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The 5 Best 2-In-1 Laptops - Summer 2022 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 50 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's an impressively well-built laptop with a full aluminum chassis and a 360-degree hinge. You can set it up in tent mode for presentations or 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. The keyboard feels comfortable to type on all day, and the touchpad tracks all movements and gestures well.

    You can configure the laptop with a 1080p or 4k display, an Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU, and up to 16GB of memory. The battery lasts about 9 hours of light use, 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. The important thing to know about this laptop is that the two color variants have slightly different designs and features, so it's best to check out our full review for the details.

    If you want something cheaper, go with the Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 (2021). It's also a 2-in-1 with a 360-degree hinge and available with Intel 11th Gen CPUs. Its battery lasts even longer at around 15 hours of light productivity, and you still get a great keyboard and a wide port selection. However, the screen doesn't get bright enough to combat glare, meaning you'll have visibility issues in well-lit settings. Also, it doesn't come with a stylus, and there isn't a place to dock and charge a pen, which is inconvenient and increases the chance you might lose it.

    See our review

  2. 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 this case, 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 webcam'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

  3. Best 2-In-1 Tablet

    If you prefer a tablet with a detachable keyboard, look no further than the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 (2021). This form factor makes the device much easier to use as a tablet as you can remove the keyboard to shed some weight and bulk. You can tilt the display to nearly any angle using its built-in kickstand, and it supports pen input, making it suitable for digital artists and creators. The Surface Slim Pen 2 is an accessory you'll have to buy separately, just like the type cover keyboard.

    Spec-wise, you can configure the laptop with an Intel 11th Gen Core i5 or i7 and up to 32GB of memory and 1TB of storage. If you make a lot of video calls, you'll be happy to hear that it has an excellent 1080p webcam, and there's also a 10MP rear camera should you need to take a photo or scan a document. Like most Microsoft devices, you get a Windows Hello IR camera so that you can log in quickly through facial recognition. The main downsides are that it only has two USB-C ports for your peripherals, and its battery lasts only a little over 7 hours of light use. Other than that, this is a great device if you want a tablet PC.

    If you want something more compact to get some work done on the go, the Microsoft Surface Go 3 (2021) might interest you. It's essentially a mini Surface Pro with a 10.5-inch screen, so it's much easier to fit into small bags. The Intel Pentium Gold and Core i3 CPUs can only handle easier tasks like emails and web browsing, but they don't require active cooling, meaning you don't have to deal with fan noise. You still get a sharp and bright display, a front and rear camera, and around 7 hours of battery life. The keys on the type cover keyboard feel almost identical to the Surface Pro 8's, but because it's more compact, it isn't as comfortable to type on for extended periods.

    See our review

  4. Best 2-In-1 Chromebook

    Our pick for the best 2-in-1 Chromebook is the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (2020). This model stands out for its sturdy build, high-quality display, and long battery life. The chassis feels solid, and of course, it has a 360-degree hinge that lets you flip the screen around. Its QHD display is sharp and bright, with a 3:2 aspect ratio that gives you more vertical space so that you don't have to scroll as much. It doesn't support pen input, though, which might disappoint those who like to take handwritten notes. The battery lasts a little over 12 hours of light productivity or 8 hours of video playback, and it takes roughly 2 hours to fully charge via USB-C.

    If you find the Acer Chromebook Spin 713's screen too small, check out the Lenovo Chromebook C340 15 (2020). Its 15.6-inch screen gives you more room for split-screen multitasking and still looks relatively sharp even though it's 1080p. Its larger size also means there's room on the keyboard for a Numpad, which is great for those working with lots of numbers. You can configure it 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. Overall, it's a good alternative if you want a bigger screen, plus, it's cheaper than the Acer.

    See our review

  5. Best 2-In-1 Multimedia Laptop

    For media consumption, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 (2021) is the clear winner. It's affordable and sports an OLED panel that delivers a stunning image with deep, inky blacks. Like the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 (2021), it has a kickstand that you can open up to nearly any angle. You can detach the keyboard to make the device easier to hold. Its 42Wh battery will give you roughly 8 hours of video playback, plenty of time to get through a couple of full-length movies. Unfortunately, the speakers sound unnatural and quiet, so you're better off with a pair of headphones. It doesn't have a 3.5mm headphone jack, though, and there isn't a USB-C audio adapter in the box, meaning you'll need wireless ones.

    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, if you only plan on using it for media consumption, it's a great option.

    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; however, it uses an IPS panel, meaning it can't produce inky blacks like the Duet 5. See our review

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.