Lenovo Miix 3 Review



If you want to buy a tablet with Windows 8 inches – although it is only the 32-bit version, and you want to do it at an affordable cost (below 300 euro), Lenovo Miix 3 it is a good choice. Windows 8 has a long history of use for tablets: for years is competitor to Android and iOS, showing that different software can be used not only on computers, even on tablets. Needless to say, for a very advantageous price, we can not expect the best in terms of performance or connectivity. We see all the characteristics and review.

Lenovo Miix 3 review. The tablet , efficient

The Atom processor is designed for use in low-power, not for outstanding performance: its purpose is to provide applications that require low power and speed loader – that’s why its operation requires only a few watts. The predecessor of this model, the Lenovo Miix 2, had the characteristics in many ways superior to the current. Normally, one would expect the opposite: this is not the case.

For example, the resolution is reduced by HD 1024 × 786 pixels, the battery is only 15 Wh instead of 17 and the Windows Home button disappeared. The changes are best understood by looking at the price, which has fallen compared to the previous year. Its direct competitors are Asus and Dell, which sell tablets like the Asus VivoTab Windows 8 or the Dell Venue 8 Pro.

Here are the specs of Lenovo:

Processor: Intel Atom Z3735F a 1.33 GHz;
Graphic adapter: Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Core: 620 MHz, 10.18.10.3643;
Memory: 2048 MB, PC3L-12800 DDR3L 1600MHz
Screen: 7.85-inch 4: 3, 1024 × 768 pixels, 10 finger multitouch, IPS, polished;
Data storage: 32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB, Samsung MBG4GC, 23 GB free;
Weight: 375 g, battery charger: 80 g.
Lenovo Miix 3 review. Custody and connectivity

Lenovo Miix 3 Review: the screen is not HD, in contrast with some competitive products
Lenovo Miix 3 Review: the screen is not HD, in contrast with some competitive products

Given the price, we would have settled for a simple and inexpensive plastic housing. The Lenovo instead goes beyond expectations thanks to an aluminum which gives it an elegant and pleasant to the touch (as well as an increased strength).

On the other hand, connectivity does not offer anything more than the minimum possible for a tablet of this price range. In addition to a power button, volume control, input for headphones, a USB port and the entrance to a micro SD, there is no other. It disappeared even the Windows Home button (as is also the case of Asus and Dell).

Regarding the internal components, even here there is much to say: WLAN is available for 802.11 a / b / g / n and Bluetooth turns in its current version 4.0. The 2 MP webcam on the front and back can be used for a maximum of video telephony.

Lenovo Miix 3 review. Input Devices

The touchscreen is multitouch and supports up to 10 fingers. Although rarely used more than two or three fingers for input, it is still unusual for models in this price range include multi-touch screen of this type. The best model of Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2, accept no more than five fingers simultaneously – however, not a big problem: the Miix control Windows 8 with your fingers is basic and intuitive; gestures common to the touchscreen are executed instantly.

Other devices such as a mouse or keyboard can be connected wirelessly via Bluetooth. The Miix includes a pen, although the competition (Dell) has shown that you can not omit the pen to the tablet 8 inches in this price range (we are talking about the Venue 8 Pro, but it costs more).

Lenovo Miix 3 review. Screen

A resolution of 1024 × 768 pixels is usually associated with older models of CRT. Lenovo uses the 4: 3, while the other 8 inch tablets offer at least 1280 × 800 pixels in 16:10 format – used this resolution even the predecessor, the Miix 2.

Lenovo Miix 3 Review: the performance is good, as well as battery life.
Lenovo Miix 3 Review: the performance is good, as well as battery life.

Same goes for the brightness of the screen, slightly below the 300 cd / m², a performance less than its predecessor and competition. The average brightness of just 289 cd / m², which makes the device just enough for outdoor use – would have been better a screen a bit ‘darker; after all, the IPS screens are known to the stability of the viewing angle.

The measurement of loyalty in reporting the colors through CalMAN reveals significant deviations of blue and magenta, as with many screens economic (but known only from a comparison with other screens better calibrated).

Lenovo Miix 3 review. Performance

The power of the tablet is only enough for simple applications from the desktop: the functionality of the office or web search were conducted smoothly from the Atom processor. The main memory of 2 GB, as well as 32 GB memory module eMMC are impressive – the most that we could expect from an 8-inch tablet at this price. Even the most expensive competition does not mount a more powerful hardware; on the contrary, the Asus VivoTab 8 offers only 1 GB of RAM (which is little even for a tablet cheap).

Lenovo Miix 3 review. Processor

Like many other cheap tablet Windows, the Miix equipped with an Intel Atom, the Intel Atom Z3735F. It is a quad-core processor SoC with a base speed of more than 1.3 GHz that can reach up to 1.8 GHz under load. Low-use, speed is limited to about 500 MHz. Even the more expensive 8-inch tablet, with a slightly more powerful Atom CPU does not come to offer a better power (a few percentage points, and not more than 15%).

Lenovo Miix 3 review. System performance and memory

As we said, the hardware meets the needs of the user – the vote of PCMark, a 7, shows that there are substantial differences between the Miix and competition. Not surprisingly, since all models are equipped with a flash memory eMMC 32GB and with 2 GB of main memory (not having a vote PCMark for the Asus VivoTab 8, the only one with 1 GB of RAM, we can not unfortunately use it as a benchmark).

A module eMMC with a capacity of 32 GB serves as a memory device. The Lenovo Miix 3 MBG4GC use the model of Samsung. The speed of reading and writing of the flash memory, when compared to the competition, is average.

Lenovo Miix 3 review. Graphics card and game

We already knew that the Intel Atom did not offer great graphics performance. The unit internal graphics, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), can show YouTube videos in HD, but you can forget about a 3D rendered accurate or creating videos. Moreover, there are areas of use of the tablet – especially not in this price range, as shown by the absence of major differences between this model and the competition with similar processor and graphics card.

Although the Games for Windows can be installed on the tablet, the power of the hardware and the absence of mouse and keyboard is considerably reduced the gaming experience. This model, with the graphics card which is fitted, is not suitable for games – just see the graphics requirements of FPS of most of the games in circulation. We tested the old game “StarCraft 2”, which has the same resolution of the tablet, and works fine with a low level of detail, around 40-50 fps.
Lenovo Miix 3 review. Emissions and energy

Lenovo Miix 3 Review: an acceptable product for this price, but the experience is limited to video games
Lenovo Miix 3 Review: an acceptable product for this price, but the experience is limited to video games

System noise

The low-power Intel Atom allows a passive cooling device: The tablet does not contain noise components and is pleasantly quiet. Under full load, the Atom processor initially working at full speed, 1.6 GHz or so. After a few minutes, however, the temperature of the housing rises, which is especially noticeable on the back of aluminum, and the speed does not exceed the value of 1,3 GHz.

In practice, the hardware should not be pushed to its limits, or case gets too hot. Under full load temperatures are going above 37 ° (not unpleasant, anyway).

Speaker

The speakers of the Lenovo Miix 3 produce an audible sound and light, although you can not expect too much from a tablet of this price and with a mono speaker. The sound is thin and is on one side of the device: good for video calls or, but for long movies is recommended to connect the external speakers or headphones. Thanks to the slight Intel Atom, the power consumption of the tablet is relatively low – in low utilization, requires less than 1 watt. The Asus VivoTab 8 requires up to 2.4 watts, while the Lenovo Yoga 2 8 up to 3.4 watts. Under load, however, the 3 8 Miix consumes up to 10.9 watts, like competition.

Battery

The lifetime of the batteries was measured with the WLAN test and the instrument Battery Eater. The Miix 3 lasts at least 6 hours without power. As we said at the beginning of the article, the battery 15 Wh is smaller than that of its predecessor, which had a capacity of 17 Wh. In contrast, the Asus VivoTab 8 is equipped with an identical battery and lasts a bit ‘more than five hours, while the 18-Wh battery of the Dell Venue 8 Pro takes just over 6 hours. Same for the Lenovo Yoga 2 8 (which has a larger battery).

Lenovo Miix 3 review. Conclusions

We could expect something really useful at a price so? The Lenovo has shown so: the computing power does not decrease proportionally with the price when compared to competitors’ products more expensive with Atom processor. Indeed: the Lenovo Miix 3 is not less than 8 inch tablets from 300 EUR.

The screen 4: 3 is not bad, but the low resolution of 1024 × 768 pixels is – because most tablet 8 inch screens in HD (and also on the brightness you could do better).

However, the Miix remains a good product, with an excellent aluminum housing which increases the value and robustness. It must be said that the product shows no weaknesses or errors which we might expect from such a low price (that is an advantage in itself). Ultimately, with the Miix 3, Lenovo offers a good quality / price ratio for an 8 inch tablets in this price range.




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