs: https://thunderbolttechnology.net/tech/faq

8 Connecting to a display requires a USB-C to HDMI or DisplayPort™ cable, depending on the display interface. Connecting to more than one display requires a compatible hub or extender.

9 Based on Lenovo’s 2016 survey of 245 tablet, convertible and detachable pen users.

10 Lenovo Active Pen 2 is sold separately and may be hard bundled or optional depending on the geography. Prices do not include tax or shipping or options and are subject to change without notice; additional terms and conditions apply. Reseller prices may vary. On-shelf dates may vary by geography and products may only be available in selected markets. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings, features and specifications at any time without notice.

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Can Lenovo's Miix 720 live up to the almighty Surface Pro?

Immediately likened to Microsoft's 2-in-1 golden standard, the Surface Pro, Lenovo's Miix 720 has a similar build, similar performance, and a cheaper price tag. Let's take a close look at the Miix 720 to help you decide whether or not it's a device you could use on a daily basis.

Lenovo loaned Windows Central a review unit of the 12-inch Miix 720. This specific configuration has an Intel Core i7-7500U processor (CPU), 8GB of DDR4-2133MHz RAM, and a 256GB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD). This exact configuration costs about $1,250.

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Lenovo Miix 720 hardware and specifications

Category XX
Processor Intel Core i7-7500U (up to 3.50GHz)Dual-core
Storage 256GB PCIe-NVMe SSD512GB PCIe-NVMe SSD
RAM 8GB/16GB DDR4-2133MHz
Display 12-inch QHD+ (2,880 x 1,920) IPS, touch, glossy
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 620
Ports USB-C Thunderbolt 3USB-A 3.0USB-A 2.0microSD card reader

3.5mm jack

Audio Dual Dolby-enabled stereo speakers
Wireless Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265802.11ac (2 x 2)

Bluetooth 4.1

Camera Front-facing 1MP, IR camera for Windows HelloRear-facing 5MP
Keyboard Magnetic attachable
Touchpad Precision touchpad
Pen Lenovo Active Pen
Battery 41WHr
Weight 1.72lbs (0.78kg), tablet only2.42lbs (1.1kg), tablet and keyboard
Dimensions Tablet only:11.5 inches x 8.27 inches x 0.35 inches292mm x 210mm x 8.9mmTablet and keyboard:11.53 inches x 8.5 inches x 0.57 inches

293mm x 216mm x 14.6mm

OS Windows 10 HomeWindows 10 Pro
Color BlackGolden
Price Starting at $1,250

Lenovo has clearly taken the Surface Pro's design and made a few changes to it to better suit their own style. The tablet is made from a magnesium and fiber hybrid, and the review unit I received is finished in the usual sparkly, black paint that's common on ThinkPads. Holding the tablet in your hands, there's minimal flex and no creaking or cracking at all when giving it a twist. Chalk that up to the chassis, other than the kickstand, being made from a single piece.

Physical power and volume buttons make an appearance on the top-right edge of the tablet, both with machined silver edges that make them pop out; the touchpad has the same accented edge. To match the silver machined edges, a silver Lenovo logo is laid into the back of the tablet.

The right edge also houses a USB-A 3.0 port and one of two speakers that point out at an angle. This angled design serves as the spot where you can get a finger behind the kickstand. Smart choice to include the speakers here; sound is full and loud and doesn't easily get muffled.

On the left edge of the tablet, along with the second speaker, is a 3.5mm audio jack, a USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port (doubling as a charging port), and a USB-A 2.0 port. Using all ports at once I had no trouble with space. The decision to include USB-A 2.0 is sort of odd, but the inclusion of Thunderbolt 3 is welcome. Beneath the kickstand, you'll find a microSD card reader.

Perhaps the most attractive parts of the Miix 720 — other than the display — are the dual watchband hinges that work the kickstand. These are the same style hinges you find on Lenovo's premium devices, like the Yoga 910, and they work exceptionally well. Motion is smooth yet sturdy, and there's no sound whatsoever when moving the kickstand. They're also silver to match the other accents.

There are 150 degrees of motion here, which lets the tablet lie respectably flat. However, if you're looking for a tablet on which to draw, you might want all the motion possible; the Surface Pro's hinge has 165 degrees of motion.

The kickstand's narrow edge isn't the best for working on your lap. It's still an option, but if you're one who primarily uses their device on their lap, the ThinkPad X1 tablet's kickstand is likely better suited to your needs.

The Core i7 CPU is not fanless, so there are radial vents along the top edge of the tablet. Even when the fan does kick on, you won't feel the venting as if, say, they were pointed down or to the side.

High resolution, deep color

Lenovo Miix 720 display

Here we have a 12-inch, 2,880 x 1,920 resolution touch display that steals the show. The 3:2 aspect ratio is perfect for a tablet, and the resolution, which is marginally higher than the Surface Pro's display, makes for a clear, crisp picture. Testing the color accuracy revealed 97 percent sRGB and 75 percent of AdobeRGB, both respectable results. The only complaint: it's quite dim at full brightness, a problem most Lenovo laptops suffer from. This problem is compounded by the glossy finish, especially when working outdoors.

The bezel around the display is pretty much the perfect size on a device you'll be using as a tablet, measuring just over a half inch on each side. Set into the top bezel above the screen is an IR camera that's compatible with Windows Hello. In testing, it worked as well as any other I used, and I was able to log into Windows immediately.

Lenovo's Wacom AES Active Pen, included with the Miix 720, has 2,048 levels of pressure for a decent inking experience. To achieve 4,096 levels of pressure, you'll need to invest in the Active Pen 2.

Instead of using a magnetic clip system like the Surface Pro, Lenovo is still using the USB port holder that really makes the pen feel more like an afterthought than an essential part of the product. It sticks out from the side of the tablet, and it's a bit of a worry that it's going to hit something and break off. Thankfully, there's a shirt clip on the pen if you need to carry it around without a case.

Heavy but comfortable

Lenovo Miix 720 keyboard and touchpad

The outside of the attachable keyboard is covered in a fabric-like material that gives the device a dossier look when closed. When opened, the fabric gives way to the same soft-touch, magnesium and fiber hybrid the tablet's chassis is made from. The result is a sturdy keyboard — there's really no flex, even when working on your lap — that weighs quite a bit. With the keyboard attached, the unit jumps up to 2.42 pounds (1.1kg). That's heavier than a lot of other 2-in-1 devices we've tested.

There's an ample-sized Precision touchpad here that works well with perfect sensitivity right out of the box, and there's no rattling or creaking when clicking. It feels solid, and the mylar construction is a treat for the fingertips.

The keyboard, while resembling one found on a ThinkPad, is not the same. The keys are not cupped, and it doesn't seem like there's quite as much travel, but they still deliver a comfortable typing experience. Bottoming out on the deck is relatively soft, and typing for long periods of time remains comfortable. A backlight ensures you can work in the dark, and the F keys include volume and screen brightness.

Why?

Lenovo Miix 720 included software

One of the major complaints about the Miix 720 is the amount of software that comes loaded on it. Along with McAfee antivirus, there are several other pieces of mostly useless, preloaded software. Not only do they take up room on the hard drive, they're actually on their own 25GB partition. That's a significant amount of space when you choose to go with the 256GB SSD.

If you dislike bloatware, you'll want to remove most of this pre-installed junk immediately. That's not much of a hassle, but dealing with reclaiming a partitioned section of the SSD should never be your first objective after buying a new laptop.

All-around satisfaction

Lenovo Miix 720 performance

After using the Miix 720 as my primary device for about a week, I found no standout performance issues. It was able to power through everyday tasks without breaking a sweat, but I did notice the fan kick on often. It's not the loudest fan by a long shot, but you'll definitely know when it kicks on.

As for the battery, streaming video over Wi-Fi at about 70-percent brightness got about five solid hours of playback, while regular usage with the same brightness netted me between seven and eight hours of life. If you really baby it, you'll no doubt be able to get through a full workday on a single charge.

CPU GPU PCMark SSD Device CPU Single core Multi core
Lenovo Miix 720 i7-7500U 3,870 7,322
Lenovo Yoga 720 15 i7-7700HQ 3,784 10,255
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2nd Gen) i5-7200U 3,911 7,549
Surface Pro i7-7660U 4,512 9,346
Surface Laptop i5-7200U 3,725 7,523
Lenovo ThinkPad T470 i5-7300U vPro 4,394 8,580
Dell Latitude 5285 i7-7600U 4,635 9,289
Lenovo ThinkPad X270 i7-7600U 4,512 8,566
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s i5-7300U vPro 3,919 6,077
Lenovo Yoga 720 13 i5-7200U 3,881 7,509
Lenovo X1 Carbon i5-7300U 4,139 8,311
HP EliteBook x360 G2 i7-7600U 4,496 8,435
Samsung Notebook 9 15 Ext i7-7500U 4,316 8,320
Dell Latitude 7280 i7-7600U 4,381 7,935
Dell XPS 13 (9360) i7-6560U 4,120 7,829
HP Spectre 13 i7-7500U 4,100 7,469
Surface Book i7-6600U 3,948 7,415

The dual-core Core i7-7500U CPU performs on par with what's expected, and there were no standout issues. This is enough power for your standard, everyday tasks, but you might want to look elsewhere if you're getting into anything specialized, like multimedia editing or heavy gaming.

Device Score
Lenovo Miix 720 19,688
Lenovo Yoga 720 15 13,727
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2nd Gen) 19,738
Surface Pro 2017 30,678
Surface Laptop 19,256
Lenovo ThinkPad T470 21,276
Dell Latitude 5285 21,921
Lenovo ThinkPad X270 17,376
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s 16,635
Lenovo Yoga 720 13 18,185
Lenovo X1 Carbon 20,932
Dell Latitude 5480 21,616
Dell XPS 13 (9360) 19,410
Surface Book 18,197
Dell Latitude 7280 17,827

Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 handle less-taxing jobs quite well. I was able to play Minecraft on high settings, but for anything more intensive, you'll want to have a look at a device with a dedicated GPU.

Device Score Comparison
Lenovo Miix 720 2,695 Better than 46 percent of all results
Lenovo Yoga 720 15 2,993 Better than 57 percent of all results
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2nd Gen) 2,773 Better than 46 percent of all results
Surface Pro 2017 3,055 Better than 57 percent of all results
Surface Laptop 2,494 Better than 40 percent of all results
Lenovo ThinkPad T470 3,103 Better than 62 percent of all results
Dell Latitude 5285 3,079 Better than 57 percent of all results
Lenovo ThinkPad X270 3,009 Better than 57 percent of all results
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s 2,576 Better than 40 percent of all results
Lenovo Yoga 720 13 2,717 Better than 46 percent of all results
Lenovo X1 Carbon Core i5 2,965 Better than 57 percent of all results
Samsung Notebook 9 15 Ext 2,998 Better than 57 percent of all results
Dell XPS 15 (9560) 3,534 Better than 71 percent of all results
Dell Latitude 7280 2,829 Better than 52 percent of all results
HP Spectre x360 15 2,472 Better than 41 percent of all results

The PCMark Home Conventional tests measures how well a bunch of your hardware works together while performing everyday tasks. The Miix 720 performed quite well, even beating out some full-sized Ultrabooks. This result is evident in everyday use.

Device Read Write
Lenovo Miix 720 1,183 MB/s 595.1 MB/s
Lenovo Yoga 720 15 1,839 MB/s 1,238 MB/s
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2nd Gen) 1,253 MB/s 763.6 MB/s
Surface Pro 1,284 MB/s 963 MB/s
Surface Laptop 423 MB/s 237 MB/s
Lenovo ThinkPad T470 1,079 MB/s 716.1 MB/s
Dell Latitude 5285 1,300 MB/s 1,113 MB/s
Lenovo ThinkPad X270 PCIe 1,049 MB/s 636.9 MB/s
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s 1,557 MB/s 1,333 MB/s
Lenovo Yoga 720 1,904 MB/s 1,169 MB/s
Lenovo X1 Carbon 1,518 MB/s 1,188 MB/s
Samsung Notebook 9 15 Ext 1,365 MB/s 1,213 MB/s
Razer Blade Pro 2,571 MB/s 2,467 MB/s
Dell XPS 15 (9560) 2,207 MB/s 1,628 MB/s
Dell XPS 13 (9360) 1,287 MB/s 794 MB/s
HP Spectre x360 15 1,128 MB/s 862 MB/s

The Intel 600p Series SSD wasn't the fastest we've tested — that title still belongs to Samsung hardware — but it gets the job done. Apps launch fast, and you won't be stuck waiting around while your documents load.

The Miix 720 is an interesting device. It's clearly meant to live up to the standard set by the Surface Pro, and in that aspect, I think it mostly succeeds. The tablet is built well, and I love the hinges, the display is beautiful and has deep color, the battery holds up through a day of use, and it has the ports you want.

The attachable keyboard, while comfortable to type on, is quite heavy and ups the overall weight to a noticeable degree. Lenovo's Active Pen works as it should and delivers a satisfying inking experience, but it feels tacked on rather than designed with the tablet. There's also the bloatware and partition issue.

The final comparison is to look at the price. This review unit, with a Core i7-7500U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD, costs about $1,250 and includes the Active Pen and the attachable keyboard and touchpad. A Surface Pro with the same specs costs about $1,600, and that's before tacking on almost $300 more for the Surface Pen and Type Cover.

The bottom line here is that Lenovo has created a respectable 2-in-1 device that will no doubt attract a large audience. When you can save a few hundred dollars and still take home a laptop that's nearly on par with the best, the final decision really comes down to how much you're willing to spend.

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  • Beautiful touch display.
  • IR camera for Windows Hello.
  • Watchband hinges are smooth.
  • USB-C Thunderbolt 3 doubles as charging port.
  • Comfortable typing experience.
  • SSD comes with huge partition.
  • Active Pen feels tacked on.
  • Attachable keyboard is rather heavy.

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Lenovo Miix 720 review: Surface slayer?

Lenovo Miix 720

Lenovo has put out several Miixes with active pens–the Miix 510, 520, and IdeaPad Miix 700. The Miixes have been somewhat quiet competition to the Surface Pro. Now the Miix 720 has come.

Lenovo has gone on a listening tour, and is trying to deliver what people want. The Miix 720’s assortment of varying USB ports makes it so you can use your existing peripherals without dongles.  

Download the Miix 720_Spec Sheet (PDF)

This tablet is aimed at artists, designers, writers, business, and general use. Its integrated graphics can handle 4K video. It has the latest Kaby Lake processor. And it has fast memory.

Storage goes all the way up to 1TB. That way, you can be choosy about what you save to the Cloud. As well, you can work offline.

Lenovo Active Pen 2

The new Lenovo Active Pen 2 now has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. It’s not hiked to the 8,192 of the newer Wacom Pro Pen 2 for the art-specific Intuos Pro (2017) and MobileStudio Pro, but it’s plenty. Even 1,024 wasn’t bad. 

Lenovo has long used Wacom digitizers in its PCs. Lenovo went from using Wacom EMR to Wacom AES in laptops and 2-in-1s. It switched back to EMR in the Yoga Book (which is really a graphics tablet with a separate screen), but is continuing to use AES on the Miix.

Lenovo’s Pro Pen and Active Pen 1 and 2 are both AES. The Active Pen 2 has raised the pressure levels to 4,192.

The Miix 720 comes in two colors, Champagne and Iron Gray.

Lenovo Miix 720 vs. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Though it’s certainly thin, the computer part is a hair thicker than the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, at .35″ to the Microsoft’s skinny-Minnie .33.” There is little weight difference. The 12″ screen is a bit smaller than the SP4’s 12.3, but the Miix’s resolution is higher. The Miix, as far as I know, will not have a version with dedicated graphics the way the Surface Pro 4 does.

The Surface Pro 4’s pen is the less-sensitive N-trig, but the Surface Pro 5‘s pen also has 4096 levels as well as tilt, shading, and a soft eraser.

The dual watchband hinge on the Miix’s kickstand is adjustable up to 150 degrees, as well as aesthetically appealing.

Features

Type of tablet: detachable 2-in-1 Display: 12″ QHD (2880 x 1920) 400 nits with Gorilla Glass Digitizer: Wacom AES, 4,096 levels Processor: Intel up to  i7, Kaby Lake Graphics: integrated Build: one-piece metal alloy dual-watchband hinge RAM: Up to 16 GB DDR4 Dimensions inches : 11.5″ x 8.27″ x 0.35″ mm: 292 x 210 x 8.9 With Keyboard inches : 11.53″ x 8.5″ x 0.57″

mm): 293 x 216 x 14.6

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Lenovo Miix 720 is impressive but it will have to take on the Surface Pro 5

Although it’s been around for a good while, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 has some new competition from Lenovo. At CES 2017 we took a look at the firm’s latest 2-in-1 hybrid laptop tablet so here’s our Lenovo Miix 720 hands-on review which features a Quad HD+ screen and Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processor. See also: Best 2-in-1 laptops 2017.

The market for Windows devices might have become a little more boring in recent years but Lenovo has done it’s best to excite with the Miix 720 describing it as “an all-purpose digital vehicle with state-of-the-art components that not so much blur as altogether eradicate the lines separating today’s work hard, play hard mentality.” 

Lenovo Miix 720 review: Price and release date

The Miix 720 was unveiled in Las Vegas with a hoard of other new laptops and will have a price starting at $999 (around £800 converted) which includes the keyboard. That’s a little more than the Surface Pro 4 but the Miix 720 has up to date specs and features. 

Release date wise, the Lenovo Miix 720 will hit shelves in April – that’s fine but watch out for a possible Surface Pro 5 by or around that time.

Lenovo Miix 720 review: Design and build

Not much has changed when it comes to design and build compared with the Miix 700 Lenovo launched back in 2015 at IFA. The device is extremely similar to the Surface Pro 4 in concept and you could understandably say Lenovo is copying Microsoft here. 

Whether or not it’s a clone, the Surface Pro 4 (and previous models) is a fantastic piece of technology so it’s a compliment to Microsoft that so many have tried to emulate it. After all, the Miix 720, like others, is a Windows machine so that’s good for Microsoft and competition is good for development.

With the Surface range, Microsoft set a high standard for build quality and Lenovo has impressively matched it with the Miix 720. The device is great looking and the metal alloys chassis is both light and strong.

As you’d expect, the backlit keyboard attaches and detaches as you please very easily with magnets (just the right strength) and like the Surface Pro 4 can be set at an angle if you don’t like typing on it completely flat.

See also: Surface Pro 3 vs Surface Pro 4 comparison.

At the back you’ve got the kickstand which holds the device up when on a flat surface (or potentially your legs but that’s pretty awkward). As with the Miix 700, the 720 has a stylish watch strap style hinge which we really like – it can adjust up to 150 degrees so you get the right viewing angle.

Portability is the idea here and the Lenovo Miix 720 14.6mm and 1.1kg when the tablet and keyboard are together. The tablet itself weighs 780g which is similar to the Pro 4.

The Miix 720 will be available in two colours: Champagne and Iron Grey.

Lenovo Miix 720 review: Specs and features

The screen remains at 12in, slightly smaller that Microsoft’s rival, but the resolution has jumped up from 2160x1440 to 2880x1920. That’s better than the 2736x1824 resolution of the Surface Pro 4.

We doubt anyone will be disappointed with the crisp Quad HD+ display – it’s bright, colourful and responsive.

Many users, particularly designers and illustrators, will also want to make use of the optional Active Pen 2 stylus ($59, available in February). This now has a click button on top and twice the sensitivity of the original thanks to an impressive 4,096 levels of pressure.

It might be a bit more expensive than the Pro 4 but as well as the higher resolution scree, the Miix 720 comes powered by Intel’s latest 7th-gen Core i7 processors in the highest-spec model. The Kaby Lake range of chips is new for 2017 and you can expect top-notch performance. To go with the processor is Intel HD Integrated Graphics 620 which can support 4K video. 

The Lenovo Miix 720 tablet supports up to 16GB of RAM. That’s the same as the Surface Pro 4 but it pushes forward with faster DDR4 DRAM. The internal storage capacity maxxes out at 1TB.

What we don’t know, sadly, is what specs you’ll get for the starting price of $999. We imagine it will be something similar to the Pro 4 which starts at 4GB RAM, 128GB storage and a Core m3 processor.

The device has a 1Mp front camera with infrared, allowing users to log via Windows Hello face recognition. It also has a 5Mp rear camera should you need it.

Ports are an area that has changed a bit since the Miix 700. This time around the 720 has a USB-C port, which is also a high-speed Thunderbolt 3 port to connect external peripherals like displays and storage devices. Other ports include a USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, a Micro-SD slot and an audio combo jack. Wireless connectivity includes 11.ac Wi-Fi with 2x2 MIMO and Bluetooth 4.1.

Last but not least is battery life and Lenovo claims you’ll get up to eight hours of juice from the Miix 720 based on MobileMark 2014. You can handily charge devices like your phone from the tablet should you need to.

You’ll get a choice of Windows 10 Home or Pro and the Miix 720 comes pre-loaded with software such as Lenovo PhotoMaster 2.0, Dropbox and McAfee LiveSafe.

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