Reviews Lenovo ThinkPad Twist
RCT SCORE 5.6 / 10

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Lenovo's ThinkPad Twist updates the original "tablet" (remember those?) design with an ultrabook styling and swiveling display for tablet-style capabilities.

Starting at $829, the ThinkPad Twist features a 12.5-inch HD IPS display (1366 x 768) offers an Intel Core i3 processor (1.8GHz), 720p HD webcam, Intel Graphics 4000 chip, and up to 8GB of RAM. You can choose from a 128GB SSD drive or a 320GB/500GB hard drive.

The ThinkPad Twist evoked a range of reactions from reviewers. Some hailed its business use and good price-to-performance, others were less impressed with its battery life. Most seemed to think that the ThinkPad Twist performed far better as an Ultrabook than as a tablet.

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Mostly Misses the Mark
Building a device like the ThinkPad Twist forced Lenovo to make some odd design decisions, and as a result it looks like a 2002 blueprint forced onto a 2012 chassis.
One of the Better Convertibles
Slightly less conservative-feeling than the average ThinkPad, the well-made ThinkPad Twist offers one of the better tablet modes from the first wave of Windows 8 convertibles.
A Lot to Recommend It As an Ultrabook
If you think of it as primarily an ultrabook, but one that can conveniently turn into a tablet when the occasion demands, then the ThinkPad Twist has a lot to recommend it.
An Old Concept, Updated
In summation, the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist excels at some things (keyboard, familiar layout, screen quality), yet is middling at others (battery life, weight, five-point touch).
A Great Business Tool
Although the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist has its flaws, it does what it's designed to do very well. That is, it's a fantastic business-oriented tablet-Ultrabook hybrid, and it's a great...
An Old Idea Gets a New Look
If you're more brand-agnostic, though, there are other Windows 8 convertibles with comfortable keyboards -- not to mention, sharper screens, faster performance and longer battery life.
Battery Life Is a Deal-breaker
The ThinkPad Twist offers a sleek convertible design and responsive touch screen, but this Windows 8 convertible's short battery life is a dealbreaker.
One of the Best
This is one of the best convertible products using Windows 8.
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