The Miix seven hundred is Lenovo's Floor killer
Lenovo has arguably finished greater than another PC maker to blur the road between tablets and laptops — however its new Ideapad Miix seven hundred convertible pill is clearly aimed toward one specific competitor: Microsoft’s Floor. Like that machine, the Miix seven hundred sports activities a kickstand with a excessive-tech hinge; it is a fairly respectable pill by itself; and it has a nicely-constructed keyboard accent that snaps on with a robust magnet. Even a Lenovo rep acknowledged that it was “impressed” by the Floor. However simply because it seems acquainted doesn’t suggest it isn’t a worthy convertible entry. Lenovo followers will doubtless recognize the Miix seven hundred’s strong keyboard implementation, which feels virtually indistinguishable from a number of the firm’s laptop computer keyboards (and much more snug than the Floor Sort cowl), in addition to the corporate’s extra subdued fashion. The Miix seven hundred begins at $699 and can begin delivery in November.
The Miix seven hundred packs in as much as an Intel Core M7 processor, which places it extra in keeping with the low-powered Floor three than the beefy Floor Professional three. You’ll be able to nonetheless embrace as much as 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD in the event you want a bit extra velocity and area, although. Its 12-inch display runs at 2160 by 1440 pixels, a tad sharper than plain previous 1080, and it weighs 1.7 kilos with the keyboard hooked up. There are additionally 5 megapixel entrance and rear cameras, and also you even have the choice of plugging in Intel’s RealSense 3D digital camera, which can allow you to log into Home windows 10 utilizing simply your face. That is one thing no Floor pill does but — however you could be positive Microsoft will embrace one thing comparable in its subsequent refresh (which is predicted to hit in a couple of months).
In my brief arms-on time with the Miix seven hundred, it felt like a strong, if considerably acquainted, gadget. Its kickstand lays flat on its again and takes a little bit of effort to tug out, and it may well increase virtually to round one hundred sixty levels. The large distinction from the Floor? Its hinges are prominently displayed on the Miix seven hundred’s again, moderately than being hidden beneath the hinge. It makes use of two of the identical “watchband” hinges we noticed on the Yoga Professional three, a design that we ended up liking final yr. I did not have an opportunity to carry the Miix seven hundred on my lap, however judging from the durability of the keyboard and its hinge design, I anticipate it to be about as “lappable” as the previous few Floor tablets.
Extra on that keyboard accent: I can not stress sufficient how nice it feels. Lenovo is not any stranger to high quality keyboards, in any case. However it’s nonetheless shocking to see it pull off a really usable keyboard on a pill cowl. It additionally folds up barely onto the pill’s display to offer the keys a little bit of an angle (a design selection that Microsoft additionally used to stabilize its keyboard).
Nonetheless, nearly as good because the Miix seven hundred appears and feels, you would not be blamed for questioning why it even exists. Lenovo has explored different removable pill ideas, just like the Miix 2, and it is also spent loads of time honing its hinge know-how for its many Yoga convertibles. It is also nonetheless the most important international PC vendor, with round 20 % of the market. One attainable purpose is that it might really feel threatened by the progress of the Floor lineup, which might additionally clarify why it lifted so many design decisions from Microsoft. If something, Microsoft ought to take it as a praise.