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.