The beginning of the 1980s saw the launch of the first ever laptop computers, but it wasn’t until 1989 that the first computer tablet, the GRiDPad 1900 which came with a tethered stylus, hit the market. But it wasn’t until almost 25 years later that the boffins figured out how to give us the best of both worlds. Here are some that worth looking at.


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A super lightweight laptop that can do everything a regular computer does, and double as a tablet is very appealing, but before you dive in, it’s worth thinking about whether the work you do is compatible with these types of devices. If you need a lot of processing power and memory, and frequently need to manipulate large video files, it may be that this sort of tech isn’t right for you.


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Check to see whether the tablet/laptop combination that you’re buying comes with everything you need in one package. Some designs require you to purchase a keyboard or stylus separately so make sure you know what you’re paying for before you put your hand in your pocket.

If you are going to want to use peripherals, do check the connections that are available. In order to stay slimline, many have fewer ports than you might expect from a laptop—often just a single USB-C port and a socket for headphones so if you’re going to want to use a USB mouse or connect an HDMI cable, you’ll need to purchase an extra hub.