What are the best 2-in-1 laptops I can buy?
Having a notebook and a tablet in the same device, whether detachable or just convertible, is a very attractive option for many people due to its versatility. We rounded up the best 2-in-1 laptops available now to help you decide which is best for you.
Update 24 January 2017: This list has been refreshed with newer Kaby Lake models of the Lenovo Yoga, HP Spectre x360, and we've also added the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1.
- Microsoft Surface Book
- Lenovo Yoga 910
- Microsoft Surface Pro 4
- HP Spectre x360 (2017)
- Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
- Samsung Galaxy TabPro S
- Huawei MateBook
- ASUS Transformer 3 Pro
Microsoft Surface Book (with Performance Base)
If money is no option, Microsoft's Surface Book with Performance Base is your best bet when choosing a 2-in-1 laptop.
Its modular design — the keyboard and touchpad can be completely removed — does not hinder its performance. This is the closest you'll get to true desktop performance from a 13-inch laptop. Choose an Intel Core i5 or i7 Skylake processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and even a dedicated NVIDIA graphics card with the new Performance Base
The 13.5-inch touchscreen with a beautiful 3000x2000 resolution works in tandem with the included Surface Pen to help you achieve a productive day. Need to really get to work? Connect your Surface Book to a monitor using Surface Connect.
A premium build and high performance come at a price. Configurations start at about $1350 and go all the way up to about $3300.
Lenovo Yoga 910
While still a convertible laptop, the Lenovo Yoga 910 delivers a more classic experience than the Surface Book while maintaining performance and a low price.
The keyboard and touchpad are not removable, but do rotate 360 degrees to fold back behind the screen in tablet mode. The hinges are unlike other 2-in-1 laptops — these are made with over 800 small, individual pieces of metal that look similar to a watchband. The result is sturdy but smooth action.
With a 13.9-inch, 1800p display, an Intel Core i7-7500U processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD, with upgradable options of 16GB and a UHD screen, you're spoilt for choice with the Yoga 910.
If you're looking for a 2-in-1 laptop that rivals the Surface Book, but don't want to spend a ton of money, check out the Lenovo Yoga 900. This configuration starts at about $1199.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
The Surface Pro 4 is like an old friend who everyone likes and doesn't let you down. There are a bunch of different configurations you can choose from, all the way up to an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. This thing performs well enough to tackle a pretty heavy workload on a daily basis.
The included Surface Pen and the 12.3-inch, 2736x1824 resolution display make an awesome team, especially when the keyboard and touchpad are removed and you're working in tablet mode. Weighing in at only 1.69 pounds (0.76kg), you might just want to bring this with you wherever you go. Configurations start at about $900.
HP Spectre x360 (Early 2017)
For a 2-in-1 laptop with an enormous touchpad and a beautiful, durable design, you'll want to check out the HP Spectre x360.
HP really took their time on the design, and it shows. The slim, brushed aluminum body can take a beating without showing a scratch, plus it is available in both natural silver and a classy ash silver and copper combo.
Available in either 1080p or 1440p resolutions, the 13.3-inch (or 15 inch) touch display is plenty bright, so you'll be able to use your laptop outside on sunny days. Even at high brightness, the battery in the Spectre x360 should last a full workday.
Configuration options are plenty, going all the way up to an Intel Core i7-7500U processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. Lower-end configurations, with an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB or RAM start at about $900.
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
If you're looking for a business partner in the form of a 2-in-1 laptop, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga should be your first choice. It is built to withstand the wear of a workday; whether it's a coffee spill, drop, or bumpy ride, laptop will keep on running. What really sets it apart is an available wireless network adapter that enables LTE connectivity, perfect for anyone who needs to be connected to the internet at all times.
If you're a fan of Dell's extremely beautiful and popular Dell XPS 13 line-up, but always wanted a 2-in-1 instead, we've got some good news for you: there's now an new XPS 13 2-in-1, featuring the same form factor as the standard XPS 13 (with its InfinityEdge display), but as a 2-in-1 instead. It's thinner, and powered by a fanless Intel Core i5 or i7 Y CPU.
Its 13.3-inch, 1080p or 4K touch display is a treat for the eyes even during extended periods of use, and the included stylus helps with precision work while in tablet mode. There are plenty of configurations to choose from, all the way up to an Intel Core i7-7Y75 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD.
In addition, this is the first XPS product to feature Windows Hello facial recognition, making signing in and authenticating users a breeze. Configurations start at about $999.
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S
The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is a 2-in-1 laptop with a removable keyboard and touchpad that has a 12-inch AMOLED touchscreen. With a 2160x1440 resolution, it looks downright beautiful.
It comes at you with an Intel Core m3-6Y30 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. While this isn't top-end performance, it is enough for web browsing, word processing, and video watching. The tablet itself weighs 1.5 pounds (0.68kg) and is very thin at only 0.25 inches (6.3mm). This is the definition of a mobile device.
The Galaxy TabPro S is also relatively inexpensive considering what you're getting — it starts at about $750.
For those of you who use their 2-in-1 laptops as a tablet most of the time, the Huawei MateBook is a great choice. It does connect to a keyboard and touchpad for serious writing, but with the included MatePen, you might forget that physical keys are even an option.
The 12-inch display has a 2160x1440 resolution that is bright enough to use even in direct sunlight, and configurations run all the way up to an Intel Core m5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. If you need it to, it will perform.
A huge feature that security-minded users will love is the fingerprint scanner built right into the tablet — this is great for Windows Hello. Despite all these features, the tablet remains quite light at 1.4 pounds (0.63kg) and thin at 0.27 inches (6.8mm). The high-performance configuration mentioned above starts at about $1199.
ASUS Transformer 3 Pro
As an honorable mention, I've included the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro — although it isn't yet released, it's something we're excited about.
The Thunderbolt 3 Type-C port will allow you to connect to an ASUS external graphics dock with a full NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU, which is currently top of the line when it comes to graphics cards. This is full 4K gaming from a 2-in-1 laptop.
If you're not into external connections, the built-in 12.6-inch display has a 2880x1920 resolution. That's pretty remarkable in a tablet that is only 0.32 inches (8.35mm) thick and weighs only 1.7 pounds (0.79kg). Also packed in there is an Intel Core i7 processor, a 1TB SSD, and 16GB of RAM. This is desktop performance from a tablet.
The battery should last you a full day, but if you need a quick fill, it will charge to about 60% capacity in 50 minutes.