How Do You Use Your 2 In 1 Computer?
Study shows that 2 in 1 computer owners spend one-third of their time doing something they couldn’t do with traditional laptops.
Crazy desire for tablets brought a wave of new personal computing devices that look and function differently than computers from the past. These devices brought new designs and capabilities that are changing how people interact with personal computers.
Now people are tapping, twisting, flipping and detaching their computers to fit their needs and pleasures.
The traditional tower and monitor desktop PC evolved rapidly into an All-in-One computer that has all of the computing components built into the back of the screen, eliminating wires and saving space. Sleek, portable models on the market today look more like giant tablets. They are changing the way people are using home PCs, allowing family members to use them all around the house or bringing together friends to play touchscreen tabletop board games.
New 2 in 1 computers also hit the market for the first time in 2013. These laptops fold, twist or detach from the keyboard to become a tablet. They fuse a laptop and tablet into one device.
2 in 1 computers are really designed for versatility
These 2 in 1 devices can be used in laptop, tablet, reverse tablet and tent mode. Clamshell laptops have been around for decades, but these new 2 in 1 devices offer new ways to interact with a computer that are more comfortable and engaging, especially when using for reading, entertainment or gaming.
Curious to see how people were actually using 2 in 1s, Intel conducted a field study with new device purchasers in the U.S. Findings from the 2014 study revealed that laptop mode was used more than two-thirds of the time.
The study looked at a variety of 2 in 1 models from small to larger screened devices, as well as different types, including ones that detached from the keyboard and ones that folded to convert into a tablet.
Results showed that laptop mode was used 67 to 73 percent of the time. Tablet mode was used between 11 and 31 percent. Reverse-laptop mode, where the keyboard becomes the base and the screen can be set at different viewing angles, was used 2 to 9 percent. Tent or easel mode was used the least, only 1 to 7 percent.
We thought that people with detachable models would use laptop mode much less than people with convertible models, yet the data showed laptop mode was used by detachable and convertible 2 in 1 owners almost the same amount of time. It was surprising to see that the difference was only 3 to 4 percent.
Laptop mode took up an average of 70 percent of the time across all models proved people find clamshell designs optimal for most needs.
When thinking about convertible and detachable 2 in 1 devices with smaller screens, which range from 10 to 12 inches, I’d expect to see these smaller detachable models used more as tablets, which they were.
This study showed that 2 in 1 computer owner spent one-third of their time doing something they couldn’t do with a traditional laptop.
People rely on laptop mode most of the time but are spending a significant amount of time using their computer in new ways.