A hybrid computer may refer to any of the following:
1. When referring to a portable or home user computer, hybrid computer is a slang term used to describe a 2-in-1 PC. A 2-in-1 PC consists of a screen and a detachable keyboard and has the functionality of both a laptop computer and a tablet. The picture to the right is an HP Envy hybrid computer, an example of a 2-in-1 that utilizes Windows 8.
Hybrid computers give the user the ability to have the power of a computer with the increased mobility of a tablet by being able to detatch the keyboard. For example, you could work on your hybrid computer throughout the day for work and then detatch the screen and use it in bed to browse Facebook and watch YouTube videos.
2. A hybrid computer is a computing system that combines both digital and analog components. Traditionally, the analog components of the computer handle complex mathematical computations. The digital components take care of logical and numerical operations, in addition to serving as the controller for the system.
4. When referring to a supercomputer, a hybrid computer is a combination of computers that are capable of inputting and outputting in both digital and analog signals. A hybrid computer system setup offers a cost effective method of performing complex simulations.