Tech Talk: Are Windows 8 hybrids the real iPad killers?

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Last week Thursday, along with eating insane amounts of turkey and visiting with family and friends, I was able to see a family member’s brand-new ASUS VivoBook. This particular VivoBook was the X202E-DH31T model, which means that it has an Intel Core i3 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB 5,400RPM hard drive.

After using it for a while, I understand how Microsoft thinks that this can compete with the iPad: this particular VivoBook is a traditional laptop, complete with the ability to run traditional Windows software, just with a touchscreen that turns the laptop into a tablet when you are done with work that requires a keyboard and mouse versus just your fingers.

Everything was very smooth, even with the spinning platter storage and less-than-stellar processor. Apps opened up quickly and animations and transitions were as smooth on the ASUS as they are on my Intel Core i7 3770k- and 7970GHz Edition-powered gaming rig.

When I was finished fiddling around with the laptop, I went back to my iPad and realized that, while it’s a fantastic device, Windows 8 devices are just a bit better. Instead of lugging around my MacBook and a tablet, I could just bring my VivoBook (or other Windows 8 convertible) along with me and save on weight and forego the uneasiness that comes with bringing a lot of expensive tech along to wherever I need to go – while still being able to do the work that I do which requires a full desktop experience.

At this point, I don’t think I’m ready to entirely give up a laptop/tablet combination, but I’m starting to consider it. I always knew that the Windows 8 convertibles and hybrids that were introduced earlier this year would be competition for Apple, but I just didn’t realize just how fantastic they would turn out to be – and how worried the Cupertino-based company should be, too.

I think I’d personally like something with even more power than this particular VivoBook, but the point still stands: Windows 8 convertibles and hybrids are, in my opinion, the true iPad and Android tablet killers.

But that’s just one man, one editor’s experience. Have you used a Windows 8 hybrid or convertible? And if so, did you like it – or even feel that you wanted to replace your current mobile setup with one? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts

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