You may have seen someone using one of these and wondered if it was a laptop or a tablet. It is both...enter the hybrid laptop. Also known as the convertible laptop, these devices can function as both a tablet and a laptop. Their design allows them to be detachable where the touchscreen functions as the tablet or the hinge can rotate full-circle. The technology has been evolving and these devices are becoming more successful and popular.
A hybrid laptop as defined by PC Magazine is: "A combination tablet and laptop computer. Also called a "detachable" or "2-in-1," the hybrid has a removable screen that turns into a tablet when separated. For example, when the screen is removed from a Windows 8 hybrid, it becomes a Windows 8 tablet. In a similar manner, many tablets come with keyboards that are built into the removable screen cover. Technically, they are tablets with keyboards, not hybrids.
Hybrid Vs. Convertible
The hybrid's screen is removed to become a tablet, whereas the convertible's screen remains on the unit. However, the terms 'hybrid' and 'convertible' are used synonymously for these combo units.”
Wondering if one of these is right for your needs? TechRadar and CNET have each done reviews of the best 2-in-1 laptops in 2015.
TechRadar reviews the best hybrid laptops including the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi, Dell Venue 11 Pro 7130, Asus Transformer Book T200, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s, Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, and the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12.
Read the article here: 7 best 2-in-1 laptops 2015: top hybrid laptops reviewed
CNET reviews the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, Acer Switch 10, and the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga.
Read their review here: Best touch screen and hybrid laptops of 2015