I recently obtained an Acer R3-471T-5448. Do I call it a laptop or a tablet? Really it is the best of both worlds. I call it a convertible 14″ touchscreen personal device – a comfortable size to carry around. It has a 10-point touch display which I find to be quite intuitive. Intel has been pushing out 2-in-1‘s which are helping bridge the gap between both world (laptops and tablets). There are 4 different ways it can be used: as a laptop/notebook, propped up like a tent so everyone can see, used as a tablet/pad, or as a display. This is achieved by using a 360 dual torque hinge which is very versatile.
This particular model sports an Intel dual-core processor, the Ci5-5200U with their turbo boost. It comes with 8 GB of RAM which is really enough to run any program on this device and has a 1 TB hard drive, plenty of space to store local files. Aside from movies and photos, you have an organizational problem if you need more than that.
Helping out the portability aspect are built-in wireless WiFi and Bluetooth. If you need to connect anything else such as external storage, it has a USB 3.0 port which is awesome. Truly fast transfer speeds if you haven’t tried it out yet. Make sure the device you are connecting is USB 3.0 as well.
It has an HDMI port to connect to external displays, say if you wanted to watch movies on a big screen in HD. And speaking of HD, it has an HD webcam built-in, great for those Skype calls.
This 2-in-1 comes preloaded with Windows 8.1 and it is super easy upgrade to Windows 10! The install is clean, familiar to all Windows users, and intuitive by facilitating switching between laptop and tablet use.
I find benefits of having my bases covered with this. Previously I would struggle by bringing my tablet or laptop yet frequently needing the functionality of the device I didn’t bring along… road warrior challenges. What does your technology arsenal include?
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