The 8 Best 2-in-1 Laptop Tablets to Buy in 2018

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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.

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.  

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 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 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 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