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Lenovo Thinkpad Twist S230U

alaTest has collected and analyzed 222 reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad Twist S230U. 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 design and size. The screen and usability are also appreciated, whereas the touchpad and sound get less positive opinions. There are some mixed reviews about the battery.

performance, usability, screen, size, design

sound, 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 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Lenovo Thinkpad Twist S230U

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 user reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad Twist S230U from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the design and portability. The screen and usability are also appreciated, whereas the touchpad and sound get critical comments. There are some mixed reviews about the image quality.

performance, usability, screen, portability, design

reliability, sound, touchpad

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com 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 3347-2GU 12.5-Inch Tablet (i7-3517u, 24GB)

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Lenovo Thinkpad Twist S230U

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Lenovo Thinkpad Twist S230U from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 1.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.ca. Reviewers are impressed by the performance. Many are critical about the price.

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0% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo ThinkPad Twist S230u 13-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop (33476LU)Lenovo ThinkPad Twist S230u 13-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop (33476LU)

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Steve Schardein (notebookcheck.net)

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!

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: Charles McLellan (zdnet.com)

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...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: MobileTechReview.com (mobiletechreview.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist

 

Relatively affordable, excellent keyboard, IPS display

Battery life so-so with HDD option (SSD is better), a well-configured Twist borders on ThinkPad X230t pricing

The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist has relatively little competition in the convertible Windows 8 touchscreen camp. In fact, Lenovo's own IdeaPad Yoga 13 may be its biggest competitor. Even in a more populated field, we can see why the Twist has sold so well...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist S230U

 

This laptop twists into a tablet and offers specs that would put many Ultrabooks to shame.

Flexible specs with up to Core i7 and 8GB RAM, Excellent connectivity including optional 3G, Superb typing experience, Tried and proven swivel form factor, High quality IPS screen

Build quality not up to usual ThinkPad standard, Poor battery life, Bog-standard screen res, No optional digitizer stylus

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Digit Laptops (digit.in)

Lenovo Thinkpad Twist S230U

 

The Lenovo S230U is an ultraportable laptop that runs on the latest Windows 8 OS and has a powerful Intel Core i5 (3rd generation) 1.7 GHz processors. The laptop has a unique twist design that allows you to convert the ultraportable laptop into a...

Aug, 2013

Expert review by: Dave Oliver (wired.co.uk)

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist S230u review

 

Hybrid tablets try to bridge the gap between theconvenience of a tablet and the capability of a laptop, and they'vebeen becoming more popular since the arrival oftouchscreen-optimised Windows 8. The Lenovo ThinkPad Twistdoesn't reinvent the wheel, but...

Twist design feels robust, responsive keyboard, flexible formfactor

Design looks a bit cheap, screen resolution not great

The ThinkPad Twist ditches the usual ultrabook style infavour of robust practicality. The screen resolution may be so-sobut there are no complaints about its sensitivity and theresponsive keyboard feels great too. The twist option is a triedand tested...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: IT PRO (itpro.co.uk)

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist review

 

Lenovo combines tablet and laptop for its first hybrid ThinkPad - does the Twist offer the best of both worlds for businesses?

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Techworld (techworld.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist review

 

Although the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist has its flaws, it does what it's designed to do very well. That is, its a fantastic business-oriented tablet-Ultrabook hybrid, and it's a great choice for a business user.The Twist's performance is a little on the low...

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: Kenneth R. (newegg.com)

Great laptop with some faults

 

Ok, so I had a lot to gripe about. Lenovo created a really nice package with the Twist and I would not hesitate to purchase the Twist again. I am keeping my fingers crossed but after 3 bios updates and numerous system updates, the little annoyances...

Got this laptop on a great door buster deal through manufacturer. Very responsive Core i3 along with SSD cache for hard drive to speed things up. Build quality is excellent. Very convenient to have a laptop and tablet all in one neat package. Screen is...

There is a lot to love about the twist but there are a lot of little things that Lenovo should have corrected before releasing this ThinkPad Tablet PC. Screen The screen has a mind of it's own and will rotate when it wants to. At times when going from...

Dec, 2014

Consumer review by: Andy L. (newegg.com)

Nice machine - good choice!

 

For the price this is an excellent buy. My wife wanted a convertible PC/Tablet and after a couple of months of painstaking research this one rose to the surface...and we're glad we locked in on it.

Purchased this for my wife and she absolutely loves it. I have also used the machine several times and am impressed with the overall quality of it. Trained by Lenovo some years ago I have been a fan of their products ever since and so far this machine...

It is a little bit sluggish compared to what I'm used to and even she said it's not quite as quick as she would have hoped. I did have to disable the auto-dim as others have noted - Lenovo seriously has to fix that!

Jul, 2014

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater / Dolby Home Theater v4 / Dolby Home Theatre v.4 / Dolby Home Theatre v4 / HD / HD Audio / HDA / Realtek ALC3202
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:42.4
Battery capacity (Watt hours):42.4
Battery life (max):6 / 7
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4 / 8

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1
Front camera signal format:720p
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Certification:GreenGuard
Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / Brown
Form Factor:Convertible (Swivel)
Housing material:Magnesium
Market positioning:Business
Product type:Hybrid (2-in-1) / Ultrabook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):500:1
Display brightness:350
Display Diagonal:12.5
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:HD / Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240 / 120 - 230
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:65
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Maximum Resolution:1280 x 720 / 2560 x 1600
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350 / 650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050 / 1100 / 1150 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard language: / CHE / Danish / Dutch / English / French / German / Hungarian / Italian / Polish / Spanish
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard number of keys:83
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav / Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:12 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory form factor:On-board / SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 1x SO_DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G:No / Yes
4G:N / No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network:3G / No
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Network standard:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3ab,IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3ab,IEEE 802.3u
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
WWAN:No / Yes

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 179921.3
Operating altitude:0 - 120078.7 / 0 - 95984.3
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 85 / 5 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90 / 5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):5 - 43
Storage temperature range (T-T):-15 - 60 / 5 - 43

Optical Drive

Disc types supported: No
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:Dolby Home Theater / Dolby Home Theater v4 / Dolby Home Theatre v.4 / Dolby Home Theatre v4 / HD / HD Audio / HDA / Realtek ALC3202
Chassis type:
Compatible operating systems:Windows 8\nWindows 8 Pro
Display:
Ethernet interface type:
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x
Power supply type:AC/DC
Quantity:1
Wake-on-LAN ready:

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Ambient light sensor: Yes
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
LAN/VGA combo port: No
Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: No
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
Mini VGA ports quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240 / 120 - 230
AC adapter power:65

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM77 Express
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 26
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y / Yes
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM77 Express
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor:I3-3217U / I3-3227U / I5-3230M / I5-3317U / I5-3337U / I5-3427U / i7-3517M / I7-3517U / I7-3537U
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 2.7 / 2.8 / 3 / 3.1 / 3.2
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i3-3xxx / Intel Core i5-3xxx / Intel Core i7-3xxx
Processor frequency:1.7 / 1.8 / 1.9 / 2 / 2.6
Processor lithography:22
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I3-3217U / I3-3227U / I5-3230M / I5-3317U / I5-3337U / I5-3427U / I7-3517U / I7-3537U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3400 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:4
Stepping:L1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17 / 35
Tjunction:105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology:No / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N / No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N / No / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:64903 / 65697 / 65707 / 65714 / 72054 / 72055 / 72056 / 72057
Processor code:SR0N6 / SR0N7 / SR0N8 / SR0N9 / SR0WX / SR0XF / SR0XG / SR0XL
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader:No / Yes
Password protection:HDD, Power on, Supervisor / Supervisor / Y
Password protection type:HDD, Power on, Supervisor / Supervisor
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Software

Bundled software:Lenovo Support, Lenovo Companion, Lenovo Cloud Storage, Password Manager, ThinkVantage System Update, Skype
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro
Trial software:Norton Internet Security, Microsoft Office 2013

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, SDHC / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 24
Solid-state drive interface:Mini PCI Express / mSATA / Serial ATA / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:Micro Serial ATA / Mini PCI Express / mSATA / SATA / Serial ATA III
SSD form factor:2.5" / mSATA
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 320 / 344 / 500 / 524

Technical Details

64-bit computing: Yes
Built-In Optical Drive: No
Display Technology:
Hot-swap:
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:9.29
Height:0.787 / 0.791 / 0.799
Weight:3.48 / 3.53
Width:12.3