"I've ordered my Lenovo Thinkpad Helix they day they were available. I've had mine for several months now and I love it. There are a few minor cons like no backlit keyboard and the fact that the screen when in laptop mode doesn't recline back further, but those minor inconveniences are noise when compared to everything this hybrid latop / tablet does well.
I have the 8GB model with the Core i7 processor and 256GB SSD. It boots up in about 8 seconds and gives me about 8 hours of very usable battery life when docked with the keyboard.
The keyboard has a great feel to it and the touch screen is responsive with excellent viewing angles. The two USB 3.0 ports on the back of the keyboard dock are great and the mini-display port is an added nice-to-have when connecting to dual-external monitors."
"it is the best convertible i have ever seen. with great performance and batterylife. but every helix owner have a problem. screen displays ghosting, image sticking and burn-in. Just wait on desktop for a minute and than turn back to windows retro UI (with blue background, otherweise cant see the difference good). voila! look to corners. i have internet explorer logo in leftdown corner. thats normal for a 2000 bucks machine... thank you lenovo. (sorry for my english) dont buy it"
"Machine is good, the specs are good. But there should be an option to have Linux flavours installed or at least support for Linux drivers. Forcing customer to buy WinCrap is not always a good idea. SSDs are cheaper now but still offering the lowest space in this price is not a great deal. Upgrade to good SDD space to 250GB is almost $200, and you can buy this much of SSD space under $170 now. Last but not the least, the lenovo Keyboard they are bragging about, usually starts deteriorating and sends funky input due to faulty designs. I have owned many thinkpads, and all end up the same way."
"Great Machine. I just hope for a Haswell refresh. Especially, now with Dell coming out with their Venue Pro 11!!! I bought my wife a Helix for work and now I want one for my self. We will see who comes to the plate 1st with a premium Haswell device. Dell, Le ovoid or even Microsoft with the Pro 2."
Pros: Warranty, Keyboard/peripherals, Build Quality, Display resolution, only pressure sensitive fullhd screen i could find
Cons: Keyboard/peripherals, no backlit keyboard, some lenovo bloatware
"I bought my Helix about a month ago in lieu of a yoga for the purpose of being a mobile creative machine. I am a video game artist who needs to do work on the road alot so I was looking for a machine with a stylus, pressure sensitive screen, 1920 1080 screen, i7, SSD, and at least 8 gigs of RAM. Obviously I had a lot of demands but this was the ONLY laptop I found that met all these demands. I searched for a month in all companies and Lenovo was the only company I really liked.
The screen is super bright and really crisp and handles Maya, Zbrush, and photoshop quite swell. Windows 8 is great if you have a touchscreen so it works fine on this device. Being able to detach this from the keyboard and still have the full power of a real computer is great when painting in photoshop."
"Lenovo did an outstanding job with this machine. I upgraded to the Helix after 2 years on a T230 and have no regrets. Resolution is awesome and the touch display is responsive. I've been using it for nearly a month and have already started taking advantage of the touch display even in laptop mode. It could definitely use a backlit keyboard and it would be nice to have a good dock option."
Cons: fan is a little loud when paired with keyboard
"This is a great ultrabook. I miss the ports and fingerprint scanner, but its nothing a few extra bucks couldn't fix. The mobility is amazing and with the accessories offered, the possibilities are virtually limitless. The battery life is strong compared to others out on the market and the material is robust, strong, and pleasingly clean to the eye. The flap on the back is a tad cumbersome at times, but hides important features like the button to release the unit from tablet plus, stand or clamshell mode to tablet mode as well as the lock keyhole located on the opposite side that can be pulled out. It took me a while to find this. The pen is a great advantage for note-taking. Great product."
"I love this device in most ways, but was severely dissappointed to discover AFTER my purchase that the 3 g service was NOT Lenovo Mobile Access. LMA is a great service for those of us who only want 3g when no wifi is available. The ATT service is very expensive and requires ongoing monthly payments instead of pay as you go. The LMA service is not compatible with the erickson device in the Helix, so there's no way to fix this unless Lenovo is willing to convince ATT to provide a similar service at similar rates. I dont see this happening. For those of you out there who really only want an emergency backup 3g, dont make the 200+ dollar mistake that I made on this already expensive and mostly wonderful device! Skip the 3g unless you want to pay every month for continuous service"
"I have been using the Helix for about 2 months now and must say that I love the product. It is fast, sleek, and versatile.
BUT, it seriously needs the HASWELL processor. The Helix gets SOOOO HOT even when you have just a couple Windows open. It gets especially hot when you play any videos or games. I am very thankful I have a 3 year full coverage warranty because it is conceivable that the CPU will burn itself out."
"The product is great, but I wish it also allows us to put the tablet panel onto the keyboard part in a manner where the shorter side of the panel plugs into the keyboard; that is, it will be great it if allows us to put the tablet panel into the keyboard in the "portrait" position so that it is convenient to read articles (which are using in the "portrait" format similar to books) while being able to use the keyboard to write notes."
Cons: Storage, no sd card slot, no mobile broadband for 1st buyers, confusing documentation online due to changes
"This ultrabook is only missing one feature. Otherwise it has everything I wanted that was available. It would have been nice to have a new Intel series4 i7 (Haswell) but I've waited long enough.
The design that provides dual battery was brilliant. You get a real laptop & a great tablet with Windows 8 Pro. I just can't believe about a week later AFTER I placed my order mobile broadband is available. I have a worthless sim card slot.
As my title indicates the single glaring omission from this system is a SD or microSD slot. Especially with a SSD for the boot/primary drive having a 2nd drive is so important. Besides multimedia data I would prefer to set an alternate drive for my virtual memory and temp drive. That would cut done on writes to the SSD and extend it's life."