Lenovo has been keeping up with the latest in technology innovation first it introduced the Yoga 13 now keeping up the trend it has introduced the ThinkPad Twist. As the name suggests this is yet another ultrabook that can twist to work as a tablet too. The mechanism works on center rotating hinge that holds up the monitor and twists to double up as a tab as well. As for the pricing factor, you may be surprised to find out that it is tagged at $899. Powered with Windows 8 hybrid incorporating an Intel Core i5 processor this ultrabook is pretty impressive on the technology front.
Let us find out other exciting aspects about this ultrabook.
The Twist sports a black chassis that exudes a soft-touch feel. Weighing at 3.48 lbs. it measures 0.8 inch, comparatively it is rather bulky next to a tablet. This ultrabook seems aptly designed for enterprise, as its flexibility form factor is what makes it appealing to the business users. It includes plenty ports like HDMI, USB 3.0 version, microphone/headphone jack, Ethernet connectivity, SIM slot and a 4-in-1 card reader. The only thing missing seems to the optical drive input, however, you may overlook this fact as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity is included.
The design of keyboard is shaped in island-style. You may find the keys a bit awkward as the keys are in U shape. Interestingly, the entire keyboard is spill proof. Additionally, you will see four control buttons for facilitating Windows 8 utility like Search, Current Apps, Settings and Apps menus.
Inclusion of TrackPoint is another thing to look for in the physical form. It is incorporated to facilitate pointing stick that is touch responsive. You may find it better than the touchpad and prefer using the pointing stick instead. However if you want to use multi-touch gestures then it is advisable to use touch pad as the stick may need repeated efforts for performing the same functionality.
As far as the twist is concerned, you can use the Stand mode easily for making presentations or viewing a video. Apart from this, you can still use the touch pad and keyboard after twisting it.
The audio and visuals are good; you might be disappointed at the pixel resolution at 1,366×768 with Gorilla Glass for resisting scratches. Nonetheless, with 12.5-inch (IPS) display you can still expect decent content display in the laptop mode. You can easily carry on with video conference with 720p Webcam located at the top of the screen.
You will find many bloat ware pre-installed on the ThinkPad like Kindle, eBay, Accuweather.com and Rara.com. As for security, you will find the Norton Internet Security popping up most of the time until you disable notifications. Other additions include Office Starter by Microsoft, Skype, SugarSync, Evernote and Skitch. Additionally, you will discover Lenovo’s own software incorporating in-house programs. For example, the Lenovo Solutions (small business) dashboard, where you will find various tools for managing data, USB security features, entertainment media security and automated power on/off settings.
Other things include useful tools that facilitate in enhancing user experience. Tools like Location awareness option for customizing home page and another tool by battery stretch helps extending the battery backup are useful.
In conclusion to what is said above Lenovo Twist is an ultrabook / tablet that is impressive in its designing and functionality. The gadget is useful and the price tag too falls in the budget friendly range. The audio and display are good, video chat is crisp and clear with 720p. The 4GB of RAM and Core i5 processor are additional positive aspects of this ultrabook. Additionally, the Twist can be appreciated for the controls that are excellent as compared to Yoga 13. Even if you are using the Twist with its hybrid mode, you will not risk exposing the keyboard.
The Twist is a hybrid ultrabook packed with Windows 8 along with business utility tools. These features make it more desirable to those who are looking for an enterprise friendly machine.