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The choices are blurring for consumers looking for a mobile device. While tablets are still popular, laptop screens and keyboards are being separated and recombined in new ways. Hybrid machines from Lenovo and Sony, using Microsoft’s Windows 8, give the indecisive a – somewhat unsatisfying – taste of both.

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Chris Nuttall

Sony has been putting on a show for its Windows 8 US lineup at an event in New York on Thursday, with an innovative All-In-One PC and a convertible ultrabook getting most of the attention.

The Vaio Tap 20 PC (pictured left) and the slider hybrid – the Vaio Duo 11 Ultrabook - were first unveiled at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin six weeks ago and have also been shown to the press with the rest of Sony’s lineup at briefings here in San Francisco. Read more

Paul Taylor

In the latest Personal Technology section of Business Life, we look at ultra-thin but powerful laptops:

“Sony’s Vaio line of Windows-based laptops has always managed to combine elegant design with equal measures of fun and business functionality, and the new Z Series VPCZ114GX/S is no exception. Read more

Apple’s MacBook Air, Sony’s Vaio P Series and now Dell’s Adamo belong to an elite category of portable personal computers whose appeal owes as much to design aesthetics as it does to technology, writes Paul Taylor:

Sony and Apple have a reputation for such products. But Dell – outside of its Alienware unit, which builds high-performance PCs for games players – is best known for producing solid mainstream desktops and businesslike laptops targeting corporate buyers and penny-pinched students. Read more