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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.
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
Lightweight yet durable chassis
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.
Ideal for content creation
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.
Great build quality
Includes useful accessories
Good connectivity options
Somewhat small screen
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.
Premium build quality
Thoughtful security/privacy features
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.
There are well-designed laptops, and then there’s the HP Spectre Folio. HP’s beautiful convertible laptop looks like nothing else currently on the market: both the keyboard and screen are wrapped in a leather cover. And no, it's not a case or a removable sleeve — these premium materials are actually built into the computer's design. This unique configuration not only looks amazing but also allows the computer to easily transform from a laptop to a tablet and vice versa. A durable hinge ensures that docking and detaching the laptop are equally seamless.
HP has also outfitted this computer with top-notch performance specs. The Intel Core i7 dual-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage makes day-to-day computing a snap. Browse, stream, and work at the same time, if you want. And the whole computer is only 0.6 inches thin and weighs just over three pounds, so its still ultra-portable.
Very light and thin
Lackluster battery life
The 14-inch LG gram 2-in-1 might not be quite as portable in tablet mode as dedicated tablets or detachable 2-in-1s, but it’s about as close as you can get with a convertible laptop. Its 2.5-pound weight is lighter than other convertibles with 14- or even 13-inch screens. Adding in its excellent battery life (listed at 21 hours, but could be closer to 12 with heavier usage), it’s a portable and effective tablet that can also serve as a high-performance laptop.
Solidly built with two 360-degree hinges, it's smooth and effortless to switch between the LG gram’s laptop, tablet, stand, and tent modes. Its 1920 x 1080 resolution touchscreen display looks great, and the included LG Stylus Pen offers a precise and convenient writing or drawing experience.
In terms of hardware, LG packs an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage into the 0.7-inch thick ultraportable. This adds up to a 2-in-1 laptop that's versatile enough to handle most business or personal use and portable enough to carry around and last you all day.
Faster than average Chromebook
Crisp touchscreen display
Google Assistant key for voice commands
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.
All essential connectivity options included
Audio quality isn't exactly the best
If you're the kind of person who watches a lot of movies and TV shows on their laptop, you're going to love Samsung's Galaxy Book Flex Alpha. The 2-in-1 laptop tablet features a 13.3-inch touchscreen display, complete with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and a 16:9 aspect ratio. However, the kicker is that it's a QLED panel, based on the same "Quantum Dot" technology that's used in Samsung's top-tier LED TVs. As a result, you get enhanced brightness levels and up to 100-percent of color volume (based on DCI-P3 and sRGB color spaces).
Powering the Galaxy Book Flex Alpha is a tenth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, coupled with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. There's Wi-Fi 802.11ax and Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless connectivity, while I/O options include an HDMI port, two USB Type-A ports, a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm combo audio port, and a MicroSD card reader. Other notable features include a 720p HD webcam, stereo speakers (1.5-watt each), and 360-degree flip-and-fold design. Samsung Galaxy Book Flex Alpha runs Windows 10 Home out of the box.
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.
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.
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.
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.