Tablets may be taking over the world, but laptops are fighting back (and incorporating tablet technology). Here are three of the best...
Lenovo Ideapad Yogo (above)
Yoga? More like backflips. Lenovo’s bendy Ultrabook folds over on itself to morph between laptop and tablet – just for those who want the best of both worlds. (There’s going to be a lot of these hybrids coming our way over the next 12 months.) Windows 8 OS is here in all its glory, as is an 11 or 13in touchscreen display, 4GB or 8GB of RAM and storage going up to 256GB, USBs, a card reader, web cam and an HDMI out. So it’s flexible in more ways than one.
From £700, lenovo.com
HP Envy 6 Sleekbook
It’s not an ultrabook because it doesn’t have an Intel processor, so it’s a “sleekbook”. Still; sleek is an apt moniker, this is quite the looker. Specs: a 15.6in screen, large keyboard for easy typing (though there’s no backlit keys), 2.1GHz processor and USB ports aplenty. The killer audio app is once again the inclusion of “Beats” tech wizardry, and if you drop your Sleekbook, the ProtectSmart accelerometer slams the brakes on the hard drive to save that precious data. Don’t go testing this: take their word for it.
Dell XPS Duo 12
It’s a PC… with a tablet screen. On first glance it looks as though Dell has greeted the arrival of Windows 8 tablets by not being able to decide quite what to create. In fact its come up with a very nicely designed bit of kit .The sharp 10in screen (with Gorilla glass) flips over to transform this laptop into a worthy iPad rival. Then there’s the 256GB of storage on board, so running out of space for media really isn’t going to be a problem. In ‘PC mode’, the keyboard is responsive and the trackpad performs nicely – you get an i5 chip as standard but can upgrade to an i7. Flippin’ marvelous.