Cons: Memory, Battery, no screen protectors yet available, no stylus/digitizer pen available yet
"I love this ultrabook, was tired of the big old laptop and since having to goto windows 8, I would not settle for anything less than a touch. Well this great little device fits the bill. Battery could be better than stated as most will say. But overall for the person on the go its a great little work tool and personal tool. Battery should be able to be replaced and ram able to upgrade. Accessories needed stylus pen or degitizer pen, screen protectors....."
"Before the Lenovo Twist came out, I kept telling my coworkers, and friends, "all I want is a computer with a touch screen." After much research, Lenovo came through with all the requests and desires needed and wanted from a computer. Lenovo thought of everything. Even when plugging in the external CD player, an extra port was added onto the player so you don't lose a port... Way to Go Lenovo!!
If you are interested, in a good travel size, light-weight, reliable computer, that has the ability to convert and do tablet like activities this is definitely the perfect computer for you!!!!"
"I have read good and Bad and yes there are some things to work out. As would be expected of new tech with Windows 8. The touch pad is a little touchy.. but outside of that, its all about getting used to Windows 8. This will take time and it will come but i have gotten used to it already and this little book is FAST. I7 inside with 128 SSD. I cannot complain and I have had none of the issues that others have had. I love the convertible aspect of this and I am a tablet fan. There are also those times you wish you had a regular laptop. This fits the bill beautifully! Only one issue would be the Battery life. I get about 4 hours with all the battery saving stuff on, screen brightness down etc. Overall, great job Lenovo!"
"I looked at this product and the ideapad yoga 13 and some tablets. I decided to go with this and I am having no regrets! Some people were complaining about the battery but I have had zero problems with it. I'm being quoted 5 hours and 28 minutes at 94% as I type this review. I have the i7 processor, 128 SSD, and 8GB RAM. This is my first Lenovo product and I will be purchasing from them again! This product is amazing in tablet mode! I love the keyboard! I'm in college and this is great for taking notes and writing papers! I did the performance test and all thinkpad twist will get a 4.4 because the graphics, but that doesn't bother me. Mine scored: Processor 7.1, Memory (RAM) 7.1, Graphics 4.4, Gaming graphics 6.2, Primary hard disk 8.1"
"First I need to say I feel the twist is a pretty good compromise between a tablet and a "traditional" laptop, but it isn't perfect.
1. The performance of this machine is great and I only got the i5 with 4GB ram. But the memory of this computer isn't upgradable and it didn't say that anywhere in the specs, website, spec sheet, etc. So even though the twist can do upto 8GB of ram it can't be upgraded you have to buy it with that.
2. I upgraded the harddrive to an SSD because the included harddrive was very noisy, ran a little warm sometimes and vibrated the machine. Upgrading to an SSD took some figuring out too, because of the EFI bios it requires a different kind of format to boot off USB than traditional machines. If your uncomfortable doing this yourself you may want to just pay for the upgrade to SSD when ordering.
3. Some of the installed drivers (such as intel wireless) are very buggy and cause connection to keep failing but using stock windows drivers for wireless made it rock solid. At least this is totally fixable.
4. Too much installed junk, and popups from these "software" (Norton, appup, and a ton of Lenovo utilities) I removed these from my machine but it would be nice if we could buy a more "clean windows" installation, but at least they can be uninstalled and the machine performs just as good if not better.
5. Spec sheet says it does WIDI (wireless video) and while it has all the hardware to be approved by intel to do this if you try to install the software for WIDI it aborts saying hardware is not supported. Not sure if this is an error in the spec sheet or we just need a new version of driver software that is not yet available.
6. Slightly bulky as a tablet but it is small enough considering the specs and speed.
7. The automatic backlight on the display bounces around like crazy (yes I installed the patch on Lenovo's support page but it is still erratic) I am seriously considering uninstalling the automatic adjustment but haven't yet because the manual keys to adjust this are on the keyboard so when in tablet mode you cannot access them.
Other than that this is a perfect machine that is true to the ThinkPad name and build quality. I plan on buying 2 more twists in this next month, it really is that great of a machine."
"I purchased a x61s and loved it. I just purchased a 230 to replace it and it is too big and heavy. I am a woman who wants the power of a business computer with customization in a compact size. I also wanted a computer that I could use in a tablet form. I waited for this and found the Twist. The Yoga was very undesirable because of the exposed keyboard when you use in tablet form. I purchased the Twist a couple of days ago and again it is TOO BIG. I can not fit it in my purse, it is very bulky. I do like the 4 ways the computer can conform.
My other complaint is the autorotation. It is not very accurate. I found the short cut keys Ctrl+Alt Up key to adjust the screen and then I have to lock it. If not it will go crazy.
I have found other issues with the screen, random movements of the mouse without me touching it and the touchscreen stops working altogether. I have to reboot the machine each time to correct the problem.
Windows 8 is another issue altogether but I only wanted to use Windows 8 with a tablet so this is compatible but there is a major learning curve in learning how to operate Windows 8.
Overall, I am going to return the computer back and keep my 230, which is a great computer just TOO BIG. Please improve on these issues and make the computer smaller so women like me can get the power in a smaller package."
"I bought the twist in 2012 when it first came out. Initially there was a problem with the rotating display. When you turned it into a tablet mode, the display would toggle. But going back from tablet to PC mode, the display would remain inverted. There were PC updates that promised to fix it, but it has been a year and the problem still continues."
"I bought this convertible, because I wanted a computer, and it had the tablet ability. For the first few months, it was great, everything worked great! Recently I have had a lot of RAM issues, RAM would be fairly high with barely anything running, and I would eventually get a B.S.O.D(Blue Screen of Death), I was able to get rid of the BSOD, but not the RAM issues. The touch screen ability is great, but for a while if I touched the screen I would lose my cursor until I restarted my computer, it was like the touch ability took my computer hostage. I fixed that by disabling the trackpad, which has no relation to the touch screen whatsoever. The Details says the battery should be able to last 6 hours, and I barely get 3 hours of it when not charged, but it charges fairly fast."
"I can definitely recommend this laptop. It is powerful, it has good screen, and it is very effective to work/web browsing/video chat etc. using this product and multitasking is very easy. Also, it is now much better with Win 8.1 update since Win 8.1 has some new useful specifications compared to the previous version."
"I got this computer because I thought a touchpad/laptop would be the best of both worlds and I heard Lenovo was a good brand. I was very excited at first about the touchscreen but that excitement was short lived. I am a PC user but sadly I have to say the touch sensitivity and interface are not nearly as good as an iPad. Various commands that were supposed to take place based on swiping from the left or bottom of the screen didn't work. Several programs I use for my job didn't work. You would think that since it's flippable to watch a movie it would have good audio but it was quite bad. And although it was lighter than my current 16" laptop, it was much heavier than I thought it would be. Basically instead of the best of both worlds of tablet/laptop, it was the worst of both worlds. :("
"I use laptops only because my office is the front seat of a truck. we have both a Twist and an X230T and have been using and testing them for about 6 months. from navigation with streets and trips to work orders made with office, photo shop with adobe light room both machines just work. If your like us and you need a pc you can count on the Twist is a great choice. Its convertible from allows us to interact with PDF files covering everything from plumbing to HVAC wiring. And it tough enough to stay in an outdoor environment. you cant go wrong with a Twist by far the best computer we have for me money."
"The laptop worked great for the first 2-3 months - then the screen keeps getting out of sync with the twist...it doesn't revert back to what it needs to be for the keyboard - ending up with an upside down screen...the laptop abilty to recognize which side is up is very sketchy at times....
I would recommend something that doesn't twist...it's nice to ahve it as a tablet but if you need that buy an ipad...if you need a laptop don't buy a twist!"
Cons: Storage, Input/Output compatibility, Battery, Included Software, touchpad
"It's disappointing that the most storage they offer as an SSD is 128GB. With 30GB of Bloatware and drivers (none of which it will let you erase) and 28% allocation, that means less than 70GB of usable storage. That's barely more than half of what you paid for!
Battery life is absolutely terrible, barely lasts 3 hours.
The touchpad is not a smooth experience. Your fingers will not glide across it, and the mouse will jump across the screen in response.
Touchscreen is great as is twist functionality. Just the right size. But do I want this a my primary laptop? No way. Unfortunately this is probably the best convertible tablet out there.
I bought this to replace my HP convertible tablet (discontinued) fried. Never thought the Lenovo product would be inferior...Planning on returning this."
"My expectations for the price were not met: I expected the battery life to last about 6 hours (which is very important to me), however my computer is currently 96% charged with 3 hr. 58 mins left. I'm a huge PC gamer so I got 8gb ram and upgraded to the i7 processor just for this, however after two days I'm already experiencing slight lag. Another issue, sometimes when I exit my games, my touchscreen stops working and will work again once I put the computer in sleep or standby mode. However, I really do enjoy the fact it can be converted to a tablet, nice for when I want to watch Netflix before going to bed. Light weight, which is definitely a plus for college (however it is a bit too heavy in my hands during tablet mode in bed)."
"I used to have a 2009 Y530, It still works well. This year, I a, thinking about getting a lighter laptop. S230u is very good. Price is Ok. It has some cool features like HDD protection. A pure thinkpad, not just a entainment pc. I love it!"