Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Review: Performance

March 5, 2013 by Michael Wall Reads (59,957)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 5
    • Usability
    • 7
    • Design
    • 10
    • Performance
    • 3
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 6.86
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2Performanceand Benchmarks

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 unit we reviewed had the following specs:

  • Windows 8 Professional (32-bit)
  • 10.1″ (1366 x 768) IPS touch display
  • Intel Atom Processor Z2760 1.8GHz
  • Power VR SGX454 Graphics
  • 2GB DDR 800MHz
  • 64GB eMMC storage
  • ThinkPad 11a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0 combo chip + GPS
  • Lithium Polymer 30Whr Battery
  • Dimensions: 10.34″ x 6.48″ x 0.39″
  • Weight: 1.3-lbs
  • MSRP: $740

Easily the most notable weak point for this machine is its lackluster performance. Equipped with only a dual-core Intel Atom Z2760 1.8GHz processor and integrated Power VR graphics the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is fairly limited in its computing capabilities. The Tablet 2 will be able to handle most basic computing functions, without lag or interference, but multi-tasking proves to be a real chore for the device. While using multiple browser tabs at once, I noticed a sharp decline in performance and even a few instances where the tablet froze all-together. This issue is further exacerbated when using desktop mode, causing the machine to become taxed even faster. Working with Windows 8 apps does allow the machine to fair slightly better, but no matter how you slice it; the multi-tasking capabilities of this machine are extremely limited.

Another issue for the device is its lack of storage. The device only offers 64GB of eMMC (Embedded Multi Media Card) on board. Users who are looking to store media content will quickly find the device at capacity. Utilizing the micro-SD card reader could help alleviate this problem, but users who want sizeable storage capacity will have to turn to cloud storage (another added cost).

wPrime processor comparisons (lower score means better performance): 

PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark and measures overall systems performance (higher scores mean better performance):

Crystal DiskMark storage drive performance test: 

Temperature and Noise

Luckily ThinkPad Tablet 2 remains comfortably cool and quite at all times. Even when the machine becomes bogged down with too many processes it remains just silent and cool as when it’s siting in idle mode. The machine likely remains so cool thanks to its Intel Atom processor, which uses TDP (Thermal Power Design), allowing the machine to draw less power and subsequently generate less heat.


To test battery life we used our new PowerMark benchmark in balanced mode. The test consists of a combination of automated web browsing, word processing, gaming and video playback workloads. The test is far more strenuous than our previous test, measuring the machine under a litany of scenarios to better simulate real life use. With the test being far more demanding the scores are understandably lower than our previous benchmark.

PowerMark battery life test results (higher scores mean better life):

In our tests the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 ran for 9hours and 25 minutes before the device shut down after reaching 5 percent battery limit reserve. The 9 hour battery while not the longest lasting device we have tested is still exceptional. Whether users are surfing the web, or watching video the battery will hold up to the task. The long battery life combined with the tablet’s slim form factor make the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 a perfect choice for users looking for portability. While this machine may be limited in its performance; the low power consumption of the Atom processor combined with the 30Whr Lithium Polymer Battery ensures this device will run for a very long time.



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