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True or false? The Lenovo Ideapad Miix 320 is a perfect back-to-school laptop

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Whatever Windows PC you need, and whoever you need it for, there’s always a machine that hits the sweet spot between price and performance.

Take the Lenovo Ideapad Miix 320. Little brother to the swanky Ideapad Miix 720, this good-looking detachable can switch between tablet and laptop modes by plugging in a full QWERTY keyboard. Like any other 2 in 1 computer, it’s designed to be streamlined, portable and always connected.

Wait, how much?

Most importantly, it’s designed to be affordable. In fact, at the time of writing, prices start at a budget-friendly £270. That should be eye-catching for a hybrid machine that incorporates an Intel Atom X5 CPU, 32GB of storage (eMMC) and 2GB RAM. This rises to £400 for a model with the same X5 processor, but 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM.

As Slashgear points out in its review: “Think of the Miix 320 as being a Chromebook alternative, only with the more capable Windows 10 operating system. This is the kind of laptop you consider for the kids, or as a secondary device when your main machine won’t do.”

Lenovo Ideapad Miix 320
The Lenovo Ideapad Miix 320 is a surprisingly capable ‘detachable’ 2 in 1 for under £300.

The rest of the Miix 320 spec is effectively the same across the range — front and rear cameras, Intel HD graphics and a pair of speakers featuring Dolby Advanced Audio.

Ticking all the right boxes

The plastic-panelled chassis keeps it light (it weighs 550g as a standalone tablet, 1.02kg with the keyboard docked) and at 9mm thick it’s delightfully slim. The 10.1-inch LCD touchscreen is also impressive, rocking a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution as standard or a 1920 x 1200 pixel display on the top-end model.

“The design also ticks all the right boxes connectivity-wise,” writes Trusted Reviews. “The tablet section features USB Type-C, micro-HDMI and microSD inputs – an LTE version with a nano-slim slot will also be available. The keyboard cover adds two USB 2.0 ports. The wealth of ports means the Miix should meet pretty much everyone’s connectivity needs and significantly exceeds more expensive convertibles.”

Lightweight Lenovo Miix 320
The default 1280 x 800 pixel screen can be replaced with a 1920 x 1200 display.

Not many budget 2 in 1 devices offer this sort of flexibility and the Lenovo Ideapad Miix 320 isn’t done yet. Thanks to its efficient, low-power Atom processor, it’s got a surprising amount of juice in the tank when you unplug it.

Atom-ic computing power

“The Miix 320’s lengthy battery life shows that sometimes you get more than you pay for,” explains Laptop Mag in its review. “Lenovo’s 2-in-1 lasted 9 hours and 17 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, a better time than those from the Chromebook 3180 (8:55), Walknbook (7:06), Stream 11 (8:23) and Inspiron 11 (5:30).”

This budget Ideapad model proves that a good portable PC doesn’t need to cost you a small fortune, and that you can buy a versatile 2 in 1 for less than you might think. Like the Miix 720, the 320 is also compatible with the Lenovo Active Stylus (optional) and Windows Ink, making it ideal for note-taking, sketching and document annotating.

This device is another excellent example of what the future of the laptop looks like. Find out more about the latest 2 in 1s here.

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