1. Sales & Marketing
  2. Finances
  3. Your Team
  4. Technology
  5. Social Media
  6. Security
Product and service reviews are conducted independently by our editorial team, but we sometimes make money when you click on links. Learn more.
Grow Your Business Technology

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix: An Improved Tablet for Business

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix: An Improved Tablet for Business
<strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-36984SU-11-6-Inch-Detachable-Touchscreen/dp/B00BBLEYXQ/?&amp;tag=businessnewsdaily-20">BUY Lenovo ThinkPad Helix (2014) &gt;&gt;&gt;</a> </strong> / Credit: Lenovo

There's a new ThinkPad in town — and it's a much improved convertible ultrabook for business users. Lenovo introduced this month its new ThinkPad Helix, the company's second 2-in-1 detachable ThinkPad, which originally came out in 2013. Offering several improvements from its predecessor, the new 2014 ThinkPad Helix could be the Windows 8 tablet hybrid your business is looking for.

Design improvements

The original Lenovo ThinkPad Helix was problematic for two reasons: its thick build and unusually warm temperatures, which even its built-in cooling fans couldn't handle. This new version fixes these issues with a thinner build and low-power processor.

At only .38 inches thick, the 2014 ThinkPad Helix features a 15 percent slimmer chassis and weighs 1.8 lbs. It is also now powered by the new Core M CPU, a more efficient processor that doesn't need active cooling and produces much less heat than the previous Helix's Core i5 processor. This upgrade eliminates the need for any built-in fans on both the tablet and keyboard, allowing for the much thinner design. [Best Tablets for Business: 2014 Edition]


In addition to the Core M processor, the ThinkPad Helix will come with SSD and RAM options, a 2-megapixel webcam and a 5-megapixel rear camera. It is also equipped with an active stylus, which comes in handy when you want to take quick notes using its handwriting-recognition feature.

This device doesn't skimp on visuals either. It features a Full HD 11.6-inch, 1920 x 1080, 10-point touch screen display that's "bright, colorful and responsive," reports LAPTOP.


The new ThinkPad Helix will come with two types of keyboard docks: the Ultrabook Keyboard and Ultrabook Pro Keyboard. Both keyboards instantly transform the tablet into a front- or back-facing notebook.

The basic Ultrabook Keyboard comes with the device and includes a key travel, large clickpad and a stylus slot. The drawback to this keyboard, however, is that it doesn't have any hinges. This means you can't fold it into the tablet like a clamshell as you would a notebook; you'll have to place the tablet on top of the keyboard to "close" the device.

If you need more from your keyboard, consider the Ultrabook Pro Keyboard — available in January — which has a TrackPoint stick and offers more flexibility. Its snap-in hinge lets you attach the tablet into either a Tent or Stand Mode, or you can fold it closed just like a regular laptop.

Battery life

In tablet form, the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix will last you roughly 8 hours with regular use, which may not be enough for heavy users or those who need to stay productive beyond typical work hours. For a longer battery life, check out the Ultrabook Pro Keyboard, which increases the battery life to 12 hours when attached.

Cost and availability

Unlike its $1,649 predecessor, the new Lenovo Helix is much cheaper at $999. It is expected to hit stores in October.

Originally published on Business News Daily

Sara Angeles

Sara is a Los Angeles-based tech writer for Business.com, Business News Daily and Tom's IT Pro. A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, she has worked as a freelance writer and copywriter for tech publications, lifestyle brands and nonprofit organizations in the Southern California area and throughout the U.S. Sara joined the Purch team in 2013.