With the dominance of tablets in computing, a full-scale laptop is no longer a necessity for many. Rather than lugging around a five-pound-plus laptop from class to class or work to play, a laptop hybrid makes a lighter, multipurpose option. The tiles of Windows 8 are markedly different from iOS and Android, but within a week, the highly customizable mobile experience becomes intuitive.
I used the 11-inch HP Envy x2 ($700) during a Windows press event and found the slim body made a lightweight companion throughout the day with a battery life of over 10-plus hours, yet could still easily snap the screen off, turning the touchscreen laptop into tablet with minimal effort. Leave the keyboard at home if just web browsing, or get in the typing and work zone with the traditional Windows desktop.
The 13-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga ($1,000) is tablet and laptop without any switches. Fold the (touch)screen back 360 degrees, making the device its own media viewing stand or display. There's heftier hardware inside the Yoga including 128GB SSD storage, making it a likelier candidate for those with more intense computing needs.