Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga is an example of a convertible laptop/tablet.[/caption]
The ConvertibleThese are far from new in the Windows world. In fact, convertibles really started to show up long before tablets like the iPad. The problem was that these older convertibles had less-than-stellar touchscreens and were using Windows XP which really had no real touch-screen functionality worth talking about. What are the pros for getting a convertible?
- A full laptop experience. This doesn’t need any crazy process to make it a laptop, instead it swivels around to become a tablet.
- No laptop dock accessory to keep track of.
- Often these are a bit on the heavy-side.
- You are stuck dealing with the keyboard attached.
The HybridThe hybrid itself has two different types. One simply has a keyboard dock that makes it look and feel like a traditional laptop when attached together, such as the Asus Vivo Tab. The second type is a tablet that has a keyboard attachment but it isn’t a real dock. It has no extra ports or batteries. It also doesn’t hold together like a laptop and often uses a kickstand instead. Really only one of these so far— Microsoft’s Surface tablet. Let’s take a look at the pros of hybrids in general:
- You get a real tablet experience that is lighter and more like what you’d find on Android or iPad With a simple attachment you also get a laptop experience with extra battery power and ports
The SliderThis is another unique category that is similar to a keyboard in that it includes a built-in keyboard. The key difference is that they slide to open instead of having a hinge that opens up in a manner similar to a regular laptop. This is sort of like a slider smartphone in a way. The Sony Vaio Duo 11 is a prime example of this design type. What are the pros?
- It is easier to open and shut in tight spaces
- It is sexy and unique looking compared to the more laptop-like design
- It often has a smaller keyboard or doesn’t include a touchpad in order to make more room for the design
- They are also a bit on the heavy side compared to a hybrid design