ThinkPad Helix 2 Discussion Thread

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  1. rirawin

    rirawin Scribbler - Standard Member

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    I got one coming through for an excellent price for a top line model, beats even the recent released tablets with core m money wise for what I got. My only gripe is the 16:9 ratio, I had a Companion and was never a huge fan of that in portrait mode and I can easily see the same thing happening. However, this is tempered with the fact I did get a bargain
     
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  2. rirawin

    rirawin Scribbler - Standard Member

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    It arrive!!

    I'm in love at the moment, I just snagged a top end model with all the 4G, Pro keyboard, stylus max memory and processor for an insane price. Plus its EMR!!!

    I had a thinkpad yoga 12, and while I did like it I just wasn't comfortable having the keyboard sit on the desk where it could pick up dust, etc. The Helix solves that issue with being detachable, the only gripe is the 16:9 aspect ratio however, even in portrait mode its wider than my 10.1 2014 Note for drawing so it shouldn't make a huge difference. Plus I was hoping I could lay the tablet and keyboard completely flat, but it seems you can't do that.

    At the moment battery life is fantastic, drawing is great, the m processor is handling my 300dpi photoshop files with no issues at all. Plus its silent, which is freaking cool so no more fan noise.
     
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    Just picked up a refurb for $499, its the 5Y10/4gb/128gb unit with the Pro keyboard. So far this thing has far exceeded my expectations coming from an Asus Vivotab Note 8. I prefer something in the 8-10" range but $500 for a Dell 5855 or HP 608 with an atom cpu and emmc in this day and age? no thanks!

    I think I actually prefer the 16:9/10? aspect ratio when in portrait mode. I can view an entire webpage with no scrolling... with the 4:3 and 3:2 ratios, I dont think there is enough of a difference between landscape and portrait for there to be a point to even swap.

    Only thing I would change is allowing the hinge to open up a smidge more and also redistributing the weight of the batteries in the pro keyboard to the front so its more stable in clamshell mode. Oh and a dedicated stylus silo would be nice. Very happy with the performance of the 5Y10, it seems snappier than the 5Y71 in my wifes Macbook im guessing due to thermal throttling.
     
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    Mi An Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I snagged a second ultrabook pro (yes, really the pro, hinged, battery packing backlit) keyboard on ebay for $30... and though it does have a small crack on one corner it is generally in very good condition and works perfectly :vbeek: actually it holds my helix 2 more firmly than my first board (my original flexes/creaks a little at the point of docking when I close it or adjust the angle).

    My Helix has always had a hissing noise when power is passing from the keyboard to the tablet, either because it's plugged in from the keyboard plug or running off the keyboard's battery. Same for both my pro keyboards. I plug it in from the tablet port or the keyboard battery runs out and the noise goes away. That's handy to know if you're near an outlet, but less useful on the go. The noise isn't noticeable if there's other background noise, but when everything else is quiet it annoys. Anyone else deal with and/or fix this?
     
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    The chargers are very similar but the Helix 2 connector is much smaller.


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  6. Nathan_Mercer

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    Heyho,

    bought myself a new Helix 2 but it seems my power is draining way to quickly (only have the normal keyboard). It should have around 8h of power, but even if i have 100% it's telling me i have 6h left (and that is when power saving mode is on and I'm not using it at all -> idle) the moment i start using it, it drains the battery like nothing (using one note apparently drains the battery twice as fast ~ 3h. I'm very disappointed because I'm doing nothing but taking notes :/
    Someone encountering the same problem?
     
  7. HJK

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    I though the Helix 2nd Gen was AES. Can anyone confirm if this is EMR? I'm about to make an offer on one.
    Thanks!
     
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    EMR for sure.
     
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    Would you guys still recommend the Helix 2 nowadays? Would it be a good upgrade from my x220T? All I need is to use OneNote and read pdfs.
     
  10. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    It very much depends on the price. If you want to be able to detach the screen but also need a laptop mode, then maybe. If you don't need laptop mode I think there are better low-cost options available right now, including the Surface line. I think in terms of CPU you wouldn't win much, and you might even lose. X220t has a full voltage CPU iirc, while the Helix has a low voltage CPU = less powerful.
     
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