Throwback Thursday: Convertible Computers

Jaluna 2

Hey there, guys. It’s already Thursday? The week has flown by it seems like! Just yesterday I was talking to my dad about how it felt like it was still Tuesday… Well, we were looking for a Thursday show anyway. But that’s not really important right now!

Today, I want to talk about computers- but not just any kind. No, today’s post is about convertible computers. Now, if you aren’t sure what those are, you’ve probably seen them a lot lately. They’re those laptops that can turn into a tablet, which is great for when you’re trying to draw something by hand with digital art. The thing is, I have one complaint about recent versions of this computer type.

Why do more than half the ones I’ve looked at leave you with your keyboard sitting against your lap!?

It’s not like convertible computers are brand new as an idea, mind you. In fact, my laptop maybe eight to ten years ago was a convertible. The way it worked, though, was very different. The hinges weren’t on the side, but the center. You’d turn the screen around and then lay the back of the monitor on top of the keyboard instead.

Okay, so maybe that doesn’t sound the most logical, but if you’re like me and are very active while sitting (I mean tapping your feet to a beat, constantly changing poses, etc)… Well, my concern would be both comfort and the possibility of my shaking leg causing buttons to be pressed a lot. Unless you get a very flat keyboard and it has a lock so it won’t leg-type like a phone, I would worry greatly myself.

As I’m doing my shopping online, I can’t test the comfort and protection against typing with my kangaroo knee. And so, I’ve been looking at a ton of computers in my price range- many of which are convertible- and so far, I can’t find one that flips in the way I thought would be natural considering computers of old.

I know this post is a bit of a vent, but I do have a question for all of you: do you have a convertible computer? How does it change and if it’s like the above, does it have precautionary additions to avoid knee typing? What kind of computer do you have in general? I’d love to hear about what’s important in a computer to you!

Until next time- take care!



A young adult who writes as a way of life, and treats all her characters as her children.

2 Replies to “Throwback Thursday: Convertible Computers”

  1. I’ve seen the convertible computers but always thought they were super expensive but can be beneficial if needed. They look super fancy to me! I never even new they had a name lol thanks for sharing your post was really informative. So do all the new convertible computers only have the keyboard positioned in your lap or are there other brands who are flexible and have more comfortable ways of typing?

    Brandi x

    1. In the past, there were other ways for them to convert. Sadly nowadays, there’s only the close backwards version so the keyboard is on your legs/desk/etc, or the detachable kind, like Microsoft Surface. I finally have one myself, and though it’s awkward a bit with the keyboard on my legs, it’s not nearly as worrying as I thought it’d be. I don’t know how, but when my PC is in tablet mode (what it calls the mode of being flipped backwards) none of the buttons do anything. It’s all on screen only.

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