To 2-in-1 or not to 2-in-1, That is the Question
The functionality of a laptop and a tablet in one device; oh, convenience, how we love thee. But are these versatile PCs worth your investment? What are the advantages of having a 2-in-1? Would it make more sense to buy a laptop and a tablet separately? If you’ve asked yourself any of these questions, let us help you decide whether to 2-in-1 or not to 2-in-1.
Do I want a detachable 2-in-1 or a convertible 2-in-1?
There are many things to consider when deciding which kind of 2-in-1 to buy. For starters, if you opt for a smaller, detachable model 2-in-1, the ergonomics might not be ideal; the keyboards are smaller, they’re almost too lightweight, and you may sacrifice some features like side and top swiping enhancements. On the other hand, if you opt for a larger, convertible 2-in-1 (the screen is not detachable but rather rotates on a hinge to go from laptop to tablet) don’t expect to travel light. But with that extra weight, you could also be gaining some screen size. Basically, if you’re looking for something to use while commuting, you should opt for a smaller, detachable tablet like 2-in-1 and if you’re wanting to do more complex tasks while at home, a larger, convertible 2-in-1 is your best bet.
Should I buy two devices or a 2-in-1?
We’ve established that with detachable v. convertible, you’re going to be making some sacrifices in terms of screen size and possibly carrying some extra weight. But should you really buy the 2-in-1 or should you bite the bullet and buy two devices? If you’re not the kind of person that wants to deal with learning how to use more than one different operating system, you like the simplicity of having just one device, and you do most of your computing from home or curled up on the couch where the extra bulk of a convertible device in tablet mode won’t matter, you should obviously opt for a 2-in-1. However, travelers can also find convenience in the convertible 2-in-1s as traveling with one device can be easier than traveling with two; you’ll save space and you won’t have to hassle with all those charging cables and accessories.
What is the cost difference between choosing a single device and buying two?
There are any number of ways to compare cost and product features between 2-in-1s and dedicated laptops. Basically what you’ll want to consider here is what you’re really looking for in your device. Do you want a lightweight device? Does screen size matter to you? What kind of tasks are you going to be using your device(s) for? All things considered, you could shell out more, less or equal amounts of money on a 2-in-1 as you would a laptop. Here are the 10 best 2-in-1s as rated by TechRadar that might help you in your search for a new device.
Bottom line, 2-in-1s aren’t the best solution for everyone. There are still plenty of decent, low-cost laptops that combined with a separate tablet could inevitably serve your needs and budget better. However, if you’re stuck in your quest on whether to 2-in-1 or not to 2-in-1, give us a call, we’ll gladly help you through it!