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11 Surprising Benefits of a 2 in 1 Device

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With 2 in 1 devices you combine the portability of a tablet and the productivity of a powerful laptop. Here are a few more reasons why 2 in 1s are your best bet.

1. They’re Light As A Feather and Stiff As a Board 

Your shoulders and back will thank you because gone are the days where you need to lug around your big, bulky laptop. Thanks to the Intel® Core™ M processor, new 2 in 1 devices are lighter and thinner than ever before. Intel-powered 2 in 1s are by their nature easier to carry and move around, and most are up to half the weight of other comparable laptops. On top of that, they’re sturdy. They’ll put up with heavy wear and tear without making too much of a ruckus!

2. You Can Do It All 

Laptops may be portable, but 2 in 1 devices allow for an unequalled level of mobility mixed with functionality by allowing users to compress their many devices into one. Type out the rest of a work memo, sit back and read an e-book, pick up where you left off in a fun app game, or stream a movie all in one device without having to switch things up. 

3.  They Help Your Computers Help You

A 2 in 1 device equipped with Intel® RealSense™ technology can help take your work or play to the next level. Apps like Personify use RealSense to make your video chats more productive (you can share screens or remove the background and insert your image directly into the presentation you’re giving). 

4. You Can Take Your Work With You 

With 2 in 1 devices outfitted with a 5th gen Intel® Core™ processor, you no longer have to feel anchored to your desk to get work done. Thanks to premium performance and serious processing power, you can finish up a presentation or send out important e-mails on the go after you walk out the door to keep your workload moving and your productivity soaring.

5. They Have Power 

Do you find yourself constantly charging your devices? With a 2 in 1, you get the benefit of a longer battery life on top of its unrivaled functionality. Being unplugged is finally a good thing! 

6. They Give You More Free Time 

You’d think the all-in-one mentality would slow things down, but devices like these have exceptional strength when you’re looking to multitask in a flash. With speeds that far surpass most other tablets and laptops, 2 in 1 devices let you zip to the next thing, giving you more time to do more (or relax, that’s your choice). 

7. Edit Like a Pro 

You’d also think that making 2 in 1s fast and more functional would sacrifice the amazing HD resolution found in other devices, but that’s not the case. 2 in 1s are capable of unparalleled sharpness whether you’re playing games, watching videos, or shooting them. You can even edit your videos and photos with the same high-def clarity. 

8.  Their Sound Is Amazing

Special micro-architecture in 2 in 1s allows for awesome audio playback as well as the added ability for voice interaction. You can listen to your 2 in 1 and your 2 in 1 can listen to you, which comes in handy if you want to play selections from your media library or just do something as simple as turn the device on and off. Whoever said, “The future is now,” wasn’t far off. 

9. They’ll Save You Money 

To be at the cutting edge usually comes at a price, and jumping on new technology usually puts pressure on your bank account. But 2 in 1 devices let you keep a little bit of your money while giving you much more in return. The benefit is that 2 in 1s are generally cheaper than tablets and laptops, and buying one with your hard-earned cash costs less than buying both other devices—so it’s a win-win! 

10. Gaming is Great Again 

Tired of squinting at the miniscule screen of your smartphone while trying to play your favorite mobile games? Fear not, 2 in 1 devices prove they’re perfect when you want to up the screen size to fit your on-the-go gaming needs. Match that with the graphics mentioned above and you’ll get lost in your games for hours. 

11. You Can Take Your Fun With You 

Once work is over you’ll be able to shift gears and focus on getting other things done. Need to look up a recipe while making a scrumptious dinner? Have the 2 in 1 right by your side to be your digital sous chef. How about thinking up plans for remodeling your living room? Use programs on a 2 in 1 to imagine the possibilities. Thinking of what to do on your vacation? Use a 2 in 1 to be your digital guide during the destination of your dreams. Their versatility is hard to beat! 

Work on the go, take your gaming to the next level, and make a smart investment with an Intel-powered 2 in 1 device. You’ll be endlessly surprised at what its processing power and slim design can help you accomplish. Learn more here.

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11 Things You Didn't Know You Needed to Measure
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A simple measurement—made even easier by photo measuring technology—will save you wasted time, energy, and effort in the following scenarios. It never hurts to arm yourself with as much information as possible, especially now that innovative technology has put accurate, easy measurements at your fingertips. 

1. Doorframes and Hallways in Your New Apartment Building 

Even if you don’t live in New York City, where cramped stairwells and impossibly small apartments are just part of the charm, you’ll want to know ahead of time which of your current furniture will actually make it into the new apartment. Sure you love your four-poster bed frame or oversized couch, but if it doesn’t even fit through the building’s front door, wouldn’t you rather know that before moving day? 

2. Every Room in Your House, For When You Spot the Perfect Addition 

Even if it’s not new, every house is a work in progress. Be prepared to pick up the perfect statement piece to complete the look with photos of each room that you can measure whenever you happen to spy a great work of art or end table when you’re out and about. 

3. How Much Your Nieces/Nephews/Grandkids Have Grown

Of course you’re going to take a picture of the kids whenever you see them, and now when you say, “My, you’ve grown so much since last time!” you’ll be able to check how much is so much.

4. Your Snowmen 

Tap into your competitive side next time there’s a substantial snowfall and challenge friends and family to a snowman-building contest. When they’re all complete, snap a photo and measure up—award points for both size and style. In fact, the competitors don’t even have to be in the same place for this contest to work. Build your respective snowmen and share the photos amongst yourselves. 

5. How Much Air You Got 

Whether you’re jumping off the diving board or leaping off the ice for a triple axel, have someone document your athletic endeavors and later you can find just how much air you got. If you’re serious about your sport, do this regularly and you can plot your progress. 

6. The Inside Of Your Stove 

Especially if you’re in one of those tiny city apartments. Don’t let yourself buy that giant baking sheet (think of all the cookies!) just to find out it can’t fit in your stove; same goes for oversized casserole dishes. Before you stock your kitchen, make sure you know the dimensions of the oven space itself so you don’t end up with a bunch of useless supplies. 

7. The Distance Between an Outlet and Whatever You’re Plugging In 

This is especially important if you’re talking about an outdoor outlet. Don’t get too carried away with your plans for the perfect poolside margarita maker setup (or other electronic) without first making sure the cord will reach. It’s an easy fix—all you need is an extension cord—but better to know that before your party is in full swing. 

8. Window Height For Curtains

Maybe you think—like many of us did—that curtains are a one-size-fits-most kind of product, but unless you want the lower half of your body exposed or the curtains dragging on the floor, make sure you measure the height of your windows before ordering a set. Skip the rickety stepladder and just take a picture of the windows to get an accurate, reliable measurement.   

9. A Homemade Bookshelf

The beauty of building something from scratch is that you can make it exactly the size you need. Which means you need to figure out exactly what that size is. Consider not just the space you’re going to fit it into but also what it will hold—like if you have any especially tall books you need to take into account or anything else you plan to store there. 

10. Things That Are Just the Right Size

Do your friends have a TV that is large enough to gather around but not overwhelming or a love seat that comfortably sits two but still might fit in your small living room? They might not remember the dimensions of whatever it is you’re coveting but armed with photo measuring technology you can find out in just a snap. 

11. A New Appliance 

Appliances are a big purchase—physically and financially. Make sure you’re plenty prepared by measuring all the different dimensions that might come into play before you head out to compare models. 

From making sure your appliances fit to tracking your family’s literal growth, it’s time to put your photographs to work for you. Intel® RealSense™ technology can turn any snapshot into a useful measuring stick. Learn more here.

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11 Ways a 2 in 1 Device Gets You the Best of Both Worlds
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Phones, tablets, and computers for work, laptops for gaming—we don’t have enough hands to carry all the devices we need to use on a daily basis! By exchanging your tablet and laptop for a 2 in 1 device you can streamline your computing and lighten your load—without having to make any sacrifices. Here are 11 ways using a 2 in 1 device can help you have it all. 

1. Use It at Work… 

2 in 1 devices inspired by Intel feature the Intel® Core™ M processor, which boasts processing speeds far greater those of its competitors. This means they pack enough power to take on a full day of meetings, presentations, assignments… 

2. … or at Play 

… and games. Your computer use doesn’t stop when you leave the office, and neither do the benefits of your 2 in 1. In addition to increased processing power, Intel-powered 2 in 1 devices feature graphics that are sharper and more vibrant than older models, so you can fully enjoy the visuals of your favorite game. Transform your laptop into a tablet with a flip, swivel, or by detaching the keyboard and you can use it to entertain yourself on your commute or on the couch.

3. It’s Practical… 

When used with its keyboard and mouse trackpad, your 2 in 1 feels as comfortable as your trusty old laptop (but with twice its battery life). It can run Windows, Office, and your favorite desktop apps and Internet browsers. 

4. … and Edgy 

And yet, it’s far from your ordinary laptop. With their razor-thin design, Intel-powered 2 in 1s are ultra sleek, modern, and sexy. 

5. Use it On the Go… 

But the slim design is about more than just looks: 2 in 1s are approximately half the weight of your older laptop and tablet combo, which makes them perfect for taking with you throughout the day. They also have a battery life that outlasts your older laptop or tablet (you can watch hours of HD videos on a single charge), so there’s no need for you to stay within a cord’s reach of an outlet. 

6. … or from the Comfort of Your Home 

2 in 1s offer something for the whole family: You’ll love that you can easily get work done remotely and on your own time, and your kids will love its gaming capabilities. The large screen means you can flip your 2 in 1 into tent mode and comfortably settle in for a family movie night.

7. Use it to Multitask… 

Switch seamlessly from your spreadsheet to your design project to your game with your 2 in 1 thanks to its powerful processor. The 5th generation Intel® Core™ processor family also powers new technologies like facial recognition and voice control, so you can easily switch between tasks—just say the word. 

8. … or Immerse Yourself 

Intel-powered 2 in 1s feature Ultra HD displays, which have up to four times the pixels of full HD. Pop on your headphones and get lost in your game or video—it’s never looked so good. 

9. It’s Reliable… 

The Intel Core M processor with Intel® vPro™ technology features built-in security features that help protect your data, user identities, and network access, so you never have to worry about taking your business home or on the road.

10. … and Flexible 

While your 2 in 1 may be dependable, it’s far from boring. Available in detachable or convertible models, you can switch your device from a laptop to a tablet at the drop of a hat. Spontaneity is the spice of life, and with a 2 in 1 device you can be prepared to go wherever the wind takes you. 

11. You Get More Value… for Less Money. 

In switching to a 2 in 1 device you are not only lightening your physical load—for which your briefcase or backpack will thank you—but are also going easier on your wallet. Intel-powered 2 in 1s, like the Pavilion 15 or 17, can be yours for less than $400. 

By pairing high performance power with a slim, mobile design, Intel-powered 2 in 1 devices give you the best of both worlds. Learn more here.

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