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Well, it's the 8 inch variety of the Miix2 running full blown Windows 8.1. 32GB storage, WiFi only, includes Office Home & Student 2013. The price before cashback is £189.99, Lenovo offers a 50 quid cashback until 31/7 (http://lenovo-offers.com/consumer). This is guaranteed cashback, from the manufacturer so I included in the final price.

Posted recently from John Lewis for £10 more:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/lenovo-miix-2-tablet-intel-atom-windows-8-1-microsoft-office-2013-8-wi-fi-32gb-199-1937737
and another old thread with more info:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/lenovo-miix-2-tablet-intel-atom-full-windows-8-1-microsoft-office-2013-8-wi-fi-32gb-1876902

Best ever price at Amazon according to Camel^3:
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or still available from John Lewis for £10 if you fancy shopping from there (hey, they have local stores and pay their taxes, that's gotta be worth something!)

In a nutshell, for 140 quid you get a proper Windows device that even includes Office. Has some shortcomings (limited memory, no HDMI out), but it's looks decent. I recently bought an Android 8" tablet so I can't justify getting another device in the same form factor/size, but otherwise I would be tempted.

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[HUKD Deal Editor] 1 Like #2
You need to amend title, Price can not include cash back price.
[helper]#3
Thanks for posting, the price has been amended as the listed deal price should be the price you have to actual pay the retailer to purchase the item before any retrospective discounts/cashbacks are applied, thanks again. :)
#4
The product is not ideal for me, but the price after cashback looks like great value - good find OP.
#5
It is £50 cashback from Lenovo, not quite the same as quidco & topcashback.

£140 is a great price, find an android tablet that offers the same for anything like the price. Pity I got a Tegra 7" at xmas.
[HUKD Deal Editor]#6
simont_space
It is £50 cashback from Lenovo, not quite the same as quidco & topcashback.

£140 is a great price, find an android tablet that offers the same for anything like the price. Pity I got a Tegra 7" at xmas.

Its irrelevant who provides the cashback, The title still needs to include the initial lay out costs.
#7
If it suits your needs then the price looks a steal. Just not sure how much "proper" MS Office you could do on an 8" tablet. The Office program is up to it - not sure about the form factor. Same thing applies to any small tab - not really the vehicle for serious office work, which maybe lessens the value of the included MS Office. If it had HDMI-out, then coupled with a keyboard/mouse it makes a viable, portable windows PC....but there's no HDMI.

What does appeal to me is the proper browser experience you can get, with your "favourites" toolbar etc. I still think its great value, and would be tempted if needed a tab.
#8
blacklion1725
If it suits your needs then the price looks a steal. Just not sure how much "proper" MS Office you could do on an 8" tablet. The Office program is up to it - not sure about the form factor. Same thing applies to any small tab - not really the vehicle for serious office work, which maybe lessens the value of the included MS Office. If it had HDMI-out, then coupled with a keyboard/mouse it makes a viable, portable windows PC....but there's no HDMI.

What does appeal to me is the proper browser experience you can get, with your "favourites" toolbar etc. I still think its great value, and would be tempted if needed a tab.

Video out may work from a Plugable USB or Miracast. Worth looking into if you want to use it as a (sort of) desktop machine.
#9
littld
blacklion1725
If it suits your needs then the price looks a steal. Just not sure how much "proper" MS Office you could do on an 8" tablet. The Office program is up to it - not sure about the form factor. Same thing applies to any small tab - not really the vehicle for serious office work, which maybe lessens the value of the included MS Office. If it had HDMI-out, then coupled with a keyboard/mouse it makes a viable, portable windows PC....but there's no HDMI.

What does appeal to me is the proper browser experience you can get, with your "favourites" toolbar etc. I still think its great value, and would be tempted if needed a tab.

Video out may work from a Plugable USB or Miracast. Worth looking into if you want to use it as a (sort of) desktop machine.

Miracast works at the tablet end I think - but most monitors won't support it (mid-high end TVs do) - and the miix 8 doesn't support usb/mhl.
#10
Poor quality screens on these tablets. The screen was already cracked on the first unit, there was no damage to the packaging. I got a replacement from amazon and the screen cracked after a small drop. AVOID!!!
#11
blacklion1725
littld
blacklion1725
If it suits your needs then the price looks a steal. Just not sure how much "proper" MS Office you could do on an 8" tablet. The Office program is up to it - not sure about the form factor. Same thing applies to any small tab - not really the vehicle for serious office work, which maybe lessens the value of the included MS Office. If it had HDMI-out, then coupled with a keyboard/mouse it makes a viable, portable windows PC....but there's no HDMI.

What does appeal to me is the proper browser experience you can get, with your "favourites" toolbar etc. I still think its great value, and would be tempted if needed a tab.

Video out may work from a Plugable USB or Miracast. Worth looking into if you want to use it as a (sort of) desktop machine.

Miracast works at the tablet end I think - but most monitors won't support it (mid-high end TVs do) - and the miix 8 doesn't support usb/mhl.

The Plugable should work as it doesn't use mhl - it converts from USB to HDMI via another method. I know it works for the Dell Venue 8 Pro and it might work for this as well but I don't guarantee it :)
3 Likes #12
BuzzDuraband
Its irrelevant who provides the cashback
I emphatically disagree with this.

With intermediary sites like quidco, the cashback is not guaranteed and may or may not track. You may raise a dispute case, the vendor can refuse to pay and they'll may just say "tough luck".

The title still needs to include the initial lay out costs.
Which I already did, by including the value of cashback in the title and once again in the description.
[HUKD Deal Editor]#13
diktiomenos
BuzzDuraband
Its irrelevant who provides the cashback
I emphatically disagree with this.

With intermediary sites like quidco, the cashback is not guaranteed and may or may not track. You may raise a dispute case, the vendor can refuse to pay and they'll may just say "tough luck".

The title still needs to include the initial lay out costs.
Which I already did, by including the value of cashback in the title and once again in the description.

What you crying to me for? I didn't create the site rules.
#14
It came with a £25 amazon voucher a couple of months back.
#15
I had one of these but had to return it as the touch screen has issues and it crashes, freezes, wifi didn't pick up my iPhone hot spot half the time etc etc - I had enough after 2 weeks and returned to Amazon for full refund.
#16
daveniuk
I had one of these but had to return it as the touch screen has issues and it crashes, freezes, wifi didn't pick up my iPhone hot spot half the time etc etc - I had enough after 2 weeks and returned to Amazon for full refund.

You got a faulty one. Not really sure how that's helpful to anyone.

Maybe if you had two or three that were all faulty, that would be worth mentioning. It's just like people who do reviews on Amazon products saying "Don't buy this, the one I got was broken and turned up late", etc....

Not relevant to the quality of the product at all.
#17
Worth the extra tenner at JL to get the 2 year warranty IMO
1 Like #18
Techspot's review mentioned the low resolution screen but worse still "The whole cacophony of touchscreen-related issues makes the Miix 2 8 an incredibly frustrating tablet to use. There are periods where I forgot about the dodgy digitizer, but as soon as I opened an app like Twitter to compose a tweet, I found myself cursing again as I had to reduce my typing speed to a snail’s pace to actually get key presses to register correctly. It's not like I got a defective unit either: over the course of several weeks Lenovo sent out three Miix 2 8s, including one brand new retail model ordered through the Lenovo store. All of them had identical touchscreen issues, ruling out one-off issues with the model I was using. I’m hoping that there might be a software fix for the problem currently in development, but there are no guarantees."
#19
I got one of these with the £25 Amazon voucher offer a few weeks ago and it's a lovely device.

I've had no issues with the touch screen nor the screen resolution. I've also used it with an external monitor using the USB socket, plus a bluetooth keyboard and mouse and it makes a very effective little PC. The fact it comes with a copy of Microsoft office is very useful.

There's a slight disappointment in the choice available in the Windows App store, but to be honest it does everything I ask of it.
#20
rmg
Worth the extra tenner at JL to get the 2 year warranty IMO

all electricals have a two year warranty by EU law regardless of where you bought it.
#21
littld
blacklion1725
littld
blacklion1725
If it suits your needs then the price looks a steal. Just not sure how much "proper" MS Office you could do on an 8" tablet. The Office program is up to it - not sure about the form factor. Same thing applies to any small tab - not really the vehicle for serious office work, which maybe lessens the value of the included MS Office. If it had HDMI-out, then coupled with a keyboard/mouse it makes a viable, portable windows PC....but there's no HDMI.

What does appeal to me is the proper browser experience you can get, with your "favourites" toolbar etc. I still think its great value, and would be tempted if needed a tab.

Video out may work from a Plugable USB or Miracast. Worth looking into if you want to use it as a (sort of) desktop machine.

Miracast works at the tablet end I think - but most monitors won't support it (mid-high end TVs do) - and the miix 8 doesn't support usb/mhl.

The Plugable should work as it doesn't use mhl - it converts from USB to HDMI via another method. I know it works for the Dell Venue 8 Pro and it might work for this as well but I don't guarantee it :)
What cable did you use?
I got rid of the Venue for the otherwise inferior Encore because HDMI-out is a must for me.
I'm guessing that it won't do HDMI-out and USB at the same time (?)
#22
This is not a good tablet and doesnt run Windows 8 particularly well. You need at least a surface pro if you want acceptable Win8 performance on a tablet.
#23
chrisbass
rmg
Worth the extra tenner at JL to get the 2 year warranty IMO

all electricals have a two year warranty by EU law regardless of where you bought it.

Well I never knew that - it that with the place you bought it or the manufacturer or distributor ?
#24
rlengthorn
I got one of these with the £25 Amazon voucher offer a few weeks ago and it's a lovely device.

I've had no issues with the touch screen nor the screen resolution. I've also used it with an external monitor using the USB socket, plus a bluetooth keyboard and mouse and it makes a very effective little PC. The fact it comes with a copy of Microsoft office is very useful.

There's a slight disappointment in the choice available in the Windows App store, but to be honest it does everything I ask of it.
The store is a little lacking (catching up though) but when you consider the massive library of software outside the store, they're well worth the money.
These Bay Trail Win8 tabs are more powerful than their price would suggest - They're not going to run the latest games but I've had a few older (and now very cheap) games running well on mine.
I've also had professional software like Ableton running on them - something you don't get with Android / iOS tablets.
#25
I bought this from amazon on the 199 deal with free 25 gift card. It's my first touch of windows 8 as I've been using win 7 and then swapped to a mac. I like the tablet and can definitely recommend for the price, good build quality, long battery life, screen isn't bad at all (of course people used to full hd res on 5 inch screens might moan, but i already had htc one, s4, xperia z, nexus 5 and now note 3 and resolution doesn't bother me that much).
One weak point I've noticed is that heroes of might and magic 3 aka best game ever crash often, also every time you rotate screen from horizontal to vertical. You can't use keyboard playing full screen games, which makes it impossible to have more than 1 save in homm (as by default its name is autosave and you can't change it without keyboard)

Also I don't know why, I can't take photos. Tapping screen doesn't work even if I set time to 3 secs it counts to 3 then does nothing. Anyone has a clue why is that?
#26
Harris102
Poor quality screens on these tablets. The screen was already cracked on the first unit, there was no damage to the packaging. I got a replacement from amazon and the screen cracked after a small drop. AVOID!!!

Or dont drop it Mr Sausage Fingers
1 Like #27
I bought this 2 weeks ago so I could play online poker while I played live poker (greedy git) but it's run everything I've thrown at it. The screen resolution can be fiddly but it can be changed, buy a cheap stylus and things will run a lot smoother.

Battery life is great and I can tether my GiffGaff phone using the 1GB package. It's a niche product and I'd think you really need a specific use for it but it can do anything a desktop can do.

My only complaint is the 32GB memory. I have an extended 32GB card installed but when you take out 8 GB for Windows 8 the main memory fills up pretty quick. I think I've 3GB spare atm and I've only a handful of programs installed.

I can totally recommend this product. I luckily got a £25 Amazon voucher and am able to claim £50 cashback after a month so for £125 it's been a bargain.
banned#28
i have this .. bt there r lots of issues like touch screen.. it gets hang in between :(
#29
FrugalFergal
This is not a good tablet and doesnt run Windows 8 particularly well. You need at least a surface pro if you want acceptable Win8 performance on a tablet.

Depends what you're using it for but that's not my experience. The newer atoms handle Win8 very well indeed.
#30
deals_on_wheels
chrisbass
rmg
Worth the extra tenner at JL to get the 2 year warranty IMO

all electricals have a two year warranty by EU law regardless of where you bought it.

Well I never knew that - it that with the place you bought it or the manufacturer or distributor ?

with the place you got it from
#31
BubaMan
littld
blacklion1725
littld
blacklion1725
If it suits your needs then the price looks a steal. Just not sure how much "proper" MS Office you could do on an 8" tablet. The Office program is up to it - not sure about the form factor. Same thing applies to any small tab - not really the vehicle for serious office work, which maybe lessens the value of the included MS Office. If it had HDMI-out, then coupled with a keyboard/mouse it makes a viable, portable windows PC....but there's no HDMI.

What does appeal to me is the proper browser experience you can get, with your "favourites" toolbar etc. I still think its great value, and would be tempted if needed a tab.

Video out may work from a Plugable USB or Miracast. Worth looking into if you want to use it as a (sort of) desktop machine.

Miracast works at the tablet end I think - but most monitors won't support it (mid-high end TVs do) - and the miix 8 doesn't support usb/mhl.

The Plugable should work as it doesn't use mhl - it converts from USB to HDMI via another method. I know it works for the Dell Venue 8 Pro and it might work for this as well but I don't guarantee it :)
What cable did you use?
I got rid of the Venue for the otherwise inferior Encore because HDMI-out is a must for me.
I'm guessing that it won't do HDMI-out and USB at the same time (?)

Pluggable uses micro USB I guess you'd need a hub to plug in lots of USB devices.
banned#32
diktiomenos
BuzzDuraband
Its irrelevant who provides the cashback
I emphatically disagree with this.

With intermediary sites like quidco, the cashback is not guaranteed and may or may not track. You may raise a dispute case, the vendor can refuse to pay and they'll may just say "tough luck".

The title still needs to include the initial lay out costs.
Which I already did, by including the value of cashback in the title and once again in the description.


Nonsense.

Visits are tracked as soon as you sign in to cashback merchant then click through via their link. TCB in particular have a window that says the visit has been tracked as soon as you click through, I don't know know about QuidCo. If this window doesn't appear just prior to purchase, close browser clear cache, cookies and try again. If it does appear, it's very likely it will track fully.

In the unlikely event it doesn't, even after tracking confirmation window appears , simply raise a missing cashback claim and it will be sorted.
#33
littld
BubaMan
littld
blacklion1725
littld
blacklion1725
If it suits your needs then the price looks a steal. Just not sure how much "proper" MS Office you could do on an 8" tablet. The Office program is up to it - not sure about the form factor. Same thing applies to any small tab - not really the vehicle for serious office work, which maybe lessens the value of the included MS Office. If it had HDMI-out, then coupled with a keyboard/mouse it makes a viable, portable windows PC....but there's no HDMI.

What does appeal to me is the proper browser experience you can get, with your "favourites" toolbar etc. I still think its great value, and would be tempted if needed a tab.

Video out may work from a Plugable USB or Miracast. Worth looking into if you want to use it as a (sort of) desktop machine.

Miracast works at the tablet end I think - but most monitors won't support it (mid-high end TVs do) - and the miix 8 doesn't support usb/mhl.

The Plugable should work as it doesn't use mhl - it converts from USB to HDMI via another method. I know it works for the Dell Venue 8 Pro and it might work for this as well but I don't guarantee it :)
What cable did you use?
I got rid of the Venue for the otherwise inferior Encore because HDMI-out is a must for me.
I'm guessing that it won't do HDMI-out and USB at the same time (?)

Pluggable uses micro USB I guess you'd need a hub to plug in lots of USB devices.
Ah - get you now - not heard of "Plugable" as a manufacturer before...
I tried a few universal docks but none of them worked with Windows 8.1
1 Like #34
GlentoranMark
My only complaint is the 32GB memory. I have an extended 32GB card installed but when you take out 8 GB for Windows 8 the main memory fills up pretty quick. I think I've 3GB spare atm and I've only a handful of programs installed.
Redirect Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Videos to an NTFS-formatted Class 10 64GB SDXC card, change install paths for everything that isn't run at startup and keep an eye on Windows Store apps.
Don't attempt to move the store to D: as suggested in some forums - Windows 8.1 doesn't like it at all and no Metro apps will work.
#35
Elbandito
I bought this from amazon on the 199 deal with free 25 gift card. It's my first touch of windows 8 as I've been using win 7 and then swapped to a mac. I like the tablet and can definitely recommend for the price, good build quality, long battery life, screen isn't bad at all (of course people used to full hd res on 5 inch screens might moan, but i already had htc one, s4, xperia z, nexus 5 and now note 3 and resolution doesn't bother me that much).
One weak point I've noticed is that heroes of might and magic 3 aka best game ever crash often, also every time you rotate screen from horizontal to vertical. You can't use keyboard playing full screen games, which makes it impossible to have more than 1 save in homm (as by default its name is autosave and you can't change it without keyboard)

Also I don't know why, I can't take photos. Tapping screen doesn't work even if I set time to 3 secs it counts to 3 then does nothing. Anyone has a clue why is that?

You can stop the screen rotating - I've done this on all my tablets as I never use portrait.
Bring up the charms bar, click on settings, and near where you change the screen brightness click on the monitor icon and it will 'lock'.

Voila, no more annoying screen rotating.
#36
chrisbass
rmg
Worth the extra tenner at JL to get the 2 year warranty IMO

all electricals have a two year warranty by EU law regardless of where you bought it.

That's not strictly true, although it's close enough.

The important thing is that with John Lewis you don't need to start a fight to get what you're entitled.

Dodging the risk of spending two weeks back and forthing with increasingly senior customer service representatives at blowme incorporated is worth the extra money.

For some of us, customer service is still worth actual cash, even in the internet age.
#37
I bought this recently from amazon. .... freezing and battery life of 2-4 hrs max and draining in 24 hrs if not used at all. Have to return it back.
#38
BubaMan
GlentoranMark
My only complaint is the 32GB memory. I have an extended 32GB card installed but when you take out 8 GB for Windows 8 the main memory fills up pretty quick. I think I've 3GB spare atm and I've only a handful of programs installed.
Redirect Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Videos to an NTFS-formatted Class 10 64GB SDXC card, change install paths for everything that isn't run at startup and keep an eye on Windows Store apps.
Don't attempt to move the store to D: as suggested in some forums - Windows 8.1 doesn't like it at all and no Metro apps will work.

I use Holdem Manager which stores all my poker hand histories and gives me a HUD when I play poker but is very resource hungry. It takes up a lot of space but I need it on my main drive as it swops files a lot and speed really is an issue. Thanks for the tips though, I'll certainly use them to free up more space. Unfortunately as I keep playing, the main drive will fill more. 64GB would have been perfect but 32GB just isn't enough. Hopefully I'll get a year of the machine and then buy something upgradable for the same price next year.

I'm really pleased with my purchase, I used it last week for a live game and while I won nothing in the live game, I profited on the night thanks to a $100 win in an online game.

It's a fast machine and will do anything basic that you want. As others have said, it won't play the latest games but if you have a specific need for a machine like this then it's well worth the purchase.
#39
sunshan
I bought this recently from amazon. .... freezing and battery life of 2-4 hrs max and draining in 24 hrs if not used at all. Have to return it back.

I got 7 hours yesterday and still had some juice left.

There must be a quality control issue with some units, I had a serious error on start up at one stage but it hasn't repeated. I know the program I use swops a lot of disk space so hard drive error could be an issue for me in the future. I've a years warranty and if I get a year out of this it will be money well spent.
#40
Bought one of these 2 weeks ago to replace my iPad mini.

Very very impressed. No technical issues whatsoever and the price makes it a bargain (I paid £199 less the £50 cash back from John Lewis). Surpassed my expectations, and the fact I still have access to all my iTunes purchases made it a no brainer for me.

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