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Lenovo ThinkPad Helix review - Hands on

  • Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Helix

If you're looking for a Windows 8 device to do serious work on, but still want a touchscreen, then the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix looks to be a great choice. This is probably the most serious take on the tablet-cum-laptop hybrid with a no compromise design and specification.

The tablet section comes firmly docked into the keyboard for traditional text-heavy work. Undock it and you have a Windows tablet, no big surprise there. However, the tablet can then be turned around and docked in backwards - thanks to a clever connector on the bottom.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix

Docked in reverse - the Helix is a flexible beast

With the tablet shut against the keyboard you get a super-sized tablet, which benefits from additional battery power in the dock, and makes both easy to carry together - with no exposed keyboard on the rear as with the company's own Lenovo Yoga. In addition you can use the keyboard dock as a stand for playback or presentation purposes.

It's a great design and one that feels sturdy in its various modes. The design and finish is pure ThinkPad with a simple appearance, and the tablet is slender given the specification inside (see below). The keyboard is, as you'd expect on a ThinkPad, excellent.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix

Another great keyboard from Lenovo

The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix will come in both Core i5 and Core i7 versions with 128 or 256GB SSD drives. The processor can actually perform better when docked with the keyboard thanks to additional cooling fans in the base unit that allow for higher Turbo Boost speeds.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix

The vent in the middle, amidst a good selection or ports on the tablet, allows for extra cooling

The 11.6in display is a full 1080p IPS panel with a Gorilla Glass finish - so no compromises there either. A stylus is included, sliding out of the top left corner of the tablet, for more precise onscreen work.

Rounding off the specification is the option of built-in 4G data. Now such contracts aren't cheap in the UK, but with this, it undeniably becomes a complete no-compromise business powerhouse. Prices start from around $1,500 so you're paying for all that tech, but from our first impressions it's a good deal.

For all the latest news from the CES show, read CES 2013: In-depth, hands-on coverage from our team in Las Vegas

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