L enovo has always aimed its products at the discerning professional, and the second generation ThinkPad 10 is no exception.
There are no frills here. The black on black colour scheme makes the tablet look very sleek, and even the logos on the back are darkened. You’ll certainly get approving nods around the boardroom table if you whip this bad boy out. Sadly, there’s no built in stand or included keyboard – you’ll have to purchase those separately.
The back of the tablet feels very much like the Lenovo and IBM ThinkPads of yore – no shiny and fingerprint-prone surfaces here, rather a brushed metal feel, adding to its premium appeal.
The front, of course, is a different matter. With its lovely 10.1in IPS multitouch screen, it just begs to be prodded and poked. Running at a resolution of 1900x1200, Lenovo has wisely scaled up the font size to 150%, to facilitate easier touch action.
Powering the laptop is Intel’s Atom x7-Z8700 CPU, a lower powered CPU, but very battery friendly. Accompanying it is 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM and a 128GB eMMC storage module.
Wireless capabilities are provided via a dual band 802.11ac wifi card and Bluetooth 4.0. This model also came with integrated 4G mobile broadband capability.
On the port front, you’re given a full size USB 3 slot with a cover that’s far too easy to lose, a micro HDMI port, a pop-out tray for a 4G-LTE SIM card, a micro SD card reader and a 3.5mm headphone jack. A second USB port would have made it a bit more practical, but never mind.
Included with the tablet is a digital pen, supplied by Wacom. Powered with a single AAA battery, using the pen was an absolute joy to use. It’s just a shame the pen holder they provide needs to be plugged into the USB port.
There’s also a front and rear facing camera, but I wouldn’t be using either for anything other than video conferencing.
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit is the OS of choice on this tablet, and runs quite well, only slowing down if you ask too much of it. Lenovo has kept bloatware to a minimum, which is a welcome change.
Not a bad alternative to the myriad business tablets out there.