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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist review

Long before the iPad, Galaxy Note, or Nook HD, a tablet was usually a Windows device that spent most of its time set up as a traditional clamshell laptop, but could also twist or swivel its display around to form a touch screen slate. Lenovo and HP were two of the only PC makers that kept this style of Windows laptop/tablet convertible aliveduring those fallow pre-iPad years, with systems such as the S10-2and TX2.
In the post-Windows-8 world, however, tablets, hybrids, and convertibles are all over the place, and range from the sliding-screenSony Vaio Duo, to the flip-screen Dell XPS 12, to the folding Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga. One thing we haven't seen a lot of is that more traditional swiveling laptop screen design, which rotates on a center hinge and folds down into a tablet.

Price as reviewed$899
Processor1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U
Memory4GB, 1600MHz DDR3
Hard drive500GB 7,200rpm + 24GB mSATA SSD
ChipsetIntel HM77
GraphicsIntel HD4000
Operating systemWindows 8
Dimensions (WD)12.3 x 9.3 inches
Height0.8 inch
Screen size (diagonal)12.5 inches
System weight / Weight with AC adapter3.4/4.0 pounds

Lenovo has moved beyond the once-monolithic single ThinkPad brand. The company makes casual, consumer-focused IdeaPad laptops, and a budget line called Essential. Within ThinkPad, there's also the Edge line, which takes a traditional button-down ThinkPad and adds some more modern flair, such as a flat-topped island-style keyboard and a buttonless clickpad, along with a generally slimmer and sharper design.
The Twist feels like one of the sharper-looking ThinkPad Edge laptops, although the "Edge" name is not being used in this case. It has slightly rounded corners, a thin top lid (despite the touch-screen hardware), and the more modern-looking flat-topped keyboard that's slowly working its way into more and more Lenovo products of all sorts.
The matte-black finish works for any office environment, but at 0.8 inch thick, it's not going to look clunky at the coffee shop (that said, it's still not a head-turner like the Acer Aspire S7 or Lenovo's own Yoga ultrabook).

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