Two-in-1 tablets are far from perfect. But just because there isn’t a flawless laptop replacement today doesn’t mean you can’t get a tablet that’s good enough to get some work done on the road. Tech’s biggest players are falling over themselves to push out these devices, giving the premium-tablet category new life.

It’s easy to see why people would want these hybrids: They offer the power and productivity of a notebook in the thin and light body of a tablet. But there isn’t an operating system yet that’s versatile enough to work as well as a tablet as it does as a desktop (or vice versa). So as you approach this decision, it’s worth thinking about which mode is more important to you.

Still, thanks to the competition brewing among Microsoft, Apple, Google and Samsung, these devices can only get better. In the meantime, existing 2-in-1s are plenty powerful for banging out a proposal on an airplane or updating a spreadsheet from the back of a cab. If you’re realistic about your expectations and want something for these specific situations, you’ll likely find one that’s right for you.

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