The laptop and touchscreen world has experienced tremendous developments in the last few months. These changes are mainly attributed to the release of Windows 8 OS that has enabled manufacturers to push the envelope in regards to incorporating tablet-like features in laptops. Notably, manufacturers are coming up with convertible laptops that are not only lightweight but feature touchscreens. If you are looking for a laptop that blends the ultraportable features of a tablet with the productivity of a traditional laptop, here are some innovative touchscreen laptops available in the market.
Lenovo Yoga 13
Touted as the best ultrabook in the market, Lenovo Yoga 13 exudes great guts, strong quality and boasts of an excellent touchscreen supported by a multifold hinge that allows users to view the screen in different positions. This ultrabook comes with a 13.3-inch IPS LED HD touchscreen with a 1600 x 900 resolution that offers stunning clarity and easy navigation. In keeping with Lenovo’s rich tradition of developing high performance machines, Yoga 13 comes with a third generation Intel i5 processor featuring a 3MB L3 cache running at 1.7GHz. In addition, it comes with Intel’s Turbo Boost technology that can boost processor speed up to 2.6GHz. All this performance power is supported by a 4GB RAM and a 120GB hard drive. Other features include an Intel HD 4000 graphics card, built-in HD webcam, 360 degree convertible hinge, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port and a HDMI output. As a hybrid ultrabook with a versatile touchscreen, it comes in a flexible design and offers one of the best laptop to tablet transition mechanisms.
Acer Aspire S7-391-6810
The Acer Aspire S7 redefines portability as it’s one of the thinnest (0.47 inches) and lightest (2.86 pounds) ultrabooks in the market. Though this ultrabook doesn’t have the capacity to transform into a tablet like the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, it covers that with a premium design made of an all-white aluminum chassis covered with a Gorilla glass lid. It boasts of a stunning 13.3-inch full HD touchscreen with a 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. The keyboard auto-illuminates to provide the perfect glow especially in dim settings, while the Acer TwinAir cooling system makes it a pleasure to hold. Other salient features include a third generation core i5 1.7GZ processor coupled with a 4GB DDR3 RAM, 128GB hard drive, Bluetooth capabilities, two built-in speakers, up to six hours of battery life, Intel HD graphics card, 1.3 MP HD webcam, and a 2-in-1 digital media card reader.
Sony VAIO Duo
Breaking from the norm, Sony took a different approach when designing this model. Instead of having a detachable or folded screen, Sony VAIO Duo’s 11.6-inch touch display slides up and down. Moreover the display has 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution guaranteeing clarity and HD capabilities. This convertible PC-tablet comes with cutting edge specs that make it standout from its peers. It’s equipped with a third generation Intel Core i5 1.7GHz processor and a 8GB DDR3 RAM. These optimum performance specs enable the user to manage everyday computing tasks faster and with ease. In addition, it comes with a 256GB hard drive that provides enough storage space for huge amounts of multimedia files and other files. On the downside the battery is not exceptional, with a battery life of about 4 hours and 45 minutes, but on the positive side, this makes it light; it weighs 2.87 pounds.
ASUS Taichi 21-DH 71
One of the most unusual, albeit extraordinary, experiments on touchscreen technology on laptops is the Asus Taichi model. It comes with two touchscreens- one at the back of the lid and the other in the normal position. The argument behind the design is that the display at the back can be used by someone else, while the main user is using the other screen. The front screen specs are 11.6-inch full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels resolution) with a ten Finger Touch functionality, and the back screen specs are 11.6-inch HD LED screen. Apart from flaunting an extraordinary design, it has performance power to boot. It comes with an Intel Core i7 1.9 GHz processor teamed with a 4GB DDR3 RAM. The internal storage capacity is 250GB, and the graphics card is Intel GMA HD. Other specs include HD webcam, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and two USB 3.0 ports.
Samsung ATIV Smart PC (Detachable Keyboard)
This sleek and lightweight ultrabook seamlessly integrates the functionalities of a tablet and a PC. It’s purposely designed for the mobile user as it comes with a long life battery. The 11.6-inch touch screen has full HD capabilities thanks to the 1920 by 1080 pixels resolution. One of its innovative features is the digitizer pen, stylus, which is similar to the one featured on Note Smartphones. This gives it a tablet-like feel when writing. In addition, it has a docking keyboard that enables users to switch from tablet to desktop effortlessly. Though it may be small, it delivers the same power and speed as a desktop PC. It comes with an Intel Atom 1.5GHz processor teamed with a 2GB DDR2 RAM. With wireless Wi-Fi and a next generation Bluetooth technology, Samsung ATIV provides faster Internet connectivity and ability to connect with other compatible devices via the Internet. Other features include built-in stereo speakers, one USB 2.0 port, one micro SD slot and a HDMI output.
Dell Xps 12
The Dell XPS 12 doubles as an ultrabook and a tablet. With its flexible flip-hinge design, the user can easily shift from a high-performance laptop to a media-savvy tablet. The 12.5-inch touchscreen display delivers bright and clear images, thanks to a 1920 by 1080 pixels resolution and the Intel HD Graphics 4000 card, with multi-touch support. This laptop-tablet comes with an Intel Core i5 processor running at 2.5 GHz. This processing power is supported by a 4GB RAM, Intel’s Turbo Boost technology and a 128GB hard drive. This next generation “Ivy Bridge” processing power facilitates faster system performance, utilizes less power, and enables sharper graphics. To top up, it comes with a six-cell lithium ion battery that lasts for up to 8 hours, allowing unplugged computing. Other salient specs include Bluetooth capabilities, a 1.3 MP webcam, weighs 3.35 pounds, built-in speakers, multi SD slots, two USB 3.0 ports, waves MaxxAudio 4 audio system, and a microphone/headphone port.