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Windows 8.1 tablets are a dime a dozen. They're cheap, they sport 8-inch displays and feature Intel Atom processors with good-enough performance. Models from Dell, Toshiba, Asus, Acer and seemingly every other electronics company are nearly indistinguishable from one another -- except the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 AnyPen with Windows.
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With this Windows 8.1 tablet, you can stab the screen. You can slash, key and scrape it, too. The secret is the AnyPen technology that turns any pen, pencil or object with a metal tip into a stylus. It's a passive stylus technology, with none of the pressure sensitivity or neat tricks of the Samsung S Pen or Microsoft Surface Pen. But you can effectively scribble notes with a No. 2 pencil, or even play Fruit Ninja with a real knife.*
AnyPen is no gimmick, though. The display proves tough as nails, shrugging off potential abuse with nary a scratch or nick.
Enterprise pros and cons
In addition to its durability, other enterprise-friendly features include the Yoga's design and power efficiency: A rounded edge that hides an oversized battery that provides all-day use, plus a comfortable grip for users. Business users and travelers will like the sturdy kickstand, which has "tilt" and "stand" modes. The device also ships with a free year of Microsoft Office 365.
Still, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 AnyPen with Windows shares some of the main flaws as its counterparts, namely a single microUSB port and only 32 GB of internal storage. The port is a big drawback for users that require a traditional USB connection, multiple peripherals or complicated media when traveling, for instance. The Yoga Tablet 2 is also relatively expensive, costing $300 at launch, which is about twice as much as the similar Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet.
For business users, the Yoga design, excellent battery life and flexibility of the AnyPen are worth the cost.
*Do not play Fruit Ninja with a real knife.
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