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We -- sales falling just a little more than 3% and 2012 and hardware makers are turning their focus to now hybrid devices.
They can be well a tablet.
-- laptop but the shape shifter is could be miss for consumers joining us now from Washington DC she should just like that is up off the stolen from.
Walt mosque burned more things digital -- -- personal technology comes to the Wall Street Journal -- -- I'd like one of these kind of like just have again.
I guess a tablet or laptop but tell us about the hybrids and which -- best.
Well you know Connell I have to say I'm I'm sort of with the -- I've not seen a hybrid that I think.
You know gives you the qualities of a tablet and the quality of a laptop -- like a lot of things where you trying to.
-- a combo you kind of lose some of the quality so I took a look at three this week and they each ticket different approach and just very very quickly.
The one I I sort of liked best was what I would call a detachable.
It's it's the HP and BX two.
It has an actual tablet that's -- -- Sort of normal feeling tablet that doubles as the screen of the laptop.
Has -- -- -- You -- -- it into or you can remove it from and there's a battery in the tablet -- -- battery in the base and you know there's some nice things about it that -- down some but there's a downside to all of these.
It's 850 bucks I'm and the debt at which is expensive both for windows laptop -- -- -- tablet.
It it uses an entry level Intel process -- So it's okay on the tablet but on -- when it's when you're trying to use it as a laptop you've got a pretty wimpy.
Powered laptop there.
This is the the next one is from Asus it's called be tight she.
Has two screens.
It has screen inside like a regular laptop not even a touch screen -- is important I think -- windows data touch screen.
But when you close that they have a screen on the -- that.
The -- is the west the -- of this laptop is Gorilla Glass and they have a touch screen computer and a button with.
And another switch that turns things -- one of the modes on and off.
Kind of complicated and bad battery life when both screens are running which is one -- there.
Things they -- The last one is a Toshiba.
The united 25 T yeah.
And it is a slider.
So when you open them when you open the box it looks like a big fat heavy tablet and that's by the way that's one of the big problems with.
Many of these convertibles the tablet.
Mode is is like.
You could stack three I adds up -- and and it's so it's it's not so you're gonna use for a long period of time but this one.
It it looks like a tablet -- you slide this greenback and -- split -- up and you've got a laptop with kind of a cramped keyboards.
And that's 1115.
And the Asus I forgot to mention it is at least 1299.
They make in these though it debate is -- and the demand for something like this out there or is it that.
After all life we would think this is what you need and so we're gonna make it.
In it it's actually -- -- slightly different reason day in much as we've just discussed I think Westphal.
Microsoft is doing something different than apple and Google they took.
There tablet OS which was late.
But they made -- tablet OS but instead of breaking it out using it strictly for tablets.
They -- -- to together with regular windows or windows eight.
Has the tablet -- west in the regular windows desktop.
In the same thing so these hardware guys -- trying to make computers.
Which will now kind of match up with that.
Our -- all its good to have you back to by the way and you know -- -- on you next week so -- -- -- Walt Mossberg is sitting of these things are like Iraq is that staff from the mall.
-- from the Wall Street Journal Barack you know.
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