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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 really like the keyboard and screen. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical reviews about the sound and price. Reviews are divided on the energy efficiency.

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 Views about the size and design are overall positive. The portability and durability also get good feedback. There are some mixed views about the usability. Some have doubts about the price and reliability.

performance, durability, portability, design, size

reliability, price

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

This summary is based on the product: Lenovo Yoga 11s 11.6-inch Touchscreen Ultrabook - (Silver Grey) (Intel Core i5 4210Y 1.5GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Inte

May, 2016

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, whereas there are some mixed comments about the energy efficiency. Many are critical about the price.

portability, performance, usability, reliability, screen


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

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 36984SU 11.6-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen Ultrabook (Black)Lenovo Privacy Screen FilterLenovo 3M ThinkPad Helix Anti-Glare Screen Protector Matte - Tablet PC

May, 2016

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: 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

Expert review by: Tim Schiesser (techspot)

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Review


Now that low-power Intel Broadwell Core M CPUs are out, Lenovo is back with a refresh of the ThinkPad Helix, their detachable tablet-laptop hybrid. The new Helix offers a similar feature set than its predecessor, but Lenovo claims it's now 15% slimmer...

Handy features include stylus support, full-sized USB, and LTE. Decent display and battery life.

Bundled keyboard dock is very substandard. Tablet performance gets unnecessarily throttled down when removed from dock. Boring, bland design.

I like the concept behind the ThinkPad Helix: a powerful, portable, business-oriented tablet with a reasonably large display that can be easily converted into a laptop on the go. With features like a fingerprint scanner and stylus, it’s meant to...

Feb, 2015

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


Intel segment tagging:Home Office, Small Business


Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:Full HD
Panel Type:IPS


Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x161E / 0x166
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)


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 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2
USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1


Configurable TDP-down frequency:600
Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 12 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR3L-RS-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Broadwell / Ivy Bridge
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3400 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series / Intel Core M-5Y Mobile series
Scenario Design Power (SDP):3.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17 / 4.5

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):No / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Processor package size:30 / 31


Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection: Yes


Operating System Language:

Weight & Dimensions

Depth (tablet mode):0.37 / 11.9 / 7.36 / 7.56
Height (tablet mode):0.366 / 0.37 / 0.378 / 0.457 / 7.56
Power adapter width:0.366
Weight (tablet mode):27.7 / 28 / 29 / 29.5
Width (tablet mode):11.7 / 11.9 / 32.4