Price: £800 Inc VAT
The Lynx is an 11.6inch Windows 8 tablet that is just 9.5mm thicker and 640g, which makes it about 20g lighter than the Retina iPad.
It does not have the high display quality of the iPad, but the Lenovo’s IPS panel gives a very bright and vibrant picture with its native 1366×768 pixels.
Deeper check up of the Lynx shows a cheap plastic backside panel, and the buttons and port covers feel a bit useless. The loudspeakers sound tinny, too, but headphone and Micro-HDMI connectors enable you to attach the Lynx to some decent stand-alone speakers or a bigger screen.
The dual core Intel Atom processor has scored only 1,415 points in PCMark 7. That is good for basic jobs such as internet browsing and a spot of Word or Excel work, but do not expect to render an HD movie in seconds.
Out of the 64GB storage space built into the product there is only 37GB free for your own files, but the MicroSD slot enables you to add another 32GB.
The Atom processor is not much good for 3D game titles, but it is thrifty on power – we found 8 hours of streaming video.
Search on the internet and you can get the Lynx and its optional key-board dock for around £600. This contains a pair of USB 2.0 ports and a second battery that enhances the battery life.
The HP Envy X2 is a better designed tablet but, at just £600, the IdeaTab Lynx provides reasonably good value for a full Windows 8 tablet and key-board dock.