The hybrid category hasn’t seen much action this year. There were a bunch of new launches in this category, which were basically upgrades to older models. We also saw Microsoft launching a new Surface which looks exactly like the old Surface but is relatively new on the inside.
Besides that, there were a couple of new hybrids, which caught our attention. One was the Smartron t.book, which offered a very promising package at half the price of any other hybrid we have seen this year. However, the bundled keyboard dock wasn’t that great and thus foiled its chances of making it into the list.
The other being the new Lenovo X1 Yoga, which merges the classic Thinkpad design with the 360 degree Yoga hinge. It is a very good laptop for the price and is also available with an OLED display. However, some may argue that it doesn’t provide the full functionality a hybrid should i.e. have a detachable keyboard.
We believe, a hybrid laptop should combine the best of performance with portability making it an ideal choice for tablet and laptops users alike. This year, Lenovo seems to have mastered the recipe of Hybrids. Here’s why.
Zero1 Winner: Lenovo Yoga 710-14IKB
The Lenovo Yoga 710 is the undisputed king among all the Hybrid laptops we tested this year. Here are the specs it has to offer – Intel Core i7-7500U processor clocked at 2.70GHz paired with 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and 2GB NVIDIA GeForce 940MX dedicated graphics along with a 14-inch Full HD touchscreen on the top. Beefy specs do not fail to show in our benchmark results and thus, PCMark Creative returned a score of 4,442 and a fairly long battery life of over four hours on full brightness and under high load. What really impressed us were the 3DMark scores – Fire Strike Extreme – 688, Fire Strike – 1366, whereas the other competitors could only manage about half of these numbers. The only compromise you will have to make in exchange of the unbeatable performance is its weight, that goes above 2 kgs.
Runner up: Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga
Trailing behind the Yoga 710 is Lenovo’s Thinkpad X1 Yoga with an overall score of 62 out of 100. The Thinkpad X1 boasts an even better screen than the 710 and just misses out on the dedicated GPU. However, this sleek and stylish looking machine packs in a 2K display, an Intel Core i5-6200U along with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD that churns out a PCMark score of 3688 and Fire Strike Ultra score stands at 383 and 852 in Fire Strike Extreme. Weighing in at just over 1.2 Kgs, the Thinkpad X1 is worth your money if weight happens to be the deciding factor for you. Also, the Thinkpad X1 Yoga lasted for the longest, more than four and half hours in our battery test.
Runner up: Lenovo Yoga 900
Coming in third is yet another hybrid from the house of Lenovo, the Yoga 900. PCMark scored 3836 but the Yoga 900 trails with GPU performance. It certainly packs in more power with an Intel Core i7-6500U processor, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD. The 13.3-inch Quad HD display is definitely a treat, along with all the style and premium build this hybrid laptop has to offer. With a score of 58 out of 100 and weighing in at 2.24Kg, the Yoga 900 is the most stylish and premium looking of them all, on our list.
Best Buy: HP Pavilion x360 13-u131TU
A handy, 13.3-inch ultraportable laptop that comes with Intel Core i3-7100U along with 1TB HDD and 4GB RAM that gets you covered on most basics without spending a fortune. With a PCMark score of 3597 and an overall score of 54 out of 100, the HP Pavilion x360 13-u131TU will get you maximum value for your money.