Nearly all of us struggle between who we are and our alternative persona. Yin and Yang are examples of the fundamental concepts of struggling forces. We seem to survive amidst opposing forces that push and pull in one direction or another. When it comes to mobile entertainment and productivity, one struggles with the idea of choosing a notebook or a tablet as a mobile tool. Within a technological world, satisfying the struggle is often easier than most think. The solution may be found in a convertible notebook that gives you the positives of a notebook and a tablet in one unit.
There are a class of notebooks or laptops that can convert from a notebook into a tablet. Powered by Windows 8, and possibly with the aid of a touch screen, these models offer the best of both sides of the coin. The enviable HP Envy 2, and the flexible Lenovo twist can appear and function as notebooks while being easily transformable to tablets.
Convertible notebooks typically weigh about 3 to 4 pounds, over twice that of an average tablet. Consider, though, that screens are 11.6” (and larger) plus they have full-size natural keyboards instead of virtual keyboards. Contributing to the lightness is that most of these hybrid or convertible notebooks are equipped with solid-state drives (SSD). These can have about 64GB storage space and many allow upgrades of the SSD and all have USB ports for adding an external portable drive.
Unlike tablets, these convertibles have Intel processors that are faster and more efficient and can run full software programs like Microsoft Office, Adobe Premier, or virtually any Windows 8 software from productivity to games. Tablets have apps which are less sophisticated.
The pursuit of finding a bridge between a tablet and a notebook began with the Fujitsu LifeBook that weighed about 5 pounds.
New convertibles are lighter, faster, and have more responsive touch screens. Manufacturers, like Asus, approach with new design concepts that help broaden your selections.
So, when you find yourself struggling between personalities – notebook or tablet – you needn’t dispute the yin or the yang, or struggle with the Jekyll and Hydes. Simply consider the other option. Try seeking out the convertible notebook. These offer the best of both worlds, albeit with some compromises. The struggling pursuits to find happiness are always present. Among the convertibles, many will find their Shangri-las for the complete mobile utopia. The choices are right here at J&R.