Best Argument: Yes
Hybrids have a strong future
Chris Dawson: How many of us carry both a laptop and a tablet? Both are incredibly useful, but, especially for enterprise customers, tend to have quite different use cases. Tablets accompany us to meetings, lunches, conferences, and flights. They keep essential documents at our sides, let us store handwritten notes and capture video, and even function as interactive whiteboards.
Laptops, however, are indispensable for creating detailed powerpoints, writing white papers, composing lengthy memos, building websites, and writing code. No matter how powerful tablets become, enterprise users won’t be leaving full-blown PCs behind.
Enter the hybrid tablet, a growing segment of the PC market that gives users a detachable Android tablet when they want it and a complete ultraportable Windows PC when they need it. Largely ignored by consumers, it will be the enterprise that ensures hybrids have a strong future and continue to advance portable form factors for highly mobile users.
History will repeat
James Kendrick: The hybrid tablet, or convertible notebook, is nothing new. Those Tablet PCs with a rotating screen that exposed a touch tablet failed in the enterprise, and failed miserably. No doubt the Wintel bunch would like to believe that the new tablet-friendly Windows 8 will change history, but it wasn't just the OS behind the original failure.
The iPad is beginning to appear in the enterprise, in large part due to the thin, light form. Permanently attach a bulky keyboard to the tablet and you lose the draw of the light tablet. I have used many different tablets, and anything with a keyboard attached is simply too heavy and uncomfortable to use for any length of time.
Pure Windows 8-bearing slate forms no bigger/ heavier than the iPad have an outside shot in the enterprise. Add any weight to that like a keyboard and history is destined to repeat itself.