I knew this device was designed for me when I read what Lenovo executive Matt Bereda had to say about it.
"Business travelers are seasoned experts in challenging work environments"
"Especially in the skies.”
“They know how to pack, race through security lines and get their work done under any condition."
|I never know where I'll be working next.|
The Twist takes convertible one step farther. From laptop to tablet, to standup monitor, which is useful for watching videos or sharing what's on the screen with others.
The X220, on the other hand is boxy with a hump on the back where the battery extends beyond the hinge. My 22-year old son, Antonio says the X220 is ugly, but the user replaceable battery and supplemental battery "slice" - a one pound layer that attaches to the base - helps me get as much as 9 hours without having to plug it in.
|I took the Twist with me to Turkey|
Where it shines, it shines. The monitor is brilliant and clear, even in the sun. The processor is rapid fast and the thing can find a wifi signal as good or better than my X220.
On the down side, the touch pad is hyper-sensitive even after adjusting so that merely brushing my sleeve across it sent a file from one location to another. Converting the computer from laptop to tablet was also frustrating. More times than not, the screen orientation did not conform correctly and I could never resolve the problem without disabling the rotation entirely which defeats the purpose. Lenovo says a computer update addresses this problem.
|The X220 convertible laptop/tablet. Photo courtesy Lenovo|
What the company has done is recognize and go after a hole in the market with lighter and less expensive versions of the X220. The Twist (and the somewhat similar Yoga) let business travelers pare down by carrying just one device that is a fully operational computer with the portability of an iPad. I know from my X220 that they got it right once, I have no doubt they'll do it again, soon.