Top 5' 2-in-1 tablet/laplet for 2015


The laplet device class is a relatively new, so a few devices exist on the market, although the laptop manufacturers are showing signs of adding more laplet models to their existing laptop product portfolios.

One of the first laplets introduced to the audience is Asus Transformer Book T100, featuring 10.1-inch touchscreen display, Intel Atom CPU, Windows 8 OS and a detachable keyboard. The laplet arrived in stores in October 2013.

Many hybrid laptops are sleek, powerful devices that look good and serve multiple use cases to varying degrees of success. Obviously there are a lot of solid devices out there that narrowly missed the cut, such as the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP300LA, so there's no shortage of great devices for you to choose. Along with the release of Windows 10 draws near, expect an even greater selection of these devices to pop up in due time.

Surface Pro 3

The Surface Pro 3 is the third-generation Surface-series 2-in-1 tablet/laplet, designed, developed, marketed, and produced by Microsoft.

The Surface Pro 3 has a body made of magnesium alloy giving a gray matted finish to the back of the device. The charging port is magnetized and connect securely to the charger.

It comes with an improved continuous kickstand, allowing the device to be set at any angle between 22 and 150 degrees. The kickstand has a high resistance which provides firmness and prevent an accidental sliding.

The Surface Pro 3 features a larger 12 inches (30 cm) display over its predecessor. The screen has a 3:2 aspect ratio which Microsoft claims allow the device to be used more comfortably in the portrait orientation. Because the touch screen digitizer and the pen digitizer are combined into a single layer, the screen is physically thinner than one of earlier models, which improves viewing angle.

Although the Surface Pro 3 has a larger screen than its predecessor, it is both thinner and lighter, weighing 100 grams (0.22 lb) less. Microsoft claims the Surface Pro 3 is capable of up to 9 hours of web browsing.

HP Pavilion X2

The HP Pavilion x2 might be a little tike of a 2-in-1 laptop but this 10.1-inch Windows 10 device can scream.

However, the HP 2-in-1 biggest differentiator from the Surface 3 (as well as last year's Pavilion x2) is this machine has been built as a laptop first. Whereas last year's Pavilion x2 was a tablet with a detachable keyboard stand, this year the hybrid splits into a detachable screen that links up with a standard keyboard.

Along with a better typing experience, the new x2 is also more versatile, offering a few additional modes of usage such as tent and stand.

Sony VAIO Duo 13

Intel's brand new Haswell processors (also known as fourth generation Core processors) bring little to the table for desktop PCs, but include a number of improvements for mobile devices. To coincide with Intel's new chips, Sony has launched a refreshed lineup of Vaio Ultrabooks, which the Sony Vaio Duo 13 is part of.

It's the immediate successor to the Sony Vaio Duo 11, a decent attempt to bring the power and comfort (especially when typing and working) of and Ultrabook with the simplicity and convenience of a tablet device, that had a few too many compromises and failed to capture the imagination of potential purchasers.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S

The Lenovo Yoga 11S laptop is a flexible machine that can fold over from a typical laptop stance to a stand position, to a position with the keyboard behind the screen, ready for delivering presentations.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S comes with HDMI, SD card and USB ports, and boasts a surprisingly impressive Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for storage. The screen is sharp and bright, though not full HD, and works well with Windows 8. It's also nicely light and small for portability. You can easily use the Yoga 11S as you would any other laptop, replete with a full QWERTY keyboard.

Asus Transformer Book T200

T200 packs enough muscle for most typical computing chores. With a 1.59-GHz quad-core Intel Atom Bay Trail Z3795 processor and 4GB of RAM, the T200 hummed along as I played a round of Happy Chef 2 with a Hulu video streaming and four Chrome tabs open in the background. However, the computer did stutter when switching between apps while all this was going on.

Notching 3,299 on the Geekbench 3 test, the Asus T200 beat the 1.33-GHz Intel Atom Z3745-backed Aspire Switch 10 (2,620), but lost to the Inspiron 11 (3,395) and the Yoga 2 11 (4,290), which are powered by 2.16-GHz quad-core Intel Pentium N3530 and N3520 CPUs, respectively.

The T200's 64GB eMMC SSD was relatively speedy, delivering a transfer rate of 44.6 MBps on our file copy test. That's faster than the Inspiron 11 (30.5 MBps), the Aspire Switch 10 (23 MBps) and the Yoga 2 11 (38 MBps). Both the Inspiron and the Yoga 2 11 have 500GB, 5,400-rpm hard drives, while the Switch 10 has a 64GB SSD.

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