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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.
Summary: Overall, we were happy with the Lenovo Thinkpad Twist Convertible Ultrabook. It met its main needs and went a little bit beyond with the quality of the multi-touch screen. The keyboard layout was what you would hope for in a laptop.
Excerpt: We recently reviewed the Lenovo Yoga 13, but it's not the only laptop from Lenovo with a touchscreen. Today we will take a closer look at the ThinkPad Twist, a 12.5-inch notebook with - you guessed it - a screen that you can twist around.
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.
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.
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,...
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...
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...
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: Lenovo has joined the Windows 8 party with the Twist, a ThinkPad that uses the traditional hinged method to switch between its laptop and tablet modes, and it's a good piece of design - but, while the usual ThinkPad visuals are in place, build quality isn't quite up to scratch.