Business Tech Tools: 5 Trends for 2010

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Hybrid Computers

By now, we've all heard about the new Apple iPad tablet, a hybrid device that's part smartphone, part laptop. But first there was the IdeaPad U1, a notebook computer from Lenovo with a detachable screen that can be used as a multi-touch slate tablet with its own processor. The two parts of the computer are designed to work together or separately in a seamless way. If you’re surfing the Web in notebook mode, for example, you can detach the tablet, which has its own processor, without interruption. The clamshell device, which has a red exterior and weighs just 3.8 pounds total, is due out on June 1 for $999. Both the iPad and the IdeaPad are likely to appeal to business users who aren't thrilled with the idea of buying multiple gadgets, then schlepping them from meeting to meeting.