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A great 2-in-1 offers the best of a laptop and the best
of a tablet.
In our testing, the Lenovo Yoga C930 came out on
top as the best 2-in-1 laptop for people who want the power of
a PC and the portability of a tablet.
It’s not just a laptop, but it’s
not just a tablet, either. It’s both! The 2-in-1 laptop has
gotten a whole lot better over the past few years, to a point
where in many cases, these devices represent a more flexible take
on the laptop.
The two main types of 2-in-1
laptops include the detachable 2-in-1 and the convertible 2-in-1.
With a detachable, you can completely remove the screen from the
keyboard to turn your laptop into a real tablet. The convertible,
on the other hand, allows you to turn the display completely
around the device, so that the keyboard is at the bottom and the
touchscreen is easy to use as a tablet.
When shopping for a 2-in-1, you
should look out for most of the same specifications and features
you’d want in a normal laptop. When it comes to operating system,
most 2-in-1 devices run Windows, but some use Google’s Chrome OS,
which is largely web-based and can run many Android apps.
Currently, there aren’t any 2-in-1 devices that run Apple’s
Apart from that, you’ll also want
to think about the specs under the hood. Things like the
processor, storage, and RAM all impact how a computer runs. We’re
not going to dive into what they all do now, but if you want
to, Lifewire has a good guide on how they all work.
Last but not least, you’ll also
want to think about any extra features. Many people buy 2-in-1
devices for artistic reasons – Some devices come with a stylus
that can be useful for graphic design. Other 2-in-1 laptops also
have things like a fingerprint sensor and other interesting and
To find the best 2-in-1 laptops
you can buy, we tested several devices and read up on all the
expert reviews and buyer comments.
Here are the best 2-in-1 laptops
you can buy in 2019:
Updated on 03/18/2019 by Christian de Looper: Updated prices,
added two new picks, and updated formatting.
Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.
The best 2-in-1 laptop overall
Why you’ll love it: The Lenovo Yoga C930 features a
beautiful design, powerful specs, and a convertible design.
In 2018, the Lenovo Yoga 920 was considered one of the best
2-in-1 laptops, and the new Lenovo Yoga C930 continues
that tradition by being the best 2-in-1 of 2019. The laptop takes
many of the best things about the Yoga 920 and adds better
internal specs, a slightly more refined design, and other great
features to make the 930 an even better buy than the previous
The laptop has an impressive unique design that’s both functional
and attractive. Lenovo has redesigned the hinge to include a
built-in speaker, which helps cut down on the thickness of the
laptop’s body a little. The device is very thin, too, coming in
at 0.57-inches thick. When it comes to ports, you’ll get two
Thunderbolt 3 ports, a USB 3.1 port, and a headphone jack, which
isn’t a bad selection at all.
Spec-wise the computer is very powerful, too. The base model of
the computer has an Intel Core i5 processor coupled with 8GB of
RAM and 256GB of storage, but you can upgrade the laptop to
include an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and up to a 1TB
The 13..9-inch screen has a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 pixel
resolution, and you can use it in tablet mode or in laptop mode,
thanks to the 360-degree rotating hinge.
So what are the downsides to the device? Well, there’s really
only one: It’s a little pricey. Still, if you can afford the
Lenovo Yoga C930, we recommend it.
Pros: Great design, powerful specs, good port
Cons: A little expensive
The best detachable 2-in-1 laptop
Why you’ll love it: The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is
slim and portable, plus it’s got plenty of power under the hood.
The Microsoft Surface Pro series
has long been considered an excellent option for those looking
for a versatile and portable computer, and the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is no
exception to that rule. The device is sleek, stylish, and
powerful. Plus, it works great as a laptop and as a
Let’s start with the design. The
2-in-1 comes in at only 0.33-inches thick and has a 12.3-inch
display with a resolution of 2,736 x 1,824 pixels. Around the
edges, you’ll get a decent selection of ports, too, including a
USB 3.0 port, a headphone jack, a MicroSD card slot, and a Mini
DisplayPort. We would have liked to see a USB-C port or two,
largely to ensure that the device stays relevant into the future,
but it’s not a huge loss.
Under the hood, the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is pretty powerful. The
base model of the device comes with an 8th-gen
Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage, but
you can upgrade the device to include up to an Intel Core i7
processor, 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of storage. The battery on
the Surface Pro 6 provides 13.5 hours of video playback, which
translates to at least a good day of standard use.
Plenty of reviewers love the
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, too. TechRadar gave the device 4/5 stars, while
The Verge gave it an equally impressive 8/10. The only
downsides? A lack of USB-C ports, and a design that could stand
Pros: Thin and
sleek, good battery life, relatively powerful
Cons: No USB-C
ports, design could be updated
The best 15-inch 2-in-1 laptop
Why you’ll love it: The Microsoft Surface Book 2 may be
pricey, but it has incredible specs for a laptop and a pretty
sweet design, too.
Microsoft has improved its
hardware in leaps and bounds over the past few years, and among
the best of its current lineup is the Microsoft
Surface Book 2. The new Surface Book has a lot to offer –
it’s super powerful, reasonably designed, and offers an excellent
Let’s start with the design. The
computer really looks like a laptop. It’s not until you actually
detach it from the base that you believe that it can really be
done. Part of that has to do with the fact that the laptop is
pretty bulky, weighing in at 4.2 pounds.
It’s clear that the device is
built to be both a laptop and a tablet. The headphone jack can be
found on the top right of the display, which is a little awkward
in laptop mode but works fine in tablet mode. The device also
features a nice, big trackpad, and a pretty good-feeling
Under the hood, the Microsoft
Surface Book 2 is a beast. The base model, with a 13.5-inch
display, boasts an Intel Core i5 dual-core processor with 8GB of
RAM and 256GB of storage. It can be configured, however, to up to
an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of
storage. The top-tier model also comes with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX
1060 discrete GPU, which is very impressive for a 2-in-1 device.
On top of that, Microsoft says the computer will last 17-hours on
The downsides? Well, the biggest
and most important one is the price. Even the cheapest model
comes in at a pricey $1,499, at least officially, with the more
powerful model costing $3,299. That’s not cheap.
Pros: Well-designed, long battery life,
ultra-powerful, great screen
The best 2-in-1 Chromebook
Why you’ll love it: The Google Pixelbook is well-designed,
runs Google’s lightweight Chrome OS, and has some pretty decent
Most of the 2-in-1 laptops run
Windows, but Windows computers aren’t the only 2-in-1 devices out
there. In fact, Google’s new Pixelbook is our favorite
non-Windows 2-in-1 because it runs ChromeOS and Android
Pixelbook is arguably the best Chromebook on the planet. It’s
well-designed, super light, relatively powerful, and the keyboard
feels amazing. I think it’s the best-feeling keyboard I’ve ever
used on a laptop. It’s clicky, tactile, and works like a
Under the hood, the laptop
features some pretty nice specs – especially for a laptop running
the relatively light Chrome OS. The base model has a
7th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, coupled with
8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The Pixelbook can be upgraded to
boast an Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB hard
One of the best things about
Chromebooks is that they can run many Android apps, opening them
up to a range of functionality. Sure, the operating system isn’t
as versatile as Windows, but for those plugged into Google’s
ecosystem and who use Google apps a lot, it should do just fine.
The device also works pretty well with the pen, which is
unfortunately sold separately.
So what are the downsides? Well,
there aren’t many. The audio performance of the laptop isn’t the
best, though, and there’s no fingerprint sensor or facial
recognition for login. Still, most agree that it’s well worth
it. CNET gave it 4/5, while TechRadar actually gave it a 5/5.
Pros: Beautifully designed, excellent keyboard,
powerful for a Chromebook
isn’t the best, expensive for a Chromebook
The best 2-in-1 laptop for graphics
Why you’ll love it: The Asus ZenBook Flip features the
latest-gen processor, a nice design, and it’s one of the few
2-in-1s to boast discrete graphics from Nvidia.
If you need high-quality
graphics, then you know that a desktop computer is probably the
best way for you to get the best performance, but sometimes you
need a machine that you can carry around for work, editing
videos, and playing games. If that’s you, then we think the best
option is the Asus ZenBook Flip 14.
There are a few things that make
this such a great computer. For starters, it features a very nice
design. It’s sleek and slim, has a fingerprint sensor in the
trackpad, and it’s super powerful under the hood.
Not only can you customize it to
feature up to an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to
16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage, but it also comes with
discrete graphics, thanks to the Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics
The MX series is Nvidia’s first
major push into graphics for ultrabooks and 2-in-1 computers, and
while it’s not as powerful as Nvidia’s desktop series of graphics
cards, it still has a lot to offer, both when it comes to gaming
and when it comes to productivity. It’s important not to expect
the same level of high frame-rate action and ultra-immersive
gaming experiences that you’d get with a desktop computer, but
for a 2-in-1 laptop, it’s mighty powerful.
When it comes to ports, the
ZenBook Flip 14 has two USB-A ports, one HDMI output, a USB-C
port, and a MicroSD card slot.
Of course, there are some
downsides to this laptop. The 2-in-1 doesn’t offer any storage
for the included pen and it’s expensive. Still, most reviewers
agree that this is a great device. CNET gave it 8.2/10, while Laptop Mag gave it 4/5 stars.
Pros: Well-designed, discrete graphics are nice,
Cons: 4K display
option would be nice, discrete graphics aren’t good for