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Lenovo Twist S230U (33472HU) 12.5" Multi-Touch Ultrabook - Core i5 500GB HDD 24GB SSD 4GB RAM Windows 8

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  • 3rd Generation Intel® CoreTM i5 3317U processor
  • Genuine Windows® 8 Professional 64 bit
  • 12.5" HD LED display with IPS for nearly 180-degree viewing angles
  • 500GB HDD and 24GB SSD
  • 4GB DDR3 memory
  • Two USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports, mini-HDMI, mini-DP, and a 4-in-1 card reader
  • Bluetooth, 720p HD camera
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Product Description

Product Description

It Twists. It Bends. It Folds. It Spins. 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.

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 12.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
Max Screen Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Processor 1.6 GHz Core i5-3317U
RAM 4 GB DDR3
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Hard Drive 500 GB flash_memory_solid_state
Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics 4000
Wireless Type 802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Average Battery Life (in hours) 6 hours
Brand Name Lenovo
Series Twist S230U
Item model number 33472HU
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 8 Professional
Item Weight 3.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 9.3 x 12.3 x 0.8 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 9.3 x 12.3 x 0.8 inches
Color Black
Rear Webcam Resolution 2 MP
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 2
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size 24
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
Optical Drive Type No
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

Additional Information

ASIN B009TM70IU
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4.2 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #21,550 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#4,583 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 5.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available October 14, 2012

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ThinkPad Twist (3347-2HU)
i5-3317U(1.7GHz), 4GB RAM, 500GB 7200rpm HD+24GB Micro Solid State Drive, 12.5in 1366x768 LCD, Intel HD Graphics, 802.11abgn wireless, Bluetooth, UltraNav, Secure Chip, Camera, 8c Li-Poly, Win8 Pro 64

(added info 4/13/2013: First things first,ditch Norton Internet Security. It slows down the twist! But it will put up a fight. After you select it and click "Uninstall", it will make two last ditch efforts to stay installed. Don't fall for it. Under the screen "Select your Uninstall Preference", click the second option: "Please remove all user data." I had to try several times before I figured out the fake out.)

It's sleek looking, light weight considering it is a tablet and a laptop combined. If only it could switch back and forth from Windows 8 Pro to Android. It is fast, loads some sites faster than my Note. (ADDED INFO 12/17/12: WITH AMD APP PLAYER by BlueStacks You can run your fav Android Apps,in a window w/o doing a dual boot! And its a free download. Just google it.)You can have the best of both worlds!

I say the battery life is no so hot, 4 to 5 hours w/ regular surfing the net and non online use. Less if you add in music or Youtube. Running a video on Netflix, 2hrs of vid and surfing and writing this (At same time). I showed battery at 36 min left. But when I stopped movie, power level then said I had 1 hr. So I started movie again, I went in the Kitchen and came back, It had gone into sleep mode w/ only 4% battery left. (Note I run w/o power saver mode, I go for performance)

I was shocked when I ran the Windows experience test, I got a 4.4 over all . I figured it would be better.
Posted results:
Component Details Subscore Base score Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3317U CPU @ 1.70GHz: 6.
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I've had this for a month now, and although having Windows 8 and a touch screen on a laptop take some getting used to, I really like this laptop / tablet combination. The laptop isn't as good as my X1 Carbon ($1849) and the tablet isn't as good as my 64GB iPad ($799), but considering that the Twist costs only a little bit more than one third as much as the two combined, I'd say the Twist is a screaming good deal.

Here's my opinion of the pros:
- Touch screen
- Doubles as tablet AND ultrabook (.8" thin and 3.5 lbs light)
- Legendary ThinkPad quality
- Best-of-breed spill-resistant keyboard
- Shock-proofing
- Mil-spec durability
- Steel hinges
- TrackPoint pointing device(mouse substitute)
- Great prices on enhanced warranty options (3-year extension, accidental damage protection, battery replacement, and on-site service plans are all quite reasonable)
- Has excellent ports (2 USB3.0, Gb Ethernet, mini-DisplayPort, mini-HDMI, headphone, 4-in-1 card reader, 2 PCIe Mini-card, & security tether)

Cons:
- New system (Windows 8 & touch screen) comes with a steeper learning curve than most laptops
- Auto-rotate is still flaky - can be managed using the side button but is a nuisance if you're used to the iPad
- Windows 8 is still working out a few kinks

In summary, it's a fun system to learn because it represents a new way of interacting with a computer - but that can also be a frustration if you're not prepared to spend some time learning how do to things a bit differently than you're used to. But once you learn the new ways, it feels a lot more productive and enjoyable to use.
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This is not an excellent machine out of the box and almost makes me pretty frustrates at the beginning. However, after tune ups, it works almost perfect.

Overall, it is an ultrabook with no compromise and with not much more dollars i spent, it also supports touch for your desktop apps and also serves as a tablet. What's more, it is also powerful enough to use it for work. The TWIST mode made it very flexible to use in any scenario. My favorite mode is display mode when use it in bed. With the keyboard supporting the laptop, the screen is like a tablet in front of you without the need to hold it. Plus the angle can be easily adjusted.

I love the keyboard, trackpad (although still not as good as apple's but can be fixed by driver update), screen ,touch, powerful, and most importantly the various form factors i can twist it into.

Tweaks i did to solve the problems i had oob.
1) touch pad: i need to change the touch sensitivity to make it follow the finger well. Multi-touch can be enabled from the see of options in the driver preferences. However, there is neither two finger touch as right click, nor inertia for two finger scroll.

2) screen rotation lock: after the driver update recently, it is solved.

3) system freeze once in a while: I believe this is due to ThinkPad's patent that it lock the harddrive when motion detected. You can disable the feature or you can do what i did that I swapped the HD to an SSD. I got a 512GB SSD from amazon for 400 dollars, which is much cheaper than get one from lenovo.

My configuration is core i7, 8GB, 512GB SSD and it is super fast thanks to the SSD. The system restarts in 10 seconds and hibernate/wake in 2 seconds.
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