Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A – Not Bad with the Keyboard Dock

Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A Review and Ratings

With the glut of midpriced Android slates now on the market, it’s difficult to get excited about yet another one—especially when it’s another me-too model with little to differentiate itself in terms of price or features. That’s the dilemma we have with Lenovo’s IdeaTab S2110A. Lenovo has priced this slate at $339 list for the tablet alone, or $429 with its complementary keyboard dock. Our assessment? It’s a passable tablet with a few clear flaws, but little to recommend it above a horde of similarly priced models.

Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A

This IdeaTab reminded us most of all of Lenovo’s IdeaTab S2109, a 9.7-inch slate we looked at a few weeks before. Our primary disappointment with both of these tablets is that they’re built around less-efficient dual-core processors, instead of the quad-core CPUs we see in many recent mid-level tablets, such as Asus’ $399.99-list Transformer Pad TF300 and Acer’s $449-list Iconia Tab A510.

While the IdeaTab S2110A’s processor, compared to some other dual-core slates, performed reasonably well on our suite of benchmark tests, the slate as a whole fell far short in one key area: battery life. Many quad-core tablets we’ve looked at this year delivered from four to seven more hours unplugged runtime than this IdeaTab. The way we see it, a tablet at this price that runs for only seven or eight hours without recharging is borderline unacceptable.

Furthermore, while this plastic-encased IdeaTab is thin, light, and attractive, it feels too pliable. That said, when we weren’t test-bending the S2110A, we found more than a few things to like about it. Its 1,200×800-pixel screen was bright, clear, and colorful, and, as we mentioned, the tablet itself performed well. Sound-playback quality was good, and we shot some nice-looking photos and video with the rear camera.

Our review unit came with 16GB of storage, as well as a black-and-silver keyboard dock in the same box—a combo package Lenovo sells for $429 list, and you can buy a 16GB tablet-only version for $339 list. There’s also a 32GB tablet-only version for $419 list, and a combination 32GB tablet-and-dock package for $499 list.

To our eyes, the $429 or $499 packages are the best deal. The keyboard dock (displayed in the image below) turns this slate into a small laptop-like machine for basic e-mailing and Web work, and the dock holds an additional battery, which Lenovo says can add an extra 10 hours of battery life.

Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A KeyboardOverall, we were underwhelmed with the IdeaTab S2110A, primarily due to its build quality, short battery life, and somewhat dated dual-core CPU—all of which we’ll discuss in detail over the course of this review. You can find better-built slates, such as Asus’ Transformer Pad TF300, with a keyboard dock, a quad-core processor, and a longer-lasting battery for not a whole lot more money.

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