Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix offers far more than most and is the most versatile laptop we've seen this year. Helix has up to five operational modes due to a reversible docking system. Covered entirely in a rubberized coating, the tablet alone weighs 1.8 pounds. In clamshell mode (with the keyboard/dock) it's weighs 3.8 pounds, but the extra battery and ports balance that out. Helix offers quick access to the frequently used functions, and its wide, five-button touchpad supports touch gestures that mimic the action of the touch screen. It offers the usual ports, and all but the Dual Mode DisplayPort are full size. There's also a SIM slot, security hasp, two USB 3.0 ports (on the dock) and support for 4K and 3-D video. Its battery life is rated at nine hours, though our tests got about 6.25 hours (with some power-saving features disabled). It sports an 11.6-inch, 1,920-x-1,080 IPS panel and 400 NIT LED back light. The Intel Core i5-based unit we tested finished in eighth place on the CRN Test Center's all-time laptop performance list. Pricing starts at about $1,400.