Lenovo ThinkPad Twist review

Lenovo combines tablet and laptop for its first hybrid ThinkPad - does the Twist offer the best of both worlds for businesses?

Price
£738

Upgrades

The next model up is where things get interesting, with the platter-based hard disk swapped for a 128GB SSD and a mobile broadband chip - Ericsson's H5321gw - included for 999.

The top of the range model costs 1,079, and it's got a formidable specification: the Core i7 processor, SSD, mobile broadband chip and 8GB of RAM included on-board.

A bevy of warranty options are available, too. All of the Twist's configurations included a basic one-year RTB deal, and it's possible to upgrade to a two-year, on-site, next-business-day deal for an additional 46 - and adding accidental damage protection to this warranty drives the cost up to 102.

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There are even more three-year deals available. A basic warranty costs 75, an on-site, next-business-day offering will set you back 96, and upgrading to three years of accidental damage protection costs 181. Sealing the battery, meanwhile, puts the cost of this deal up to 198.

Conclusion

Verdict

Lenovo has joined the Windows 8 party with the Twist, a ThinkPad that uses the traditional hinged method to switch between its laptop and tablet modes, and it's a good piece of design - but, while the usual ThinkPad visuals are in place, build quality isn't quite up to scratch.

The specification doesn't do much to excite so we reckon a step up to the £999 model - which provides an SSD and 3G chip in additional to a Core i5 processor - is the best option if you're searching for a business hybrid rather than a traditional Ultrabook.

PROCESSOR: 1.8GHz Intel Core i5-3427U

RAM: 4GB DDR3

GRAPHICS: Intel HD Graphics 4000

DISPLAY: 12.5in 1,366 x 768

STORAGE: 500GB HDD

CONNECTIVITY: 802.11n dual-band WiFi

PORTS: 2 x USB 3, SD card reader, mini-DisplayPort, mini-HDMI

DIMENSIONS: 313 x 236 x 20mm (WxDxH)

WEIGHT: 1.57kg

OS: Windows 8 64-bit

WARRANTY: 1yr RTB

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