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Lenovo Helix 2 Core Intel Core M 1.2GHz 4GB 128GB SSD 11.6" Laptop

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2 Intel Core M 1.2GHz 4GB Mar 2015
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18 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as it.

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Quite Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

At 16 gigabytes, the Lenovo Helix has a quite big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age. The smallest maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of 2 in 1 laptops that came out around the same time as the Helix is 1.7GB, the biggest is 16GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 11GB.

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Lenovo Has Good Portable PC Reviews

On average Lenovo 2 in 1 laptops have good reviews as do all portable PCs manufactured by Lenovo.

1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

This notebook PC has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo Helix has a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other laptops of this age and type which do not have a full-size keyboard.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other 2 in 1 laptops that came out more than a year ago, the Lenovo Helix has a front camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative portable PCs with a front camera currently available including because of it's better review score, the HP Spectre x360.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo Helix supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most similar spec portable PCs that were released around the same time as it. This portable PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all laptops of this age and type.

A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst comparable types of portable PC.

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SSD Storage Medium

This laptop has an SSD storage medium, which is typical of many portable PCs of this spec and age. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

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Fairly Long Battery Life

At 8 hours, the Lenovo Helix has a fairly long battery life compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the Helix. The shortest battery life of 2 in 1 laptops that were launched around the same time as the Helix is 2.2h, the longest is 18h, and the average battery life is 8.1h.

If you are looking for a longer battery life then you might want to look at the Flex 15 (9h), or the Flex 14 (9h) both from Lenovo which is also higher rated.

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HD HD Type

The HD type of this laptop is Full HD, which is typical of many laptops of a similar type and age to it.

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L3 Processor Cache

This notebook PC has a L3 processor cache, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this spec and age.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many laptops of this age and type.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and type.

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Quite High Front Camera Resolution

At 2 megapixels, the Lenovo Helix has a fairly high front camera resolution compared to most of the other 2 in 1 laptops that have been around for around the same time as the Helix. The lowest front camera resolution of similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Helix is 0.3MP, the highest is 8MP, and the average front camera resolution is 1.6MP.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other portable PCs that have been around for more than a year, the Lenovo Helix has a touch sensitive screen.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative laptops with a touch sensitive screen currently available including because of it's better review score, the Asus R554LA.

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Quite Big Cache Memory

With a cache memory of 4 megabytes, the Lenovo Helix has one of the bigger cache memories amongst 2 in 1 laptops of this age. Across all the notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the Helix the cache memories range from 1MB to 4MB, and the average cache memory is 3.1MB.

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Very Big Processor Cache

At 4 megabytes, the Lenovo Helix has a very big processor cache compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that have been available for more than a year. The processor caches of 2 in 1 laptops that have been around for around the same time as the Helix range from 1MB to 4MB, and the average processor cache is 3MB.

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Light

2 in 1 laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the Helix have weights of between 290g and 2.8kg, and the average weight is 1.6kg. At only 1.1 kilograms, the Lenovo Helix is fairly light compared to most of the other laptops that have been around for around the same time as the Helix.

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10 Reasons Against

Only One USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port

The Lenovo Helix is a one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port laptop.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The screen sizes of 2 in 1 laptops that have been available for more than a year range from 8.9" to 16", and the average screen size is 13". The Lenovo Helix has one of the smaller screen sizes (only 11.6 inches) amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age.

If this Lenovo notebook PC screen size is too small for you then you might want to look at the Lenovo Yoga 12 (12.5"), or the HP Pro X2 612 G1 (12.5").

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of only 128 gigabytes, the Lenovo Helix has one of the smaller total storage capacity amongst laptops of this age. The smallest total storage capacity of 2 in 1 laptops that came out around the same time as the Helix is 32GB, the biggest is 1.1TB, and the average total storage capacity is 380GB.

If this Lenovo laptop total storage capacity is too small for you then you might want to consider the HP Elitebook 810 G3 (180GB and higher rated).

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Very Slow Processor Clock Speed

Across all the laptops that were released more than a year ago the processor clock speeds range from 0.8GHz to 2.6GHz. With a processor clock speed of only 1.2 gigahertz, the Lenovo Helix has a fairly slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Helix.

If this 2 in 1 laptop processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might also want to look at the HP Pro X2 612 G1 (1.3GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Internal Memory

With an internal memory of only 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo Helix has one of the smaller internal memory amongst notebook PCs of this age. 2 in 1 laptops that came out around the same time as the Helix have internal memory of between 2GB and 32GB.

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Quite Low Speaker Power

With an speaker power of only 0.7 Watts, the Lenovo Helix has a very low speaker power compared to most of the other notebook PCs that are a similar age to the Helix. Notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the Helix have speaker power of between 0.64W and 8W.

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Only Two Battery Cells

Most notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the Helix have between two and seven battery cells, including the Lenovo Helix which has two battery cells.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

The Lenovo Helix is a one USB 3.0 port notebook PC. Most of the other 2 in 1 laptops that have been available for around the same time as the Helix have between one and two USB 3.0 ports.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

The Lenovo Helix is a one USB 2.0 port laptop.

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Thick

The Lenovo Helix is fairly thick (25.4 millimeters) compared to most of the other 2 in 1 laptops that were launched around the same time as the Helix. The average height of notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the Helix is 23mm, and the heights range from 7.3mm to 280mm.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo Helix

Released Over a Year Ago

Lenovo released the Helix over a year ago.

Intel Core M Processor Family

The Lenovo Helix has a better processor family than most notebook PCs of this spec and age. This Lenovo notebook PC has an Intel Core M processor family, whereas most notebook PCs that were released one year ago have an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family.

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Specification

Design
Form Factor
Market Positioning
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Colour of Product
Product Type
Intel Segment Tagging
Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
System Bus Rate
Processor Threads
Processor Boost Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Processor Lithography
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Configurable TDP-Down Frequency
Stepping
Scenario Design Power (SDP)
PCI Express Configurations
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
ECC Supported by Processor
FSB Parity
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Form Factor
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Layout (slots X Size)
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Number of SSDs Installed
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution
Touchscreen
Touchscreen Type
Touch Technology
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Panel Type
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
3D
Full HD
LED Backlight
Display Surface
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LightScribe
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Speaker Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Audio System
Camera
Rear Camera Resolution (numeric)
Auto Focus
Rear Camera
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera Resolution (numeric)
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
3G
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Micro HDMI Ports Quantity
USB Sleep-and-Charge Ports
USB Sleep-and-Charge
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
DVI Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Performance
Ambient Light Sensor
Accelerometer
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Island-Style Keyboard
Keyboard Backlit
Numeric Keypad
Windows Keys
Pointing Device
Software
Operating System Installed
Trial Software
Bundled Software
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST)
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT)
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Sets
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Embedded Options Available
Intel TSX-NI Version
Intel® Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Intel® OS Guard
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel® Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Number of Battery Cells
Battery Technology
Power
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Power
Security
Password Protection Type
Password Protection
Fingerprint Reader
Cable Lock Slot Type
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Weight (tablet Mode)
Height (tablet Mode)
Depth
Depth (tablet Mode)
Width
Width (tablet Mode)
Packaging Data
Warranty Card
AC Adapter Included
Stylus Pen
Power Cord Included
Manual
Certificates
Wi-Fi Certified
RoHS Compliance
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)
Maximum Internal Memory
Cache Memory

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Expert Reviews

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4 September 2015

In conclusion the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 2 is a good addition to any businessman on the go, but at its asking price, it may prove to be a barrier especially since it is priced well within other...

Chip.com.my

It's pricier and slower than competing laptop/tablet detachables, but Lenovo's second-generation ThinkPad Helix still makes a compelling case for itself with its all-day battery life and...

Computershopper.com

There's some much to like about the ThinkPad Helix 2015. Lenovo took a pretty interesting idea and ran with it, introducing different keyboard accessories for different kinds of users. If you're...

28 June 2015

The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 2 is a great 11.6-inch tablet and laptop, offering a useful digital pen, top-notch keyboard and long battery life...

24 June 2015

With a well-built dock featuring physical buttons and a large trackpad, very good performance, superb battery life and lashings of storage, memory and connectivity options, the Helix goes a long...

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Reviewed 27 September 2015 by DARRELL M.
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WOULD USE AGAIN HAD RELACE A OLDER SSD DRIVE THIS IS FASTER...

Easy to install just cloned from hard drive that was in my TOSHIBA

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