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...
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.