Choosing a Laptop/Tablet Hybrid

Having the convenience of a tablet and the functionality of a laptop in the same device is what makes laptop/tablet hybrids such a great option for users.

A 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrid allows you to enjoy the advantages of a laptop and a tablet simultaneously. Whenever you need to work on documents, you have a keyboard at hand to make things more comfortable and if you want to enjoy online games, your favorite apps, and social networking websites, you have easy access to a tablet.

In order to find the best hybrid for you, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. Here is the list of the main aspects to consider when you are ready to get a device that combines all the benefits that a laptop and a tablet can offer.

Processor and Specs

The majority of laptop/tablet hybrids use Intel’s fourth-generation processors, which offer a solid speed and performance.

Generally, a device powered by a Core i5 will work well for your general tasks and those using a Core i7 chip will have a good balance between speed and battery life.

Lenovo Flex 5 14" 2-in-1 Laptop, 14.0" FHD (1920 x 1080) Touch Display, AMD Ryzen 5 4500U Processor, 16GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, AMD Radeon Graphics, Digital Pen Included, Win 10, 81X20005US, Graphite Grey
  • Thin, light, and stylish – This 2-in-1 laptop weighs just 3.64 pounds and is only 0.82" thick. It's soft and comfortable to the touch, with a durable paint that creates a better user experience. Digital pen included
  • The 10-point, 14-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS touchscreen allows the Lenovo Flex 5 14" 2-in-1 laptop to be comfortable, fun, and easy to use. It's also great to look at, with 4-side narrow bezels
  • The 360⁰ hinge lets you use your 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop in whatever mode works best for you; Use it in 'Laptop' mode for everyday computing, 'Tent' mode for sharing things, 'Stand' mode for binge-watching, or 'Tablet' mode for more intuitive interaction
  • Enjoy up to 10 hours of battery life, plus quick charge to 80% in just 1 hour
  • Powered by the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U mobile processor with Radeon graphics, you have the performance to do more, from anywhere. With more cores, you'll experience responsiveness that leaps into action for productivity, gaming, and content creation

Make sure to get 8GB of RAM or above, as well as a 256GB SSD (Solid State Hard Drive), which will enable your device to work again quickly after being in sleep mode.

You can get a more affordable option if you go for a 2-in-1 hybrid drive with a hard drive or around 500GB as well as a particular amount of flash cache.

Don’t settle for a hybrid that does not offer any amount of flash, as this feature is what will boost your device’s responsiveness.

Screen Resolution

Hybrids with 1366×768 pixel displays are usually cheaper but you should go for a 1600×900 or 1920×1080 full HD display, which offers a considerably sharper image and the option of having at least three windows open at the same time for multitasking.

Lenovo Yoga 7i 2-in-1 15.6-inch FHD Touchscreen Premium Laptop PC, Intel Quad-Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10 Home 64 bit, Gray
  • Windows 10 Home, 15.6" inch FHD (1920x1080) IPS 400nits Glossy Touch Display
  • Intel 11th Generation Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics
  • 8GB DDR4 3200MHz (soldered), 256GB Solid State Drive
  • 1x USB 3.2 Type A, 1x USB Type C Charging Ports, 2x Thunderbolt Ports (Total) and 1x Headphone/microphone combo jack
  • Built-in fingerprint reader, Wireless-Ax Bluetooth 5.0, 65 watts 4 cell Lithium-polymer, Weight 4.18 pounds

There are devices with an even higher resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, which suits photo editing.

The Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 is one of these hybrids with quad HD resolution. Keep in mind that high resolution goes better with large displays.

Size

Even though hybrids feature the functions of both a tablet and a laptop, many of these devices are mainly tablets that can turn into a laptop or vice versa. This is usually defined by the size because a smaller device would be more suitable as a tablet, while a larger one would work better when used as a laptop.

If you are looking for portability and flexibility, you would be better off with a 10-inch 2-in-1 device like the Transformer Book T100 from ASUS.

For those who want a hybrid that is more orientated towards productivity, a 13-inch or over display would be the right choice.

One of the devices available in the Acer Aspire R7, which works great as a laptop and just happens to offer a tablet option as well.

Design

The laptop/tablet hybrid also offers a variety of options when it comes to design. You can choose from a wide range of models, so you are sure to find one that meets your needs.

There are detachable models, which are good for those that use more the tablet function and prefer to leave the keyboard aside.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro is one of the most recognized hybrids with a detachable design. Bear in mind that the keyboard has an additional cost.

You will also find flexible models that allow you to fold the device to turn the laptop into a tablet easily. This model is great for watching movies or videos or making presentations.

The Yoga 2 Pro from Lenovo and Dell’s XPS 12 are some of the most popular hybrids of this type. There are also slimmer hybrids that let you slide the device to go from tablet to laptop function such as the Sony Duo 13.

Price

Generally, the prices for 2-in-1 hybrids range from around $500 to $1400. Based on your budget, you need to consider what are the features that really matter to you.

Bear in mind that good specs don’t come cheap and if you focus on saving money, you may end up sacrificing speed, responsiveness, graphics, and performance.

If you really want to enjoy the 2-in-1 experience, you may need to invest at least $1000 to get a fourth-generation Core processor that will perform better in terms of battery life and graphics.

If you want to stick to a budget, a device using Intel’s Bay Trail processor would be the best choice. There are hybrids available in this range with prices that go as low as $350 but they would mainly work as a tablet as they have a smaller screen and fewer multitasking options.

Last update on 2022-01-22 / We may get a commission on clicks or purchases from this page. / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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