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A good tablet for business users

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The Helix is the most innovative Windows 8 tablet hybrid yet, with dual batteries, a bright display and a comfy keyboard to match. Still, it's expensive, especially considering it ships with last-gen CPUs.

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7.1
13 reviews
  • Speed and features
    7.7
  • Design and form factor
    6.7
  • Battery life
    8.4
  • Display
    8.2
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Expandability
    6.5
  • Noise
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.7

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8.0
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8.0
Engadget Jul 4, 2013

So it's a good product in many ways, even if we only end up recommending it to a certain niche (read: business customers who sometimes need a true tablet with pen input -- not a laptop that can be used in a clumsy tablet mode).

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8.0
CNET Jul 1, 2013

Even with the best detachable-screen hybrid hinge we've seen, the older CPU and high price make the ThinkPad Helix a hybrid for a select audience only.

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8.0
PC Mag Jul 11, 2013

One of the better detachable hybrid tablets on the market, the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix gives the corporate IT buyer a prime option for their highly mobile workforce. This could be the best choice if you need both laptop and tablet functionality.

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8.0
PC World Aug 8, 2013

Able to serve as a laptop or a Windows 8 touchscreen tablet, the ThinkPad Helix is pleasingly versatile—but it’s also very expensive.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Jun 21, 2013

Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix offers a versatile convertible design, full HD touch screen and impressive battery life, but costs a pretty penny.

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3.0
Wired Aug 12, 2013

What the Helix offers in innovation it counters with a number of flaws so dazzlingly bad it’s a miracle the device ever made it out of the factory.

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8.0
PC World Australia May 14, 2013

Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix is one of the best hybrid products on the market. Its tablet is fast and features an excellent screen, while its keyboard is comfortable and very well built.

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7.0
SlashGear Jul 4, 2013

The ThinkPad Helix really does a lot of things ok, but nothing extremely well. And that’s the sad truth. In a way the device is in a league of its own simply for the fact that it’s a laptop, tablet, extended tablet, and the keyboard delivers extra battery life.

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7.0
TechRadar Jun 27, 2013

If you truly want a Windows 8 convertible ultrabook that's more functional than a Surface Pro, then the ThinkPad Helix is the way to go. However, we think you and your wallet would be better served by Microsoft's tablet or two separate machines.

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8.0
V3 Jul 3, 2013

Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix is a strong rival for Microsoft's Surface Pro, and can successfully be used as either a tablet or laptop. However, in laptop mode it is rather heavy for an ultrabook, while the system is also pricey.

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8.0
Digital Trends Jun 29, 2013

Business buyers take note: Lenovo’s Helix is an expertly designed do-it-all device with an excellent keyboard and ample battery life. But we do wish it had Haswell and weighed a bit less.

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7.0
Mobile Tech Review Jul 2, 2013

We wish it had a backlit keyboard, but that's not a deal breaker. However, the lack of Intel Haswell CPUs is a nail in the coffin since it would bring better battery life and cooler temperatures. And for the premium price, we expect the latest tech inside.

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6.0
Expert Reviews Aug 21, 2013

Our main concern is its price. It's considerably more expensive than the Microsoft Surface Pro, even when you add in the extra cost of a keyboard cover, and its various shortcomings only add to the feeling of it being a little overpriced.

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CNET Jun 26, 2013

For a ThinkPad's rigid construction, best-in-class keyboard, and IT-friendly security features, that's perfectly reasonable, in theory. But, the Helix starts (starts!) at a frankly surprising $1,679, and for that, you only get a last-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid-state drive.

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Pocket-Lint Jan 7, 2013

When the Helix's keyboard is detached from the screen the keyboard doesn't look like the most sightly of things thanks to various metal protrusions, and popping the it back into place can also be a little fiddly to ensure both left and right sides meet symmetrically.

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SlashGear Jan 9, 2013

The Lenovo Helix is solid, made with the same level of attention to detail that the full ThinkPad line always is. When we took a few minutes to literally carry the device around for a while, we noticed it was relatively light and felt solid above all else.

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TechRadar Jan 8, 2013

In tablet mode, the Helix is well served by that slight form factor. At just under 12-inches, it's easy to handle.

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PC Pro Jan 9, 2013

Despite my criticisms, I must admit that I’d love to try the Helix for a couple of weeks and put it through some real-world tests. I suspect I can live with the foibles in return for getting an Ultrabook with ten hours of battery life and such a good keyboard.

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TrustedReviews Jan 9, 2013

The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix feels like a hybrid roadwarrior. It's reasonably light, especially in its class, offers great build quality and careful attention to detail in its construction. It may not be a beauty, but it's one of the better full Windows 8 hybrid designs out there.

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Expert Reviews Jan 7, 2013

It's a great design and one that feels sturdy in its various modes. The design and finish is pure ThinkPad with a simple appearance, and the tablet is slender given the specification inside. The keyboard is, as you'd expect on a ThinkPad, excellent.

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V3 Jan 9, 2013

Overall our opening impressions of the Helix are positive. However, costing over $700 more than other cheaper convertible laptop-tablet hybrids, we're unsure whether the Helix will be able to attract anyone but the wealthiest of users.

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Digital Trends Jan 8, 2013

Lenovo will ship the Helix in February at $1,499. That’s more than most consumers will pay for an 11.6-inch laptop and, frankly, the IdeaPad Yoga 11S will prove a better choice for home users. The Helix is aimed at business travelers – and it may well be the perfect convertible for them.

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8.0
ecloud ecloud

I replaced an S10-3t with this, to use nearly daily on my subway commute. It's the right size for that, and it has way more speed and features. The keyboard is only slightly molested: they put Home and End/Insert at the top, when they should really have Fn-right-arrow for End and Fn-left-arrow...

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8.0
briendownie briendownie

so far I'm a huge fan of this machine. one of my favorite laptops I've ever used (and I've used a bunch of Dells, 2 macbooks, a tablet PC from 2008). It's pretty much a very good amalgamation of all my favorite laptops (tablet with a Wacom stylus, very portable laptop). If they make a haswell...

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