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.
Summary: Even six months after it was originally announced, the ThinkPad Helix is the most innovative Windows 8 tablet hybrid we can think of. In a way, though, "innovative" is a backhanded compliment, at least in this case where the design is somewhat awkward. As it happens, we enjoy being able to flip the tablet portion over and have the display facing outwards for presentations and such.
Pros: Long battery life, Inventive, versatile form factor, Sturdy, comfortable keyboard, Bright display with great viewing angles
Cons: Some awkward design elements, Expensive considering the last-gen components
Conclusion: With the Helix, Lenovo delivers perhaps the best-designed and versatile Windows 8 convertible we’ve seen yet. Thanks to an excellent keyboard and a well-executed touchpad, it works great as a laptop. It’s a bit hefty as a tablet, but the 1080p IPS screen looks good. With the included stylus, many people will appreciate pen input.
Pros: Remarkably versatile design, Great ThinkPad keyboard, Comfortable touchpad, Long battery life with keyboard dock
Cons: Heavy, Tablet alone has short battery life, Tablet gets hot under heavy load, Limited port selection: No VGA port or SD card slot, Keyboard not backlit