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Are hybrid laptops the future?

Gone are the days where you had to sit and wait while your heavy desktop connected to a less than efficient dial-up Internet system. Now, you can surf the net 24-hours a day on multiple devices and enjoy high quality surfing speeds whether you’re at home or on the go. Technological developments have completely changed the way we interact and there seems to be no shortage of new inventions with an array of devices available in shops and online through sites like ebay.

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In fact, with the introduction of hybrid laptops, it’s clear that designers are keen to push their skills to the limit and make technology both enjoyable and practical – but what exactly are these gadgets? Well, a hybrid laptop is a computer system that can be used as both a laptop and a tablet. They’re compatible with both a keyboard and mouse, but also have a touch screen functionality to ensure they’re as portable as an iPad, notebook or other handheld equipment.

In terms of design and appearance, many hybrid laptops open up like regular laptops, but the screen can then be folded, pivoted, or flipped back to leave the screen exposed – just like a tablet. The Dell XPS 12, Lenova Yoga 13, Lenovo ThinkPad Twist and Toshiba Satellite U920t are all examples of this modern technology. What’s more, you can also buy devices that are designed to work like a tablet but can be docked onto a keyboard system, which comes complete with a keypad, mouse, extra battery power and additional ports – just like the VivoTab Smart.

With the introduction of Windows 8, it’s also clear that software is being revolutionised to keep up with the array of gadgets available. The apps on display can be easily clicked on, but it doesn’t take a genius to see they’ve been modified for touchscreens thanks to their bright colours and clear lay out. Similarities between regular laptops and smart devices like iPads are becoming more apparent, which could suggest that hybrid designs are the way forward. After all, being able to work on a train before docking your device at home is, undeniably, convenient.

As with all products, however, there are downsides. Hybrid laptops might seem to do it all, but some would argue they’re that little bit heavier that a traditional tablet system making them harder to hold for long periods of time. What’s more, some tablets lack the full capabilities of a traditional laptop making tasks a bit more tedious. So, like with all technology, it’s up to consumers to weigh up the pros and cons and decide if the hybrid design is for them.