Best Convertible Laptop / Ultrabook Reviews 2013-2014
Convertible Laptops and Ultrabooks have gained much popularity in 2013 since they allow you to transform between a laptop and a tablet PC. Several manufacturer’s now offer very fast, reliable, and efficient convertible laptops that easily switch from a touchscreen tablet into a portable, folding laptop. They have many purposes and are built to deliver the most user-friendly experience possible.
Lenovo Yoga 13 IdeaPad 13.3-Inch Touch Ultrabook
If you’re not afraid to spend over $1000, the Lenovo Yoga 13 is the ultimate choice when it comes to convertible laptops. It’s higher price tag is understandable since it has some of the most jaw-dropping features to brag about. The 13.3 inch IPS touch screen is LED powered to provide high definition clarity at an incredible 1600 x 900 resolution. One look at the screen and you’ll fall in love.
Inside, a large 128 GigaByte solid state drive pre-installed with Windows 8 (64 bit edition) give the best user-experience possible. It’s powered by an Intel i5 CPU that has a 3MB L3 cache which is capable of reaching speeds of up to 2.6 Ghz thanks to Turbo Boost.
Since the Lenovo Yoga 13 IdeaPad is packed with the latest technologies, it supports Bluetooth 4.0 and USB 3.0. The hinge rotates at 360 degrees to transform it from a laptop to a tablet within a couple of seconds. It’s easy to do and properly built to withstand plenty of use.
ASUS VivoBook S400CA-DH51T 14-Inch Touch Ultrabook
At around 4 lbs, this Windows 8 Ultrabook is a lightweight, portable, and quality choice that has plenty of speed to use it to it’s full advantage. It has a 14 inch screen that delivers realistic graphics with a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.
The 4GB of DDR3 RAM deliver an ultra-smooth experience in conjunction with the Intel 1.7 Ghz i5-3317U central processing unit. The 500 GigaByte SATA hard drive allows for plenty of storage with enough room for thousands of photos, videos, and applications. On top of that, there is a 24 GigaByte Solid State Drive that makes loading applications and booting up quicker than ever before.
The ASUS VivoBook S400CA-DH51T has built in Wireless B/G/N that enables you to easily connect to your home network with the quickest speed available. There are two USB 2.0 ports, and one USB 3.0 port that supports the most recent and fastest transfer rate out there – perfect for transferring data to and from with the use of an external hard drive.
Lenovo Twist S230u 12.5-Inch Touch Ultrabook
With a simple twist, you’ll be able to transform this Ultrabook between a tablet or a regular laptop – the decision is yours. The screen is 12.5 inches with a high definition IPS display that responds to touch. The integrated 720p webcam allows you to communicate with friends and loved ones easily using services such as Skype.
It’s incredibly small in size which makes it lightweight and ultra portable. In fact, since it’s less than 1 inch thin and weighs around 3.5 pounds – you can take it just about anywhere and expect as much as 7 hours of battery life! Because it’s so small, most people worry that the keyboard will be sacrificed. Not in this case – a full size keyboard with a TrackPoint and touchpad bring the feel of your desktop computer to your hands.
One of the best things about the Lenovo Twist S230u is that it’s built to withstand abuse. The construction is comprised of magnesium alloy and the glass is highly resistant to scratches and shattering.
To top it off, speed was not sacrificed in order to accommodate other features – this Ultrabook operates at the same speed as most laptops with an Intel i5 CPU, 4 GigaBytes of DDR3 RAM, and 524 GB of hard drive space with an included solid state drive to ensure lightning fast load speeds for all of your favorite applications and software.
Sony VAIO Duo Core i5 128GB SSD Ultrabook
With more memory than most other convertible laptops currently on the market, you can expect quick speeds and the smoothest user-experience possible. It’s small in size with an 11.6 inch screen, and weighs under 3 lbs, but it still has a lot to offer.
With an internal 128 GB solid state hard drive, boot times and application speeds will make certain it’s powered on and ready to go as fast as possible. But since it comes pre-installed with Windows 7 and not Windows 8, it’s lacking in that aspect. However, that’s not to say it won’t satisfy – it’s one of Sony’s most popular Ultrabook’s that it has available so far in 2013.