The 8 Best 2-in-1 Laptop Tablets to Buy in 2017

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

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In the never-ending quest for the perfect computer, most of today’s buyers agree that one important thing they want is portability. Whether it’s spending time away from an outlet, using it on a plane or for reading a book in the evening, the 2-in-1 hybrid notebook is all the rage. The advent of this new type of computer has all but eliminated the choice of carrying around either a laptop or tablet or both. Regardless of your use-case, our selection of the best hybrids will definitely give you the best of both worlds.

One of the best pieces of computer equipment Microsoft has produced in years, the Surface Book is a true crowd pleaser. Up to 131 percent more powerful than its 2015 iteration, this hybrid is a true do-it-all machine. Powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, 128GB of storage, 8GB of RAM and up to 12 hours of video playback, there’s no shortage of available muscle to get your work done. Working on the 13.5-inch PixelSense display is nothing short of fantastic and it gets even better when you use the Surface Pen (sold separately) for writing directly on the display.

Other features include Windows Ink for naturally writing notes on the screen, as well as meticulously built hardware that’s both durable and lightweight. Weighing just 3.34 pounds, the detachable display offers more than six million pixels to rival real life colors. Removing the display from the Surface Book keyboard allows you to enter right into tablet mode, but you can also flip the display 180 degrees and reattach it for presentation mode, which is an ideal angle for viewing multimedia.

Running Windows 10, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 is an equally outstanding 2-in-1 hybrid computer that offers the best of both laptop and tablet worlds. Powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB hard drive, there’s enough horsepower for everyday tasks with room (and battery life) to spare for Netflix binging at the end of the day. The 12.3-inch PixelSense display offers similar features to the Surface Book and includes the Surface Pen for a natural way to capture notes. The Type Cover keyboard offers a refreshed design that has a vastly improved typing experience, as well as a two-button trackpad for more precise click controls. With a design that’s specific to the Surface, the keyboard easily clicks into place and adjusts from tablet to laptop and back again in an instant.

The Asus T102HA Transformer Mini 10.1-inch 2-in-1 hybrid computer is powered by an Intel Atom quad-core x5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB EMMC storage. Fortunately, its 1.7-pound, .6-inch frame with the keyboard is superbly manufactured for an ideal build quality that feels sturdy despite the wallet-friendly price tag.

Unlike some of its Microsoft-made competition, the Asus Transformer comes right out of the box with a pen, keyboard and fingerprint reader, which eliminates the need for additional purchases afterward. The keyboard attaches via magnet, but offers up to 170 degrees of movement with the kickstand for easy use on a lap or desk in laptop mode and quickly detaches for jumping right into tablet functionality. Additionally, the small size hides its big connectivity options with a full spread of USB, micro USB, micro HDMI and microSD ports.

The Intel Core i7 8-powered Matebook X comes in as our most portable because, well, it’s impossibly thin. The thing is 12.55 mm thick, but as full-featured as any 2-in-1 that you’ll find on the market. The rig features Windows 10, a 2k resolution screen, Gorilla Glass protection (adding to that portability factor), an 88 percent screen-to-body ratio that further underscores its tininess and Dolby-designed speakers for movie nights on the go. Now you’ll just need to upgrade your backpack to fit such sleek machine.

The whole ZenBook line specializes in super-thin, super-light flipbooks. This UX360CA is a treasure trove of specs including a 7th gen Intel i5 processor clocking in at 1.2 GHz, a full HD touchscreen display, 512 GB of solid state storage and 8GB of RAM. But at right about 3 pounds and less than a half inch thick, this little thing will slip into a laptop bag with just about no footprint. But, while it isn’t quite the lightest book you can buy, the other factors to consider when purchasing a travelable laptop are price and construction: if you get one worth thousands, you’ll be too afraid to take on long trips, and if you get one made of plastic, it won’t hold up as well. This one strikes an unbeatable balance.

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro offers the power of a 15-inch Macbook, with the portability (and touchability) of a Surface Pro, plus the magic of Samsung’s S-pen. The laptop comes in two sizes, but this 13-inch model employs a screen with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, a 3.5 GHz processor, 8GB of RAM and an ADM Radeon 540 graphics card. Suffice it to say this little powerhouse is the perfect machine for the price, because at just under $1000, it’s one of the best values in the game.

The HP Spectre x360 is an outstanding 15.6-inch 2-in-1 hybrid computer that’s souped up with the new Intel Kaby Lake Core i7 processor. The addition of 16GB of RAM and 512GB of memory offers no shortage of both power and space for downloads, gaming on-the-go or multimedia tasks such as video or photo editing. The 4K 3840 x 2160 15.6-inch display offers an outstanding viewing experience for both multimedia and gaming courtesy of the NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card. All this power comes with a battery that’s capable of running up to 12 hours with everyday usage and up to nine hours of video playback.

Traveling, gaming and touchscreens don’t seem to go hand-in-hand at first thought, but the latest Dell Inspiron 7000 treads that line perfectly. First off, the 15.6-inch full HD display will give you the crisp, massive platform you need for any gaming on the go. The Intel HD Graphics 620 card will power the look-and-feel amply, while the 12GB of RAM will give you plenty of processing head room. Add that to the backlit keyboard and the six hours of battery life and the gaming environment will almost make you forget this thing can flip around and turn into a tablet.

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