In the past year, we have seen more and more 2-in-1 laptops introduced by Intel. They could be ultrabook, detachable or convertible but they all want to combine the laptop and tablet experience. Let’s see which one is worth our investment.
1. Microsoft Surface Pro 3
The Surface Pro 3 absolutely should be on top of the list as it is simply the best laptop-tablet hybrid ever released. I’ve been a fan of the line since Microsoft introduced the first generation a few years ago. The only obstacle for consumers is the hefty price tag. The Surface Pro 3’s pricing starts at $799 and you will have to pay nearly $2,000 for the highest specs. Otherwise, this is an awesome choice. It has an amazingly thin and lightweight design, the 12-inch screen is just perfect to use as a tablet as well as a laptop. The performance is highly rated, thanks to the powerful 4th generation Intel Core i7-4650U 1.70 GHz. Consumers also love the gorgeous high-res display, and also don’t forget the new multi-position Kickstand. However, apart from the high price, the Surface has some other issues such as underwhelming Touch Cover which is not included and mediocre battery life.
2. Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
This is an upgraded version of the original Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 and this is said to be the most versatile Windows 8 convertible on the market. It features new 4th-generation Haswell processor, a compact design, a backlit keyboard and a 3,200 x 1,800 screen. Its pricing ranges from $899 to $1,459. It has the same price range as the Surface Pro 3, but you won’t have to spend more for the keyboard. This is among the best ultrabooks you can buy at the price range, they have just a few minor issues like shorter battery life than advertised (around 6 hours) and some hybrid modes are not really useful.
3. HP Pavilion 11t-n000 x360
I reviewed the HP Pavilion 11t-n000 x360 recently and it is not a bad choice. This is among the most affordable 2-in-1 devices available on the market and what you get is a well-built convertible laptop in gorgeous red color. Its performance is acceptable with Intel Pentium N3530 quad-core processor and 4GB of RAM. I just don’t like its bad display quality, short battery life and its heavy and bulky design. But you shouldn’t expect much from a less than $400 laptop like this.
What is your thought about Intel 2 in 1 devices? Let us know in the comments section below.
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