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Lenovo ThinkPad Review

Frequent crashes and severe battery drain make the ThinkPad Tablet a less-than-ideal purchase.

February 03, 2012
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Science Introduction

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet is large tablet that gets the job done. However, its larger-than-average screen draws a lot of power. This tablet has a poor battery life of around five hours.

Battery

Not exactly leading the pack

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet will allow users to read an eBook with the Kindle app for just over 5 hours with the backlight cranked and all wireless connections turned off. This is on the low end of "acceptable" for a tablet its size and will lead to several situations in which you'll be left high and dry without battery charge, especially if you use Wi-Fi (which rips down battery life).

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Screen Performance

If this Thinkpad was cheaper, it'd be a good buy

Like most tablets, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet disappoints in color gamut, with significant color error matched up against the rec. 709 standard. Most notably, it shifts blues to a more cyan-ish color.

Tablets typically fall short of competing with TVs in terms of contrast performance, but the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet falls very short by virtue of its disappointingly bright black level. If you're wondering why a bright black level is bad, know that a dark black level is important for a high contrast ratio and more accurate lighting in your pictures and movies. Because the deepest black it can produce is 0.6 cd/m2, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 's contrast ratio is severely narrowed, even though it has a very high peak brightness.

Similarly, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet does nothing to set itself apart from other LCD tablets, as it has an extremely reflective screen. Though it has a high peak brightness to combat the intensity of direct sunlight, the reflective screen is incredibly distracting and annoying, so do what you can to avoid direct light on the screen.

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