Tablets provide flexibility and hands-on experience; Laptops offer power and stability. Each has its advantages. If you combined all that functionality in one device, it could lighten the load of road warriors and make meetings more dynamic. Thus the advent of 2-in-1 devices.
By 2019, 2-in-1 sales are expected to double. But skeptics still exist. They might dismiss the dynamic functionality as more than they need, or favor a tablet alone for ultra-portability. But a new crop of 2-in-1s is offering a quality answer to the too-many-devices problem. If you’ve been holding out on 2-in-1 devices, here are five reasons you may want to reconsider.
1. One device, twice the usability
Laptops and tablets each have their particular uses. Laptops run certain programs, like Excel, better than tablets, while tablets are better suited to presentations and other visual media. Laptops may offer more power and a more workable keyboard, but tablets make personal tasks, like watching videos or reading e-books, much simpler.
When it comes to bring your own device (BYOD) programs, the 2-in-1 offers the best flexibility to switch from work to home life. And where companies are trying to optimize flexibility by investing in multiple machines, the 2-in-1 offers the best range of usability per employee—often with products less cumbersome and lighter than two separate devices.
2. No need to fumble for the Wi-Fi hotspot
In many cases, 2-in-1 devices can actually provide full 4G coverage—something many laptops and some tablets don’t. This allows road warriors to depend simply on their 2-in-1 device, rather than cart around expensive WiFi hotspots or rely on unsecured public ones in order to remain fully connected.
3. Different device, same performance
Many 2-in-1 devices come with i7 processors, up to 1 TB solid-state drives, and 16 GB of memory. Neither the battery nor the processor skimp on performance, meaning you get two fully functioning devices in the space of one, and it can go head to head on specs with most laptops.
4. Twice the room for innovation
By pairing the speed and power of a laptop with the tactile and visual advantages of a tablet’s touchscreen, manufacturers are building new and better functionality. New technology such as Realsense recognizes natural gestures and facial expressions. Enhanced touch screens enable more natural interaction with the device.
5. A more affordable price tag
The best benefit? Combining two devices into one will save you money. Why buy both a laptop and a tablet when you can save thousands of dollars on machinery and power? Most 2-in-1 devices will run between $1500 to $1900, less than you would pay for a comparable, but separate, laptop and tablet—about $2500.
Investigate your options
One of the biggest reasons 2-in-1 skeptics shy away from the devices is that their environments are still primarily Windows 7. If you’ve hesitated to make the switch to Windows 10, investing in a 2-in-1 is a prime opportunity to take that step. After all, Windows 7 will be reaching the end of its support life soon enough. If you’re still reluctant to make the move, 2-in-1s are able to run on Windows 7—they’ll just lose certain capabilities since they’re running on older software.
Overall, 2-in-1 devices offer all the benefits of owning a tablet and a laptop, without sacrificing the performance of either. If you work in a particularly busy or mobile environment, such as health care or law, or find yourself overwhelmed with the number of gadgets you own, it may be time to seriously look into the kind of productivity 2-in-1s can offer.