Are Transformer Laptops Worth It?

Evzor

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Next year I'm heading off to university and I'm planning on getting a new laptop. I've been looking at some that also function as tablets and I was wondering how good these are, if anyone has any input/recommendations I'd love to hear them! (Also, as a sidenote, I'm planning on playing hearthstone, LoL and potentially doing some steam in home streaming on it, so it'd have to be able to run these)

Thanks!
 

jaguarskx

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Transformer like laptops have weak CPUs and weak integrated graphics compared to what is in a relatively inexpensive laptop. At best you can get a transformer like laptop with a quad core Pentium N3540. It's a little better than a 1st gen Core i3 CPU released in 2009 which is not too bad, but the Intel HD (Bay Trail) graphics core is pretty weak; it is the weakest of all Intel HD graphics core models so you should expect very, very low performance in games; perhaps to the point of the game not being playable.

You should consider something like a Lenovo Yoga or an Asus Transformer Flip notebook which has a core i3 / core i5 CPU and an Intel HD 4400 graphics core. They are heavier but also more powerful.
 

gamerschmamer

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It really depends on what you want your laptop for. If you are playing games, then you will want a higher end laptop, which typically don't turn into a tablet. The higher end ones may be bulkier and heavier, thus eliminating the "transformer" idea you are looking at.

As someone who just graduated college, I can say that you won't need a transformer laptop, unless you want to touch the screen a lot. I always used a mouse and preferred that method. To each their own, but the transformer laptops may not have the best specs for gaming, even on low end games.
 

jaguarskx

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Transformer like laptops have weak CPUs and weak integrated graphics compared to what is in a relatively inexpensive laptop. At best you can get a transformer like laptop with a quad core Pentium N3540. It's a little better than a 1st gen Core i3 CPU released in 2009 which is not too bad, but the Intel HD (Bay Trail) graphics core is pretty weak; it is the weakest of all Intel HD graphics core models so you should expect very, very low performance in games; perhaps to the point of the game not being playable.

You should consider something like a Lenovo Yoga or an Asus Transformer Flip notebook which has a core i3 / core i5 CPU and an Intel HD 4400 graphics core. They are heavier but also more powerful.
 
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