Thinkpad Tablet 2 - Initial Impressions

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  1. Kazy

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    This is from pages ago, but I just want to warn you against this keyboard. It is much too big to be of any portable use, and the stand is really awkward to use. You should check out the Microsoft Wedge. It has the same stand/cover design but much quicker to set up, plus it has buttons for the charms.
     
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    it looks like you got a defective one.
     
  3. noxxle

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    I installed Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Both take about a minute to open and navigating the menus is a chore. Inking isn't nearly as smooth as in Onenote.
     
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    noxxle,

    you have too many problems :D seriously, if you search youtube, you'll see that adobe PS on Clover Trails does not have lag when you do simple tasks with it.
     
  5. noxxle

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    Regardless, I'm not patient enough to wait for these programs to open every time I want to use them.
     
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    Yes that's odd, photoshop ran nicely on both my 500t and my w510.
     
  7. noxxle

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    After a reboot, I noticed PS loads in about 30s the first time, and about 10 seconds thereafter. It's more responsive too.
     
  8. noxxle

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    Does anyone know if it's possible to make Chrome load pages smoother, like IE10? IE10 lets you scroll pages while their loading without any choppiness. Chrome does the same in the IOS environment.
     
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    I've been doing some additional battery tests. Consistently burning 12-13% an hour at 50% brightness when doing basic tasks like web browsing. This is much better than my previous results and is consistent with the results I've seen of other clover trail tablets.

    I'm using a free app called "Play Time" to test battery life. It has a stop watch utility. Every time I wake the tablet from sleep, I immediately start the watch and stop it before entering sleep again.
     
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    Aside from the USB issue, I have noticed the tablet's sound quality is much worse than the Acer's. It sounds more muted/hollow and isn't as loud. After using it for more time, I have also noticed it seems to lag slightly faster than the Acer. I'm keeping the Lenovo and selling the Acer but it is remarkable Acer made such a nice tablet at such a good price.

    Oh, and I just got my first crash. I was writing on the screen and the whole unit froze up and stopped responding. Never had a problem like that before on the Acer! Hopefully I didn't make a mistake...
     
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    Actually that figure seems a bit high. The same thing here (browsing with mid brightness on the clover trail ATIV) only drains about 6-8% per hour... I'm guessing you'll see a huge improvement after a few driver updates... maybe that was the reason for the shipping delays.
     
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    Did you use Chrome, Office 2010 or Office 2013 release preview in your tests? If so, using IE and Office 2013 RTM (Trial) would improve battery life?
     
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    6-8% cannot be right. That is between 12-16.5 hours of battery life.

    Tom's Hardware thoroughly benched the Samsung 500t and Anandtech benched the Acer W510. These tablets were getting closer to 8 hours while web browsing. That is not only consistent with my results, but makes perfect sense considering the similar hardware.
     
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    I used Chrome, IE10 and Office 2010. I tried doing nothing but web browsing in Chrome and IE10, in two separate one-hour sessions. Both burned 12% an hour.
     
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    That's correct, on minimum brightness I'm sure I could hit 15 hours.
     
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    What are you getting with brightness at 50%?
     
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    On 50% brightness, I'm having a very hard time getting it below 50% battery if I take it off the charger when I get up in the morning... takes about 7 or 8 hours of straight use, which I find absolutely insane. Only web and OneNote though... Today I only used the device for about 90 minutes or so (standby the rest of the time, about 7 hours) and the battery is at 91%. Very satisfied ATM...

    And as mentioned before, the TPT2 should be getting similar run times as soon as the drivers mature...
     
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    Well congrats. You are getting better battery life, by leaps and bounds, than what all respectable techsites are reporting...
     
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    Remember, most of these tech sites use standardized run-down tests that are very much more strenuous than regular office work. Most constantly reload web pages and stream Flash videos, which will run down a battery very quickly.

    I'm sure if I were constantly streaming Flash videos at full brightness, I wouldn't see more than 6 or 7 hours of battery life either...
     
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    The best tech site is this very one!
    Those guys can be very iffy.
     
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