The LG Tab Book2 is a Windows tablet with an 11.6 inch full HD display and a built-in QWERTY keyboard that hides behind the screen when it’s not in use. When you need the keyboard all you have to do is press a button on the side of the tablet, and the screen will slide back and up until the Tab Book2 looks more like a laptop than a tablet.
As the name would suggest, the Tab Book2 is an update of last year’s model. While that version had an Intel Ivy Bridge processor and 720p display, the Tab Book2 has an Intel Haswell CPU and 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display.
The slider is reasonably light for a tablet with a built-in keyboard, weighing about 2.3 pounds. It measures about 0.66 inches thick. It has 2 USB 3.0 ports, a micro USB port and full-sized HDMI port. The demo unit I found on the show floor at CES 2014 featured an Intel Core i3-4005U processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 120GB solid state drive.
As far as Windows tablets go, the Tab Book2 seems decent. The IPS display is bright and easy to see from all angles. The device was responsive to touch input. My only complaint is that it’s a bit thicker and heavier than a tablet without a keyboard (or with a detachable one).
As for the keyboard? It’s not exactly what I’d call… good. The keys are about the right size, but there’s no room above the keyboard for dedicated Fn keys and no room below for a touchpad or palm rest. So you’ll either need to use the touchscreen or connect a mouse if you want to move an on-screen cursor. And if you like to rest your hands on your laptop while you type… tough.
The lack of Fn keys wouldn’t bother me that much if it didn’t mean that the Delete and Backspace keys are right next to one another in the top row. I spent a little time trying to type on the keyboard and constantly found myself hitting the Backspace button when looking for Delete, or vice versa.
I’ve found that I can train myself to use just about any keyboard with time — but it’s easiest if it’s your only keyboard. If you’re planning on picking up a Tab Book2 as your primary computer you could probably get used to the keyboard layout.