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Lenovo ThinkPad Helix

alaTest has collected and analyzed 129 reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad Helix. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the keyboard and screen. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably. Views are divided on the energy efficiency, while the sound and price get critical comments.

performance, portability, usability, screen, keyboard

price, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Lenovo ThinkPad Helix


alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad Helix from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Opinions about the size and design are generally positive. The portability and durability also get good opinions. Opinions are divided on the usability. There are some less positive reviews about the price and reliability.

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reliability, price

88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Lenovo ThinkPad Helix


alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 user reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad Helix from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers are impressed by the screen and reliability. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the price. Opinions are divided on the energy efficiency.

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73% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Till Schönborn (

Review Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 3G Convertible


Unlimited mobility. A tablet for the meeting, a notebook for the

Excellent build quality; Versatile; Great Full HD display; Long battery life; Low noise emissions; Good application performance; Integrated UMTS modem

Very hot under full load; Just 4 GB of RAM; Limited expandability; High price

Those who are unhappy with the limited expandability of the Helix may want to have a look at some conventional convertibles such as the ThinkPad X230T or the Fujitsu Lifebook T902. Consumers (instead of business customers) might find the Microsoft...

Jun, 2013

Expert review by: Wired (

Double the Trouble


Like it or not, tablets are the future. Lenovo's latest, the ThinkPad Helix , is not likely to be a part of it. Here's why. Following on a string of successes with convertible PC designs — including the swell IdeaPad Yoga — Lenovo has now taken aim at...

Aug, 2013

Expert review by: Yardena Arar (

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix review: A versatile but expensive Ultrabook/tablet hybrid


The pleasingly versatile ThinkPad Helix can instantly switch from a full-blown Ultrabook to a Windows 8 tablet. But you'll have to pay to play.

Can operate as a touchscreen notebook or a Windows 8 tablet ; Solid-state drive speeds up frequently performed operations ; Dual-battery arrangement delivers up to 6.5 hours of battery life

Subpar audio ; High-res screen can make small type difficult to read ; Pricey considering its 11.6-inch display

The ThinkPad Helix deserves kudos for its innovative design, and a business user in search of a laptop-tablet convertible with good performance might find the high price tag palatable. (And if money is no object, you can upgrade to a faster processor,...

Aug, 2013

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix


One of the better detachable hybrid tablets on the market, the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix gives the corporate IT buyer a prime option for their highly mobile workforce. This could be the best choice if you need both laptop and tablet functionality.

Detachable screen gives users extra portability when needed. Decent battery life with keyboard dock. Innovative, sturdy hinge and docking connector. Dual pointing devices plus touch screen. Comes with stylus and onboard stylus storage. Keyboard dock...

Some fan noise. Tablet has only USB 2.0 port. Hinge is locked when tablet out of dock. Pricey

The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix ($1,679) is a portable Windows system for a demanding set of users. If your business absolutely needs Windows 7/8 compatibility, but your users are a motley crew who wants the best of tablets and the best of laptops, then the...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Dana Wollman (

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix review


It's been six months since Lenovo launched the ThinkPad Helix at CES, but during that time we've never really stopped talking about it. Every time we've

Long battery life ; Inventive, versatile form factor ; Sturdy, comfortable keyboard ; Bright display with great viewing angles

Some awkward design elements ; Expensive considering the last-gen components

The Helix is the most innovative Windows 8 tablet hybrid yet, with dual batteries, a bright display and a comfy keyboard to match. Still, it's expensive, especially considering it ships with last-gen CPUs.

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Cory Gunther (

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Review


Lenovo has big plans with Windows 8, convertible laptops and Ultrabooks, and more but one that caught our eye at CES was the ThinkPad Helix. With a fancy design, versatility, and an 11.6-inch 1080p display it's quite the device. After a few delays the...

If you've been eying something like the Surface Pro, the Helix is a much better choice. It delivers tons of options, better battery life, and a keyboard that is actually useful in a way that you'll feel comfortable. The ThinkPad Helix really does a lot...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix review: A business hybrid with an executive price


The Helix is a well-made but expensive product that presents an interesting question. While there very well may be a market for an 11-inch hybrid with an emphasis on business and security features and a body leaning toward the industrial, rugged side,...

The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is a solidly built laptop-tablet hybrid with all the security features your IT department needs. Thanks to dual batteries in the tablet and keyboard base, it can run for a full workday.

The Helix is stuck with Intel's less efficient previous generation of CPUs, making it feel especially expensive.

Even with the best detachable-screen hybrid hinge we've seen, the older CPU and high price make the ThinkPad Helix a hybrid for a select audience only.

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Matt Safford (

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Review


Since the official launch of Windows 8 last fall, we've seen more convertible PCs in more form factors than we'd care to count. But for comfortable use as a laptop, and a relatively lightweight tablet when you don't need the keyboard, the traditional...

Remarkably versatile design ; Great ThinkPad keyboard ; Comfortable touchpad ; Long battery life with keyboard dock

Heavy ; Tablet alone has short battery life ; Tablet gets hot under heavy load ; Limited port selection: No VGA port or SD card slot ; Keyboard not backlit

Business buyers take note: Lenovo’s Helix is an expertly designed do-it-all device with an excellent keyboard and ample battery life. But we do wish it had Haswell and weighed a bit less.

Jun, 2013

Expert review by: David Pierce (

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix review


CES is mostly just one hellacious blur. Here's a gadget, and another gadget, and a hooker, and a gadget, and hey do you want to know about my Kickstarter? At CES 2013, laptops were particularly...

Solid performance as both tablet and laptop ; Great battery life ; Great keyboard

Ugly, unpolished design ; Awkward hinge ; High-res display can be a problem ; Really expensive

If Lenovo can figure out the design, the next Helix could be great

Jun, 2013

Expert review by: Dan Howley (

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Review


Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix offers a versatile convertible design, full HD touch screen and impressive battery life, but costs a pretty penny.

Easy to convert from notebook to tablet mode; Long battery life; Gorgeous 1080p display ; Excellent keyboard

Expensive; Runs hot; Volume buttons too recessed

Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix offers a versatile convertible design, full HD touch screen and impressive battery life, but costs a pretty penny.

Jun, 2013

Product Specifications


Battery capacity (tablet, Watt hours):42
Battery life (tablet mode):5.6 / 6
Number of battery cells (tablet):3


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):2 / 5
Rear camera: Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):2 / 2.1 / 5


Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
Panel Type:IPS


Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit:No / Yes


2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / GPRS
3G standards:HSPA / HSPA+ / HSPA, HSPA+, WCDMA / UMTS
4G:No / Yes
4G standards:LTE

Ports & interfaces

USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1


Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3

Processor special features

Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes


Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection: Yes


Operating System Language:

Weight & Dimensions

Depth (tablet mode):0.37 / 7.36 / 7.56
Height (tablet mode):0.366 / 0.37 / 0.378 / 0.457 / 7.56
Weight (tablet mode):27.7 / 28 / 29 / 29.5
Width (tablet mode):11.7 / 11.9