If you are yet unable to decide whether to buy a tablet or a laptop, and portability is one of your top considerations, then the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist might just the perfect device for you and your company. Formerly, you need to purchase separate devices for your different needs. For example if you need to have a portable gaming or productivity gadget that is larger than the smartphone, then you have to purchase a tablet. Meanwhile, if you find tablets too slow for your more demanding needs, then you need the help of laptops.
Sometimes, it is uncomfortable to carry in your bags different gadgets for different uses. Good thing that there is such a thing as convertible laptop, which is a laptop whose screen can be detached, its keyboard folded back or slipped behind the screen, or has a small center swivel that can be rotated. Convertible laptops are currently enjoying an increasing popularity, what with the portability and versatility that it provides users.
Among the latest convertibles to enter the market this year is the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist. Lenovo seems to be bent on producing more and more convertible Windows 8 devices, with the ThinkPad Twist just as addition to the Yoga, Lynx and Helix series that has already been released by the tech comm company.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist in a Flash
The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is a convertible laptop that runs the Windows 8 Pro operating system. This is a good choice for businessmen on-the-go who still cannot decide whether to purchase a tablet or a laptop or both.
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This convertible device is equipped with a modest processor—the last generation Intel processor, not the Haswell series that are excellent for lightweight laptops. The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is the business equivalent of the more all-around ThinkPad Yoga.
The Specifications of the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist
When it comes to design, this device differs from other convertibles in the sense that it can be folded back to make a tablet while at the same time it has a small swiveling hinge located at the center that allows you to rotate the screen. Practically, you can spin the ThinkPad Twist’s screen around.
Sporting a 12.5” IPS screen—an uncommon size for a laptop—the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist boasts of a display resolution of 1366 x 768p. It is also a little hefty for an Ultrabook of its size, weighing 1.6kg. Apparently, this convertible is difficult to operate with one hand, even on tablet mode. The screen is sturdy, though, since it is covered by Gorilla Glass.
In terms of display specs, this laptop offers you a close to 180-degree viewing. It is stunningly bright and has rich colors. You can also set up this laptop in a “tent” mode, using the keyboard panel of the device as a stand. Thus, the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is perfect for impromptu presentations.
With regard to security issues, this device comes with a USB Blocker that protects your files from unauthorized access. This device is also business-specific, running on Windows 8 Pro coupled with Solutions For Small Business software developed by Lenovo.
Meanwhile, the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist possesses a keyboard that is comfortable to use even for extended periods. One letdown is that the 80 x 55mm trackpad might be small for your taste. There is also a traditional trackpoint located in the center of the keyboard.
When it comes to performance, the Lenovo Twist has an updated Intel Core i5 processor clocked a 1.8GHz. This is coupled with an Ivy Bridge series. The entry-level model, however, sports a downgraded 4GB onboard memory, down from the previous 8GB. You can opt to buy a more powerful version. Buy paying a little extra, you can get a Core i7 processor clocked at 2GHz that comes with 8GB of internal memory. Meanwhile, the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist’s battery can last up to a paltry 3 hours and 45 minutes of continuous streaming.