Tablet vs. 2-in-1
2-in-1s borrow features from both laptops and tablets to deliver the best of both worlds. Although 2-in-1s combine the capabilities of a laptop and tablet into one device, sometimes a traditional tablet is still preferred as the better option.
Which is Better: A Tablet or a 2-in-1?
2-in-1 computers, also called 2-in-1 laptops, operate in two modes: Tablet mode and laptop mode. In tablet mode, a 2-in-1 functions like a tablet, presenting a great option when shopping for a device that has the benefits of a tablet like touch screen display, with the added full-functionality of a laptop.
To help you decide if a 2-in-1 or tablet is best for you, let’s review the relative pros and cons of the hybrid 2-in-1 versus the standalone “slate” style tablet.
Comparing tablets and 2-in-1s
What’s the difference between a tablet and a 2-in-1?
First, let's review what we're talking about:
- Tablet: A slate style tablet is a highly portable PC – considered to be a mobile device – featuring a touch screen interface that occupies the full length and width of the device. Typically larger than a smartphone, tablets are used more for computer-related tasks and are not designed for hand-held calling.
- 2-in-1 Laptop: A 2-in-1 is a combination of laptop and a tablet. A "2-in-1 Attached" model keeps the keyboard and screen connected, making the device resemble a laptop. A "2-in-1 Detachable" system allows the screen to be physically separated from the keyboard for use as a standalone tablet.
For a full definition, see our related resource: What is a Tablet?
For more on the basics of a 2-in-1, check out: What is a 2-in-1?
Comparing the Advantages of a 2-in-1 to a Tablet
When choosing whether to buy a 2-in-1 or a tablet, it’s important to balance the advantages and disadvantages of each device type. As you review the outlined features and capabilities below, consider how these advantages chalk up in meeting your specific needs and requirements.
Advantages of 2-in-1
Compared to a standalone tablet, a 2-in-1 has these advantages:
Advantages of a Tablet
Compared to a 2-in-1, a standalone tablet has these advantages: