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LG patents world’s most awful convertible laptop

Some ideas really aren’t meant to be put to paper. The latest example of that comes from none other than LG, which has channeled its vast talent pool and decades of experience building consumer electronics into developing what is possibly the single most overengineered take on the convertible laptop yet:

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The adjustable support mechanism at the heart of the design, which made its debut in the most recent batch of the company’s patent filings to have reached their public disclosure date, one ups the single-piece mount used in LG’s current hybrids laptops. Two hinges are attached to the bottom of the back recess to provide underpinning while the top portion includes a magnet that can be detached from its counterpart on the mount to let the monitor angle away in parallel to the base.

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That setup makes it possible to move the screen all the way to the other end of the keyboard when the two support frames are fully extended and tilt it up to 90 degrees. You can then reconnect the magnets and shift everything in the opposite direction until the bottom frame turns perpendicular, as shown above, from which point it can slide back  into the base to turn the laptop into a tablet.

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If all of that seems a bit complicated, that’s because LG is trying really hard to avoid having to use the 360-degree switchband hinges found in Lenovo’s much better-known (and less fragile) Yoga series of convertibles. As the company put it when its first slider models debuted in 2013, it wanted to bring consumers its own unique “interpretation” of the concept.  Well, mission accomplished.

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