A long time ago there was the Desktop PC: a magnificent machine that had a monitor, a central unit, a keyboard and a mouse. Man was soon unsatisfied with the low mobility of the PC so he strived to create the notebook: a smaller PC that could be carried around and had power autonomy… a magnificent innovation. But as internet evolved also did man’s necessity for mobility and the laptop was not enough anymore. The future was the smartphone: a mobile phone that also had internet access, e-mail and all of the computer’s functionalities in a smaller pack that can be carried around everywhere and very easy to use at any time with enhanced autonomy. Soon man realized that there was a missing link in the evolution chain between the smartphone and the laptop so he created the tablet which was meant to bring a plus of comfort and self-esteem to the user with fine cut edges and immaculate HD displays that are easier to handle than notebooks but a give a larger display than smartphone thus a special feeling to it. In the meantime the missing link between the Desktop PC and laptop was filled by All-in-One PCs.
If you bared with me so far than you are ready to meet a new invented link in the chain that it’s neither a tablet nor a notebook, it’s both: the “tabooks” or the “laplets”. Here are the best gadgets of this kind that you can buy at the moment:
1. HP ENVY x2
A very sexy “tabook” with an aluminum coating that can turn from a laptop to a tablet in a couple of moves. It runs on a 1.8 GHz Dual-Core Intel Atom processor and a 2 GB RAM Intel Graphics video board with a 11.6” LED-backlit IPS display and a 8.0 MP back-camera. It’s also packed with 2 USB slots, a HDMI slot, a SD Card Slot and an Audio/Mic slot. The 64 GB capacity eMMC SSD hard drive stores all your important media and documents. It weighs 3.11lbs (1.4 KGs) at an 8.12” height, an 11.93” width and a 0.76” depth
2. Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T
This is another smooth “laplet” that brings together the laptop efficiency and the tablet experience. It runs on an Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 4 GB of RAM memory and a shared integrated graphics board. The display is a full HD LED with 400 nits SuperBright Plus Technology at 11.6”. It comes with all the slots you need (including one for Micro SD) and two cameras: a 2.0 MP camera in the front and a 5.0 MP camera in the rear. It weighs only 1.65 lbs. (0.75 KGs) at a 7.2” height, an 11.6” width and a 0.38” depth. This bad boy has a 128 HDD and it matches the premium iPad version.
3. Toshiba Satellite U845t
This is a little out of the category as the display can’t be removed from the keyboard but it’s here because it’s a HD TruBrite touchscreen measuring 14” with a 1366×768 resolution and therefor can be considered a “tabook”. It runs on a 3rd gen Intel –Core i5 processor and 6GB 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM memory. It has two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, one HDMI port, one Ethernet port and a Memory Card Slot. The HDD is one of a genuine laptop’s of 500 GB, but we won’t give it any credit over that as it’s not a genuine “laplet”.
Price: 799.99$ (the i3 processor and 4 GB RAM version)
4. ASUS VivoTab Smart
Asus brings the VivoTab on a 10.1” display with Multi-Touch Screen WXGA (1366×768). Available in white, black and red this “laplet” promises a lot from 9.5 hour work time autonomy to a whole bunch of sensors (G-sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, Hall sensor, NFC). It really has the “fanciest in the court” feeling to it and it features a smooth Intel Atom Z2760 Dual-Core processor backed-up by 2 GB RAM memory. Video sharing is so easy when you have a 2MP front camera and another 8MP rear camera and last but not least it holds the lightness record weighing only 1.3lbs (0.58 KGs).
5. Dell XPS 12
Nobody does backflips like Dell XPS 12 and it only need one backflip to turn from laptop to tablet. The model brings a bold and innovative design that satisfies the eye and proves to be very practical. In this case the touchscreen is not detachable but it flips 180 degrees and covers the keyboard. Did I mention it looks great? The XPS 12 packs a 3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3337U processor (also comes with i7-3537U), 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333 MHz (also comes with 8 GB), 128GB Solid State HDD and a Intel HD 4000 graphics card that all work together at outputting the best eye-exciting video on a 12.5” FHD display at 1080p. It weighs 3.35 lbs. (1.5 KGs).
Price: 1,199.99$ (the low config)
6. Lenovo Yoga 11 RT
Lenovo is really striving to be present on all segments and brings Yoga, but it fails to impress. The 11.6” HD display can rotate to 360 and adds a full mobility to the display and it also runs up to 13 hours battery life, but the HDD stretches to only 64 GB and the RAM memory stops at 2 GB DDR3. It runs on an nVidia Tegra 3 processor, which is pretty good and it weighs 2.8 lbs. (1.27 KGs).
7. Sony VAIO Duo 11
What, you thought we leave Sony VAIO out of this? No way. VAIO comes with its own “tabook” design that makes Microsoft proud to have created Windows8. It comes in a 4 build range packing the 3rd Generation Intel processors from i3 for the cheapest model to i5 for the two middle models and an i7 on the top-notch. The RAM memory also varies from 4 GB to 8 GB and the HDD capacity increases from a lowest 128 GB SSD to 512 GB SSD. Aside the above specifications mentioned all features are the same regardless the model: a 11.6” display rendering a 1920×1080 resolution, Intel HD Graphics 4000 shared and 5 hour battery autonomy. The only downside of the Duo 11 is, as we already got used to, the price.
Price: 1,199.99$ to 2,299.99$