Is it a tablet? Is it a laptop? Which one among them is the true Superman?
Tablets that masquerade as laptops don’t stand to chance Zero1 Awards for at least one more year, as they continue to be powered by Intel’s Atom low-powered CPUs. The battle for supremacy is therefore limited to laptops that embrace tablet-like features. Here are this year’s best hybrids.
Zero1 Winner: Lenovo YOGA 3 14
In terms of weight and form factor, the Lenovo YOGA 3 14-inch isn’t as sexy or alluring as the HP Spectre x360. However, the YOGA manages to pip the Spectre in two crucial performance aspects – graphics and battery life. Rest is nearly the same. The YOGA 3 comes with a 14-inch Full HD IPS touchscreen that rotates full 360 degrees, Intel Core i7-5500U chip, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and NVIDIA GeForce 940M graphics with 2GB DDR3 memory. It may look big in terms of form factor, but the YOGA 3’s a lean mean performance machine weighing just 1.6 kg.
Price: Rs. 86,990
Second: HP Spectre x360
Between itself and the YOGA 3 14, the HP Spectre x360 wins the looks and design war, hands down. There’s very little difference in terms of performance between itself and our Zero1 Winner, as they sport nearly identical hardware – 13-inch 360 degree rotating touchscreen, Intel Core i7-5500U chip, 8GB DDR3L RAM, 256 GB M.2 SSD, but only onboard Intel HD 5500 graphics. It also trails the YOGA in terms of battery performance – 212 minutes versus the YOGA’s 273 minutes.
Price: Rs. 1,30,990
Third: HP Pavilion 11-k106TU
Similar to the Spectre in terms of look and feel, the Pavilion is both stylish and packed with the latest hardware to deliver very good performance. Sporting the latest Intel 6th gen processor, compared to Spectre’s 61, this Pavilion 11 scores 56 out of 100 on the same performance scale. Quite impressive.
Price: Rs. 42,990
Best Buy: Dell Inspiron 11 3148
This 11-inch Dell hybrid scores 55 versus HP Pavilion 11’s 56 on the performance scale, offers best performance per Rupee.
Price: Rs. 40,690