Lenovo ThinkPad Helix (2nd generation)
keyboard. This extends the battery life of the Helix 2 to approximately 10 hours. It also adds one of the best mobile keyboards in the market to the device. Nevertheless, we feel that it could also have benefitted from an SD card reader. The most surprising addition that the Ultrabook Pro keyboard brings to the mix is another set of speakers.
We used the Helix 2 as our main productivity machine and it works like a charm. Most of the credit goes to the Ultrabook Pro keyboard, which makes working on the device something one could look forward too.
The tablet as a standalone device saw little action. However, we appreciated its Intel Core M-5Y70 processor, which is paired with 8GB of RAM. Productivity software on the Helix 2 runs smoothly with no hitches, which makes it a breeze in whatever form it is in.
The most unique feature of the Helix 2 is its stylus. With it, Lenovo included WRITEit, a proprietary software that turns handwriting into text. It has been done before, but Lenovo’s implementation is far better than any we have seen thus far. Nevertheless, it has some quirks that could be polished in time.
As a whole, as a mobile enterprise device, the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix (2nd generation) meets (and in certain areas) exceeds expectation. Its performance is reliable and its design is as comforting in its familiarity.