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May 29

Windows 8 Convertible Ultrabooks 2013

 

 

UPDATED POST FOR 2014: Top Convertible Ultrabooks 2014

The New Windows 8 Convertible Ultrabooks on the Market

Laptop manufacturers have been working for a long time on merging a laptop and a tablet into one new gadget. The result of these tablet laptops is the new convertible Ultrabook category powered by Windows 8. This may be pointing out the obvious, but the new Windows 8 equipped machines are touchscreen Ultrabooks that can also be used as tablets. All of these Ultrabooks convert to tablets by either flipping the touchscreen all the way around or by simply removing the tablet touchscreen.

With Windows 8 being released now, the operating system performs perfectly on both keyboard equipped laptops and tablets with the full gesture control features. Not only does Windows 8 make great use of touchscreens, but there are many other new features that greatly improve operating on PC’s, tablets and even smartphones. Check out this post for more about Windows 8 Ultrabooks.

Top 5 Convertible Ultrabooks

Listed below is a line-up of the best Windows 8 Ultrabook convertibles that are either out or coming out soon.

Windows 8 Convertibles Available Now


Lenovo ThinkPad HelixLenovo ThinkPad Helix Convertible Ultrabook

Lenovo released their new convertible Ultrabook, the ThinkPad Helix, which has a detachable screen whichs acts as a tablet when removed. It is pretty expensive with a starting price of $1,679 but it’s a great choice for business users looking for an excellent tablet hybrid. The tablet itself weighs 1.8 pounds and the Helix weighs 3.7 pounds when all together, and only .8 inch thick.

The display is very bright and the keyboard is excellent, of course the Lenovo ThinkPads are known for their best-in-class keyboards. It’s one of the best convertibles out right now, but only for those with a large enough budget.

Check Prices: Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 36984SU

Base Price Display Processor Storage Weight Thickness
$1,679 11.6″ 1080p Core i5-3427U 128GB SSD 3.7 Lbs. (1.68kg) 0.8 Inch (21mm)

 

 


Asus Transformer BookAsus Transformer Book

Next is the Asus Transformer Book which also has a detachable tablet display and is also quite expensive at $1,499. This 13.3 inch hybrid is equipped with the fast Intel Core i7 and 128GB SSD storage in the tablet along with a large 500GB hard drive and second battery in the keyboard dock. At 4.2 pounds when altogether, this convertible is pretty heavy, but still very thin at .27 to .94 inch thick.

The 1080p IPS display is beautiful and the Core i7 makes this ASUS perform extremely fast. The battery life is also very strong thanks to both pieces having their own batteries. The back of the tablet does heat up pretty easily when using demanding applications.

Check Prices: ASUS Transformer Book TX300CA-DH71

Base Price Display Processor Storage Weight Thickness
$1,499 13.3″ 1080p Core i7-3517U 128GB SSD   + 500GB HDD 4.2 Lbs. (1.9kg) 0.27-0.94″     (7-24mm)

 

 


Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T

Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T

Next is the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T, also with a detachable tablet, but this one is much more affordable at $1,079. It has an attractive design and is lighter than the first two convertibles at 3.5 pounds all together and is also very thin at only 0.5 inch thick.

The ATIV also comes with a very cool and accurate S-Pen stylus as well as Samsung software ported over from their Galaxy mobile device line. The performance is excellent and the price is better than some other equivilent convertible Ultrabooks.

Check Prices: Samsung ATIV XE700T1C-A01US Smart PC Pro 700T

Base Price Display Processor Storage Weight Thickness
$1,099 11.6″ 1080p Core i5-3317U 128GB SSD 3.5 Lbs. (1.6kg) .5 Inch     (12.7mm)

 


Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13

The popular Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga convertible Ultrabook

The IdeaPad Yoga from Lenovo has been a pretty popular topic since it was announced. Like the name implies, the Yoga is a flexible Ultrabook. The lid opens up like any laptop would, but the hinges allow the Yoga’s screen to keep flipping back 360 degrees until its flat against the bottom side turning it into a tablet. You can also flip it just enough to put it in ‘Tent Mode’ so it can stand up for easy viewing.

The Lenovo Yoga is probably the most flexible convertible available right now and very simple to use. It is also the most affordable, full powered Ultrabook convertible in this current list, but it has upgraded models for those who want that powerful Intel i7 processor or more random access memory.

Like the other convertibles, it is still a little heavy for regular tablet use weighing at 3.3 pounds. Though it is twice as heavy as an iPad for tablet use, it has so much more potential. You get a full power PC with the new Windows 8 and a keyboard when you need it with a simple flip of the touchscreen.

Check Out: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga Review

Base Price Display Processor Storage Weight Thickness
$999 13.3″ (1600×900) Core i3-3217U 128GB SSD

3.4 Lbs. (1.5kg)

0.67 Inch (17mm)

 


Lenovo ThinkPad Twist

The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist Windows 8 Ultrabook convertible laptop tabletThe ThinkPad Twist has all the quality aspects you would expect from a major laptop manufacturer like Lenovo. The keyboard is amazing (though we don’t know why it isn’t back-lit), has the signature red pointer, and the touchpad is very gesture friendly.

What makes this ThinkPad different is the ability to twist the touchscreen around on the hinge to convert this Ultrabook into tablet form when closed. The Twist is an excellent machine for the price it’s at, but you can notice a few things that came out of the budget friendly price tag.

One sad mention is the 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution display. Other convertible Ultrabooks go up to a full 1080p display and even the Yoga has 1600×900 pixels. Another thing, with a weight of 3.48 pounds, it is a little heavier than standard Ultrabooks and won’t be very friendly for long use as a tablet.

Check Prices: Lenovo Thinkpad Twist

Base Price Display Processor Storage Weight Thickness
$829 12.5″ (1366×768) Core i3-3217U 320GB HDD 3.48 lbs. (1.6kg) 0.8 Inch (20mm)

 


Dell XPS 12

The new Dell XPS 12 Convertible Ultrabook with a flipping touchscreenLike the Lenovo Yoga, the Dell XPS 12 is able to adjust the touchscreen into many positions. The difference with the XPS is that instead of flipping the screen 360 degrees, the screen rotates inside the outside of the lid. It sill opens like any laptop, but after you rotate the touchscreen you can close the lid again to get it in tablet mode. The display also detects the viewing angle and flips automatically right side up when in tablet use or when you are flipping the touchscreen.

The XPS 12 works wonderfully as an Ultrabook, with a very comfortable island style back-lit keyboard and accurate touchpad. The performance is great, what you would expect from Dell. Everything is well designed and the Dell XPS 12 itself is a sexy machine that shows off the new Windows 8 very well. I’ve said this about every other convertible Ultrabook on the list so far, but the XPS 12 is also a little heavy to use comfortably as a tablet weighing at 3.35 pounds.

I’ll just say that even when using convertibles in tablet mode, it’s still convenient to have full PC options readily available. If you just need something for reading or simple web browsing though, regular tablets would be much more comfortable for long usage.

Check Prices: Dell XPS 12

Base Price Display Processor Storage Weight Thickness
$1,199 12.5″ 1080p Core i5-3317U 128GB SSD 3.35 lbs. (1.5kg)

0.59-0.87 Inch (15-22mm)

 

 

 


The new HP ENVY X2 Windows 8 Ultrabook with a detachable tablet

HP ENVY x2

This hybrid from HP was highly anticipated when it was first announced, with it’s ability to disconnect the touchscreen display from the bottom half with the keyboard to form a standalone tablet. With the more affordable CPU, the Atom processor, it’s not as powerful as other Ultrabooks. It does have an incredibly long battery life, with both halves of the x2 having their own batteries.

Check Prices: HP Envy x2

Base Price Display Processor Storage Weight Thickness
$699 11.6″ (1366×768) Dual Intel Atom 64GB SSD 3.11 lbs.      (As One) 0.66-.076 Inch

 

 

 


Sony VAIO Duo 11

The sliding display on the Sony VAIO Duo 11 Ultrabook tablet

The Sony VAIO Duo 11 is a nice convertible Ultrabook with a nice set of features and decent specs. Inside the small laptop, you can choose your processor from the 3rd gen Intel Core i3, i5 or the powerful i7 processor which makes it perform great. The 11 inch screen fits a whole 1080p resolution display that looks beautiful. Sony’s Surf Slider is used to slide the touchscreen back and upward to reveal the keyboard, turning the tablet into an Ultrabook.

It is a little bit difficult to convert the Duo and new users may not know how to do it before being shown. Though the Sony VAIO Duo 11 is a very good machine, the design isn’t too good looking. Even with it having an 11 inch display, the body is still about as big and heavy as 13 inch Ultrabooks. This machine does a good job at showing off good performance with Windows 8, but is too heavy to be comfortably used as a tablet since it is bulky and heavy.

Check Out: Sony VAIO Duo 11 Review

Base Price Display Processor Storage Weight Thickness
$1,099 11.6″ 1080p IPS Core i5-3317U 128GB SSD 2.87 lbs. 0.71 Inch

 

 

 


 

Toshiba Satellite U920t

Toshiba Satellite U925T Convertible Ultrabook

The first noticeable aspect of Toshiba’s U920t convertible Ultrabook is the low resolution. The Sony and Dell convertibles have full 1080p displays, but the Satellite U920t has even less then the now standard resolution of 1600×900 pixels. The touchscreen slides up into Ultrabook mode in the same style as Sony’s VAIO Duo does and also uses Gorilla Glass to protect the display.

The U920t is also the bulkiest out of the current available convertible Ultrabooks and is one of the heaviest at 3.35 pounds. The performance is good though, and it did a nice job of showing off Windows 8 touch features, but there are better options out there that even have better prices.

Check Prices: Toshiba Satellite U925T

Base Price Display Processor Storage Weight Thickness
$1,149      (Sale $785) 12.5″ (1366×768) Core i5-3317U 128GB SSD 3.35 lbs. 0.8 Inch

 

 

 


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  1. Anna

    Hi do you know when the Samsung ultra touch/convertible 13.3 inch will be out, I know it was previewed in early July last year but since then I cannot find anything on it’s release or price. If you have any info that would be so great, i’m currently deciding on a laptop and I really want one that has a full spectrum of features- so it’ll keep me happy for a couple of year without thinking I need to upgrade to something better with this ever increasingly evolving technology!

    1. Top Ultrabooks

      It seems Samsung changed directions with their hybrid to bring out the Samsung ATIV Smart PC. This PC takes on the form of an 11.6″ convertible Ultrabook, but it is really more of a tablet with an attached keyboard. Equipped with the the Atom Z2760, an ARM-based CPU for tablets as well as base models starting with only 2GB of RAM and 64GB flash memory.

      It is a nice, thin gadget but if want something to last you for years you will want to get something with at least a Core i5 CPU and 4GB of RAM. Have you checked out the Dell XPS 12? It’s a solid convertible Ultrabook that should last you long enough. Even with better processors coming out every year, the Intel Core i5 and i7 are both very good and should go a very long time before you start pulling your hair out.

  2. Anna

    Btw thanks for listing the convertibles, made it much easier to see what was out there.

    1. Top Ultrabooks

      Thanks for your comment and you’re very welcome! It actually is pretty difficult to find a list of the convertible Ultrabooks right now, that is why we do our best to bring all your options to one spot to help choose the right machine!

  3. Bonnie Gross

    Which is the best one for me? I need-
    Thin, light, good camera and speakers, usb ports, hdmi port, microsoft office, easy to display presentations to a client, .
    Thanks
    Bonnie

    1. Casey Richardson

      Sorry for such a late reply. I’d like to think that most Ultrabooks would meet those requirements you stated. There are some that don’t have HDMI ports so that’s something to check for.

      The best thing I could suggest if you’re looking for something to display presentations to clients would be a convertible Ultrabook, like the Lenovo Yoga, to make it easier to display in tablet mode.

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