- Editor's Rating
- Great chassis design
- Display with wide viewing angles
- Comfortable keyboard
- Weak battery life
- Mediocre performance
The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is a solid business class notebook that offers a great deal of versatility for its $900 price tag.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is a good computer for anyone looking for a portable business class notebook with a lot of versatility. At 3.48 pounds and .8 inches thick, the laptop is easy to travel with yet still durable with a 12.5-inch display equipped with Gorilla Glass. With a $900 US price tag at the time of the review, the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist offers acceptable performance in an above-average design for a reasonable price.
The biggest selling point for the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is its versatility and strength. The machine transforms between classic notebook, stand, tablet and tent modes with its swivel display that rotates 180 degrees and locks into place. It has a magnesium alloy chassis with plastic trim and front face, which provides a professional look, but a slight glare when in excessive lighting. NotebookReview found that the computer barely gave with extreme pressure applied and the screen didn\’t ripple. NBR did note that in tablet form, the computer felt bulky and was difficult to handle with one hand. The notebook is also equipped with a SD card reader, Ethernet port, a mini-HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack, a power jack and a mini-display port.
With a 125 DPI resolution and 170 degrees of wide-view angles, the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist provides a clear, crisp image that can be seen from almost any angle. NBR found the touchscreen to be very accurate after having been calibrated by the user. The notebook has sensors to adjust the screen orientation when turned, but NBR found this feature to be inaccurate. However, the display can be locked and manually adjusted. The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist has two speakers, which provide clear, crisp sound quality no matter what surface it sits on. NBR found that the sound begins to distort at 70 percent volume, but is on par with standard notebooks.
A highlight of the device is the Chiclet-style keyboard. Despite a condensed frame, the keys remain easy to reach and have good tactile feedback. It also features a large touchpad that is accurate and compresses when clicked. The touchpad has left, middle and right dedicated click buttons.
NBR reviewed the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist with an Intel i5 Dual Core processor, 4GB of Ram and Intel HD Graphics 4000 and found the notebook capable of handling basic word processing and computing functions, but lagging when running multiple programs and advanced games. NBR also found the battery life to be sub-par, with the 4-cell WhLi Polymer battery lasting just two hours and 24 minutes using a strenuous battery test.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is a solid middle of the road notebook which is easily transportable and offers the performance and versatility needed from a business notebook. However, NBR found its performance levels to be sub-par, especially considering the $900 price tag. The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is a good computer for anyone looking for a versatile business class machine.