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Generally, notebook computers are used for productivity. But in recent years, tablet devices are being preferred by many us over a traditional computer. As you may have heard, Apple's iPad is eating into laptop sales of those that are sold at similar price range.
The decline of desktop computer isn't shocking. But what's surprising is how the growth of premium Intel-powered laptop computers declined in a fraction of months. Well, this was already predicted back in 2009.
With falling PC sales, leading manufacturers are pushing new Windows/Android-based hybrid computers or 2-in-1 mini laptops onto market in a big way. In fact, the new age hybrid laptops are cheaper compared to an average notebook device.
These portable notebook computers are sleek and, of course, more capable of offering powerful every day computing. Moreover, most of them have intuitive designs and come with detachable screens, depending upon the price and features. These unique devices can be used as a laptop or a tablet, depending upon your usage and liking.
The 2-in-1 machines come in variety of sizes and their range starts upwards of Rs. 20,000. There are premium 2-in-1 laptops and affordable hybrids. But today, we're taking a quick look at the top 5 ideal Affordable Hybrid and 2-in-1 mini laptops you can buy in India. Take a look into sliders below!
This a great hybrid machine under Rs. 27,000. The Asus-made Transformers Pad T100 is an ideal Windows 8.1 2-in-1 laptop. The device would be enough for your every day needs. The 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 pixels display offers bright and vivid display. The included keyboard dock is users replaceable, so you can use the device as a standalone tablet. Also, the hybrid notebook comes with a free copy of Microsoft Office copy bundled. This Intel Atom powered 2-in-1 machine should be ideal for students and teenagers. At Rs. 26,038, the Asus Transformers Pad T100 is an affordable laptop computer that offers long battery life (estimated around 9 hours).
The HP SlateBook 10 is an Android-powered dockable tablet, and boast of a 10-inch HD display. It is powered by Nvidia's Tegra 4 processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM. The device is made out of plastic, but the design seems above average. There's also a docking unit, that offers a keyboard, but also offers an extra battery. On the plus side, the tablet runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, giving you full access to download millions of apps. The device will able to give an 8 hours of juice (using keyboard dock), and roughly 7 hours, when used as a tablet device. The product is now available for less than Rs. 25,000.
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a budget hybrid computer. The device not only offers a superb 10-inch HD display, but it has a terrific keyboard and touch pad. Ideal for everyday use, the device is somewhere close to a budget laptop in respect of performance. It has a metallic case, and more advance dock compared to leading hybrid notebooks available onto market. Spec-wise, the Acer Aspire Switch 10 comes with an Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM and a 32GB of native storage. Right now the product is not available into India, but Acer's India website says it's coming soon here in the country. The device shouldn't be priced beyond Rs. 25,000.
This 11.6-inch 2-in-1 hybrid computer is now available in India, with prices starting at Rs. 33,990. It is powered by either a Bay-Trail Celeron N2830 processor or an Intel Pentium quad-core CPU. The latter option will cost you Rs. 35,000. Both models run on the latest Windows 8.1 OS. The 11-inch model offers a decent keyboard, in our opinion. You will get somewhere around 6.5 hours of battery. Check out the detailed specs of the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1. Click Here.
Last but not the least, there's a 10-inch dual-mode laptop, running on the Windows 8.1 OS. Like Lenovo's acclaimed Yoga laptops - the Ideapad Flex 10 is a dual-mode laptop. For that you are getting a 10-inch HD touch display, Intel CQC - N2807 processor, 2GB of RAM and 500 GB of native storage. The device itself weighs in at 1.2KG. You can switch the device into tablet or switch mode with a click of button.