Laptop-Tablet Hybrids can be said to be the recent addition in market of computers. Sony Vaio Duo 11, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, Dell XPS 12, and Asus VivoBook S200 can be listed as the best instances of these keyblets, which are expected to add a new flavor to computing.
So what constitutes a laptop tablet hybrid? It’s hard to define this to certain limitations. Some are tablets that have detachable keyboards, while others are convertibles, folding under to become tablets. They’ve been given different names as well- from laplets to keyblets.
Regardless of the design, the idea is to give you the best of both worlds- touch functionality which makes it easy to navigate a user interface, and hardware input in the form of a keyboard, which brings convenience if you have to type a lot.
The 4 Best Laptop-Tablet Hybrids of 2013
Sony Vaio Duo 11
Packing a1.7GHz Intel Core i7 processor, an 11.6” 1080p display, a 128GB SSD, two USB 3.0 slots, Ethernet, HDMI and VGA ports, the Sony Vaio Duo 11 is one of the most powerful laptop-tablet hybrids in the market. Though its build is somewhat heavy, it has pleasing ergonomics, and feels like a premium machine.
The QWERTY keyboard is not very spacious, and understandably so, given the modest size of the hybrid. It has a stunning screen, and will handle complex tasks such as video editing smoothly.
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga
Versatile, affordable and practical, the IdeaPad Yoga from Lenovo is one of the more compelling offering in the laptop-tablet hybrids segment. It has a vibrant 13” IPS touchscreen display, Intel Ivy Bridge CPU, 256GB SSD, 4GB DDR3 RAM upgradable to 8GB.
A double hinge allows the keyboard to flip completely, so it fits snugly beneath the display. And while the keyboard is not backlit, it is spacious and comfortable, allowing you to do some serious work. The display, while not a 1080p is still brilliant, and ample.
Dell XPS 12
Featuring an innovative rotating display, the XPS 12 has a bright, crisp 12” 1080p display, 1.7GHz Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB RAM, upgradable to 8GB, and 128GB SSD. It is powered by Intel HD4000 graphics.
The best part is this laptop-hybrid is competitively priced, and has a very comfortable keyboard, which has a touchpad as well.
Asus VivoBook S200
The VivoBook from Asus S200 flaunts a stunning design, and snappy performance, and is one of the light weight laptop-tablet hybrids you will find in the market. While it’s only modestly powered by an Intel Core i3 processor, it runs Windows 8 smoothly.
There’s a more premium version with a 1080p display and an Intel Core i7 processor if you feel like spending. But as far as bang for back goes, the VivoBook S200 is a good bet.
Laptop-Tablet Hybrids and Computing
The computer landscape has been changing in recent times. With the rise in tablet computers, netbook sales took a hit. We are at that point where tablets sell faster than laptops, and this is unsurprising because of the versatility of tablets. The distinction between the two types of computers was easy to define, but with the innovation of laptop-tablet hybrids, the line has become really blurry.
Laptop-Tablet Hybrids and Windows 8 Hybrids
While you can install Windows 8 on a traditional laptop it diminishes on the quality of the experience as the OS is designed for touch operation. Most hybrids run on Windows 8. It’s more befitting, especially, if you want to do some serious work.
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