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.
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.
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.
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.