2-in-1 laptops are supposed to provide the best of both worlds. The ability to change into a tablet offers a level of flexibility that standalone laptops can’t match — especially if you're frequently on the road. Over the next week, I'll be putting this concept to the test by travelling to Melbourne, Brisbane and then back to Sydney armed with nothing but Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S. Along the way, I'll be visiting interesting tech startups to see how they work (and maybe hit up a few of each state's best burger joints for good measure!)
2 in 1 laptops are more than keyboard-equipped tablets; the best models come with proper keyboards, multi-touch displays and run on the full version of Microsoft Windows 10. The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is being billed as a complete mobile office — it comes with a 12-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 6.3mm-thick design with a protective wraparound cover, a fast and roomy 128GB solid state drive, 4GB RAM, up to 10 hours battery life and a 6th Generation Intel Core m3 CPU.
Crucially, it also boasts 4G connectivity, which I'm going to need if I hope to run the site from trains and the like. (There's also a WiFi option for those who don't require a SIM card.) This makes the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Pro a good choice for business travellers, SMBs and students who require a mobile-friendly laptop that doubles as a tablet for both work and play.
To celebrate the launch of the Galaxy TabPro S Pro, Samsung has invited Lifehacker to test its productivity chops — and be honest in our experience. In true Lifehacker fashion, we'll be travelling around Wellington, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney to take the challenge up a notch. On the road we'll be testing the device and visiting some of the most interesting tech startups, hubs and incubators in the aforementioned cities.
Starting tomorrow, I'll be running the Lifehacker site completely from the TabPro S. In addition to showcasing some of the best tech workplaces in Australia, I'll also be using the TabPro S Pro to unwind during my downtime. It will be interesting to see how the entertainment features stack up.
I'll be aiming to test out as many of the TabPro S's features as possible, including Samsung Flow which provides additional functionality and security options via the Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone.
The challenge kicks off tomorrow, when I'll be setting up the TabPro S and testing its chief features before heading to Melbourne to start the first leg of the journey. In the meantime, if there are any Taste Test fans reading, let me know which Melbourne-only fast food outlets I need to try during the trip and our report back with a taste verdict!
Lifehacker’s TabPro S Roadtrip Challenge series is sponsored by Samsung.