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|
|Lenovo Yoga 720 (15-inch)||Best 15-inch 2-in-1||4.5 out of 5|
|HP EliteBook x360 G2||Best Business 2-in-1||4.5 out of 5|
|Asus Chromebook Flip C213SA||Best 2-in-1 for Kids||4 out of 5|
|Lenovo Yoga 920||New and Noteable||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.
The 15-inch Lenovo Yoga 720 has some serious muscle thanks to its Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. That makes it ready for gaming as well as intensive graphic processes in creative apps like Photoshop. It runs for a long 8 hours and 59 minutes and its display is nothing short of stunning.
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.
This 11.6-inch convertible Chromebook is nearly indestructible, surviving drops of up to 3.9 feet onto concrete over and over again. Better still, the ChromeBook Flip C213SA features a highly-tactile keyboard, runs Android apps within Chrome OS and lasts over 11 hours on a charge.
Due out in October for $1,329, the 13.9-inch Lenovo Yoga 920 features a quad-core, 8th Generation Intel Core Series CPU, which promises up to 40 percent faster processing than the 7th Gen chips in the Yoga 910. Lenovo's new 2-in-1 will also feature an optional 4K display, dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and up to 1TB in PCIe SSD storage.
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.