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Tabletop PCs are a fascinating new hybrid

The newest category of PCs can be hard to pin down. To some, these are all-in-one desktops, but with the ability to fold flat or detach their screens. To others, these are battery-powered megatablets. We think they’re a different animal.

• Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27: CNET rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The large screen and lie-flat design make it a fun family PC with lots of gaming potential. It includes several gaming accessories and has a custom user interface, Aura. This doubles as a solid all-in-one desktop. The kickstand can get in the way. There’s also sluggishness with some of the software, and battery life is too short for a game of Monopoly. $1,699.

• Sony Vaio Tap 20: CNET rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The touch screen has some frustrating drag. Still, it’s a compelling experiment in tablet-desktop hybridization and a great fit for home tech enthusiasts willing to try something new. $999 to $1,029.99

• Asus Transformer AIO: CNET rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This delivers a fast Windows 8 all-in-one, a giant Android tablet, and an effective platform for using them in tandem. Remote desktop technology makes using Windows 8 in tablet mode unreliable. Asus has used the freedom of the still-forming all-in-one/tablet hybrid category to create a compelling device. $1,268.70 to $1,319.99

• Dell XPS 18: CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5. It combines an all-in-one PC with a lightweight 18-inch tablet, making it a flexible system for entertainment and productivity. You’re paying a premium for a relatively small screen, but the XPS 18 is the best of the small handful of current tablet/all-in-one hybrids. $899.99

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