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 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!"
"I bought this machine looking at its features and portability. But sent the machine for 3 times for repair still havg issues with it. I was satisfied with lenovo technical support bt stillalways was sth wrong with it
1. initially the battery was not holding the charge and was drained out just after 3 hrs 2. after first repair the battery was not completing charging to 100%. was just charging for 65% 3. monitor brightness is changing automatically 4. webcame was wkg initially and after first repair it was nt wk and sending again to lenovo repair"
"I have had my Lenovo Twist for 4 months. It is lightweight, attractive and has great screen resolution. But it is the most aggravating computer I have ever used. Sometimes the screen shifts to upside down, sometimes to sideways (always with screen locked and being used for email or internet in regular laptop mode). You can get back to right-side up screen by using the Ctrl/ALt and arrow keys, but when you touch any key after correcting the screen, it reverts back to upside down. A re-start usually cures it, for a while. I also experience random shifting to the Windows 8 app screen - while typing an email or working in a Word doc, for example, doing absolutely NOTHING to cause it to randomly shift away from what I am doing and into the Windows 8 screen. Support is clueless."
"The design for a twisting laptop as a hybrid is cool, a little big for use as a tablet though. But 3-4 hours of average battery greatly confined the mobility of this product. Device driver for this product is awful. You have one light sensor, but the brightness often changes suddenly ignoring the actual environment. Wifi drops often in Windows. Touchpad does not support double finger click to invoke right click."
Pros: convertion to tablet is nice, touch screen in nice
Cons: Display performance, Durability, it's a pc
"I originally didnt want another PC, I wanted a Mac. But my wife is anti Apple. So I got this. At first I really liked it, but that quickly wore off. The auto rotate feature constantly gets stuck in wrong position, can't watch movies on it because the screen keeps freezing for a few seconds so the machine can catch up. And now less then 2 months after I bought it, IT DIED!!! I have to send it to Lenovo for repair. Atleast Dell comes to your house. When it comes back, my wife can have it. I'M GETTING A MAC!!!"
"When I was shopping for an Ultrabook, my biggest requirement was that it had to run two monitors. The ThinkPad Twist was the only device I could find that could do it. My second requirement was an Ethernet port.
I've had my ThinkPad Twist for six months now. I love everything about it. At work I plug in two monitors, Ethernet cable, keyboard, mouse, headphones, and an external USB backup drive. Every port on this device is used daily. At home I flip the screen around and read news on the couch with my wife.
I was initially concerned about the hinge, and would cringe whenever I touched the screen. After six months, I'm convinced the hinge will stand the test of time.
Tip: Keep an SD card in the slot for ReadyBoost. It only sticks out a few millimeters."
"First let me tell you that I am a student studying web server and cyber security specialist. Those of you who have carried around a 14 inch older lap top will really love how lite this is. To me this computer offers you the best of a pc and the best of a tablet, only those who have spent time on both will get this remark. If you are afraid of windows 8 and think you will find it to hard to use. There are many videos not just offered by Lenovo and windows but also on youtube. Need to know how to do something very specific you will most likely find a video on that one thing on youtube, so do be afraid to try Win. 8. Windows 8 is not going away so now is the time to learn it and with the Lenovo Twist you will have fun doing that! I have to add games work gr* on this machine too."
"I am in sales and debated about getting a "tablet" to take along with me. I happened to receive an email about the Twist and thought that it would make more sense to have a laptop and a tablet in one rather than having both. I parted ways with my T420 and switched to the Twist. I was amazed with the laptop like speeds and the touch interface. What was life like before a convertible laptop with touchscreen? How do other sales people function without one? Lenovo really hit it out of the park with this machine and looking forward to its predecessors."
"it is a good laptop, nice design, nice feature. twist is an amazing laptop, i would recommend it to my friend, everything is fine, but the video card is not so good, play LOL is not perform good quality."
"I use this computer as the primary clinic server for my medical software. I walk around my physical therapy clinic/gym with this device and have been consistently impressed with the performance. I have bumped it multiple times against steel machines without damage to the computer. Start up time is now so fast that I do not have time to do anything else before I am at the login screen. There are a few cons that primarily relate to how all the software works on it. Win8 is not as comprehensive as I hoped but is fantastic on this computer. Some software supplied by Lenovo is bothersome. The computer rarely freezes and this is normally due to another non Lenovo, non Win8 app. No finger print scanner is available. No rear facing camera in either laptop or tablet mode."
"I bought this machine from Staples, and I thoroughly enjoy this machine. The machine is reliable and easy to use. The convertible nature of the screen is useful, and it allows my to perform my work as a technical analyst quickly.
Pros: Support-Hats off to Lenovo ThinkPad US support for fixing an issue I had Ultrabook performance- Core i5 and 4 GB of RAM Decent hard drive size Great value- I only paid $799 for a unit with a 500 gb hard drive and WWAN (SIM slot)
"Overall performance, I rated 4 because the tablet mode is not working property some time, I have to restart it or turn the laptop 2, 3 times to make it work correctly. The battery is only last for 3 to 3.5 hrs on the regular hard drive (it may be little longer if you use SSD). However, I really love this tablet convertible laptop because I paid under $1000 for the i7 and 8GB memory, 500GB Hard Drive. I didn't buy the SSD because I figure that I can buy it cheaper outside and upgrade it later. One thing, I'd like to share with you, it has a removable hard drive, so it is very easy for you to upgrade later. This is also another reason that I chose it over the Yoga. Hopefully, this review will help you to decide which laptop is best for you."