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The 5 Best Touchscreen Laptops - Winter 2024 Reviews

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Best Touchscreen Laptops

While touch input isn't absolutely necessary on a laptop, it provides an additional way to interact with the device and can sometimes make navigation easier and more natural. These days, there are tons of laptops with a touchscreen, including traditional clamshell models, 2-in-1 convertibles, and tablets with detachable keyboards. So, to help you sort through all the available options, we've compiled a list of the best we've tested. There won't be any MacBooks in this article because there aren't any MacBooks with a touchscreen.

We've tested more than 105 laptops, and below are our recommendations for the best touchscreen laptops. You can also check out our recommendations for the best laptops, the best laptops for college, and the best business laptops.


  1. Best Touchscreen Laptop

    The best touchscreen laptop we've tested is the Dell XPS 15 (2023). This 15.6-inch mobile workstation is one of the most popular laptops on the market, and for good reason. It provides an excellent user experience and packs plenty of processing power to handle demanding tasks. Its thin and light design makes it easy to carry around, and it feels incredibly well built, thanks to its CNC-machined aluminum chassis and carbon fiber keyboard deck. You can get this laptop with a 3.5k, touch-sensitive OLED display; it produces deep, inky blacks and is suitable for color-critical work as it has full DCI P3 coverage. The keyboard feels great to type on, and the touchpad is large and responsive.

    Spec-wise, you can configure this laptop with an Intel Core i5, i7, or i9 H-series CPU. As for the GPU, you can get the base model with an Intel Arc A370M GPU if your work doesn't require a lot of GPU processing power or upgrade to one of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40-series GPUs (up to a 4070). The NVIDIA GPUs aren't the fastest on the market, as they run at a low TGP (Total Graphics Power) of 40W, but they're still adequate for intensive tasks. Our only complaints are about the webcam and thermals. The webcam's image looks extremely underexposed, and while resolution isn't always the culprit for bad image quality, a 720p webcam still feels rather cheap on such a premium device. Lastly, the keyboard gets uncomfortably hot under load.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Touchscreen Laptop

    If you only perform light productivity tasks like text processing and spreadsheets, you can save some money with an ultraportable, as you won't have to pay for performance you don't need. We recommend the ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (2023). This sleek 2-in-1 convertible feels incredibly well-built and is easy to carry around. It has a gorgeous 90Hz OLED display, a comfortable keyboard, and a large touchpad with a built-in virtual Numpad. It supports pen input and comes with an MPP (Microsoft Pen Protocol) 2.0 stylus, but there's nowhere to dock or attach the pen for transport.

    Performance is great. Its Intel 13th Gen CPU has no problem handling general productivity and more demanding workloads like photo editing and programming. Battery life sits around eight hours of light use, so depending on your usage, you may need to plug it in for a quick charge to get through the day. The port selection is great; it has one USB-A, two USB-C/Thunderbolt 4s, and an HDMI. In addition to its excellent 1080p webcam, there's also a facial recognition IR camera for quick logins.

    Fans of the 2-in-1 tablet form factor can get the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 (2021) instead. You can detach the keyboard to save space or make the device easier to hold, and you can pop it back on when you need to type something out. The display supports pen input, although you need to buy the stylus separately, and the same goes for the keyboard. There's already a newer Microsoft Surface Pro 9; however, it's only a minor upgrade to Intel 12th Gen CPUs and is more expensive. You can likely find a great deal on the Surface Pro 8 since it's an older device.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Touchscreen Laptop

    Our best mid-range pick is the Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 (2023), a 16-inch 2-in-1 convertible. This laptop sports a large 16-inch display, giving you plenty of room for multitasking, and since it's a 2-in-1, you can set the laptop up in tent mode for media consumption or use it as a tablet. Build quality is great; it just doesn't feel quite as premium as the models above. There are two display options: an FHD+ and a QHD+ panel. We recommend the latter, as it looks sharper and gets brighter to combat glare. There's pen input support if you like to draw or take handwritten notes, and the laptop comes with a stylus included in the box.

    This laptop is available with Intel 13th Gen U- and P-series CPUs, which are plenty fast for general productivity tasks like text processing, web browsing, video playback, and spreadsheets. The battery lasts around 12 hours of light use, even on a model with a QHD+ display, and it charges quickly over USB-C. By the way, the USB-C ports support Thunderbolt 4, allowing you to transfer files quickly and connect up to two 4k displays at 60Hz with a single cable. The webcam is decent; the image has a fair amount of details but an unnatural tint and slightly washed-out colors.

    The Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2022) is a good alternative if you want something smaller. It's super compact, and its battery lasts easily through a full day of light use. It also supports pen input and comes with a stylus that you can dock into the side of the laptop for transport. Unfortunately, there's no fingerprint sensor or facial recognition IR camera. Also, you can't install x86 Windows programs on Chrome OS, so you must ensure you can do everything through a Chrome browser or Android apps. This laptop is available with various Intel 12th Gen CPUs; however, availability is scarce because there's a newer 2023 version. We haven't tested the 2023 model but expect it will perform similarly. You can get the 2023 model on Amazon or at Best Buy.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Touchscreen Laptop

    The best budget touchscreen laptop we've tested is the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15 (2021). As this is an older model from 2021, you can easily find an AMD Ryzen 5 5500U configuration for around $500. The Ryzen 5 5500U CPU is a few years old but still plenty fast for general productivity tasks like web browsing, text processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. Battery life sits around nine hours of light use, just enough to get you through a typical 8-hour workday.

    This laptop is pretty easy to carry around for a 15.6-inch model. Its metal-and-plastic construction feels relatively sturdy—fair for the price but nothing special. You get a reasonably bright 1080p display, a 720p webcam, and a fingerprint sensor. As for the keyboard and touchpad, the former feels tactile but slightly tiring, and the latter is small but reasonably responsive. Unfortunately, you can only charge the laptop via the barrel plug connector because the USB-C port doesn't support charging, and the HDMI port only supports HDMI 1.4 standards, limiting the output resolution to 4k at 30Hz.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Touchscreen Laptop

    If you have an extremely tight budget and want to spend as little as possible, get the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook 14 (2023). You can regularly find the Core i3 configuration (paired with an FHD display, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage) for around $350 to $500 USD on Lenovo's website. The Core i3-N305 CPU can handle light productivity tasks like text processing, web browsing, and video playback; just don't expect to do anything intensive like video editing. The cheaper configurations with an Intel N100 or N200 CPU and/or 4GB of RAM are fine if you have an extremely light workload, but know that you'll experience more slowdowns when multitasking.

    Admittedly, this 14-inch Chromebook looks pretty cheap design-wise; however, it's very compact, and its battery lasts around 13 hours of light use. As for the display, while there are multiple options, only the FHD IPS panel with 100% sRGB coverage supports touch input. It looks sharp and gets bright enough for use in most indoor settings. Above it is an excellent 1080p webcam, so your colleagues and clients can see and hear you clearly on video calls. Unfortunately, the keyboard feels a tad mushy, and the touchpad is small and sometimes unresponsive.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Lenovo Slim Pro 7 14 (2023): The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 14 (2023) is cheaper than the Dell XPS 15 (2023). It has a better webcam and a wider port selection, but you can only get it with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 GPU and 16GB of soldered RAM. It also has a dimmer display and a slightly shorter battery life. See our review
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 (2023): The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 (2023) is a good alternative to the ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (2023). It has a wider port selection and longer battery life; however, it isn't a 2-in-1 and is more expensive. See our review
  • Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2023): The Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2023) is a good alternative to the Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 (2023). It has a slightly sturdier build and doesn't throttle as much as the Lenovo; however, it doesn't support Thunderbolt 4 or USB4, and its battery life is shorter. See our review
  • Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 (2021): The Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 (2021) is a good alternative to the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15 (2021) if you only need a device for media consumption. It has a nicer OLED display, and you can detach the keyboard to save space. However, the keyboard feels less comfortable to type on, and its port selection is significantly worse. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Feb 01, 2024: Verified that all picks are still valid and made minor text changes to improve clarity. The recommendations remain the same.

  2. Dec 04, 2023: Replaced the Lenovo Chromebook C340 15 (2020) with the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook 14 (2023) because the C340 is near the end of its OS support.

  3. Oct 06, 2023: Replaced the Dell Precision 5570 (2022) with the Dell XPS 15 (2023) because the XPS 15 has longer battery life and is available with faster Intel 13th Gen CPUs and NVIDIA 40-series GPUs. Replaced the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2023) with the Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 (2023) because the Lenovo has Thunderbolt 4, stylus support, and longer battery life.

  4. Aug 10, 2023: Replaced the Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 (2022) with the ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (2023) because the ASUS has a nicer OLED display, a wider port selection, and faster Intel 13th Gen CPUs. Replaced the Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2022) with the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2023) because the Dell has a sturdier build, a better touchpad, and a wider port selection. Added the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15 (2021) as the 'Best Budget' pick and moved the Lenovo Chromebook C340 15 (2020) to the 'Best Cheap' category, replacing the Acer Chromebook 315 (2020).

  5. Jun 15, 2023: Minor text changes to include the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 as an alternative to the Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2022). Added the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 (2023) as a Notable Mention.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best touchscreen laptops you can get. We factor in the price (a cheaper laptop wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no laptops that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you prefer to make your own decision, here’s the list of all of our laptop reviews, sorted by price from low to high. Keep in mind that most laptops are available in various configurations, and the table only shows the results of the model we tested, so it’s best to see the full review for information about other variants.