The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
This week I picked up a low-cost computer that is generally referred to as a “hybrid.” That is, it functions both as a laptop computer and, with the keyboard removed, as a tablet computer. It runs the full version of Windows 8.1, not the dummied down version called Windows RT.
Best of all is the price: $179. No, that is not a sale price or a limited-time-only introductory price. That’s the normal selling price for this Windows hybrid: $179 shipped (plus tax).
The laptop computer with keyboard attached weighs a bit less than 3 pounds. However, if you disconnect the keyboard and leave it at home, the computer itself weighs about 1.5 pounds. Either way, this tiny computer is easy to slip into a purse or a small carrying case and take it with you on your travels.