Age of the Hybrids

With the constant innovations in the technological field, a notion that has taken the world by storm is the introduction of convertible/detachable laptops. Now we look at the few that are worth the buy, and are a wonder to experience.


Dell XPS 12
One would start to wonder if there are more ways left to possibly make your hybrid stand out as Dell XPS now has you flipping the screen in through an outside frame and gives you a tablet upon closing of the laptop. The standard system requirements here are of the norm with upto 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal space and Core i5 and i7 available in the market. The beauty of the laptop is not only in its hybrid display originality but also the full 1080p HD screen on 12.5 inch screen. The tablet is made of the infamous Gorilla Glass for that extra bit of assurance for potential buyers and is a nice conciliation for the tablet/laptop conundrum.

Dell XPS 12 can be easily available for Rs. 1, 00,000. A worthy solution could be ordering it off Dell’s official website as it will provide you with a 1 year Dell Support Warranty (which you can exercise sending it to India or Singapore for repairs through a local retailer). It is a valid choice that most of us avoid because of the online transactions but working through reputed giants like Dell should be a cakewalk for customers everywhere.

Lenovo Ideapad Yoga
Perhaps the most famous of all the laptop/tablets in the forefront here, the Lenovo Yoga takes the idea of the hybrid to the extreme as now you can reposition it in four different dimensions: laptop, tent, tablet, and display stand. The different orientation modes are more for the user’s suitability than anything and the 13 inch screen with a 10-finger multitouch display makes it a safe bet for anyone. Another standout feature is the integrated webcam that incorporates the Lenovo’s Motion Control and enables you to use gestures for various applications. The models are available in the Core i3, i5, and i7 with a maximum of 8 hours of battery life and 4 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage inside.
The one drawback that you may find in most other reviews as well is the fact that the connecting junction of the tablet and keyboard are exposed in some of the positions of the Yoga. This can lead to dust settling in and a sundry of problem one faces when hardware is vulnerable like that. Beyond that, it really is a laptop for those looking for something inventive and fresh. The price range begins for the Core i3 at Rs. 1, 05,500 and goes upto Rs. 1, 59,000 for the core i7. All in all, the Ideapad Yoga is a great buy for those who want the maximum out of these latest hybrids available in the market.

Sony Vaio Duo 11
The Sony Vaio Duo ushers in the infamous ‘surf slider’ mode where you basically slide in the screen on to the keyboard and make yourself a thick little tablet. The support behind the screen and the proper caching of the entire mechanism makes it safe and cool. The keyboard’s black illumined keys just add to the appeal of buying this laptop and the 8 GB RAM and 256 GB of internal storage keep piling on the reasons as to why you should purchase one. The latest one will boast of Core i7 and although there are talks of Sony discontinuing the Duo 11 (to give more space for the newly released Duo 13), you can still find this in the marketsand it is a more economical buy with most of the Duo 13’s features anyway.

The novel supplement here is the battery powered digitizer stylus that comes with the Duo 11 and it gives this ultrabook a peg in the now populated hybrid circuit. This new addition basically lets you work the tablet even when the keyboard is pulled out. The soft-to-firm pen tips let you work on the full HD screen with ease and safety and the pricing for all this, maybe steep for a few, will start from the Rs 1,30,000 mark.

Acer Iconia W510
The simplest of the hybrids available in the market are the undockable ones. Basically, you can detach the screen from the keyboard, and well, you have your own tablet to go. The Acer Iconia W510 is exactly that, and laced with an Intel Atom processor, it is the gateway hybrid one would get. What it lacks in hardware it makes up with its battery life with a 9 hour backup. This is clearly a hybrid built for travel as the system requirements do not cater to any large work, and to put it bluntly, it is a notebook with a detachable screen and so its features are such as well.
However, it is the price range that will have people looking ahead for their first such transformer laptop as you can find it starting from the Rs. 55,000 mark. Its availability in the valley requires some meandering however, most retail shops (especially those with Acer laptops) can get it shipped from India or Thailand for you. Another mode of payment can be through sites like that can get you the hybrid at the price available outside, with the shipping charges of course.

Asus Taichi 21
Many a company has pondered as to how to address the laptop/tablet situation; Asus just put in two screens front and back. The Asus Taichi 21 puts you in command with a laptop with a backscreen that works as your tablet upon closing the lid, but that’s not all. Features like the Mirror Mode give viewers on both sides the advantage of viewing the same image. So, presentations or watching a movie become so much easier, and for more than one to partake in. Then there is the Dual Screen Mode where the tablet and laptop can be used for working different apps at the same time. There is also a stylus available that makes your tablet working easier.

The HD screen and 11.6 inch display is perfect for those traveling. It has a 4 GB RAM and storage of 128 GB as well. It is available in the Core i5 and i7. Both the screens are laced with 1080p display and for the myriad of advantages the Asus Taichi 21 provides, it may have the most bang for your buck credibility among all the hybrids. The price for this starts at a tentative Rs 1, 30,000 and the Asus dealerships around the valley can get this shipped for all those interested.