The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1.Source: Windows Central

Best Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Alternatives Windows Central 2021

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga is one of the best 2-in-1 laptops out there, but if it doesn't strike your fancy, there are plenty of other awesome alternative devices to choose from. From Dell to Microsoft as well as Lenovo itself, there are tons of offerings all over the market. In our minds, though, the best alternative to the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga is the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 because of its excellent hardware, gorgeous 4K display, and superb design.

Best Overall: Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1.Source: Windows Central

Arguably one of the best (if not the best) convertible laptops out there, the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is our favorite alternative to the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga. Firstly, you can fit it with a jaw-dropping 4K HDR display that makes visual media look stunning. On top of that, the laptop can be configured with a range of Intel's latest and very powerful 10th Gen CPUs (you can use Wi-Fi 6 with the device thanks to this), as well as either Intel UHD or Intel Iris graphics. You can configure it with up to 32GB of RAM and up to a 512GB solid-state drive (SSD) as well, giving you the memory and storage to tackle anything.

In terms of hardware, the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is a star as well. Coming in at just under three pounds, it's extremely lightweight, and the bezels are razor thin, which is always a bonus. The shallow travel-style keyboard may disappoint some who prefer traditional designs, but it does allow for faster typing once you adjust to it.


  • Superb display
  • Excellent hardware
  • Fantastic physical design
  • Wi-Fi 6 support


  • Keyboard may not be for everyone
  • Can get a little pricey

Best Overall

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 7390

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

The best there is

With its killer specs and superb design, the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 falls right into our top spot.

Best 15-Inch: Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1.Source: Windows Central

The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is a larger choice compared to the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, and up against its sister device, it has both advantages and drawbacks. It can only be configured with Intel's 8th Gen processors instead of 10th Gen ones, meaning it falls behind a bit in terms of processing power. However, the device does come with a strong AMD Radeon RX Vega M GPU that outperforms both Intel UHD and Intel Iris. It also comes with a larger battery and two USB 3.1 ports that the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 lacks, but the display, while larger and available in 4K, does not have HDR. It's also heavier at about 4.5 pounds.

Ultimately, you should opt for the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 if you'd prefer to have a larger display and don't mind the increased weight, size, or lower processing power of the device. In pretty much every other aspect, aside from what was highlighted above, the two Dell devices are the same, so screen size preference should be the deciding factor here.


  • Awesome display
  • Better graphics hardware
  • Bigger battery
  • Bonus USB 3.1 ports


  • Lower processing power
  • Heavier weight
  • No HDR

Best 15-Inch

The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1.

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

Go big or go home

The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 offers strong power with a 15-inch 4K display and great battery life.

Best for Gaming: Microsoft Surface Book 2

The Surface Book 2.Source: Windows Central

If you're looking for a 2-in-1 that can function as a gaming or media editing device, check out the higher-end, 15-inch variant of the Surface Book 2. Its 8th Gen Intel i7-8650U isn't the best in class, but it's still very competent.

However, thereal value of the Surface Book 2 lies with its GPU. Under the hood is an NVIDIA GTX 1060, which gives the device enough graphics power to run many modern games (provided you're not pushing the highest settings). Supported with up to 16GB of RAM, 1TB of SSD space, and an excellent battery, and also offering an attractive 3240x2160 display, the Surface Book 2 is a wonderful way to enjoy games or edit visual media in a convertible laptop format.

While the lower-spec, less expensive versions of the Surface Book 2 aren't bad, we think you'd be better off opting for the top version of the device that enables a comfortable gaming or editing experience. People who don't care about those things should probably look elsewhere, but if you're interested in those activities, the Surface Book 2 is an excellent, albeit expensive, choice.


  • Great display
  • Fantastic hardware for gaming
  • Awesome battery life


  • Can get expensive
  • A bit on the heavy side
  • No HDR

Best for Gaming

The Surface Book 2 15.

Surface Book 2

Ready to game?

Thanks to its beefy GPU and great battery, the Surface Book 2 is wonderfully suited for games.

Best Surface: Surface Pro 7

The Surface Pro 7.Source: Windows Central

Microsoft's new Surface Pro 7 has established itself as a premium 2-in-1 tablet due to its impressive hardware, strong display, and superb design. Fitted with a 12.3-inch 2736x1824 screen, visual media looks lovely on the device. Between the selection of 10th Gen Intel CPUs and an Iris Plus GPU, it's got the hardware to power anything short of gaming and media editing. A 16GB RAM option and up to 1TB of SSD space ensures you're covered there, too. The use of 10th Gen Intel processors means the Surface Pro 7 supports Wi-Fi 6, and thanks to the included camera, it intrinsically works with Windows Hello as well.

In terms of physical design, the Surface Pro 7 weighs just under two pounds, making it practically as light as a feather. The bezel is a bit larger than most people would prefer, but it's an acceptable drawback, and thankfully, the reponsive and comfortable Alcantara keyboard the device uses makes up for it.


  • Great display
  • Strong hardware
  • Wi-Fi 6 and Windows Hello support
  • Alcantara keyboard is awesome
  • On the affordable side


  • Display isn't as fantastic as others
  • Bezels on the big side

Best Surface

The Surface Pro 7.

Surface Pro 7

Surface Pro is here to please

The Surface Pro 7 is an excellent, affordable 2-in-1 that provides great quality all around.

Best Budget: Surface Go

The Surface Pen with a Surface Go.Source: Windows Central

The Surface Go is the best budget 2-in-1 on the market, packing admirable power into a 10-inch tablet package for an affordable price.

With Surface Go, you get a 10-inch 1800x1200 display, a solid Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor, a Intel HD 615 GPU, and up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage — all for well under the price of a Surface Pro. Like the Surface Pro 7, it comes with a camera that supports Windows Hello, and you can choose to pay extra for LTE connectivity as well. Also like the Surface Pro 7, the Surface Go's Alcantara keyboard is stellar.

The bezels on the device are thicker than most people would prefer, but honestly, at this low of a price, you can't ask for more out of the Surface Go.


  • Good display
  • Solid-performing hardware
  • Windows Hello support
  • Alcantara keyboard is awesome
  • Most affordable


  • Small size may not be for everyone
  • Lacks strong power that other 2-in-1s have

Best Budget

Microsoft Surface Go

Surface Go

A device to use on the...Go

The Surface Go is a fantastic budget 2-in-1 that offers solid, although not excellent, performance.

Best Dedicated Laptop: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon.Source: Windows Central

If you're looking for an alternative to the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga that isn't a convertible 2-in-1, we recommend the Yoga's sister device, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

In many ways, the Carbon is identical to the Yoga, as the two have the same selection of 10th Gen Intel CPUs, as well as the same Intel UHD graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of SSD storage. However, the Carbon can be configured with a gorgeous 4K display with HDR and 500 nits of brightness, while the best display you can get the Yoga with is an WQHD 2560x1440 HDR screen, giving the Carbon the edge. The Carbon also supports Wi-Fi 6 (if you choose a 10th Gen CPU), while the Yoga does not.

Like the Yoga, the Carbon is also quite thin and light at 2.5 pounds, and comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports and two USB 3.1 ports. All of these features come together to solidify the ThinkPad X1 Carbon as an awesome dedicated laptop that's the perfect alternative to the Yoga.


  • Gorgeous display
  • Excellent hardware
  • Fantastic physical design
  • Wi-Fi 6 support


  • Can't be used like a 2-in-1
  • Can get pricey

Best Dedicated Laptop

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Who needs tablet mode, anyway?

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is fantastic if you don't care about tablet mode.

Bottom line

While the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga is fantastic, there are also plenty of other devices out there that you should consider, especially if something about the Yoga doesn't tickle your fancy. Dell, Microsoft, and Lenovo itself all offer very tempting options, and at least one of them is sure to give you what you're looking for.

However, in terms of which of these devices is the best overall, we feel that the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 takes the cake. with its incredible display, fantastic hardware performance, and sleek, attractive design, it's a tough 2-in-1 to beat.

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Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. He's relatively new to the writing scene, but he counters that lack of experience with a rock-solid work ethic and a desire to improve at every opportunity. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

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