The Hybrid Laptop = Better Business Technology

Yoga 3 Hybrid
Yoga 3 Hybrid. lenovo.com

Tablet sales are sluggish according to recent research findings. This is in part due to businesses doing more with Phablets and Smartphones, but of late, it is also because the so-called “2 in 1 detachable” Laptop is becoming the computing device of choice for business, school, and home purposes.  This type of laptop is also known as a Hybrid or Convertible because its design allows it to be either a Laptop or a Tablet.

Typically this mobile device is built with a hinged screen that allows its removal from the keyboard.  When removed, the touch screen capability transforms the Laptop into a Tablet. The other method of conversion is based on flipping and rotating the screen so that it is tented as a Tablet.

In business, the advantages of having all of the necessary information in one place instead of having to carry around a variety of mobile computing devices to have all needed information are both a cost and aggravation saver. Naturally, there are tradeoffs for this all inclusive, lightweight device. Overall, however, the advantages of having a single, portable computing device far outweigh the disadvantages.  This is especially the case for businesses where travel is a significant component of employees’ responsibilities. Imagine the time savings in an airport security queue.

Who Makes Hybrids?

A Hybrid Laptop is a Windows device.

  There are no Apple equivalents on the market yet. Hence, if your business is primarily an Apple Operating System (Mac OS or iOS) company, the switch to a Microsoft platform such as a Hybrid may not be worth the cost of having to support both types of systems. Contrarily, if the business is already capable of managing IT functions with both Microsoft and Apple Operating Systems, then the Hybrid may be a great way to “upgrade” employees from desktops and Laptops.

There are quite a few Hybrid Laptop manufacturers. The market leaders include Microsoft, HP, Dell and Lenovo. Get a comprehensive review of features and functions of the Top Ten Hybrid Laptops.

Based on various reviews, the major tradeoffs include:

1. The Tablet portion of a Hybrid tends to be heavier than a stand-alone Tablet.

2. The screen of a Hybrid is typically smaller than that of a traditional Laptop.  The resolution is still clear enough for spreadsheet or detailed work, hence it is an ideal device for business, but likely not optimal for gaming and other entertainment type tasks.

3. The Hybrid runs hotter than a traditional laptop. Not all Hybrids have this issue, and as with other mobile devices, there is usually a tradeoff between size/slimness and temperature.

4. The Hybrid keyboard feels small and cramped when compared with a traditional Laptop.

5. Both battery life and processing capabilities measure up to these same assets of a traditional Laptop.

The Hybrid Laptop is an evolving device, and there will be many more features that will be added as users adapt this mobile device as their computing device of choice. The personal computer is evolving in a way similar to that of the Smartphone.

With every iteration, these devices become increasingly more useful for productive business people. It wasn’t that long ago when we carried a basic phone, a Palm or Pager, a music player and a camera. Today, Smartphones have combined voice, data, and many other features into a single mobile device. This is already happening with the Hybrid Laptop, with much more to come to support business productivity needs.