Sporting top-notch battery life, a stylish upscale design and a selection of new Intel 7th-gen CPUs, HP's Spectre x360 has pretty much everything you want in a premium laptop. Add in an adjustable hinge and a vibrant 13-inch display and you get a 2-in-1 that offers everything you love about both tablets and traditional laptops with none of the downsides. And with a price starting at just $1,050, the Spectre x360 won't break the bank, either.
|Best 2-in-1s 2017 (Laptop/Tablet Hybrids)|
|HP Spectre x360||Best Overall||4.5 out of 5|
|Microsoft Surface Pro||Best Detachable 2-in-1||4 out of 5|
|Dell XPS 13 2-in-1||Best Design||4 out of 5|
|Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA||Best Chromebook 2-in-1||4 out of 5|
|Lenovo Yoga 910||Best 14-inch 2-in-1||4.5 out of 5|
|Dell Inspiron 13 7000 (2017)||Best Value||3.5 out of 5|
|Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base||Best 2-in-1 for Creative Pros||4 out of 5|
|HP EliteBook x360 G2||Best Business 2-in-1||4.5 out of 5|
|HP Spectre X360 15-inch||Best 15-inch 2-in-1||4 out of 5|
|Microsoft Surface Pro||New and Notable||N/A|
|Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370||New and Notable||N/A|
|Acer Spin 1||New and Notable||N/A|
After five years, the company that popularized the category is still the one that makes the best detachable on the market. And after dropping the numbered naming scheme, the Surface Pro is better than ever before. Battery life has gone up by 1.5 hours, the new Surface Pen features more than 4,000 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt recognition and the kickstand bends back even further to 165 degrees. And in case you forgot, the Surface Pro still boasts the best detachable keyboard around and one of the brightest and most accurate LCD screens we've ever seen.
Dell's bendback hybrid takes its design cues from the XPS 13 clamshell, with a super-svelte profile, a luxurious carbon fibre deck and a nearly bezel-free InfinityEdge display. This attractive 2-in-1 also has a snappy keyboard, a fanless design that makes it completely silent and over 8 hours of battery life.
The Chromebook Flip C302CA packs enough performance to make the machine super-ready for Android app emulation on its bend-back, touch-screen display. Add to that a premium aluminum design, a bright 1080p panel and long battery life, and you've got the ultimate Chromebook 2-in-1.
The Lenovo Yoga 910 is the ultimate convertible, giving you a roomy and colorful 13.9-inch display in a compact design that weighs a light 3 pounds. We love the elegant watchband hinge, which lets you use this 2-in-1 in multiple modes, as well as the potent Core i7 processor and more than 10 hours of battery life. The only thing missing is an SD card slot.
This 13-inch bend-back hybrid has a sleek design, offering a brushed metal lid and deck that you don't often find on a $750 laptop. It's also got a comfortable keyboard that's great for typing for hours and strong speakers for music to accompany (or follow) your work.
The Surface Book with Performance Base really is the 2-in-1 that can do it all. Its got an innovative design featuring a clever hinge and detachable display, support for both touch and stylus input and a wonderfully bright and accurate screen. And unlike pretty much every other ultraportable system, 2-in-1 or otherwise, it has a discrete graphics in the form of an Nvidia 965m GPU. That means you get plenty of horsepower to do things like edit videos and make 3D models, and a 9-hour battery life that should see you through the day. While the Surface Book with Performance Base's starting price of $2399 isn't cheap, it is the top choice for creative pros on the go.
Sure, the EliteBook x360 is meant for business, but we wouldn't blame you for using it at home. The keyboard is clicky and responsive, and you'll get a solid 9 hours of battery life. It also comes with a stylus in the box, which is perfect for using Windows Ink when you flip this convertible around into a tablet.
If you prefer your convertible on the larger side, the 15-inch HP Spectre x360 is what you should get. Its pricey at $1,249 to start, but you get a 4K display, attractive black and copper chassis, over 8 hours of battery life, a Kaby Lake CPU, Nvidia GeForce 940MX GPU and amazing speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen.
If you're in the market for a new detachable, you may want to hold off until mid-June. That's when Microsoft's Surface Pro will finally be available. The numbered naming scheme is gone; instead, the new Surface Pro sports a lot of improvements including quadrupling the screen's pressure sensitivity, new Intel 7th-gen processors and a 50 percent longer battery life according to Microsoft. Some folks may be sad to learn that this will be the first Surface Pro that won't include a Surface Pen in the box, but with prices starting at just $799, the Surface Pro is also now more affordable than ever.
The Asus ZenBook Flip S grabs the title for thinnest 2-in-1 out there with a slim 0.42-inch aluminum chassis, but still offers a 13-inch display, Intel Core i7-7500U processor and a pair of USB-C ports. The 2.4-pound convertible is available with either a 1080p or 4K display, and boasts an active stylus with 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, making it equally impressive to use and view, and an 11+ hour battery will let you use it all day long. The Asus ZenBook Flip S will start at $1,099.
Built like a premium system, but priced for a budget-conscious shopper, the $329 Acer Spin offers a metallic chassis with a vivid 1920 x 1080 IPS touchscreen. Best of all, you get sturdy 360-degree hinges that allow you to transform the Spin 1 from laptop to tablet to tent mode with the flip of a wrist.
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 above and here are some things you need to keep in mind when shopping.