The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist 12.5" Convertible Multi-Touch Ultrabook Computer is yet another hybrid that traverses multiple functions. It's a tablet, an Ultrabook and a presentation device. It's also Windows 8 compatible, which means that the touch functions of this hybrid will be enhanced by a powerful operating system designed for touch computing.
It features a dual-core Ivy Bridge 2.0GHz Intel Core i7-3537U processor, 8GB of 1333MHz DDR3 RAM and a 500GB 7200rpm hard drive with a 24GB mSATA solid state drive cache (via PCIe Mini Card slot) for speedier access to often used programs. That's good enough for any Ultrabook, but for a tablet, it's above and beyond gaming and app needs.
It also features a 12.5" LED backlit IPS touchscreen. The IPS touchscreen offers better viewing angles and higher contrast for viewing the screen in alternative light situations (bright outdoor light to dim indoor light). The screen features a native 1366 x 768 high definition resolution and runs on integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 for higher-end graphic processing. The smudgeless anti-reflective capacitive screen is manufactured with Corning Gorilla Glass for a tougher, cleaner surface and supports 5-point multi-touch.
To enhance the multimedia aspects of this Ultrabook hybrid, this unit also includes 8W integrated stereo speakers (2x 2W) using Dolby Home Theater v4 and Realtek ALC3202 codecs. It also includes dual array microphones and a combo audio/microphone jack.
For connectivity, this hybrid has 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth 4.0. It also has a variety of I/O ports, including two USB 3.0 ports, two external monitor ports (mini-HDMI and mini-DisplayPort), and a Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 terminal.
Added tablet-like extras include a 4-in-1 card reader that supports SD, SDHC, SDXC, and MMC cards, and a HD 720p resolution fixed-focus wide-angle webcam with low light sensitivity and face tracking. It also has a 6-row 83-key spill-resistant keyboard with multimedia Function keys and an UltraNav buttonless touchpad below the keyboard.
The swivel hinge transforms this hybrid from a tablet into an Ultrabook. When using the unit as a multimedia display for presentations, you simply swivel the screen to face your audience. Later, if you want to watch a movie or interact with loved ones online, you swing the screen to face you with the keyboard now acting as a hinged stand (tent mode).
This convertible four-in-one hybrid Ultrabook/tablet/multimedia presenter has enough power to also serve as your primary laptop, but gives you a variety of usage options. How you choose to utilize it is up to you.