In this week “The tool you should buyWe help music teachers find the best hybrid laptop or tablet computer for their specific needs.
Ben is looking for a system with enough power to write music and a chassis small and thin enough to fit on a music stand while they perform. Our reader is leaning toward a hybrid tablet but not ruling out a convertible laptop with a rotating screen. However, they note that some pianos have shallow stands, so anything chunky may not fit properly.
As for the requirements, Ben “spoiled” the large 12.9-inch panel on the iPad Pro, and it won’t get any smaller (don’t worry, Ben, I’m not going there). Chromebooks out of the question, Because the music software they use, Finale, is only compatible with Windows and macOS. Ben doesn’t worry about the quality of the speakers but wants something that supports the stylus. Graphics performance isn’t a huge concern, but a CPU capable of “getting serious work done” while away from the desktop is a priority.
In general, our reader does not want to spend more than $2000 and prefers to stay near a large one. So far, they are thinking of Lenovo ThinkPad X12 DetachableDell Latitude 7320 Detachable, Asus Vivobook 13, HP Elite x2 G8.
Microsoft Surface Pro 8
Well, where do we start? Well, I’m surprised that Ben doesn’t give Surface Pro 8 Close look. It’s a compact tablet with laptop-level performance, The optional keyboard and stylus are both excellent. It’s expensive, though. me Core i7 configuration, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD model With the Signature keyboard and Slim Pen bundle, it landed at $1,680. I still think it’s one of Ben’s best options despite landing in the upper half of the budget.
ThinkPad X12 Detachable
I am also a member of the ThinkPad X12 Detachable team. I checked one out at the previous gig and found very few errors. It’s fast, long battery life, great keyboard and sturdy construction. However, Ben will need to step down to a 12.3-inch screen. The price is about ($1,600) the same as the Surface Pro 8 when you add the optional Folio keyboard.
Dell XPS 13 2 in 1
I think Ben would be happy with either option, but I’ll put some of my favorites in there. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Capability It was released in late 2020, but it still hangs with the best of them, and its 11th generation processor should give it enough power to meet Ben’s needs.
I choose XPS over other convertibles, like Lenovo Yoga 9i Or the HP Specter x360 14, because it’s very portable and should fit in a music stand. However, Ben should consider the Specter 13 x360 or, if they want to save some money, the Envy 13 x360.
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360
One device that I haven’t reviewed but that gets a lot of praise is the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360. Samsung has just released a new model, the Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 with AMOLED touchscreen display, S Pen and the latest 12th generation Intel processors. At 2.3 pounds and only 0.45 inches thick, it should be thin enough to do the job.
For those shaking their screens yelling, “Just get it magic keyboard! I agree, except that Finale doesn’t look like it Coming to iPadOS anytime soon. And as far as the Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable goes, it’s a great hybrid tablet (another I reviewed earlier), but good lord it’s expensive.
So Ben, Microsoft Surface Pro 8, Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable, Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360, are my best choices to meet your needs. I really think you can’t go wrong with any of those. If you, readers, have any other suggestions, leave them in the comments!