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31 December 2013

Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx K3011

A tablet, that runs on a desktop OS, that’s also a laptop...

Gagan Gupta
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The whole reason why tablets caught everyone’s fancy in the first place is because they seemed like a more portable and stylish alternative to traditional laptops (or netbooks of the time). Sure they all still feature variations of mobile operating systems that are still trying to catch up with your full featured desktop OS’, but their utility has undoubtedly increased over time. Still, many people are on the fence about the decision on whether to get a new laptop or just a fancy new tablet.

Now, Lenovo, with its IdeaTab Lynx, is offering a hybrid that should clear that confusion. It’s a tablet that runs Windows 8, and comes bundled with a keyboard attachment that makes it a fully functional laptop. Here’s how it works.

The Lynx by itself is a slim tablet with a 11.6-inch widescreen display. In its tablet form itself, it is a fully functional Windows 8 touch device complete with the standard desktop version of the OS. You can use the touch functionality as you would use a mouse, and there’s also a touchscreen keyboard for the typing bits.

The keyboard base attachment, which comes bundled with Lynx, offers laptop-like functionality with a full QWERTY keyboard, a trackpad and even two USB ports. It also comes with an extended battery pack that can charge the tablet, making the Lynx’s total battery life around 16 hours – more than any traditional laptop can boast of.

In our tests, the Lynx did well on most tasks: 1080p video playback worked well, as did just about all your traditional desktop applications. Considering the tablet runs on an Atom processor, we did find some slowdowns on heavier applications such as Adobe Photoshop, when we had a decent number of browser windows open. But that was still better than what you would experience in a traditional mobile browser on any competing OS.

There’s no denying the utility factor of the Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx, and with the Rs 39,999 price tag for the tablet as well as the keyboard base, it’s definitely a better alternative to just about any laptop in that price range.

The numbers
Dimensions: 11.8 x 7.4 x 0.37inches
Weight: 641g, dock - 661g
Display: 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 IPS, multitouch
Memory: 2GB DDR2
Storage: Up to 64GB eMMC
I/O Ports: Tablet - Micro-USB, MicroSD card, Micro-HDMI, Combo jack, dock - 2 USB 2.0 ports
Camera: 12.0M webcam (front)
OS: Windows 8 64
Battery Life: Tablet - 8 hrs WiFi browsing, dock - 8 hrs WiFi browsing
CPU: Intel Atom Z2760
Audio: Two stereo speakers
Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0

Tags: ideatab, lenovo

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