Convertible and detachable 2-in-1 laptops may have been around for only a handful of years now, but pretty much everyone has taken a liking to them. These tablets-that-double-as-laptops aren’t as limited in functionality as iPads and Android slates, and are far more versatile than traditional notebook computers, like the Surface Laptop.
All of the top 2-in-1 laptops ship with Windows 10 pre-installed, although that could all change if Google’s testing of a touch-based Chromebook redesign comes to fruition. In the meantime, you can take full advantage of an operating system that, if not this year, will eventually support Microsoft’s Timeline feature for streamlining compatibility with Windows 10 between devices.
Then again, not all of the best 2-in-1 laptops are the same. Some are bundled with styluses as neat little designer-centric embellishments, while others are free of bells and whistles. At the same time, you’ll notice that certain 2-in-1 laptops make use of 360-degree hinges while the rest in the pack take advantage of detachable screens, independent of their physical keyboards.
Introductions out of the way, these are the best 2-in-1 laptops of 2017 so far:
- Samsung Notebook 9 Pro
- HP Spectre x360
- Microsoft Surface Book i7
- Samsung Notebook 7 Spin
- Asus ZenBook Flip UX360
- HP Spectre x360 15
- Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1
- Lenovo Yoga 720
- Lenovo Yoga 910
- Lenovo Yoga 900S
1. Samsung Notebook 9 Pro
Hands down, the best 2-in-1 laptop there is
CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 – AMD Radeon 540 Graphics (2GB GDDR5) | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch – 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED display with Touch Screen Panel | Storage: 256GB SSD
Ever so deserving of our Editor’s Choice award, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro is every bit as competent as the 15-inch MacBook Pro and for a substantially lower cost. Though it’s limited to only one configuration, albeit across two different sizes, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro is as powerful as it is pragmatic. If this wasn’t evidenced by its 360-degree hinge and vivid screen with brightness up to 450 nits, then maybe its onboard stylus will convince you.
The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro, at both the 13.3- and 15-inch sizes, is defined in part by the inclusion of the S-Pen. Replete with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, the S-Pen is every bit as capable as Microsoft’s Surface Pen and without the need to be recharged. That’s icing on the cake given the already-extensive battery life of the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro. So you can endlessly jot down ideas in Samsung Notes or even doodle in the Samsung Air Command app.
Read the full review: Samsung Notebook 9 Pro
2. HP Spectre x360
Thin, light and handsome
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) IPS UWVA-backlit multi-touch | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD
With Kaby Lake now ruling the roost in terms of CPUs, HP decided it’s high time to flip the switch on its Spectre 2-in-1. With an overhauled keyboard and suave new logo, the HP Spectre x360 holds its own against anything Apple can show, but it also draws from it a few influences.
What’s more, the HP Spectre x360 can now be configured with a 4K screen and 1TB of SSD storage at a reasonable premium, making it even more deserving of the top spot on our list.
Read the full review: HP Spectre x360
3. Microsoft Surface Book i7
Same Surface Book design, new Surface Book benchmarks
CPU: 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6600U | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M; Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.5-inch 3,000 x 2,000 PixelSense Display | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD
One of the few honest-to-goodness surprises from Microsoft last year was the introduction of the Surface Book with Performance Base, also known shorthand as the Surface Book i7. It’s the same design as the original Surface Book, so don’t expect Microsoft to have done away with the controversial fulcrum hinge. However, this version of the Surface Book is not only 131% more powerful graphically than its vanilla counterpart, but the battery has improved by 20% as well.
Read the full review: Surface Book i7
4. Samsung Notebook 7 Spin
Capable, versatile and affordable to boot
CPU: 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-6500U | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 940MX; Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 12GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED with touch panel | Storage: 1 TB HDD – 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD
Though Samsung is known for its phones more than its notebooks, this is one convertible worth taking for a spin. Equipped with a Skylake i7 CPU and discrete Nvidia graphics, the Samsung Notebook 7 Spin is nearly as fashionable as a MacBook Pro, but for roughly half the cost. It has all the trackpad real estate you could ask for combined with a snazzy, full-size keyboard – number pad and all.
5. Asus ZenBook Flip UX360
A convertible that doesn’t need to be
CPU: Intel Core m3 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 FHD IPS touchscreen | Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD
Unlike the Asus ZenBook Flip UX305 before it, the ZenBook Flip UX360 ditches the MacBook Air doppelgänger approach in favor of a hybrid design with a whole array of ports. Everything from USB-A to USB-C is present, along with micro HDMI and a micro SD card reader. At the same time, it doesn’t neglect the wholly aluminum chassis of yesteryear.
Although it’s still strikingly thin, the Asus ZenBook Flip UX360 still manages to bear more weight than many other laptops in its class due in part to its reversible display. On the upside, the keyboard and trackpad, which are notably large and comfortable, also contribute to the laptop’s heft. While we’re still not sold on the practicality of Windows 10 in tablet mode, the ZenBook Flip UX360 is ultimately an excellent value.
Read the full review: Asus ZenBook Flip UX360
6. HP Spectre x360 15
This 15-inch hybrid is more portable than you think
CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 940MX; Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) UWVA eDP BrightView | Storage: 256GB – 1TB PCIe SSD
More than just a basic hardware refresh, the HP Spectre x360 is as easy on the eyes as it is to use. Because the keyboard feels natural to the touch, there’s no debate as to whether this 2-in-1 is better as a laptop or as a tablet; it comes equally recommended as both. If it made a peep, what with its silent fans and subdued chiclet keys, the HP Spectre x360 15 may even garner a few jealous stares.
Equipped with not only two USB-C ports, but everything from full-size HDMI to an SD card slot, the HP Spectre x360 15 is effectively the anti-MacBook Pro. Not only is it substantially more affordable than Apple’s closest competitor, but this swanky hunk of metal flaunts a shimmering gold finish that leaves “Space Gray” looking like yesterday’s news.
Read the full review: HP Spectre x360 15
7. Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1
Whether for work or for fun, get your hands on this 2-in-1
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 – 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) touchscreen | Storage: 500GB – 1TB HDD, 128GB – 256GB SSD
Like every 2-in-1 on this list, the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 does it all. During the day it can be a laptop used for work or study, but flip that sucker inside out and it’s equally proficient as a tablet, optimal for watching movies or serving up a fresh dose of memes to your friends on Facebook. The Inspiron 13 7000 is not unwieldy nor is it overwhelmingly loud and sultry. Rather, it manages to pull of an exquisite design without any of the pitfalls that usually afflict notebooks like this.
It’s not perfect, however, seeing as the Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 is a tad weak in the speaker department. There’s a bit of a muffled sound dispelled from its middling speakers. This makes for a case where you’ll almost definitely want to shell out for a pair of nice headphones to go with it. Despite this, the keyboard feels great, the screen looks great and the tablet mode leaves plenty of room for procrastination. There’s nothing that particularly stands out with the Dell Inspiron 7000, but if it ain’t broke…
Read the full review: Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1
8. Lenovo Yoga 720
A future-proof convertible rocking all the essentials
CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 630 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) IPS anti-glare display | Storage: 256GB – 1TB PCIe SSD
The Lenovo Yoga 720 is a rare instance of a hybrid that feels just as homely as a laptop as it does a tablet. Although it’s the kind that flips 360 degrees rather than toting a detachable hinge, the modest pricing and formidable design choices more than make up for a slight deficiency in versatility. What’s more, the Lenovo Yoga 720 shows off the pristine capabilities of Windows Hello by means of a neatly placed fingerprint scanner.
Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 720
9. Lenovo Yoga 910
A svelte spin on a working 2-in-1 design
CPU: Intel Core i7-7500U | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD 1,920 x 1,080 – UHD 3,840 | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD
Lenovo has knocked it out of the park once again with the Yoga 910. Once thought to bear subpar keyboard travel and buggy software (no thanks to firmware incompatibilities), the Yoga 910 addresses many of the complaints we had with its predecessor. A sharper, more contemporary design is complemented by not only an Ultra HD screen, but one that’s 13.9 inches big with super-slim bezels to boot.
Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 910
10. Lenovo Yoga 900S
The lightest 2-in-1 laptop
CPU: Intel Core m5 – m7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB | Screen: 12.5-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD (2,560 x 1,440) IPS, multi-touch | Storage: 128GB – 512GB PCIe SSD
The Lenovo Yoga 900S feels like a direct response to Apple’s 12-inch MacBook. The 12.5-inch display, the USB-C port and even the Intel Core-m chip on the inside reeks of the controversial, yet incredibly lightweight MacBook. It’s a response, however, that brings with it a handful of notable advantages over Cupertino’s solution.
For one, you get access to full-size USB 3.0 ports in addition to the Type-C interface. The highest end version ships with an m7 processor and 1440p display and costs less than MacBook’s comparatively specced built-to-order model. Unfortunately, you’ll also have to deal with a smaller trackpad and a similarly inadequate keyboard, but otherwise the Yoga 900S is an impeccable value.
Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 900S