This might’ve been the cheapest tablet we saw in this roundup, but Lenovo’s IdeaTab S6000 punches surprisingly well above its weight, given its modest $298 price tag. MediaTek is a popular chipmaker whose wares fill many budget phones and tablets across Asia with Rockchip its nearest competitor in this roundup. But while the MTK8125 quad-core chip does a fair job here, the big-name competition from the likes of Qualcomm and Nvidia don’t have much to worry about.
The 10.1-inch screen only gives you 1,280 x 800-pixel resolution, so it can’t match the Retina-grade panels in other models. But in reality, it’s no worse than we saw with the Yoga Tablet 10 or the Iconia A3-A10 and you save $100 into the bargain.
Otherwise, there’s a decent list of features under the touchscreen with Bluetooth and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi plus ports that do microHDMI to connect to your TV and USB-OTG for plugging in your external storage. It’s not a bad-looking tablet either, thin and light at just 550g, a breath heavier than the Iconia A3-A10, which has mostly the same hardware.
The reality is the S6000 isn’t the fastest tablet on the market and its battery life was one of the lowest we tested, coming in at 8:19 hours, just under an hour less than the Iconia A3-A10. But it does a decent job and when you keep in mind that $298 price tag, it’s better than you’d probably expect.