Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Review

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Review

When you hear ThinkPad, you probably think of business solidity. That’s what Lenovo has eyes for the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, the 2-in-1 Lenovo which is now in its second edition has appeared on the market. The big difference compared to the previous version is the choice of Intel Core M processor. This is the new version not only as robust as its predecessor, but thanks to the passive cooling also silent.

The first Lenovo ThinkPad Helix was very special, partly because of the clever cooling Lenovo in that model was processed. To keep the cool tablet were also housed small fans in the dock. Technically fun, but it made him intensive use of course not exactly quiet. That first model was equipped with a standard U version of the Core i5. For the new 20CG001BMH variant that we are testing is the cooling omitted in the dock, thanks to the more economical, but also slower Intel Core M processor.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is ​​a device for the business market, where also a lot of attention has gone to functionality that target, and thus the reliability. If you use it as a laptop, he feels like a laptop and not a top-heavy tablet with a keyboard underneath. The main difference from a regular laptop is that the border between the keyboard and screen that is wider than usual, making the screen what “higher state”.

In the middle of the keyboard you will find the familiar red trackpoint and touchpad just has physical keys. All the beauty does have a price, because with an average of 1,900 euros, the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is ​​certainly not free over the counter. We investigated whether the particular device is its price tag worth.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Review

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix: Specifications

The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 20CG001BMH is both a tablet and a nice laptop with a 11.6 inch hull HD screen (1920×1080), which is of course provided for use as a tablet touch and also can be operated with a pen. Because the IPS technology is applied to the display offers excellent viewing angle and is there to work with well underway thanks to the excellent brightness. Well you’ll have trouble every now and then the gloss finish. It weighs 1.7 kilos, which makes him not the lightest 2-in-1 we grabbed the ever. As a tablet it just weighs 800 grams and it certainly did not let him go into the finals for the feather weights. He is considerably heavier than the Toshiba Portege Z20t we felt the tooth in April, but it feels solid.

The professional impact becomes clear when we subject the tablet to a more detailed inspection. Right you find some connections among tabs: MicroSD expansion of storage and a slot for a Micro SIM for the 4G / LTE adapter which our test model was equipped. Under Lenovo has installed a USB 3.0 connection to another cover. Fortunately, a standard type-A connector, so you do not need on-going with adapter cables to connect a memory stick while. It sounds like a detail, but here we are still quite happy. Micro HDMI is also present on the tablet, as well as a dedicated power supply connection and a fingerprint reader. Mini DisplayPort and an extra USB 3.0 port can be found on the dock.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Review

The tablet except 4G / LTE of course WiFi on board. 802.11.ac via Intel Wireless-AC-7265 card. Good for up to 866 Mbit / s via 802.11ac and also great for 802.11n networks. Thanks to 4G adapter Sierra tablet also has GPS on board. Cameras one is not forgotten: 2 megapixel front and 5 megapixel back. The dock is like the tablet built a battery; both have a power supply terminal. A fixed network connection is missing, but Lenovo does provide a USB 3.0 network adapter along. In addition, also included a pressure-sensitive Wacom pen in the package.

For the technique Lenovo has chosen our test model for the relatively expensive Core M 5Y71. This processor is standard only 1.2 GHz, but can go using the built-in turbo to 2.9 GHz. He keeps only a limited time full, but it can still ensure that you will experience this laptop tablet as smoothly. It has been helped by a huge 256 GB SSD from Samsung. Plus for a tablet is the large memory of 8 GB.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix: Screen

The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 20CG001BMH features a large 11.6-inch full HD screen. The LCD panel is used by the IPS type, which usually guarantees good viewing angles and excellent color reproduction. About which angles we have no complain and the maximum brightness of the screen shows more than fine. Our measurements show that the screen 389 cd / m² is able to produce, while also contrasts with a measured value of 1051: 1 is simply outstanding.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Review

The display also shows a very good gray gradient. The average Delta E deviation of 1.9, which is well below the limit of 3 is where errors are visible to the naked eye. However, the color of the screen allows much to be desired. What is especially striking is that the color gamut of the display is very small. The range of both red, green and blue is well within the triangle which prescribes the sRGB standard, which means that the screen is clearly less saturated color displays than it should. In addition, blue and purple shades relatively also much appear too bright. For normal use, these are not insurmountable, but do you want to do color critical work, then this device is not the best choice for that.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix: Conclusion

If we all pluses and minuses roads we arrive at a conclusion which largely deal with our opinion on the first version of the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix. The device is well thought out in each other, feels solid and gives both when used as laptop and tablet for use as the feeling you’re dealing with a full unit. The fingerprint scanner, built-in 4G modem and full type-A USB connection that Lenovo has incorporated in the tablet section provide true value to the business user. The dock with keyboard and an extra battery is of fine quality. The whole feels solid and you can use Lenovo ThinkPad Helix as notebook on your lap without falling backwards because the tablet area is top heavy. Also, the keyboard itself is of excellent quality, and makes it possible to tip comfortably for a long time.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Review

Disadvantages, however, knows the device. First, there’s the price. With almost 1900 Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is ​​not exactly cheap machine, and for that money you get given no streaks tractor when it comes to performance. The used core M processor is nice economical, but looking for something with a lot of computing power, the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is ​​not meant for you. Use your device for normal office work than he is in practice, though fast enough. Thanks to the huge turbo processor is short or extra computing power available and enable the use of a relatively speedy SSD and 8GB of memory which in practice is fine with the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix to work.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Review

Do you want to find a device that both business as well as laptop and tablet, without any of the two scenarios to close substantial compromises? The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 20CG001BMH is a fine choice, if you do not have to worry about a few cents.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Review updated: August 18, 2015 author: Jonathan Davis