• Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10
  • Display: 12.2 inches (1,920x1,200)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6200U
  • Connectivity: USB 3.0 Type A x1, USB 3.0 Type C x1
  • Memory: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: Up to 256GB SSD
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Cons:
  • No card reader
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark 8 (Home): 2,830 points
  • PCMark 8 (Creative): 2,892 points
  • PCMark 8 (Work): 2,794 points

The Surface For Budget Users

The 2-in-1 form factor has gained a lot of prominence lately as the mobile workhorse of choice, thanks to its performance and portability. With advancements in technology, power consumptions are at record low levels, which allows laptop makers like Lenovo to come up with devices like the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 510.

If the design of the Miix 510 looks very familiar to you, you may notice it’s because the device looks very similar to Microsoft’s very own Surface devices. From the chassis, to the vents, as well as the look and feel of the Miix 510 is very reminiscent to that of Microsoft’s own flagship product.

As far as internals go, the Miix 510 is powered by Intel’s Core i7-6200U processor, together with 8GBs of DDR4 RAM, and up to 512GBs of SSD storage. The Miix 510 also has Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system installed as well, so you need not fret about the OS out of the box.

A lack of I/O ports is the most common complaint heard of from Surface owners, and Lenovo seems to have kept this in mind as the Miix 510 sports two USB ports, one being a Type-A USB 3.0 port, and the other being a USB Type-C port, for future-proofing purposes. Unfortunately, the Miix 510 does not have an SD card nor a microSD card reader.

That said, every purchase of the Lenovo Miix 510 does come with a backlit keyboard cover that looks similar to how the one for the Surface works.

Performance-wise, the Miix 510 functions as an excellent portable workstation. Throughout our time with it, we’ve managed to do a fair bit of work and leisure on this device. We’ve brought it out to do event coverage, edit some photos and watch some videos on it without lagging out.

The battery life of the Miix 510 is very impressive too, clocking in at about seven hours on a full charge, with display brightness at 50 percent and WiFi turned on all the time. This is great, as for the most part it means we don’t really need to bring the charger along with us if we happen to be going out to cover events or going for meetings.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Lenovo Miix 510 is a great device to consider as a wallet-friendly alternative to the expensive Microsoft Surface Pro.

(previously published in issue February 2017)

Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 510