Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lenovo Helix

Lenovo has announced the release of the Helix a new approach towards a hybrid Ultrabook.  Will it work?  Learn more after the jump...

It's time for me to get some new hardware. I want to get an Ultrabook, but haven't found the right one yet.

One of my primary desires is to run Lightroom on it while in the field. Secondary uses would include some light programming with Eclipse, blogging, and general business use.

The Lenovo Yoga 13 has been on my list for a while. It has a good screen size and nice keyboard, but the screen resolution (1600x900) has always bothered me.

I thought about the Surface Pro, but it's small screen and lack of a real keyboard bother me as well. I'm just not sure how well Lightroom will run on that small of a display.

Now, Lenovo is coming out with a new model called Helix. While it doesn't have the 13" display of the Yoga, it does have a 11.6" 1080p display. I think the combination of higher resolution and larger display will make a good combo for me.

It doesn't have the flip-over feature of the yoga. Instead, the display pops out as a stand-alone tablet. It can be put into the keyboard assembly either direction so you can still use it as a tablet when the keyboard is connected.

No pricing yet, but it should be out next month...

Lenovo Helix tablet removed

CDW is showing configurations ranging from $1,819.99 to $3,411.99. Sites like Engadget, Techspot mention a starting price between $1,400 and $1,500.

There are a few interesting features on this computer:
  • SATA3 interface to the 256GB SSD
  • Pen input with a storage bay on the tablet
  • 4G/LTE support - don't know about carriers yet
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC
The tablet is 1.87 pounds and 0.45" thick, this is lighter and thinner than the Microsoft Surface Pro
The clam shell (tablet + keyboard) is 0.8" 3.75 pounds and 0.8" thick, this is a little thick and heavy for an Ultrabook  but given it's split personality I'll cut it some slack.

Both the tablet and the keyboard have batteries, for a combined battery life of about 10 hours (according to Lenovo). The tablet has the larger chunk of battery so it should last well all by itself.

What's your favorite Ultrabook? What do you think about the Helix? Or, should I just get the lovely Chrome Pixel and not worry about Lightroom when I'm in the field?