Review: Lenovo IdeaPad Lynx K3011 is a good hybrid at its new price of Rs 39,990

Dec 02 2013, 13:27 IST
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Lenovo IdeaPad Lynx K3011 Lenovo IdeaPad Lynx K3011
SummarySome tried twist, other tried turn and still others the tear.

Ever since the launch of Windows 8 over a year ago, computer manufacturers have been trying to figure out how to make devices that will make it easier to benefit from the operating system that has been optimised for touch. Some tried twist, other tried turn and still others the tear. The Lenovo Lynx essentially falls into the last category with the screen tearing away from the keypad to be come a tablet. Such devices are best called hybrids, which are essentially tablets that can transform themselves into notebooks with an added keyboard. This keyboard often carries a bit of extra battery life, and of course the added weight. So the Lynx is nothing unique, as everyone from Acer to HP has tried this concept before.

Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx K3011


At first look, the Lynx looks like a slim netbook. But this is no netbook. In fact, this is a 11.6-inch tablet that slips in neatly into a keyboard dock. The tablet side is heavier than the keyboard, which I thought was a bit awkward. But that does not affect the balance of the entire device as the hinge raises the lower side a bit making it stable.

Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx K3011

The tablet has a textured rear which makes it easy to grip, even with one hand. Thankfully, despite the 11.6-inch form factor, the tablet is not bulky in any way. The power buttons is on top along with the micro-SD card slot, volume keys on the left and a micro-HDMI port and headphone jack on the left. For anything else, you will have to insert this in the socket-like hinge of the keyboard side. There you have two full USB ports and a power port. Thankfully, you don’t need the keyboard dock to charge the device, as the micro USB slot that connects the tablet to the keyboard can charge the former independently.

It is easy to unlock the tab from the hinge, unlike some other hybrid models we have seen. However, the keyboard leaves a lot to be desired and does not feel like something that can take a lot of tapping. So this one is not for people who want to use this to write a lot. The track pad is tinier that in most netbooks, but then this device has a touch screen.

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