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Lenovo ThinkPad Twist S230u 12.5-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen Ultrabook (33474HU) Black

by Lenovo
169 customer reviews
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  • Intel Core i5 3317U 1.7 GHz (3 MB Cache)
  • 4 GB DIMM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 12.5-Inch Screen, Intel HD 4000 Graphics
  • Windows 8, 5hour battery life
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Product Description

Product Description

The Thinkpad Twist - a 12.5" Intel High Performance ocnvertible notebook with a touch of style and Windows 8.Don’t forget Office with your PC purchase.  Download Office 2013 instantly with Amazon Digital Software.

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist 230u Ultrabook


Twist transforms into a laptop when you need to type, a tablet when you're on the go, and a stand when you want to share presentations. When you're ready to browse, bend it backward into a tent for a close-up view.

Lenovo® ThinkPad® Twist 230u Ultrabook



  • Intel® Core™ i5–3317U processor
  • Windows® 8
  • 12.5" HD IPS display with Touch Sensor, 350 nit (1366 x 768)
  • 720p HD Webcam
  • Intel® HD Graphics 4000
  • 4GB DDR3
  • 500GB Hard Drive + 24GB SDD
  • Just 0.8" thin and only 3.48 lbs
  • Full-size, spill-resistant keyboard
  • TrackPoint and touchpad


  • Slim Ultrabook™ design with a multitouch display for precise control
  • Active Protection System™ to protect your hard drive from damage if the system falls
  • Magnesium alloy construction and Corning® Gorilla® Glass, to prevent breakage and scratches
  • Intel® Trusted Platform Module (TPM), to keep your data secure
  • Lenovo Solutions for Small Business, for added security and after-hours maintenance
  • InstantResume to wake your PC from sleep mode in two seconds
  • 720p HD webcam and dual-array microphones with noise cancellation for crystal clear video conferences
  • Two USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports, mini-HDMI, mini-DP, and a 4-in-1 card reader
  • Industry-leading ThinkPad Keyboard for comfort and precision
  • Lenovo Cloud Storage for access to your files from all your devices




  • Share files across all of your devices
  • Automatic syncing feature
    automatically downloads all files from the
    cloud onto every PC
  • Supports most mobile devices

Multitouch Display

The latest in touch technology delivers effortless usability, featuring an extra bright 350 nit, HD IPS (in-plane switching) display for nearly 180-degree viewing angles.

Battery Life

5 hours (with Battery Safeguard Hardware Authentication).

Magnesium Alloy Construction With Corning® Gorilla® Glass

Slim Ultrabook design, built for durability yet only 20 mm (.78”) thin.

Active Protection System (APS)

An accelerometer detects movement and stops the drive when a fall or similar event is detected. Rubber mounts are used for the hard disk drive (rather than rails) and the HDD connector is not rigidly attached to the board, so the connector absorbs shock and impact and protects against system damage.

Superior Web Conferencing

Low-light sensitive 720p HD webcam with wide-angleviewing and face-tracking, dual array microphones with configurations for crystal-clear private and conference mode VoIP meetings, and keyboard noise suppression technology.

SuperSpeed USB 3.0

Enables up to 10 times faster file transfer, allowing for lightning-fast copying of large media files, as well as seamless connections between audio- and video-related peripherals.

Lenovo Solutions for Small Business

Built on the Intel® Small Business Advantage platform and includes unique security and productivity features to keep your small-to-mid-sized business up and running: after-hours maintenance, software monitoring, USB blocker, energy savings, and the ability to backup and restore applications.

Dolby® Home Theater® v4

Increased audio clarity and maximized volume output without distortion — enjoy a crisp, clear immersive surround sound experience over built-in stereo speakers. Plus mini DisplayPort and mini HDMI enable quick and easy hook up to external monitor, TV, or projector.

Lenovo and Windows® 8

Interact: touch, type, or click. Connect: anywhere, anytime. Discover: new uses & a world of apps.

The App Optimizer

With four modes, you get four ways to use Windows® 8 apps.

Open For Business

Get started on your presentation slides with PowerPoint. Ensure all downloads, files, emails, and other applications are checked for potential threats with Norton Utilities.

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Creativity At Your Fingertips

Slice & dice with an assortment of interactive games like Fruit Ninja. Transform your ideas into reality faster through shapes, sketches, and annotations with Evernote Skitch.

Control In Your Hands

Easily launch a wide array of apps with the Windows® 8 Start screen.






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Product Information

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Screen Size12.5 inches
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Max Screen Resolution1366x768
Processor1.7 GHz Core i5-3317U
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Hard Drive500 GB mechanical_hard_drive
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD 4000 Graphics
Chipset BrandIntel
Wireless Type802.11bgn
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Average Battery Life (in hours) 5 hours
Brand NameLenovo
Item model number33474HU
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 8;
Item Weight3.5 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H12.30 x 9.29 x 0.78 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel Core I5
Processor Count2
Computer Memory TypeDIMM
Flash Memory Size24
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive TypeNo
Battery TypeLithium Polymer (LiPo)
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #12,973 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight6 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First AvailableOctober 12, 2012
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Customer Reviews

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343 of 362 people found the following review helpful By Alex S HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 27, 2012
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I purchased the Lenovo on the second day it was out. I am not normally an adventurer, but I urgently needed a new computer, and had waited until Windows 8 came out so that I could have long use. I was moving from an older Windows Vista, so those with Windows 7 won't be as impressed - although it is hard to separate the experience of Windows 8 from the Lenovo, since they are designed to interact.

Touch Screen
The touch screen is amazingly responsive, it responds as easily as my iPad to my touch. On the other hand, the accelerometer is a bit finicky, and getting the picture to turn is not as responsive. Still, since 99% of my usage is in display or laptop mode, it hasn't been a significant issue. I hope that it is improved in later models.

Twist and Turn
I LOVE this configuration. I primarily use the display and laptop mode. Even with my iPad, I hated TeePee (an inverted V), and I preferred to be able to set my display up to watch and use it. Times I use this in tablet mode are working on games with my Granddaughter, playing solitaire, or it can be easier to use in this mode while sitting in a seat in a car. I use the laptop mode for work, and the display mode for playing games (so nice to have the screen handy and at just the right angle), watching Netflix or Amazon Video. The sound controls are extra easy to use and the "windows button" is quickly handy in display mode.

Special notes on Twist and turn, it is particularly handy to watch something with someone seated next to you, and the display mode is especially nice to watch videos on a plane, if that is something you do. I often will turn my screen to show my husband or daughter something on my computer. It is a really nice feature for families.
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I own several laptops (HP, Dell, Toshiba) and for my son's college laptop, I've looked at all competing laptops (HP, Samsung, Intel, Toshiba, Sony, etc.) and compared them multiple times at the store before deciding on the Twist. Once I have fine tuned the screen adjustments and some other minor functions (see below), and turned off the bloatware programs, it has functioned flawlessly. I could not be happier - this is a great portable laptop with a VERY, VERY, VERY, PRETTY SCREEN. At $700-800, there is *absolutely* nothing like it on the market at this price point: thin ultrabook, IPS touchscreen (don't get Win 8 without touchscreen), 3rd gen. i5, good sized combo HDD/SSD, keyboard with deep travel. Read on for details below.

At bottom half of this review, I have posted all the tricks that you need to do to take care of glitches that you might have with the Twist, so make sure you expand my review to read all of it. It *will* be perfect by the time you do these minor steps.

The laptop is fairly thin at 0.78 inch and at 3.5 lbs is a great compromise for size and weight for a college laptop. The overall size is not too big, the screen is not too small, not too heavy, really a PERFECT COMBINATION OF SIZE and WEIGHT and by far the BEST among many I have had. It has magnesium construction and nice gorilla glass, and all the exposed metal surfaces feel warm & smooth, almost like a rubberized finish. The RUBBERIZED FINISH is WONDERFUL to touch and to lay hands on - it has grown on me! Overall this laptop is sleek and modern looking, and feels very nice to the touch (Sony S for example has cold and cheap feeling metal surfaces).
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260 of 286 people found the following review helpful By Steve Crossland on November 4, 2012
I purchased two of these units for my wife and me from Staples a few days ago. We've both run them through enough of our routine work tasks that I can say I am officially in love. My rating is really a 4.5, but I choose to round up instead of down because, for me, the benefits outweigh the shortcomings.

My wife and I are both Realtors with iPhones and we work full time off our two laptops from a home office. We are very mobile, meeting clients mostly in the field, at coffee shops, or at their homes, but do spend a lot of time at a desk, working in "desktop" mode. She's been bugging me for over a year to get an iPad. I've resisted because I don't view the iPad as a solution to any of our productivity issues, and I didn't want each of us to have a third device to deal with. Instead, I have been patiently waiting for the right Ultrabook, and the Thinkpad Twist is it.

Is it big enough to work on full time?
When we downsized from full PCs to fulltime 15.6 Laptops 3+ years ago, I was very worried about adapting to the smaller size keyboards and screens. It worked out just fine, but I have the same concern going from 15.6 inch screens to 12.5 inch screens, especially as we're both in our 50s now and don't see as well.

For both of us, the Twist passes the size test, no problem. I can see just fine with the smaller screen. So can my wife. The keyboard is, surprisingly, actually better for me than the bigger laptop keyboard or even a full size desktop keyboard. I basically type with two finger (each hand) plus thumbs. So I'm having no trouble at all. All the keys I normally need and use are located well.
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