Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Windows 8 hybrids start shipping

Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey is one of the most forward thinking higher educational schools in the country in terms of offering the latest in technology. In the fall of 2012, freshmen attending the school were able to get a free Windows 8 tablet from Samsung as well as a free Nokia Lumia 900.

Later this summer, some Seton Hall students and faculty members will be among the first members of the public to use the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Windows 8 PC. The notebook-tablet convertible was first announced at CES 2013 in January. Originally scheduled for a February launch, the PC's release got pushed back to April, but Engadget reports that the first devices have already been shipped to "a handful of customers".

The Setonian website said that Seton Hall is replacing the Samsung Windows 8 tablets with the new 11.6 inch Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, partly because students didn't want to choose between an Ultrabook or a tablet. The ThinkPad Helix can be used as a tablet, but it also comes with a detachable keyboard for regular notebook use.

Faculty and incoming freshmen will get access to their new Lenovo PCs this summer and juniors at Seton Hall will be able to upgrade from their previous PC to the ThinkPad Helix this fall. There's no word on when Lenovo will begin selling the ThinkPad Helix to the general public.

Source: Setonian | Image via Lenovo

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Free things? Well not really free. Forced to purchase by putting it in your tuition is more like it. I wonder how many students they convince to go there for the "free" stuff. Tuition is $16,870 per semester not including other fees.

"Originally scheduled for a February launch, the PC's release got pushed back to April"

Ummm...there are only 7 days left in April. It's already 7 days past mid-month...when will they update the new 'pushed back' date to May now.

Also, saying the Helix started shipping is deceiving, because in reality, it hasn't. They only made/shipped ONE batch to go to a School. No one else is getting it.