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

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If 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 (December 2018)

  • We reviewed the HP Spectre Folio, an impressive leather-bonded 2-in-1 laptop that earned a spot on this list for its luxurious, premium design. 

Best Overall:  Lenovo Yoga C930

The Yoga C930 takes everything we loved about its predecessor — a gorgeous design, long battery life and fast performance — and added some awesome extras, including an in-chassis stylus slot and a sliding webcam cover. But of all the new features introduced to Lenovo's flagship consumer 2-in-1, the soundbar hinge stands out the most. The unique speaker hinge not only allows the C930 to convert into a tablet, but it provides solid audio quality no matter what orientation you set the laptop in. 

Providing excellent performance to the Yoga C930 is an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU and PCI SSD. The laptop's 13.9-inch display comes in either 1080p or 4K resolution. 

Pros:  Slim and attractive design; Long battery life; Strong performance; Powerful speakers; Webcam cover
Cons: Shallow keyboard; 1080p display could be better 

Key Specs: 13.9-inch 1080p or 4K screen; Core i7-8550U CPU; up to 1TB SSD; up to 16GB of RAM

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 like 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 Folio

The HP Spectre Folio distracts from its middling performance with a stunning genuine leather chassis and innovative mechanism for transforming from a laptop into a tablet.  Despite its small size, the Folio has a comfortable keyboard, and its Y-series CPU ensures a long battery life at more than 10 hours. 

Pros: Luxurious leather chassis; Versatile 2-in-1 design; Good keyboard; Long battery life
Cons: Weak audio; Average performance

Key Specs: 13.3-inch, 1080p display; 100 percent genuine leather; Y-series Intel CPUs; Windows Hello; Pen Included

Best Business 2-in-1: HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3

This slim 13-inch laptop is as rugged as it is attractive. The flexible 2-in-1 is rated to military-grade durability, meaning it can withstand drops, vibration and shock, among other things. Another highlight of the EliteBook x360 1030 G3 is its optional Sure View privacy panel, which reaches a blinding 518 nits. It's important that your business laptop has a good keyboard, and the EliteBook x360 1030 G3 doesn't disappoint in this area. At 9 hours and 39 minutes, it isn't plagued by short battery life, either. 

Pros: Bright, vivid display; Comfortable keyboard; Clear audio; Long battery life
Cons: Expensive; Not the fastest in its class 

Key Specs: 13.3-inch, 4K display; Up to Core i7 CPU; up to 16GB of RAM; Up to 512GB SSD

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

 

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12 comments
  • correction Says:

    "This laptop's screen will bend back 360 degrees" NO IT WONT, THAT WOULD MEAN IT WOULD FOLD IN ON ITSELF AND MAKE A 4TH DIMENSION, YOU MEAN 180 DEGREES.

  • 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.

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