Ultraportable Windows 8 tablets and hybrids tend to cover a lot of the same ground. Low-power Intel Atom, Pentium or Celeron CPUs, prices around $300-400, and somewhat creaky plastic bodies. Some, such as the Acer Switch 10, have pull-apart bodies that latch a separate slate and keyboard dock together, while systems like the HP x360 or Lenovo Yoga 2 11 have hybrid hinges that fold back into a tablet mode.
Stepping up to the next level in terms of build quality, features, and performance takes you up to something like the Surface Pro 3, starting at $800 ($930 with a keyboard) and going way up from there.
Finding something in between those two extremes can be difficult, forcing some hard choices between design, performance, and features. Lenovo attempts to thread that particular needle with the ThinkPad 10, a 10-inch Windows 8 tablet with a feature list that takes from both low- and high-end tablets and hybrids.
The upscale-feeling ThinkPad 10 pairs with various keyboards, docks, and covers to become a very flexible hybrid tablet with an excellent high-resolution screen.
Expensive for an Atom-based tablet, especially as you add accessories, and it’s slower than some other tablets and hybrids.
The Bottom Line
Lenovo’s ThinkPad 10 can add accessories to work as a tablet, laptop or micro all-in-one. It has some premium features to match its premium price, but not a premium CPU.
Specs – LENOVO THINKPAD 10
Price $746 (BHD300) (detachable keyboard BHD50 , docking station BHD 75)
Display size/resolution 10.1-inch, 1,900×1,200 touchscreen
PC CPU 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z3795
PC Memory 2GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz
Graphics 32MB Intel HD Graphics
Storage 64GB SSD
Optical drive None
Networking 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0