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Lenovo ThinkPad Twist Review (S230U)
11 April 2013
Summary: The more Ultrabooks adopt something like the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist’s ability to adapt to nearly any situation, the better the market will be as we enjoyed being able to use it in one of its four modes. Its Laptop Mode will keep traditionalists happy, while its Stand, Tablet and Tent modes will offer you the perfect mode for a multitude of situations, although we still can’t find a reason to ever use the Twist in its Tent Mode that doesn’t involve just showing it off to...
Excerpt: Lenovo’s family of convertible devices, with names like Yoga and Twist, remind us of that gymnast/cheerleader/yoga instructor/circus performer we dated years back. Unlike that experience, where the novelty quickly wore off, the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist ($849+) proves useful for both work AND play. A serious productivity Ultrabook with passable multimedia hardware, the Twist’s screen turns and folds back to become a 0.79-inch thick tablet.
Excerpt: The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is the first business Ultrabook Convertible to arrive with Windows 8. The Twist twists from a small portable ThinkPad notebook with the well-known ThinkPad keyboard to a small Windows 8 tablet thanks to a rotating hinge. Switching from a notebook to a tablet isn’t new, but combined with Windows 8′s touch-friendly design, it’s a vastly improved user experience than the earlier days of Tablet PCs, even though there is no stylus.
Pros: Touch screen to take advantage of Windows 8, Great Keyboard, Notebook and tablet in one
Cons: Tablet mode not as good as dedicated tablet, Fixed battery, only 4-5 hours
Conclusion: The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist has relatively little competition in the convertible Windows 8 touchscreen camp. In fact, Lenovo's own IdeaPad Yoga 13 may be its biggest competitor. Even in a more populated field, we can see why the Twist has sold so well since it came out: the price is very reasonable, the laptop offers capable performance, a sharp and bright IPS display, a fantastic keyboard and Lenovo's usual sturdy build quality.
Excerpt: As one of the newest members of Lenovo's Thinkpad line, the Lenovo Thinkpad Twist attempts to bridge the gap between laptops and tablets in a convertible Ultrabook format. We decided to put the Twist through the normal suite of benchmark and functional tests, along with some tests specifically geared towards laptops, to gage how well it performs.
Conclusion: The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist (3347-4HU) ultrabook convertible is really a clamshell laptop convertible tablet like the ones that Lenovo has been making for the past half-dozen years. It's the natural evolution of the Tablet PC concept of the mid-2000s, in 2012 ultrabook form.
Pros: Convertible tablet form factor. More storage than SSD-only convertibles. Both TrackPoint and trackpad. Good keyboard. Optional WWAN.
Cons: Bulky. Only five touch points. Mini HDMI instead of full-size HDMI port.
Conclusion: No, the ThinkPad Twist isn't perfect, but it's more than the sum of its parts—especially if the parts you're talking about are the merely adequate display and lackluster battery. If you're looking for a Windows 8 convertible with strong business chops, the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist should be at the top of your list, even if its AC adapter should be in your briefcase.
Pros: Four different form factors, Excellent keyboard and controls, Utility-packed business software, Above-average port selection, Great price
Cons: Poor battery life, Pedestrian display and audio, No pen support
Summary: Although the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist has its flaws, it does what it's designed to do very well. That is, its a fantastic business-oriented tablet-Ultrabook hybrid, and it's a great choice for a business user.
The Twist's performance is a little on the low side for systems in its class, but it's nothing to be too concerned about.
Summary: At first glance, the ThinkPad Twist has a lot of things going for it: a luxurious soft-touch design, a keyboard with the best tactile feedback on the market, a colorful responsive touch screen and solid performance. However, we wouldn't recommend any ultraportable notebook that gets just four and a half hours of battery life and that goes double for a tablet, which is supposed to be used on the go.
Pros: Comfortable responsive keyboard, Fast boot time, Wide viewing angles, Solid audio,
Cons: Short battery life, Small and hard-to-locate power button, Weak webcam, No pen support, Slow wake from sleep
Excerpt: The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist convertible is one of the best tablet PC devices because it's a laptop, tablet and much more. This computer has a swivel screen that allows you to change the mode depending on your situation. If you work outside an office, you'll quickly see why the Twist, with its portability, fast processor, bright graphics and large amount of storage, has earned the TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award.
Pros: The Twist has one of the fastest processors available and a large amount of RAM, so you can multitask, download and stream quickly. It also features an Ethernet port for use when Wi-Fi is unavailable.
Cons: The resolution is only 1366 x 768, and the battery life is only about six hours, which is less than most other tablet PCs.