We all know what laptops are – they're portable computers that fit neatly into a shoulder bag, and they're great for working on the go, staying in touch on long trips, and keeping ourselves from being bored in places where it's just not practical to bring a TV, cable box, and video game system. Laptops have been our go-to, go-anywhere personal computing solution for years, and we've come to rely on them – for some of us, even more than our desktop systems.
Most people are also quite familiar with tablets. They're compact, entertaining, and are equipped to handle a wealth of amazing apps. They might not have full keyboards, but for most applications, their intuitive touch-screen interfaces more than make up for the absence of physical keys. From reading the latest best-selling novel to watching episodes of our favorite series, there's little you can't do on a well-equipped tablet.
While we're all clear on what tablets and laptops are, and all of the neat things we can do with them, it's become apparent that many people aren't too sure what to call devices that function as laptops and tablets. You might have seen them advertised as hybrids, convertibles, 2-in-1 laptops, 2-in-1 PCs, or simply 2-in-1s.
It's easy to understand the appeal of these devices. If you need a keyboard for typing out a lengthy business proposal, you've got it. If you'd rather travel light and leave the keyboard at home, you can do that, too. From multimedia to data entry, signature capture to video capture, 2-in-1s deliver the best of both worlds, when it comes to mobile computing.