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Best touchscreen laptops 2021: the best touchscreen laptops we've tapped this year

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This list should make your hunt for one of the best touchscreen laptops of 2021 easier. (Image credit: Microsoft)
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Thanks to the best touchscreen laptops, portables and the way we use them have evolved tremendously. Touchscreens are no longer just a rare feature but a central one on many laptops these days, and they make using a laptop easier and more seamless.

The best touchscreen laptops offer more than just that touch functionality. Most of them come also equipped with a 2-in-1 form factor, which offers quite a bit of flexibility, as well as value, over more traditional options on the market. In addition, these machines offer as much substance as style, touting power and portability you would expect to see in the best laptops.

Find a touchscreen compatible machine to fit your needs regardless of whether you want something running Windows 10 or Chrome OS (the operating system for the best Chromebooks). Here are the best touchscreen laptops in 2021. Everything you’ll find here has been reviewed by us, so you know they’re quality laptops and are among the best 2-in-1 laptops.

Dell XPS 15

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1. Dell XPS 15 (2020)

The ultimate laptop has arrived

Specifications
CPU: 10th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti
RAM: 8GB – 64GB
Screen: 15.6" FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit – 15.6" UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-Nit Display
Storage: 256GB – 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe
Reasons to buy
+Amazing speakers+Beautiful display+Comfy keyboard
Reasons to avoid
-GTX 1650 Ti is a little weak

The Dell XPS 15 is, without a doubt, one of the best laptops to hit the streets in 2021. Combining staggering power in a stylish thin and light chassis, this laptop doesn’t hold back when it comes to internals and features that improve your computing experience overall. Among those amazing features are a gorgeous bright display with 500 nits of brightness, an extremely comfortable keyboard, impressive speakers, and a terrific trackpad. And, for those looking for the best touchscreen laptop, this one’s got an incredible one that’s highly accurate and responsive – not to mention, a pleasure to use.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 15

HP Spectre x360 (2020)

The HP Spectre x360 (2020)'s killer combination makes it one of the best touchscreen laptops out there. (Image credit: HP)

2. HP Spectre x360 (2020)

HP’s flagship 2-in-1 gets a 2020 refresh

Specifications
CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i7
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti with Max-Q design
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 15.6-inch, 3840 x 2160 pixels touch
Storage: 512 GB – 2TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Stylish and high-quality finish+Great all-around performance+Built-in security features are useful
Reasons to avoid
-Battery life takes a hit-Can run hot at times

HP’s beloved and highly praised 2-in-1 is back with a vengeance, this time with more powerful components like the 10th-generation Intel Core processors and Intel Iris Plus graphics. Of course, that impeccable 2-in-1 design and pristine gem-cut chassis are back, as are its security features and Bang & Olufsen speakers. That killer combination makes it, now more than ever, one of the best touchscreen laptops out there. Is it a wonder that this is one of our favorite laptops of 2021? If you care about aesthetics as much as you do performance and overall quality, this is the laptop for you.

Read the full review: HP Spectre x360 (2020)

Dell XPS 13 (2020)

Dell XPS 13 boasts that covetable 4K touchscreen feature. (Image credit: Dell)

3. Dell XPS 13 (2020)

The premium champ is back

Specifications
CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics – Iris Plus Graphics
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.4" FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit – 13.4" UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-Nit
Storage: 256GB – 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous design+Excellent battery life+Solid performance
Reasons to avoid
-Lackluster audio-Expensive

The competition in the Ultrabook market is getting tougher every year, and early players have been finding it difficult to keep up. Not the Dell XPS 13, however. Not only has this laptop kept a lofty spot in every best touchscreen laptops list, but it’s also still among the best laptops on the market years after its first release. This extremely luxurious device comes with an all-day battery life, solid performance and a design that you’ll fall in love with at first sight. Due to its thin chassis that’s only about half an inch, it does compromise on a couple of things, most notably its audio and its price tag, which is pretty high for some people. However, the Dell XPS 13 is worth every penny.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13 (2020) 

Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition

Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition more than meets the standards of videographers, photographers and designers. (Image credit: Razer)

4. Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition

A seriously powerful pro laptop

Specifications
CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q – NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 Studio Edition
RAM: 32GB
Screen: 15.6-inch OLED 4K Touch 60Hz, factory calibrated
Storage: 1TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Powerful+Beautiful screen
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

Razer has redesigned its best gaming laptop to turn it into a mobile creative workstation touting a jaw-dropping performance that meets the standards of videographers, photographers and designers. This laptop packs a serious punch. But, it also rocks a stunning, factory-calibrated 4K display with the touchscreen model on hand, giving video editors not just incredibly sharp content but also lots of space to work on while they’re editing on the go. If a fast and seamless workflow is of utmost importance in your day to day, then the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition is the best touchscreen laptop for you. Just be ready to splurge.

Read the full review: Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition

HP Envy x360 13 (2019)

You can't go wrong with HP Envy x360 13 (2019) for productivity or for entertainment and Internet browsing. (Image credit: HP)

5. HP Envy x360 (2019)

HP gives its slimline laptop an AMD upgrade

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Slim and sleek for a 2-in-1+High quality chassis+Improved battery life
Reasons to avoid
-CPU performance merely adequate-Graphics performance disappointing

If a 13-inch slimline 2-in-1 laptop that gets you through your daily computing routine, whether for productivity or for entertainment and Internet browsing, is all you need, then you cannot go wrong with Envy x360's AMD upgrade. This laptop not only packs the latest AMD mobile CPU, but also boasts a premium chassis that will be the envy of other laptops at your office, making it deserving of its moniker. Better yet, it offers 9 hours of video playback, lasting you an entire work day without charging.

Read the full review: HP Envy x360 (2019)

Lenovo Yoga C940

There’s a lot of things going for the Lenovo Yoga C940 beyond its gorgeous premium design. (Image credit: Lenovo)

6. Lenovo Yoga C940

The Lenovo Yoga is back and it means business

Specifications
CPU: up to 10th-generation Intel Core i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics
RAM: up to 16GB
Screen: 14” FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, touchscreen, glossy, 400 nits –14" UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS, touchscreen, glossy, HDR 400, 500 nits
Storage: up to 2TB SSD PCIe
Reasons to buy
+Excellent design+Great performance+Comfy keyboard
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Battery life

There’s a lot of things going for the Lenovo Yoga C940 beyond its gorgeous premium design. It’s a great performer, first of all, thanks to the powerful internals under its hood. It’s also got a keyboard that’s comfortable to type on, a rotating soundbar with 2 additional speakers, a touch pen and a TrueBlock Privacy Shutter. All in a fairly thin and light laptop, and for a price that’s every so slightly cheaper than the competition. If you’re as much about the add-ons as the basics, then you’ll get a lot of value out of the Lenovo Yoga C940.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga C940

Lenovo Yoga C930

The Lenovo Yoga C930 boast high-quality IPS Glossy touchscreen display. (Image credit: Lenovo)

7. Lenovo Yoga C930

2-in-1 with little to no compromise

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i7
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: UHD (3,840 x 2,160) IPS Glossy Multi-touch
Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Strong build quality+Robust feature set+Excellent battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Weak graphics performance-Pricey upgrade options

Not only is the new Lenovo Yoga C930 one of the best hybrid laptops we’ve reviewed to date, but it’s also deserving of a spot on our best touchscreen laptops list. It’s all thanks to that high-quality IPS Glossy touchscreen display, which not only offers stylus support, but is also available in both Full HD and 4K – nifty if you work with high resolution photos. Get all your productivity tasks out of the way, and then throw in some decent gaming post work.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga C930

Surface Book 2 (15-inch)

Surface Book 2 (15-inch) boast a larger screen and extremely beefier hardware.

8. Surface Book 2 (15-inch)

A true 15-inch tablet that’s also a laptop

Specifications
CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i7
Graphics: : Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5); Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 16GB
Screen: 15-inch (3,240 x 2,160)
Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight yet large tablet+Massively powerful
Reasons to avoid
-Very pricey

The Surface Book 2 15-inch delivers the same great touch and pen experience as the Surface Pro. However, it also takes it to a new level by boasting a larger screen and extremely beefier hardware. Thanks to its quad-core processor and potent discrete GPU, it’s well-equipped to handle your most ambitious art projects, not to mention some of the best PC games that are currently taking up all your free time. If this isn’t one of the best touchscreen laptops on the market right now, we don’t know what is.

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

Surface Laptop 3

Microsoft's Surface Laptop 3 has a stunning display. (Image credit: Microsoft)

9. Surface Laptop 3

Longer-lasting than most

Specifications
CPU: 10th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7, AMD Ryzen 5 3580U – 7 3780U
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics, AMD Radeon Vega 9 – RX Vega 11
RAM: 8GB – 32GB
Screen: 13.5-inch (2256 x 1504) – 15-inch (2496 x 1664) PixelSense Display
Storage: 128GB – 1TB
Reasons to buy
+Excellent battery life+Exciting AMD flagship debut
Reasons to avoid
-Far too few ports-Lacking in power

With the debut of an AMD Ryzen processor in Microsoft’s Surface Laptop line, the Surface Laptop 3 is more accessible than ever to more people, especially fans of AMD’s latest processors and graphics cards. Unfortunately, there aren’t many fresh features this time around – if you need more ports, for example, you might want to skip this. But, this latest model is more powerful than ever, and it does pack some of the longest battery life in its class. And, of course, it’s one of the thinnest and lightest laptops on the market. If longevity and portability matters most to you, it’s a worthy contender.

Read the full review: Surface Laptop 3

Lenovo Yoga C630

Lenovo Yoga C630 boast a 13.3-inch, wide-angle FHD stunning display with touchscreen functionality. (Image credit: Lenovo)

10. Lenovo Yoga C630

Windows on Snapdragon redeemed

Specifications
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Processor
Graphics: Qualcomm Adreno 630
RAM: up to 8GB
Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Multi-touch
Storage: up to 256 GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+4G connectivity+Huge battery life+Thin and light design
Reasons to avoid
-Limited app compatibility

Budget users seeking touchscreen functionality will appreciate the value the Lenovo Yoga C630 offers. This 2-in-1 starts at $629 (about £517, A$927), with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB of SSD storage and integrated Qualcomm graphics. That means that it’s a lightweight option for those folks who aren’t entirely convinced by the Chrome OS environment. It has a few aces to top it all off, including the Lenovo Active Pen, a Fingerprint Reader and more than 23 hours of battery life. And what of the display? It’s a 13.3-inch, wide-angle FHD stunner, with touchscreen functionality, of course.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga C630

Michelle Rae Uy and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this article.