Lenovo ThinkPad Helix

76
Engadget
Score
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Helix review

Summary

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.

from $1513.4+
Pros
  • Long battery life
  • Inventive, versatile form factor
  • Sturdy, comfortable keyboard
  • Bright display with great viewing angles
Cons
  • Some awkward design elements
  • Expensive considering the last-gen components
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix review

It's been six months since Lenovo launched the ThinkPad Helix at CES, but during that time we've never really stopped talking about it. Every time we've reviewed a comparable product -- a small-ish PC that could be used in some sort of tablet mode -- we've returned to the Helix as a beacon of what could be in this category. All told, the Helix has had a few things potentially recommending it: it rocks the same sturdy, well-spaced keyboard you'll find on other ThinkPads and a spec list that includes NFC, a Wacom pen digitizer and a high-quality, 11.6-inch, 1080p display. Best of all, the Helix can be used in three ways: not just in tablet mode, but with the tablet inserted either facing the user or pointed away, a design Lenovo is calling "Rip n' Flip." It's the sort of versatility we loved so much in Lenovo's Yoga line; only this is a more compact machine with a higher-res screen and pen input. Sounds lovely, right? Read on to see if it's as good in practice as it is on paper.

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Scores

Engadget

76
 

Breakdown

Portability (size / weight)
6.5
Design and form factor
6.8
Expandability
6.4
Speed and features
7.6
Durability
8.0
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Specs

ThinkPad

Type
Tablet (Hybrid)
Bundled OS
Windows
Video outputs
Other
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad, Pointing stick
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Specs

ThinkPad

Type
Tablet (Hybrid)
Bundled OS
Windows
Video outputs
Other
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad, Pointing stick
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