At CES 2013, Lenovo introduced a new premium convertible laptop. The ThinkPad Helix. A convertible ultrabook with multitouch support, it’s versatile and offers more in terms of connectivity than many comparable ultrabooks. The base stand provides an excellent keyboard and spare USB ports.
During the past months we have seen more and more convertible ultrabooks being announced. But the ThinkPad Helix is no normal convertible with double duty, it has triple. It’s a laptop, it’s a table, but also has a specific presentation mode which many people would love, including myself. Whenever you need to present something for a small group of people, the presentation mode is an ideal option to have. With a simple lift and turn you have yourself a full-fledged presenter.
ThinkPad Helix combines the performance of a business ultrabook with the mobility of a tablet. The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is a hybrid Windows 8 laptop-tablet that doesn’t let the other ThinkPad devices down. It’s robust, it’s functional and the price tells you won’t be buying any junk. This almost $1800 11.6-inch hybrid offers greater flexibility than some of the competition. Lenovo claims it has a 10 hour battery life. In my tests, during a normal activity day, it almost lived up to that. Which is an excellent duration. It comes with a digitizer pen comfortable hidden inside the tablet part. It functions as advertised and I had no problem using it.
|Laptop type||Ultraportable, Convertible tablet|
|Operating system||Windows 8 Pro|
|Screen size||11.6 inches 1920 x 1080 IPS Full HD|
|Touch technology||Capacitive Multi-touch|
|CPU brand||Intel Core i5 3317U – 1.7 MHZ|
|CPU family||Ivy Bridge|
|Graphics type||Intel HD 4000|
|Memory||4 GB DDR3 SDRAM|
|Hard drive||180 GB SSD|
The only bad thing I can say about the ThinkPad Helix is that I would like to have an Ethernet port on the body itself, not through a USB dongle. And it’s a little bit heavy for an ultrabook but as soon as you remove the tablet from the keyboard dock you have a better weight. And bear in mind that the processor is behind the screen, so a lot of the components usually in the base under the keyboard in normal ultrabooks are all of a sudden in the screen itself, which might add to the weight a little. Taking that into account the Helix is rather well balanced, the screen really doesn’t feel heavier. Lenovo managed to build a special high speed connection between the dock and the screen, ensuring no delay between the two, allowing some of the heavier components not needed for the tablet part to lay in under the keyboard. A very clever approach. And we can’t forget that this is an 11.6 inch screen, so it’s not really fair to compare it directly to all the 10 inch tablets out there, it’s supposed to be heavier.
I truly recommend the ThinkPad Helix. I think Lenovo has done a wonderful job and I think this device is one of the best convertibles out there right now. There might be more options on the way in the near future but who wants to wait. Not me at least.
Here is more information from Wikipedia on the Thinkpad Helix
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