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Convertible laptops or Hybrid laptops: Which is best?

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Convertible laptops (attached) or Hybrid laptops (detachable):- What type should I choose?

With the exception of Microsoft with the Surface Pro and Surface Book, most manufacturers have preferred to make 2-in-1 convertible rather than hybrid laptops.

HP no longer makes its detachable HP Pavillion x2, while Lenovo appears to be putting most of its 2-in-1 focus on its Yoga line of folding convertible laptops.

If you’re looking for a mostly normal laptop experience, a convertible laptop offers very few drawbacks for people who use best laptops. It doesn’t take a lot of extra engineering to make a hinge that rotates 360 degrees, so laptops like the XPS 2-in-1 and convertble 2-in-1 HP pavillion x360 aren’t that different from their non-2-in-1 counterparts.

If you’re looking for a tablet first, then a hybrid is your bet. The best detachable 2-in-1 by far are the Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface Book. The Pro is stylus-oriented and is Microsoft’s best attempt at powering Windows 11 with Pen. The book aims to be “the best of both worlds” between laptop and tablet.

The elephant in the room: iPad Pro/Air with Magic Keyboard Cover

The main drawback to 2-in-1 being effective tablets is Windows 11. Touch input and tablet mode still aren’t as smooth as on an iPad. In the past, devices like the Surface Pro had an advantage over Apple by having mouse support, a file browser, and true USB mass storage support.

And, back then, Apple made it very clear: the iPad is a tablet and the MacBook is a laptop.

However, that was then. Now, with the release of subsequent generations of iPad Pro, iPadOS, and more recently the Magic Keyboard, all of that is changing. iPads now support mouse input, file transfers, and a full file browser. It’s not the same as a laptop, but it’s good enough to do real work (documents, spreadsheets, etc.) on it.

With the Magic Keyboard and its brilliant touchpad, an iPad Pro comes perilously close to being a great and best laptop. While Windows 11 2-in-1 and Chromebooks aren’t as good as an iPad as a tablet.

If you’re looking for a tablet first, a laptop second, consider an iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard. In 2022, an iPad is good enough to be a laptop. Can you really say that a device like the Surface Pro is good enough to match an iPad as a tablet?

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