The 5 best 2-in-1 laptops of 2017: the best hybrid laptops ranked

Now that Google’s leaked Pixelbook is shaping up to be much more than another premium Chromebook attempt, there’s yet another reason to be excited for the future of 2-in-1 laptops. But what about the present? While it’s true that Fuschia OS could shake up hybrid notebooks as we know them, let’s not undermine what Windows 10 has already accomplished.

That goes without mentioning Chrome OS, which has notably made its own contribution to our round-up of the best 2-in-1 laptops, namely in the form of the Asus Chromebook Flip. The rest of our list, however, is comprised of devices stacked with Microsoft’s latest operating system, thereby optimized for its Windows Ink functionality given their hybrid form factors. 

So, whether you plan on purchasing one of the best 2-in-1 laptops now or in the future, we aim to keep this article consistently up to date with all of the latest and greatest devices we’ve reviewed. Below you’ll find full rundowns on a wide range of hybrids, each of which has been thoroughly vetted by our staff prior to its inclusion.

Best 2 in 1 laptop

1. 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

Ultra thin and light styling
Snappy keyboard
Lacks SD card reader
Especially thick bottom bezel

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. At the same time, none of this stifles the battery life, which exceeds 8 hours of straight use. What’s more, the HP Spectre x360 can now be configured with a 4K screen and 1TB of SSD storage, too.

Read the full review: HP Spectre x360

2. 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

Vastly improved graphics
Huge battery life gains
Big starting price for tiny storage/RAM

Toting the same design as the original Surface Book, the Surface Book i7 hasn’t done away with the controversial fulcrum hinge, but it does boast 131% better graphics and a 20% improved battery life. For creative professionals with an artistic side, this is tempting. So long as it’s necessary for your workflow, it may be worth the lofty price of admission, too, even if you’re getting the short end of the stick in memory and SSD space.

Read the full review: Surface Book i7

3. Lenovo Yoga 720 (15-inch)

MacBook Pro hydraulics in a Windows 10 hybrid

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 630 – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) – Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) IPS LED multitouch | Storage: 256GB – 1TB PCIe SSD

Unparalleled 2-in-1 performance
Competitive battery life
No HDMI or SD card slot
Down-firing speakers

If the 13-inch Lenovo Yoga 720 is a caterpillar, the 15-inch model is a majestic butterfly, freshly hatched from its snug cocoon. Outfitted with the choice between only the best HQ series Core i5 and i7 processors, this 2-in-1 is competitive spec-wise with the 15-inch MacBook Pro while remaining but a fraction of the cost of Apple’s flagship machine. What’s more, it even has the ports you know and love in addition to the still-blossoming USB Type-C interface.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 720 (15-inch)

4. 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

All-day battery life
Roomy keyboard and trackpad
Convertible form factor compromises build quality
Tons of screen glare

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 vast array of ports. Everything from USB-A to USB-C is present, along with micro HDMI and a microSD card reader. At the same time, it doesn't neglect the wholly aluminum chassis of yesteryear, ultimately making the ZenBook Flip UX360 an excellent value.

Read the full review: Asus ZenBook Flip UX360

5. Lenovo Yoga 720 (13-inch)

A future-proof convertible rocking all the essentials

CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 630 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS anti-glare display | Storage: 256GB – 1TB PCIe SSD

Sturdy hinge
Responsive keyboard and trackpad
The cooling fans run a lot
Only one standard USB port

As homely as a laptop as it is a tablet, the Lenovo Yoga 720’s screen may be tethered by a hinge to its cushy keyboard, but its modest pricing and formidable design choices make it come easily recommended. Although you’ll be in search of the proper adapters if you need a second standard USB port, an SD card slot or HDMI, this laptop’s crystal clear display and hearty build quality make it a winner in our eyes. 

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 720

Gabe Carey has also contributed to this article