2014 promises to be an exciting year for smartphones, tablets, and laptops, especially since buyers are demanding more bang for their buck in the way of features and versatility. Laptop and tablet hybrids are especially exciting this year with vendors pulling out all the stops to corner the market. Here are the most anticipated laptops and hybrids to look for this year!
1. ASUS Transformer Book Duet
The Transformer Book Duet is likely to be a favorite this year with a 13-inch 1080p detachable touchscreen, dual hard drives, and fourth-generation Core processor all starting at $599. This affordable hybrid is a little on the heavier side at 4.2 pounds, but the Duet is a great option for someone looking for versatility. Did we mention it can boot both Windows 8 and Android?
2. MSI Gaming Concept Notebook
The new MSI notebook is a stylish and powerful way to enjoy gaming this year. With a contemporary aluminum chassis and backlit MSI logo, this notebook isn’t just all looks though. It is possibly the lightest and thinnest notebook on the market, coming in almost under 3 pounds, and when it comes out it’ll have discrete graphics, 3K display, and two mSATA SSDS.
3. Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition
Promising nearly 40% more endurance than previous year’s models, the Samsung ATIV Book 9 features a 1080p touchscreen. The touchscreen isn’t retina-like display to increase the endurance, but it has retained the Ultrabook lossless audio feature.
4. Toshiba Chromebook
This student friendly 13-inch Chromebook is Toshiba’s first toe in the Chromebook market. Available this month at $279, Toshiba is going up against HP’s 14-inch Chromebook with its smaller design and lighter weight. This makes it perfect for backpack toting across campus.
5. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2014
Coming out with an updated premium Ultrabook, Lenovo is using the latest Intel 4th Generation Core Series processor with optional WQHD screen, plus 9+ hours of battery life to knock out this year’s competition. Available for $1,299 the ThinkPad X1 Carbon will also have an adaptive keyboard and a thinner, lighter design weighing only 2.9 pounds!