Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320 is a windows 10 2 in 1 detachable tablet and basic Windows 10 laptop, like the IdeaPad miix 310 and IdeaPad miix 510, it can be transformed into a 10-inch tablet by removing its magnetically attached keyboard. As is the case with its budget-priced ilk, it’s best suited for light-duty tasks as opposed to media creation or gaming.
Measuring just 0.4 by 9.8 by 7 inches with the keyboard attached and weighing 2.2 pounds (1.2 of them being the tablet itself), the Miix 320 is small and lightweight. As a detachable hybrid, there is a hinge on the keyboard part of the machine with two magnetized tabs that fit into holes in the tablet portion’s edge and securely hold the screen in place. You can adjust your viewing angle to 125 degrees by swivelling the screen in the hinge, just as you would with a one-piece laptop. The screen is easy enough to pull free from the keyboard with a bit of pressure when you want to go tablet-only, but you’re unlikely to accidentally detach it.
The Miix 320 has two cameras, a 2-megapixel front-facing selfie camera and a 5MP rear camera for conventional shooting.
It comes with a 10.1-inch screen with native WXGA (1,280-by-800) resolution. That’s a common resolution for a detachable hybrid. The aspect ratio is 16:10, a little taller than widescreen models, offering more vertical space for office-type documents. The screen is reasonably bright and the sound system is of decent quality and should be suitable for a small room.
The IdeaPad Miix 320 runs Windows 10 Home. Under the hood, there’s a 1.44GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor, integrated Intel HD Graphics, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of eMMC flash storage on board. The left and right side of the keyboard each have a USB 2.0 port. On the left side of the tablet are the power socket, an on-off button, and a volume control rocker. On the right side, there is a tiny hole for the built-in microphone, a headphone socket, a mini HDMI port, and, most important, a USB-C port. Along the tablet edge that connects to the hinge, and hidden from view when the 320 is in laptop mode, is a microSD card slot.
The combination of the Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor and Intel integrated graphics produced benchmark scores typical of the 320’s ilk, making it best for emails, web surfing, business documents, and media consumption. In PCMark 8 Work Conventional, which measures overall system performance in a variety of tasks, the 320 scored 1,451 points, at the low end of an extremely narrow range of scores (up to 1,478). Its scores in multimedia tests were about what I would expect. It narrowly earned the best score (106) in CineBench R15, which measures hardware and processing performance, and had an intermediate score in the Handbrake video encoding test. It took more than 17 minutes to complete our Photoshop test, but so did the rest of our comparison systems.
As expected for low-priced detachable hybrids, 3D gaming isn’t a strong suit. When I tested it on both Heaven and Valley at medium detail settings and 1,366-by-768 resolution, it turned in rates of a mere 4 and 5 frames per second (fps), respectively, while we consider 30fps the threshold for smooth gameplay. At 1,920 by 1,080 with high detail enabled, it limped in at 2 and 3fps, respectively. In fairness, though, the other budget detachable hybrids turn in equally dismal scores.
We expect a long battery life from detachable hybrids, and we weren’t disappointed with the 320, which played our test video for 13 hours, 25 minutes before shutting down.