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Lenovo ThinkPad 8: The Best New 8-Inch Windows Tablet for Business?

Lenovo ThinkPad 8: The Best New 8-Inch Windows Tablet for Business?
The Thinkpad 8 sports a sharp 8.3-inch display. / Credit: Lenovo

Lenovo's new Windows tablet is a top-tier business device at an affordable price. The $399 slate debuted at CES Internationalthis week, and it's almost everything a business user could want in a compact tablet. That includes a sharp display, a fast processor, long battery life and the full version of Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system

The 8.3-inch display on Lenovo's tablet is a bit bigger than screens on competing slates such as Dell's Venue 8 Pro slate. With a resolution of 1920 x 1200, it's also significantly sharper. That's good news for business users looking for a compact tablet with a display that's big and sharp enough for real productivity. The tablet's aluminum back, meanwhile, has a sturdy, professional appearance.

Under the hood the ThinkPad 8 packs a speedy Intel Bay Trail processor that's powerful enough for productivity and efficient enough to give the slate a solid 8 hours of battery life; expect this tablet to easily last through the end of the work day. It features a microHDMI video out port for presentations and video, a microSD card slot for expanded storage and optional 4G LTE connectivity for business users who need an always-on Internet connection.

The slate links to the OneLink Pro Dock, so it can be used as a desktop PC with an external mouse, keyboard and monitor. That makes it a good candidate for BYOD offices, as well as a solid business companion for commuters and frequent travelers. Lenovo is throwing in a free copy of Microsoft Office as a bonus. It launches later this month.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.

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