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Wish list for the Helix 2?

2013-05-15, 3:38 AM

I realize this is a bit early, but now that there are a few Helix units out in the wild, what features would you like to see added or changed for the next ThinkPad Helix iteration?

 

My personal wish list:

 

Must-haves:

- Haswell 

- a solid desktop dock for the slate with the screen angled up toward the user at 'writing angle', 2xhdmi, 4+ usb in back.

- lighter all around, same battery life (thanks to Haswell). How about 3lbs with keyboard?

- at least one USB port on the slate that is not blocked by docking.

- eraser on the included pen!

- SD or uSD card slot

 

Nice to have:

- a touch-cover like product. Make the mounting bracket slots magnetic and use those for the screen cover as well.

- Firmware update: option to not lock the digitizer if pen is in silo.

- virtual bezel to have more screen space when docked (see Intel reference design)

- option to keep some of the USB powered when machine is off (plus clear indicator of power draw!)

- a backlit keyboard

- fingerprint reader

 

 From posts below:

- Bluetooth connection to dock, so dock can work as wireless KB (no need to dock e.g to type one password)

- HDD/SSD option in the dock like in the HP Split X2 (but boy is that thing heavy..4.85lbs)

- higher resolution (1600 vertical), maybe after display scaling in Windows improves for multi-monitor setups..

- better release schedule. Protip: estimate demand, get production going, THEN announce.

 

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Re: Wish list for the Helix 2?

2013-05-15, 7:13 AM

Bluetooth inside the Dock: Use the Dock as wireless Keyboard/Mouse if undocked

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Re: Wish list for the Helix 2?

2013-05-15, 9:01 AM

A USB port on the tablet, not blocked by the dock - is a must.

 

A nice to have are:

large hdd in the dock.

(Like ASUS did with their transformer TX300)

and a ~13 inch display.

(A4 size - that could replace a regular/standard size notepad)

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Re: Wish list for the Helix 2?

2013-05-15, 12:37 PM

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A USB port on the tablet, not blocked by the dock - is a must.


Agreed, I moved it up in my wish list as well. It was only there because remembered it from your 'design flaw' post.

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Re: Wish list for the Helix 2?

2013-05-15, 12:39 PM

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Bluetooth inside the Dock: Use the Dock as wireless Keyboard/Mouse if undocked


Good idea, makes a lot of sense to be able to leave the KB out next to you while browsing and occasionally type something without the dock/undock routine. 

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2013-05-15, 12:47 PM
An accurate ship date.
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Re: Wish list for the Helix 2?

2013-05-15, 12:50 PM

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An accurate ship date.

Prolonged LOL here.. (with some pain mixed in)

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Re: Wish list for the Helix 2?

2013-05-15, 13:10 PM

Although this is kinda unlikely, but I wish the Helix 2 when it comes out will be amongst the first of Windows-based tablets to beat the Android ones on the resolution front - 2560 x 1600 is the mark, set by Google Nexus 10. (what, it's a wish list :P)

 

Yeah, yeah, I know Windows programs will be come teeny tiny small at that resolution, but with the scaling and all, they will be usable. Reading books and viewing photos on those tablets will be very nice then.

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Re: Wish list for the Helix 2?

2013-05-15, 17:18 PM

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An accurate ship date.

HILARIOUS!

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Re: Wish list for the Helix 2?

2013-05-16, 15:45 PM

DOES NOT HAVE A BACKLIT KEYBOARD...? AFTER ALL THAT MARKETING ABOUT THE NEW KEYBOARD DESIGN???

 

Shame on you, Lenny.

 

Ah well:

- a external (and portable) dock for dedicated graphic card and extra cooling

- Haswell

- android OS option in tablet mode for apps and better batterie life (or like the Hybrid OS version)

- bigger screen (13 inch maybe)

- digitizer pressure drivers for Win8

 

Really need that external portable dock with a Nvidia QUADRO in it... sometimes I need to make projects at the working site.

 

It is too much to ask, Lenovo...?

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