The 8 Best 2-in-1 Laptop Tablets of 2021

Why choose between a laptop and tablet when you can have both?

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As standalone devices, laptops and tablets have their own share of strengths. While the former is great for content creation and productivity-centric work, the latter is more suited to things like media consumption and lightweight computing. But why get two devices, when you can instead go for a 2-in-1 and enjoy the benefits of both? Also known as convertibles (or hybrids), these 2-in-1 laptop/tablets feature touchscreen displays and often come with quirky design elements (e.g. 360-degree folding lids, detachable keyboards) that allow them to go from laptop to tablet (and vice-versa) as needed.

While that’s surely interesting, choosing a convertible PC can be a lot of work since there are hundreds of options in the market. To help you out, we’ve shortlisted some of the best 2-in-1 laptop tablets available out there. Read all about them, and make an informed decision. Also, be sure to check out our constantly updated guide to the best laptop deals happening right now, for great machines at steep discounts.

The Rundown
When it comes to 2-in-1 laptop tablets, it doesn’t get much better than the Microsoft Surface Pro 7.
The compact 2-in-1 laptop tablet sports a 10.5-inch "PixelSense" display with a resolution of 1920x1280 pixels.
The X12 is an excellent detachable 2-in-1 geared toward business travelers.
The Microsoft's Surface Book 3 is every bit worth its sky-high asking price.
The X1 Fold is the first Windows-powered folding screen laptop giving it an incredibly degree of flexibility.
Offering great performance at a price that's just right, Lenovo's Yoga C740 is the perfect choice for anyone who's looking for a value-for-money machine.
Best Chrome OS:
Google Pixelbook at Amazon
The Google Pixelbook has far more power than the average Chromebook, which makes it the most robust and premium 2-in-1 running Chrome OS today.
For fans of Lenovo's ThinkPad line, the Titanium Yoga brings a lot to the table in design and performance.

Best Overall: Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Microsoft Surface Pro 7
What We Like
  • Wonderfully portable

  • Great performance

  • USB-C port

What We Don't Like
  • No Thunderbolt 3

  • Type Cover not included

  • Middling battery life

When it comes to 2-in-1 laptop tablets, it doesn’t get much better than the Microsoft Surface Pro 7. The Surface Pro 7, much like previous models, is a versatile, light, and well-built Windows 10 tablet that becomes so much more when you buy the Surface Pro Type Cover, an attachable keyboard that basically turns this tablet into a laptop. The Pro 7 has a 12.3-inch screen that is bright and vivid (2,736 x 1,824 pixels).

The Surface Pro 7 comes in a wide variety of configurations. You can choose either 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB of RAM to help you speed through all your work and play, choose an Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processor depending on your power needs, and choose 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB of storage depending on how many photos, videos, etc. you need on your computer. The cheapest configuration will run you $599, while the most expensive version you can buy runs $1,899. It’s a tad expensive overall, but generally worth it if you want the best 2-in-1 laptop tablet on the market. Our tester said, "If you were in the market for a Surface Pro 6, but held off on your purchase, the Pro 7 will be an easy, logical recommendation without any real asterisks attached."

"The Surface Pro 7 transitions effortlessly from productivity to creativity to entertainment in a way that’s hard to replicate on any other device."Jonno Hill, Product Tester

Best Portable: Microsoft Surface Go 2

Microsoft Surface Go 2
What We Like
  • Lightweight yet durable chassis

  • Enterprise-grade security

What We Don't Like
  • Can't handle heavy computing tasks

Weighing just 1.2 lbs (excluding Type Cover), Microsoft's Surface Go 2 is portable enough to be tossed in a handbag and carried anywhere. The compact 2-in-1 laptop tablet sports a 10.5-inch "PixelSense" display with a resolution of 1920x1280 pixels. The panel also features ten-point multitouch input, and its 3:2 aspect ratio is perfect for productivity-focused tasks.

Our recommended configuration includes Intel's Pentium Gold 4425Y CPU, paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. For connectivity and I/O, the Surface Go 2 features Wi-Fi 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.0, a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm audio port, a Surface Connect port, and a MicroSDXC card reader. You also get two cameras - an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera - with both capable of recording Full-HD videos. Among other features are dual studio microphones, 2-watt stereo speakers (with Dolby Audio), and an IR camera (used for facial authentication via Windows Hello). Microsoft Surface Go 2 runs Windows 10 Home (in S Mode) out of the box.

Best for Buisness: Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable

ThinkPad X12 Detachable Tablet
What We Like
  • Rugged, durable exterior

  • Outstanding keyboard

  • Strong graphics performance for the category

  • Great 5MP webcam

What We Don't Like
  • Unattractive design

  • Display resolution barely exceeds 1080p

  • Mediocre battery life

  • Price is hard to justify

Looking for a Windows 2-in-1 that’s all about productivity? Lenovo’s Thinkpad X12 Detachable could be for you. This durable, reliable pick comes bundled with an outstanding magnetic keyboard cover that beats even Microsoft’s excellent Type Cover. It also has a spacious touchpad and the classic Thinkpad Trackpoint.

A range of Intel Core processors power the X12 Detachable line-up, but the star of the show is Intel’s Iris Xe graphics. Included in Core i5 and i7 models, the Iris Xe graphics provides performance on par with an entry-level discrete GPU like Nvidia’s GeForce MX350. This is great for 3D games and productivity apps that can use GPU horsepower to enhance performance.

The X12 Detachable isn’t much to look at and its 1920x1280 display isn’t as sharp as the competition. Windows is also a burden compared to Android and iOS, both of which are better optimized for touchscreens. These downsides will disappoint shoppers looking for a 2-in-1 that’s great to use as a tablet.

"The Thinkpad X12 Detachable has an impressive 5-megapixel webcam that can record at 1080p resolution. " Matthew Smith, Product Tester

Best Splurge: Microsoft Surface Book 3

Microsoft Surface Book 3
What We Like
  • Top-of-the-line performance

  • Ideal for content creation

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

The Microsoft's Surface Book 3 is every bit worth its sky-high asking price. Although the premium 2-in-1 laptop tablet comes in two screen sizes - 13.5-inch and 15-inch - we suggest going for the smaller variant as it's more portable. In terms of hardware, our recommended configuration packs in Intel's tenth-generation Core i7 CPU, 32GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and a 1TB SSD. Then you have NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1650 GPU (with 4GB of GDDR5 memory), which ensures that the Surface Book 3 can power through even the most demanding of games and applications without any issues.

The 13.5-inch "PixelSense" touch-enabled display boasts a resolution of 3000x2000 pixels and a 3:2 aspect ratio, with a variety of optional accessories (e.g. Surface Dial) further enhancing its functionality. Connectivity and I/O options include Wi-Fi 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.0, two USB Type-A ports, a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm audio port, two Surface Connect ports, and a full-size SDXC card reader. Among other noteworthy features are two cameras - an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera - both with Full-HD video capture, an IR camera (used for facial authentication via Windows Hello), dual far-field studio microphones, and front-facing stereo speakers.

Most Versatile: Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold
  • Cutting edge tech in a first of its kind device



  • Incredible flexibility

  • Spectacular high-resolution OLED display

  • Excellent as a drawing tablet

  • Beautiful design

  • Poor performance for such an expensive device

  • Potential durability issues

  • Bluetooth keyboard is cramped and confusing

  • Extremely expensive

  • Mono speaker audio

The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold is the world's first commercially available folding screen PC laptop, and there truly is nothing like it out there. However, it’s very much an experimental first-generation device with some major flaws to be aware of.

The folding mechanism is extremely smooth, and the screen is magnificent in all its high-resolution OLED glory. It looks spectacular when folded, with its cleverly designed integrated leather cover. The included Lenovo Mode Pen stylus is also excellent and pairs well with the incredibly versatile nature of the X1 Fold. However, the Bluetooth keyboard is deeply flawed, and the laptop is badly underpowered. It’s also extremely expensive at $2,750, making it an impractical choice for most people.

There’s no doubt the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold is an amazing device that represents a major technological leap forward, but it’s highly expensive and severely flawed. It’s very exciting and fun to use, but only those familiar with the issues that confront early adopters of any new tech should consider it as a viable option. With some refinement, future versions of this device will no doubt be impressive and have widespread appeal, but for now foldables remain the province of the adventurous and wealthy.

"There are a staggering array of ways to use this device, from a traditional tablet and drawing pad, to a foldable double-sided e-book, to a purely touchscreen laptop." Andy Zahn, Product Tester

Best Value: Lenovo Yoga C740

Lenovo Yoga C740
What We Like
  • Premium build quality

  • Thoughtful security/privacy features

What We Don't Like
  • Some connectivity options missing

Offering great performance at a price that's just right, Lenovo's Yoga C740 is the perfect choice for anyone who's looking for a value-for-money machine. The 2-in-1 laptop tablet sports a vibrant 14-inch Full-HD display, complete with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and multitouch input. Under the hood is a tenth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, along with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. For wireless connectivity and I/O, you get Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, a USB Type-A port (with "Always On" functionality), two USB Type-C ports (one with "Power Delivery"), and a 3.5mm combo audio port.

The Yoga C740 is also big on privacy and security, as it comes with a security reader and a "Privacy Shutter" that blocks the webcam when it's not in use. Other features include stereo speakers (with Dolby Atmos), far-field microphones, and a backlit keyboard. Lenovo Yoga C740 is made from sandblasted aluminum and weighs just about 3.09 lbs.

Best Chrome OS: Google Pixelbook

Google Pixelbook
What We Like
  • Faster than average Chromebook

  • Crisp touchscreen display

  • Google Assistant key for voice commands

What We Don't Like
  • Productivity limited by Chrome OS

The Google Pixelbook has far more power than the average Chromebook, which makes it the most robust and premium 2-in-1 running Chrome OS today. Google calls it a 4-in-1, though, as it has laptop, tablet, tent, and entertainment modes. The Pixelbook features a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. It even has a Google Assistant key that quickly lets you ask questions with voice commands. 

The Pixelbook’s impressive hardware makes it the fastest and most versatile Chromebook on the market. It boots in seconds and can run for 10 hours on a single charge. On top of stellar performance, the Pixelbook also looks and feels great to use. The 12.3-inch Quad HD LCD touchscreen boasts 2400x1600 resolution at 235 PPI (pixels per inch). Protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, the display is scratch-resistant. The aluminum body is thin and super lightweight, making it perfect for travel. 

Best ThinkPad: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga (20QA000EUS)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga
What We Like
  • Thin, attractive titanium exterior

  • Great keyboard

  • 3:2 display is great for multitasking

  • Cutting-edge connectivity

  • IR camera supports Windows Hello

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't feel robust in-hand

  • Still bulky in tablet mode

  • Mediocre display resolution

  • Wi-Fi range isn't great

Want a Windows 2-in-1 with a large screen and respectable performance, but don’t want to sacrifice portability? The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga could be for you. It has a 13.5-inch screen with an unusual 3:2 aspect ratio that provides plenty of space for multitasking, but it weighs less than three pounds and is less than half an inch thick. 

This 2-in-1 is named after the use of titanium in its chassis. It’s only in portions of the chassis, however, so it doesn’t have the rough-and-tumble, go-anywhere feel titanium seems to imply. It’s also not comfortable to use in tablet mode because the keyboard can’t be detached. 

You might forgive that, though, because the keyboard is excellent. It’s spacious and enjoyable to use for hours at a time. The laptop also has cutting-edge connectivity in the form of two USB 4 ports that also support Thunderbolt 4.

"The keyboard has a spacious, sensible layout, and key feel is enjoyable despite the 2-in-1’s thin profile."Matthew Smith, Product Tester

Final Verdict

Every single one of the 2-in-1 laptop tablets discussed above has its own set of unique features and capabilities. However, our vote goes to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7, as it offers the right blend of features and performance. Yes, there are some “issues” (e.g. Type Cover not being included in the package), but they aren’t exactly dealbreakers. Being Microsoft’s own product, the Surface Pro 7 also comes with benefits such as faster OS updates and better accessory ecosystem.

How We Tested

To evaluate the best 2-in-1 laptops and tablets, our expert reviewers and testers take a look at several factors. First, we evaluate them on design, focusing on weight, thickness, and overall portability. Other important factors we look at are screen size and resolution, specifically when display video, images, and text. Audio and wireless connectivity plays a role in evaluating multimedia experience. For objective performance, we use benchmark tests like PCMark, Cinebench, 3DMark, and others to measure CPU and GPU scores. 

For both 2-in-1 laptops and tablets, we pay a great deal of attention to productivity, testing how the device fares with word processing, image editing, and games. Finally, we consider the price tag, evaluating the competition to make our ultimate recommendation. All of the 2-in-1 laptops and tablets were purchased by Lifewire; none were provided by manufacturers.

About Our Trusted Experts

As a technology journalist who’s been in the field for more than six years (and counting) now, Rajat Sharma has reviewed dozens of PCs (among other gadgets) so far. Before joining Lifewire, he was associated as a senior technology editor with The Times Group and Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, two of India’s largest media houses.

Jeremy Laukkonen is a tech writer who's spent years working on major trade publications. He's covered a wide range of products for Lifewire, including laptops, dekstops, Chromebooks, audio equipment, and other devices. He personally uses the HP Specture x360 himself when he wants to get real work done, and he has an Asus VivoBook Flip 14 for when he's on the road.

Jordan Oloman has written for Lifewire since 2019. He's previously been published on sites like Kotaku, IGN, and GamesRadar, and he's reviewed a wide range of products from external hard drives to laptops.

David Beren is a tech writer with more than a decade of experience. He's previously written about the telecom industry, covering T-Mobile, Sprint, and TracFone Wireless. He's also the founder of his own tech website.

Matthew Smith is a veteran consume technology journalist who's been published in Digital Trends, TechHive, PC Perspective, and more. He specializes in laptops, PCs, gaming, and other devices.

What to Look for When Buying 2-in-1 Laptop Tablets

Performance - While some 2-in-1 devices excel mainly as a way to consume media, others can also serve as powerful creation machines. When selecting a 2-in-1 hybrid for your lifestyle, be sure that it has enough of what you need to get work done — like a powerful CPU, loads of RAM, and a fast GPU.

Form factor - Most 2-in-1s will either allow you to fold the keyboard behind the screen or completely remove it when you want to use the device as a tablet. Consider the pros and cons of each: While a removable keyboard makes your device much lighter in tablet mode, you’ll need to keep track of it. Conversely, a flip-back keyboard will result in a bulkier machine, but you’ll always have it on hand when you need it.

Battery life - Make sure your new 2-in-1’s battery life is up to par. You wouldn’t want to buy a new device just to learn that it can't make it through a Netflix binge or your favorite movie.

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