Tablet vs. 2-in-1. Which is right for me?
Shoppers with no interest in tablet functionality are likely to buy a regular laptop, so there is little need to compare 2-in-1s to laptops. The laptop nearly always "wins" -- unless the 2-in-1's additional tablet features are truly desired.
Comparing 2-in-1 laptops to tablets is a more pertinent analysis. The tablet in a 2-in-1 is fully functional, creating a true option for consumers who think they might want additional laptop functionality along with their touch screen tablet. This article presents the relative pros and cons of 2-in-1s versus standalone slate-style tablets.
Comparing tablets and 2-in-1s
First, let's review what we're talking about:
- Tablet: A tablet is a highly portable PC whose primary interface is a touch screen that occupies the full length/width of the device but whose speaker and microphone are not positioned for hand-held calling. For more, see What is a tablet?
- 2-in-1 laptop: The 2-in-1 is a combination of laptop and a tablet. A "2-in-1 Attached" model keeps the keyboard and screen connected. A "2-in-1 Detachable" system allows the screen to be physically separated from the keyboard for use as a standalone tablet. For more, see What is a 2-in-1?
As shown in the following table, deciding whether a 2-in-1 or a regular tablet is the best choice for you or your company will mean balancing the added features you seek against the ones you might lose.
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: