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.
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 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.
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.
Laptop, tablet or presentation stand -- the HP Pavilion x360 can do it all for under $500. The convertible initially catches your eye with its attractive aluminum chassis and its multiple modes of use. The $499 hybrid is also one the HP laptops to ship with Bang & Olfusen's new B&O Play software, which all but guarantees great audio. But it's the powerful Intel Core M processor and nearly 7 hours of battery life that will keep you coming back for more. It's one of the best budget 2-in-1s that money can buy.
Although its sharp edges and 3.3-pound weight make it less than comfortable to hold as a tablet, the HP Spectre x360 is still one of the better convertibles out there. It has a stylish aluminum design, bright 1080p touch screen (with UltraHD option), a Core i5 processor and a 256GB SSD. Plus, it lasts 9.5 hours on a charge, making this a hybrid you can take anywhere.
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.
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.