Lenovo's new ThinkPad 10 is a versatile, stylus-equipped business tablet. The 10-inch Windows 8 slate is the follow-up to last year's ThinkPad Tablet 2 and features a slew of hardware upgrades. And like Lenovo's other business tablets, the ThinkPad 10 snaps onto an optional keyboard, and is also compatible with a desktop dock. You can't pick it up just yet; the tablet is set to hit store shelves in June, starting at $599. Here are three reasons it's worth the wait.
What really sets the ThinkPad 10 apart from other Windows 8 tablets is Lenovo's selection of productivity-boosting accessories, including a full-size keyboard that can transform your tablet into a functional laptop computer. Unlike last year's model, the new keyboard uses a hardwired connection instead of Bluetooth, so it's easier to use and more reliable. Meanwhile, a desktop dock makes it easy to transition from home to the office — just connect the ThinkPad 10 to the dock to use accessories such as a mouse and an external monitor. The keyboard is sold separately for $129, and the dock is sold separately for $119.
The ThinkPad 10 can be purchased with an optional stylus for taking notes and drawing diagrams right on your tablet. Plus, the display's built-in digitizer adds pressure sensitivity for more natural and accurate handwriting. Unfortunately, the new ThinkPad 10 lacks a place to stow your stylus when you're not using it, but the keyboard add-on does include a stylus slot.
Lenovo's new ThinkPad slate is faster and better-looking than last year's model. It features a much sharper, brighter, 1,920 x 1,200-pixel display and a quad-core processor with 4GB of RAM for smoother multitasking and speedy performance during daily use. Other hardware highlights include the tablet's durable aluminum chassis and a whopping 128GB of onboard storage.