Is Surface Laptop 2 a 2-in-1?
What are the benefits a 2-in-1 laptop like the Surface Pro 6?
Unlike a standard clamshell notebook with a lid that opens up, at most, about 180 degrees, a 2-in-1 device has a keyboard portion that can be removed. This opens up the possibility of using the remaining display as a tablet, which is one of the main draws of the Surface Pro lineup.
When combined with a Surface Pen, the tablet becomes a versatile pad for drawing, sketching, and writing out notes. Yes, an active pen can still be used with the Pro 6 when a keyboard is attached.
A convertible laptop, which is a term often used interchangeably with 2-in-1, generally points more toward a device that can convert into tent, stand, and tablet modes thanks to a 360-degree hinge system. The display on a convertible cannot be completely removed from the keyboard portion.
The Surface Laptop 2 is neither a convertible nor a 2-in-1, but if you're looking for a traditional notebook, it will certainly fit your needs.
Does the Surface Laptop 2 have pen support?
Despite not being a 2-in-1 device, the Surface Laptop 2 has a touch display that does support the Surface Pen. You get most of the same perks here as you would on other Surface devices, including 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, palm rejection, and use of the end as an eraser.
How does performance compare between the Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Pro 6?
Both the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 come stocked with 8th Gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors (CPU), up to 16 GB of RAM, and up to a 1 TB solid-state drive (SSD). We've yet to take an inside look and run our own benchmarks, but it's expected that they should both perform similarly.
You'll likely be able to get better battery life from the Surface Laptop 2, but only the Surface Pro 6 has a built-in microSD card reader. Keep these features in mind when making a final decision.
Stick with the Surface Pro 6 for a true 2-in-1
The Surface Pro 6, with removable Type Cover keyboard an and adjustable kickstand, is a real 2-in-1 device with the hardware inside for great performance.
The latest Pro device from Microsoft.
With 8th Gen Intel Core CPUs, up to 16 GB of RAM, and up to a 1 TB SSD, the Surface Pro 6 has the performance to tackle a day's work. It's now also available in a black color alongside the original silver option.
Microsoft's latest traditional notebook.
The Surface Laptop 2 isn't a 2-in-1 device, but it still has a beautiful touch display, Surface Pen support, and performance hardware inside. If you'd rather stick with a clamshell notebook, this is your best bet.
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Cale Hunt is formerly a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full-time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.
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