The Lenovo Helix: The next step in enterprise mobility

How many devices do you need in a typical workday to do your job well? If a Forrester study from last year is any indication, 74 percent of you use two or more devices, and 53 percent use three or more.

While each of those devices plays a particular role, switching among a PC, tablet, and smartphone throughout the day can be inefficient, both for users carting around multiple devices and IT help desks juggling myriad operating systems, licenses, and security concerns.

This is the thinking that led to the Lenovo Helix, a hybrid Ultrabook and tablet. One of a new crossbreed of mobile devices, the Helix is designed to simplify mobility for workers who spend a lot of time away from their desk but still need significant computing power and a full keyboard and mouse. It works just like a regular Ultrabook, but users can detach the screen, which functions as a tablet.

Here are four ways the Helix is simplifying workers’ mobile lives: Continue Reading…

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Ultrabooks breathe new life into PC notebook market

PCs used to be big hulking towers that barely fit under your desk and sounded like a Saturn 5 rocket when you booted them up. Today, thanks to the relentless march of innovation-and some well-timed funding-the PC comes in a variety of flavors: netbooks, notebooks, pocket PCs, and Ultrabooks.

The Ultrabook™ form factor is changing the rules, and proving once and for all that the PC isn’t dead. Intel started testing the idea and specifications behind the Ultrabook in 2011, after Apple’s manila-envelope-inspired MacBook Air was met with roaring success in 2008. The Air wasn’t a full-breed Ultrabook, per se, but it did shape consumers’ expectations of what an ultra-compact, powerful notebook could look like.

After the Air came products like the iPad and other tablet devices, and the cry went out that the PC was dead and the tablet market was here to takeover. But even though consumers loved tablets, the devices just weren’t ready for most corporate environments.

Business leaders found that tablets were sorely lacking in terms of processing power and added an additional dimension to their infrastructure security. The security component alone was more than enough reason for IT professionals to be just a tad too wary to take their entire workforce over to a pure tablet environment.

That’s where Ultrabooks are finding their stride-combining a high-performance system with a small form factor design, capable of giving end users the power of a high-end, traditional notebook with the mobile, lightweight, and consumer-level features they admire most in their personal computing devices. Continue Reading…

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