A reimagining of the traditional laptop.
Street price: $2500 | By: Lenovo
The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is a cutting-edge, ultraportable business laptop with one rather special twist. In an effort to make the touchscreen as usable as possible, the Helix can separate in half and be used as a standalone tablet. It manages this nifty trick by housing all the hardware inside the screen itself.
And don’t despair, it has the specs you crave: a Core i7-3667U processor that can run up to 3.1GHz, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. With an 11.6-inch screen it’s aimed at those who are always on the go, yet it still sports a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. While it’s heavier than most other tablets, it’s still only 12mm thick and very easy to hold. The keyboard acts as a dock and it’s so secure that you’d never know it’s not a normal laptop. Aside from two extra USB ports and a mini DisplayPort output, the bottom dock unit houses an extra battery, too. It also has an oversized soft-touch trackpad, mouse nub and solid (though not backlit) keyboard.
The Core i7 CPU means the Helix is a surprisingly powerful workhorse and will happily handle just about any of your business applications. Battery life is excellent and the ThinkPad lasted 4 hours in our tests, with the second battery almost doubling this. At 1.68kg with the keyboard, it’s quite a dense unit, though the tablet only weighs 854g when detached from the keyboard. While you can interact with the Helix touchscreen with your fingers, it also comes with a digitiser pen. This lets you point, select and navigate directly on the screen, as well as draw and write as if it were a graphics tablet.
While it’s powerful, flexible and well built, the ThinkPad Helix is a very expensive option — the street price is around $2,500.
Pros : Powerful, great battery Life, HD screen.
Cons : Very expensive, small screen, no keyboard backlight.
Rating : 6 out of 10.