The designs of convertible tablets vary. Some look like traditional laptops but have screens that swivel so they face up when the cover is closed, allowing for use as a tablet. Other screens have 360-degree hinges, and some detach completely from the base.
Early convertible tablets did not experience widespread adoption because most ran the Windows operating system (OS), which up to Windows 7 was designed solely for PCs. The 2012 release of Windows 8, a hybrid tablet/PC operating system, led to more convertible tablet manufacturers entering the market.