• Can operate as a touchscreen notebook or a Windows 8 tablet
  • Solid-state drive speeds up frequently performed operations
  • Dual-battery arrangement delivers up to 6.5 hours of battery life


  • Subpar audio
  • High-res screen can make small type difficult to read
  • Pricey considering its 11.6-inch display

At A Glance

Able to serve as a laptop or a Windows 8 touchscreen tablet, the ThinkPad Helix is pleasingly versatile—but it’s also very expensive.

Manufacturer’s Description

The ThinkPad Helix is a convertible Ultrabook whose screen not only detaches, but contains a "Rip 'n Flip" design feature. This design feature allows the user to detach and re-attach the tablet in reverse on the keyboard dock for Stand and Convertible tablet modes. It eliminates the need for buying multiple devices, such as a notebook and tablet by combining both pieces of hardware.

Manufacturer’s Website

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix

The Specs

Part Number 36984SU
Processor type Intel Core i5-3337U
Processor speed 1800.0 MHz
Number of Cores 2.0
Display size 11.6 inches
Touchscreen Yes
Aspect ratio 16:9
Graphics Type Integrated
Primary Graphics Chipset Intel HD Graphics 4000
Drive 1 size 128.0 GB
Drive 1 type Solid-State Drive
General Information
UPC Code 887619336450
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • Thunderbolt
  • USB 2.0
Wireless connection
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • Bluetooth
Memory size 4.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1333.0 MHz
Battery Type Lithium Polymer Battery
Width 11.7 inches
Depth 8.9 inches
Height 0.7 inches
Weight 1.8 pounds
Weight with Accessories 3.6 pounds
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 Pro
Other Features
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
  • Docking Station
  • Keyboard
  • Touchpad
  • Track Stick/Eraserhead


Overall Performance
Worldbench Score 285.0
Worldbench Version 8.1
Battery Life 6:32   (hh:mm)
Start Up
Start Up 14.6   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMark 7 Productivity Suite 2533.0   score (higher is better)
Web Browsing
Peacekeeper 2181.0   score (higher is better)
Storage Performance
PCMark 7 Storage Test 5308.0   score (higher is better)
File Compression 140.6   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 258.3   seconds (lower is better)
Image Editing - GPU Accelerated 168.4   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 206.0   seconds (lower is better)
Audio Encoding 288.4   seconds (lower is better)
3DMark, Firestrike 398.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Cloud Gate 2858.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Ice Storm 26434.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Firestrike Extreme 186.0   score (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Low Quality, 1024x768 15.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 3, Ultra Quality, 1024x768 6.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Bioshock Infinite, Low Quality, 1024x768 19.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Power Usage
Working power usage 3.0   Watt hours
Idle power usage 18.2   Watts

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