Even though Windows 8 has been out for some time now, it's been only since late last year that we started to see 8-inch Windows tablets headed to market. The Miix 2 8 isn’t geared up for high performance tasks, nor does it have top-end features, but its use of an Intel Atom x86-capable processor and 1280 x 800 display present very decent value for the tablet’s $240 asking price (originally it was $300).

The use of aluminum as part of the Miix 2 8’s slim design is great to see, and its overall size is quite comfortable, striking a great mix between portability and usability. All of this is complemented by Windows 8.1 itself, which may not have the greatest selection of touch-enabled apps, but does have a fantastic range of built-in features for power users. Unfortunately we encountered with one major deal breaker during our time with the Miix 2 8.

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