The best 2 in 1 laptops have been somewhat responsible in changing the computing landscape forever – not to mention, the way we engage with our laptops. While the traditional laptop form is still the standard, many tablet users are getting the best of both worlds in one device courtesy of these hybrid laptops.
Nothing compares to flipping one of the best 2 in 1 laptops into tent mode for some Netflix or into tablet mode to play Plant vs Zombies after a long yet fruitful day of work in laptop mode.
Even better, these hybrid laptops go much farther than just their multi-mode form, coming in many shapes, sizes and levels of power. Some come boasting the best processors, making them some of the best laptops available to buy right now. Some have a removable screen such as the Surface Book 2, their display kept in place by sheer magnetic force when in laptop mode. Many usually have stylus compatibility – even if it’s now increasingly rare to find a stylus included with the device.
To help you pick the ideal hybrid notebook to match your needs and budget, we’ve gathered the best 2 in 1 laptops we recently tested, taking all their pros and cons into account. With Black Friday 2019 coming soon, this list will get you one step closer to taking one home for a steal.
The best best 2-in-1 laptop at a glance
- HP Spectre x360 15T (2019)
- Google Pixelbook
- Asus Chromebook Flip
- HP Spectre x360
- Dell XPS 15 2-in-1
- Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13-inch)
- Lenovo Yoga C930
- Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch)
- HP Envy x360 13 (2019)
- Acer Chromebook Spin 11
1. HP Spectre x360 15T (2019)
Powerful performance, head-turning design
CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch UHD (3,160 x 2,140) LCD touchscreen | Storage: 256GB SSD – 2TB SSD
For years, HP’s Spectre line of Ultrabooks and 2-in-1 laptops has been about pairing elegance with performance. The 2019 HP Spectre x360 15 is no different. It deserves a top spot on our best 2 in 1 laptops list for packing an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics and 8GB of RAM in its base configuration. This 2-in-1 can tackle just about anything your everyday workload throws at it – and then some (such as a bit of light gaming, for example) – while looking like royalty. Keep in mind that the Spectre x360 is somewhat big and heavy for a 2-in-1, so you likely won’t be using it in tablet mode very often. Put it in tent mode instead, so you can catch some movies on its stunning 4K display.
Read the full review: HP Spectre x360 15T (2019)
2. Google Pixelbook
Making good on its Android promises
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 12.3 inch QHD (2,400 x 1,600) LCD touchscreen | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD
It might seem strange that a Chromebook is on a list of the best 2 in 1 laptops, and rated so highly at that. But the Google Pixelbook combines the two forms perfectly, making it well-deserving of its spot. It’s a striking device that takes the Chrome OS platform and elevates it to levels never seen before when it first rolled out. The Google Pixelbook is filled with powerful components, as well as supporting full Android apps. As such, it tears down those walls that prevented Mac and Windows devotees from truly embracing the best Chromebooks.
Read the full review: Google Pixelbook
3. Asus Chromebook Flip
A 2-in-1 Chromebook Android users won’t refuse
CPU: Intel Pentium – Core m7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 510 – 515 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB | Screen: 12.5-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED backlit anti-glare display | Storage: 32GB – 128GB eMMC
The Pixelbook is downright seductive, but budget-conscious buyers may prefer the Asus Chromebook Flip C302, a worthy pinch hitter. Having introduced a touchscreen hybrid design to Google’s cloud-based Chrome OS, the Asus Chromebook Flip is improved by its compatibility with Android apps. Just like the Pixelbook, you can use the Asus Chromebook Flip for Google Play apps, though after installing an out-of-the-box update. It’s unquestionably one of the best 2 in 1 laptops right now. And, if you're already a fan of Asus laptops, this one will make you a true convert.
Read the full review: Asus Chromebook Flip
4. HP Spectre x360
Beautiful and powerful
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 – Nvidia GeForce MX150 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) - 15.6-inch diagonal 4K IPS (3,840 x 2,160) touchscreen | Storage: 256GB – 1TB PCIe SSD
The HP Spectre x360 isn’t just one of the best 2 in 1 laptops out there at the moment; it’s also one of the best laptops to date. There are only a handful of manufacturers out there that marry powerful components with a dazzling design quite as well as HP does here. The gem cut chassis will draw plenty of jealous looks in the office, while the powerful hardware will breeze through all of your daily workload. That light and compact design – well, it’s so you’ll fall in love at first sight. And, when you’ve had enough showing off its prowess, you can flip it around into tablet mode to squeeze in some late-night gaming.
Read the full review: HP Spectre x360
5. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1
A convertible that doesn’t compromise
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Radeon RX Vega M GL (4GB HMB2) | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Storage: 128GB – 512GB PCIe SSD
Are you in the market for one of the best 2 in 1 laptops which can provide solid performance and serious horsepower? Well, you’ll find it in the Dell XPS 15, which incidentally also gets our vote as one of the best Ultrabooks you can buy today. This 2-in-1 is possibly among the most coveted 2-in-1 laptops – with discrete class Radeon RX Vega graphics to boot. With it, you get a spectacular convertible that doesn’t sacrifice sheer power. So, while it comes with a price tag that’s a bit on the high end, it’s also completely worth breaking open the piggy bank.
Read the full review: Dell XPS 15 2-in-1
6. Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13-inch)
A hole in one for 2-in-1s
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5) | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.5” PixelSense display | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD
We had nothing but love for the first Surface Book so when we heard that there was going to be a 15-inch Surface Book 2, we could barely contain our excitement. In the end though, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 didn’t end up being the best 2-in-1 laptop out there. However, it’s still a notable machine, even if it’s held back by a few compromises that were necessary to begin with. This 2-in-1 laptop features cutting-edge 8th-generation processors as well as Nvidia 10-series graphics for gamers and creatives alike. Combine that with its unique convertible solution, and the Surface Book 2 is an ace in our book.
Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13-inch)
7. Lenovo Yoga C930
2-in-1 with little to no compromise
CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.9-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) IPS Glossy Multi-touch | Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD
Sleek, thin and with solid specs to boot, the new Lenovo Yoga C930 is definitely worthy of a spot in the best 2 in 1 laptops list. And, that’s without stating the fact that it now offers a 4K display model, so that high-end viewing experience and decent gaming might be had once users have gotten their day-to-day workload out of the way. This 2-in-1 is a strong contender for consumers light on cash, but if you do decide to go for gold, be ready to break the bank.
Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga C930
8. Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch)
Two inches closer to perfection
CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 15-inch 3,240 x 2,160 PixelSense touch display | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD
It’s no secret that we’re fans of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 13-inch, seeing as how we just raved about it earlier in this list. But how about its 15-inch brother? Well, with its long battery life, high-end specs that will power through the demands of a day-to-day workload as well as a lot of entertainment, and of course, its unique design features, we’re apt to feel the same way. This model isn’t for the economical shoppers, however. Still, if you do have the money, its base model with 256GB storage is well worth the cost and is among the best 2 in 1 laptops money can buy.
Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch)
9. HP Envy x360 13 (2019)
HP gives its slimline laptop an AMD upgrade
CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3300U – AMD Ryzen 7 3700U | Graphics: AMD Radeon Vega 6 – Radeon Vega 10 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3" diagonal FHD IPS (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 256 GB – 1TB SSD
Thanks to its sleek, 13-inch design, this 2-in-1 is leaner that you might have expected, which works in your favor when engaging it in tablet mode. There are other compelling reasons why the HP Envy x360 (2019) is worth considering when you’re on the lookout for the best 2 in 1 laptops. This HP beauty offers a premium build, boasts 9 hours of video playback and delivers a performance that will get you through most of your schoolwork and project, at a very reasonable price.
Read the full review: HP Envy x360 (2019)
10. Acer Chromebook Spin 11
A Chromebook spins up a win
CPU: Intel Celeron N3350 | Graphics: HD Graphics 500 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 11.6" (1,366 x 768) HD IPS | Storage: 32GB Flash
Acer has a knack for designing reasonably priced laptops that are reliable enough for your typical productivity tasks and some viewing pleasures. They’ve proved that once again with their cut-rate contender, the Acer Chromebook Spin 11, declared by many as one of the best Chromebooks to have hit the shelves to date. Some compromises were made, justifiably considering its low price, including that middling battery life. But for budget buyers who are unlikely to tackle processor-intensive work, this one’s for the books.
Read the full review: Acer Chromebook Spin 11
Gabe Carey, Bill Thomas and Michelle Rae Uy have also contributed to this article
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