The Advantages of Using Windows 10 on a Hybrid Notebook

ince Microsoft launched Windows 10, the focus has always been to shift the generation switch from the old PCs to the new and modern 2-in-1 or hybrid . These machines offer touch screens and creative ways to harness the full power of your hardware. But what are the real advantages of having such a device running Windows 10?

First of all, we must understand that there has been a paradigm break here. The personal computer has evolved to keep up with the modern expectations of users. Along with it, the system had to evolve as well. So Microsoft has created things like Cortana, which makes you enjoy your computer in a way that was unimaginable 10 years ago.

A hybrid notebook is portable, but it also offers many possibilities for both entertainment and work and study. That is, you can enjoy movies, series, games and web browsing on the same device that you can type an article for college or draw some functional scheme for the job.

Portability x Firepower

With the evolution of the PC, the hardware of a superportable hybrid now offers performance compatible with that of a good desktop PC. These devices use SSDs, good amounts of RAM and new generation Intel processors. All this together helps the system to run smoothly and start very quickly. The time has gone by when you turned on the computer and had to wait a few minutes for it to be completely ready to use.

Lenovo Yoga

Good representatives of this new generation of PCs are the models of the Lenovo Yoga line. We’re talking about super-premium notebook s with top-of-the-line build quality and all the features that a hybrid notebook needs to have. The highlight goes to the articulation that attaches the canvas to the body of the Yoga devices. It has a very exotic and functional format, allowing to turn the screen of the device all the way back, which brings a new way of use.

Among the best options in this line of Lenovo in the Brazilian market, we have the Yoga 900S. Check out some specs:

Technical specifications – Yoga 900S

Processor Intel Core m7 (6th generation)
Storage SSD 256 GB PCIe
RAM 8 GB LPDRR3
GPU Intel HD Graphics integrated
Screen 12.5 ” IPS LCD with a resolution 2K (3200×1800) sensitive to touch
View Profile Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
Drums Up to 12 hours of video playback
Connectivity WiFi a / b / g / n / a, Bluetooth 4.0, 1x USB 3.0 type A, 1x USB 3.0 type C with video and plug for headphones
Dimensions and weight 305 x 208 x 12.8 mm and 999 g
Dell Inspiron 13 7000

Dell, meanwhile, has an interesting notebook in this category, the Inspiron 13 7000. It is a more affordable, but less compact option, for those who are eyeing the category of computers and 2 in 1. This model has a pen Stylus that can be stored inside the computer itself . Here are some specs:

Technical specifications – Dell Inspiron 13 7000

Processor Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 (5th generation)
Storage 500 GB HDD (5,400 rpm)
RAM 8GB
GPU Intel Graphics 5500 integrated
Screen 13.3 ” LCD IPS HD resolution (1366 x 768) sensitive to touch
Drums Up to 8 hours of mixed use
Connectivity WiFi a / b / g / n / a, Bluetooth 4.0, 3x USB 3.0 type A, HDMI, 4×1 memory card reader and plug for headphones
Dimensions and weight 19.41 x 330.12 x 222 mm and 1.75 kg

These two devices, Dell and Lenovo, are high-performance models, but there are cheaper options in this segment. Take a look at more in-depth options at the bottom of the page.

Touch screen and stylus pens

Acomputer hybrid need to have a screen sensitive to touch so that the user can take advantage of resources that Windows 10 has for this type of platform. We are talking about Tablet Mode and the thousands of apps in the Windows Store , which are all optimized for the person to interact using his fingers.

Broadly speaking, this feature is one of the defining features of the modern PC. For those who have never had a device with this capability, it may seem silly to have such a feature on the notebook . But once you prove the convenience of being able to tap some elements instead of reaching them with your mouse cursor all the time, you’ll understand why this is useful.

In class

Let’s say you’re in a classroom, and the teacher starts drawing a diagram on the board. With a traditional notebook , you can even try to turn it into topics and use some graphic elements, such as circles and arrows, to try to reproduce the scheme, but it takes a lot of time and is nothing practical. You may end up missing vital things from the explanation in this endeavor.

On a touch screen device , you can simply draw with your fingers or with a stylus pen in OneNote. This takes seconds and does not distract your attention from what really matters: what is being said by the teacher. The idea behind these hybrid PCs is to make technology a tool that makes your life easier, rather than complicating it.

In class

Entertainment

Another situation where a hybrid notebook can make it easier is when it comes to watching movies or series. Appliances that saw the screen behind stand as if they were a “cabin.” So you can leave them at a desk to make it easier for more than one person to see. This is also interesting for those who like to watch in bed. In this particular position, the cover or pillow does not cover the air vents at the bottom of the appliance, which prevents overheating.

This “hut mode” is also ideal for when you are doing some manual or cooking while watching a video tutorial or recipe on your screen.

Entertainment

Drawing

For all these possibilities, Windows 10 still offers Windows Ink, a suite of tools designed for you to design in native applications of the system in a more practical and precise way. There is even a virtual ruler to work straight lines with your fingers or a pen and annotation options that recognize your handwriting and turn the content into ordinary digital text.

Photo and video editing applications can also be very well used with touchscreens especially when you have to deal with very precise elements and a mouse does not offer as much comfort.

Drawing

Problems that Windows 10 solves

The Windows 10 is the first and only operating system today to offer a practical, high-performance experience for traditional use – with mouse and keyboard – and for input using a screen touch . There are thousands of professional programs made for the system that can carry out the most diverse activities, from the creation and formatting of text to the production of 3D models.

The Windows Store still has a selection of applications that give the user a lot of new possibilities. This makes the PC no longer the old machine in front of which it sits to do the heavy lifting. The interactive features of Windows 10 enable you to be creative on your hybrid notebook , giving you the freedom to touch things with your fingers or a pen.

3D

3D

For all these possibilities, Windows 10 still offers Windows Ink, a suite of tools designed for you to design in native applications of the system in a more practical and precise way. There is even a virtual ruler to work straight lines with your fingers or a pen and annotation options that recognize your handwriting and turn the content into ordinary digital text.

Photo and video editing applications can also be very well used with touchscreens especially when you have to deal with very precise elements and a mouse does not offer as much comfort.

Tablet mode

There are other platforms that try to offer a practical user experience on both the desktop model and the tablet model, but switching from one to the other is often tricky. This is when there is in fact some alternation, since some options force the user to stay in the same interface no matter what form of use he or she chooses.

Tablet mode

The Windows 10 has a convenient solution to this. In computer it is naturally hybrid , whenever you turn the PC screen back or highlight it, the system enters the “Tablet Mode” automatically. This causes the entire interface to be resized for finger interaction. The icons get larger, the options more spaced out, and the Start Menu preferably shows the modern apps that use the best touch screens. You can still activate this mode manually on some machines.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft’s browser was made thinking of notebook s hybrid s, with screens sensitive touch , and has a great performance. He recently received an update, and now also supports the installation of add-ons or extensions.

However, the most distinctive feature of Edge is its “Read Mode”, which simplifies web pages and resets text and photos in a more readable format. This is interesting for anyone who reads news or articles on the web frequently. What’s more, there’s a list for you to save pages for later.

The most fun for anyone who uses a 2 in 1 PC, however, is the annotation and sharing function. The browser allows you to write with your fingers or a stylus pen on any web page and then send it to a friend through the Windows sharing system . There are several color options and tools for drawing and marking. This can be very helpful in a number of situations.

Microsoft Edge

Cortana

Cortana is the personal assistant of Windows . It can do a lot of tasks to facilitate your interaction with the PC and also works as a general area of system and web searches.

For example, you can ask her, by voice or text, how to get to a certain place, and she will map the route along with traffic information so that you are aware of any delays. You can still know the news of the day, about the weather in your city for any date or also in other places. Most interesting, though, is the ability to make appointments on your schedule or set alarms just by asking those things for Cortana.

If you receive an email in the native Windows app with an invitation to a meeting or event, it will suggest that you put it on the calendar. She even jokes if you ask. It is worth mentioning that Cortana has just arrived in Brazil and started to speak Portuguese a short time ago, it should still be better with the passage of time.

Hybrid options with Windows 10

In addition to the two PCs mentioned earlier, here are some 2-in-1 computer options in which you can take advantage of the benefitsoffered by Windows 10:

Dell Inspiron 13 7000
Lenovo Yoga 900S
Lenovo Yoga 510
Dell Inspiron 13 5000
Acer Aspire R11
Asus Vivobook Flip