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Lenovo Tab P11 Pro review: movie machine with OLED screen




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Lenovo Tab P11 Pro review: movie machine with OLED screen
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Lenovo’s Tab P11 Pro is the company’s best Android tablet. With an 11-inch OLED screen, four speakers, and a keyboard that clicks, you’re meant to compete with Samsung’s Tab S7 and Apple’s iPad Air. But while the Tab P11 Pro is great for watching movies – that OLED screen and the Dolby Atmos speakers are quite nice – it’s considerably less impressive if you’re trying to use it for productivity.

Pricing for the Tab P11 Pro is aggressive, especially when you add up everything you get. The suggested retail price for a base model with 128 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM is $ 499.99, but thanks to Lenovo’s frequent discounts, you can now buy one for $ 375. The model I tested has 6 GB of RAM and will be comes with a detachable keyboard and an active stylus pen in the box. That person’s list price is $ 599.99, but it’s currently discounted to $ 460 on Lenovo’s site.

Considering the iPad Air of similar size begins at $ 599 before adding a pen or keyboard to it, the Lenovo has a lot of value on its side. Whichever model you choose, you get the same 11-inch 2560 x 1600 OLED display; Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor; four JBL speakers with Dolby Atmos tuning; 128 GB storage space with the possibility to expand it with a microSD card; and premium aluminum unibody design.

The screen and speakers are really the stars of the show here. The OLED panel isn’t as bright as you can get on an iPad, so it’s not as good in direct sunlight. But in almost any other scenario, including outside in the shade, it looks fantastic. Colors are rich, black is deep and inky, and resolution is crisp. It really provides a great experience for watching movies or any video.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The P11 Pro’s OLED screen looks great and the quad speakers sound fantastic.
 

Likewise, the quad speakers are loud, punchy and immersive. The Tab P11 Pro’s speakers outperform the iPad Air’s dual speakers and stick easily with the excellent sound system found on Apple’s more expensive iPad Pro. Unfortunately, Lenovo is following the same route as Apple, omitting a headphone jack, so you have the option of using a USB-C dongle (not included) or wireless headphones for personal audio.

Combined, the OLED screen and quad speakers provide the best movie experience on a tablet anywhere near this price. To get something better, you will have to pay a lot more money.

But Lenovo isn’t just pitching this as a couch potato tablet – it’s following Apple and Samsung’s lead in presenting the P11 Pro as a tablet you can work on too. And that’s where the P11 Pro falls on its face.

Starting with the keyboard and pen accessories that come with the top bundle, there’s so much you won’t like. The click-on keyboard has a nice fabric cover and comes in two parts: a back with a built-in stand that attaches with magnets, and the keyboard itself that communicates with the tablet via pogo pins on the bottom of the P11 Pro. It’s a similar design to what Samsung uses on the Tab S7 line, and I like the flexibility it offers. I can only use the back to put the tablet upright to watch movies without the keyboard getting in the way all the time. It’s great to have this flexibility when using the tablet on a tight airplane table.

 

 

 

 

 

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The detachable keyboard has a tight layout and no backlight, but it works in a pinch.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The included stylus has many levels of pressure sensitivity, but it cannot be attached to or charged from the tablet like Apple or Samsung pens.
 

Unfortunately, the typing experience on the keyboard itself leaves a little to be desired. The layout is as tight as expected with an 11-inch tablet, and no backlighting is available. The trackpad is small and has palm rejection issues – even using the keyboard to write this relatively short version was an exercise in patience as my cursor would randomly jump around when my left hand rubbed the trackpad while typing . There is also very little software support; I can’t adjust the scrolling direction on the trackpad like with a laptop or other tablets.

The included stylus is nice to have, but it also lags behind the competition. It has many levels of pressure sensitivity and it writes smoothly enough for my basic note-taking needs. But it doesn’t charge from the back or side of the tablet like Apple’s or Samsung’s pens (you have to plug it in via a USB-C port on the end instead), and there’s nowhere to keep it safe on the tablet keep. Lenovo has a rubber pen holster that you need to stick to the back of the P11’s case with glue. But the glue is weak and the pen holder falls off very easily. It all feels like an afterthought.

Likewise, the software support for the pen is weak. Lenovo has the Squid Notes app (the free basic version, not the full version) for taking notes, and you can download many other options from the Play Store. But the pen cannot be integrated into the system like on Apple or Samsung tablets. You cannot use the pen to take quick notes from the lock screen or simply take screenshots and mark them like you can on the iPad Air or Tab S7.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “productivity mode” of the P11 Pro leaves a lot to be desired.
 

When you connect the keyboard to the tablet, Lenovo custom productivity mode is launched. This is designed to provide a desktop-like interface, similar to Samsung’s DeX feature. But it’s a mess: few full-screen apps can be launched with it, and each app opens in a small box with windows that you have to resize each time. I have been able to successfully create a split screen between a google doc and another window, such as Slack or the browser. But overall, Productivity Mode feels like a stick-on afterthought, just like the pen, and really isn’t a great experience.

Elsewhere, the software is standard Android (version 10; there is no update to Android 11 as of the date of this review, although the P11 Pro does have the latest security patch), which works best if you’re watching full-screen video or playing a game, and it doesn’t have as many tablet-oriented apps as iPadOS. The Snapdragon 730 processor isn’t quite as powerful as on Apple or Samsung’s tablets, but it’s not really a bottleneck here. You’re limited by the lack of tablet-optimized apps long before you hit the chip’s performance ceiling.

All in all, the Tab P11 Pro is the tablet to get if you’re looking for an excellent movie experience and don’t want to spend more than $ 400. You will not find a better display or speakers for this price. I personally would skip the pen and keyboard bundle altogether (although that means giving up the handy back and kickstand) and just use this tablet for what it does best: entertainment.

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