Summary: CES is mostly just one hellacious blur. Here’s a gadget, and another gadget, and a hooker, and a gadget, and hey do you want to know about my Kickstarter? At CES 2013, laptops were particularly hard to keep track of; everywhere you looked, a manufacturer had some novel way for you to spend $1,000 on a Windows 8 ultrabook. Through all the chaos, the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix somehow stood out.
Pros: Solid performance as both tablet and laptop, Great battery life, Great keyboard
Cons: Ugly, unpolished design, Awkward hinge, High-res display can be a problem, Really expensive
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.
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.