Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 in the Workplace - Update

A few weeks ago I did a quick write up on my experiences of getting the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 setup for our work network. I had some trouble setting up Windows 8 Enterprise but quickly realized this had to do with UEFI and booting from USB.

Here are a few things I can note after two weeks:

  • Windows 8 profiles are different from Windows 7. So that means if you use roaming profiles you will need your Windows 8 machines to point to a new location to store them.
  • Do not use folder redirection for the start menu. It kind of breaks the new start screen.
  • First log-in can take about 3 to 5 minutes. Sequential log-ins take under 30 seconds.
  • Atom based tablets don't have a sleep after X minutes setting. That setting is overwritten by the turn off the display after X minutes. The machine is in connected standby during sleep. You hear your Emails come in but the machine is asleep (very cool)
  • I'm getting around 8 hours of battery life
  • The screen beautiful
  • The pen is awesome in OneNote (The best Office program in my opinion)
  • I find the pen less accurate than my finger on the desktop
  • I find the tablet to be laggy with certain apps (Email especially)
  • Imaging them can be a pain since I use Ghost right now, no UEFI support. Since I think Ghost is an almost dead product I will probably move to SCCM witch looks pretty good for OS deployment.

My pilot users generally like it, but are really confused by some things. I need to train them more. I show a few Apple friends of mine last night the pen feature and Office and I heard one of them say this, "I have never quite seen anything like that before" I made a nice impression. But I know we not there yet. I think the next gen Intel processors will the ones to buy.