Confused about which device to get? Here is a little information to help you decide if that hybrid is worth your money. The laptop/tablet computer market is now very complex and the sad news is that it is only going to get more complicated. The options are never ending. Should you get a desktop, tablet or a laptop? If you choose a laptop, should you go with a PC or Mac? If you choose a PC, should it be a regular laptop or a hybrid laptop/tablet? Once you choose the device, there are still countless other options to choose, but we'll save those for another post.
So, what do you choose? You need to assess your needs and find out if a hybrid device is a solution you have been looking for; but this might not be as easy as it sounds.
The Tablet-Hybrid Potential and Limitations
Looking at 2-in-1 hybrid we find that they have the ability to transform into tablets or laptops. You have your detachable keyboard style hybrid:
and you have the laptop-style hybrids whose keyboards can be folded back 360 degrees.
So, what does this mean?
It means a lighter device. We have grown from the age of massive supercomputers to the age of highly portable smartphone devices. As we continue to make progress we also continue to depend on the portability of our devices. This means that they have to be light enough to hold and to carry around with us for long hours. A detachable keyboard fulfills this exact need.
These tablet style hybrids, however, also have a disadvantage to them. The keyboard attachments are usually thin and thus incorporates fewer features on them. For instance, you will be subjected to shorter keystrokes and very few trackpads. The tablet size of these hybrid devices will also present challenges for you when it comes to performance.
The Fold Back Hybrid
These devices, unlike their tablet counterparts, are more dependable. Since the keyboard can be folded back over the main computer screen, it means that all the components are housed under this keyboard. Consequently, this makes the keyboard somewhat heavy and, although it can be folded, the device suffers from this weight. Thus, the keyboard cannot be held in your arms like a tablet for very long. These types of hybrids have sacrificed the factor of weightlessness but in its place the fold-back style hybrid has many uses.
Do You Need it?
We can all agree that a detachable keyboard is a great thing to have on a device. Yet, before you buy that hybrid device you need to ask yourself if you are going to use it as a tablet at all. Buying the device for your desk job could be a waste of money but buying it for your never-ending presentations could be worth it. If your intention is to use it as a tablet, most of the time, then make sure you get a device that could stand alone as a tablet. Depending on how you are going to use the device, always consider these things:
- Storage Type
- Processing Speed
- Weight Issues
Bottom line, there are a lot of hybrid devices out there. They have all been designed differently to meet the varying needs of customers like you. To truly know if a hybrid will work for you, you first need to know why you are buying the hybrid.