Lenovo ThinkPad Twist S230u-33474HU
SpecificationsNotebook: Lenovo ThinkPad Twist S230u-33474HU (ThinkPad Twist Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 12.5 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 900 euro
Average of 14 scores (from 17 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist S230u-33474HU
Windows 8 with a twist. Lenovo’s unique ThinkPad Twist adopts the x-series’ design of a swivel-mounted screen alongside all the obligatory ThinkPad traits. But can it fulfill its intended role as a practical next-gen alternative to a conventional business notebook?
One of the few things I wish was different in the ThinkPad Twist was its display. I felt that it didn’t impress enough with its screen size and its brightness as it was difficult to use when in direct sunlight. Its 12.5-inch display felt small, especially when the Twist features such a large bezel for its screen. Hopefully Lenovo might want to consider equipping a future Twist with a better screen.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/11/2013
Source: Comp Reviews
The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist Basic uses a well tested design for its Windows 8 convertible that works extremely well as a laptop thanks to its great keyboard and very adjustable screen. It also is surprisingly affordable for a business class touchscreen system. The problem is that its running time is far too short and it is very heavy to be used as a tablet.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/08/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: PC Pro
Apart from an excellent display and generous connectivity, then, the ThinkPad Twist provides little in the way of excitement. The pricier £999 model, which adds 3G and a speedier SSD, makes the Twist more viable for businesses, but it’s still no award-winner.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/11/2013
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 67% performance: 67% features: 67% workmanship: 67%
Source: It Pro
Lenovo combines tablet and laptop for its first hybrid ThinkPad - does the Twist offer the best of both worlds for businesses? Lenovo has joined the Windows 8 party with the Twist, a ThinkPad that uses the traditional hinged method to switch between its laptop and tablet modes, and it's a good piece of design - but, while the usual ThinkPad visuals are in place, build quality isn't quite up to scratch.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/14/2013
Rating: Total score: 67%
Source: Trusted Reviews
The snazzily named ThinkPad Twist S230U is a generally great little Windows 8 touch-enabled convertible Ultrabook in a tried and proven swivel form factor, surprisingly let down by minor build quality niggles and poor battery life, while we also miss a Wacom stylus with digitizer option. Otherwise it offers good connectivity including 3G, flexible specs, nice ergonomics and excellent usability. If you can live with the Twist’s foibles, its relatively low starting price makes it an attractive option.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/04/2013
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 90% display: 80% mobility: 40% workmanship: 70%
The ThinkPad Twist is a well designed Ultrabook Convertible for the business world with a great typing experience and offers more value to business users than the Surface RT, especially for businesses that need to run legacy apps on a device that pulls double duty as a tablet and a notebook. While the ThinkPad Twist is more unwieldy than an iPad, it does offer more in out of the box productivity for businesses.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/02/2013
Source: Mobile Tech Review
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 since it came out: the price is very reasonable, the laptop offers capable performance, a sharp and bright IPS display, a fantastic keyboard and Lenovo's usual sturdy build quality.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/30/2012
Rating: Total score: 75%
Source: PC Perspective
There were a few areas of concern with the Twist, even after the stellar user experience I had with the device. After initial inspection, it seemed an odd design choice on Lenovo's part to not allow user accessibility to the system memory or battery. Memory and hard drive upgrades are one of the easiest ways to increase a laptop's performance, so not being able to easily access the system memory for an upgrade could affect the long-term viability of the product. I also had issues with the placement of the USB ports, one on each side of the ultrabook. If you want to use a device that requires two connections, one for power and one for data transmission, then you will need to have some type of USB extension for one of the cables.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/21/2012
Source: Computer Shopper
What's old is new again with Lenovo's ThinkPad Twist. The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist sports an old-school design that fits the new-school Windows 8 like a glove. It shines as the first Win 8 hybrid with a firm business focus, but the ultrabook's scanty battery life could turn off frequent travelers.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/14/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is a solid notebook that offers the performance and utility needed from a business notebook. The ability to easily switch between different modes in conjunction with the display's wide viewing angles makes the ThinkPad perfect for everything from casual web browsing to presenting information in a meeting. The device is also easy to transport thanks to its light and durable design.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/14/2012
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 50% features: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: ITNews Australia
The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is a 12.5-inch ultrabook/tablet hybrid computer built specifically for Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is not particularly powerful when compared to other ultrabooks on the market and some aspects of the design feel underbaked. That said, this is a highly versatile Windows 8 laptop that will suit business users migrating to the new OS.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/13/2012
Source: PC Mag
In summation, the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist excels at some things (keyboard, familiar layout, screen quality), yet is middling at others (battery life, weight, five-point touch). It lacks the ThinkPad X230t's included stylus and stylus support, so it's certainly not as capable as that Editors' Choice laptop. At this price point, the Editors' Choice for ultrabooks the Toshiba Portege Z935-P300 is still a better choice, since for the time being Windows 8 and it's touch functions aren't a must have for the small business. However, if you want to be ahead of the curve and start using Windows 8 for business or development, then the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist and its cousin the IdeaPad Yoga are decent choices. Try them both out at a big box store and see how they feel. Both have merits and drawbacks to their respective designs, but both work as clamshell laptops that can work part time as tablets.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/13/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: PC Advisor
Although the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist has its flaws, it does what it's designed to do very well. That is, it's 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 side for systems in its class, but it's nothing to be too concerned about. The twisty screen is particularly useful if you're working with someone and you want to quickly show them what's going on on your screen (assuming they're sitting on your left – the screen only twists one way). And of course, the spill-proof keyboard and mobile data option are great for traveling businesspeople. Don't get me wrong – the ThinkPad Twist has some issues, and it's not designed for entertainment. But if you're just looking for a business tablet-Ultrabook hybrid, then this laptop is definitely worth a look.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/12/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC World
Although the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist has its flaws, it does what it’s designed to do very well. That is, it’s a fantastic business-oriented tablet-Ultrabook hybrid, and it’s a great choice for a business user. Don’t get me wrong – the ThinkPad Twist has some issues, and it’s not designed for entertainment. But if you’re just looking for a business tablet-Ultrabook hybrid, then this laptop is definitely worth a look.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/10/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Digital Trends
We weren’t surprised to find that Lenovo’s new convertible is a good laptop. The company’s experience in this area has paid off with Microsoft’s move towards touchscreen devices. No other convertible on the market can match the value proposition of the Twist. The Twist is a great laptop, even when the convertible hinge is taken out of the equation.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/06/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
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.Slightly less conservative-feeling than the average ThinkPad, the well-made ThinkPad Twist offers one of the better tablet modes from the first wave of Windows 8 convertibles.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/30/2012
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 60%
Source: Laptop Mag
At first glance, the ThinkPad Twist has a lot of things going for it: a luxurious soft-touch design, a keyboard with the best tactile feedback on the market, a colorful responsive touch screen and solid performance. However, we wouldn't recommend any ultraportable notebook that gets just four and a half hours of battery life and that goes double for a tablet, which is supposed to be used on the go.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/21/2012
Rating: Total score: 50%
Intel HD Graphics 4000: Processor graphics card in the high end Ivy Bridge models. Offers a different clock speed in the different CPU models (ULV to desktop quad core) and therefore a different performance.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
3317U: Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.7 - 2.6 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1050 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Lenovo: Lenovo Group Limited is China's largest and the world's fourth largest personal computer manufacturer. Lenovo produces desktops, laptops, servers, handheld computers, imaging equipment, and mobile phone handsets. Lenovo also provides information technology integration and support services, and its QDI unit offers contract manufacturing. Its executive headquarters are located in China and USA. It is incorporated in Hong Kong. Lenovo was formed in 1984 as a spin-off of the Chinese Academy of Sciences new technology unit. The company initially began as a reseller, distributor and later CM for foreign brands, including IBM, entering the Chinese market. In 1990, Lenovo started to manufacture its own PCs and by 1997 became the market leader in China. In 2004, Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business for $1.25billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %
70.64%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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