On November 8, Lenovo held a conference in Wuhan where the company displayed its AI strategic layout in the current artificial intelligence age. The Lenovo Innovation and Technology Conference with the theme “Connection and Imagination” saw the release of numerous Lenovo products which includes YOGA 920, YOGA 720 12, Lenovo ideapad 720S and Miix 520. Today, the Lenovo Miix 520 notebook which can be best defined as a stylish and high-performance productivity tool was strictly scrutinized to see if this product holds a strong position amongst the premium portable laptops in the industry. Looking at the specification table below, you will see that the Lenovo Miix 520 notebook is an upgrade of the previous version – Lenovo Miix 5 PLUS. This laptop is equipped with an eight generation Intel processor which no doubt will improve its performance.
|Product||Lenovo Miix 520|
|Screen||12″ FHD (1920 x 1200) IPS matte touchscreen|
|Processor||i5 – 8250U (1.6GHz, up to 3.4GHz)|
|Storage||256 PCle SSD|
|Connectivity||802.11ac with BlueTooth 4.1|
|Ports||USB Type-C, USB 3.0, MicroSD, Headphone & microphone combo jack|
|Camera||5MP front + 8MP rear|
|Extras||720p HD, HD Audio, fingerprint reader, backlit keyboard, webcam|
Design & Appearance
The Lenovo Miix 520 is a 2-in-1 laptop which has a mirror-like design on the main screen. This 12-inch laptop has a platinum painted body molded from magnesium alloy material. It comes in lightning silver and interstellar gray colors both of which are premium elegant choices. The “Lenovo” logo is lodged at the upper left corner of the top surface and the rotating shaft parting the back of the Lenovo Miix 520 displays the high-quality ethics employed by big-name like Lenovo.
This product like I said earlier is a laptop-grade tablet PC. It comes with a detachable keyboard which converts the screen to a tablet when the keyboard is removed. The keyboard of Lenovo Miix 520 delivers an immersive typing experience. It comes with an elegant gray color design and its keys are soft, flat, and highly sensitive which typing on this system is absolutely seamless. The keycap island-style layout makes the key spacing more ideal.
Furthermore, the Lenovo Miix 520 comes with a magnetic backlit keyboard which gives you a good user experience even in low light environments. The keys are highly sensitive and in addition to the sensitivity of the keys, they rebound quickly that you don’t have issues with entering a letter multiple times while typing.
Lenovo Miix 520 has a premium glass fiber touchpad which gives a very smooth feel. The touch panel sensor increases the performance density of the touchpad by 27% and it can seamlessly achieve recent quasi-input purposes.
Well, the Lenovo Miix 520 is a lightweight product which has a thickness of 9.9mm. It weighs just 880 grams when the keyboard is detached as a tablet but with the keyboard, its weight is 1.26kg which is about the average weight of most top-notch laptops in the industry.
Lenovo Miix 520 notebook uses a 12-inch IPS screen with a display resolution of 1920 x 1200. The color reproduction degree is superb and the screen reaches a maximum brightness of 320nit which makes sure that this product can be seamlessly used under sunlight without any difficulty in seeing what’s on the screen.
We used a professional technique to test for specific color gamut, the final test results show that Lenovo Miix 520 screen covers 91% of the sRGB color gamut, 70% of the NTSC color gamut and 73% AdobeRGB color gamut. This shows that the screen is top-quality and it is more than adequate for daily image processing. Therefore, the visual experience is acceptable whether for watching movies or playing games.
The Lenovo Miix 520 tablet PC comes with a dual camera setup with one in the front and the other on the rear. This tablet PC sports a 5MP front camera to meet up with daily usage in social networking and other online needs.
It also has an 8MP 3D rear shooter with a maximum aperture of f /2.4 which increases the camera angle thereby allowing users to get a perfect shooting experience just like a smartphone.
Its worthy of note that Tablet PCs are not known for great cameras but the Miix 520 features a World View camera which can take 3D images. Lenovo also includes a Magic Window app that lets you insert 3D images into regular images.
Despite its 9mm slimness, the Lenovo Miix 520 is packed with numerous interfaces to give users an excellent experience. This tablet PC sports a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB 3.0 interface and a USB Type-C (including video output) interface. The power button, a set of volume control keys and the fingerprint identification module are all on the side fuselage.
Hidden behind the micro-card slot under the shaft bracket is an additional storage expansion port which to some extent substitutes for the USB interface.
Most top-quality laptops are equipped with a fingerprint sensor for a better protection of the laptop. The fingerprint recognition module is uniquely located at the side fuselage just close to the volume buttons. This is quite different from what we have seen in recent laptops which have this module either on the touchpad or close to the power button.
This module gives users more options when making online payments. The location of the fingerprint sensor is quite okay because in using it, you won’t be initiating other operations by error as is common with modules close to the power button. This has more appeal than sensors that are located on the touchpad or close to the power button.
Lenovo Miix 520 is equipped with Intel’s latest eight-generation processors. It has four-core eight threads design clocking 1.6GHz with a turbo boost core frequency up to 3.4GHz. In the official website, there are four models of this tablet PC
- i5- 8250U processor with 8GB RAM + 256GB SSD
- i5- 8250U processor with 4GB RAM + 128GB SSD
- i7-8550U processor with 8GB RAM + 512GB SSD
- i3-7100 processor with 4GB RAM + 128GB SSD
Processor Performance Testing
To test the performance of the processor, we used CineBench R15 software to test i5-8250U processor. It got a final single-threaded score of 136cb and a multi-threaded score of 451cb. The score obtained here is higher than the previous low-voltage processor by about 40% and this gives this laptop a powerful performance.
CrystalDiskMark was used in testing the 256GB Samsung PM961 PCIe M.2 SSD speed. It achieved a final read speed of 1845.3MB/s, and a write speed of 1207.8MB/s. It performed exceptionally well in 4K access and random read and write, exceeding most of the market’s top notebook hard drive speed.
The Lenovo Miix 520 uses a 39Wh built-in lithium polymer battery. To test the battery performance, we used a power balanced mode, set the notebook brightness at 60%, volume at 20%, connected to a wireless network and initiated a continuous 1080P video playback on a web page. After an hour, we had a total of 75% power intact and the remaining battery life can take up to 3 hours 30 minutes. From this, the Lenovo Miix 520 battery can last for 4.5 hours on online playback and six hours on normal usage.
Temperature control of any laptop keeps its performance high. When tested, the cooling capacity of the Lenovo Miix 520 showed top quality performance. We used the AIDA64 system stability test the cooling ability of this laptop. Upon usage, it achieved a maximum front temperature of 52.1 degrees. The maximum temperature of the bottom fuselage reached 50.6 ℃. With this temperature control, you can perfectly use this tablet PC on your laps without discomfort.
The Lenovo Miix 520 comes with a liner bag which is made from original leather material and it has a simple appearance. This allows users to avoid the stress of carrying big bags for a lightweight product. Lenovo perfectly understands the needs of users and the company is attending to their every need.
Lenovo Miix 520 2-in-1 laptop, comes with a series of eight generation Intel Core series processors thus optimizing its performance. This laptop has many strong sides but its 9.9 mm slimness coupled with an 880g (without keyboard) weight is very attractive.
This thin tablet PC’s display is another good aspect of the product. It comes with a 12-inch screen which has 1920×1200 FHD resolutions and produces immersive videos and images. The Miix 520 is already on sale on for 5,999 Yuan ($904) which is lower than the $1,000 price tag for which it sells in Europe.