Laptop tablet hybrids to suit your work-life balance

Get the best of both worlds with these 2-in-1 devices.

Typing on laptop.
Why decide between a laptop or a tablet when you can have both in one?Unsplash

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.

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10.1 Inch FHD 2-in-1 Laptop - (MediaTek P60T, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB eMCP, Chrome OS)

Super Slimline

The large high resolution screen is good for viewing on the move and, if you’re going long-haul it can last you the whole day.Lenovo

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.

Microsoft Surface GO 2 10 Inch Tablet PC - (Silver) (Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4425Y, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC, Windows 10 Home in S Mode, 2020 Model)

Super Lightweight

At just over 500g (not including a keyboard cover), this lightweight device comes with a long-lasting battery (up to 10.5 hours) and the stylus—purchased separately, makes it a good choice for creative types.Microsoft

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.

Dell Inspiron 5000 14.0-inch FHD WVA LED-Backlit 2-in-1 Laptop, Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, MaxxAudio Pro, Windows 10 Home

Use At Any Angle

A number of ports and slots, including HDMI, SD card, and a universal C port mean a decent number of options for peripherals, while the ability to use in tent mode makes it useful for giving presentations.Dell

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.

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