Introduction and Technical Specifications

Before the new year hits we take a look at one of the first Windows 8 based convertible Ultrabooks, the Lenovo Thinkpad Twist.


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As one of the newest members of Lenovo's Thinkpad line, the Lenovo Thinkpad Twist attempts to bridge the gap between laptops and tablets in a convertible Ultrabook format. We decided to put the Twist through the normal suite of benchmark and functional tests, along with some tests specifically geared towards laptops, to gage how well it performs. At a starting MSRP of $829.00 for the base model, the Lenovo Thinkpad Twist offers an intriguing price to feature proposition with its ability to convert from a fully functional laptop into a tablet almost seamlessly.

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The Thinkpad Twist offers an innovative take for the user that wants the best of both worlds – the portability and usability of a laptop with the ease of use of a tablet. Featuring the Windows 8 OS, the Twist comes with a 5-point touchscreen usable in all modes of operation. Lenovo designed in support for the following features: USB 2.0 and 3.0 type devices; three networking types including a Realtek-based GigE NIC, a Broadcom-based 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter, and a Broadcom-based Bluetooth adapter; 4-in-1 media card reader port; mini-HDMI and mini-Display Port video output ports; a dual-purpose audio port; and a 720p HD-capable integrated webcam.

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In designing the Twist, Lenovo decided to use a center hinge on which the screen pivots to support its four modes of operation: laptop mode, presentation mode where the screen can be rotated to face the audience, tent mode which allows the system to stand upright for movie or other media viewing, and tablet mode where the screen folds down to cover the keyboard entirely.

Lenovo Twist in presentation mode
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Lenovo Twist in tent mode
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Lenovo Twist in tablet mode
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Technical Specifications (taken from the Lenovo website)


Intel® Core i7 – 3517U (3.0 GHz, 4MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
Intel® Core i5 – 3317U (2.60 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
Intel® Core i3 – 3217U (1.8 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)

Operating System

Windows 8 Pro


12.5" HD IPS display with Touch Sensor, 350 nit (1366 x 768)


720p HD Webcam

Video Graphics

Intel® HD Graphics 4000


Up to 8GB DDR3 – Memory configuration is linked to processor selection


Internal – not user changeable

Battery Life

7 hours (with Battery Safeguard Hardware Authentication)


320GB/500GB (7200RPM)
500GB (5400RPM)


(W X D X H)

313mm x 236mm x 20mm (12.3" x 9.3" x 0.8")


1.58 kg (3.48 lbs)


Full-size, spill-resistant


TrackPoint and touchpad

Optical Drive

Optional external accessory

I/O Ports

2 USB 3.0
1 RJ45
1 4-in-1 slot
1 Mini-DP
1 Mini-HDMI


Stereo speakers
Built-in dual array microphone (combo jack)
Dolby® Advanced Audio® v.4


Gigabit Ethernet
Bluetooth® 4.0 and a/b/g/n WLAN
WWAN (optional)


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