Posted by J.Aparri (japphils@yahoo.com) on Feb 19, 2014 11:54 AM EST

Pros and cons of tablet computers like Microsoft Surface Pro

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The aptly named "2-in-1" is an innovative breed of Windows device perfect for anyone struggling to decide between a tablet and a laptop. Powered by Intel, 2-in-1s have an obvious goal to provide the best of both worlds. (Photo : Reuters)

The aptly named "2-in-1" is an innovative breed of Windows device perfect for anyone struggling to decide between a tablet and a laptop. Powered by Intel, 2-in-1s have an obvious goal to provide the best of both worlds.

Pros

Hybrid computers support a trackpad and keyboard so that any work you do on your computer, such as a PowerPoint presentation or a formal report, can be easily displayed by transforming the device into a tablet.

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You can tap it with your fingertip, flick on the display or swipe. The keyboard, meanwhile, is easily detached.

Other advantages include the light and thin design, all-day battery, instant access and an app store that is easy to use. Unlike most other tablets, 2-in-1s have a full-sized port for a USB drive, allowing it to connect to a wide range of accessories. What's more, many have expandable memory through card slots of microSD.

By major manufacturers

Previously known as "ultrabook convertibles," all major makers of computers have adopted the 2-in-1 design, each handling the switch from tablet to laptop (and vice-versa) in its own unique way. Examples are the ASUS Transformer Book T100 (priced $349 - 32GB model), Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 ($799.99), Dell XPS 12 ($999.99), Sony VAIO Flip PC ($899.99 - 14 inch model) and the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 ($899.99).

Cons

With all the features offered by 2-in-1s, they still have their share of drawbacks, especially for those who aren't fans of their platform Windows.

Its tucked-away keyboard adds bulk and weight compared to the Android or iPad tablets. And then there's the price. You're getting both a tablet and a laptop in a single device and prices reflect that.

The good news is that as PC makers embrace 2-in-1s and Windows Stores evolves to become a main player in the app arena, competition continues to drive the prices down.

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