2013 Products Of The Year


Laptop

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.



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