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. Comfortable and easier to clean we think is what they were aiming for there, and they did that well. The price, around $899, was pretty comparable to other convertible Ultrabooks out there.
Lenovo Thinkpad Twist S230u Review: The Classic PC Tablet Gets Modern Day Parts
3 April 2014
Excerpt: Despite the fact devices like the iPad are rapidly evolving, gaining new features and functions with each generation, they still aren't acceptable PC replacements. Likewise, the typical PC hasn't been as portable and power efficient as a tablet. This has resulted in a marketplace that believes the tablet and notebook are mutually exclusive, with many users opting to carry both a notebook and a tablet.
Lenovo Thinkpad Twist S230u Review - The Classic PC Tablet Gets Modern Day Parts
3 April 2014
Excerpt: Despite the fact devices like the iPad are rapidly evolving, gaining new features and functions with each generation, they still aren't acceptable PC replacements. Likewise, the typical PC hasn't been as portable and power efficient as a tablet. This has resulted in a marketplace that believes the tablet and notebook are mutually exclusive; with many users opting to carry both a notebook and a tablet.
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: 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. 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.