Choosing the best convertible laptop


It has been a long time since I knew I wanted a tablet. It’s not that I really need one, it’s just that I like the idea of having one. As far as I am concerned really, a tablet’s main use is for gaming and movies, with surfing the net coming in between. Typing or designing, two of my daily works, was almost difficult with a tablet.

That said, I always preferred to spend the money I could use to buy a tablet to buy a proper laptop, because I could do so much more. In fact, my 14-inch MSI FX420 served me very well and has helped me do so much while it was still functioning well.

My MSI FX420, used since 2013.
My MSI FX420, used since 2013.

But a few weeks ago, it started crashing almost daily, and that hampered a lot of my work, both online and offline. A replacement was needed, and with Windows 8 being a hybrid operating system (OS), a few computer models were immediately chosen to replace the MSI.

Looking for a replacement for my laptop came with a mixed feeling really. I really wanted a new ‘toy’ but at the same time was not so glad I would be parting with my hard earned cash.

Anyway, I figure that a laptop which turns into a tablet would save me cost since I wouldn’t be spending any more money to buy two gadgets. On top of that, despite of the existence of cloud storage, I still prefer my files accessible and kind of hate having to transfer files between devices using a thumbdrive.  When it comes to gaming, having two devices is also not great because it is difficult to transfer your saved games between devices.

Well, I did some research, and there were a few award winning convertible laptops which include the Lenovo Yoga 2 13, Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, the Asus TP500, and the Dell XPS 12 Convertible.
Yoga 2 13
I did a one week research by reading reviews and comparing the specifications of each laptop, and managed to narrow the options to two, which were the Lenovo Yoga 2 13 and the Asus TP500.

Finally, after more advice and contemplation, I decided that I should get the Asus TP500, which I later decided to change to the Asus TP300LD after Robin made me realize that laptops should be easy to carry.

The choice was based on the fact that the Lenovo was said to be using an older network card, prompting problems for wifi connection, but I must not also deny that the higher pricing of the Lenovo Yoga 2 13 was quite a turn off.

The Asus Transformer Book (TP300LD) boasted a slower hard disk, and less RAM, but it was said to be lighter, with the price of about RM2.3K.

The final choice, the Asus Transformer Book TP300LD
The final choice, the Asus Transformer Book TP300LD

So guys, I’ve been using the TP300LD for about 3 days now, and the laptop is true to its reviews. I will do a full review on it in soon, but until then, this is one purchase I do not regret, which also allows me to play Football Manager =P

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