Today’s highly mobile PCs are called by several names—2 in 1 laptops, hybrids, convertible laptops, Ultrabooks, 2 in 1 tablets—and the lines of classification get a little blurry. Most of the time, specific hardware features and usability dictate the nomenclature. How you will use the computer is more important than its classification when planning to purchase a laptop, but understanding the names will help you search properly.
2 in 1 laptops, which are interchangeably called 2 in 1 tablets, combine detachable key covers and touch screen functionality. This gives users flexibility; it is a tablet when you want a tablet and a touch screen laptop when you need to type. Examples of 2-in-1 laptops include the Microsoft Surface, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book; see also the Dell Inspiron, ASUS Transformer Book, and Lenovo Miix.