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Re: When is the Helix release date?

2013-04-12, 14:11 PM
I also ordered the i7/180GB SSD/8GB RAM Helix from PC Connection on Wed and it ended up that they shipped it late that night (11pm) and I received it yesterday. I like it sooo much better than the surface pro. Far more comfortable and less warm, particularly on the left side. It does run warmer than I expected based on comments here, with the fans running quite often. The fans on the keyboard unit are fairly loud (high pitched) as well.

But I love the keyboard. I need to get used to the multi-touch track pad. I would have preferred separate buttons, since the cursor sometimes moves when you click. I love the tactile feel of it though, very smooth.
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Re: When is the Helix release date?

2013-04-12, 14:15 PM

Hi davidtlong,

Could you give a review about the butonless trackpad? :smileyhappy:

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Re: When is the Helix release date?

2013-04-12, 15:58 PM

actually trying to figure this out myself.  like stated above click can move sursor but I think this is just a learning curve issue.  But will report

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Re: When is the Helix release date?

2013-04-12, 17:51 PM

I am about to place an order.  What does everyone recommend for the model?  I usually go for the fastest model but was curious if it would be a better idea to go for the i5 instead of the i7 for heat concerns.

 

Thanks

Nick

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Re: When is the Helix release date?

2013-04-12, 18:15 PM
looks like the difference between the I5 and I7 is quite small. i am wishing i got the 8GB model which might be I7 only but 4GB is perfectly fine with normal usage.

the trackpoint works quite good. i had play with the settings and lower the touch pad pressure sensativity. seems like it will occasionally mis button presses but its indented on the top to feel like a normally button. kinda hard to explain
it works better than i expected it would. little hard to use with my huge hands compared other 12in laptops.
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Re: When is the Helix release date?

2013-04-12, 18:17 PM

 i am wishing i got the 8GB model which might be I7 only but 4GB is perfectly fine with normal usage.

 

yea but you got gps :) wish I had know about that.

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2013-04-12, 18:20 PM

I order from CDW and they don't always list the all of the features.  I had no idea there was a GPS model.  Does anyone have a list of the helix models and features?  Beside cpu,ram,HD size,4g,and gps are there any other options available in certain models?

 

Nick

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Re: When is the Helix release date?

2013-04-12, 18:51 PM
Forgive my ingorance, but why would I want gps on the Helix?
I too ordered one from CDW (part number 36984UU), waiting on it.
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Re: When is the Helix release date?

2013-04-12, 18:55 PM

OK folks, this is Cody123 but I forgot my password to that account.  Just got the Helix and I'm typing this on my Surface Pro, which I'm about to return (I'm inside the return window).  I thought I'd give you first impressions right as I set it up, as it's certainly something I can do easily right now.  Here goes:

 

- Appearance is a little jarring at first (large bottom bezel due to the form factor) but I'll get used to it.

 

- Yes, the keyboard fans have a high pitched noise.  It seems to be constant.  Reminds me of the Yoga -- not a good start.  But I think this is probably fixable with software and I know it won't appear in tablet mode, though that might be premature.  The fan on the tablet portion is sizable enough to cause a Yoga-like annoyance.  I think Lenovo should really think about its fan settings and configurations on the whole; this is a biggie.

 

- Brightness is rather surprisingly weak.  Even at ~90%, it's much darker than my Surface is at ~50-60%.

- Keyboard is fantastic.

 

- Clickpad is great and I don't see the cursor jumping on click (yet) as the other user noted.  I'm very picky on trackpads

so I'd notice this one pretty quick.  So far, so good.   Two finger scrolling may be imprecise; TBD.I

- When you detach the monitor/tablet, the screen flashes.  Same for re-attaching.  Not a big deal but worth noting.


I'll post more impressions if I find any additional notable ones.  BTW, this is the 180GB model and the drive shows as a 149GB with 120GB available.  I find this acceptable, but FYI.

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Re: When is the Helix release date?

2013-04-12, 18:56 PM

Page 4....

http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/tablet/thinkpad/thinkpad-helix/thinkpad-helix-datasheet.pdf

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