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The practical little brother of the Tap 20, the VAIO Duo 11 is a 11.6-inch, 1920x1080 Windows 8 tablet with a slide-out keyboard (and stylus) that weighs a very Ultrabook-like 2.6 pounds. The Duo packs a punch - Intel Core i3 5 or 7 chips, up to 256 GB SSD, and HDMI and USB 3.0 ports. And like most VAIOs, it's a handsome piece of kit. However, expect to pay just as handsomely. One report has the DUO's European price starting at 1199 Euros ($1,550) for the entry-level i3 version.
The Toshiba U920T is another larger-than-iPad laptablet running Windows 8. So why does one magazine call it the "best laptablet yet"? Well, there's the 12.5 inch screen, bigger than many of its immediate, business-oriented competitors (though the resolution remains just 1366 x 768, or one-third the iPad 3). More impressive are the Core i3/i5 chips, 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD round out the U920T. Expect a $1,000-something price.
For years, Lenovo was the lonely standardbearer for the convertible tablet/notebook category, its ThinkPad X-series selling well enough for the company to keep making them. How is Lenovo reacting to the sudden rush of competitors? Without panic, if the X230T is any judge. The X230T looks like its predecessors. It is a comparatively chunky (4 pounds, 1.2-inches thick) but, encased in magnesium alloy, screams durability - a plus for enterprise IT. The 12.5-inch, 1366x768 screen is reportedly outdoor-readable. There are ports aplenty and, for about $1,300, a Intel Core i5 processor. If you trust experience over flash, the X230T may be the way to go.