Lenovo ThinkPad Twist S230u: Impressions of a Windows 8 convertible

With the launch of Windows 8, Lenovo has been consistent in launching some impressive computing devices with a few not-seen-before features. The IdeaTab lynx, ThinkPad Tablet 2 and the IdeaPad Yoga are a few of them. An addition to this unique line of products is the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist. This interesting convertible device can have its screen do a 360” flip and turn into a tablet with the screen above the keypad. It holds interest for users who are looking for a heavy-duty device which can plug along both as a tablet and a laptop.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist, also known as ThinkPad Edge Twist, runs on the Windows 8 Pro platform and bears resemblance to earlier ThinkPad devices by the looks of its keyboard with the characteristic red nipple controller and a touchpad with buttons at the top but throws a good surprise with the functionalities of the screen.

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist Review

Powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, the ThinkPad Twist is commendable on its technical side but may turn out to be a bit heavy and chunky for users who may prefer to use it as a tablet for a longer time. Sporting a 128GB SSD, this hybrid device come with 8GB of RAM but can also be configured to 4GB of RAM with 500GB HDD space. This makes it up for a power-house computing device in a tablet/laptop form.

The ThinkPad Twist boasts of a 12.5 inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1366X768. It comes with Intel HD 4000 graphics support and dual USB 3.0 ports. It also supports Bluetooth 4.0 and has a front-camera of 720p situated on the top-middle of the screen. Weighing in 3.48 pounds (1.58 kg), this product from Lenovo sports a thickness of 0.79 inches. On the battery front, the ThinkPad Twist does a really good job, chipping in 7 hours as battery life.

For users who are looking for a Windows 8 laptop which can do all of their desktop computing tasks at ease and then later quickly turn into a tablet for some light tasks like playing movies, browsing web etc. without worrying about the weight and width of the device, the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is the best bet.

The Lenovo Twist is available in 3 models with varying specs:

  • Windows 8 on Intel Core i3-3217U Processor  ($829)
  • Windows 8 on Intel Core i5-3317U Processor   ($899)
  • Windows 8 Pro on Intel Core i7-3517U Processor ($1079)

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist S230u Price

The Lenovo Twist S230u 12.5-Inch Ultrabook with Intel Core i5-3317U Processor is available at $899 and is indeed a good-value-for-money convertible, running Windows 8.

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