Windows 8 threw PC makers a curve. Now, more than six months after the controversial operating system's launch, manufacturers are finally figuring out how to make the most of it. Lenovo, in particular, offers two stellar convertible designs: the ThinkPad HELIX and the Yoga 11S Ultrabook.
The ThinkPad HELIX is aimed at business professionals tired of lugging around both a tablet and an Ultrabook. The unit's unique "rip and flip" design provides four (4) ways to use the device, but the emphasis is unmistakably on performance. The 11.6-inch tablet separates from its base to become the thinnest full-function Intel 3rd generation Core-powered tablet with enterprise networking features.
The tablet weighs 1.85 lbs. and can be flipped 180° and snapped back into the dock to provide "Stand Mode," which is ideal for viewing movies or making business presentations to small groups. You can also fold the screen down to use the screen as a tablet while keeping the base connected for added ports, connectivity, and up to 10 hours of extended battery life.
When docked, the HELIX also provides an extra large, onboard pen, five-button click pad, IPS HD display (10-finger multi-touch, 1920 x 1080 resolution), optional LTE high-speed wireless, and Near Field Communications (NFC), a technology that allows devices to share data seamlessly by simply tapping them together.
Powered by 64-bit Windows 8 Professional, the ThinkPad HELIX provides honest-to-goodness Ultrabook power in a tablet, free of uncomfortable warm surfaces when the keyboard base is resting on your lap. Prices start at $1,699. For more information, visit Lenovo.com.
Lenovo's 11-inch Yoga hybrid is now a bona fide Ultrabook.
The unique design of the Lenovo Yoga hybrid PC makes it an instant attention-grabber. Unlike the anemic Yoga 11, however, the new 11S comes equipped with a 3rd generation Intel Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 processor, any of which give it power to spare.
The patented flip-and-fold, 360° hinge smoothly transforms the unit to stand or tent mode. Either is a space-saving way to watch movies, enhanced by Dolby home theatre audio and smooth Intel HD Graphics 4000.
The 11.6-inch HD IPS display (1366 x 768 max. resolution) supports 10-finger multi-touch and unique motion control that lets you swipe your hand in front of the webcam to advance photos, videos, and documents.
In laptop mode, Yoga's comfortable keyboard offers a great typing experience, which is characteristic of Lenovo products. Configurations vary, but all models have an SSD hard drive, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth version 4.0, and a 4-cell lithium-ion battery.
The IdeaPad Yoga 11S shares the IdeaPad Yoga 13's rubber-coated, soft-touch exterior that keeps it fingerprint-free and less likely to slip out of your hands. Optional accidental damage protection, however, is an option, as well as on-site warranty service.
Available in Silver Grey and Clementine Orange, the Lenovo Yoga 11S is available from the Lenovo's website and at Best Buy stores. Prices start at $799.99. For more information, visit Lenovo.com.