A hybrid laptop is a tablet and a laptop all in one, also known as a “detachable” or “2-in-1.” Basically, this invention offers you the luxury to never decide if you want a laptop or a tablet because instead you can just have both. Different brands offer different variations of this versatile device. Some come with a keyboard forever attached to the screen, but can conveniently swing out of the way when unneeded. Other models offer detachable screens that can be carried around like a tablet, sans keyboard. There is a difference in the actual lingo, a hybrid entails that the screen can actually be removed from the keyboard. While a convertible screen always remains attached to the unit but can be tucked out of the way. Here is a look at some of the latest and greatest hybrid laptops currently on the market; perhaps you’ll find one that offers what you are looking for and more.
Price: $799+ The latest Microsoft Surface Pro tablet is bigger and better than ever with a 12.5-inch display screen that radiates with 2160 x 1440 pixels. The latest option is also lighter than the previous Surface Pro model, and the added flexibility to the hinge design enhances comfort greatly. The Surface Pro has a physical keyboard, a touch keyboard, and the option to write directly on the face tablet using a stylus pen. The Surface Pro starts at $799, but once you add storage and other features you can easily reach a price point closer to $1,300. Price-wise this tablet can be compared to the MacBook Air, which is still more expensive and lacks the same versatility. Later this year we will get to see the release of Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Microsoft has leaked little information about the anticipated device. They have said it will come in a number of different size options ranging between 8 and 14 inches. Perhaps a smaller Surface Pro will make great competition for the iPad mini. While a larger version will compete nicely with the rumored 12.2-inch iPad Pro, also expected to be released sometime in the near future.
Price: $1,199.99+ Sporting 3,200 x 1,800 pixels, the latest Lenovo Yoga is splendid. This is a very responsive device with supreme flexibility that makes the computer very comfortable to use. The screen folds all the way back, like a true yogi, allowing you to use this device just like a tablet. You can actually utilize the keyboard and device from 4 different angles, including completely flat on its back. Another popular angle is tent mode, where the tablet stands up on its own as if it were in a stand. The issues that strike down the Lenova Yoga 2 are pretty minor, such as the device tends to be too heavy to lug around in your hands for long. Perhaps one of the bigger issues for most people would be the short battery life, which on average lasts for only 5-hours. Also, with only 128GB of storage you won’t be able to keep much on this notebook without adding your own storage or relying on cloud space.
Price: $300+ If you are seeking a more affordable option in the world of hybrid laptops, the Acer Aspire Switch 10 might be just what you are looking for. Instead of wasting money on a fancy fold back design this budget hybrid relies on a magnetic connection to snap the keyboard and screen on and off. The 10.1-inch screen with 1366 x 768 display doesn’t offer the best picture quality, but for the price it isn’t bad at all. The tablet is slightly bulky, a little wide and heavy as well. When it comes to playing music though, this hybrid device knows how to help you rock out with awesome speaker quality. The keyboard needs very firm pressure to register and work, but thanks to Bluetooth technology you can wirelessly stream videos to your device without fussing over any cords. The Acer Aspire Switch 10 tablet ranks average in terms of performance capabilities when compared to other tablets in the same low-end price category. While it might not be as powerful as other options on the market, the Aspire Switch 10 does work well for daily use. A similar option that some people prefer is the Asus Transformer Book T100.
Price: $15,79+ The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga is similar to the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, but it has its distinct differences as well. The main difference is the vanishing keyboard that helps dissolve a problem with hybrid tablet laptops in general. The ThinkPad comes with a great design, solid construction, and dependable battery life. You get a 12-inch display touch screen with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. For a larger screen and top-notch resolution though, you will have to purchase the Yoga Pro instead. You are really paying for the fancy keyboard the ThinkPad comes with, as it is truly the coolest thing about the device. The keyboard literally disappears into the back of the tablet when it is folded backwards, you may find yourself flipping it back over and over just to watch the magical keyboard unfold and vanish. That being said, adding any upgrades to increase the actual core of this computer gets expensive. If only there was a combination of the Yoga Pro and the ThinkPad! All on its own, the ThinkPad ranks slightly above average compared to the competition. A tablet hybrid device offers you the best of both worlds a laptop and a tablet all in one. As more companies work to create their version of the flexible device the options are expected to get better and better. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next! Stop by your local My Broken Phone location for swift cell phone repairs, plus the latest mobile technology and accessories.