ST Digital Awards: Nominees

ST Digital Awards: Nominees for best hybrid laptop

ST Digital Awards: Nominees for best hybrid laptop.
ST Digital Awards: Nominees for best hybrid laptop.PHOTO: ACER; DELL; ASUS; LENOVO; HP;


PHOTO: ACER

ACER ASPIRE R13

Even for a hybrid, the Acer Aspire R13 is unusual. This is because while the majority of hybrids have four usage modes, the R13 has six. Among its modes is "Ezel", which lets you use the bundled metal stylus and the touchpad for those who prefer scribbling to typing. A sturdy hinge ensures the touchscreen does not wobble when tapped, a common flaw among hybrid laptops.



PHOTO: DELL

DELL INSPIRON 13 7000 SERIES 2-IN-1

This Dell hybrid laptop is not easy to hold as a tablet because of its weight. But its other modes have their uses. More importantly, the Dell is relatively affordable for a hybrid. Its specifications are as good as those of typical ultrabooks, including the latest Intel processor and a 256GB solid-state drive.



PHOTO: ASUS

ASUS TRANSFORMER BOOK T300 CHI

Touted by Asus as the slimmest two-in-one hybrid device, the Chi is thinner than the Apple MacBook Air. It is easy to detach the tablet half of the Chi from its keyboard base - simply pull the two halves apart with enough force to overcome its magnets. It is a more elegant solution than older hybrids that required users to press a button.



PHOTO: LENOVO

LENOVO YOGA 900

Lenovo's Yoga hybrid laptops have influenced this genre. The latest version fixes the flaws of its predecessor with a beefier processor and a larger battery. The Yoga retains the eye-catching watchband-inspired hinge from the older model, but improves it to make it more rigid and sturdy.



PHOTO: HP

HP SPECTRE X360

The Spectre is an elegant hybrid laptop that instantly spells "premium". For one thing, it has a solid aluminium body. A 360-degree hinge lets it transform between tablet and laptop modes. The beautiful 13-inch touchscreen has a 2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution and looks bright and vivid. A wider-than-usual touchpad gives you more room to execute multi-touch gestures.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 30, 2015, with the headline 'BEST HYBRID LAPTOP'. Print Edition | Subscribe