The pros and cons of laptop tablet hybrids

Now if you’re about to buy a laptop or a tablet, you have a lot to think about. A laptop is really not just for people who type a lot: there are various other reasons for choosing a laptop instead of a tablet. But there is also something in between, namely the hybrid. We contrast the pluses and minuses.

The operating system

With a 2-in-1 laptop tablet, there is a lot of choice in operating systems. Are you going for a traditional Windows experience or for an operating system that you know from smartphones, Android for example? The latter is of course very well known and very intuitive, but it also comes with a downside. Android has limited capabilities compared to computer operating systems.

The screen

Laptop tablet hybrids often have a larger screen than the regular tablet. Most copies have a keyboard that is attached to the screen (but can be rotated 360 degrees), although there are also variants where the keyboard can be clicked off. This allows you to really use the device as a separate tablet and as a laptop, but some devices sometimes experience connection problems with the keyboard or become somewhat paralyzed. The more money you pay for such a device, the thinner the screen. However, a thin screen often also comes with a thin keyboard, and that is not always comfortable.

The keyboard

Although that keyboard is certainly not the only thing that makes the difference between a tablet and a laptop, it often plays a role in the choice of a hybrid laptop. Everyone who has a tablet has thought: that typing should be easier. Or: if only I had a keyboard to type this long angry letter. If only to hit a little harder instead of using the slightly more fragile touchscreen of the tablet.

The advantage of a hybrid laptop is that it does have a keyboard, but you can easily fold it away so that you have that tablet experience again. We recommend that you try a keyboard well in advance, because sometimes these keys are still very narrow, flat and fragile.

The portability

However, there is also a downside. The hybrid laptop is often a bit bigger and thicker than a tablet, making it less easy to fit in any bag. The size ensures that you reach for a backpack faster instead of a smaller shoulder bag. Especially if you also bring a charger, which often comes with a large adapter. A tablet has a charger like a phone, and they are slightly smaller because no battery block is required. Moreover, they weigh more. On the other hand, the tablet-laptop hybrid also has its advantage in carrying around: a tablet breaks in two more easily than a sturdier hybrid.

Drop it

You can put a tablet down if you can lean it against something. However, there is still a chance that it will slip underneath if you do not have a cover around it. The advantage of a hybrid is that it is foldable, often up to 360 degrees. You can fold it open a quarter as a tablet, open it completely to make it into a tablet and even turn it the other way around to use it as a standard with screen. That makes it just a little easier to watch a movie, because the device itself is already its own support.

The price determines

In itself, this is no different with hybrid laptops than with other laptops, but keep in mind that cheaper devices often have a shorter battery life and are less powerful. As a result, you may not be able to use different applications at the same time, for example, or ask for something heavier from your computer, like Photoshop or video games. A high-end hybrid can cost 1500 to 2000 euros, so it is recommended that you get good advice before purchasing this special type of laptop.


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