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Best Convertible Laptop Comparison Chart – Hybrid Laptop Tablet 2014

What is a Convertible Laptop? They are devices that can convert from a conventional laptop into a tablet PC.  Some have detachable keyboards while others let you flip the keyboard around 360 degrees. 


Because of this ability to transform between laptop or tablet, convertible laptops definitely have some advantages over conventional, stand-alone laptops and tablets (see convertible laptop pros and cons below).  To help you choose which hybrid laptop to buy, we have created the best convertible laptop comparison chart!

This chart was put together using a variety of sources such as the Microsoft Store, Amazon, and from the manufacturers’ own websites. The chart contains prices, specs, and differentiating features. We welcome you to use this chart, the linked articles, and the linked user reviews to help you make an informed buying decision.

Be sure to also check out the pros and cons section, as well as our current picks for the best convertible laptop available.

Best Convertible Laptop Comparison Chart

Our convertible laptop comparison chart will be continuously updated.  Check back often to see new product announcements, price and release date information, reviews, specs, and videos.  If you would like to see a device added to the list, please submit suggestions using the comments section below.

OEMs! Don’t see your product listed? Do you see a typo or misprint?  Want to request a product review for your laptop or tablet? Send me a message via the contact form.

Regards,

– Quentin Moore

Best Convertible Laptop Comparison Chart (2014)

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review Price Specs

Microsoft Store $799

Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Stylus Included, Built-in Stand, Keyboard Case, Full Size USB 3.0, Mini Display Port, Windows 8.1 Pro, Intel Core Processor
Windows 8.1, Pro, 64-bit Full Size USB 3.0, Micro SD, Mini DisplayPort
Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 (Haswell)
Wi-Fi, BT
12-inch HD Screen (2160 x 1440) Camera: Front 5MP, Rear 5MP
4GB-8GB Ram, 64GB-512GB SSD 11.5 x 7.93 x 0.36 inches, 1.76lbs
9 Hrs Battery Life Stylus: Included, Keyboard: Optional

ASUS Transformer Book T100TA Review Price Specs

Amazon $349.99

Microsoft Store $399.00

User ReviewsUser Reviews

ASUS Transformer Book T100TA
HDMI Out, Keyboard includes USB 3.0 port, No Rear Camera
Windows 8.1 32-bit, MS Office Micro USB, Micro SD, Micro HDMI
Intel Atom Z3740, 1.33 -1.86GHz Wi-Fi, BT – No 3G/4G
10.1-inch HD Screen (1366 x 768) Camera: Front 1.2MP
2GB Ram, 32-64GB SSD 10.4 x 6.7 x 0.41 inches, 1.2lbs
11 Hrs Battery Life Stylus: No, Keyboard: Included

Lenovo ThinPad 10 Price Specs Release Date 2

Amazon $249.99

User ReviewsUser Reviews

Lenovo ThinkPad 10
Cover-stand, Dock, Optional Stylus and Keyboard, Gov/Corp Security Features, NFC
Windows 8.1, Pro, 64-bit Micro USB, Micro SD, Micro HDMI
Intel Atom Processor Z3795 SoC Quad Core Wi-Fi, BT, NFC, 3G/4G Optional
10.1-inch HD Screen (1920 x 1200) Camera: Front 2MP, Rear 8MP
2GB-4GB Ram, 64GB-128GB SSD 10.09 x 6.96 x 0.35 in, 1.31lbs
10 Hrs Battery Life Stylus: Optional, Keyboard: Optional

Dell Venue 11 Pro Review Price Specs

Amazon $655.03

User ReviewsUser Reviews

Dell Venue 11 Pro
Optional Stylus, Keyboard, Dock, and Case. Swappable Battery, Battery in Keyboard Dock
Windows 8.1 64-bit USB 3.0, Micro SD, Micro HDMI
Intel Core i3, i5 Wi-Fi, BT – No 3G/4G
10.8-inch HD Screen (1920 x 1080) Camera: Front 1.2MP, Rear 5MP
2GB-8GB Ram, 64GB-256GB SSD 11 x 6.95 x 0.6 inches, 1.6lbs
8 Hrs Battery Life Stylus: Optional, Keyboard: Optional

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 11 inch review price specs release date

Amazon $539.00

User ReviewsUser Reviews

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 11 inch
Flippable keyboard, large storage options, Micro HDMI, USB 3.0, Full Size SD
Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit USB 3.0, USB 2.0, Full Size SD, Micro HDMI
Intel Celeron N2920, 2.0GHz
Wi-Fi, BT – No 3G/4G
11.6-inch HD Screen (1366 x 768) Camera: Front 720p
4GB Ram, 16GB SSD, 500GB HDD
11.7 x 8.12 x 0.67 inches, 3.196lbs
6 Hrs Battery Life Stylus: No, Keyboard: Included

HP Spectre 13-h211nr x2 review price specs release date

Amazon $829.99

Microsoft Store $999.00

User ReviewsUser Reviews

HP Spectre 13-h211nr x2
Detachable, Backlit Keyboard, Beats Audio, USB 3.0, Micro HDMI
Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit 2 USB 3.0, Micro SD, Micro HDMI
Intel Core i5-4202Y 1.60 GHz Wi-Fi, BT – No 3G/4G
13.3-inch HD Screen (1920 x 1080) Camera: Front HD Camera
4GB Ram, 128GB SSD 13.40 x 7.20 x 0.70 inches, 4.39lbs
9 Hrs Battery Life Stylus: No, Keyboard: Included

Acer Aspire Switch 10 review price specs release date

Amazon $379.99

Microsoft Store $349.00

User ReviewsUser Reviews

Acer Aspire Switch 10
Detachable keyboard, Micro HDMI
Windows 8.1 32-bit, MS Office Micro USB, Micro SD, Micro HDMI, Full Size USB 2.0
Intel Atom Z3745 1.33 GHz Wi-Fi, BT – No 3G/4G
10.1-inch HD Screen (1366 x 768) Camera: Front Facing
2GB Ram, 32GB SSD 10.30 x 6.97 x 0.35 inches, 1.28lbs
10.30 x 7.57 x 0.80 inches, 2.58lbs w/ keyboard
8 Hrs Battery Life Stylus: No, Keyboard: Included

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Review Price Specs

Amazon $979.99

Microsoft Store $899.00

User ReviewsUser Reviews

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Review
Stylus Included, Built-in Stand, Keyboard Case, Full Size USB 3.0, Mini Display Port, Windows 8.1 Pro, i5 Processor
Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit Full Size USB 3.0, Micro SD, Micro Mini Display Port
Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 (Haswell) Wi-Fi, BT – No 3G/4G
10.6-inch HD Screen (1920 x 1080) Camera: Front 720p, Rear 720p
4GB Ram, 64GB-512GB SSD 6.60 x 10.50 x 0.35 inches, 2lbs
7 Hrs Battery Life Stylus: Included, Keyboard: Optional

ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP300LD review price specs release date

June 2014

ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP300LD
Can flip 360 degrees from laptop to tablet, NVIDIA GeForce Graphics,optional 802.11ac networking
Windows 8.1, Pro 64-bit USB 3.0, USB 2.0, Full SD, HDMI
Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 – NVIDIA GeForce Graphics 2GB
Wi-Fi, 802.11ac optional, BT – No 3G/4G
13.3-inch HD Screen (1920 x 1080) Camera: Front HD Cam
Up to 12GB Ram, 128GB SSD, 500GB-1TB HHD
12.83 x 9.13 x 0.87 inches, 3.86 lbs
Battery Life Unknown
Stylus: No, Keyboard: Included

ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi review price specs release date
T300 Chi Price and
Release Date Unknown

ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi
Super thin, includes detachable keyboard, 3G/4G included, No Micro SD
Windows 8.1 Micro USB, No Micro SD
“Next-Generation” Intel Core processors Wi-Fi, BT – 3G/4G Included
12.5-inch HD Screen (2560 x 1440) Camera: Unknown
4GB Ram, 128GB SSD 0.28 inches without k/b, 0.56 in thin with k/b
Battery Life Unknown
Stylus: No, Keyboard: Included

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Specs

Amazon $899

User ReviewsUser Reviews

Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro
Optional Keyboard Dock
Windows 8 64-bit Micro USB, Micro SD, Micro HDMI
Intel Core i5 1.70 GHz Wi-Fi, BT, GPS, Optional 3G/4G
11.6-inch HD Screen (1920 x 1080) Camera: Front 2MP, Rear 5MP
4GB Ram, 128GB SSD 11.97 x 7.46 x 0.47 inches, 1.96lbs
5.5 Hrs Battery Life Stylus: Included, Keyboard: Included

ASUS TaiChi 21 Review - Windows 8 Tablets 2

Amazon $660

User ReviewsUser Reviews

Asus Taichi
Dual Screen Ultrabook/Laptop
Windows 8, Pro 64-bit 2 USB 3.0, No Micro SD, Micro HDMI, Mini VGA
Intel Core i7 1.9 GHz Wi-Fi, BT – No 3G/4G
11.6-inch HD Screen (1920 x 1080) Camera: Front 5MP
4GB Ram, 128-256GB SSD 12 x 7.8 x 0.6 inches, 2.7lbs
5 Hrs Battery Life Stylus: No, Keyboard: Included

Convertible Laptop Pros

There are quite a few benefits to owning a convertible laptop versus a separate laptop and tablet. Advantages include:

  • Cost:  While a laptop tablet hybrid may cost more than a typical laptop, you should expect a convertible laptop to be cheaper than buying both a laptop and a tablet.  You will also save money on buying fewer cases, cables, extra power adapters, and other accessories.
  • One Device Instead of Two: Having one hybrid laptop device instead of a separate laptop and tablet means all of your documents, music and video files, browser favorites, etc. are all on one machine.  There’s no need to sync data between multiple devices.  You also have the benefit of carrying fewer devices, fewer charge cables, fewer accessories, etc.
  • Portability: Hybrid Laptops are generally lighter than convention laptops so they will be easier to carry around.  For devices that have a detachable keyboard,  you can maximize portability when you leave the keyboard at the office, at home, or in your book bag.
  • Battery Life:  Since convertible laptops will most often feature Intel Atom or low power Intel Core processors, we expect to see these devices to have good battery life.  This will be especially true in cases where the detachable keyboard contains an additional battery.

Convertible Laptop Cons

There are some drawbacks to convertible laptops.  Disadvantages include:

  • Size and Weight: When using these laptop hybrids in tablet mode, expect the device to feel heavy and bulky.  One-hand operation may be a chore, if not impractical.  Of note, the Lenovo ThinkPad 10 has an case accessory that contains a hand strap to aid in holding the device.
  • Performance: For the convertible laptops with a detachable keyboard (i.e., not a flip form factor), the computing components and battery are behind the screen.  This may limit the device’s potential CPU and GPU processing power as fitting high performing components in a tight space my be problematic.
  • Price: Convertible Laptops may be more expensive that comparable laptops and definitely more expensive than comparable tablets.

Cheap Convertible Laptops

If your biggest priority is price, your best convertible laptop options include the ASUS Transformer Book T100TA and Acer Aspire Switch 10.  Both can be had in the $300 – $400 range.  Of the two, I’d probably go with the Asus since I haven’t heard much about the Acer.

Best Convertible Laptop with a Stylus, Digitizer Pen

If you want a convertible laptop with a stylus or digitizer pen, your best choice right now is the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or the Lenovo ThinkPad 10.  Hopefully more hybrid laptops will support stylus pen input but right now the available options are slim.

Which Hybrid Laptop do I Own?

As of this writing, I have the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 on pre-order.  I also plan to look at the Lenovo ThinkPad 10 as well as the new Asus Transformer Books when they come out.  Until a receive one of the new convertible laptops, I’m still hanging in there with my Acer Iconia W700.

Which Convertible Laptop will you Choose?

Do you know which convertible laptop you will buy?  Will you opt for a regular laptop or tablet instead?  Please share you thoughts and buy experience in the comments section below.

About Quentin Moore

Quentin Moore is the creator and senior editor of Tech Blog TV. He's a self proclaimed Tech Guru and spends most of his non-working hours playing with or blogging about tech gadgets. Check out Quentin's Google Plus Page.

6 comments

  1. Claudia Saad @Laptop Table Benefits

    The constant sitting in front of laptops for hours is something we all have to endure if we want to do our work nowadays. But that does not mean that we have to suffer the ill effects that come with those hours. The constant sitting causes several health disorders such that backaches, neck pain, spinal problems, eye strain, etc. The laptop table provides us freedom from all these and more.

  2. Laptop comparison chart is very useful to us.

  3. Really anything under 12 inches shouldn’t be considered a convertible. Under 12 inches is a tablet if I’m looking for a convertible I’m looking for something that brings the power of a laptop together with the interface flexibility of a tablet. I do digital art and when I look at a standard piece of paper its around 13.5 inches across; if I’m going to draw I want something with a working space closer to the physical piece of paper I’m drawing on. Also with digital art one wants a faster processor and a good integrated graphics like the Iris 5k or better at a minimum or better especially if you want to render some 3d art.

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