So it’s that time of year again when you are looking for the perfect gift for your loved one. And who doesn’t love a shiny tech gadget wrapped nicely under the tree? This year, touch-enabled Ultrabook convertible and tablet devices offer a refreshing take on mobile computing and are proving themselves worthy of bringing some holiday cheer to anyone on your gift list.
Ultrabook convertible devices are putting a new twist – or for that matter a flip, turn or spin – on laptops and tablets this holiday season. Some of the ultrabooks blend the touch screen experience with full keyboards and the performance and responsiveness you associate with a premium computing experience. Essentially, they offer the functionality of a laptop and the touch-enabled experience of a tablet all rolled into one, sleek system.
Intel-based tablets are also in high demand this season. These thin, highly portable devices have all-day battery life and are easy to use with advanced touch screen capabilities. Perfect for the person looking to catch up with friends on a video chat, browse through the latest holiday photos on their social networks or finish up some last minute shopping, all while relaxing on the sofa.
With so many devices to choose from, here are a few you’ll want to make sure are on your list while shopping this holiday season:
Ultrabook Convertibles with Touch Screen Technology
This Ultrabook convertible has an innovative flip hinge design, so the screen imitates a Ferris wheel and allows an easy transition from Ultrabook to tablet. When you’re busy running to and from holiday gatherings and celebrations, no need to worry about syncing all your information. With Intel Smart Connect Technology, your emails and social networks will seamlessly synchronize, keeping you connected even when the Dell XPS Duo 12 is in sleep mode.
The Toshiba Satellite U925T slides into tablet mode… literally. From PC mode, the screen lays flat and then slides forward to convert to a tablet. This device is equipped with Intel Wireless Display technology for wirelessly streaming content to the large screen of a compatible TV, perfect for sharing holiday photos and videos with the whole family.
Featuring a 360-degree flip-and-fold design, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook device can be used as a notebook and then quickly transformed to enable a touchscreen tablet experience. Flip it into tablet mode to play games, fold into tent mode to watch classic holiday films, or use it in traditional laptop mode to get a head start on next year’s to-dos.
This unique convertible Ultrabook has two displays: an inside screen in the traditional “clamshell” PC mode as well as an external touch screen on the outside of the lid. When closed, this can act as a screen in tablet mode. When open, the external screen can operate independently or can be used simultaneously for a host of innovative new applications.
Just want to snuggle up in bed, watch movies and maybe give vent to your long-buried artistic muse this holiday season? The Asus VivoTab lets you do all this and more. This tablet with Windows 8 comes equipped with a high-resolution widescreen display with color clarity that delivers an outstanding visual experience. It also supports the Wacom digitizer stylus that lets you create digital art and explore a new world of creative possibilities. With Intel’s latest file transfer technology, the VivoTab lets you seamlessly transfer all those precious holiday pictures between your tablet and other Windows devices.
The slim and lightweight ThinkPad 2 enables extreme mobility and with up to 10 hours battery life, it keeps going for as long as you need it to. Plus, with 3G/4G support, you can stay connected to colleagues, family and friends wherever you are. For the times when your friends or relatives are in town to visit you for the holidays the ThinkPad 2 keeps your information secure and away from snooping eyes, allowing you create a visitor ID for your guest or lets them log in with their own roaming Microsoft Profile.
Stylish, light and easy to take on-the-go for those long hours in the car on the way to the grandparents’ house for the holidays, the Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T offers all-day battery life for continuous video play. With its lightweight design (just 3.26 lbs with the keyboard or only 1.65 lbs as a tablet) and option for either WiFi and/or 3G/4G (LTE) for wireless connectivity, you will stay connected wherever your travels take you. For the style conscious, it is available in a mystic blue color.