Lenovo Miix 510 Review
It is to be said that the Lenovo Miix 510 is Microsoft Surface Pro 4 at a low price as it is quite similar to that machine.
The design of Lenovo Miix 510 is not very much effective, its keyboard part has some niggles and its stylus is not good as well, else it is very similar to familiar Microsoft hybrid.
However, it is a very good machine that lies between a large tablet and a portable laptop. It is a good option if you are not going to use it the whole day and every day.
It may be a disappointing part for you, as these laptops are not suitable for working whole day due to having less battery life.
|CPU||7th-generation Intel Core i5 7200U|
|Operating System||Windows 10 S|
|RAM Upgradable to||16GB|
|Hard Drive Size||128GB /256GB|
|Hard Drive Type||SSD|
|Display Size||13.5 inches|
|Highest Available Resolution||2256 x 1504|
|Graphics Card||Intel HD Graphics 620|
|Wi-Fi Model||Wi-Fi wireless networking|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.0 LE|
|Ports (excluding USB)||Headset jack|
|Ports (excluding USB)||Mini DisplayPort|
|Ports (excluding USB)||Thunderbolt 3|
|Size||12.13” x 8.79” x .57”|
|Battery Life||14.5 hours of video playback|
Pros & Cons
|Captivating design||SSD on the slow side|
|Bright and colorful display||Fan can get loud|
|Comfortable keyboard||Colors cost extra|
|Very good battery life||Windows 10 S has several limitations|
|Nearly instant face recognition login|
There are various flavors of Lenovo Miix 510 that are currently available in the market. One of them is Core i3 CPU version having 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD that will cost you almost $857.46.
Core i3 can be upgraded to Core i5 and Core i7, which will cost you $922.12 and $1253.17 respectively.
The one, about which I am writing is Core i5 featuring an 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD and it almost costs $988.08.
All of these three come with a stylus and a keyboard base is tempting to see if we compare the price of both Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Lenovo Miix 510.
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Apparently, if you go to the market and look for a Core i5 with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD then you need to pay almost $1924.68, which is a very big difference. You can get Lenovo Miix 510 with a one-year warranty.
The Lenovo Miix 510 is a hybrid laptop, which is having main components live on the screen along with the battery. However, the keyboard is also an integral part of this hybrid machine, which is having a great functionality.
The keyboard does not provide assistance to the Lenovo Miix 510 but it provides some support by Kickstand on its back.
It is featuring smooth hinges that allows it to move and adjust angle according to your interest from ‘almost upright’ to ‘almost flat’. However, the users can also be able to use it on their knees.
Maximum of screen parts of Lenovo Miix 510 is made up of aluminum, magnesium alloy, and glass. The stand is made up of aluminum and the rest of parts are made up of magnesium alloy.
If you want to feel the difference the touch both magnesium alloy and aluminum, you will find magnesium less cool and hard as compared to aluminum.
The keyboard is made up of plastic, it also features a synthetic leather on the back, for providing a folio-like feel and along with soft-touch plastic for giving rest to your hands. It can be bent down a little bit by a hand pressure.
The Lenovo Miix 510 weighs almost 900g without a keyboard and is 10mm thick if we attach keyboard then its weight rises up to 1.25 Kg.
In most respects, it could pass for a device selling at the same price as the Surface Pro 4. A reminder: it’s half the price. Lenovo has also added its signature watch link hinge on the Lenovo Miix 510.
In Lenovo’s Yoga 910 machines, the company’s signature is located at across the main hinge and resembles a stainless steel watch strip.But, at this machine, they don’t occupy a lot of space.
Its connections are very similar to most of the hybrid machines and it does not drop its connections too. The Lenovo Miix 510 is featuring a full-size USB and a USB-C, which is a good combination of old and new one indeed.
The Lenovo Miix 510 features power socket and headphone jack. But, the company did not add memory card slot or video output. However, USB-C can also be used as video output but with the right cable.
Keyboard And Touchpad
The keyboard of Lenovo Miix 510 should be good enough to make its user happier. The machine version of which I am writing does not contain a backlight and also its keyboard is a bit less powerful as compared to Surface Pro 4.
The typing experience is having a lot of surprises hidden in it. The Keys are extremely low and its actions are not ultra shallow. It is just like Hybrid take on Classic ThinkPad Keyboard.
Similar to other hybrids, magnets of the Lenovo Miix 510 are placed to provide a slight angle to a keyboard instead of making it for providing more comfort in typing instead of making it completely flat.
It works well when you are having a flat surface but it is just fine as this machine don’t have much weight.
The trackpad does not have anything special thing, as it features a smallish plastic rectangle that isn’t good enough for providing comforting as compared to larger laptops.
As it is not like Surface Pro 4 pad which is 3 times larger than this, only a hybrid machine constitutes so much space t do work and Lenovo has sensibly given importance to the keyboard.
We can suggest you a conventional laptop or a hybrid featuring a standard keyboard if you want to work on a laptop for more than 8 hours, but, it is also a good machine for long-form typing.
This machine is having a good stylus, which is pretty neat for which you don’t have to pay extra dollars for it, as like Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro.
Its stylus features two buttons on its barrel, pressure sensitivity(2048 levels) along with an AAAA battery.
The Lenovo Miix 510 constitutes a palm rejection, which halts touchscreen from interfering when you are writing with a pen, works well and most importantly, there is no lag between the motion of your pen and the results on screen.
Just like other styluses, the screen can be able to sense the pen on the screen whenever you move it on the screen and you can use it to manage and control windows.
The only weak point is that the stylus has a basic hard plastic nib and it does not provide you a natural and a smooth feel as like iPad stylus as you drag it on the entire screen.
However, it is still good in sketching tools when you connect it to high-quality drawing applications.
The Lenovo Miix 510 is featuring a 12.2-inch screen. As compared to Surface Pro 4, it is very small but it still suits this machine and it is perfect for viewing or browsing data over the internet and checking emails.
This machine constitutes a 1920 x 1200 pixel screen, which is very low as compared to Surface Pro 4 but still it is much better than all other laptops at the same price.
Its color performance is satisfactory as it covers 88% of the sRGB standard colors, 65.1% of Adobe RGB along with 71.2% of DCI P3.
Which shows that it is still the best laptop as compared to most of the expensive laptops in the market.
The Lenovo Miix 510 is having a solid contrast of 824:1, you cannot say it is the best but still, it is good in making black look deep and rich, until unless you are about to play a movie in a room having dim lights.
Max brightness reach most 327cd/m. This glass-topped touchscreen makes the screen finish of Lenovo Miix 510 more brighter and its backlight is bright enough to be used in an open place.
The parts of Lenovo Miix 510 are not extraordinary but still, they are delivering B+ results in every phase, The only weak part these machines are having is its screen, However, it is still better than a lot of laptops at this price.
The Lenovo Miix 510 utilizes standard Intel Core-series laptop processors and having Core i3 and Core i5 alternatives. The one I am writing about is featuring an Intel Core i5-6200U, a very capable dual-core CPU.
Most importantly, it is even more powerful as compared to m-series chip, being utilized by entry-level Surface Pro 4.
And, it is capable of running various applications like Adobe Photoshop. However, it is not really a lifestyle machine that even cannot be able to handle more complicated things than a phone like an app.
It is not a modernized generation of Intel technology as 7th generation CPUs has already dominated the market.
The company did not make big upgradations in the previous versions except increasing cost of the machine.
In PC Mark 8 the Lenovo Miix 510 manage to make 2143 and 6003 points in Geekbench 4. Which is slightly less than the points made by Acer Swift 3, a machine that uses the same CPU.
Its gaming performance is just worst that Acer Swift 3, due to which it puts Lenovo Miix 510 in a lower category. At Alien Isolation, these laptops scores an average of 30fps at 720p having visuals set very low.
At 1080p resolution the laptop scores 12.3fps with all visuals set at maxed level. And, the Acer Swift 3 managed to make an average of 13fps.
Thief averages at 21.5fps at 720p resolution and it manages to make an average of 5.6fps at 1080p resolution. These laptops are not compatible to play latest console grade games but it can support older games.
These laptops produce more noise as its fan pushes out air from the top of the screen part which is not passively cool.
We also viewed some complaints about its fan become noticeably louder under some pressure but still, it seems good to our ears. Most of the Core i5 laptops’ have the similar type of behavior so I think it is not a big problem.
But, you will find it odd if used it in a quiet room.Windows 10 operates smoothly on these laptops and obviously, the 256 GB gives you a good amount of space for storing all of your data. Its SSD is extremely fast and is fast as compared to most of the laptops at the same price.
The Lenovo Miix 510 reads at 1747MB/s and writes at 1139MB/s which is 3 times faster than lower grade SSD. While a Core i3 CPU performs well for maximum tasks and it features a 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD.
The main issue with Lenovo Miix 510’s design is that it does not be able to make space for the high capacity battery just like Microsoft Surface Pro 4.
The Lenovo Miix 510 lasts for 6 hours and 25 minutes if we play 720p video on loop at a resolution of 720p. It is not bad at all, still, it needs more battery life to attract maximum users towards it.
All other periphery features are not impressive either. The Lenovo Miix 510 is featuring two cameras. a 5 megapixel back and 2-megapixel front camera.
However, the rear camera is much better than the average webcam of a laptop. Its pictures are still reasonably soft and low. While front camera is bit soft and has a milky look.
The speakers of Lenovo Miix 510 does not provide a high performance as compared to other laptops at the same price.
It comprises a driver on each side that transmits its voice on a wider area. It is thin and has a limited Bass.
Its speakers are clear and loud, thus makes movie dialogue seem clean and clear. But those who want to play iPlayer and Netflix will have to spend money on the speakers.