I recently found myself struggling between getting a tablet or netbook for those moments when I want something more mobile than my 15″ laptop.

As a writer, the netbook makes a lot of sense (although the keyboard can be a little cramped), but I’ve also seen how happy my wife is with her Acer Iconia Tab.

The idea of relaxing in bed while holding on to a tablet for reading books and watching movies sounds pretty nice, to be honest.

My solution? I have begun seeking a convertible tablet to beg my wife for this summer when my birthday rolls around. Unfortunately, most convertible netbooks I’ve ran in to are of the x86 variety, which means they run Windows 7.

Even though Windows 7 is not the best choice for touchscreen activity, I figure that if I get one of these bad boys this summer I can snag a copy of the BETA until the final commercial version becomes avaliable.

So this post is about weighing options when it comes to these ‘convertible netbooks’. For those that aren’t aware, there are convertible netbooks and notebook computers that work both as a traditional laptop but can flip the screen around for touch-mode as well.

The downside to these kind of convertibles? You can often buy a tablet AND a netbook for the same price, but I guess the reason for getting a convertible isn’t about saving money and it’s more about having wider functionality.

You could argue that a portfolio case with a bluetooth keyboard could almost do the same thing, but for those of you that feel that a convertible netbook could be right for you, I’ve narrowed down three models that I’ve personally considered.

Keep in mind that there are others out there, these are just three that I’ve considered.


Gigabyte Netbook Gn-T1000x-Cf1 10.10-inch Convertible

Gigabyte’s Netbook features an Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor, 10.1″ single touch 1366×768 LED screen, 1GB DDR2 RAM, and a 250GB HDD. Gigabyte’s option is listed at $495, not a horrible price for the features at hand but again you could almost get a tablet and netbook for such a price.


The Lenovo Ideapad also makes use of a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor and a 250GB HDD. The biggest differences are that it uses 1GB DDR3 and instead has a 10.1-inch screen that runs at a 1024×600 resolution. In reality there are little differences in specs between most of these convertible tablets.

The Ideapad is the most expensive model I’ve looked at, listed for $599. Lenovo is one of my favorite brands and the DDR3 RAM is a nice touch, but I admit the price difference is pretty large considering the minor differences in the model.


Asus T101MT-EU37-BK Touch-Enabled Eee PC Tablet

Asus’ model runs on an Intel Atom Dual Core N570 CPU, has 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 250GB HDD, and a touch-screen. This is the cheapest of the models that I’ve looked at, listing at only $447.99.

For those that have found the following machines interesting, there might be a few other choices out there but these are some of the netbook convertibles that have appeal personally to me. So are they really worth it over a tablet or a netbook (or buying both)?

I guess that depends on who you are and what you are looking for. Is now a good time to get them?

Maybe? I’m not sure if these Windows 7 machines will receive a huge slash-down when Windows 8 arrives or not. Since they are more netbooks than tablets, in many ways, I wouldn’t expect a huge cut.

So if you buy Windows 8 and one of these models you are talking $600-$700 easy. This might be too pricey for some.

What do you think of convertible netbooks? Are they worth the purchase or should users instead just a get a traditional netbook and a tablet? Share your thoughts below!

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  • Kareem Nass

    i already did the
    search so i will save you some time

    i already have an
    atom powered computer…and its not worth the money believe me if you want
    something in the price of an atom , but a tablet running on ARM or if you want
    buy an AMD because atom IS NOT WORTH IT the battery is somewhat ok, but i
    really dont think it is worth it, cant play most of the video unable to play
    all music since there is not enough horse power…. its just not worth it , if
    you want something for facebook then yeah other than that i dont recommend

    right now im writing
    on my new hp elitebook 2760p (i just got it 2 days ago so i still cant give you
    a full review) but it is extremely nice, you have touch ,Wacom digitizer it
    runs smooth

    no lag no nothing,
    no errors what so ever, really light wight , not big at all and not too small
    like my 10″

    i personally really
    think you should go with at least i5 tablet since the atom really are not worth
    the money

    if you want i can
    give you more details about the computer send me an email [email protected]



    if you want
    something cheap go for transformer prime with the docking station , it is not
    windows but im pretty sure it will run everything you want muuuuch better than
    an atom based tablet

    if money is not a
    problem i suggest these all running at least i5,windows 7 full:

    samsung slate

    asus slate

    motion computers
    (too heavy but can stand a war:P)

    hp elitebook 2760p
    or 2740p if you want to save some money

    lenovo x220t

    the samsung slate is
    really nice very thin just like an ARM tablet just running windows (which can
    also run a x86 version of android)

    and just a reminder
    windows 7 without pen is not THE BEST touch ever



    • Tager32

      i actually have a lenovo x200t greatest laptop ever i would say (the weight and battery life was a turn off for me when it came to elitebook). but i still needed something more portable and easy to read my Onenote notes and play bluestacks app player( check it out window users who want android) while traveling and in bed, so i recently picked up a t101mt with the n570 atom processor (which is the latest in the atom family) and its alot better then your making it out to be. its a speedy little guy and i still havent added the extra ram yet. windows users must remember to close alot of the pesky startup and services you don’t need, take aero off, delete bloatware from oem and add ram. i can run a browser, write in onenote, watch vids with ease after doing that and don’t forget i still have to add some ram and maybe an ssd. the only downside is there is no active digitizer, screens a little fuzzy, and maybe that it has a resistive screen, which i actiually prefer, but in today aple ran world resistive is old news. but none-the-less the screen is very responsive.