Best touchscreen laptops 2022

Best touchscreen laptops of 2022
Best touchscreen laptops of 2022

The best touchscreen laptops are highly responsive to your taps, swipes and touches. Additionally, they support stylus input for digital drawing and note taking. As a cherry on top, they should treat your eyes to stunning, vibrant colors and offer adequate brightness for dimly lit environments.

The best touchscreen laptops also unshackle you from the confines of your keyboard and touchpad, compelling you to interact with their immersive, interactive displays. Woo-hoo for freedom! They add a extra layer of fun that their non-touchscreen counterparts can't offer, which can be activated by hand gestures, fingers and styli (yes, styli is plural for stylus).

Traditional laptops with touchscreens are great, but if you really want the full benefits of touch support, buy one of the best 2-in-1 laptops. And if you're a student, check out our list of the best college laptops. If you're not certain you'll need a touch screen, then check out our best laptops page, which includes non-touch models.

What is the best touchscreen laptop?

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Dell XPS 15 OLED (2021)

Dell XPS 15 OLED (2021) (Image credit: Phillip Tracy/Laptop Mag)
The best touchscreen laptop

Specifications

CPU: Core i7 CPU
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Display: 15.6-inch, 3.5K
Size: 13.6 x 9.1 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 4.3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous 3.5k OLED touchscreen
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Supercharged performance
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Slim, premium chassis
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Excellent speakers

Reasons to avoid

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No USB Type-A

The Dell XPS 15 OLED we reviewed is outfitted with an Intel Core i7 CPU that knocked it out of the park in our performance benchmarks, but if you're feeling fancy, you can snag a configuration with up to a Core i9 CPU. But what really caught our eye with the Dell XPS 15 is, you guessed it, its mesmerizing 15.6-inch, 3.5K OLED touch display.

Its build quality is superb, too. The XPS 15 has stylish sophistication thanks to its portable, slim design that blends a machined aluminum exterior with an eye-catching woven pattern on the inside. Plus, we can't ignore the spacious touchpad and ultra-comfortable keyboard. If that wasn't enough, Dell also decided to outfit the Dell XPS 15 OLED with powerful, clear speakers, so you don't have to worry about tinny audio nor whisper-quiet sound.

See our full XPS 15 OLED review

HP Spectre x360 14 (2022) review

best touchscreen laptops 2021: HP Spectre x360 14 (Image credit: Future)
The best 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop

Specifications

CPU: 12th Gen Intel Core i5/Core i7
GPU: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: Up to 32GB
Storage: Up to 2TB
Display: 13.5-inch, 1920 x 1280-pixels IPS or 3K2K OLED
Size: 11.7 x 8.7 x 0.67 inches
Weight: 3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Striking, luxurious design
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Gorgeous OLED and FHD display options
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Decent battery life
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Comfortable keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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Unwieldy as a tablet

The Spectre x360 14 is one of the best 2-in-1 laptops ever. Newly released for 2022, the 13.5-inch model builds upon its predecessors but adds useful new features, including 12th Gen CPUs. Highlights of this laptop include a stunning design, bright and vivid 1920 x 1280-pixel IPS and 3K2K OLED display options, epic 10+ hour battery life and fast overall performance. 

Add to that a generously sized touchpad that is silky to the touch as well as a comfortable keyboard, excellent security options (fingerprint sensor and facial recognition), and a good selection of ports, and well, it's easy to see why we like this laptop so much. 

We recommend buying the Spectre x360 14 over the Envy 13 if you have the money, especially if you need the flexible design. In fact, the Spectre x360 14 is the best laptop if you want a convertible notebook, period.

See our HP Spectre x360 14 review

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus

best touchscreen laptops 2021: Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ (Image credit: Future)
The best touch screen detachable

Specifications

CPU: Up to Intel Core i7
GPU: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: Up to 16GB of RAM
Storage: Up to 512GB SSD
Display: 12.3 inches, 2736 x 1824
Size: 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.3
Weight: 1.8 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Bright, vivid display
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Swappable SSD
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Fanless chassis 
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Good webcam

Reasons to avoid

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Stylus, keyboard cost extra

Microsoft's Surface Pro 7+ is the best detachable yet, and its bright, colorful 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824-pixel display is a big reason why. Whether you're binging Netflix shows or touching up photographs, the Surface Pro 7+'s touch-screen panel will reward your eyes with saturated, lucid images. And because it's a detachable, the Surface Pro 7+ is an awesome travel companion if you want to take your work on the go. Not to mention, the kickstand on the back lets you tilt the display and use it like a drafting table. 

Another big selling point of the Surface Pro 7+, apart from it running Windows 10 Pro, is its 11th Gen Intel CPU, which delivers significant performance gains and extended battery life compared to the Surface Pro 7. It makes these upgrades while still offering a bright and vivid display, capable cameras and amazing accessories.

See our full Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ review.

Lenovo Duet 5 Chromebook

Lenovo Duet 5 Chromebook (Image credit: Laptop Mag/Sean Riley)
The best touchscreen Chromebook

Specifications

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
GPU: Integrated graphics
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB eMMC
Display: 13.3-inches, 1920 x 1080-pixel OLED
Size: 12 x 7.4 x 0.28 inches
Weight: 2.2 pounds (with keyboard)

Reasons to buy

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Superb battery life
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Detachable, 2-in-1 design
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Bright, vivid OLED display
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Keyboard and cover included

Reasons to avoid

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Stylus not included

The Lenovo Duet 5 Chromebook landed on this list for its striking, bright and vivid 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel OLED display. On top of that, the Lenovo Chrome OS device serves up an incredible battery runtime of more than 13 hours!

And guess what? The Duet 5 Chromebook is less than $500. When we reviewed this detachable, 2-in-1 laptop, we were enamored by its versatile form factor. We called it a "near-perfect Chromebook" in our review for a reason. The fabric rear case and keyboard cover transforms the Duet 5 Chromebook into a portable laptop, but if you want a tablet experience, you can have that, too.

We wish that its performance could be zippier, and we're bummed that it doesn't come with a stylus, but overall, the Lenovo Duet 5 Chromebook is one of the best touchsceen Chrome OS devices you can get your hands on.

See our full Lenovo Duet 5 Chromebook review. 

Acer Chromebook 514

Acer Chromebook 514 (Image credit: Future)
Another awesome touchscreen Chromebook

Specifications

CPU: MediaTek Kompanio 828 ARM Cortex A76
GPU: Integrated graphics
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 64GB of flash memoy storage
Display: 14-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS touchscreen
Size: 12.7 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 2.87 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Record-breaking battery life
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Inexpensive
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Decent performance

Reasons to avoid

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Dim display

Whoa! Can we talk about the battery life on the Acer Chromebook 514 for a second? On the Laptop Mag battery test, which involves the laptop surfing the web over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness (until it taps out), the Chromebook 514 lasted a shocking 14 hours and 8 minutes on a single charge!

The average Chromebook lasts about 9 or 10 hours, so imagine our surprise when we saw Chromebook 514's results. On top of stellar battery life, the Acer Chromebook 514 has excellent good speakers for a sub-$500 laptop, so you can enjoy Spotify, Netflix, and other entertainment apps with decent-sounding audio. It also has a simple, pleasant aesthetic that will fit in any environment. Plus, it's performance is pretty good, too. And best of all, it won't break the bank. 

See our Acer Chromebook 514 review.

Lenovo Yoga 6

Lenovo Yoga C940 (14-inch)  (Image credit: Future)
The best 13-inch touchscreen laptop

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
GPU: AMD Radeon
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB
Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p
Size: 12.1 x 8.1 x 0.7
Weight: 3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Cool fabric cover
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Enduring battery life
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Economical price
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Solid performance

Reasons to avoid

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Dim display

The Lenovo Yoga 6 hit us all in our feels, literally. Touching its chassis is a relatively unique experience. Instead of running our fingers over a cold, metal surface, we got satisfaction from the Yoga 6's abyss blue fabric cover. How often do you come across a laptop that matches your denim jeans?

Packed with an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U CPU, AMD Radeon graphics and 16GB of RAM, the Yoga 6 has a remarkable battery runtime of 12 hours and 34 minutes. It's also slim and portable, which means its ideal for on-the-go busy bees who need to work while they're travelling or commuting.

When we reviewed the Yoga 6, we praised it for its cool denim jacket design, ultra-long battery life, click keyboard and affordable price tag. Its performance scores were solid, too. We wished that the display was brighter, but that's not an issue unless you enjoy working outside on sunny days (or you sit next to a super bright window).  Overall, the Lenovo Yoga 6 is a winner for anyone seeking the best touchscreen laptop.

See our Lenovo Yoga 6 review.

best touchscreen laptops 2021: HP Elite Folio

best touchscreen laptops 2021: HP Elite Folio (Image credit: Future)

6. HP Elite Folio

The best innovative touchscreen laptop

Specifications

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen2
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 690
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 256GB
Display: 13.5-inch, 1920 x 1280
Size: 11.75 x 9.03 x 0.63 in
Weight: 2.9 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Innovative, easel display
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Slim, compact chassis
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Incredible battery life
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Refined design

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey

The HP Elite Folio is an innovative, avante garde wonder in 2021. One of its many impressive features is its ability to transform its display into a digital easel — perfect for artistic hobbyists and professionals who enjoy taking notes. 

It also landed on our laptops with the best battery life page; it lasted more than 16 hours on a charge, thanks to its power-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 GPU. The HP Elite Folio's design is another one of its show-stopping features. Its incredibly slim and wrapped in vegan leather; it's ideal for on-the-go business users who need something compact and lightweight for their commute.

See our HP Elite Folio review.

Best Laptops 2021: HP Envy 13 (2021)

best touchscreen laptops 2021: HP Envy 13 (2021) (Image credit: Future)
The best touch screen laptop with a microSD card reader

Specifications

Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p
CPU: Intel Core i5-1135G7
GPU: Iris Xe graphics
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 256GB
Battery Life: 11:15
Size/Weight: 2.9 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Bright, vivid display
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Attractive design and clicky keyboard
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Speedy CPU
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11+ hours of battery life

Reasons to avoid

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No IR camera

The HP Envy 13 2021 sports a 1080p display that is bright and vivid; your eyes will light up with joy while watching your favorite shows on Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Disney+ and wherever else. 

The keyboard is super comfortable to type on. On top of that, the Envy 13's ports are generous, offering Thunderbolt 4 input along with two USB Type-A ports for connecting mice, keyboards or webcams. Bringing an 11th Gen Intel CPU onboard has improved a winning formula. Our Core i5 model impressed in real-world and benchmark tests. To top it all off, the Envy 13 lasted for almost 11 hours on a charge on our in-house battery life test.

See our full HP Envy 13 (2021) review.

best touchscreen laptops of 2020: Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15

best touchscreen laptops 2021: Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15 (Image credit: Future)

8. Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15

A touchscreen with the first QLED display

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1065G7 CPU
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce MX250 Graphics
RAM: 12GB
Storage: 512GB
Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p, QLED
Size: 14 x 9 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 3.5 pounds

Reasons to buy

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World's first QLED display
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Jaw-dropping battery life
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Touchpad charges Qi-compatible devices
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Super-bright, color-rich display

Reasons to avoid

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Shortened shift key

The Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15 sports the world's first QLED display, which means you'll get to feast your eyes on a color-rich, super-bright screen -- and you won't have to sacrifice too much battery power to get it. In fact, when we tested the gorgeous royal-blue Flex 15 in our lab, the laptop gave us a whopping 15 hours of battery life. Ah, we no longer have to imagine a world where we can spend all day on our 2-in-1 without having to worry about battery life; Samsung's made it possible.

Another draw of this amazing Samsung 2-in-1 is its built-in S pen as well as its touchpad, which has the ability to charge Qi-compatible devices. One downside of the laptop, though, is its shortened Shift key, which will take some time to get used to.

See our full Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15 review.

best touchscreen laptops: Acer Spin 5 2020

best touchscreen laptops 2021: Acer Spin 5 2020 (Image credit: Future)

9. Acer Spin 5 2020

A competitor-beating touchscreen laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1065G7 CPU
GPU: Intel Iris Plus Graphics
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB
Display: 13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504-pixel
Size: 11.8 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 2.7

Reasons to buy

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Stylus is included
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Colorful display
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Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
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Thin and light

Reasons to avoid

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So-so battery life

The Acer Spin 5 comes equipped with a stylus with 4,076 levels of pressure sensitivity in its package, so you don't have to buy it separately. The Acer Spin 5 even comes with a stylus garage on the side of the laptop, so you don't have to worry about losing your digital pen.

When we compared the Spin 5 to other touchscreen laptops within the same price range, the Spin 5 crushed the competition when it comes to performance, display quality and port offerings -- this Acer laptop has a whopping 8 ports to serve all your peripheral and data transfer needs. It also has a microSD card reader.

The one feature that Spin 5 did not beat its competitors on is battery life. On one hand, its battery life will last an hour more than our preferred 8-hour runtime, but its competitors had more endurance. Still, the Spin 5 is an excellent choice for content creators who want a powerful machine they can scribble, sketch and write notes with.

See our full Acer Spin 5 review.

best touchscreen laptops of 2020: Asus VivoBook Flip 14

best touchscreen laptops 2021: Asus VivoBook Flip 14 (Image credit: Asus)

10. Asus VivoBook Flip 14 2020

The best Asus touchscreen laptop

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4700u
GPU: Integrated AMD Radeon graphics
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 512 SSD
Display: 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Size: 12.7 x 8.6 x 0.72 inch inches
Weight: 3.3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Lightening-fast file transfer speed
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Speedy video transcoding
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Nice variety of ports

Reasons to avoid

-
Display could be brighter

If you're looking for a budget-friendly touchscreen laptop that won't break the bank, you'll be elated to know that the 2020 Asus VivoBook Flip 14 is only $700 and beats the $1,750 Dell XPS 13 and $1,800 13-inch MacBook Pro when it comes to performance. You will get super-fast video transcoding speeds and file-transfer rates with the VivoBook Flip 14. This performance boost is due to the VivoBook's AMD Ryzen 7 4700U CPU. The VivoBook Flip 14 is also a 2-in-1,  of course, so it can transform to a tablet at your leisure.

One of the downsides of the VivoBook Flip 14 is its dim display. But at a mid-range price range, trade offs are expected. However, if you're not a stickler for a bright screen, the VivoBook Flip 14 will give you a lot of bang for your buck.

See our full Asus VivoBook Flip 14 review here.

What to look for in a touchscreen laptop

You may be wondering, "Which touch screen laptop should I buy?" The answer is dependent on who you are and what you're hoping this touch screen laptop can accomplish for you. If you're an artist, you'll want to keep an eye out for touch screen laptops that have a comfortable, zippy stylus that can keep up with your erratic drawing strokes. You'll also want to make sure you're satisfied with the display's color coverage and screen solution. You may also want to make sure the touch screen laptop has a sufficient number of ports to make file transferring a smooth experience.

If you're a power user who loves the productivity boost that touchscreen provides, you may want to look for a touch screen laptop that is power efficient and doesn't die too quickly while you're plowing away with work and other tasks. 

Take a look at some other aspects of a laptop you should consider aside from the touchscreen display.

  • Screen Resolution: If possible, get a display with a 1920 x 1080 (aka 1080p, or Full HD) or higher resolution.
  • CPU: An Intel Core i5 provides good mainstream performance. Some budget systems will come with Core i3, Celeron or Pentium CPUs, which are good for basic tasks, but not heavy multitasking. Get a Core i7 or Core i9 (serial number ends in HQ or HK) for gaming or high-end productivity tasks such as video editing and 3D modeling.
  • RAM: 8GB is ideal for most users, but power users will want 12 or 16GB. 4GB is acceptable for budget systems. Secondary laptops and Chromebooks may have less.
  • Storage: Unless you're a gamer or a power user, 256GB of internal storage is probably enough. If possible, get an SSD (solid-state drive) rather than a hard drive, because it's going to make your computer a lot faster.
  • Graphics Chip: Gamers and creative professionals need to do some research and figure out which discrete GPU from Nvidia or AMD is good enough to run their favorite software. Everyone else will be happy with the built-in Intel HD Graphics that come with the CPU.

How we test the best touchscreen laptops

When testing the best touch screen laptops in our lab, we focus on the display. First, we experiment with the screen's responsiveness. Not-so-great touch screen laptops may lag or fail to keep up with our gestures. The best touch screen laptops can handle all our touch gestures, such as pinch-to-zoom and finger scrolling, without any hiccups.

We also look for crispness and high definition when it comes to our touch screen displays. What fun is it to have a touch screen if the display isn't visually appealing? We test the display's sRGB gamut coverage as well as its brightness. We also test the color accuracy by observing its Delta-E score. We also test for display's graphics capability with industry benchmarks.

If the laptop comes equipped with a stylus, we channel our inner artist and we test how well the pen can keep up with our strokes on popular drawing software.  

Aside from the display, we also test for battery life, overall performance, multitasking muscle and more. This way, you can choose a touchscreen laptop that best fits your lifestyle.

If you want to learn more about buying a laptop, check out our full Laptop Buying Guide. Gamers should read our Gaming Laptop Buying Guide and list of Best Gaming Laptops.

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Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master's degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire's business beat in 2013. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her time on the business beat, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the latest tablets. After eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she's finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!