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27 May 2014

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Ultrabook




This is my first time ever using a tablet PC as a daily driver for almost 2 months or more and I have to say I am very impressed with its performance. Considering it uses Windows 8, boot up time is super fast as compared to my Windows 7 Dell laptop. Of course, the hardware specs is nowhere near this machine. Before I move on further, check out this Lenovo Helix specs based on the one I was provided for this review.



Everything about the hardware specification:

3rd generation Intel® Core&trade i7-3667U (Up to 2.0GHz, 4MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Windows 8.1 Pro
11.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS (400 NITS)
Intel® HD 4000 Graphics
720p HD face-tracking technology, low light sensitive
8GB DDR3 SDRAM
Tablet - 3-cell 42Whr (Up to 6 hours tablet only)
Keyboard Dock - 4-cell 28Whr (Up to 10 hours in laptop or tablet+ mode)
Tablet - 296 mm x 187.3 mm x 11.6 mm (11.7" x 7.3" x 0.5")
Clamshell - 296 mm x 187.3 mm x 20.4 mm (11.7" x 7.3" x 0.8")
Tablet - 0.83 kgs (1.8 lbs)
Clamshell - 1.7 kgs (3.8 lbs)
Dolby® Home Theater® v4
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235
256GB SSD SATA3

Keboard Dock
1 MiniDisplayPort
1 USB 3.0
3.5mm Combo Jack Headphone/MIC

Tablet
1 MiniDisplayPort
1 USB 2.0
1 SIM card slot


One of the obvious feature of this laptop or should I say tablet, is I can dismount from the keyboard and use it as a tablet, which mean it is touch screen and it is pretty sensitive when rotating to either landscape or portraits. In terms of performance, it score pretty high.

Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2046007/lenovo-thinkpad-helix-review-a-versatile-but-expensive-ultrabook-tablet-hybrid.html
Battery life with extensive use of word processing, emails, playing Youtube videos and listening to music, can easily last for at least 6 to 10 hours... if using just the touchscreen tablet, it will hold up for 4 to 6 hours which is unlike Android tablets or iPad. Having said that, you must understand it is a full fledged PC!



Another thing I want to mention about this particular laptop is Lenovo Solution Center, it provide the ease of Driver Update of its hardware, troubleshoot any fault with your hardware, status of  your system and back up too. It also allow you to check your warranty status. This will provide the ease of use and provide you essential information about your laptop.


Overall, it gives me the complete experience of using it both as a laptop and a tablet when I need to, it may be a little heavier than iPad, yet functionality exceeds my concerns for weight. It is currently selling around S$2499 which come with 3 Years On-Site Warranty (without 3G module). Add on S$100 for 3G Module. Going to PC Show might get a better price though. http://itfairsg.com/pcshow2014/