Harbor joined the Lenovo partner team earlier this year after I went to a show in Florida and had an opportunity to put my hands on the new products in a small environment of 20 IT firms and about 5 Lenovo VP and upper Management types. I made some great contacts within Lenovo at that time. That level of contact is the type of thing that I look for in a new vendor. Will they treat you (our clients) as mere numbers or will they treat you as a valued customer and listen to the feedback that we pass up to them. Are they interested in small business or are they just making enterprise products that they think can shoehorn into smaller businesses?
I’m please to say that we’re now a Lenovo partner. I was suitably impressed with what they had to say, now they interacted, and now they’ve opened an assembly plant in the USA. They have also promised us better than website pricing when we purchase direct.
I placed the Lenovo Twist into Missy’s hands. She was still using the $200 Dell Netbook from several years ago. The upgrade served two purposes. First she really needed something mobile and the Netbook just wasn’t serving the purpose anymore and second, she’s our only non-IT person and so is the only one that can really give new hardware a realistic test.
The Lenovo Twist is a touch-screen laptop running Windows 8. The screen can flip around so you can use it as a tablet. It’s very thin, all things considered. It has 12.5” screen so it’s not huge but it’s “big enough for mobile work”. It can however double as a desktop replacement when paired with the USB docking station. The USB docking station can handle 2 DVI monitors, sound and 6 USB3 devices.
The Twist has 12.5” touch display, i5 processor, 4GB ram, gorilla glass, and a solid state hard drive. It’s water resistant and anti-microbial. It is classified as an UltraBook which means that it’s thin, light and doesn’t have a DVD drive. It is lightening fast and has a battery life of about 6 hours.
I’m really, really impressed with it. Based on the solid feeling that it has I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it will live up to the reputation of Lenovo as being built like a tank. It feels like it will handle any amount of travel you can put it through.
It comes with Windows 8 Pro 64. Most importantly Missy took to it like a duck to water. She hadn’t seen Windows 8 before but immediately liked the touch environment, long battery life and instant start-up. If you’d like to see one in person, we’re happy to bring it over next time your tech is in the neighborhood so you can check it out.