A convertible tablet (also sometimes called a 2-in-1 laptop) is a device that can be used as both a tablet and a laptop. These tablets either have a hinge that allows the screen to be rotated 360 degrees or they come with a detachable keyboard so that they can be used in either mode. Convertible tablets are becoming increasingly popular as they offer the best of both worlds – the portability of a tablet and the functionality of a laptop. Convertible tablets can quickly and easily be flipped from laptop to tablet and vice versa. You can work directly via the touchscreen display or switch to using the keyboard for input.
The flexible configuration of a convertible’s chassis means it can be used in a variety of modes, especially if the convertible tablet features a rotating hinge design. As well as classic clamshell laptop and tablet modes, the tablet can be propped up on the keyboard for presentations or stood on its edges in a space saving tent mode.
There are some specific things associated with convertible tablets to weigh up before making a purchase. If you plan on using the keyboard often, pick a model with a rotating/folding keyboard rather than one with a detachable keyboard as with the former, you have the certainty that the keyboard is always in the same place as your device. Compared to traditional laptops, convertible tablets usually have a thicker chassis to accommodate the bulkier, more complex hinge they need. They also tend to weigh a bit more than standalone tablets thanks to the keyboard.
Specs wise, the considerations for buying a convertible tablet are much the same as buying a standard laptop or tablet. For performance, consider the core components installed including processor, RAM and storage capacity. Look at the type of display the convertible tablet comes with and assess its resolution, brightness and contrast features. For connectivity, ensure the tablet comes with the number and type of ports you need to connect to other devices. Pretty much all convertible tablets will have both Bluetooth and Wifi built-in as standard.