A budget-priced business tablet doesn't have to feel cheap. Lenovo's 8-inch Mixx 2 8 is a sturdy, peppy Windows tablet and a real bargain for mobile business users — even more so after Microsoft slashed the price by $50 in the Microsoft Store this week, bringing the tablet down to $249. Overall, the 8-inch Mixx 2 8 strikes a good balance among portability, power and productivity-focused functionality. Check out a full review of the Miix 2 8 on our sister site Laptop Mag, then read on for three features that make the slate a solid pick for business users.
With an 8-inch display and a compact frame, the Mixx 2 8 is a truly portable Windows tablet. It's small enough to slide easily into a bag or even a large coat pocket, a big plus for mobile business users who carry the tablet on a daily commute. Larger, 10-inch Windows slates such ASUS' Transformer Book T100 also deliver great bang for your buck, but sacrifice portability. And the Mixx 2 8's display isn't just small; the HD screen is also bright, sharp and colorful.
Business users can't beat the versatility of Windows for getting real work done. Like other Windows slates, the Mixx 2 8 is compatible with every application you use during the workday on your desktop PC. That means you can stick to your workflow without compromise. Currently, the Mixx 2 8 is one of the most compact devices you can buy that runs the full version of Windows 8.1. This lets you alternate between Windows mobile apps and a full desktop environment. That means Lenovo's slate is ready for business, especially when paired with a Bluetooth keyboard.
The Mixx 2 8 ships with a free copy of Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student edition preinstalled, including the full desktop versions of Word, OneNote, Excel and PowerPoint. That's a boon for business users who need to create, edit and view documents, spreadsheets and presentations on the go. While iPads and Android tablets also come with document-editing apps, those programs can't match the power of Microsoft's flagship productivity suite.