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10-02-2011

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Thinkpad Helix

2013-02-24, 12:50 PM

I was considering to buy the thinkpad tablet 2 as well as the surface pro. I won't buy either of them. The TPT2 has not enough processing power and the surface lacks battery lifetime.

 

Now I saw this: http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/6/3844010/lenovo-thinkpad-helix-convertible

 

Can anybody see why we should not buy this? (other than the high price)

 

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08-30-2011

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Re: Thinkpad Helix

2013-02-24, 15:09 PM

IMHO, everything depends on what do you need it for. I don't know yet, what is the position of this product against X-tablet series. Probably Thinkpad helix wan't have a docking station, exchangeable battery, exchangeable hard drive, memory etc and other components like the X-series.

 

This is why I use x-series tablet, years are passing and you can change what you need in this tablet and it still goes on perfectly.

 

Suppose battery. Under typical, everyday use, battery after a year needs replacement. After a two years, it's almost useless in terms of capacity. If you have a system, where you cannot change battery easily, than it's a real problem - the system is not mobile anymore, as it lasts only 30% of the initial time.

 

So for my needs, I'll stick with x-series tablet and maybe buy TPT2 as a second device, which is intended for a little different tasks, than the "full" tablet. 

 

 

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07-20-2009

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Re: Thinkpad Helix

2013-02-24, 15:52 PM

In the service videos the battery replacement in the KB dock looks amazingly easy. Not sure about the tablet battery though, which is arguably the most important one. As a do-it-all device the two main things that I could see as a problem are possible heat, and somewhat limited battery life in slate mode, at least compared to atom tablets. The lack of a desktop dock (for now?) is a drawback as well, but I'm still hoping they'll come up with something. 

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02-25-2013

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Re: Thinkpad Helix

2013-02-25, 0:15 AM

Dock-  Is there a reason you wouldn't be able to use the USB 3.0 dock/hub?

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Re: Thinkpad Helix

2013-02-25, 1:41 AM

None that I know of. I don't have much experience with USB3 based docks or their limitations, if any.

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02-26-2013

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Re: Thinkpad Helix

2013-02-26, 19:16 PM

I love the Helix, but I'm a little concerned about security.  Does it come with a Kensington slot for a laptop security cable?  It doesn't look like it from the screen shots.  I'm not sure I'd want to spend so much money on a device if I couldn't secure it.

 

In a perfect world, not only would the Helix have a security slot, but it would work with something like the UltraBay 3 dock, where you could plop the thing in the dock, lock it with a key, and if the dock is secured, you have zero worries about theft.  Plus, you'd get the added benefit of a DVD-R drive and external monitor support.

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03-04-2013

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Re: Thinkpad Helix

2013-03-04, 21:37 PM
I like this construction. Detachable screen, stylus, more battery on dock, usb on tablet. But I think Lenovo has missed some possibilities. For example: backlit keyboard (I didn't see in spec), gigabit ethernet on the dock, mini-hdmi, micro sd card and fingerprint on tablet. And the placement of ports on tablet. When you dock it you loose all ports. (One more usb and one more mini-dp. Wastage...)
I hope the next "Helix" will contains these things. (and with 13" screen possibility going to be perfect!)
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Re: Thinkpad Helix

2013-03-06, 14:20 PM

Based on the specs I've seen the Helix is compatible with the Kensington locks,  I think the lock goes through the hinge so that it secures the tablet and keyboard at the same time.  i don't know if they could come up with an easy way to secure the device into a dock due to the fact that the screen and keyboard can be seperated.

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05-01-2013

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Re: Thinkpad Helix

2013-05-09, 12:20 PM
Well, if you guys are wondering about the helix moreso than the other videos allow, I just posted my review of it a few hours ago. Feel free to comment for any questions. I have the core i7, 256 ssd, 8gb ram configuration. Here's the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WAJfnKoQ1s&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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05-09-2013

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Re: Thinkpad Helix

2013-05-09, 13:22 PM

Have you had any trouble enabling bluetooth or NFC?  I can't seem to get eith working.  NFC shows enabled in the Wireless Settings, but is greyed out in the Win8 Lenovo Settings App.  I've installed hte bluetooth driver, but that is greyed out in the Windows Wireless Settings.

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