Notion Ink’s new Able convertible could be your next office-on-the-go

USB 3 and an aluminium keyboard should help this budget laptop / tablet hybrid stand out

Just don’t tell your boss you’ve picked up a new convertible unless you want to spend your beach vacation completing your performance worksheets. 

Around a year and a half ago, Notion Ink came out with the Cain - a laptop-tablet hybrid that promised a lot of portability. They’ve now followed up with Cain’s elder brother, Able, which adds in more performance, more ports and a proper detachable keyboard.

Port-able indeed

The Able’s not a Surface killer. It’s much cheaper (₹24,990; available exclusively on Snapdeal) and much smaller, but at first glance, is good enough if portability (and value) matters more to you than raw power. You don’t get a digitiser with an active pen, but you do get a cool aluminium keyboard with a multi-angle hinge - which means you can use this on your lap and aren’t constrained to a flat surface or desk. It might not be able to replace a proper laptop for heavy-duty tasks, but office warriors shouldn’t have trouble slaying the spreadsheet and email demons when on the move.

As for the other specs, it’s got a 10.1in 1280x800, multi-touch, capacitive display, an Intel Atom Z8300 processor, 4GB of RAM, 802.11 g/b/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, twin 2MP cameras, an 8100mAh battery and 64GB of storage (enterprise versions could feature a 128GB SSD). The Able weighs in at 655g (just slightly more than a Surface 3) by itself, and around a kilo in total when you factor in the keyboard.

While all this might be nothing out of the ordinary, there’s more: You get 3 USB ports: USB 3, USB 2 and a micro USB (which can be used to charge the device if you misplace the bundled charger) port, a microSD card slot (supporting up to 128GB) and microHDMI (so you can plug it into a bigger monitor when at work).

Notion Ink is also promising a swap warranty: Something goes wrong and your Able is no longer that able? They’ll ship you a new one - so no more following up with unresponsive service centres who’re guaranteed to not have a clue.