CES 2019 seems to be more about laptops than tablets this year, which doesn’t quite surprise anyone. The latest device of the sort to pop up is the Dell Latitude 7400, a 2 in 1 machine, that promises 24 hours of battery life.
This convertible laptop focuses on portability and a very long battery life, plus generous features. I see that the bezels of the screen are also quite narrow. Dell Latitude 7400 is a 2 in 1 that comes with a CNC machined aluminum unibody case, with a 14.89 mm thickness and just 1.36 kilograms in weight. It’s got a 14 inch Full HD screen in the mix and a Super Low Power 10 point touchscreen, that promises 300 nits of brightness.
There’s also Gorilla Glass 5 for protection in the mix. The screen is also compatible with Dell’s Active Pen stylus, which is available and sold separately. Dell Latitude 7400 2 in 1 convertible laptop is based on the Intel quad core 8th gen Core processors (Whiskey Lake-U), that come with integrated UHD Graphics 620, plus 16 GB of on board RAM.
Storage is of the SSD M.2-2280 PCIe/NVMe variety, with up to 2 TB available. There are also two Thunderbolt 3 ports in the mix, used for charging and two USB Type-A ones. We don’t forget about HDMI, a microSD card slot and an audio jack, as well as a smart card reader. For wireless tasks, we have WiFi ac/ax, a Bluetooth adapter and an optional 4G LTE modem, plus smart card reader.
Expect sales in March 2019 with prices starting at $1599.
CES 2019 is coming in about 3 weeks or so and it should usher in some new products, including foldables. In the meantime some precocious companies like LG have already started announcing devices. For example, we have two new members of the LG Gram family: LG Gram 2 in 1 and LG Gram 17.
They have just been briefly detailed, but not fully specced yet. LG Gram 2 in 1 is a 2.5 pound convertible tablet/laptop hybrid, with a 14 inch screen, while the LG Gram 17 is an ultra light notebook that puts the ASUS ultrabooks to shame, albeit at a much higher diagonal size: 17 inches. It weighs a bit under 3 pounds.
We already covered these devices partially via a few leaks, but now we’re prepping for the real debut, as the press release has come in. Both newcomers feature slim bezel designs, 72 Wh batteries and fingerprint readers. They also have tough bodies, with MIL-STD 810G certification and backlit keyboards.
Both also feature Intel Core 8th gen processors 8 GB to 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB to 512 GB of SSD storage. LG Gram 2 in 1 relies on a Full HD IPS touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass protection and does Wacom input via a bundled pen. Connectivity includes a USB Type-C 3.1 port, two USB 3.1 ports, a microSD card slot and a HDMI port.
LG Gram 17 comes in dark silver or white and measures 0.7 inches in thickness. It has a Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C port, 3 USB 3.1 ports, a HDMI and microSD. There’s also a 2560 x 1600 pixel IPS display with a 965 sRGB color gamut. In spite of being so light, this device is actually big enough to also offer you a numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard.
It is another Saturday afternoon and here I sit typing up the Dragon Touch X10/LogiTab report. The tablet has worked perfectly all week and done its duty as a test server. Today of course the Dragon Touch Test Server is running on my new Asus Z580CA tablet, so I am able to use this device as intended.
My commentary today is about all the hype we are hearing lately concerning Hybrids or convertibles if you wish to call them that. Those would be the Microsoft Surface Pro/iPad Pro devices and all the clones that have followed.
These are a really great idea, after all they can be a tablet or a small notebook. Is this a new concept? Uh, I think not, since yours truly has been using an incredibly inexpensive version called the LogiTab for months now. My question is why these overpriced behemoths are selling so well when in reality you can get yourself an inexpensive Blutooth keyboard and a low priced 10-11 tablet and add in a mouse and guess what? Yeah, you have a convertible/hybrid!
So it appears that for once I am on the bleeding edge of technology and innovation. Unless you are a graphic artist or need to run office applications the little LogiTab will get the job done! For the clueless folks reading this, a LogiTab in my case, a Dragon Touch X10 Tablet and a Logitech K480 Bluetooh keyboard and Logitech wireless mouse, all purchased for roughly $160.
So everyone is welcome to choose their poison, but before blowing a huge chunk of change on one of those fancy hybrids you really should seriously consider the LogiTab route. If I upgrade to another tablet, I will still be able to use this mouse/keyboard without additional investment.
This of course is only my opinion, but I prefer tech that gets the job done and not tech that emties the wallet.