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Top 10 Windows 8 hybrid devices

Tue Jan 01 2013, 11:39

8. Dell XPS 12

xps 12 win8 laptop tablet dell
The Dell XPS 12 convertible enters towards the bottom end of our Windows 8 hybrid device rundown due to its chunky design and heavy 1.54kg weight, making it rather cumbersome to use in tablet mode.

Even with a 12.5in form factor, the Dell XPS 12 convertible notebook doesn't make the unit as light and as comfortable to use as you'd expect.

We do like how Dell has built the screen in such a way that it spins around on an axis so it can be used as a slate. It's unique design is also fluid at transforming from one to the other.

Internals are what you'd expect from an ultrabook in this price range, having a choice of Intel Core ultra-low voltage CPUs, joined by 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD drive. Graphics are also handled internally by Intel's HD 4000. But for £1,000, the Dell XPS 12 is just not as enjoyable to use as other hybrids on the market due to its bulky form, and for this reason we can't see it being the best seller in 2013.

7. Acer Iconia W510

Acer Iconia W510P
Acer unveiled the Iconia W510 back in June at the Computex conference in its home of Taiwan, touting a 10.1-inch IPS screen with a 1366x768 display resolution, 1.8GHz dual-core CPU, 2GB RAM and up to 64GB storage.

It's not the most powerful convertible out there, but luckily for the budget portion of the hybrid market, Acer priced the W510 accordingly with prices starting at £500 for the cheapest configuration.

Though it is much cheaper than many of the other hybrid devices on our list, we can't see the Iconia W510 taking off as well as others in 2013, mainly because of its design. With a 360 degree hinged keyboard dock and removable display, the W510 is unique looking, but it still feels very much like a tablet with an added keyboard, as opposed to a laptop which converts into a tablet.

It also feels a little cheap, even for £500, and doesn't offer anywhere near the same stylish design factor or premium feel as the tablets in the top half of our rundown. So for this reason, the Iconia W510 makes a rather disappointing, but still decent number 7 in our top 10.

6. HP Envy X2

HP Envy x2 Windows 8 hybrid tablet
The HP Envy X2 is a stylish Windows 8 convertible device that goes for a more premium aesthetic than its rivals. It has a simple design with a removable screen consisting of a curved edge design that gives it a bit more of a fun and friendly appearance, while at the same time, looking expensive and stylish.

Bundled with a keyboard dock, the Envy X2 has a removable 11.6-inch IPS touch screen supporting a 1366x768 resolution. On the inside it runs a 1.8GHz dual-core CPU with 2GB RAM, up to 64GB storage and has the unique feature of Beats-enhanced sound.

However, though the style and performance of the HP Envy X2 brings a powerful punch in a lightweight and sleek design, it is heavily let down by its hefty price of £800.

Though the HP Envy X2 looks and feels great to hold, those willing to part with their hard earned cash will probably strive for power over looks, and this is something the Envy X2 just doesn't offer for the price.



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