Best 2-in-1s 2018 (Laptop/Tablet Hybrids)

  • MORE

indowsIf you want a laptop with the most versatility, a 2-in-1 that either bends back or detaches to switch into tablet mode is your best choice. We've listed our favorite 2-in-1s below and here are three quick things you need to keep in mind when shopping.

  • Bendback or Detachable?: Bendback 2-in-1s, which have screens that flip back 360 degrees, work far better in laptop mode and usually have greater endurance, a better keyboard and more ports. Detachable 2-in-1s, which have screens that pop off, provide a better best tablet experience. 
  • Screen Resolution: While some cheaper models will have 1366 x 768 resolutions, try to get at least a 1920 x 1080 display.
  • Size: For the best balance between portability and usability, consider a 2-in-1 with a 12 or 13-inch display and a weight less than 3.5 pounds. Smaller laptops are great for kids while 15 and 17-inch models provide lots of real estate for drawing or media viewing.

News and Updates (October 2018)

  • Samsung unveiled the $999 Galaxy Book 2, a 12-inch Snapdragon 850-powered Windows tablet that, unlike the Surface Pro 6, comes bundled with a keyboard and pen. The device has a vivid Super AMOLED display and its battery life is rated at 20 hours. 
  • We reviewed the Surface Pro 6, the latest premium detachable from Microsoft. Improved battery life and fast performance earned it our Editor's Choice award and a spot on our list of the best 2-in-1 laptops. 
  • Google debuted the Pixel Slate, a Chrome OS competitor to the iPad Pro. Google's detachable tablet starts at $599 for an Intel Celeron CPU, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The 12.3-inch display has 6 million pixels for a dense ppi of 293. Other unique features include a wide-angle front-facing camera and a midnight blue color scheme. A $200 Slate keyboard and $99 pen are sold separately. 
  • HP took the wraps off of the HP Spectre Folio, a stunning 2-in-1 that's completely bonded in leather and features a 4K Gorilla Glass display. Be sure to check out our hands-on impressions of the Spectre Folio, which is available for pre-order now starting at $1,299.

Best Overall:  Lenovo Yoga 920

It's hard to decide which is more stunning: the Yoga 920's vibrant, 13.9-inch display or its gorgeous bronze-colored chassis. But Lenovo's flagship consumer 2-in-1 is more than just a feast for the eyes. This 3-pound convertible offers exceptional performance, thanks to its quad-core, Intel 8th Gen Core i7 CPU and speedy PCIe SSD.

Artists and note-takers will appreciate the bundled Active Stylus 2, which supports up to 4,096 levels of pressure. Everyone will love the 12 hours of battery life and the combination of Thunderbolt 3 and standard USB 3.0 ports.

Pros:  Long battery life; Bright, colorful display; Attractive design; Stylus included
Cons: Shallow keyboard

Key Specs: 13.9-inch 1080p / 4K screen; Core i7-8550U CPU; 12+ hours of battery life; 3.05 pounds

Best Value: Lenovo Flex 6 11

For less than $350, the Lenovo Flex 6 11 is one of the least expensive laptops to offer a flexible 2-in-1 design and responsive touchscreen. It also has a generous Intel Celeron N4000 processor that performed admirably in our tests. The Flex 6 11 delivers in a big way when it comes to battery life, lasting more than 9 hours on a charge. Housing just 2GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage, the Flex 6 11 won't break any speed records, but it makes for a great travel laptop or tablet replacement.

 

Pros: Excellent battery life; Flexible 2-in-1 design; Adequate performance; Good keyboard; Low price

Cons: Muted, low-resolution display; Poor speakers

 

Key specs: 11-inch 2-in-1 touchscreen display; Intel Celeron N4000 processor; USB Type-C port; 2.7 pounds

Best Detachable Under $500: Microsoft Surface Go

The Microsoft Surface Go has a fantastic 1800 x 1200 display that punches above its $400 price.  It's not only the pixel count that has us impressed, the Surface Go's display also has outstanding qualities. It can reproduce 129.2 percent of the sRGB color gamut and its maximum display brightness tops out at 415 nits, well above the 245 nit average for a budget laptop. 

The display is our favorite part of the Surface Go, but it's not the only thing this detachable 2-in-1 has going for it. At a lightweight 1.1 pounds, the Surface Go is easy to carry around your house or take on a trip. It also has a comfortable optional keyboard with a touchpad, and its Windows Hello support makes logging in a breeze. While we wished it lasted longer on a charge, the Surface Go is an enticing 2-in-1 with a top-notch display.

Pros: Colorful and bright display; Lightweight design; Comfortable keyboard with touchpad; Windows Hello login 
Cons: Below-average battery life; Chunky bezels; Keyboard and pen not included

Key Specs: Weighs 1.1 pounds, Detachable 2-in-1 design, 1800 x 1200 resolution display, Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of storage, Surface Connect port

Best Chromebook 2-in-1: HP Chromebook x2

The Chromebook x2 is a premium 2-in-1 that delivers nearly 9 hours of endurance in a sleek design. The Core m3 processor is plenty speedy for most tasks, and the typing experience is more comfortable than with the Surface Go. HP includes a pen for taking notes and drawing on the vibrant 12.3-inch display. At 3.2 pounds, the Chromebook x2 is a bit hefty, but overall it’s the most versatile Chrome OS laptop you can buy.

Pros: Bright, high-res display; All-day battery life; Comfortable typing experience; Solid sound
Cons: A bit heavier than other convertibles; Thick bezels

 

Key Specs: Intel Core m3, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 12.3-inch display (2400 x 1600), 3.2-pounds

Best Detachable 2-in-1: Microsoft Surface Pro 6

The Surface Pro 6 takes an excellent laptop in last year's Surface Pro and makes it even better. Battery life is improved by nearly 2 hours and the new quad-core CPUs provide outstanding performance. While the design hasn't changed much, a new sleek matte-black color variant shows off the slim and lightweight hardware better than ever.  Microsoft still sells the comfortable Alcantara-clad Type Cover and the super-responsive Surface Pen, which make it easy to draw or take notes on this tablet's vivid and bright 12.3-inch display. 

Pros: Long battery life; Excellent performance; Comfortable keyboard; Vivid, bright display
Cons: No USB-C port; Sluggish SSD; 256GB SSD config is pricey

Key Specs: 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824-pixel display; Up to 8th Gen Core i7 CPU; 1.7 pounds/2.3 pounds with Type Cover

Best 15-inch 2-in-1: Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

Dell's bendback convertible looks a like the the clamshell version of the XPS 15 2-in-1, but its thinner than ever before. You still get the carbon fiber deck and InfinityEdge display, and the screen is bright and vivid. We also love the maglev keyboard, which is one of the best low-profile typing experiences we've ever tried.

Pros: Strong performance; Excellent screen; Fantastic low-travel keyboard
Cons: Below-average battery life; Webcam still looks up your nose

Key Specs: 15-inch, up to 4K display; Intel Kaby Lake G CPU; 

Best Design: HP Spectre x360 (2018, 15-inch, Kaby Lake G)

The Kaby Lake G series version of the HP Spectre x360 retains its predecessors' good looks. The relatively thin and lightweight 15-inch convertible has a striking copper-on-black color scheme that helps it stand out from the competition. Its aluminum build and unique edges also give it an undeniably premium appearance that is sure to turn some heads.

 

Pros: Gorgeous design; Colorful display; Very good performance; Keyboard now has a number pad

Cons: Poor battery life; Loud fans

 

Key Specs: Intel Core i7-8705G processor; AMD Radeon RX Vega GPU; 4K display; 512GB M.2 NVMe PCle SSD

Best Business 2-in-1: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

With a detachable screen and military-grade durability, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet offers both flexibility and peace of mind. Additionally, its lightweight 2.6-pound body and slender size (12 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches) make it a great travel companion for those days away from the office. Perfect for video conferencing, the X1 Tablet's surprisingly good 2MP camera makes it one of the few laptops that don't desperately need an external webcam. Add a stunning display, great keyboard and stylus and good performance, and it's easy to see why the ThinkPad X1 tablet is our business 2-in-1 pick.

 

Pros: Rugged yet elegant design; Bright, detailed cameras; Beautiful display; Comfortable keyboard; Good performance

Cons: Battery won't make it through a full day; Useless stylus slot; Weak speakers

 

Key Specs: 3,000 x 2,000 resolution display; 512GB SSD; two Thunderbolt 3.0 ports; military-grade durability

Best Performance: HP ZBook Studio x360 G5

The ZBook Studio x360 armed with a powerful Intel Xeon processor and a Quadro P1000 GPU all packed into a slim 0.8-inch thick frame that can perform all the 360 degree flips.  It has a gorgeous aluminum hood, a vivid 4K display and a 9 hour battery life. It also comes with an optional ZBook Pen, which features 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity as well as tilt controls and three customizable buttons.

Pros: Premium design; Gorgeous 4K display; Military grade durability; Great keyboard and stylus; Excellent performance and graphics; Long battery life
Cons: Lid flexes; Lackluster webcam; Expensive

Key Specs: 15.6-inch, 4K display; Intel Xeon E-2186M processor; 1TB SSD; 32GB of RAM; Quadro P1000 GPU; 4.9 pounds

Best 2-in-1 for Kids: HP Chromebook x360 11 G1

If you want an inexpensive laptop for your kid, consider a Chromebook. Not only is Chrome OS secure, but Chromebooks are easy-to-use and typically cost less than their Windows counterparts. 

The standout laptop for kids in this growing segment is the HP Chromebook x360 11 G1. This $400 2-in-1 has a rugged design, so you don't have to worry about it slipping out of your child's hands. For students, the x360 lasts nearly 10 hours on a charge, and the webcam is great for those who take virtual courses. 

Pros: Long battery life; Durable construction; Good speakers; Solid webcam

Cons: Plastic materials; Dim display 

Key Specs: 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 screen; Intel Celeron N3350 processor; 8GB of RAM; 2.9 pounds

Best Splurge: Microsoft Surface Book 2

The 15-inch version of Microsoft's Surface Book 2 is a stunning technical achievement that packs a powerful, Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU into the base of a detachable 2-in-1. With that kind of graphics might, you can edit 4K videos or create professional 3D animations while you are connected to the keyboard and then pop the screen off for some drawing or note-taking. The Surface Book 2 also features a brilliant PixelSense display, a powerful Intel 8th-Gen Core i7 CPU and over 12 hours of battery life.

Pros: Vivid display; Best 2-in-1 graphics performance; Versatile detachable design; Long battery life
Cons: Expensive; No Thunderbolt 3

Key Specs: 15.6-inch, 3240 x 2160 screen; Intel Core i7-8550U CPU; Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics; 4.18 pounds

Best Rugged 2-in-1: Dell Latitude 7212

If you need a computer to take with you to a construction site, an oil rig or another place where drops and spills are likely, the Latitude 7212 is your best choice. In our tests, the Latitude survived 4-foot drops, without getting so much as a scratch. A super bright screen and nearly 10 hours of battery life (with dual batteries) round out this impressive package.

Pros: Survives 4-foot drops; Bright screen; Good battery life
Cons: Expensive; Fuzzy texture on screen

Key Specs: 11.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 screen; 2.6 to 5 pounds (depending on configuration); Up to 9:44 battery life

 

Laptop Guide

Add a comment
12 comments
  • Mac support Says:

    Hybrid laptops are always trending and options in the market grow with every new launch. They're light, easy to travel with and compact. For know more, visit - https://www.macsupportnumber.com/

  • Tshepho Says:

    Good day

    Please give us qoute for Mac Book Pro harddrive 256gb and memory 8gb

  • Joseph Says:

    Hurry now just incase you need a very affordable Laptop with decent and affordable rate both shipment fee and EXTRA EXPENSES..fast and reliable Rolandshawn378@gmail.com

  • dipstick Says:

    I actually do all my gaming on the hp spectre using the aurous gaming box

  • Prasanta Says:

    Why so many items of every brand are not available in India but are available in USA at very cheap rate.

  • amit srivastava Says:

    for people interested in touch windows devices , get an xps 15 or a surface book if you can afford it . For lower budgets you can take lenovo yoga or nitro 5 spin laptops .

  • amit srivastava Says:

    I am using an acer nitro 5 spin , this was surprisingly cheap being the cheapest gaming laptop in india , though it does throttle at high work loads it has a better gaming performance than most of the non gaming machines . The battery is avg , i think 5-6 hrs but still at this price you get a full hd touch screen with pen support a gtx 1050 and an i5 8250u which is still great .

  • Benny Says:

    Lacking any mention of acer's models truly shows lack of good investigation and/or bias. They are extremely competitive machines. There is the 13 and 15 inch acer spin 5 and the new acer 5 nitro. As far as I can tell through the reviews on Amazon and elsewhere they seem to be better options than at least some of those shown here. Of course not taking into account bad customer service.

  • Aniket Bhagat Says:

    I cannot believe that the Acer Spin 5 or the Acer Nitro 5 Spin has not been included here. As of now, it is one the best bang for buck convertibles with a competitive price and a fantastic selection of hardware.

  • Hedwig Pearl Says:

    I need some recommendation for my laptop. I wanna buy a laptop with 7Gen or 8th gen CPU, 16gb ram, 512gb ssd, win10, 15" display, 2-4k res, nvidia GPU with 2gb vram, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 2 USB 3.0ports, 1 usb-c, 1 thunderbolt 3, 4.0lbs or less with a good webcam, good backlit keyboard and a big trackpad, fingerprint reader, 360° bendback with a stylus pen. Am using it for everything a computer eng student would use it for. Am on a budget of $1500-$1600 .

  • Jeffrey Wiegley Says:

    The Processor on the 15inch Surface Book 2 is actually the i7-8650u (not the slightly lower clocked 8550u model mentioned).

  • Emmanuel Moyana Says:

    The problem with these 2 in 1s is that they are too expensive which limits their adoptability.

Back to top