Laptop Tablet Survey: Hybrid Device Interests Most Consumers

With the recent release of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, many have begun wondering about the possibility of a laptop tablet hybrid, since certain models of each device have begun to take on some of the characteristics of the other. So do tablet owners show interest in laptop features and do laptop owners show interest in tablet features?

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Laptop Owners

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 51% of respondents said they currently own a laptop but not a tablet. Of those respondents, 18% said that they also definitely plan to purchase a tablet. Another 25% said they will probably buy a tablet at some point. 33% said they might buy a tablet at some point. 21% of laptop owners said they don’t see the need to buy a tablet because they have a laptop. And just 3% said they don’t want a tablet for other reasons.

Tablet Owners

5% of overall respondents said they currently own a tablet but not a laptop. 25% said they own both. And 19% don’t own either a tablet or a laptop.

17% of tablet owners said they definitely plan to buy a laptop as well. 44% said they will probably buy one at some point. 33% said they might consider buying a laptop at some point. Just 5% of tablet owners said they don’t see the point in buying a laptop because they already have a tablet. And no tablet owners said they don’t want a laptop for other reasons.

Laptop Tablet

Overall, 27% of consumers said they would definitely want to purchase a laptop tablet hybrid if one became available. 42% said they would probably be interested in such a device. 25% said they probably wouldn’t be interested. And just 6% said they definitely wouldn’t be interested in buying a device that was a mix between a laptop and a tablet.

Of those who own just a laptop, 20% said they would definitely be interested in a hybrid device and 47% said they would probably be interested. Of those who own just a tablet, 44% said they would definitely be interested in a hybrid device and 28% said they would probably be interested. And of those who own both devices, 36% said they would definitely be interested in a device that combined the two, and 45% said they would probably be interested.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: Ultra Thin laptop/tablet prototype from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on January 24 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anne Pilon
Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.