The 8 Best Touchscreen Laptops to Buy in 2018

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In the land of touchscreen technology, tablets have done wonders for swiping easily through photos or watching movies on-the-go. However, a touchscreen without a keyboard feels like something is missing when it’s time to get real work done. In those moments, which can come often, you’ll need something that’s more powerful and more versatile. That is when the touchscreen laptop shows its true metal as a “get everything done” item without the drawbacks of a tablet. Need help deciding which would best suit you? Check out our list of the best touchscreen laptops.

Best Overall: Microsoft Surface Book

Microsoft’s Surface Book has quickly jumped to the top of the hill for touchscreen laptops that can offer an experience unlike any other. Powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, the 13.5-inch PixelSense Display is an incredibly attractive and feature-rich laptop. Built to run both professional grade software and provide all the power you need for after-work activities, the laptop includes up to 12 hours of battery life to allow you to bring both work and play anywhere you want. Beyond battery, the 13.5-inch PixelSense screen offers a stunning and responsive six-million-pixel resolution display that’s easily setting the bar for touchscreen laptop manufacturers.

In fact, the touchscreen takes functionality to another level by allowing it to detach from the keyboard, flip 180 degrees and reattach for additional levels of functionality, including working with the Surface Pen for design or presenting to the boardroom. Extra options such as Windows Ink allow you to turn thoughts into action with sticky notes and blank pages that you can mark up to your heart’s content.

Runner Up, Best Overall: Microsoft Surface Pro (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB)

Microsoft’s dominance in the touchscreen laptop space continues with the Surface Pro, which is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB hard drive. (There are other configurations available at different price points.) It runs Windows 10 and comes complete with the beloved Office Suite. While most call this device a 2-in-1, Microsoft boasts 3 unique modes: Laptop mode, which uses the kickstand and detachable keyboard; Studio mode, ideal for writing and drawing; and Tablet mode, for media consumption.

Its 12.3-inch PixelSense display has a 2736 x 1824 resolution and delivers a high contrast with excellent color reproduction and minimal glare to reduce eye strain. Compared to the Surface Pro 4, this model bumps up the battery power by 50 percent. The Surface Pro really comes to life when paired with the detachable Type Cover 3 keyboard (sold separately), which includes well-spaced and backlit keys, plus a large trackpad that allows for multi-touch and gestures. The Surface Pen, also sold separately, has 4,096 pressure points to respond to the lightest touch, so you can sketch, write and erase naturally ​on-screen just as you would with pen and paper.

Best Budget: Acer Chromebook R 11

While Windows 10 laptops dominate the touchscreen space, the Acer Chromebook R 11 convertible notebook is a Chrome OS-powered machine that’s priced just right. Featuring an 11.6-inch touchscreen and powered by an Intel Celeron N3150 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB SSD, the Chromebook is ideal for computer users who want something basic and capable of going anywhere, anytime. Featuring a two-in-one flip and fold design, the widescreen LED-backlit display supports 10-finger touch along with 1266 x 768 resolution. There’s no thinking this touchscreen is going to win any award for outstanding performance, but what it lacks in high-performance color and clarity, it more than makes up for in the design and fun factor.

The dual-torque 360-degree hinge offers an extremely solid and durable feeling and provides enough comfort to open the lid with one hand without feeling like the laptop is going to break the next time you try. Featuring notebook, display, tent and tablet modes, the Chromebook OS is perfect for computer users who only want to use something that’s stripped down and easy to jump right into.

Best Value: Lenovo Yoga 710

The 2017 Lenovo Yoga 710 is powered by a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD hard drive, so it offers a great performance-to-price ratio that easily qualifies it as a great value. The 360-degree flip-and-fold design offers four different modes with laptop, tablet, tent and stand mode for an all-in-one solution. The 14-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 display offers a 10-point multi-touch for hands-on control with touching, tapping and gliding making the most out of the Windows 10 experience.

Weighing just 3.42 pounds and only .7 inches thin, the Yoga 710 is an attractive design that offers a moderate set of specs that’s ideal for the everyday user. With two USB 3.0 ports and a built-in card reader for photo transfers, as well as a backlit keyboard, there’s just enough here to keep users happy without a price tag that will have you digging deep into your pockets. Add in around nine hours of battery life under ideal conditions and there’s enough power to get you through the workday with just enough power to spare at home.

Best Battery Life: Asus ZenBook Flip UX360

If you're looking for the laptop with the best battery life, check out the Asus ZenBook Flip UX360, which packs in 12 hours of juice. Asus carefully redesigned the keyboard and trackpad on the UX360 to create an ergonomically-friendly, full-size keyboard that offers just 1.5mm of travel between keys. The ultra-wide touchpad offers similar functionality to a touchscreen that takes full advantage of Windows gesture controls without sacrificing size in a computer that’s under .5 inches thin and weighs under three pounds. It's powered by Windows 10 and Asus included Bang & Olufsen-powered speakers in an aluminum design sound system that’s better than almost all the competition.

Don’t let the slim form factor of the UX360 have you thinking the display is anything but excellent. The sharp touchscreen offers a 1920 x 1080 FHD resolution that's anti-glare, so images are lifelike and can be seen from any angle. One extra feature that has the UX360 winning praise is the inclusion of USB 3.1 Type-C port, which delivers up to 10 times data transfer speeds over previous-generation USB ports. That also aids smartphones that can charge via USB 3.0, which offers up to 50 percent faster recharge times against the older-generation USB ports.

Best Design: HP X360

When it comes to best design, HP might not be the name that most often springs to mind. However, the computer manufacturer is coming up with a lot of new tricks and the 2017 model of the HP X360 is proof. Powered by a 7th Generation Intel Core i5 2.5GHz processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, there’s plenty to love about this two-in-one laptop. The highlight of the X360 is the 15.6-inch FHD 1366 x 768 display that flips back an entire 360 degrees, and the fact that it weighs just four pounds and is only .8 inches thin doesn't hurt either.

Adding more life to the hardware is the inclusion of two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output and a built-in media reader for transferring photos from a DSLR camera. In a world where Apple is stripping away all those features in their newest MacBook line, their inclusion remains notable and welcomed for PC users both young and old. Beyond the ports, the display itself allows for touching, gliding and tapping with an IPS-friendly display and WLED backlight for an even better visual experience. Add in up to 10 hours and 30 minutes of battery life and there are plenty of reasons to look at the X360 as a priced-right two-in-one that’s ideal for both work and play.

Best for Gaming: Samsung XE510C24-K01US Chromebook Pro

Hardcore gamers will likely splurge on a dedicated gaming laptop or desktop with loads of customizable options. But for the more casual gamers who value portability, the Samsung Chromebook Pro is our top pick. Touting “the power of a Chromebook and the versatility of a tablet,” the Pro has a 360-degree rotating screen that makes it easy to switch from work to fun. It’s powered by a sixth-generation 0.9GHz Core m3-6Y30 processor, which provides strong performance, low power consumption, and low heat generation. All in all, it’ll score you about eight hours of battery life. It also packs HD Graphics 515, which means it’s more than capable of running your favorite games and apps. On top of that, they will look great thanks to its gorgeous 12.3-inch 2400 x 1600 LED display. This Chromebook runs Chrome OS and comes included with a built-in pen.

Best Splurge: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

If cost isn’t an object, look to the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga as your go-to choice for a touchscreen laptop that offers excellent performance paired with a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM. In a package that’s just 2.8 pounds, the X1 is tested against military specifications and made to handle some bumps and bruises. Of course, the real highlight isn’t its durability, but it’s 2560 x 1440 2K OLED display that offers a great range of accurate colors ensuring that your work, whether it’s photos or video, will look better than ever with rich and sharp contrast.

The included dockable stylus pen requires just 15 seconds of charging to work for up to 100 minutes, but offers an excellent way to handle drawing, annotating or just making documents in a more natural way. Lenovo’s included WRITEit technology allows on-screen handwriting to be used across hundreds of apps (and it can automatically correct your writing when it detects a discrepancy). The battery will last around 11 hours before needing a recharge.


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