The 8 Best Touchscreen Laptops to Buy in 2019

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

The Microsoft Surface 2 makes for a great MacBook alternative. It has a similar sleek design that weighs just 2.76 pounds and is 0.57 inches thick at its slimmest point. The 13.5-inch display showcases the same HD resolution as its predecessor with 201 pixels per inch. The Surface 2 has also made significant improvements to its hardware, boasting faster processing speeds and silent fans that will keep your laptop cool under pressure.

One of the major draws of the Surface 2 is the ability to customize your specs. The cheapest configuration offers an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, and 14.5 hours of battery. Microsoft also offers detailed descriptions for each piece of hardware to help buyers decide which specs fit their needs. The laptop is available in four fashionable colors: black, platinum, burgundy, and cobalt blue.

One minor downside is the lack of port space. The Surface 2 offers a USB 3.0 and a mini DisplayPort but doesn’t have a standard USB 3.1 input. It’s a bit of an inconvenience, but it doesn’t detract from the laptop’s overall performance. Whether you’re working hard or relaxing with a movie, the Surface 2 makes for a reliable travel companion.

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 Design: HP Pavilion x360

HP X360
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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 Budget: Microsoft Surface Go

The most recent addition to the Surface tablet/laptop family is the Microsoft Surface Go — a student-focused model that comes at a relatively low price point (the lowest for Surface products). It starts at $399, but we recommend opting for the $499 model to get a slightly more premium processor (a Pentium Gold processor). The Go also features a 10-inch PixelSense display with a resolution of 1800 x 1200, a pixel count that goes a long way for a screen of this size. This configuration offers 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, as it is the most affordable level of the Surface Go configurations, but as an all-purpose budget touchscreen, it will be more than sufficient. There’s an Intel Graphics HD 615 card built in for passable display support and a battery with up to 9 hours of capacity — a pretty impressive feat for a device that’s only 0.33 inches thick and 1.15 pounds.

Best Value: Asus ZenBook Pro

At well over $1,000, you may be asking yourself how the ZenBook Pro earned the “Best Value” spot on the list. Alas, it’s important to note that, value ≠ cheap. Instead, the ZenBook Pro gives you bang for your buck in both cutting-edge features and versatility.

A 15.6-inch Nano Edge touch display is the true centerpiece of this device, which is pretty impressive considering that at a resolution of 1920 x 1080, it actually has a lower pixel count than many other flagship laptops. But it’s the super slim bezels and the impressive wide viewing angle — which spans up to 178 degrees — that give you a cinematic experience. Plus, the machine's power is off the charts thanks to a 7th gen i7 quad-core processor and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Add in a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card with its own 4GB of dedicated RAM, and you have a machine that will make you forget the comparatively lower resolution.

If you are after a better display experience, Asus has thrown in two USB-C ports for connecting up to two different external monitors. They’ve even designed the  ZenBook Pro around a highly efficient dual-fan system that keeps the device 2.35 degrees cooler than the previous gen. That’s a lot of innovation packed into one machine.

Take a peek at some of the other best ASUS laptops you can buy.

Best Battery Life: HP Spectre x360 13

The Spectre x360 line is HP’s version of the Yoga and the XPS options out there. There are a few differentiating factors about this laptop, however — the main being its battery life. Most 13-inch touchscreen laptops in the Spectre's class advertise up to 14.5 hours of battery life, but the x360 offers 16 hours and 45 minutes — which is even more impressive when you get a look at the other specs it packs in.

The 3840 x 2160 4K Micro-Edge display contains a whopping 8.2 million pixels, and the Gorilla Glass surface makes the touchscreen functions smooth and anti-scratch. The i7 processor is top-notch on benchmarks and this configuration comes with 16GB of DDR3 RAM and 512 GB of solid-state primary storage. There’s an internal IR thermal scanner for more advanced readings of how hot the machine is getting. There’s Fast Charge technology that promises to juice up the laptop from dead to 90% in 90 minutes. The keyboard is brightly backlit and it supports dual 4K external displays. The whole package feels premium and sits at only 13.6mm thick and 2.78 pounds, so the great battery life does not come at the expense of a sleek design.

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: LG Gram

One of the most talked about laptops on the market right now is the LG Gram — an interesting attempt at competing with the thin, sleek Macbook line while remaining firmly inspired by LG’s mobile device ecosystem. Weighing less than 2.5 lbs, it is basically the lightest 15-inch laptop you can buy with this level of power. It also packs a 72 Wh battery that LG has clocked in at over 16 hours of full functioning time. The machine also runs an 8th gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a full 1TB of solid-state storage, so there’s really not much more you can ask for in terms of modern tech configurations. There's a USB-C port, an HDMI port and three USB 3.0 ports for plenty of I/O to cover your needs. The screen is also impressive, offering 1920 x 1080 in IPS touch display, with super clear, crisp color performance. There are even some cool add-on features including a fingerprint reader, adjustable keyboard backlight intensity and four-finger touch functionality on the display. It’s a sleek laptop, fit for most of your modern needs and well-worth it's price tag.