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The 6 Best 2-In-1 Laptops - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best 2-In-1 Laptop

2-in-1 convertible laptops have increased in popularity as they're versatile devices that can adapt to different uses. There are many types of 2-in-1s, including laptops with 360-degree hinges, tablets with a kickstand and detachable keyboard, and even newer models with dual screens. Of course, choosing one will depend on your needs, so we've put together a list of various laptops to help you make a buying decision.

We've tested over 60 laptops, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best 2-in-1 convertible laptops you can buy. You can also check out our picks for the best laptops, the best Chromebooks, and the best business laptops.

  1. Best 2-In-1 Laptop

    The best 2-in-1 laptop we've tested is the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (2021). It has a full aluminum chassis that feels sturdy, and it's easy to carry around. Its 360-degree hinge allows you to put the laptop in tent mode for presentations and media consumption or flip the screen around and use it as a tablet. It comes with a stylus that you can use to take notes, and there's even a charging slot for it at the back of the laptop. You can configure it with a 1080p or 4k display, an Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU, and up to 16GB of memory.

    The battery lasts about nine hours of light use, which is just enough to get you through a typical workday, though you might still need to plug it in if you run more intensive applications or perform heavy multitasking. For biometrics, it has a Windows Hello-compatible webcam and a fingerprint sensor. Lastly, there are some design differences between the Mica and Shadow Black models, so it's best to check out our full review for the details.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range 2-In-1 Laptop

    If you don't want to spend too much on a premium model and are okay with some compromises, get the Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 (2021). It's essentially a more affordable version of our top pick, the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (2021). It's also thin and light, and it has an even longer battery life, up to 15 hours of light use. However, the display doesn't get very bright. At around 250 cd/m² peak brightness, it's only enough for indoor use, and even then, you might still have some trouble with visibility in very well-lit or sunny settings.

    Another tradeoff is that it doesn't come with a stylus. It supports pen input; you just have to buy the pen separately, and there isn't a place to dock it for transport. Also, the speakers don't sound as well-balanced or loud as its more premium sibling. You still get a comfortable keyboard that you can type on all day and a wide port selection that includes two USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports. Overall, it's still a very good laptop despite some compromises, and worth checking out if you want to save some money.

    A cheaper alternative would be the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (2020). This configuration on Amazon has an Intel Core i3 CPU, 4GB of memory, and 64GB of storage. The Core i3 is plenty fast for Chrome OS, you just need to be mindful of the number of applications or Chrome tabs you have open at once due to its limited memory. If you can afford to spend more, you can go with this Core i5 model with 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage, which will give you a bit more headroom. If you're new to Chrome OS, know that it can only run web apps through the Chrome browser and Android apps, so if you need to run x86 Windows applications, the Lenovo is a better choice.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget 2-In-1 Laptop

    If you're looking for a more budget option, we recommend the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 (2020). It's an older, discontinued model that you can still find at an affordable price. It's available with AMD Ryzen 4000 or Intel 10th Gen CPUs, which are still powerful enough to handle general productivity tasks and media consumption. It supports pen input (any Wacom AES stylus will do), though you may have to buy it separately as it doesn't always come bundled with the laptop.

    Like most budget laptops, there are a few compromises. In the case of the IdeaPad Flex, it's the display and webcam. Its 1080p screen is sharp but doesn't get very bright, which means glare might be an issue in well-lit rooms, and the web cam's video quality is sub-par as the image looks soft and underexposed. On the bright side, its 53Wh battery lasts about 11 hours of light use, which is more than enough to get you through a typical school or workday.

    See our review

  4. Best Cheap 2-In-1 Laptop

    The Lenovo Chromebook C340 15 (2020) is our best cheap pick, a 15.6-inch Chromebook with a 360-degree hinge. It's available with an Intel Pentium Gold or a Core i3 CPU, both of which are fast enough to provide a smooth desktop experience on Chrome OS. Battery life is excellent at around 12 hours of light use or eight hours of video playback. The display gives you plenty of room for split-screen multitasking and looks relatively sharp; it just doesn't get very bright, so you might have visibility issues in very well-lit rooms. You get a comfortable keyboard with a Numpad, a small but responsive touchpad, and an okay webcam.

    Unfortunately, you can only get a maximum of 4GB of memory, which means you might experience some stutters or slowdowns if you have too many things running simultaneously.

    See our review

  5. Best 2-In-1 Tablet

    If you want a 2-in-1 tablet with a detachable keyboard, get the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 (2021). It's more comfortable to use as a tablet as you can detach the keyboard to make it lighter and easier to hold. Its 3:2 IPS panel looks sharp and has a 120Hz refresh rate to make pen input feel more responsive. The downside is that, like the keyboard, you need to buy the pen separately. Its 1080p webcam is excellent, and you also get an IR camera for quick logins via facial recognition. The battery lasts only around seven hours of light use, but luckily, the power adapter is fairly compact, and you can also charge via its USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports.

    If you don't need a lot of processing power and want a very compact device, go with the Microsoft Surface Go 3 (2021). It's also a tablet with a detachable keyboard but with a 10.5-inch screen. You still get a sharp display that supports pen input, an excellent webcam, and roughly the same battery life as the Pro 8. It's available with an Intel Pentium Gold or Core i3 CPU, which can only handle simpler tasks like emails, video playback, and web browsing. The keyboard feels a bit cramped, so it isn't the best for typing out a long report or essay, and unfortunately, it only has a single USB-C port.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget 2-In-1 Tablet

    Our pick for the best budget 2-in-1 tablet is the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 (2021). It's an affordable Chrome OS tablet with a stunning OLED panel. Like the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 (2021), it has a kickstand that you can open up to nearly any angle and a detachable keyboard. Its 42Wh battery will give you roughly 10 hours of light productivity or eight hours of video playback. Unfortunately, the speakers sound unnatural and quiet, so you're better off with a pair of headphones.

    You can get some work done on this laptop, but know that the SoC (System on Chip) can only handle simple tasks like web browsing and text formatting, and the keyboard is uncomfortable to type on because it feels cramped. Nonetheless, it's one of the best 2-in-1 budget laptops we've tested and a great option for light productivity and media consumption.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Lenovo Chromebook Duet (2020): The Lenovo Chromebook Duet (2020) is a smaller and cheaper alternative to the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 (2021); however, it uses an IPS panel, meaning it can't produce inky blacks like the Duet 5. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 22, 2022: Verified accuracy of picks; no change in recommendations.

  2. Nov 28, 2022: Verified accuracy of picks; no change in recommendations.

  3. Sep 29, 2022: Minor structure change. Replaced the HP ENVY X360 13 (2020) with the Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 (2021) because the HP is discontinued and hard to find. Moved the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (2020) to the Notable Mentions and removed the 'Lower Mid-Range' category.

  4. Aug 11, 2022: Restructured article to better match user expectations. Added the HP ENVY x360 14 (2020) as the 'Best Mid-Range' pick and the Lenovo Chromebook C340 15 (2020) as the 'Best Cheap' pick.

  5. Jul 07, 2022: Verified accuracy of picks; no change in recommendations.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 2-in-1 convertible laptops and the best 2-in-1 budget 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 a list of all of our 2-in-1 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.