The best 2-in-1 laptop 2019: find the best convertible laptop for your needs

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Over the last decade, we have fundamentally changed the way we use our laptops – thanks in large part to 2-in-1 laptops. The best 2-in-1 laptops come in every size and shape, and there’s nothing like flipping your laptop into tent mode to take in some Netflix after a long study session.

Some of the top 2-in-1 laptops, like the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1, will come strapped with the best processors, and will be among the best laptops on the market right now. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this convenient form factor.

Most of the best 2-in-1 laptops are going to be convertible, meaning their keyboard flips around the back, in order to transform into a tablet. There are a few 2-in-1 laptops that approach it differently, namely the Surface Book 2. Microsoft’s convertible has a detachable keyboard, and its high resolution PixelSense display is held up by sheer magnetic force. 

No matter how they implement the 2-in-1 functionality, these flexible laptops will usually have stylus compatibility – even if it’s becoming more rare to find a stylus included in the box. So, to help you find the best 2-in-1 laptop for your needs, we’ve gathered up every convertible notebook we’ve reviewed recently, with all their pros and cons taken into consideration.

1. HP Spectre x360

Beautiful and powerful

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB - 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch full HD (1,920 x 1,080) - UHD (3,840 x 2,160) touchscreen | Storage: 256GB - 2TB PCIe SSD

Included stylus
Svelte design
Expensive

The HP Spectre x360 isn’t just one of the best 2-in-1 laptops on the market, it’s one of the best laptops, period. There are few devices out there that match powerful components with svelte design quite as well as HP does here. The gem cut chassis will draw plenty of jealous looks in the coffee shop, while the powerful hardware will breeze through all of your work. And, when you’re done drawing in those jealous looks, you can flip it around into tablet mode to get some late-night Netflix in. 

Read the full review: HP Spectre x360

2. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

A convertible that doesn’t compromise

CPU: Intel Core i5-i7 | Graphics: Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics with 4GB HMB2 Graphics Memory | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD

Impressive power
Ultra-thin design
Kind of expensive

If you’ve been looking for one of the best 2-in-1 laptops, but you also kind of wanted something with some serious horsepower, you’re in luck. The Dell XPS 15, already one of the best Ultrabooks you can buy today, has been transformed into one of the best 2-in-1 laptops – with discrete class Radeon RX Vega graphics to boot. What this means is that you can get a beautiful 2-in-1, without sacrificing sheer power. And, while that means it’s a bit expensive on the high end – it’s totally worth it. 

Read the full review: Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 

3. 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 1050 (2GB GDDR5) | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.5-inch, 3,000 x 2,000 PixelSense display | Storage: 256GB – 1TB

Very good battery life
Powerful
Very expensive
No Surface Pen included

The original Surface Book was great enough, so when we first heard that a 15-inch Surface Book 2 was on the way, our expectations went sky-high. Microsoft’s second 2-in-1 laptop isn’t perfect, but it’s still an impressive device. This 2-in-1 laptop isn’t just gorgeous, but it’s packed with 8th-generation Intel processors and Nvidia 10-series graphics for gamers and creative types alike. When you take that power and pair it with its nifty convertibility – it’s easy to see why it’s a winner.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13-inch)

4. Lenovo Yoga 920

Multi-faceted dexterity that stomps the competition

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8 – 16GB | Screen: 13.9-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) multitouch IPS with integrated camera | Storage: 256GB – 1TB PCIe SSD

Lovely design
Thin
Lacks graphical power
Keyboard still annoys in tablet form

While it doesn’t offer the same level of graphics performance, the Lenovo Yoga 920 is a much more affordable alternative to the Surface Book 2. For anyone who’s looking for value, rather than a detachable screen, the Lenovo Yoga 920 has a lot to offer. The design, for example, is less pronounced and has the subtlety of a more traditional Ultrabook. Meanwhile it’s thin and powerful at the same time. 

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 920

5. Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch)

Two inches closer to perfection

CPU: Intel Core Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5) | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 15-inch, 3,240 x 2,160 PixelSense display | Storage: 256GB – 1TB PCIe SSD

Crazy long battery life
Massively powerful
No up-firing base speakers
Small trackpad

To be fair, we loved the 13-inch Surface Book already, so when we first caught word that a 15-inch Surface Book 2 was in the works, our expectations were amplified. In the end, Microsoft’s second 2-in-1 laptop isn’t perfect, but it is an impressive feat held back by a handful of (frankly necessary) concessions. For starters, this machine features cutting-edge 8th-generation Intel processors and Nvidia 10-series graphics for gamers and creative types alike. Pair that with its nifty convertibility, and we have ourselves a winner.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch)