Lenovo Miix 510 Review: Can it Beat Surface Pro 4?


When it comes to mixing work with play, it was Surface Pro 4 that paved the way. Yes, we have to indeed give it to Microsoft for showing us how uniting a Windows 10 OS with the right hardware could create a standalone tablet PC. Could tablets then replace PCs in future? It seems like the shift has already started with Lenovo Miix 510 taking cues from Microsoft.

Lenovo stays its same style conscious self and brings out its Yoga tablet-like smooth body to flaunt. But does it live up or take the future of tablet PC forward? Let’s see!

Body, Display, and Design

Those watchband-like hinges have made a statement. It is very sleek and thin, but it will be solid on your hand. There are two watchband-like hinges which allow the tablet to be viewed at an angle of 170 degrees as well. Together with the keyboard it weighs 2.7 pounds only and fits comfortably on your lap.

The 12.2-inch display shows sharp contrasts, and you can view the best of the best videos in here with some great details. The stark resolution of 1900×1200 pixels falls short compared to Surface Pro 4’s but does the job and does it well. We say this because even with its higher pixels Microsoft’s flagship falls short on our colorimeter while Miix 510 produces 114 percent of the sRGB spectrum.

Keyboard, stylus, and touchpad

The keys do have a shallow 1.34millimeter travel and need 55gram of force. Those who are used to greater travel between the keys might face a minor lag in their normal speed. The right shift key is a little bit smaller (to accommodate the directional keys) which made it a little bit tougher to use the shift keys.

The stylus comes with 2048 pressure sensitivity. You have to buy it for $40 additionally. Overall the stylus gave a good experience with good accuracy which was quite pleasant. The 3.3×1.8 touchpad does its job correctly.

Miix 510 Performance

It comes with a 2.3GHz Core i5-6200 chipset and 8GB of RAM. Naturally, performance is as expected. I opened a dozen tabs including YouTube, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Slack, etc. But there was simply no lag or overheating issue. Switching between tabs and doing multitasking is easier on this hybrid. Productivity users might fall in love with it.

It contains Intel HD 520 Graphics which makes it run games on a fantastic score. In our 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics test it scored 62,498 which again is higher than what Surface Pro 4 scored (60,424). So you can understand the difference –  Miix 520 caters well to the gamer in you.

Camera and Battery Life

One thing it lacks in is the front camera. Lenovo gives us 5MP rear shooter and a 2MP front camera which takes rather grainy images. It doesn’t make sense because this is a tablet PC hybrid used for mainly Skype chats and video calls through the front camera. Nevertheless, the rear camera shoots decent pictures.

The hybrid features an AAAA battery which will be harder to obtain in a brick and mortar store. Miix 510 lasts barely for 5 to 6 hours on a single charge.

Heat and Audio issues

The Miix 510 keyboard remains cool, but after you watch 15 minutes of HD video, the tablet starts to warm up a little bit. Talking about the audio, you cannot expect it to produce great sound. But it does produce enough sound to fill a conference room. It has Dolby Audio Software included.

Our verdict

A tablet PC starting from $600 with useful productivity features sounds like a fair deal. If you want a notebook that can also be detached and carried around easily, go with it. If performing light tasks at a stretch is your requirements, you’ll like this hybrid, although the keypad or battery life may test your