The Best Tablet-Laptop Hybrids

Source: web on 8 August 2020 at 22:58 EET

The Best Tablet-Laptop Hybrids

The many affordable tablets on the market can be handy when you just want a lightweight device to take with you on the go but also want an extra-large screen to enjoy media on. Unfortunately, standalone tablets just don't tend to have the same productivity chops of proper laptops, especially since they tend to lack a keyboard and many of the ports of a laptop. But, 2-in-1 detachable laptops offer the best of both worlds.

With a 2-in-1 detachable laptop, you're getting all your computing hardware packaged into the form factor of a tablet, and you can get a seamlessly designed keyboard dock that turns the device into a fully functioning laptop. Better yet, by making your laptop and tablet one and the same device, you won't have to deal with downloading and copying the same programs and data to separate devices. Many of these devices will have an edge on traditional laptops as well, as they tend to have more capable touchscreens and stylus support that make them excellent for mobile game ports and art or design. The best are the following:

1. Surface Pro 7

Microsoft's Surface line is arguably the pioneer for the 2-in-1 detachable design, and the Pro 7 is the culmination of year's worth of design tweaks and improvements. From the display to the TypeCover to the optional Surface Pen, the Pro 7 is a compelling piece of kit.

The i5 and i7 configurations come with Intel's Iris Plus graphics that should be more than enough for light gaming and photo or video editing. You'll also get Microsoft's Type Cover keyboard for the Pro 7. The 12.3-inch PixelSense display is clear and crisp thanks to its 2,736 x 1,824 resolution.

2. Surface Go 2 

 The Surface Go 2 (see our review) isn't just a miniature version of the Surface Pro line. It offers a lot of the same overall features thanks to its similar design, however it's far more portable thanks to its smaller size. It's also less powerful.

The two base models come with the Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y processor, with the higher-end offerings taking advantage of the Intel Core m3 processor. Either one is going to be fast enough for the most basic of tasks, but we can't recommend picking up the $399 64GB model. The combination of an eMMC drive and the Pentium Gold processor is going to be slow and frustrating to use.

Instead, opt for 128GB NVMe SSD and either the Pentium Gold or Core m3 models. They're a little more expensive, but you'll be glad you spent the extra cash. The Go 2 ships with Windows 10 S Mode enabled, which is a security feature that prevents you from installing apps outside of the Microsoft Store. With just a couple of clicks, however, you can disable S Mode and have a full-fledged version of Windows 10 Home.


3. Asus ROG Mothership

  If you really want to get crazy, the ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700 gaming laptop is the only answer. This massive gaming laptop has a 17.3-inch Full HD 144Hz display that detaches from the keyboard. You can then use the keyboard wirelessly, or via a USB-C cable. It's basically an all-in-one gaming PC that looks and works like a laptop when the keyboard is docked, and we're so into it.

Tucked behind the screen is an overclocked Intel Core i9-9980HK, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, 1.5TB SSD and 64GB DDR4 RAM. Included with the Mothership is a ROG Ranger laptop backpack and a Gladius II gaming mouse, the former of which you'll need to tote around all 10.58 pounds.


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