Lenovo's Thinkpad Twist

Lenovo's Thinkpad Twist

Lenovo’s ThinkPad Twist is essentially an ultrabook (Intel’s term for a laptop that combines performance and portability), a (hefty) tablet and a presentation device rolled into one.

It looks like a regular laptop with a touch screen but the screen turns through 180 degrees to face outward, and then also closes in that position to function as a tablet.

Design-wise, ThinkPad’s sticking with its black rubberised exterior and red TrackPoint (that cursor controller in the middle of the keyboard), which might look a bit dated now. ThinkPads have had that look for decades but they also have legions of fans who prefer the no-nonsense package. Either way, it’s a grown-up computer with performance on the brain. It boots up quickly and handles most productivity tasks snappily.

The bang-up-to-date five-point multitouch screen measures 12,5 inches, with an HD resolution of 1366 x 768, topped with Gorilla Glass — protective and pretty. The screen looks great from all angles. My only complaint is the lost space: it has quite a thick bezel, and could have been that much more impressive with an edge-to-edge display.

Some ergonomic adjustments have been made with the tablet use in mind — the power button, a Windows button and volume buttons are found on the screen. According to Lenovo, the Twist’s battery life is up to seven hours. I got around five hours but it’s fully charged again in just less than two, which is a bonus.

Vital statistics: Intel Core i5, Intel HD Graphics 4000, up to 8GB DDR3 RAM, Windows 8 Pro, 128GB SSD, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, WLAN, 2 USB 3.0, 4-in-1 card reader, Mini-DP, Mini-HDMI.