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Laptops and Tablets Buyer's guide.

The explosion of different form factors - laptops, tablets and hybrids - means that there is more choice than ever, but for many the traditional clamshell laptop design is still the only way to go. The laptop design, works well on a desk or on your lap, and with the heaviest model here weighting only 1.52 kg, they are light enough to carry around every day. Same models have touchscreen, so you can still pinch, flick and swipe your way through Windows 8. However, business laptops focused on office-friendly features such as Ethernet sockets and fingerprint or smart card reader.


At the other extreme lie the tablets, which are more practical as pure touchscreen device. Come even are stylus input to thee range of abilities, which, in addition to making it easier to tap tiny on-screen menus and buttons increasingly an issue with screen resolutions rising so fast, also allow for pressure-sensitive drawing and scribbling handwritten notes. Some models comes with a keyboard has that allows if to transform from business tablet to office laptop, and also adds a secondary battery. Some devices comes with Bluetooth keyboard clips nearly to the tablet's race when not in use, but is only usable on desk. Some devices comes somewhere in between the two extremes of these tablet designs. It comes without a keyboard as standard, but the optional Touch and Type Covers transform into a viable hybrid device. These covers clip magnetically to the tablet and, in tandem with the kickstand at the rear, allow the device to make a possible impression of a laptop.


In the middle ground lie the hybrids. These attempt to seamlessly combine a laptop and tablet in one device, and the array of spinning, flip-hinge designs manage the feat with varying levels of success. Some devices can be used just like a traditional laptop, and can be used comfortably on desk or your lap. However, it is double-jointed screen hinge give it dual identity, allowing the screen to fold back through 360 degrees and flatten again its rear to form a giant-size tablet. It is an idea so simple it is brilliant, and it makes for a hybrid device that works well in all its various modes. Transforming from laptop to tablet using a clever engineered dual-bezel display, which spins through 180 degrees within a frame to face in and out is a good idea. A multi-flip employs a locking hinge design, which achieves the same effect, but with the display pivoting about a hinge instead.

Hardware and connectivity.

All devices are powered by some flavour of Intel ULV Core processor, with everything from Core i3 to Core i7 CPUs on offers, and most plumping for Intel’s more power-efficient fourth-generation Haswell platform. There is good reason for Haswell’s popularity. While performance is nigh-on identical between the CPU generation, Haswell sends battery life soaring. Most Ultrabooks have now moved up to Full HD panels, with some making the move to high-DPI display. There is one area in which Ultrabooks have compromise, it is connectivity. Physical port such USB 3 and display outputs are often at a premium, and it is not unusual to see devices with shrunken micro-HDMI ports rather than full-size connection, so you will need to think about budgeting for micro-HDMI convertor cables if you want to connect to an external monitor.

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