Call it the “Surface lite.” Announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday and due to ship in June, Lenovo’s ideapad Miix 310 gives budget users a Surface-like 2-in-1 experience with a detachable keyboard.
While it’s hardly high-powered—it sports an Intel Atom X5 8300 CPU and integrated graphics—it boasts 10 hours of battery life. Unlike the limited Surface RT tablets of the not-so-distant past, too, it runs full Windows 10 (the Home version).
Lenovo defines the Miix 310’s user as an “online addict” who wants to be fully connected wherever they are. I don’t know about the addiction part, but the 128GB of eMMC memory certainly provides a lot of room to store content. You get 802.11b/g/n connectivity standard, and 4G LTE is optional. The memory maxes out at 2GB. A Full HD display option (1920×1080) is available, but the default display is lower-res.
No one wants to eat up tablet space with a soft keyboard. The included keyboard with the ideapad Miix 310 lets you be productive at will. I tried the keyboard briefly. Given its thinness it felt tolerable, though nothing like the Lenovo keyboards you see on high-end laptops. For a starting price of $229, though, you can’t complain too much. This is a machine you’d buy for recreational use, and you wouldn’t be out too much if it broke or went missing.
Melissa Riofrio spent her formative journalistic years reviewing some of the biggest iron at PCWorld--desktops, laptops, storage, printers--and she continued to focus on hardware testing during stints at Computer Currents and CNET. Currently, in addition to leading PCWorld’s content direction, she covers productivity laptops and Chromebooks.