Tablet or laptop? Why not have both?
2-in-1 devices are increasing in popularity in recent years, blurring the line between tablets and laptops and combining ease of use with functionality.
There are two types of 2-in-1 device: convertible-hybrid laptop and detachable-hybrid tablet. Because of their detachable designs, some 2-in-1's can have their displays removed from keyboard bases while others can be rotated 360 degrees and fold the display back a full 360 degrees.
2-in-1's are perfect for almost any modern business environment thanks to their versatility, compactness and power, fitting into your workflow and helping you to stay productive while reducing the weight of your bag. Lightweight, thin and elegant are perfect for the modern mobile workforce who don’t want compromise on power - many of today's best hybrids come with processing power of laptops.
Here are the 7 best 2-in-1 hybrid devices for business users:
1. Microsoft Surface Pro 4
The tablet that can replace your laptop.
Powered by Windows 10, the Surface Pro 4 transforms from a tablet into a powerful laptop making any business or office environment more productive and convenient. The stylish 12.3-inch hybrid has super impressive specs: 5 MP and 8 MP camera combo, extra sensitive and super high resolution PixelSense display, USB 3.0 and Mini DisplayPorts for connecting monitors and projectors, microSD card reader for expanding internal memory, facial recognition, Windows 10 OS and full Office support. The surface can be customized with a range of Intel processors (Intel Core m3 to Intel Core i7) and up to 16GB of RAM with extra storage options up to 1 TB, which is more than enough for anyone from a casual user to a power user.
This innovative model also includes an improved Surface Pen, which offers 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity (compared to 256 on the Surface 3) and works as an eraser.
For an option to set up an office space without much hassle Microsoft also offers a portable and lightweight docking station with four USB 3.0 ports and two Mini Display Ports for the ability to link Surface to multiple monitors at once (sold separately).
Mobile workers will love the Surface Pro 4’s portable size and lightweight - the machine weighs just 2.37 lbs. with the keyboard attached and flexible design – fold-out kickstand can be adjusted to almost any angle. As a stand-alone tablet, it's perfect for taking notes and for more traditional work magnetic keyboard snaps on easily.
Find out more about Microsoft Surface Pro 4 from Microsoft here.
2. Lenovo Yoga 900
The Lenovo Yoga 900 features an unbelievably thin and elegant design and it’s smaller and lighter than other convertible laptops. This gorgeous 13-inch hybrid has a more traditional design with one unique feature - flexible design that lets you fold the display back a full 360 degrees, rather than a tablet that connects with a magnetic keyboard. The Yoga gives you different modes to support the way you work as it can bend into a tent mode, viewing mode, or tablet mode.
The Yoga 900 is ideal for the businessperson on the go thanks to its small size and lightweight design – 0.59-inch thick, 2.8-pound weight and 13-inch quad-HD display that is great for productivity, as it makes split-screen multitasking more comfortable. With a speedy Intel Core i7-6500U processor and 16GB of RAM, the Yoga 900 perform smoothly even during heavy multitasking. Thanks to the strong performance and long battery life – up to 8 hours the Lenovo Yoga 900 is perfectly suited for use in the standard and remote office.
Find out more about Lenovo Yoga 900 from Lenovo here.
3. HP Elite x2
Designed for IT, loved by users.
The HP Elite x2 features a stylish, thin and lightweight design intended for the mobile business users who want enterprise-class power, long battery life, connectivity and productivity on the go, but doesn't sacrifice on design. The HP Elite x2 is designed and built for the enterprise, with excellent security features that will please independent workers and IT departments. Security features include a rear-mounted fingerprint reader that lets you access your desktop without fussing with a password screen every time you turn on the system.
This stunning 12-inch full-HD display hybrid weighs just 2.65 lbs. with the keyboard attached making it a dream machine for business users. Ports include a microSD card slot for expanding the system's 256GB of internal storage and one USB 3.0 port for plugging in peripherals. You also get a USB Type-C port, which comes in handy for transferring data quickly and attaching newer accessories.
Business buyers will appreciate the Elite x2's customizability. The system comes in a wide array of hardware configurations, which can be customized to fit your company's needs. From the entry level model with an Intel Core m3 processor and 4GB of RAM to the top-end model packs a Core m7 processor with 8GB of RAM.
Find out more about HP Elite x2 from HP here.
4. HP Spectre x360
Sleek and stunning. Seductive power.
HP's new Spectre x360 is a stunning, versatile notebook and the thinnest x360 ever made measuring 13.8mm thin and 2.85lbs light. Full-speed Intel processor provides great performance, six hours battery life and plenty of full-size ports, in a sleek flexible package makes it a dream 2-in-1 work companion. This beautiful machine features an excellent display with digitizer and support for active pens, it's built on the latest Intel Kaby Lake Core U hardware platform, the battery can go for 7-10 hours on a charge and has impressive start up time: the machine boots up within 15 to 20 seconds, making it great for business on the go.
The Spectre x360 can be ordered in a range of hardware configurations from HP.com The bottom-end model provides an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD while the top-end model comes equipped with an Intel Core i7-7500U processor with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
Find out more about HP Spectre x360 from HP here.
5. Microsoft Surface Book
The ultimate laptop. Now more powerful than ever.
Thanks to versatile design and powerful performance, the Surface Book can adapt to almost any workflow making in appealing option for business users.
Its gorgeous 13.5-inch display and snappy, detachable keyboard are perfect for long work sessions and business users on the road. An excellent keyboard and smart-pen integration makes it ideal device for note-taking. The hybrid also features 267ppi pixel resolution screen, Nvidia GeForce GPU, dual-core 6th-generation Core i5 and Core i7 processors, 16GB RAM and up to 512GB flash storage.
Given the Surface Book's generous dimensions, its display is surprisingly light as a standalone tablet - without the keyboard attached weighs 1.6 lbs. (3.48 lbs. with keyboard). Due the flexible design the display can be attach to the keyboard in the reverse orientation. That will come in handy for showing a presentation or taking comfortable notes while the display is closed with the screen facing upward. Interesting is the fact that the keyboard can’t be detached from the display at any time, as most 2-in-1s do. A special button located on the top left of the keyboard triggers the detachment mechanism. That's because the system's discrete graphics chip is situated in the keyboard portion, and must be deactivated before you disconnect the display.
A tempting option for business users is an incredible 12-hour battery life. The key to the Surface Book's amazing longevity is two separate batteries: one in the tablet portion, and one in the keyboard. It’s impressive how much functionality boasts such a sleek, attractive device.
Find out more about Microsoft Surface Book from Microsoft here.
6. Sony Xperia Z4
Brighter. Clearer. Sharper.
Sony's Xperia Z4 Tablet features a 2560x1600 pixel, 2K display with Live Color LED technology to show media and photos at their glorious detail and in a rich spectrum of true-to-life colours, making it perfect for watching media, presentations and more creative uses. In addition, the tablet has specs which will satisfy many business users, including a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and octa-core CPU, 3GB RAM, up to 32GB storage and an 8.1 megapixel camera.
This beautifully designed 10-inch tablet is solid - both dust and waterproof and boasts powerful performance. Add in the keyboard dock, and this tablet becomes a versatile machine for composing emails and writing documents on the go.
Find out more about Sony Xperia Z4 from Sony here.
7. Samsung Galaxy TabPro S
Power and speed in a slim, lightweight form.
Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S is a great 2-in-1 device, perfect for light productivity on the go. It's one of the few Windows tablets featuring a touch screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio to serve as a fully functional mobile office and is thinner and lighter than competing machines - measuring just 0.25 inches thick and weighing just 2.35 lbs. with the keyboard attached. A snap-on folding kickstand keyboard with touchpad (included in the price) is adjustable in two different viewing angles, perfect for many productivity tasks. While detachables like this one aren't known for their great battery life, the TabPro S' can run up to 6 hours which is a pleasant surprise.
This beautiful 12-inch tablet is equipped with the latest Intel Core m3 processor with 4GB of RAM and together with Windows 10 giving you a winning combination of power and speed to do any heavy-duty work.
Find out more about Samsung Galaxy TabPro S from Samsung here.
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