Summary: I like the concept behind the ThinkPad Helix: a powerful, portable, business-oriented tablet with a reasonably large display that can be easily converted into a laptop on the go. With features like a fingerprint scanner and stylus, it’s meant to present a good alternative to other convertibles like the Asus Transformer Book or Surface 3 Pro.
Summary: The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is a radical new device that Lenovo hopes will be appealing to people looking for the portability and simplicity of a tablet, combined with the productive power and specs of an Ultrabook. And while the Helix is definitely something new and exciting, it just doesn't function quite as well as a traditional Ultrabook. At the end of the day, it's still just a supercharged tablet with a detachable keyboard dock.
Pros: Versatility and Portability:, Quality and Quantity of Control Options:, Long Battery Life:, Fast Start-Up:
Cons: Small Screen, High Resolution:, Unusually High Temperatures:, Limited I/O Ports:, Several Design Flaws:
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix: A Quirky But Quality Convertible Laptop Tablet
14 April 2014
Excerpt: The future of computing is in question. Smartphones and tablets are taking over. They’re thinner, lighter, cheaper, have longer battery life, and most importantly they’re simple . Bill Gates may have been a decade early with the tablet computer, but now there are suitable tablet computers without compromise. Well, not too much. The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix isn’t the first Windows 8 tablet computer, but it is one of the best.
Conclusion: It is easy to recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, a business-class device that offers the mobility of a tablet, the software support of a full-fledged Windows 8 computer, the battery and size benefits of an Ultrabook, and the style and reliability of the Lenovo brand. Highly Recommended.
Excerpt: The centerpiece of this design is a relatively standard 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablet. It weighs a respectable 1.9 pounds, features an ultra-bright, squint-inducing 1920 x 1080-pixel screen, and measures an impressive 12mm thick, one of the slimmest Windows tablets on the market. Powered by a 1.8GHz Core i5 (3rd generation), 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD, the specs are on the minimalist side, but they aren’t an outright disappointment.
Pros: Performs well if graphics aren’t on the menu. Keyboard is outstanding on a unit this size.
Cons: Wildly overpriced. Designed by lunatics. Docking system is a complicated and homely mess. Runs blazing hot, bring gauze.
Summary: 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.
Pros: The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is a solidly built laptop-tablet hybrid with all the security features your IT department needs. Thanks to dual batteries in the tablet and keyboard base, it can run for a full workday.
Cons: The Helix is stuck with Intel's less efficient previous generation of CPUs, making it feel especially expensive.
Conclusion: If you've been eying something like the Surface Pro, the Helix is a much better choice. It delivers tons of options, better battery life, and a keyboard that is actually useful in a way that you'll feel comfortable. The ThinkPad Helix really does a lot of things ok, but nothing extremely well. And that's the sad truth.
Excerpt: The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is a cutting-edge ultraportable business laptop with one rather special twist. In an effort to make the touchscreen as usable as possible the Helix can separate in half and be used as a standalone tablet. It manages this nifty trick by housing all the hardware inside the screen itself. And don’t despair it has the specs you crave: a Core i7-3667U processor that can run up to 3.1GHz 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.
Pros: Powerful great battery Life HD screen.
Cons: Very expensive small screen no keyboard backlight.
Conclusion: But if you need the convenience of a part-time, pen-enabled tablet and an 11.6-inch ultrabook, with close to all-day battery life and exceptional input devices, then the Helix is the one for you. On its terms, it's one of the most successful convertibles we've seen.
Pros: Comfortable keyboard, Good battery life, when attached to keyboard base, Touch pad is tuned for Windows 8, Supports touch-screen and pen-based input
Cons: Expensive, No SD card slot, 3rd Generation, not "Haswell," processor, Awkward vent location
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Detachable screen gives users extra portability when needed. Decent battery life with keyboard dock. Innovative, sturdy hinge and docking connector. Dual pointing devices plus touch screen. Comes with stylus and onboard stylus storage. Keyboard dock has mini-DisplayPort and two USB 3.0 ports.
Cons: Some fan noise. Tablet has only USB 2.0 port. Hinge is locked when tablet out of dock. Pricey.