Convertible computers have gained in popularity with consumers by offering multiple ways to use a single device. Most such PCs, however, only offer a couple of ways to use the system. Now Toshiba has upped the ante with a concept that can be used five different ways.
Sure, notebook makers crow about their 2-in-1 hybrids, but Toshiba’s brought something to CES that’ll humble its competition: a 5-in-1 laptop. The transforming device comes with a slick magnesium alloy case reminiscent of a MacBook, and a 13.3-inch touchscreen. So, just what can this laptop transform into? On the tamer side of things are a run-of-the-mill notebook configuration and tablet mode, the latter of which is achieved by pushing the display all the way back, much like withLenovo’s Yoga line of devices. The next three forms are where things get interesting, and they’re made possible by a detachable keyboard and a bit of metal left attached to the screen’s hinge, which acts as a stand and houses stereo Harman Kardon speakers.