Hybrid laptops: Best of both worlds

Illustration of a hyrbid laptop with stylus

Hybrids are the trick dogs of the laptop world. They can do more than sit on the table like an open clamshell on a rock. They can also lie flat on the table, bend all the way back at a 360-degree angle, and stand tent-like. The monitor can detach from the keyboard, too.

While a laptop standing like a tent is enough to rouse everyone in a meeting that has gone on too long, there is more to hybrids than their wow factor.

With hybrids, you are getting two devices in one. Do your work-related activities, like document-typing, in its laptop mode, then later switch to tablet mode to enjoy your entertainment, be it movies or social media.

Like a typical tablet, hybrid monitors are touchscreens. Most hybrids today run on a Windows 10 operating system, which includes Windows Ink, a program that grants your desktop with touchscreen functions. Using a stylus pen, you can write on a Windows Ink-enhanced screen as you would on paper, then store your jottings digitally.

Every major technology brand now has its own version of the hybrid, so choosing which to buy can be confusing for the average consumer. In this blog, we introduce you to the most popular hybrids in the market today, appearing in top tech magazines today like PC Magazine and T3; and help you decide which one fits your needs.

Convertible

Hybrids can be grouped into two main categories: convertible and detachable. The convertibles are those that can be bent into an array of positions, enabled either by a special 360-degree hinge or a kickstand. Their monitors, however, don’t separate from the keyboard as standalone tablets like detachables do.

1. Acer Spin 5 Convertible Laptop The Acer Spin 5 Convertible Laptop has a dual-torque hinge that allows it to be folded in four different ways.

Acer-Spin 5

Acer | Spin 5 – $479.99
International shipping weight – 6 kg
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2. Lenovo Yoga 910 Like the Acer Spin 5, the Lenovo Yoga 910 has a 360-degree hinge and can be folded into four positions too. It runs on an Intel Core i7 processor, which makes it among the fastest hybrids today.

Lenovo-Yoga 910

Lenovo | Yoga 910 – $1049.99
International shipping weight – 6.5 kg
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3. The HP Spectre x360 The HP Spectre x360 boasts both a fast processor, the Intel Core i7, and a brilliant graphic display, thanks to its NVIDIA graphic card.

HP-Spectre x360

HP | Spectre x360 – $1229.99
International shipping weight – 7 kg
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4. Samsung Notebook 9 Pro The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro has everything you want in a hybrid: a convertible hardware, fast processor, sharp display, and free stylus pen.

Samsung-Notebook 9 Pro

Samsung | Notebook 9 Pro – $1299.99
International shipping weight – 6.5 kg
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5. Microsoft Surface Pro Instead of a special hinge, the Microsoft Surface Pro is supported by a kickstand, a collapsible panel attached at the back of the monitor. With the kickstand, the monitor can be propped like canvas on an easel or lain flat on the table.

Microsoft-Surface Pro

Microsoft | Surface Pro – $799
International shipping weight – 5.5 kg
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Detachable

On the other hand, a detachable allows the user to remove the monitor from the keyboard so it can be carried around like a true tablet. Most detachables today also come with a free stylus pen.

1. ASUS Transformer Mini The Asus Transformer Mini is like the Microsoft Surface Pro in many ways, from the kickstand to the stylus pen. The only difference is that Transformer Mini’s monitor can be detached from the monitor to become a standalone tablet.

ASUS-Transformer Mini

ASUS | Transformer Mini – $399
International shipping weight – 5 kg
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2. Microsoft Surface Book The Microsoft Surface Book is a graphic designer’s dream device: a portable gadget with sharp display and fast processor; hardware that can be folded like a sketchbook; a detachable touchscreen monitor you can work on with a stylus pen.

Microsoft-Surface Book

Microsoft | Surface Book – $1499
International shipping weight – 6 kg
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3. Samsung Galaxy Book With its superior graphics, fast processor and detachable monitor, the Samsung Galaxy Book can compete head to head with the Microsoft Surface Book. It also comes with a free stylus pen.

Samsung-Galaxy Book

 

Samsung | Galaxy Book – $997.99
International shipping weight – 5.5 kg
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4. Dell Latitude 5285 Dell is known for its industrial grade laptops, and the Dell Latitude 5285 is no exception. Not only does it come equipped with standard hybrid features, it also sets itself apart from the rest with security features, such as the fingerprint reader and the self-encryption drive.

Dell-Latitude 5285 2-in-1

Dell | Latitude 5285 2-in-1 – $899
International shipping weight – 5.5 kg
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5. Google Pixel C Google Pixel C is the only hybrid in our list that’s running on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. So if you’re more of a Google apps use than a Windows user, this hybrid will come in handy.

Google-Pixel C

Google | Pixel C – $599
International shipping weight – 5 kg
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As much as we want to do everything digitally, we do not want to lug numerous electronic devices around. Doing so would defeat the purpose of digitizing things, which is convenience. We find a solution in hybrids: by combining two tools in one, they enable us to switch between different aspects of our lives seamlessly.

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