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.
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.
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.
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.
With a zippy Intel Core M processor, a vibrant 11-inch display and booming speakers, the Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 is a solid multimedia device. Add a mobile keyboard with an onboard battery, and you get not only a boost in productivity, but also excellent battery life. The Venue 11 Pro 7000 also offers plenty of connectivity options, including a microSD card reader, making it a superb companion for the power user on the go.
The Transformer Book T300 Chi is a solid 2-in-1 for the price. This $699 convertible seduces with its dark-blue aluminum body, and opens to reveal a bright 12.5-inch touch screen and a detachable Bluetooth keyboard. The two halves are connected by magnets with a stronger grip than other hybrids, and its Core M-powered processor performs well. Just make sure you opt for the full HD screen instead of the quad HD model. It's not only cheaper but lasts longer on a charge.
The Acer Aspire R13's screen doesn't detach into tablet mode, but it does swivel to offer you multiple modes of use with this 2-in-1. Add that to the powerful Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and dual 256GB SSDs, and you've got impressive performance in a portable package. That package includes Acer's optional Active Stylus ($50), which can be used for taking notes, drawing or navigation.
The Asus Transformer Book is a 2-in-1 detachable that gives you both an 11.6-inch tablet and laptop for less than the cost of an iPad. The quad-core Intel Atom CPU provides smooth performance, and the hard drive bay in the dock lets you easily augment the 64GB of onboard storage. Other highlights include a comfortable keyboard and touchpad, and useful bundled photo and video editing apps. The 6.5 hours of battery life isn't best in class, but you get decent endurance for the price.
Dell is taking a page from Lenovo's design playbook--and we don't have any complaints. The Inspiron 11 3000 sports a rotating hinge that lets you enjoy multiple modes (laptop, tablet, tent, stand) with a quick flip. We also appreciate the handsome design, which feels quite solid despite the sub-$500 price. Although the touchpad could be better, the Inspiron 11 3000 lasts an hour longer on a charge than the competing Yoga 2 11.
Weighing just 2.6 pounds, the Yoga 3 Pro almost makes the MacBook Air look bloated. We love the elegant watchband-style hinge, as well as the vibrant quad HD touch display and powerful JBL speakers. Lenovo's software is smart enough to automatically suggest apps as you switch modes. And there are plenty of modes, including tablet, notebook, stand and tent. The Yoga 3 Pro is pricey, but it's one versatile hybrid.
A compelling tablet for work and play, the ThinkPad 10 comes with a pen to maximize your productivity and an optional keyboard that has plenty of cushy travel. This hybrid also has serious staying power, as it lasted nearly 9 hours on the Laptop Mag Battery Test. The 8-MP camera snaps sharp-looking photos, and you can launch this shooter with a quick flip of the optional cover.
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.