"Not original at all -refer to Vadem Clio"1.5 starson by docparkny
Pros: Competition is driving diversification
Cons: Like Pleistocene megafauna, these strange designs won't last.
Summary: The problem with convertibles is that the compromises needed to reach design equilibrium convertibility between tablet and laptop mode inevitably results in less than optimal function. Historically, it is because the software doesn't bend to one or the other particularly well when asked to do both. The Vadem Clio (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vadem_Clio) was a fantastic design but completely kneecapped by Windows CE. This design is begging for custom software that makes its touch perfect but laptop optimal. I don't know if taking Windows off the shelf and adding some hacks will do that, but the people will never learn.If you don't want to compromise, carry BOTH an iPad and a Macbook Air as I do. You can surf and content consume on a perfect tablet, and work and create on a perfect ultraportable, with the volume and carry weight that is similiar or smaller than most Dell laptops. Also, with AirDisplay, you get a wireless two screen workstation solution with both iPad and Macbook. My Dell workstation replacement laptop from work gives me back pain whenever I have to lug it somewhere.
Updated on Dec 8, 2010