2-in-1 Laptops took flight in 2014, with models such as the Surface 2, Lenovo Yoga, etc. What do these laptops do? Well, first of all, you can’t call them them just laptops anymore. These laptops are both a laptop and a tablet in one nice package, complete with a touch screen for optimal use. You can prop it up like a regular laptop and work traditionally, or flip it (or detach it) into a tablet mode where you can use it through the touch screen just like you would on an iPad. With Windows 8.1, the touchscreens really have value. Unfortunately for Macbook fans, Apple hasn’t caught up with the times yet. With no furthur ado, here are the best 2-in-1 laptops of 2015.
The ASUS Chromebook Flip is premier 2-in-1 Chromebook on the market for college students. It is snappy, and reliable for using Microsoft Office Online, Google Docs, and other online application available for Chromebooks. The new Rockchip 1.8 GHz Processor ensures speed and stability, backed up by a 4GB RAM. While it is only 10.1 inches, it is touch screen for use in tablet mode.
While it won’t be able to run all the software other 2-in-1 laptops can, this Chromebook is something to consider if you only need to use web applications. Finally, this Chromebook has exceptional battery life so you can take it anywhere and it will stay on for the whole day.
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The ASUS Tranformer Book comes is many different variations, and rotates all the way around like 2-in-1 laptops should. While it’s not extremely powerful, this laptop should be sufficient for anyone who doesn’t plan to do any gaming or use graphically intensive software (Art/Architecture students stay away). This is pretty much the standard for 2-in-1 laptops. It has nothing super fancy, but isn’t too expensive either. It surely won’t let you down for a while and would be great for taking to and from class with it’s compact design.
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#3: HP Spectre x360
The HP Spectre x360 is HP’s attempt at the 2-in-1 laptops market, and they succeeded. This 360° rotating laptop is absolutely fantastic, with a 12.5 hour battery life, 256GB SSD, and Intel i5 processor all built-in. In basic terms, this hybrid is quite fast. The aluminum chassis gives it a Macbook Air-ish feel, and the design makes you feel professional when using it. This one seriously rivals the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, but has slightly less power. Spectre x360’s are on the expensive side, but if you have the money, it will be worth every penny. It is not really a gaming laptop, but it will be able to handle medium-level gaming and a good amount graphic intensive applications without many issues. College students looking for something that is sleek, fast, and has just enough power, take a look at this one. The only reason you shouldn’t be interested in this is if plan on gaming or desire/need to handle intensive 3D modelling for your courses.
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The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is slim, flexible, and simply cool. It comes in many different variations, including different colors which is always nice. Aesthetics aside, this laptop is very powerful. It packs an Intel i7 processor, 3200×1800 resolution, and 256GB SSD. For less tech-savvy people, this means that this laptop is very fast. While it is expensive at around ~$1100, it is really the complete package like 2-in-1 laptops should be. It flips over 360° seamlessly while keeping a sleek look. College students should put this model high on their list of laptops to consider if they have the money. On another note, this laptop is very light and will not cause an issue when carrying around campus. The Yoga 2 Pro will definitely run most games at a good graphics setting. Media students can rely on this laptop pull some rendering and 3D modelling with efficiency. Lenovo hit the hybrid market on the head with this one.
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The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 may just be Microsoft’s best product ever. After years of failing through various movements such as Vista, Windows 8, Bing, etc., Microsoft has mastered the craft of 2-in-1 laptops. The Surface Pro 3 is so featured, many consider it to be a 3-in-1 hybrid laptop, which will explained in a bit. The Surface Pro 3 comes in a few different models, the most popular being the Intel i5 version. Why is this laptop the best hybrid laptop? The Surface Pro 3 is super-portable, lightweight, fast, sleek, detachable from the Type cover, rotates 360° in your lap, and comes with a special stylus. If this article wasn’t for college students, the Yoga 2 Pro might have gone first; however, there is one feature that makes the Surface Pro 3 possibly the best hybrid laptop for college students. Palm-Block protection. When you use the stylus with Microsoft OneNote to take notes, the Surface will not pick up any touch input from your hand, only the stylus. This is what makes it a THREE-in-1 laptop, because it is a fully-functioning laptop, tablet, and notebook. Weighing in at 1.76 pounds, you can take this device anywhere, and do virtually anything with it. College students will be able to go to class, take notes on Microsoft OneNote with the stylus, go back to their dorm and type a paper with the keyboard, then finally detach the keyboard and take the screen to bed and watch a movie or play a game on the gorgeous 12 inch display. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is one the Macbook’s greatest competitors and is currently taking over the college laptop market all over the world (and there is a good reason for this). The only complaint with this laptop is the lack of an ergonomic feel while resting it on your lap with the keyboard, so if you’re concerned about this try it out at a store and see for yourself. Otherwise, If you have the money to purchase this very expensive device, compare it to any other top choices before deciding which laptop to purchase because this is a sure winner in many, many cases.
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