There's plenty of choice nowadays if you want a new notebook or hybrid tablet. Lenovo, for example, has the light-weight Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 and exotic products like the ThinkPad Twist with its rotating display and the flexible Yoga. Today we will take a closer look at the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, a high-end hybrid with a screen that you can remove.
Since the Helix is part of the ThinkPad series, it is black, sturdy and business-like. At first glance it doesn't look particularly distinctive either - when you flip it open, you see a large touchpad without physical buttons and also a trackpoint. The keyboard is typical Lenovo quality. The space between the screen and the keyboard is larger than usual, however, with the hinges clearly mounted on the keyboard part.
The Helix doesn't have many connectors, only two USB 3.0 ports and a mini DisplayPort. The screen, which doubles as stand-alone tablet, has the audio connector. The back has a type of cover over the hinges between the tablet and the screen.
It's something we haven't before, but there's a good reason for it. When you lift it up, you'll see two small fans that cool the tablet. The keyboard part has an extra battery.
When you take off the screen and use it as a tablet, it also looks different than what you're used to. The top has rounded edges, while the bottom has corners, so there's a clear right way up. It's a simple operation to detach the screen, just press a button on the side and it will come loose. Clocking it back into place is just as easy. During our hands-on sessions it appeared to be a better system that that of the ASUS Transfer Book or the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro. It's also possible to place the screen in reverse on the keyboard, handy for giving presentations. You can read the rest of Lenovo Thinkpad Helix preview on Hardware.info.