Trans­form­ers: 2-in-1s face off

CAN’T DE­CIDE BE­TWEEN A LAP­TOP AND A TABLET? WHY NOT HAVE BOTH? WE TEST 12 HY­BRID 2-IN-1S.

TechLife Australia - - WELCOME - [ ROLL OUT ] [NATHAN TAY­LOR]

IT’S FAIR TO say that 2-in-1s tend to di­vide computer users into camps. Some peo­ple love them — they pro­vide the ul­ti­mate in ver­sa­til­ity, be­ing a tablet when you need a touch screen and a lap­top for when you have some se­ri­ous typ­ing to do. Other peo­ple think that you’re just get­ting the worst of both worlds and pre­fer sep­a­rate de­vices.

We can say that 2-in-1s have got quite a bit bet­ter in the past year or two. They’ve be­come lighter, bet­ter per­form­ers and more us­able in both forms. Some of the re­ally pre­mium prod­ucts make ex­cel­lent tablets and ul­tra­books both, with good bat­tery life and per­for­mance, as well as highly us­able tablet and lap­top modes. Un­for­tu­nately, those pre­mium prod­ucts also tend to be very ex­pen­sive.

This month, we’ve looked at some of the top 2-in-1s avail­able on the mar­ket to­day, with prices rang­ing from just un­der $1,000 to well over $4,000.

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