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Laptop vs tablet | Best 2 in 1 laptops 2017 UK: The best hybrid tablet laptops  February 5, 2017 – 12:05 pm
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Best 2 in 1 laptop Price Key specifications
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 £749 Windows 10 Pro, up to Intel Core i7, up to 16GB RAM, up to 512GB storage, 12.3in 2736x1824 display, 5087mAh
Lenovo Yoga 900 £1199 Windows 10, up to Intel Core i7, up to 16GB RAM, up to 512GB storage, 13.3in 3200x1800 display, 66Wh
Microsoft Surface Book £1299 Windows 10 Pro, up to Intel Core i7, up to 16GB RAM, up to 512GB storage, 13.5in 3000x2000 display, 6800mAh

It the classic laptop vs tablet debate, but you can have both if you're fed up of carrying around a laptop and a tablet. A convertible, hybrid, 2-in-1, might be the answer. Since the launch of Windows 10 there has been a wave of new devices aiming to be all things to everyone. Here are the best convertible laptops and tablets of 2017 you can buy in the UK. and best tablets 2017.

Although many of them will come with, which makes sense, there are a few in this chart which come with an alternative operating system including both Chrome OS and even Android so there's lots of choice. We've also added the iPad Pro 9.7 which will be a legitimate option for some users.

As usual, there are a lot of devices out there from a larger number of manufacturers so these are the best ones which we've reviewed. These are the best convertible laptop and hybrid tablet reviews.

You can also take a look at our round-ups for and our . For something more portable see, and also .

Laptop vs tablet: What is a hybrid?

Although they've been around for a while, these devices vary quite a lot and so various different names have been used to pigeon hole them without a real front runner which was settled on. We're going mainly with convertible here.

Across the media, retail and the manufacturers you'll hear names such as convertibles, hybrids and 2-in-1s. They all mean the same thing in essence – a device which is trying to be both a laptop and a tablet.

As we'll explain next, there are essentially two different types here and we're going to round up the best of them all in one place.

Laptop vs tablet: Tablet or laptop first?

There are some big differences between a convertible laptop and a convertible tablet. While both are a 2-in-1 device aiming to be a laptop and a tablet at the same time, design challenges mean that you'll typically get more of one than the other. However, some do manage to sit somewhere in the middle.

A convertible laptop comes in various different styles but is likely to have a screen which flips almost 360 degrees (above) in order to change it into a tablet, for example. That's the main part of the design and doesn't vary too much across the market. It also means you can use it in other 'modes' such as tent or display.

Examples include Lenovo's Yoga range which has been the inspiration for many rivals. A recent exception is the Microsoft Surface Book which is laptop-first but still has a removable keyboard.

Meanwhile, a convertible tablet (below) is more like a regular tablet but either has a keyboard which attaches magnetically or a fancy case which creates a laptop-like experience. The keyboard may connect over Bluetooth in some cases.

Examples include the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, and the . We're likely to add the latter two once we've had them in for a proper test.

Which one is right for you depends hugely on what you want to do with it. Do you mainly want a laptop on which to do regular work but can also shapeshift into a tablet for the odd task? Or do you want a tablet which you can also do a bit of typing on when the need arises?

Laptop vs tablet: What to look for in a hybrid

Much of what you need to look for in a convertible laptop or convertible tablet is the same. Like almost any tech device you'll want to get the best specifications for your money including the processor, memory, storage and screen. Make sure you click through to the in-depth reviews of each device to find out what they offer, including benchmark results.

As alluded to, the design is going to be a big part of your buying decision here and you need to choose a device which fits your needs best. A convertible laptop is likely to be bigger and heavier but is likely to offer longer battery life (there's more space for a bigger battery). Since it is laptop-first, it will also provide a better typing experience and there's normally room for things like more physical ports should connectivity be an issue.

Although a convertible tablet might not have many physical ports (some have full-size USB), they are smaller and lighter than a hybrid laptop making them great for travelling around. As the device is a tablet-first with a keyboard dock/case, using it like a laptop is often fiddly and awkward. Look for one with a clever design and proper keys. A trackpad is also a boon, despite touchscreens, but not all feature one.

Laptop vs tablet: Best convertible laptops and tablets 2017

There is a great deal to like and rave about the Surface Pro 4. The design is thinner and lighter for starters. The screen is awesome, there's plenty of power available, the new Surface Pen is better and the Type Cover is a vast improvement on the last one. However, the design is inherently awkward at times, it's more expensive that a lot of laptops and the Type Cover, which you'll pretty much need, isn't included lowering the value.


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