ThinkPad Helix 2 Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Lenovo (IBM)' started by ibmthink, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. surfaceproartist

    surfaceproartist Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    The chargers are very similar but the Helix 2 connector is much smaller.


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  2. 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?
     
  3. 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!
     
  4. Mr. Boosh

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    EMR for sure.
     
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  5. ultra99

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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.
     
  6. 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.
     
  7. ultra99

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    Isn't the Core M has enough power to run OneNote and PDFs without lag?
    Compared to my Asus Vivotab 8".... i think it should be an improvement?
    The x220T is a good computer, but maybe as a laptop more than a tablet due to it's clunkiness?
     
  8. surfaceproartist

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    The Core M in the Helix 2 is two generations old but it still beats the Atom


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  9. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    I'm sure it has enough power, so if price, weight, and battery life are all ok for you, go ahead. But if you know your budget and whether you need a true laptop mode (or keyboard even), you could ask "what's the best device for my needs?". You might get some suggestions of more recent devices. Personally I'd be hesitant to buy a relatively of machine when affordable newer devices exist.
     
  10. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Both true, but just so you're aware, the i7 in the X220t handily outperforms the Core M in the Helix 2, see this comparison.
     
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