ThinkPad Helix looks promising

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  1. e-schreiber

    e-schreiber ƒ(x) / fashion Senior Member

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    Congratulations for the great reviews all these years. I have linked to some of them in many posts.
     
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    Thanks Lisa. Your content is among the best out there. The SD slot is nice to see.

    I'm very excited for this device. It really does seem to make fewer compromises than most hybrid devices. In particular, I love that the stand not only powers the slate, but also charges it. I also like the larger trackpad design with the integrated buttons. Its pricey, but it looks like an excellent business companion. This will probably be my next computer.

    I prefer this over the Surface Pro at this point because of the 1" of additional screen size and additional stability when using it in your lap (useful while using in a vehicle). The extra battery, pencil nib navigator, and larger trackpad are welcome, too. Lenovo's website is advertising 2 lbs. without the keyboard; Microsoft is advertising 2 lbs on the Surface Pro, so it seems they're comparable in portability.

    I am eager to see the price differences. The Surface Pro would require an additional TypeCover purchase to be comparable. I expect that would bring the base model of the helix somewhat closer in price to the Surface (though the Helix seems undoubtedly more expensive still), however apparently having the option to double the storage and RAM. We'll see!
     
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    Ok so its finally starting to look better and better, from this video the reviewer also says he sees an SD card slot. But its also dark and i have a feeling its really not an sd slot as it isnt labeled. In earlier user manual pics they label both of the matching ports to have windows info tags or something along those lines. But i have to admit im going to hope for the best, just really not expecting it. Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Hands-on at CES - YouTube

    Here you can see a better pic of the bottom, and there are two ports that look the same, two SD card slots? highly doubtful.
    http://cdn.pocket-lint.com/images/J...lix-laptop-tablet-pictures-and-hands-on-3.jpg

    Now for the good news, the users on this forum are saying it will actually be the lower powered ivybridge and it will start at 1399$ if these things are true, and it does in fact have an sd slot im in. But like everyone else, we will just wait and see. and DIG for info...
    https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Lenovo-CES-2013/I-ve-held-a-Helix-Pictures-inside/td-p/981369/page/2
     
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    Thank you so much for chiming in. Big weight off my shoulders. I love the reviews by the way. Very info filled.
     
  5. JaneL

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    There's no SD slot. I've held it and scrutinized every inch.


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    Well. I guess I just have to wait til I have one in my hands. Haha
     
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    Someone, somewhere asked me about the square corners, so I made sure to look at them when I was in the AquaKnox Lounge a little while ago. They are not sharp, but they are square. I don't think they would bother me as they're coated with the same coating as the rest of the tablet.


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    He said it was an SD card slot. Did I double-check him? I admit I didn't.
     
  9. e-schreiber

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    So I guess that settles it. The SD slot will be missed. :(



    That's good news to me since I don't need a lot of power.

    From what I could understand from the AnandTech article about this new Ivy Bridge Y, Intel achieved a lower TDP by allowing the CPU to be slowed down by the OEM. I guess that means the Helix's processor will operate on 7 or 10 watts most of the time, but will be allowed to run at its standard 13 or 17 watts TDP when the user needs it. So that talk about the fans on the keyboard-dock being there to allow over-clock was, perhaps, just "marketing speech". I mean, it appears that the Helix's CPU is not over-clockable at all. Much on the contrary, it is under-clockable! And the fans are there for the moments when the CPU is running on its normal clock... Either way is fine with me, I run my TM2-i5 on Power saver all the time.

    So how much battery-life can be reached by the slate alone when equipped with the i3 CPU and operating on 7 watts TDP? It cannot be that meager 5 hours estimate i heard yesterday from the Lenovo rep....
     
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    Anyone notice that the Lenovo website lists the Helix's availability as "Spring 2013". What happened to the February launch? Ugh, typical Lenovo...
     
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