Lenovo ThinkPad 10—My Next Pen-Based Windows Tablet?

May 14, 2014

Lenovo has finally announced release of the next evolution of their lightweight Windows tablet line, and it’s called the Lenovo ThinkPad 10. On paper it looks like a natural Bay Trail replacement for the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 that I found so useful last year, but which feels pretty slow these days. The big deal about this new tablet is that it ships with a Wacom stylus and digitizer—finally a worthy tablet-sized Tablet PC may be out! It’s planned to ship next month starting at $599.

It sure took a while—Bay Trail was October 2013 news—so this tablet feels like it is 6 months late! But perhaps it’s worth the wait, because the other big news is that it has the option to run 64-bit Windows, which means you are not limited to 2GB of RAM. And it reportedly has 128 GB of storage.

It seems to be targeted toward business users, with lots of docking station and keyboard options.

Here are some detailed write ups:





Michael Linenberger

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7 Responses to Lenovo ThinkPad 10—My Next Pen-Based Windows Tablet?

  1. The Lenovo sounds about perfect. I’ll probably upgrade to one in a few months.

    For my “Starter Tablet” I purchased the Asus Vivotab Note 8 at the Microsoft Store here in Scottsdale. The Wacom digitizer on it failed (hardware problem) after about a week so I exchanged it for the Dell Venue 8. From what I read in Online Forums about the Asus Vivotab Note 8, there appears to be a quality control issue with the digitizers in their product.

    If you are considering an 8″ tablet, I recommend the Dell Venue over the VivoTab Note. Since dell reworked the firmware earlier this year, the digitizer works great. I do long for a larger screen for pen-based note taking and reading email. My thinking was that the smaller it was, the better chance I’d lug it around with me instead of leaving it in the car. I’ve been using a case with a Bluetooth keyboard which works well for taking notes during meetings. The Vivotab comes with a stylus and costs $50 more. Unfortunately the stylus that comes with the Vivotab is about the size of Q-tip and isn’t much use unless you have very small hands. If you get the Asus, you goning to need to purchase the Wacom Bamboo Stylus for $40 if you want to use the digitizer. I like the Stylus that dell sells for $30 much better than the Wacom Bamboo because the button on it is easier to press when holding it. The screen on the Dell is very nice and Dell’s support is vastly superior to the support provided by ASUS.

    The Lenovo sounds like my NEXT tablet when I get tired of squinting at this 8″ screen…

  2. Roger J says:

    Today is 31 July 2014.

    I found this post after typing in “is there a Windows Phone device with an active digitiser stylus or pen?”

    My current notebook is a Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga convertible noetbbok tablet. I am going to return it because of white spots emerging on the screen after four months (leaking backlight?).

    However I may replace with a normal ultrabook because I have hardly used my notebook in tablet mode, and I suspect many others are in the same boat.

    I would really like a Windows tablet 8″ – 10″ and a Windows Phone device EACH with an active digitiser pen.

    Until then I’ll continue using my Galaxy Note 2 and Note 8 as smartphone/scribble pad and notepad/Moleskine-replacement for meetings etc. But I’d really love Windows devices so I could use OneNote more.

    • SICUNDER says:

      Same with me, Samsung Note 3 NEO is my New workstation (NEO is cheaper Note 3 avatar by samsung -they know not everyone can afford the flagship note 4 or 10 and 12 ). Microsoft made Onenote free – too bad not a single windows phone comes with a stylus to use this great note taking app. On top of it they scrapped/postponed Surface mini.

      samsung note 8 is not in the market now – it was a phablet (like Note 10&12- only more affordable). I hope they continue it and not scrap it in favor of Note4 (or 5).

  3. Ed says:

    Just wanted to check what is your recommendation for best Windows tablet for implementing MYN, running native Outlook, and with solid digitizer/pen. Have you evaluated Surface? Do you have any recommendations on Surface (and if so which version do you like), Lenovo TP 10, Dell Venue 11, or other tablet? Appreciate your feedback!

    • Michael Linenberger says:

      Ed, I haven’t tested either, but based on specs, for my tastes it’s the Lenovo ThinkPad 10. The Surface 3 is great but it’s a half pound heavier and a lot shorter battery life. And more expensive. If you can live with those downsides, the Surface 3 is probably the better bet since its so heavily supported by Microsoft. Regarding Lenovo, I have not been impressed with the driver and BIOS update timing of Lenovo for their Win 8 tablets–half year can go by for such things. But I feel very strongly about weight and battery life on a true tablet, which is why I lean Lenovo. Hope that helps, Michael

  4. Sachin says:

    I took your advice two years ago and loved Thinkpad 2. I have given up paper and use this for all my note taking too. Is Thinkpad 10 still the best recommendation? Is it worth dumping Thinkpad 2 for Thinkpad 10? Thanks.

    • Michael Linenberger says:

      Sachin, I have not moved forward with the latest Win 8 pen tablets. But I got frustrated with the slowness of Thinkpad 2 IE, so yes, I think it would be worth it. Michael.

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