ThinkPad Helix looks promising

Discussion in 'Lenovo (IBM)' started by JoeS, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. stoneseeker

    stoneseeker Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    It's not just artists that benefit from full voltage CPU's. Engineers, Drafters, and buyers using complex math programs and voice dictation programs all need more CPU power than a ULV can give... there's plenty of more reasons too.

    It's weird that in this era, my T902 is considered too "bulky" by the average consumer, but being 4.1 lbs. and this versatile is LIGHT and MOBILE compared to any laptop I have seen or used with even close to the same power. My last laptop was a 17" Sattelite Pro from Toshiba and it was twice as heavy, monstrous footprint, and only had a fraction of the power of my Fujitsu.

    All things in perspective, I don't understand why the full voltage processors and their slightly larger more robust forms are getting the boot when they are barely a compromise in mobility or ease of use. I think there are plenty of people out there who need the power, but settle with the desktops for their "real"work, and then try their best to use and justify these ULV or android devices as supplementary work tools.
     
  2. czm2000

    czm2000 Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Amen to that.
     
  3. Erik Latranyi

    Erik Latranyi Scribbler - Standard Member

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    The gap is closing. It will not be long before you have the processing strength you need in a low power consumption CPU.
     
  4. arvindsond

    arvindsond Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Yeah this looks great, I was pretty much set on the samsung ativ pro, but to be honest the few reviews that have popped through they've have led me to believe that something better is on the way, and this Helix might just be it.
    Just a couple of questions for me is (not sure if anyone knows the answer to these) but for a digital artist:

    - how many levels of pressure will the pen support
    - and can we use artDock/paintDock or something similar when using software like photoshop and zbrush, because you dont want to keep accessing the keyboard you need some sort of on screen overlay

    Thanks

    Arvind!
     
  5. Steve B

    Steve B Moderator Moderator

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    Pressure sensitivity will be like all the other tablet pc's I would presume, and Artrdock currently only works on a few select Win7 devices, afaik-- the ep121, a thinkpad of some sort, and S7. You're not the only one who would like Artdock on a new Win8 slate. I'm surprised it hasn't been brought up more, as I think it would make these machines fantastically more productive.
     
  6. arvindsond

    arvindsond Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Exactly, I mean what is the point of an ultrabook tablet if you have to keep converting back to the keyboard to use shortcuts on more of the powerful softwares (which is what the ultrabooks are aimed at anyway)
    Really hope someone converts the artDock or makes something similar, would benefit many programs, not just for digital artists

    Arvind!
     
  7. Zeelobby

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    Exactly, Haswell. If rumored performance/power consumption of the new Haswell Intel chips is true than I wouldn't be surprised if Lenovo is waiting to announce that the Helix will be using those chips (maybe during the upcoming CES). Of course that means that it probably won't be available til summer or fall, but if it can add several hours to the device and compete closely with current i5/i7 chips than it would be worth the wait.
     
  8. Zeelobby

    Zeelobby Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    And Boom, right on queue: Leaked chart appears to spill beans on Intel's Haswell desktop CPU range

    Looks like some pretty solid chips, will have to see what their performance is, but I have high hopes that powerful low-powered alternatives to current ULV chips will be on the way soon.
     
  9. Bloody Nokia Adept

    Bloody Nokia Adept Trackpoint Diehard

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    There is a User's Guide leaked at Lenovo Chinese site http://webdoc.lenovo.com.cn/lenovow...ad X1 Helix 和ThinkPad X1 Helix 3G用户指南V1.0.pdf

    It says:
     
  10. digitallysane

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    So from the PDF I get that this Helix thing is the succesor to X1, not to the X2x0 line.
     
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