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Netvertible is a term that defines a convertible tablet PC with netbook hardware inside. It’s not an official term, but this also happens with touch tablets, which don’t have really an official naming yet. A netvertible is the best choice when it comes to buying a tablet PC shaped computer with the advantages that derive from the netbook specifications: size, battery life and price. To be frank with you there are also downsides to a netbook tablet PC and the biggest is performance, or the lack of it.
If you think netbooks are slow wait till you get your hands on a netvertible, which is even slower because of all the software that needs to run in background consuming precious CPU time just to detect and translate user touch in cursor coordinates (and sometimes levels of pressure). This doesn’t mean that it’s not usable, but it’s not what you would call a seamless user experience. In this article I’m going to make a list of the best convertible netbook tablet PCs on market today and list their pros and cons. At the end of the article you’ll also find a list of the upcoming netvertibles. So without further due, let’s jump directly into the fire with the first contender.
This is one of the most mediated convertible netbook today as it was announced a while ago and just surfaced in some online stores. Reviews are positive now, as the problems we’ve signaled in the first preview and hands on of T101MT were solved. If you get one now expect the same build quality and performance you get from the Lenovo S10-3t. Your choice comes down to price and whether you need to use a stylus (possible on the T101MT resistive screen). It’s now even better with a dual core Atom CPU.
- 10.1 inch LED resistive multitouch display, 1024×600 pixels resolution (multitouch needs Windows 7 Home Premium)
- dual core Intel Atom N550 CPU at 1.66GHz
- 1 GB DDR2 RAM, upgradable to 2 GB
- 250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
- 35W/h polymer battery rated for up to 6.5 hours of use
- WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth
- 0.3 megapixel Webcam
- Windows 7 Starter
- 10.39 inches, 7.13 inches, 1.22 inches and 2.86 pounds
Compared to Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t, the ASUS EEE PC T101MT is lighter, supports stylus handwriting, but has a lower battery life. The screen responsiveness is worse, but not by much, as you can see in the video demo from our second review of T101MT.
This is one interesting netbook tablet, not because it has different hardware (same ol’ Atom inside), but because of the way it transforms from tablet to netbook and back. The screen doesn’t rotate 90 degrees around the vertical axle, but horizontally thanks to its two hinges placed on the vertical part of the screen bezel. We’ve covered the Dell Inspiron Duo extensively on AllTouchTablet – take a look here, so we invite you to read those posts too before deciding if the Dell Inspiron Duo is the best choice if you’re looking for a netbook tablet. Here’s the list of the specs.
- Intel Atom N550 Processor (1.5GHz, 1M Cache)
- 2GB, DDR3 @800MHz
- 320GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
- Wireless 802.11n, Bluetooth
- 10.1″ Widescreen HD (1366X768) Multi-Touch Display
- Built-in 1.3MP webcam
- Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
- 4-cell battery
- Dimensions: 11.22 x 7.66 x 1.13 inches (WxDxH)
If you’re looking for the perfect tablet that transforms into a few seconds into a fully working desktop computer look no further than the Gigabtyte T1125N, a 11.6 inch convertible tablet with a low voltage Core i5 CPU, bundled with a docking station and an external optical drive. Yeap, it’s all in the package, a pretty expensive one, but it’s worth the money if you want to get everything in the original box, with no other accessories to purchase afterwards. This tablet has it all, including USB 3.0 and Nvidia Optimus switching graphics for performance and battery life at the same time. [read full review]
- Intel Core i5 470UM 1.333 GHz
- 11.6 inch capacitive multi-touch 16:9, 1366×768 pixel
- 4GB RAM
- NVIDIA GeForce 330M with Nvidia Optimus
- 500 GB Hard drive @5400 RPM
- Ddocking station & optical drive included
- Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, optional 3.5G
- height x width x depth (in mm): 30.5 x 265 x 191
- 1.757 kg Power Supply: 0.216 kg
- 6-cell 58Wh Lithium-Ion
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Haven’t decided yet? Well, there are a few models of convertible netbook tablets down the road expected to hit stores in a few months but they’re not worth mentioning here yet, as we can’t be sure the specs will remain the same as the time those products were announced. Anyway, subscribe to this post to get updates once new entries made it into the top of the best netvertibles.