Can a 2-in-1 like Surface Pro really replace my laptop?

2-in-1 computers like the Surface Pro target people who want a tablet and a laptop in a single, ultra-compact device. But can a 2-in-1 tablet PC really replace a laptop? Absolutely! With one caveat ... I’ll explain how and the one catch if you decide to replace your laptop with something like a Surface Pro.

Can you use your Surface Pro 4 PC for gaming?

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a versatile 2-in-1 that's both portable and powerful, and designed for productivity as well as creativity. But how good is it for gaming? Let's find out.

Review: Asus ZenBook UX360 is mostly flipping good

 The concept of a laptop has shifted in the last five years to include a greater variety of models and form factors that can alter or expand usability. The Asus ZenBook UX360 is a hybrid PC that can act as a tablet when fully flipped over a full 360-degrees. How it does that isn’t new, but the combination of design, performance and affordability might be just the right mix to be appealing to anyone looking for something like this.

ASUS VivoBook Flip TP501U review: versatility packs a punch

 It’s tough to beat a convertible, 2-in-1 laptop for versatility. You get a laptop, tablet and everything in between in a single device. With the ASUS VivoBook Flip TP501U, you also get a big, Full HD display, a Core i7 CPU and Nvidia’s 940M graphics card, making this convertible laptop a compelling combination of versatility and power.

Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 review: budget-friendly prosumer 2-in-1

 Got your eyes on a Surface Pro 4, but still have a summer vacation to pay for? With the Best Buy exclusive Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12, you can have it both ways. It’s a budget-friendly prosumer 2-in-1, offering the full Windows 10 convertible laptop experience without breaking the bank.

Acer Switch One 10 review: an affordable, compact 2-in-1 hybrid running...

 One of the hottest laptop categories these days are 2-in-1 hybrids, a category started by (and still led by) the Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro. What if you want something less expensive? That’s where the Acer Switch One 10 fills a void, providing an affordable, compact Windows 10 2-in-1 option at Chromebook prices.

New Dell XPS laptops feature stunning 4k displays and 6th generation...

Two extremely hot new laptop options are now available for pre-order at Best Buy. The Dell XPS 15 laptop and XPS 12 convertible laptop are ultra thin, built with premium materials, powered by the latest 6th generation intel Core CPUs and feature stunning 4K displays.  

Convertible laptops

When it comes to cars, a convertible is one with a roof that protects occupants from the weather while offering a top-free ride in the summer sunshine. When it comes to PCs, convertible laptops mean something a little different. These are PCs that combine the best of two different experiences —the laptop and the tablet— in a single device. And like a convertible (the car), a convertible laptop accomplishes this trick through some clever hardware design. Convertible laptops aren’t for everyone, but if you’re a fan of mobile computing and you’d love to have a tablet along for the ride without the extra weight (and expense); or if you wish your tablet had a keyboard and trackpad, a convertible laptop may be the ideal device for you.  

Review: Sony Vaio Fit 15A Multi Flip PC

Sony’s Vaio series of PC laptops has always won points for style and design and the company has become a leader in producing Windows 8 hybrid machines —portables that combine Windows 8 PC and tablet capabilities. I’ve spent the past week trying out Sony’s latest take on the hybrid form factor. After putting it through its paces, I can assure you that the Vaio Fit 15A is one of the most useful variations yet on the tablet/notebook convertible hybrid, a real looker (especially in the black finish of the test unit) and an able performer. It’s held back a little by a few details —a loud and persistent fan, so-so keyboard, and not so stellar battery life among them— but offers a solid portable computer experience, along with tablet capability, in a single package that just happens to look pretty smashing.  

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