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 1920 x 1080 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 $2500.
Pros : Powerful great battery Life HD screen.
Cons : Very expensive small screen no keyboard backlight.
Rating : 6 out of 10.