Last updated on June 23rd, 2019 at 03:32 am
A hybrid laptop, also referred to as a 2-in-1 laptop gives great versatility – you can use the laptop as a tablet or use it with a keyboard like the conventional laptop. When shopping for such a laptop, there are a few things you need to consider.
For one, “does the keyboard detach or the laptop bends backward?” is a question you’ll need to think about. Bendback laptops have screens that turn 360 degrees, and they work perfectly in laptop mode with better endurance. These models have a great ergonomic keyboard with more ports for connectivity. Detachable hybrids have a simple screen that pops off. This makes them better as tablets.
You also need to consider screen resolution. This will depend on how you plan to use the laptop. Cheaper hybrids to be used with light applications have a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, but if you will be using the laptop for design, get at least 1920 x 1080 pixels. Lastly, consider the screen size of the laptop. A good hybrid should have 12 or 13 inches and less than 4 pounds in weight. If you are designing or gaming, you will need a 15 to 17-inch laptop.
1. Lenovo Yoga 920
This 2-in-1 laptop looks stunning. It has a large 13.9-inch display coupled with a great looking bronze chassis. If you love a great looking laptop, this will give you all that you need. However, this laptop cum tablet is more than just a good-looking laptop. The laptop is stocked with 8th Gen Intel Core i7 with a super fast PCIe SSD. This makes it ideal for heavy-duty applications such as gaming apps.
This laptop weighs a meager 3.05 pounds, which makes it highly portable. If you are an artist or you love taking notes on your laptop or tablet, you are offered Active Stylus 2 for precise design and notes. The pen supports a maximum of 4096 pressure levels. Even better, it lasts up to 12 hours on battery. These benefits are on top of Thunderbolt 3 and its standard USB 3.0 ports.
Users love the bright, colorful display, the attractive design of the laptop and a long battery
life. The laptops turn 360 degrees with great ease.
The keyboard of the laptop is shallow.
2. Acer Spin 1
If you are looking for a good value laptop, the Acer Spin 1 is a good deal. Not only does it cost less than $400 but it also sports some features that you only see in laptops that cost close to $1000. It is offered in an aluminum chassis giving it a great appearance and a long life. The laptop sports an 11.6-inch display which is colorful and bright. This gives you a better viewing experience.
The laptop comes complete with an active stylus letting you take notes draw. It comes with an Intel Celeron N3350 processor, which is powerful enough to accommodate a wide range of applications. It has 4GB RAM and a 1080p display. Each unit weighs only 2.65 pounds which is way lighter. It has a snappy keyboard that is easy to use.
The laptop has only 35GB storage, which is not enough if you need a work computer. Granted, you can use this laptop for research as a student, but for heavy-duty work, it may not serve you well.
3. Microsoft Surface Book 2
While this model is relatively pricey, it offers all the great features you would need on a laptop. You can use this laptop for design, for video editing, and for gaming. It offers great performance for virtually any application needed.
It runs on the Intel Core i7 processor, enhanced by the speed and quality of NVIDIA GTX 1050 GPU. If you are into design, you will love the high-res PixelSense display. The laptop has a large 13.5-inch display with 3000 x 2000 screen resolution for a bright and clear screen.
The laptop weighs 3.5 pounds letting you slip it into any bag. The keyboard is detachable, making it easy to use as a tablet. Even better, it sports a solid keyboard that offers a great typing experience. Each unit holds a variety of ports for better connectivity including USB Type-C. Its battery lasts for up to 13 hours. If you are into inking, this is a great laptop seeing that it comes with a great stylus.
This laptop is not for budget buyers.
4. Dell Latitude 7212
If you are looking for a rugged laptop for field use, this is a great option for you. This is a laptop that you can take to a construction site, or to an oil rig thanks to its quality construction. You can expose this laptop to 4-foot drops, and it does not even scratch.
Each unit is offered with two batteries offering up to 10 hours on charge. It has a very bright screen completing the package. Its 11.6-inch display comes in handy when you have to do design work. It is powered by Intel Core i5 and comes with Windows 10 pre-installed. It has a RAM of 8GB which can be upgraded to 16GB. The laptop offers 256 GB HDD storage.
This laptop is relatively expensive and comes with a fuzzy texture on its screen.
5. Dell XPS 13
This computer has the best design that you can get on a hybrid laptop. It is a bendback 2-in-1 laptop comes with a super svelte profile and sports a luxurious carbon fiber deck. It sports InfinityEdge display, which is nearly bezel-free.
The laptop is powered by Intel Core i7 with up to 3.8GHz. This is made better by an Intel UHD graphics 620 and 16GB RAM. It has a 13.3-inch screen which is bright and clear. This screen has a 3200 x 1800 pixels resolution.
This laptop comes with a great looking screen, seeing that the contents of the screen is enclosed by a small frame. It comes with a snappy keyboard that makes it easy to use. Its fanless design ensures that it stays silent at all times.
Battery lasts relatively shorter and compared to other hybrids; it is relatively slow.
6. HP Spectre x360
The HP Spectre x360 is an amazing all-round hybrid laptop for anyone that is keen on getting an Ultrabook. In addition to the fact that it looks beautiful, it has excellent performance as well as powerful speakers that make it rank high as a 2-in-1 laptop.
- A beautiful laptop that has excellent performance
- Powerful speakers that make this laptop a great buy especially for audiophiles
- Boasts of a 12-hour battery life
- It has a marvelous chassis coupled with faceted edges and chamfered corners giving it an elegant design
- It measures 13.3-inches which makes it excellent for people who are looking for a hybrid laptop that they can carry around
- Has a 1080p display that also has saturated colors
- Comes with the 8th Generation iCore 7 processor
- The processor makes it easy for this HP laptop to run programs that are very demanding as well as browse lots of webpages simultaneously
- Has a backlit keyboard which enables you to work in the dark without necessarily having your lights on
- Being a 2-in-1, you can use it in different modes such as in tablet mode, laptop mode, etc.
- It has plenty of bloatware
- The bezels used are slightly thick
- Compared to other HP laptops, the display for the HP Spectre x360 could be brighter
There are many hybrid laptops on the market. You only need to choose one based on your needs. If you need a one for reading, you have a wide choice, but if you need one for graphic design or video editing, you need to consider more exhaustive factors.