Lenovo ThinkPad Helix hands-on: Rip and Flip

Jan 6, 2013
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This week we've gotten both our first introduction to the newest in Lenovo's Windows 8 wares and a first hands-on experience with gems such as the ThinkPad Helix. This machine is one of the new breed of transformable tablet PCs running full Windows 8 with a touchscreen monitor and full keyboard, but it's got a bonus: you can flip it around backward and plug it back in the other way around.

What we've seen on this strange beast is a surprisingly thin machine overall (believe it or not) combined with a full notebook ride. While we've not had an extended time to see the way it'll be working in the wild - in our laps, of course - but here at CES 2013 it seems like a rather realistically styled offering. The "Rip and Flip" experience isn't half bad, either.

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What you do is push down the button on the lower left of the display, pull it out, use it as a tablet, and replace it backwards in its keyboard dock home. With this ability you're able to treat the machine as not just a notebook and a tablet, but as a stand-up touch PC as well. This is the newest of several ways you can work with a touch-capable Lenovo machine these days, folks, what will they bring on next?

Have a peek at the full Lenovo ThinkPad Helix details as they appeared earlier today here on SlashGear and let us know what you think - and get pumped for the full release later this year, too! Also hit up our full CES portal for more hands-on and up to the second updates all week long!


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