Cyber Monday Update: The ThinkPad Yoga 15 is now on sale for $785 (reg $929)
It has great performance, even better looks and enough battery to last you through a workday. With its signature watchband hinge, 6th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU and 8 hours of battery life, the Lenovo Yoga 900 is perfectly suited for use at home or in the office. Oh, and did we forget to mention that this 2-in-1 measures just 0.59 inches thick and weighs only 2.8 pounds? That means it's thinner and lighter than a nonconvertible MacBook Air. You also get a sharp 13.3-inch 3200 x 1800 screen, four USB ports (including one Type-C) and a choice of three attractive color schemes. Unless you desperately need discrete graphics in your 2-in-1, the Lenovo Yoga 900 is the 2-in-1 with the total package.
If you're looking for the top 2-in-1 under $500, Dell's Inspiron 11 3000 is the hybrid you want. Its display is brighter and more colorful than those of other convertibles in its price range, and its 6-hour-and-42-minute battery life should get you through the day. Plus, you don't have to deal with problems like poor heat management, not enough ports or lethargic performance that come with other budget hybrids, which makes this 2-in-1 not only well-rounded but, at $440, a great value.
When its thin keyboard is docked with its slick tablet, the sleek-looking Toshiba Portege Z20t provides about 7.5 hours of battery life. If you use this sexy machine as a 12.5-inch tablet only, you should get about 14.5 hours of juice. That's beyond epic. And since Toshiba included the Wacom-powered stylus for taking notes, tablet mode is definitely a great way to go with this 2-in-1 hybrid.
With an eye-popping, 1920 x 1280 display, a sexy magnesium chassis and an optional Type Cover whose keys rival a ThinkPad's, the Surface 3 offers a truly premium 2-in-1 experience for around the cost of an iPad Air. WIth a power-sipping Intel Atom processor on-board, Microsoft's hybrid offers over 8 hours of battery life but more than enough oomph for multitasking, media watching and productivity work. At 1.3 pounds (1.9 with keyboard), the Surface 3 is ready to be your go-anywhere mobile companion.
Sporting a Core i3 CPU and 500GB hard drive, the Spectre x360 13t provides enough performance for mainstream users on a budget. Throw in a comfortable keyboard and superior speakers and you have the best and most affordable 13-inch hybrid around.
There are a lot of great 11- and 13-inch 2-in-1s, but if you're looking for a convertible on the larger side of things, pickings are much thinner. Thankfully, Lenovo's ThinkPad Yoga 15 has everything you'd expect on a powerful, 15-inch notebook, with the multi-mode flexibility of smaller hybrids. For $999, you get an Intel i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 180GB SSD and an Nvidia 840M GPU all wrapped inside a simple, understated case with military-grade 810G durability. The Yoga 15 also has a sharp, bright touch screen and a full 8-hours of battery life, so it can keep up with work or play, no matter what mode it's in.
When docked with its comfortable AccuType keyboard, the ThinkPad Helix 2's dual batteries combine for an impressive 10 hours of battery life. All that time can be maximized for productivity, thanks to the device's great performance in office-suite testing. Using the 11.6-inch tablet on its own, users will get about 7 hours to take notes and map out ideas with the excellent Digitizer Pen that Lenovo includes with the 2-in-1. Mobile pros should consider carrying this hybrid device to take care of all kinds of business.
Chrome OS is pulling double-duty in the Asus Chromebook Flip, which bends to be a notebook, a tablet and anything in between. This $249 device offers a vibrant 10-inch display and more than 9 hours of battery life. It also weighs less than 2 pounds, making it an easily portable hybrid. The Flip is improved by new Chrome OS features, like Google Now voice commands and Unlock with Android, which lets you unlock the notebook's screen by using your smartphone. Also, now that Android apps, including Dropbox and Vine, are available on Chrome OS, the Chromebook Flip is a good Android tablet alternative.