What Is a Hybrid Computer?

As of 2014, the term "hybrid computer" refers to a device that can switch between acting as a tablet and a laptop. Some are simply notebooks whose keyboards fold away when not in use, while other devices allow users to physically disconnect the screen for a lighter tablet experience.

Hybrid or convertible computers offer some advantages over both tablets and notebook PCs. They tend to be more powerful than standalone tablets and offer more ports to connect peripherals. They are also more portable than most laptops, especially those that allow users to disconnect the keyboard base.

Originally, a hybrid computer was a computer that utilized both digital and analog technology. As digital technology improved during the 20th century, however, analog computing was largely phased out.