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Lenovo ThinkPad Twist S230u Intel Core i5 4GB 500GB HDD+24GB SSD 12.5" Touchscreen Convertible Ultrabook Black (33474HU)

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  • Intel Core i5 3317U(1.70GHz)
  • 4GB DDR3 Memory 500GB HDD 24GB SSD
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 8

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Johnathan P.
  • 8/28/2013 11:12:29 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBetter choices out there

Pros: The ability to transform if from a full laptop to a tablet form is nice and seem less, lightweight, and the rubberized casing on the outside gives you a nice grip.

Cons: Horrible battery life, around 2-2.5 hours max, even just browsing, with everything turned off/down (Brightness at its lowest, windows set to basic theme, bluetooth completely uninstalled)

There are 3 mouse interfaces (touchscreen, Trackpoint, and Ultranav) that ALWAYS are in conflict with each other. Sometimes it doesn't know which one to register, so you'll get large hiccups where none of the inputs work at all

The screen isn't all that great, I've seen older laptops have a more impressive screen

Video rendering on this thing is trash. You might as well be watching youtube on a windows 3.1 machine.

Other Thoughts: Only gets the 2nd egg for at least operating as a computer, but you can do better than this. Even a laptop at around $300 these days can outperform this by leaps.

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  • Patrck M.
  • 8/15/2013 5:29:52 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks great after some help

Pros: -Thin
-Clear & bright screen
-Great keyboard
-Good performance
-Caching SSD
-Large storage
-Built in gigabit LAN
-Newegg had a great deal on this

Cons: -Doesn't work great out of the box
-Lots of updates before it works properly
-Poor sound
-Screen rotation is random at times
-Battery life not great

Other Thoughts: If i wasn't a patient person and didn't work with computers all day I honestly would have sent this thing back on day one. Out of the box it was nearly unusable and would often become non-responsive for 30 seconds at a time for no apparent reason. Any time the screen rotated, which was pretty random itself, it would freeze for another 30 seconds. After running the Lenovo updater and Windows updates it got better, but still wasn't great.

I ended up loading Windows 8.1 Preview on it and now it blows me away. The sound is still pretty bad and the screen rotation is still trial and error but the performance is great. I'm not sure what Lenovo loaded to make these things run so poorly, but it is definitely not the hardware.

I've had the chance to use the Yoga, and ATIV, and some Dell ultrabooks and I have to say this is my favorite form factor so far and very pleased that Lenovo put an ethernet jack on this one.

In response to Tierney11290 - it has both a 500GB main drive and a 24GB caching SSD.

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  • Alexander R.
  • 8/13/2013 12:52:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent Quality

Pros: - Good speed
- Light weight
- Not too much bloatware, but it exists
- Keyboard is comfortable to use
- Price (w/ discount at the time)

Cons: - Battery life maybe 3 to 4 hours (represented as close to 7), but none of the laptops are honest about that anyway
- touchscreen is iffy, and not as interactive as I think it should be. This isn't really new technology, so I expected better.
- Came with bloatware
- I don't think it cools itself down enough, I foresee a new hard drive in 2 years.

Other Thoughts: Since the solid state drive seems easy to replace, I think I'm going to get a 64Gb one to replace the current. If I make the recovery disks, I should be able to re-install (maybe without the bloatware)

Good deal, and I would recommend it even at its normal price. If a touchscreen is what you're really interested in though, I would stay away. I don't care much for it so it didn't effect my egg giving as much.

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  • Tyler P.
  • 8/12/2013 9:00:59 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorth the Price I got it for

Pros: - Responsive Touch Screen
- Decent speed
- Lightweight
- Great Size
- Bright/Colorful Screen
- Good Wireless
- Quick Charge (see cons) *
- 2x USB 3.0 ports
- Price (got a $100 off coupon, thanks Newegg!)
- Great Swivel
- Decent Sound
- Decent size HDD (see other thoughts) **
- Gorilla Glass (see cons) ***
- Spill Resistant Keyboard

Cons: - Battery doesn't last long (about 4.5 hours on use) *
- Lots of Bloatware
- Glossy Screen ***
- Windows 8 Installation disc not included (but it is installed)
- No backlit keyboard

Other Thoughts: - The first thing that needs to be done is to update all the drivers. The laptop can be a bit finicky at first, but all was well after they were updated.
- There was a lot of Bloatware (Lenovo Software) when I first booted it up. None of it is really all that essential, so I uninstalled most of it.
- It works well (most of the time) with Windows 8. I had to deactivate the keyboard TrackPoint (red looking button in the middle of the keyboard) because when it was in Tablet mode, the stick would cause the mouse pointer on the screen to move. Not a big issue though.
- ** I am unsure whether or not this actually has a 24GB SSD. Normally, the OS is installed onto it. The problem with this is that it would leave virtually no space for caching or programs. I would think more than likely that the 24GB is saved for the caching itself. However, the SSD doesn't show up under the drive listing. Plus, why not just add more RAM for caching instead? Something to look into...
- Overall it runs fast, cool, and without hiccups. Glad we purchased it and my wife loves it so far (minus the non backlit keyboard).

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  • Thomas S.
  • 7/21/2013 7:59:45 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid laptop

Pros: Solid construction, typical Thinkpad. Hinge is strong and robust. Keyboard is typical Lenovo, very good. Screen, chassis, all built tough. The Ivy Bridge i5 is surprisingly powerful, runs Solidworks very smoothly, and on the other hand, on board graphics run League of Legends at 60 fps and AOE3 maxed out very smoothly. It does this without going over 80C, so you can't play with it on your lap, but you dont have to worry about roasting your hardware. AC cord isn't fragile. Boot with a SSD is almost immediate.

I really like the form factor, and if you have gone to a gym even once in your life, its pleasant to use as a tablet. Screen reversed is great for Netflix/movies, and I leave it on my trucks center console in tablet mode. VERY light and thin

Cons: Screen isn't the best. Touch tracking is frustrating at times, and the accelerator is..... easily confused. I'm not sure that this is any worse than other offerings to be honest, and it takes a whole second to adjust the screen to the write orientation and lock it. For the price... not bad. Trackpad is also not the best. I don't like where the buttons are (at the top) and while you can right and left click on the pad itself, the left click is often difficult to get to work. Again, not the end of the world considering the price and form factor

Other Thoughts: Solid buy for engineers or other serious people

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