Laptop Makers are Feeling Skeptical About Convertible Models Heading into 2014

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Rabbanah

In answer to Granite and this article, AiO's that aren't dumb designs are selling like hot cakes on Christmas morning. The Asus Transformer T100 convertible was the top selling "laptop" on Amazon this holiday season because it rocks. I bought one and I love it. Granite, this Asus T100 is only $350 and runs windows 8 pro, not RT, so sounds like it's exactly what you need :)

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Granite

Thank you!!

I haven't really been looking at them lately so I wasn't aware of that model. I will definitely check it out.

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Rabbanah

Yeah, no problem. I bought it and I love it. You'll feel right at home with it if you have an android asus transformer. It's the same formfactor, but with the new Intel Baytrail Atom quad-cores. It gets about 11 hours of battery life (I actually do get that much), and is fast enough to run even demanding applications like photoshop. It makes a fabulous computer for notes at school (it's so nice having the full onenote and office) and I even use it for work as well (powerpoint, indesign, and excel). At $350 it's a steal. I would recommend the 64gig version for $400, the 32 gig (which I have) gets eaten up way too fast and you are always running out of space. However, amazon sometimes has the 64gig version for as low as $350.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

But they're so trendy....

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Granite

Oh, for sure, to some people these alternative formfactors are trendy. Others have found them to be useful to one degree or another.

But, I wonder, why do you seem so negative about them?

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Obsidian

Granted I've only owned my Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 for 2 weeks but I really enjoy it so far. To add to the anecdotal evidence against this article, we're considering getting one for my wife in a few months.

Over the holidays the 8GB RAM version of the Yoga Pro 2 sold so well that they don't have any more of that variation left in the factories.

While there are certainly compromises made for the convertible systems, the flexibility they offer has outweighed it in my use case. But the build I chose is hardly one others would go for, essentially making it a high-end ultra book.

Maybe the unsold inventory is a bunch of crappy sub-par systems? Or was this article also including the Microsoft Surface in the convertible data?

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Granite

I can only give personal anecdotal evidence that these vendors are wrong. I love my Asus Transformer...even if it is only Android. Asus has kept it very well updated, in tablet mode it's easy to handle and the keyboard works very well along with extending the battery life.

Now...if I could only find a Win8 Pro version for real close to the same price, I'd dump Android in a heartbeat.

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Rabbanah

Check out the Asus T100, it's full windows 8 (not RT), and is only $350 for tablet and dock.

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Hey.That_Dude

I agree with the vendors. I really don't like the convertible laptops, but I really do like the idea of a convertible AIO. My parents would do well with one. It could also make for a good casual computer for kids.