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Five 2 in 1 laptops to keep on your radar

It can be tricky figuring out what kind of computer you need, but the latest generation of hybrid computers offer a ton of flexibility. In some cases, our picks are little more than laptops with a reversible hinge, while others are more tablets with ample keyboard covers, but whatever the case, these computers can handle daily tasks like a champ, no matter your circumstances.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

The Surface Pro 3 is the grand-daddy of Windows tablets. It's just as much a laptop replacement as it is a tablet, thanks in no small part to its generous 12-inch 2160 x 1440 display, adjustable stand, smart keyboard cover, and full-sized USB 3.0 port. That said, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is priced in line with laptops rather than most tablets. The Surface Pro 3 also offers an active stylus accessory that's perfect for freehand note-taking and sketches.

Toshiba Satellite Radius

The Toshiba Satellite Radius is a stylish two-in-one budget laptop. The reversible hinge allows you to prop the laptop up as a stand, in a tent configuration, flat as a tablet, or the classic layout with the keyboard in front. The Intel Celeron processor clocks up to 2.58 GHz when the SpeedStep feature is activated. 4 GB of RAM are tucked away alongside a 500 GB hard drive. Two USB ports, HDMI-out, and SD card reader round out the connectivity side of things. The screen measures 11.6 inches, keeping it fairly portable, and offers native 720p resolution.


Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro

The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is a flexible, light laptop that offers a variety of layouts. Prop it up as a tent, fold back the keyboard to have it as a stand, bend it all the way back for one-handed use, or keep the keyboard in front as a traditional laptop. As it stands, the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is the thinnest convertible ultrabook in the world at half an inch thick and 2.6 pounds. The 13.3-inch touchscreen offers a 3200 x 1800 resolution, and includes a front-facing camera for your video calls. Under the hood is a 1.2 GHz Core M processor with a generous 8 GB of RAM. Storage includes a 256 GB SSD, plus whatever you plug into the two USB 3.0 ports, or integrated SD card reader. The Yoga 3 Pro is great, but Lenovo's got an even lighter laptop coming out this spring.

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ASUS Transformer Book T100

ASUS Transformer Book T100

Though the ASUS Transformer Book T100 is a little old, its low price point remains very attractive. 2 GB of RAM, a quad-core 1.3 GHz Bay Trail Intel Atom processor, and 64 GB of storage are tucked inside this little package, and the detachable 10.1-inch touch-sensitive display offers a 1366 x 768 resolution. The battery life rolls in at a respectable 10 hours, which should handle even busier days. As for inputs, you'll have access to three USB portsm microSD cards, and microHDMI. Keep in mind that a new version in a variety of size options is on the way.

Acer Aspire R 13

Acer Aspire R 13

The Acer Aspire R 13 is a solid ultrabook-grade convertible laptop. It has a hinge-mounted 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 touch display, a 128 GB hard drive, 8 GB of RAM, and a dual-core 1.7 GHz Intel i5 processor (though that can be upgraded to i7 2.4 GHz, depending on how much you want to spend). The Aspire R13 is a little over 3 pounds, and 0.7 inches thick, which is good enough for anybody on the move. An optional active stylus is available for those that like to doodle, too.


Your favorite 2 in 1 laptops?

We've just scratched the surface of what the 2 in 1 laptop market has to offer. Let us know in the comments which hybrid laptops you've been enjoying, and which you're holding out for.

  • Lenovo mixx2 10!!
  • no love for the miix 2 10?? u.u :D
  • Loving my Asus TP300 transformer lately
  • What's difference between yoga 3 pro and yoga 3? Seems the pro has the worse processor of the two...?
  • The Pro has a higher resolution display and the watchband hinge, is thinner and (relatively) lighter, and comes with Core M only (that's how its so thin/light). The Yoga 3 14" has Core i5/i7 options (11" is Core M only) and technically would be faster than the Pro. IMO the Pro definitely feels more premium, even though it isn't as snappy as a Core i7 Yoga.
  • Thanks for the response! Didn't realize only the pro had the watch hinge...
  • Now THAT's why I bought the Yoga 2 pro Almost as light/thin as 3 pro with the performance of i7. Beat that. Not to mention the cheaper price.
  • There's the Acer Aspire Switch 12. It's $699 and is powered by an Intel Core M CPU supported by 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD. Although the Microsoft Store doesn't specifically mention it, it's also compatible with Acer's optional Active Pen. It uses a 1080p screen though, but with Windows that isn't a bad thing, not at all!  
  • Dell Inspiron 11.
    Similar like that Toshiba. Could be cheaper.
  • 699, just the Pro 3 Tablet right?
  • Indeed, that doesn't include a keyboard, so add $130 to that price.
  • It's not a 2 in 1 without the keyboard. Should be included.
  • Haha, "we've just scratched the surface of what the 2 in 1 laptop market has to offer." Damn it! Such a shame when you scratch such gorgeous magnesium. xD On a more serious note that doesn't involve very labored puns: I personally love my SP3, solid device. Powerful laptop and a dream to use as a tablet. Seriously removing that keyboard and watching YouTube and Netflix for hours is such a pleasure. It's thin and light and easy to hold, has a nice kickstand to rest on for propping it on your table, and the speakers are very crisp and clear. Then when play is over, just pop on that keyboard, and you're ready for action. It's awesome, I'm definitely getting the full 2 in 1 experience, I feel.
  • ^^^This. All of it. Nothing to add
  • I think you may have sold me on it. I have been saving up. I will wait for the next iteration to see if it's worth saving a few bucks on it and going with the Pro 3 at that time.
  • I'm in same boat. Anyone know when they'll announce the SP4?
  • I also love my Surface pro 3. My problem is that my fan just starts running eventhiough the Surface is doing light tasks and the cpu is at 7 to 35%. Thats not cool. But apart from that its a very nice device. I can't concider any other device and I feel my Surface is worth every cent I paid for it. (By the way I have the core i7 256gb variant).
  • i m bookmarking this list. this is what i wanted. my vaio is in its last days.
  • Anyone else wish there was a power keyboard for SP3?
  • I do. I sometimes attach my power keyboard from my S2 to get by but it doesn't trigger sleep nor cover the screen so I have to remember when I using it.
  • Not unless they made a Power Cover that didn't weigh as much as the tablet itself and double its thickness! The Power Cover for SP1/2 weighs a ton! The whole beauty of SP3 over the older versions is how much thinner and lighter it is, while getting about the same battery life as SP1 + Power Cover. (which combined weigh about as much as gaming laptop).
  • lol the only one i would ever bother considering would be the surface pro 3, I could happily use a 15-17" fanless version, my dream tablet
  • Dell xps 12
  • This!
  • Meh....returned mine. Constant freezes when going from tablet mode to laptop....and some other minor irritants. Love Dell....I own several, but my xps 12 was garbage.
  • That sucks to hear. Had one from work and it did everything for me no problems here.
  • The XPS 12 is lovely as a laptop. Could do with a better touchpad and thinner bezel, lighter weight. But then the screen swivels! Bloody fantastic, and none of this overrated tablet rubbish. It's a bottom-heavy laptop with a nice keyboard and can double as a tablet when necessary, which I'd rare. It's the perfect size, now adored by the SP3. Then they release the XPS 13 with everything fixed, but no swivel screen... so dang close to the perfect hybrid.
  • That bezel is huuge! But the best laptop I've owned
  • XPS 12 is great, but not current. Same reason you wouldn't see SP2 or Yoga 2 Pro on this list, even though all 3 are/were great devices.
  • I have the Acer R14 and it looks nothing like that!
  • Three USB ports on the T100?!
    Reeeeeeeeaaaalllllllly (in a Jim Carrey accent).
    Just the one USB port on the tab, and 1 USB 3.0 port in the keyboard dock :).
    Still a cracking device. I was using it this eve to do web design stuff. Outputting to a 1080P Dell screen - barely a judder! Best laptop I've ever owned given the price, portability and weight :)
  • Using one right now to update website whilst watching Better Call Saul! Lots of oomph for the price, more reliable and portable than laptops costing four or five times the price. But yup, no 3rd USB!!
  • Dell Inspiron 11
  • Lenovo Miix 2 11.6"...i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD...$599 Black Friday deal
  • Had the Dell XPS 12 for work and loved everything about.
  • See a few comments above. If they could just work some XPS 13 magic into the next 12...
  • Agreed....
  • ThinkPad yoga
  • I have a Lenovo ThinkPad Helix that I'm either going to replace it with a Yoga 3 (amazing screen & resolution) or I'm going to wait and see what the SP4 is going to look like. I actually think my Helix is decent so I'm going to see how much the SP4 improves.
  • Really? Dell XPS12 did not make this list?  I played with all of the listed laptops and decided on the XPS12 over all of them.  It is essentially the SP3 put into a usable form factor.  It is a little heavy, and I would love to see the next version be the same size with a larger screen (smaller bezels), but it is a rock solid laptop with lots of funcationality and a fantastic keyboard.
  • But you can't really walk into a Best Buy or Microsoft Store and buy XPS 12 any more, in technology lifespan it's too "old" to be on a list of 2 in 1s to "keep an eye on" (implying newer or at least current).
  • I had the XPS12 and Best Buy use to carry the first generation model. It's still listed on Dells website. I lived everything about it. Wish it would have made the list.
  • Love my S3 I7 512GB. I've since given my desktop to my daughter and my iPad to my son. No need for anything else anymore. I love it!
  • Acer R13 would be top dog if they did 3 things, improved keyboard layout and feel, shaved 1/2 lb, switched to 16:10 aspect ratio display.
  • I found Notion Ink Cain good for its price and performance is very good. Caint tab is good too. I know most of the people have never heard of them but that's what I felt with the machine,performance and their warranty poilicies.
  • That runs Atom with 2 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. Doesn't really compare to any of the 2 in 1s on this list.
  • I said that for the price performance is very good. I am not comparing with the listing. I dont have the Cain 2 in 1 but one of my friend uses it for application development and uses heavy applications like VS2013 and SQL2012,Ps-CS6 etc and I didn't find any lag or slowdown after working on that for 2 days(Borrowed it to get an idea if I can take it for transferring some of my tasks to it when my PC is down or I am travelling). But I do think they should  provide 4 gb of RAM  and slightly better processor for the same price or with an increased price(of 2000 to 5000rupees) That'd be better .  Can u suggest a better 2 in 1 with 4 Gb of RAM and better processor. My budget is 500$. Thank You.
  • ThinkPad Yoga is worth considering as well.
  • Simon is researching in laptops and tablets.
  • The HP ENVY x360 15" with 1TB HDD and core i7 is a nice 2in1, but I could've gotten a better machine. Good price though, got it at $800. Main complaint is screen quality deteriorates in portrait mode and the trackpad is sub par (that's coming from a macbook, so its pretty good for a windows computer I guess). Runs windows 10 almost flawlessly Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Surface pro 3 is such a good device cant go past it.
  • Currently use a Surface Pro 3 (daily driver), Surface 2 (lays around the house for quick apps/browsing), also have a Dell Venue Pro 8, Samsung Chronos 7 and built a music production related computer. Out of everything, the SP3 and Surface 2 get the most use. I'm probably of the minority who appreciated the ease of use and simplicity of the Surface 2. My Dell can handle real desktop applications, but the likelihood of me doing that on a 8 inch screen, are about zero. Finagling an adapter to a bigger monitor is pointless to me. The SP3 has been everything I've hoped for. More than enough power for my daily use and if I need more, my other laptop and desktop can handle whatever I throw at them (well the desktop at least). The pen input has been an amazing feature, some might not think of it as a killer feature, but after real use, you'll never turn back. I now will only look at a replacement 2-in-1 with proper pen use. Most likely that'll be a Surface Pro 4. Either way, its been more than enjoyable.
  • What do you use the pen for and with what apps?
  • Mainly for taking notes in OneNote and for marking up text and PDF documents.
  • Surface Pro 3 is the best. It's supercool and superportable.
  • The Acer aspire R13 looks to be the one for me, I'm in the market for one of these things, doesn't really need to be a 2 in one, could just be a normal laptop/notebook but it needs to be able to handle video editing without melting through the table or taking a week to render... Any other suggestions guys?
  • Asus Transformer book trio.
  • We used to use the Dell Venue Pro 11 (7139) last year in work with the cover keyboard but it didn't satisfy everyones needs so I switched us to using the Dell Latitude 7350 2in1.
  • I've got the Dell Venue 11 Pro (7130) with the mobile keyboard. Thinking of picking up a slim keyboard too so I can hold my pen in it, unless you know of a case with a pen holder that will fit the tablet when connected to the mobile keyboard K12A. Also getting the desktop dock for it (will need it for teaching English abroad).
  • I actually bought a Lenovo Flex2 15 with Core i5, SSD, 8gb Ram and GF720. I really love it! Great Performance and excellent quality.
  • For me the Surface Pro 3 has far the best combination of specs. Size, weight, screen resolution, battery life, power, flexibility, ... Surface is perhaps the most different, but certainly also the best.
  • My current tablet is HP Pavilion x2 10 (32 GB storage), it's ratio price/value is perfect and I use it mainly only for web, Word, movies and instant performance is sufficient. And it really can make 11 hours on battery! In the past, I had 2 other tablets from company. The first one was Lenovo Miix 2 8 (64 GB storage) with BT keyboard and it was terrible, it kept freezing, problems with touch. It was more then a month in manufacturer service, then I've got new one and it wasn't without problems, it was better, but still bad. Second company tablet was Surface Pro 2 (128 GB storage) with Type Cover, the best tablet, but quite expensive for home usage.
  • I went w HP x2 13". Couldn't go w the Surface keyboard and have no interest in porting around a spare. Always loved HP typing action, and this doesn't disappoint. Love the extra column of page up /down buttons. Very happy w this machine.
  • My dream laptop portable
  • There is also a version of the T100 with a keyboard dock that contains 500gb of storage. You can find it on amazon.
  • Two screens of Asus Taichi still best hybrid from factor for me - instant tablet or laptop use without any detaching or 360 degree rotation to worry about. Unfortunately I guess quite difficult to make so no new model with less weight, better battery etc. as manufacturers have gone with safer designs... On the plus side means no temptation for me to upgrade :)
  • Surface Pro 2 is better than all the ones mentioned here, as far as value for money is concerned.
  • Hello! I'm an architect, and at my office we have a windows (7) enviroment. Could you guys make a list of a top 5 laptops for architects? We work mostly with Autocad, Sketch up ( rendering using vray), Revit, Adobe and Office 360. The list would be very appreciated, and I could even guess it would go viral among architects. Thanks!
  • Surface Pro 3 the best!!!!
  • Just purchased a Lenovo yoga 2 and lets just say my 1520's getting less action.
  • I actually caught a great price ($227) on the Acer Switch 10.  Much nicer than I expected including 5 Ghz Wifi (most low end laptops/portables come with 2.4 GHz WiFi. Has a nice magnetic attachment for the keyboard and all of the expected positions (360 degree).  The screen/tablet (10.1" IPS display running @ 1280x800) is a little heavy @ 1.29 lbs (although this is much lower than actual weight of the original iPad - 1.50 lbs with a 1024x768 display) and so far runs the basics (haven't tried any games yet).  All together it tops out at about 2.3 lbs for the entire package - much nicer than I expected and will find a nice use for it around the house.
  • Active _pen_, not active _stylus_. Need to make that distinction, else Apple fans will parrot Steve Jobs and his ridiculous "if it has a stylus, it failed" comment.
  • Where's the new HP?
  • I don't like any design where the keyboard is permanently attached. The HP X2 devices were my favorites. I have the HP Spectre X2 and my brother has the HP Envy X2 and they are both beautifully designed all metal machines. Asus has the new Transformer Book Chi series that looks very good (wish they had more USB ports though). They just started selling the Asus Chi T300 at the Microsoft Store and it is easily the thinnest 12" tablet with a Core processor. The Dell Venue Pro 11 is pretty good and has loads of configuration/docking/connectivity options but the build materials and design could be a bit more attractive in my opinion.