Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
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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.
- Long battery life
- Inventive, versatile form factor
- Sturdy, comfortable keyboard
- Bright display with great viewing angles
- Some awkward design elements
- Expensive considering the last-gen components
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Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
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- 72AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE13 ReviewsWired30Lenovo ThinkPad HelixWhat 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.PC World80Lenovo ThinkPad Helix review: A versatile but expeAble to serve as a laptop or a Windows 8 touchscreen tablet, the ThinkPad Helix is pleasingly versatile—but it’s also very expensive.PC Mag80Lenovo ThinkPad HelixOne 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.Engadget80Lenovo ThinkPad Helix reviewSo 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).CNET80Lenovo ThinkPad Helix review: A business hybrid wiEven 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.CNETNot RatedHands-on with Lenovo's rugged ThinkPad HelixFor 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.Laptop Magazine70Lenovo ThinkPad Helix ReviewLenovo's ThinkPad Helix offers a versatile convertible design, full HD touch screen and impressive battery life, but costs a pretty penny.SlashGear70Lenovo ThinkPad Helix ReviewThe 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.PC World Australia80Lenovo ThinkPad Helix convertible Ultrabook The HeLenovo'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.SlashGearNot RatedLenovo ThinkPad Helix extended hands-on: Rip and FThe 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.Pocket-LintNot RatedLenovo ThinkPad Helix pictures and hands-onWhen 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.TechRadar70Lenovo Thinkpad Helix review The Helix's functionaIf 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.PC ProNot RatedLenovo ThinkPad Helix review: first lookDespite 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.TechRadarNot RatedHands on: Lenovo Thinkpad Helix reviewIn tablet mode, the Helix is well served by that slight form factor. At just under 12-inches, it's easy to handle.Expert Reviews60Lenovo ThinkPad Helix reviewOur 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.V380Lenovo ThinkPad Helix reviewLenovo'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.Mobile Tech Review70Lenovo ThinkPad HelixWe 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.Digital Trends80LENOVO THINKPAD HELIX REVIEWBusiness 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.TrustedReviewsNot RatedLenovo ThinkPad HelixThe 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.V3Not RatedCES: Lenovo ThinkPad Helix hands on reviewOverall 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.Digital TrendsNot RatedHands-on with the Lenovo ThinkPad HelixLenovo 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.Expert ReviewsNot RatedLenovo ThinkPad Helix review - Hands onIt'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.
- 80AVERAGE USER SCORE2 ReviewsEngadget Reader80December 29, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 for Home. But it's a more standard layout than the one on the Yoga AFAICT. It's relatively comfortable to type on, but not quite as much as the S10-3t was. I love the full HD screen and the inclusion of a Wacom tablet. The touchpad can be configured (in Linux at least) to be quite Mac-like. The hardware all works under Linux. Even UEFI wasn't as much trouble as I anticipated. The SSD makes it feel really fast. It's amazing that they installed full HD cameras on both the front and back sides. The downsides are that it doesn't have a Haswell processor, and maybe that's why the fan runs too much of the time, even with light loads. (But it's a quiet fan.) And it feels a bit top-heavy because the screen part (with most of the components) weighs more than the keyboard part. When you open it laptop-style, you have to avoid holding it by the clumsy "skirt" over the hinge; it has to stay loose to avoid getting in the way and going "crunch" as you open the machine. This is not the model with the GSM module - that would cost too much. It is quite silly that they reserved space for an SD card slot or two but didn't provide it (the "label drawers" are there instead). There's also no HDMI and no ethernet, but DisplayPort and USB 3.0 help to make up for that. I got this machine for $1100 on Amazon, which is cheap enough to win me over from buying a Yoga or a Dell or a Sony with similar features, but it's not worth the list price, IMO.Engadget Reader80August 8, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 chip, this could be absolutely fantastic! so I wouldn't recommend buying one for yourself if you can wait for that, but if work is buying, go for it!
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