ThinkPad Helix 2 Discussion Thread

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  1. ibmthink

    ibmthink Scribbler - Standard Member

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    All the docks shown there are preproduction - the actual production will come with dedicated buttons.
     
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    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    So to summarize:

    Pros of Helix 2 over Helix 1:
    - Thinner tablet
    - Micro SD card slot
    - Significantly lighter in laptop mode (with ultrabook KB)
    - Backlit keys (pro KB only)
    - Wider range of screen angles (pro KB only)
    - Trackpoint + buttons are back (pro KB only)
    - Fingerprint reader
    - Eraser on the pen
    - Runs cooler

    Pros of Helix 1 over Helix 2:
    - Likely more processing power
    - Cheaper
    - Silo on slate

    Am I missing any?
     
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    scoobie Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Launch date?
     
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    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    scoobie Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Why is the tablet in Helix 2 heavier than in Helix 1? What were they thinking? The whole idea of Intel m is lightweight windows tablets
     
  6. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Just barely, which I think they did to give the slate alone longer battery life.

    Much more exciting: the tablet plus keyboard combo now weighs 3 lbs, down from 3.5 lbs for version 1. That's pretty great.

    Correction: the slate + pro KB weighs 3.7 lbs, so basically the same as Helix 1. Boo :mad:
    Slate + ultrabook KB does weigh 3 lbs
     
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    bloodycape confused Senior Member

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    Does the lightweight keyboard at least come with a usb port?
     
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    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Yes, but it's USB2, see right hand side of the product page.
     
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  9. Steve B

    Steve B Moderator Moderator

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    Personally, I can handle a thick, heavy keybaord dock-- as long as it gives me what I want as a laptop. Ports, variable screen angles (since the base has to be heavy enough not to tip backward, etc.

    The only real crit I have so far (since no one knows if it's going to run hot or how powerful it's really going to be yet).... is that there's no real silo on the Pro Keyboard. That's just plain dumb. Why would they include one on the cheap version,but not the pro version? I'd very happily take a little angled bump, or extra thickness behind/ below the screen, if it meant I got a full-sized silo on the keyboard. That would make it just about damn near perfect.

    Sigh. Well, the rest of it seems very very nice, so it'll probably be forgiveable.
     
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    bloodycape confused Senior Member

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    So the tablet itself has a usb3 while the standard dock has a usb2, right?

    How much batter life is HP promising for the X2 612 sans keyboard? I'd probably go Lenovo because I've had great experience with ThinkPad Support. Don't know much about HP business support.
     
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