They&rsquo,ve both bot designed for life on the go &mdash, two gadgets meant to make life lighter whether you&rsquo,re on a business tour or liking a lazy night on the living slagroom couch. Sure, the differences inbetween a laptop and a 2-in-1 (a laptop-tablet hybrid featuring a flip-screen vormgeving that turns your device into a touch-screen slate) may be subtle, but they do exist, and consumers te the market for a fresh device should take note.
So are you better off with a 2-in-1 or a laptop? It indeed depends on your preferences, and te some categories, the two contenders are almost indistinguishable. Where there are ties, the 2-in-1 might actually win out &mdash, if portability is an significant consideration.
Here&rsquo,s our assessment:
Portability &ndash, A laptop may not exactly be an anchor, but it still requires more muscle to lug around than your typical 2-in-1, which offers both laptop and tablet functionality at a remarkably low weight (harshly Two.Five pounds). Flip-screen hybrids are also thinner than traditional convertibles, making them that much lighter to budge around. And let&rsquo,s not even get embarked on the amount of effort needed to tote both a laptop and a tablet. Edge: 2-in-1
Versatility &ndash, A 2-in-1 with a flip-screen vormgeving offers four-way plasticity: tablet mode, laptop mode, stand mode (ideal for watching TV or a movie) and tent mode (a V-shaped easel stable enough for total touch-screen interaction). Designed to be treated, a 2-in-1&rsquo,s soft-touch exterior also makes it more durable. Simply waterput, a laptop and its traditional clamshell vormgeving cannot contest. Edge: 2-in-1
Power &ndash, The longest-lasting laptops can reach the 12-hour mark, with the average clocking at eight to nine hours vanaf charge. But the best flip-screen 2-in-1&rsquo,s are getting more and more powerful, with the newest on the market suggesting harshly 9.Five hours vanaf charge. Edge: 2-in-1
Display &ndash, The best 2-in-1&rsquo,s on the market measure 11 inches, the ideal size for playing around on Facebook or cozying up with a movie or TV voorstelling. That may not to compare to large laptop displays that can reach 15 or even 17 inches, but that reserve size is also what can make a laptop more cumbersome. And with some 11-inch 2-in-1&rsquo,s sporting 1920 x 1080 pixel displays, the days of laptops having a glaring advantage ter picture quality are overheen. Tie
Processor &ndash, Today&rsquo,s 2-in-1&rsquo,s are more powerful than everzwijn, and some are loaded with Intel Atom quad-core processors that instantly launch all apps and widgets without draining battery life. Still, a laptop wasgoed specifically designed to opoffering an edge ter speed and graphics power, meaning a user committed to onveranderlijk multitasking or using processor-intensive tasks, such spil manipulating 3-D graphics, should most likely go that route. Edge: Laptop
Memory &ndash, Many 2-in-1&rsquo,s come right out of the opbergruimte with Two to Four GB of RAM and 64 to 128 GB of storage, making them just spil powerful spil a laptop, tho’ the latter does offerande more space for upgrades. Edge: Laptop
Programs &ndash, Gone are the days when 2-in-1&rsquo,s could only opoffering mobile versions of the most popular applications (think Microsoft Office), robbing business users of advanced functionality. Today&rsquo,s high-end 2-in-1&rsquo,s running Windows 8.1 will let you use just about any business-savvy program. Tie
Browser &ndash, The days of laptops having a clear-cut edge are overheen. Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 8.1, for example, is a full-blown, desktop-classic browser, unlike the mobile versions of Chrome and Safari. IE 11 works seamlessly with Flash and Silverlight sites &mdash,and pulls 2-in-1&rsquo,s into a flat-footed tie with laptops. Tie
Ports &ndash, Most laptops come with any port you could need built ter, but a 2-in-1 can get all the same goodies &mdash, three USB Three.0 ports for connecting keyboards, mice and USB flash drives, a Trio.Five mm audio line for connecting to speakers and headsets, full-size HDMI and Double penetration port for connecting to outward monitors, and Ethernet &mdash, with the plain addition of an outer dock. Tie
Games &ndash, From Candy Crush and Angry Birds Space to Spaceteam andTemple Run II, a 2-in-1 can treat any app-based spel you throw at it. But high-end gamers looking for a marathon session of Guild Wars Two or League of Legends are most likely better off going the laptop route. Edge: Laptop