ThinkPad Helix 2 Discussion Thread

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  1. Steve B

    Steve B Moderator Moderator

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    True, but the other keyboard with a flexible angel does seem to have a trackpoint with dedicated buttons, which is a BIG selling point to me. Who wants a fixed angle keyboard anyways? I guess there are people out there who might prefer it, but if I was going to buy a keyboard attaché but, first thing I'd want is variable angles.
     
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    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    No argument there from me, just thought I'd include this picture here. I'm looking forward to hearing more about the weight of the three keyboard combo's.
     
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    Fair enough re: weight. I anticipate a heavy keyboard for the "real deal". Perhaps 3-4 lbs total, combined with the tablet. Acceptable to me, if it really provides something. I want the tablet thin and light, but I don't need my laptop that light, honestly. Not at the expense of real functionality (like balance, extra batteries, silo, fans, etc). Well, we'll just have to wait and see for now.... :)
     
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    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Looking back at an old wish list I hope they at least implemented backlit keys and included some kind of card slot. And if it's 3 lbs with full keyboard attached, I might have to take the plunge.
     
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  5. dceggert

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    I agree 98%. I am enjoying my Helix 1 very much but the lack of a backlit keyboard made typing difficult on a recent trip in a dark motorhome. The lack of a card reader is solved for me with the 256 GB SSD; I sync to my 128 GB microSD card with a USB reader which I can then pop into my other devices pretty quickly...I don't miss it at all anymore.

    On a recent family trip I had more questions using my Helix 1 then all the questions I ever had with my Elitepads. Most of the questions with the Elitepads were usually 'phablet' related but the questions on the Helix were more 'is that a Surface?' The question was usually followed by how much the individual did not like the keyboard on the Surface but they loved the keyboard on the Helix. I was demonstrating the removable screen, stand mode, tablet+ mode, and slate mode many times a day. The adjustable angle keybaord with the trackpoint is the way to go if you type a lot. The lighter weight one may be good too for carrying it in your bag 'just in case' if you intend to use it more in slate mode. I use mine in slate mode about 80% of the time and carry the keyboard 'just in case.' So far I really like the form factor.
     
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  6. AveSharia

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    I could definitely let go of the silo if it means the digitizer is always on. For now the only thing the silo does for me is act as a switch for my fujitsu pen. I can count on one hand the times I've used the mini-stylus!

    Wouldn't mind less heat, so long as it can still run PS CC as well as or better than Helix I. I would have very much preferred a larger screen or different aspect ratio, but what can ya do. :/
     
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    e-schreiber ƒ(x) / fashion Senior Member

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    I'm getting more and more enamored with the Helix. It's expensive, but it has a bunch of ports....and a silo....and a real keyboard (included in the price)! Too bad they didn't give the keyboard adjustable angles. Man, that was such a crime! It's an expensive business machine, after all!!!
     
  8. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    I'm probably misreading, but just in case: the original Helix AND the leaked Helix 2 offer a rigidly attachable keyboard with variable screen angle. For the new model (from OP):

    lenovo_thinkpad_helix48kst.jpg
     
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    My fault. I wasn't clear. Its keyboard doesn't adjust much. I've seen the videos and the keyboard probably opens to a maximum of some 115 degrees.
     
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    Officially announced as Broadwell / Core M: Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix returns with a thinner design and longer battery life

    Also with regards to keyboard:

     
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