Market for Ultraportable laptops and netbooks is decreasing as tablets have started to take their place. People generally use netbooks for word processing, web surfing and consuming multimedia content, and since tablets can deliver all three in a much thinner form factor, it’s not very hard to guess why people are motivated to buy one.
If you are a blogger or indulged in an industry where you have to write long articles, tablets might not be able to make your work easier. Really? In this post, I’m going to tell you about heavy-duty convertible tablets (tablets with keyboard dock) that are currently available in the market along with Windows 8 tablets which are going to hit the shelves by the end of this year.
#1 Lenovo ThinkPad X230t
Slightly thicker than other convertible tablets (tablets with keyboard dock) but with a larger touchscreen display, and a much powerful processor that would be able to run more than one program without lags. For $1,189, you get a convertible tablet with 12.5-inch multi-touch display (1366 by 768 pixel resolution), 2.4 GHz Intel Core i3 processor, original 64-bit Windows 7 operating system and 500 GB of HDD storage. With a stylus pen, you’d be able to creatively add text to your projects. It’s a system for those who do!
#2 ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700
The device’s been launched recently and has set benchmarks for other manufacturers to break. It runs on Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a quad-core Tegra 3 processor satisfying its need for power. It has a really thin and elegant looking form factor, nice metallic finish, Full HD (1920 by 1080 pixel) 10.1-inch display, and 1 GB of DDR3 RAM. Because of its Tegra 3 NVIDIA-made processor, it can handle high-definition games without any lags. Transformer Pad Infinity can be morphed into a Netbook using the dock (sold separately). On its rear, it has an 8-megapixel camera and is priced at $499 for 32 GB version and $599 for the 64 GB version.
#3 HP Touchsmart TM2-2102tu
Similar to Lenovo ThinkPad X230, Touchsmart convertible tablet (tablets with keyboard dock) from Hewlett-Packard runs Windows 7 operating system; it has a 12.1-inch high-definition display (1280-by-800 pixel resolution). The display screen can be folded and can be used to draw, write and illustrate. On the inside it has an Intel Core i3 processor clocked at 1.33 GHz, Intel HD graphics, 3 GB of DDR3 RAM, 320 GB HDD storage, Altec Lansing speakers and all sorts of connectivity options.
#4 Acer Iconia Tab W510
A much-anticipated tablet which would run on Microsoft hybrid operating system – Windows 8. The convertible tablet (tablets with keyboard dock) would feature a 10.1-inch display; you’d be able to it as a standalone tablet because of touch-enabled features and applications of Windows 8 or attach a keyboard dock that would enhance your typing experience and bring its battery life to nearly 18 hours (whoa!). Right now, there’s no word on Iconia W500’s pricing or exact release date, though it is expected to release by the end of this year.
#5 HP EliteBook 2760p
It can be rightfully called the elder brother of HP’s Touchsmart TM2-2102tu because it features the same 12.1-inch display (1280 x 800 pixel resolution). On the inside it has a more powerful processor – Intel Core i5 clocked at 2.60 GHz. You would be able to run complex applications on this convertible tablet and be sure that the device would not hang. Other than that, it comes with integrated HD graphics from Intel, 4 gigs of DDR3 memory and 320 GB of HDD storage.
#6 Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga
Two Windows tablets under the alias ‘Yoga’ are expected to release by the end of this year. Both tablets would feature almost similar design but very different operating systems and hardware. One of the Yoga tablets would have an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and Windows RT operating system while the other one would have AMD/Intel processor and would run full-blown Windows 8. Both the tablets would feature 360-degree flip and fold design and 13.3-inch multi-touch display (1600-by-900 pixel resolution). Windows 8 Yoga tablet would have up to 8 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of SSD storage and battery life of nearly 8 hours.
Even though I don’t like Lenovo products, Windows 8 Yoga tablet looks delicious on paper. I like tablets but when you’re spending more than 500 bucks on it, you should get a tablet that can double as a portable netbook – well, that’s my opinion.
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