Everyone knows what a laptop and a tablet are. However, 2-in-1 laptops are a relatively new thing that didn’t come on the scene until around 2011. A 2-in-1 laptop features both a laptop and a tablet.
In most cases, the devices look like tablets with the keyboard function rotating, folding or sliding behind the display. Also, in most cases, the keyboard is just a keyboard, and nothing more. But in some cases, they offer additional features. Most of the major makers of laptops, such as Microsoft, Samsung, Dell, Lenovo, HP, Acer, and Sony are now offering 2-in-1 models. The first 2-in-1 laptops are inconvenient and bulky. However, they have improved over time. One of the biggest manufacturers of laptops, Apple, has not released a true 2-in-1 laptop. However, there is an optional keyboard accessory with their iPads.
The benefits of 2-in-1s are twofold. Those who love laptops get a touch screen and other features typical of a tablet. Those who love tablets get a PC operating system with a keyboard and other features that a laptop provides.
For those who do not need any of the functionality that comes with a tablet, such as a touchscreen, they are likely not consumers of the 2-in-1. The primary competition for the 2-in-1 is tablet users who wish to have a keyboard.
Specific points of a 2-in-1:
A 2-in-1 has to have a touchscreen for it to be considered a 2-in-1.
A 2-in1 has to have a physical keyboard for it to be considered a 2-in-1. Furthermore, it needs to be connected and not disconnected.
Operates like a Laptop
The 2-in-1s operate more like a laptop when it comes to features than a tablet. Therefore, the 2-in-1 is superior over the tablet. In fact, everything that a laptop can do a 2-in-1 can do as well.
In situations where a tablet is primarily needed, but a keyboard is sometimes required, the 2-in-1 offers the perfect solution. For example, if a user needs the keyboard function for content but then needs to switch to the tablet function for a movie screening, all of it can be done with one device.
Fewer Items to Purchase
With the 2-in-1, a user can purchase one device instead of a tablet and a laptop, or a tablet and a separate keyboard that needs to be attached. This saves the user money because all that is need to buy is one device. The 2-in-1s are available at budget prices of approximately as low as $200, to higher end prices of up to roughly $3,000. These prices are comparable to laptop prices.
More in Keeping with Today’s Wants
More and more people prefer devices that are a touch screen such as a phone or a tablet. The 2-in-1 fits that preference, but also provides the keyboard functionality.
The 2-in-1 models of today are perfect for those who prefer a tablet but who also need a keyboard. However, for those who run a lot of graphics or are serious gamers, the 2-in-1 may not be the best fit.