Is a hybrid one of your next must-have gadgets? For those who are not yet in the know, a hybrid is a combination of a laptop computer and a tablet, both physical and functionality-wise. How? Well, it’s got the technical features and capabilities of a typical laptop computer, and yet you get to experience the convenience and lightweight feel of a tablet at the same time. What’s cooler than its versatility is that you can get and use both (a laptop and a tablet) at a price that is much less than buying these two separate devices.
Hybrids are currently the latest innovation in technology, since they allow people to transform their laptop into a tablet in such ease, and vice versa, which is why it’s considered versatile. If you need a keyboard to do your work, you can do so. And if you want to simply browse or just exercise your tapping skills, you can simply detach the keyboard and viola! You now have a tablet. So are you convinced to get your hands on one yet? But before you do that, check out these buying tips on how to find your ideal hybrid that’ll match your sense of style, needs, and of course, let’s not forget your budget!
Consider Your Budget
2-in-1 hybrid laptop-tablets normally range between $400 – $1,500. Your alloted money to purchase one will depend on what type of hybrid you can afford to buy. If you’re the budget-conscious type, you can settle with one of those older, third-generation Core processor, with a lower resolution of 1366 x 768-pixel screen. And if you’re the type who wants to get the latest and greatest models, those having fourth-gen Core processor, with longer battery life and full HD display, you may need to shell out at least $1,000 or more.
Being mindful on how you spend on gadgets is great. But keep in mind that cheaper versions of these devices also cut the performance, features, and multitasking power in half. So if you’re going to spend less, expect less at the same time.
Check the Specs
When choosing a hybrid, check the specifications and see if it will match your needs and your purpose of using it. Make sure you’ll be getting at least 4GB of RAM or higher, in addition to a 128 GB solid state drive (SSD), which enables the device to immediately resume from sleep. Again, you can opt to go with hybrid drives, which combine a standard hard drive and flash cache if you are on the budget watch. Watch out for those that do not contain at least a small amount of flash cache, since this can cause some response problem on the device later on.
If in case you’re planning to get a cheaper version, make sure it’s powered by an Intel Atom processor, with the latest Bay Trail chip for better performance. Making an extra effort to search and find out how each hybrid’s specs can do will make a big difference in making sure that it’s money worth spending.
Which Design Do You Prefer?
Hybrids offer a wide array of designs to suit the different styles and needs of users. A detachable design is ideal for those who want to completely leave the keyboard, giving it a complete tablet look. A popular detachable hybrid is the Surface 2. Another type of hybrid design allows you to flip the display around the keyboard thus, allowing you to easily transform it from a laptop into a tablet mode whenever you want. You can also position the device in presentation mode, which is ideal for watching movies or when making presentations. The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and the Dell XPS 12 are good examples of this flexible design hybrid.
The slider design hybrid is another great choice if you want smooth transition from tablet to laptop mode. You can check out the Sony Duo 13 to find out if this slider design suits you best.
Size Does Matter
Hybrids are designed in different ways to cater to consumers’ different priorities. Some hybrids are created as tablet first, then notebook second, while others are designed primarily to be used as laptops. So if you’re more into its tablet mode, the smaller the screen size, the better. For example, the Asus Transformer Book T100 has a 10-inch screen size is great as a tablet, while a 15-inch Acer Aspire R7 is more likely suitable for productivity-minder users, and the tablet is just considered as an add-on.
Don’t Sacrifice on Screen Resolution
This is one part that you shouldn’t compromise when choosing a gadget to buy. There are several budget-friendly hybrids out there that offer 1366 x 768 screen display, but you may want to have sharper and clearer resolution (1600 x 900 or full HD). You’ll have better image quality and viewing experience, plus you can also perform multitasking activities with larger and clearer screen display.
There’s no harm in taking some time to think and consider these things before rushing out to buy one. This is more likely applicable to those who are planning to buy cost-cutting hybrid models, making sure that you’ll be getting one that is still of competitive features and performance is key. After all, you don’t want to buy something that will only last for a short period of time.