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.
Excerpt: The Good Palm rejection allows for easy writing/drawing Multiple ways to dock the tablet to the keyboard Wonderfully-designed keyboard makes extended use easy The Bad Intel M processor limits what programs can be used Heavy for a convertable, which means that extended use in tablet/tablet+ mode...
Pros: Palm rejection allows for easy writing/drawing, Multiple ways to dock the tablet to the keyboard, Wonderfully-designed keyboard makes extended use easy
Cons: Intel M processor limits what programs can be used, Heavy for a convertable, which means that extended use in tablet/tablet+ mode becomes tiresome, Trackpad could be far better designed on the Ultrabook Pro keyboard, and the trackpoint isn't needed
Summary: Lenovo ThinkPad helix 2 Tablet improves the basic idea of its first generation tablet and business notebook. The CPU does not only impress with its low cooling requirements, but also its solid performance, which is more than enough for all office and multimedia applications.
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:
Excerpt: What do you call a device that can be either a laptop or a tablet, or even a few additional novel form factors in between? A Lenovo ThinkPad Helix , that’s what—which, as the name implies, is a hybrid with a twist.
Pros: Versatile; nice IPS screen; good battery life for a laptop.
Cons: Laptop makes too many compromises; tablet battery is limited.
Summary: - Lenovo's hybrid tablet and laptop design of the ThinkPad Helix will certainly appeal to those that want the mobility of the tablet but a better keyboard and running time that its docked mode can provide.
Excerpt: "Convertible" Ultrabooks -- full-fledged laptops that can also function as touch-driven tablets -- have become something of a commodity these days, so my attention goes to the manufacturers who can do something flashy and new with the idea.
Summary: Convertible laptops and ultrabooks had a big presence at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). At CES, Lenovo revealed its ThinkPad Helix which it marketed as having a "groundbreaking 'rip and flip' design" that enables this 11.6-inch ultrabook to transform into a powerful Windows 8 tablet.
Pros: One of the best convertible designs we’ve seen, Excellent battery life with keyboard dock, 1920x1080 IPS display
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.