5 well-designed Windows 8 Convertible Ultrabooks

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Microsoft just recently launched its newest operating system, Windows 8 where the company also highlights its own tablet known as Microsoft Surface. The said tablet together with the newest operating system is considered the biggest product ever launched by the company in two decades and the company hopes for the product to raise the bar in the market sales amid other two biggest rivals, Apple and Google.

Random photos of the Windows 8 booth at SM North Annex – Cyberzone (Photo Credit: Microsoft Philippines)

Windows 8 is a completely refreshed and different operating system. The latest release of hybrid computers by major and non-major PC makers in the market today barely proved that fact. One major thing to notice on this new environment is that it is designed for touch interaction while retaining the traditional way of utilizing a computer. As experts say, Windows 8 bridged the gap between the traditional PC environment and mobile computing experience where users can enjoy the best of both worlds!

Having said that, I checked out some of the latest hybrid ultrabooks available in the market right now to see how really Windows 8 changed the PC manufacturer’s perspective in computer hardware design. I’ve picked some of what I think are well-designed hybrid ultrabooks–check out below!

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13

Lenovo Ideapad 13

Flippable by 360 degrees, Ideapad Yoga 13 is one of the latest hybrid technology released by the top PC maker, Lenovo. It is powerful like most of the ultrabooks in the market and at the same time features a full-functioning tablet, taking advantage of the Windows 8 operating system. It has an 8 hours battery life, with 720 HD webcam and has supports connections to peripheral devices requiring 3.0 and 2.0 USB ports. It can be flipped into four modes namely, laptop mode, tent mode, stand mode and tablet mode.

Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 specs:

Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 specs

Dell XPS 12

Dell XPS 12

Dell sets the most unusual hybrid ultrabook that’s really something out of the box with its newest convertible ultrabook, XPS 12. Powered by Windows 8 operating system, XPS 12 is fast enough, thanks to Intel’s latest microporcessor, Ivy bridge (up to iCore i7). It can be flipped and folded to transform from an ultrabook to a Windows 8 tablet and vice versa. Unlike the Ideapad Yoga 13, XPS 12 can hide its keyboard so it really looks like a tablet when folded.

Dell XPS 12 specs:

Dell XPS 12 specs


ASUS Vivo Tab RT

ASUS VivoTab RT is another good-looking hybrid PC that can be vaulted out to use as a tablet or vaulted in to use as a laptop. As indicated on its model name, this convertible ultrabook runs a Windows RT (a version of Windows 8) operating system. So far, it is the model that can stand up long of up to 16 hours! It’s metallic, new stylish hidden hinge and tapered design makes it looks like a Zenbook. The keyboard, which also serves as a dock never differs to the models mentioned above and because it is completely removable, VivoTab can also be very light.

Asus VivoTab RT specs:


Sony Vaio Duo 11

Sony Vaio Duo 11

Sony came up with a very excellent design for its hybrid PC, Vaio Duo 11. Among all hybrid ultrabooks featured in this article, Duo 11 is quite the most innovative model and solidly built too! In a one-two stroke, you can transform the Vaio Duo 11 from a tablet to an up and running laptop.

What’s innovative in this product is the stylus that allows you to easily input and manipulate data either text or image and the quite fascinating optical trackpad (similar to those blackberry phones) that replaced the usual trackpad of most laptops.

Sony Vaio Duo 11 specs:

Sony Vaio Duo 11 specs

Toshiba Satellite U925T-S2300

Toshiba Satellite u925T-S2300

(Last but not the least) Toshiba’s Satellite U925T-S2300 is another hybrid PC that utilizes a sliding mechanism to transform from a tablet to a laptop. However, compared to Vaio Duo 11, the sliding mechanism of this device differs in a way that you have to fully push it outward then tilt upward to reveal its keyboard. This kind of mechanism is quite an advantage for you can stretch the screen as high as 90 degrees. Compared to other hybrid tablets, Satellite U925T-S2300 is pretty big and although it may not be as thin as other hybrid PCs, it allows you to wholly experience a Windows 8 environment from all input possible.

Toshiba Satellite U925T-S2300 specs:Toshiba Satellite U925T-S2300 Specs

Final Thoughts

Microsoft’s release of Windows 8 quite changed the game in computer hardware design as well as the end-user computing as it attempts to bridge the gap between the traditional computing to the recently, highly in-demand mobile computing. The hybrid PCs shown on this article are just few of the recent models released by known PC makers in the market and I expect that there are still more to come, a variety of incredible similar device, in the near future.

Windows 8 didn’t just open the gate and instill creativity for manufacturers to create unusual PC models but also it unlock an opportunity for MS developers including those beginners  to establish market by creating new programs and applications that can be game changing in this seemingly new PC era.

Last modified: October 31, 2012

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