Is there really that big of a market for hybrid laptop/tablets?

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Last year was the year of the tablet. Every technology company in the world it seems released a tablet of some form or another. This year the laptop/tablet hybrid seems to be the new big product.

I’m trying to figure out why there is, if there is, such a market for these.

What is the situation where you would purchase one? It seems to me, that if I were in the market, but didn’t think a tablet alone was “productive” enough, I would simply buy a laptop.

Personally I work at an office, on a desktop machine that is supplied by my employer. Anything I do on a computer out side of work is purely for fun. Web, email, movies, pics, porn etc. And while I do have a desktop at home, I spend 95% of my time on a tablet (without a keyboard) and have never once had the urge to get an aftermarket keyboard to go with it.

On the rare occasion that I do have to work from home, my employer gives me a full size laptop to work from. I’m a draftsman and would never be able to do that type of work on my tablet, wouldn’t even try. I’m sure it could be done, I’m sure there are, or will be applications for that. But to me there isn’t enough screen real state to be productive.

Obviously that is not the case for everyone. Tons of people work from home, on the road or both.

What is your reason for wanting a hybrid machine? Why wouldn’t you just purchase a laptop, which is certain to be more productive in most situations?

Is it because you really just want 1 computer/device that does absolutely everything? Is it because you don’t have the cash for more than one device so you are looking for the perfect all in one? Is it because you want a longer battery life?

Is the hybrid really going to be a big hit with consumers, or just another failed gimmick?

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