Although tablets, such as Apple’s iPad and the Samsung Galaxy, have become very popular, they are not always ideal for typing or other kinds of work.
The good news is that laptops or notebook computers – with all-important built-in keyboards – have become much slimmer and more portable.
We’ve taken a look at some of the leading models.
1. Venturer EliteWin 11KT 2-in-1 Mini Windows Notebook
If you’re looking for the convenience and portability of a tablet with the functionality of a laptop or notebook, you’ve come to the right place.
This hybrid model from Venturer has a 11.6 inch screen (a 10.1 inch version is also available) has a smart keyboard with a trackpad – the equivalent of a mouse – as well as eight hours’ battery life and is fully loaded with the latest Windows 10 software.
Unlike a standard tablet, however, it also has USB, HDMI and SD card connectors so you can attach the likes of cameras, memory sticks or TV displays.
Venturer EliteWin 11KT 2-in-1 Mini Windows Notebook, RRP: £199.99
Venturer BravoWin 10.1 inch 2-in-1 Tablet, RRP: £149.99
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2. Lenovo G50 Laptop
A larger machine but still available at a reasonable price, the G50 offers similar performance to a desktop PC: it’s got a huge hard disk, which is large enough to store all your digital photos, films and other files, as well as a DVD drive and a decent processor.
It’s a bit heftier than some of the notebooks here, weighing in at 2.5kg (5.5lbs) but that is hardly surprising given its specifications.
Lenovo G50 Laptop, RRP: £259.99
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3. ASUS E402MA 14in Laptop Notebook
Given the discount available at the moment, this slimline computer is well worth a look.
It’s got a slightly smaller screen than the G50 (above) but it weighs about a third less, while still offering pretty good performance thanks to its Intel Pentium processor.
The amount of storage on offer is not great, but if you have another main computer at home, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
ASUS E402MA 14 inch Laptop Notebook, RRP: £249.99. Currently on offer at Amazon.co.uk for £159.99
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4. Acer NX.MQNEK.001 Aspire Chromebook
This model runs Google’s Chrome operating system rather than the more common Windows, but it’s still simple to use and you’ll find all the utilities you’re used to on a “normal” computer.
Battery life is reportedly very good, and it’s extremely portable – both of which factors are ideal if you need a laptop to travel about with.
But bear in mind that Chromebooks are designed to be used while connected to the internet – at least that is when they are at their most useful – so this might not be the best bet for long journeys or commuting if it is difficult to go online.
Acer NX.MQNEK.001 Aspire Chromebook, RRP: £199.99
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