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Lenovo Thinkpad Twist S230U

alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the portability and keyboard. The usability and performance also get good feedback. Many are negative about the touchpad and reliability. The resolution and value for money get mixed reviews.

screen, performance, usability, keyboard, portability

battery, sound, reliability, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo Thinkpad Twist S230U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 69 reviews)

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Review Lenovo ThinkPad Twist Convertible Ultrabook


Windows 8 with a twist. Lenovo's unique ThinkPad Twist adopts the

Great keyboard; Inexpensive IPS display; Impressive touch responsiveness; Good CPU performance; Above-average ports selection

Weak battery life; Disappointing GPU performance; High-gloss display with insufficient brightness; A little larger/heavier than competing Ultrabooks; Odd manufacturing quirks; Irritating touchpad; Slow to awaken from sleep

The impressive array of ports lining the edges of the notebook for an Ultrabook—including a full-sized Ethernet port!

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Lenovo ThinkPad S230u Twist review


An ultrabook that can convert to a tablet when the occasion demands, the ThinkPad Twist has a lot going for it. The build quality is very good, and there are enough business-friendly features to make it acceptable as a BYOD system. Battery life may be...

Classy ThinkPad design and construction ; Excellent keyboard ; Sturdy swivel-screen hinge

Moderate battery life ; Lacks full vPro support ; No stylus support

Conclusions If you think of it as primarily an ultrabook, but one that can conveniently turn into a tablet when the occasion demands, then the ThinkPad Twist has a lot to recommend it. The build quality is very good, and there are enough...

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Amazon review summary for Lenovo Thinkpad Twist S230U


alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad Twist S230U from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on

value for money, performance, usability, battery


81% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo ThinkPad Twist S230u 3347-2GU 12.5-Inch Tablet (i7-3517u, 24GB)Lenovo ThinkPad Twist S230u 33476LU 13-Inch Convertible LaptopLenovo ThinkPad Twist S230u 33472TU 12.5' LED Convertible Ultrabook/Tablet - Wi-Fi - Intel - Core i5 i5-3317U 1.7GHz


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Fast, but without WLAN


There is no WLAN at the model I bought.


Poorly Designed Keyboard

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ThinkPad S230u (33476LU)


I wouldn't do it again. I went with this ThinkPad over several Dell models thinking it would be made better and Lenovo support would be better. I was wrong on both. From the very first day it had a problem waking up from standby mode, it would just...

Price, size, touch screen, keyboard

Battery life, Lenovo support, touch pad, reliability

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Thrilled to get it


Bought this for my wife. She is thrilled with it. Still getting used to Win 8, but likes it fine. Had an ipad and wanted a convertible. Seems sturdy.

Comfortable Keyboard","Fast","Powerful","Quality Display","Quiet

A Little Costly","Touchpad Really Sensitive

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Works great after some help


If i wasn't a patient person and didn't work with computers all day I honestly would have sent this thing back on day one. Out of the box it was nearly unusable and would often become non-responsive for 30 seconds at a time for no apparent reason. Any...

Thin ; Lightweight ; Clear & bright screen ; Great keyboard ; Good performance ; Caching SSD ; Large storage ; Built in gigabit LAN ; Newegg had a great deal on this

Doesn't work great out of the box ; Lots of updates before it works properly ; Bloatware ; Poor sound ; Screen rotation is random at times ; Battery life not great

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Decent Quality


Since the solid state drive seems easy to replace, I think I'm going to get a 64Gb one to replace the current. If I make the recovery disks, I should be able to re-install (maybe without the bloatware) Good deal, and I would recommend it even at its...

Good speed ; Light weight ; Not too much bloatware, but it exists ; Keyboard is comfortable to use ; Price (w/ discount at the time)

Battery life maybe 3 to 4 hours (represented as close to 7), but none of the laptops are honest about that anyway ; touchscreen is iffy, and not as interactive as I think it should be. This isn't really new technology, so I expected better ; Came with...

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Glad I did.


Going from a Thinkpad T16p (15.4-inch screen) to a Twist was a bit of a jump. The Twist is lighter and faster and thinner (big surprise) and much easier to carry around. I miss the big screen and, for now anyway, I miss the DVD-ROM drive. I wish the...

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Love that it's a convertible


I really like the form factor and the general performance of the Twist. It's very portable with a decent screen size (12.5" - 11" that some other convertibles have is too small for regular laptop work). I like Windows 8 and the metro start...

Touchscreen, convertible, usually really quick to start/good performance, easily converts to tablet

Occasionally does have slow lapses, some screen rotation issues (software)


Product Specifications


DVD Writer: No
Embedded 3G/4G:3G / No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive / Hard Disk Drive / Hybrid Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:4 in 1 Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
Touchscreen:Multi Touch
True Resolution:WSXGA / WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):HD GRAPH. 4000 / Intel ® HD Graphics 3000


Chipset Brand:Intel®
Chipset Type:HM76 / HM77 / Unknown
Processor:Core™ i3 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel ®
Processor Number:I3-2375M / I3-3227U / I5-3317U / I7-3517U / I7-3537U