Robo & Kala 2-in-1 laptop: a powerful iPad Pro alternative that runs on Windows

Could this be the future of laptops, the future of tablets, and the future of sketchbooks in a single affordable package?

Robo & Kala 2-in-1 laptop on a desk
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Digital Camera World Verdict

With a bright screen and top-notch engineering, the Robo & Kala is drop-dead gorgeous, with an adaptable body sneaking in a very adaptable kick-stand while staying remarkably thin. The (as-we-publish included) matching keyboard is comfortable to type with and – given the relatively generous spec – the machine also manages to be excellent value, whether you're headed to school or off photo editing.


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    All-day usable battery life

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    Very thin and light

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    Great looks

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    Detachable backlit keyboard with remote control option

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    Stong hinges offer drawing pad and laptop positions

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    Upgradeable SSD


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    Doesn't switch to standby on closing

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    Display not 120Hz (like Surface Pro 9)

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    Speakers could be better

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    Bluetooth keyboard can power down a little quickly

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If you're looking for a less fruity iPad Pro - one that's more about Windows than iOS - then Robo & Kala's stunning 2-in-1 might be the alternative you've been looking for. It's powered with an ARM processor - the same energy-efficient tech that Apple Silicon is built with, gifting it silent operation and great battery life. The keyboard and pen attachments are magnetic – more in common with the iPad Pro. Oh, and the body is an elegant CNC unibody style. Then again, it has two USB-C ports, lets you upgrade the storage, and runs a full desktop operating system. Now that's a bit different!

Actually, the OS gives it a bit more in common with the Microsoft Surface, which is also available in energy-efficient ARM-based form with detachable keyboard but, like this device, runs Windows 11. We were very impressed with that, which seems to have wiped away the early concerns about running Windows on ARM which have lingered online but should now be consigned to the bin of history. 

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Adam Juniper
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With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

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