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OK so Dell is now the latest to try its hand at a guy hybrid convertible device and -- I -- deserves credit for clever design on all this our friend Walt Mossberg is.
Does not appear completely sold on the whole idea.
This week's all things digital is Walt Mossberg personal technology columnist at the Wall Street Journal one of my favorite things that you've ever written.
I think it was a Samsung.
Maybe water an HTC phone you called it chunky -- And every -- you write about it very.
Bob cumbersome device I always think of that and particularly with this Dow one.
So hi guys.
I don't wanna say I think it's important I don't want to single out DL.
I was yes I was reviewing.
Excuse me -- -- morning but I think there's.
There's a problem with all of these things that are trying to be two things and won them and the problem isn't the laptop mode it it.
It's a laptop -- it works fine as a laptop.
It's the attempt to make it into a tablet we all know what -- tablet is a tablet has to be the end it SUV light.
-- -- good battery life you have to be able like you know carried around whether it's and android tab order an iPad.
Or windows tablet for that matter and these combo or hybrid devices the ones I've seen so far including this -- Wind up being a thick heavy tablet.
And you're just not gonna use them for long periods of time in that mode.
These -- the tablets.
That existed -- Before the iPad came on -- -- -- -- the -- -- -- -- laptops that supposedly -- -- tablets -- I just wonder why.
And maybe the companies have market research that shows this that there's demand for the people want this but just.
Intuitively I would think boy if you wanted to have that you just get a keyboard attachment put it on your tablet or you Vaio laptops a white what are they what they keep doing this is their demand.
8 AM well first of -- I'm not an expert on the demand but it doesn't look like there's lot of demand for these things.
Stores are cutting prices on some of them and so forth.
I think god this and that's a great question and the answer is it stems from the design of windows eight itself.
Microsoft decided to.
Write a tablet operating system and then instead of it you don't treating it separately -- Treating as part of their phone efforts.
They treat -- open and merged it in with regular windows so when you buy a windows -- eight PC.
You get this thing -- the start screen which is really.
A tablet operating system and the hardware guys are trying to.
You know say OK well are two things in the in the operating system lets see if we can make the hard -- due to different things.
Walt what about it did but we were done teased -- the battery life than this because that is it got a critical part of the testing that you do and this one was poor.
Yeah it was it was about three and a half hours on my.
Particularly harsh task I would estimate that means in normal you should get four to five hours.
That's not very good it's particularly poor if you're thing of it is a tablet but it's even sort of mediocre.
If you're thinking evidence the laptop but I do more I do want to -- -- for something I think.
-- wave they've done the more thing mechanism.
Which is to have the screen flip around within the rim.
Is very clever and is better than a lot of the other guys.
Ways of doing hinges and right and and you know twisting around and so I think.
They've they've got some good industrial design and if they could figure out a way to make this thing.
Thinner and lighter overall and have better battery life they might.
Suddenly he's gonna be the first one to do this it's nice to muscle that was an everyday Wheldon.
Walt -- -- sorted out the review that is even this Dell all -- device is thicker and heavier than even -- largest MacBook ever.
Yeah and part of that is that them that the there -- hidden things in the hinge.
That make this split screen work and you know but but I believe that Dell is working on this I think everyone else is working on it.
There are also another there's another class of these where the screen kind of -- -- and that gives you more of an opportunity.
-- a regular thin tablet.
And so you know what will see so far.
I don't think anybody has gotten these convertibles.
Are supposed to -- at your goals.
That is not necessarily mean just give up on the category altogether Walt Mossberg thanks -- always -- -- then why did try news -- -- in a sense at least every other day in day out that's it manually -- I was there is I won't trap or her how -- forever remember that those like two years ago I think law is great thanks --
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