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.