The 9 Best 2-in-1 Laptop Tablets to Buy in 2019

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The Rundown

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Microsoft Surface Pro 6


When it comes to 2-in-1 laptop tablets, it doesn’t get much better than the Microsoft Surface Pro 6. The Surface Pro 6, 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 6 has a 12.3-inch screen that is bright and vivid (2,736 x 1,824 pixels). One of the best features on this newest version of the Surface Pro 6 is battery life — this model will get you more than 10 hours of work time on a single charge.

The Surface Pro 6 comes in a wide variety of configurations. You can choose either 8GB or 16GB of RAM to help you speed through all your work and play, choose an Intel Core i5 or Core 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 $899, while the most expensive version you can buy runs $2,299. It’s a tad expensive overall, but generally worth it if you want the best 2-in-1 laptop tablet on the market.

Best for Portability: Microsoft Surface Go

Microsoft Surface Go

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Featuring a 10-inch, 1800x1200-pixel display and weighing barely over a pound, the Microsoft Surface Go is the perfect portable 2-in-1 device. It's well-suited to everyday tasks like browsing the Internet or streaming videos, and the clip-on Type Cover (sold separately) has a keyboard and trackpad to give you full 2-in-1 functionality.

The Go's 1.6Hz Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor isn’t as powerful as the Core i-series Intel CPUs found in other Windows products — this won’t be your new gaming device — but its small size makes it perfect when you need something efficient and portable. However, bear in mind that while it’s intended for nine hours of battery life, depending on what you’re doing, you could be looking at between four to five hours before needing a charger.

Thanks to the hinged stand on the back, the Microsoft Go feels sturdy when it's propped up, and the shrunken keyboard is comfortable to type on: you might even forget you’re not using a full-sized laptop. Two versions of the machine are available: the smaller has 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, while the other has 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. Choose from one of four colors for the attachable Type Cover. 

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Microsoft Surface Pro (5th Generation)

Microsoft’s Surface Pro (5th Gen) is a winning combination of price and performance that's worthy of any wish list. Available in a multitude of configurations, buyers can opt for increased performance with an Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM and up to a 256GB SSD. The Surface Pro’s 13.5-hours of battery life (that's 50 percent more than the previous generation) and 1.69-pound size make it a great option for students, travelers and businesspeople alike. While the Surface Pro functions as a tablet on its own, the ultra-slim Surface Type Cover (sold separately) instantly transforms this device into a laptop. Once this accessory is attached, the Surface Pro is in "Laptop Mode" — the built-in kickstand holds the screen upright and the cover folds down into a keyboard, creating a user experience that feels and looks like a laptop. It also has a "Studio Mode," where the kickstand props up the screen at a low angle perfect for writing and drawing, especially when paired with the Surface Pen (also sold separately). Highly adaptable and super light, this tablet easily transforms to meet your needs.  

Runner-Up, Best for Portability: Lenovo Yoga 920

Considered one of the best 2-in-1 laptops you can buy, the Lenovo Yoga 920 is a lightweight and portable device that packs enough power for most basic tasks.

The laptop features a thin, gorgeous design and a 14-inch display that feels sturdy enough to take on the go. It weighs roughly three pounds, which makes it a tad bulkier than some other 2-in-1 laptops on the market. But with the little extra heft comes increased battery life and a convertible design, meaning that the laptop can fold backward into a tablet stood up like a tent. The Yoga 920 is primarily a laptop first and a tablet second, unlike 2-in-1 laptops with a detachable keyboard. It also comes with a stylus, which makes it easy to draw and take notes.

The device’s 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U mobile processor with 8 GB of memory and a 256 GB solid state drive (SSD) make the Lenovo Yoga 920 powerful as well. It won’t be able to handle intense gaming, but then again, most 2-in-1 laptops can’t. The increased processing power doesn’t mean that battery life is sacrificed; you can still take this laptop with you and have it last long periods of time.

Best Budget: Asus T102HA Transformer Mini 10.1-Inch

Asus T102HA Transformer Mini 10.1-Inch
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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.

Best Value: Samsung Notebook 9 Pro

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.

Best Splurge: HP Spectre x360

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.

Best Gaming: Microsoft Surface Book 2

Generally speaking, 2-in-1 laptops aren’t known for their gaming capabilities. But if you’re set on a 2-in-1 laptop-tablet that can handle heavy gaming, your best bet is the Microsoft Surface Book 2. It’s expensive — this device is priced like a higher-end laptop — but it has an extremely powerful Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card that can deliver games at 1080p resolution.

The Surface Book 2 is built for artists or designers who regularly work with powerful editing tools. It isn’t really marketed as a gaming laptop, but its graphics card certainly gives it the heft to perform like one. That being said, if you’re looking for a designated gaming laptop, there are cheaper options available that don't have 2-in-1 functionality.

Interested in other options? Read our list of the best gaming laptops available now

Best Chrome OS: Google Pixel Slate

Google Pixel Slate

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The Pixel Slate is Google’s answer to the iPad, but for all intents and purposes, it’s a pretty typical tablet running a Chrome OS. This configuration contains an 8th-generation Intel Core m3 processor with 8GB of RAM. That processor isn’t quite the lowest offered on the Slate line, but it won’t be as powerful as the i5 and i7 options. So if power is your top priority, you might be better served spending a bit more on the higher configurations. You can also choose from 64GB, 128GB or 256GB of storage space, though the price will increase with each upgrade. The 12.3-inch display is crisp, employing Google’s Molecular Display tech with 3000 x 2000 pixels of resolution. The reviews indicate that the crispness, color response, and support for Pixelbook Pen make for a pretty great display.

The 48Wh battery gives you about 12 hours of use depending on the application, which is pretty impressive considering it’s only 1.6 pounds. Both the front and rear cameras are 8MP and the fingerprint sensor, paired with Google’s impressive Titan C chip, means the security is top-notch, too. But the key point here is that this is a Pixel device, so you won’t get a full OS, and that’s an important consideration if you’re looking for an all-purpose device. It’s a new line of devices, so the jury is out on how long this tablet will last. If a lighter OS is okay with you, this is a good device from a reliable brand.

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How We Tested

Our reviewers spent 28 hours testing two top-rated 2-in-1 laptop tablets. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these 2-in-1 laptop tablets, including their speed, portability, and battery life. We've outlined the key points here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a 2-in-1 Laptop Tablet

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.

Test Results: Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (Best Overall)


What We Like

  • Vibrant display

  • Great battery life

  • Very responsive

What We Don't Like

  • Awkward onscreen keyboard

  • Doesn’t charge via USB

  • Fair sound quality

Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Microsoft Surface
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 2-in-1 laptop tablet
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 laptop tablet
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 2-in-1

This tablet was an immediate hit with one of our testers because of its vibrant display and responsiveness: “This device is much more responsive than I thought it would be,” she noted. “I remember trying one of the very first Surface devices and it seems to have improved a lot.” Our testers also thought it had great battery life, with one reporting that she was able to watch several hours of video without needing to recharge. In terms of negatives, our reviewers thought that the sound quality was just fair. One tester also said that the charger connection was “a little weird and kind of fragile,” and that its keyboard functionality wasn’t exactly seamless: “Moving from field to field was awkward and sometimes the buttons for it didn't work,” she said, “although typing was easy and quick.”

Test Results: Surface Go (Best for Portability)

Microsoft Surface Go
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What We Like

  • Very portable

  • High-quality display

  • Good battery life

What We Don't Like

  • Not very fast at complex tasks

  • No keyboard included

Surface Go
Surface Go 2-in-1 laptop tablet
Surface Go laptop tablet
Surface Go 2-in-1
Surface Go tablet

Our testers loved traveling with this device. “There were times when I completely forgot it was in my bag,” one person declared. “Even with the Keyboard Type Cover attached (which is sold separately), the Surface Go remains light and svelte.” In addition its portability, our reviewers were impressed with its “sharp and bright” display and long battery life. Although our testers reported that this device wasn’t as fast when performing bigger tasks (like photo editing), they felt it was ideal for things like emailing and surfing the Web.