By Andrew Williams
Reviewed: 9 Jan 2013
Lenovo 11.6" ThinkPad Helix 37017S2 Intel i7 8GB RAM 256GB Keyboard Win 8 Pro
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did the lenovo rep actually state 8gb ram? just want clarification. on the lenovo site they are now putting 4gb max.
This sounds amazing for on-the-go, but for me what's letting these Win8 hybrids and tablets down is the 3D performance. Not any issue for everyone but if this is going to replace my Android tablet it needs more pep.
Some manufacturers have been adding 3D chips into docks; why not add one into the keyboard dock?
8GB is the maximum AFAIK, whether that translates to the UK remains to be seen - though usually even in the UK Lenovo offers flexible configurations on its flagship laptops/convertibles.
Yes as a gamer and digital artist I'm also a big fan of dedicated 3D cards for convertibles. Unfortunately, the reasons why one was not put into the dock here are fairly obvious: weight, space and price.
Mind you, an optional secondary dock with a GPU would still be a theoretical possibility... but until universal external 3D GPU stations using Thunderbolt or a similarly speedy connector come along, we'll probably have to hope and dream :S
Well given that there have been a few laptops with powerful GPUs in the dock the tech should already be available. For example the Sony Vaio Z was doing it over a year and a half ago, using the same technology that sits behind Thunderbolt. But if it happens I agree it'll affect the price so will probably not be particularly mainstream.
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