Considering A Convertible Tablet? Here Are A Few Good Options.

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Gigabyte’s Netbook features an Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor, 10.1″ single touch 1366×768 LED screen, 1GB DDR2 RAM, and a 250GB HDD. Gigabyte’s option is listed at $495, not a horrible price for the features at hand but again you could almost get a tablet and netbook for such a price.

jay-leno-net-worth The Lenovo Ideapad also makes use of a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor and a 250GB HDD. The biggest differences are that it uses 1GB DDR3 and instead has a 10.1-inch screen that runs at a 1024×600 resolution. In reality there are little differences in specs between most of these convertible tablets. The Ideapad is the most expensive model I’ve looked at, listed for $599. Lenovo is one of my favorite brands and the DDR3 RAM is a nice touch, but I admit the price difference is pretty large considering the minor differences in the model.

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Asus’ model runs on an Intel Atom Dual Core N570 CPU, has 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 250GB HDD, and a touch-screen. This is the cheapest of the models that I’ve looked at, listing at only $447.99.

For those that have found the following machines interesting, there might be a few other choices out there but these are some of the netbook convertibles that have appeal personally to me. So are they really worth it over a tablet or a netbook (or buying both)?

I guess that depends on who you are and what you are looking for. Is now a good time to get them?

Maybe? I’m not sure if these Windows 7 machines will receive a huge slash-down when Windows 8 arrives or not. Since they are more netbooks than tablets, in many ways, I wouldn’t expect a huge cut. So if you buy Windows 8 and one of these models you are talking $600-$700 easy. This might be too pricey for some.

What do you think of convertible netbooks? Are they worth the purchase or should users instead just a get a traditional netbook and a tablet? Share your thoughts below!


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