Tablets are great to read e-books on, watch videos, access the net and listen to music. They are light-weight and compact, which makes them easy to carry around in your backpack to school. However, they can be terrible for taking notes. That’s when you’ll find the need for a laptop or an add-on keyboard which can be quite stressful to carry around all the time.

The solution is a much simpler hybrid device called a 2-in-1 laptop. These are convertibles that can change from laptop to tablet mode as you desire to use it. A 2-in-1 laptop is designed to offer the user touchscreen capabilities of a tablet and the traditional keyboard and trackpad functions of a laptop, as the need arises.

 

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Your school backpack is going to be loaded with a bunch of everyday academic necessities, leaving you little space to fit in a laptop and a tablet. When you choose a convertible instead, you pick a device that is convenient to carry and flexible to use. Change it from a laptop to a tablet when you’re traveling in a bus or change it back to a laptop when you suddenly remember that you need to complete an essay for class. We’re all so comfortable using touchscreen phone these days that using a touchscreen tablet makes things so much easier.

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Types of 2-in-1 laptops

When it comes to hybrids, there are two kinds of models offering different versions of convertible features.

Flip model

flip laptop

The first kind of convertible comes with a flip or fold keyboard which allowed you to put the keyboard out of the way and let you use the touchscreen as a tablet. The Lenovo Yoga series launched such laptops that open a full 360 degrees until the two halves are back-to-back with the screen facing upwards and the keyboard on the rear. The screen could also be propped mid-way in a tent or A-frame mode that makes it stand in a way, making it easy to watch videos or make presentations. As these models got popular many other brands like HP launched its 360 Spectre, Envy and Pavilion laptops and Asus had its Flip models.

Detachable model

detachable

The second kind of 2-in-1 was a convertible that let you undock the keyboard altogether and just access the touch screen. These are called detachables. If you find the flip convertibles bulky to use, then these detachables are much more convenient as they give you the option to eliminate the extra weight. The Acer Switch and Transformer Book have detachable models. The new Microsoft Surface Pro is a popular hybrid right now too. Lenovo also has its Ideapad series that offers a detachable keyboard.

Hybrids are all the rage these days because of their 2-in-1 functions. You can use them for work or play without having to spend for two gadgets or having to carry multiple ones in your backpack. Upgrade to this combined alternative for a better experience.

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