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Lenovo Twist S230u 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.7GHz 4GB 128GB SSD 12.5" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.7GHz 4GB Jan 2013
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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... More
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18 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The Twist S230u has a quite big maximum internal memory supported by processor (32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other 2 in 1 laptops that have been available for more than two years. Portable PCs of this age and spec have maximum internal memory supported by processors of between 2GB and 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory supported by processor is 17GB.

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Lenovo Has Good Reviews for Its Laptops

Based on 4,358 owner and expert reviews, Lenovo has good reviews for its portable PCs. Lenovo also has good reviews specifically for its 2 in 1 laptops.

Two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The Twist S230u is a two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port laptop. Most of the other 2 in 1 laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Twist S230u have between one and two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

2 in 1 laptops that came out around the same time as the Twist S230u have on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of between 200MHz and 650MHz. The Twist S230u has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency (350 megahertz) compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable type and age to the Twist S230u.

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Has a Front Camera

The Lenovo Twist S230u has a front camera, as do most of the other laptops of a similar spec and age to the Twist S230u.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other portable PCs with a front camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Toshiba U920t is also worth considering.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo Twist S230u supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most notebook PCs of this age and type. Most 2 in 1 laptops that are a similar age to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This notebook PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This laptop's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years.

Amongst comparable types of laptop the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.

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SSD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an SSD storage medium, which is typical of many laptops of a similar age and spec to it. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

If the storage medium of this portable PC is not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the Lenovo Yoga (SSD), or the HP Pavilion x360 (£382.66) (SSD).

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many laptops that have been around for around the same time as it.

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L3 Processor Cache

This notebook PC has a L3 processor cache, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a similar age and type to it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many portable PCs of this type and age.

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory

The Twist S230u has one of the biggest maximum internal memories (32,768 megabytes) amongst 2 in 1 laptops of this age. The average maximum internal memory of 2 in 1 laptops that were launched more than two years ago is 16GB, and the maximum internal memories range from 2GB to 33GB.

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Quite High Speaker Power

The Twist S230u has one of the higher speaker power (2 Watts) amongst 2 in 1 laptops of this age. Comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the Twist S230u have speaker power of between 0.5W and 4W, and the average speaker power is 1.6W.

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Eight Battery Cells

Most portable PCs of this age and type have between two and eight battery cells, including the Twist S230u which has eight battery cells.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age, the Twist S230u has a touch sensitive screen.

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Two USB 3.0 Ports

The Lenovo Twist S230u is a two USB 3.0 port notebook PC. Most of the other similar spec laptops that were launched around the same time as the Twist S230u have between one and two USB 3.0 ports.

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AC Cable Included

This laptop has an AC cable included, which is typical of many notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years.

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10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many laptops of this age and spec.

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6 Reasons Against

Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

Most portable PCs that were released around the same time as the Twist S230u have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), including the Lenovo Twist S230u which has one PCI Express lane (max).

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Most laptops of this type and age do not have a full-size keyboard. The Twist S230u is no exception to this as it too does not have a full-size keyboard.

Alternative notebook PCs which also have a full-size keyboard that you might want to consider include the Toshiba U920t which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Short Battery Life

With a battery life of only 6 hours, the Lenovo Twist S230u has a quite short battery life compared to most of the other 2 in 1 laptops that have been available for around the same time as the Twist S230u. Notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the Twist S230u have battery lifes of between 3.7h and 19h, and the average battery life is 7.7h.

Other 6h battery life portable PCs currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Toshiba U920t.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This laptop has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most frequently found display resolution on comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

The Twist S230u has one of the smaller maximum internal memory (only 4 gigabytes) amongst notebook PCs of this age. The average maximum internal memory of 2 in 1 laptops that have been around for a comparable time to the Twist S230u is 7.7GB.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

The slowest memory clock speed of similar spec laptops that came out around the same time as the Twist S230u is 530MHz, the fastest is 1,800MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,500MHz. At only 1,333 megahertz, the Twist S230u has a fairly slow memory clock speed compared to most of the other 2 in 1 laptops that were released around the same time as the Twist S230u.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo Twist S230u

Released Over Four Years Ago

Lenovo released the Twist S230u over four years ago.

Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family

The Twist S230u has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5 processor family found on most notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Average Internal Memory

The Twist S230u has a relatively typical internal memory (4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops that came out around the same time as the Twist S230u.

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Average Processor Clock Speed

At 1.7 gigahertz, the Lenovo Twist S230u has a fairly average processor clock speed compared to most of the other 2 in 1 laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Twist S230u.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 1.7GHz processor clock speed laptops currently available including because of it's better review score, the Toshiba U920t.

If you would prefer a notebook PC with a faster processor clock speed then you might also want to look at the Lenovo Helix (1.8GHz).

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Average Weight

At 1.6 kilograms, the Twist S230u has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other 2 in 1 laptops that are a similar age to the Twist S230u.

Alternative portable PCs with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Satellite U920t (£767.65) (1.5kg), or the Satellite U920t (£679.54) (1.5kg) both from Toshiba.

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Average Screen Size

The Twist S230u has a relatively average screen size (12.5 inches) compared to most of the other 2 in 1 laptops that have been available for a similar time to the Twist S230u.

If you would prefer a laptop with a bigger screen size then you might want to consider the HP Pavilion x360 (13.3").

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 128 gigabytes, the Twist S230u has a relatively average total storage capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the Twist S230u.

If you would prefer a notebook PC with a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to consider the Lenovo Helix (180GB).

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Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Conflict Free Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Installed SSD
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Touch Technology
Typical Contrast Ratio
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Speaker Power
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini HDMI Port
Mini DisplayPort
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Keyboard
Spill Resistant Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Keyboard Language
Keyboard Layout
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Capacity
Battery Cell Count
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Power
Security
Password Protection
Cable Lock Slot
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Operational Conditions
Certificates
RoHS Compliance
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Technical Details
Other Features
Graphics Adapter Family
Infrared Data Port

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Expert Reviews

(78)
5 September 2013

Lenovo's cleverly designed Windows 8 laptop-tablet hybrid takes too many turns for the worseOne notebook, multiple modes: That's the idea behind Lenovo's ThinkPad Twist, a three-way combination of... Read more…

6 June 2013

One notebook, multiple modes: That's the idea behind Lenovo's ThinkPad Twist, a three-way combination of tablet, notebook, and presentation device. The basic idea is a good one, but many little... Read more…

I thoroughly enjoyed using it. The twist gimmick is more than just that; it's actually pretty useful. The increasing trend towards tablets is great. There is no better tool in the human being's...

22 April 2013

Convertible tablets are nothing new in the business sector, but convertible Ultrabooks certainly are: the ThinkPad Twist is the first we've come across. Build quality However, those expecting... Read more…

12 April 2013

An overall good, adaptable Ultrabook) The more Ultrabooks adopt something like the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist?s ability to adapt to nearly any situation, the better the market will be as we...

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User Reviews

(4)
Reviewed 3 December 2014 by Kenneth R.

Ok, so I had a lot to gripe about. Lenovo created a really nice package with the Twist and I would not hesitate to purchase the Twist again. I am keeping my fingers crossed but after 3 bios... Read more…

Reviewed 6 July 2014 by Andy L.
(Verified Purchase)

For the price this is an excellent buy. My wife wanted a convertible PC/Tablet and after a couple of months of painstaking research this one rose to the surface...and we're glad we locked in on it...

Purchased this for my wife and she absolutely loves it. I have also used the machine several times and am impressed with the overall quality of it. Trained by Lenovo some years ago I have been a fan o
I got this for my tech staff to use while moving between jobs. It works really well. Battery life is good, it is very handy for buisness task. I really like it. It is lightwieght and easy to carry
Got this laptop on a great door buster deal through manufacturer. Very responsive Core 3 along with SSD cache for hard drive to speed things up. Build quality is excellent. Very convenient to have a
Touch screen
Quality of build
It is a little bit sluggish compared to what I'm used to and even she said it's not quite as quick as she would have hoped. I did have to disable the auto-dim as others have noted - Lenovo seriously h
There is a lot to love about the twist but there are a lot of little things that Lenovo should have corrected before releasing this ThinkPad Tablet PC
Screen
The screen has a mind of it's own and will rotate when it wants to. At times when going from tablet back to laptop, the only way to get the screen to rotate back is to restart. The light sensor on the
Software
Reviewed 1 April 2014 by Darrell P.
(Verified Purchase)

If you want to add an SSD to this make sure you get a lower profile one. The standard thinckness is too much. There are plenty of good ones to choose from...

Reviewed 5 March 2014 by Matthew B.
(Verified Purchase)

I love this system, its replaced both my old android tablet ( motorola xyboard ) and a compac laptop I had. Sometimes the screen takes a while to adjust after you turn it or flip it but it works... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo 64, lenovo 64b, lenovo 3337, lenovo 64bi, lenovo s230, lenovo s230u, lenovo 3337u, lenovo 64bit, lenovo p165739, lenovo p165739p
Barcodes 00887456728289

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