The best 2-in-1 laptops you can buy
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- A great 2-in-1 offers the best of a laptop and the best of a tablet.
- In our testing, the Lenovo Yoga C930 came out on top as the best 2-in-1 laptop for people who want the power of a PC and the portability of a tablet.
It's not just a laptop, but it's not just a tablet, either. It's both! The 2-in-1 laptop has gotten a whole lot better over the past few years, to a point where in many cases, these devices represent a more flexible take on the laptop.
The two main types of 2-in-1 laptops include the detachable 2-in-1 and the convertible 2-in-1. With a detachable, you can completely remove the screen from the keyboard to turn your laptop into a real tablet. The convertible, on the other hand, allows you to turn the display completely around the device, so that the keyboard is at the bottom and the touchscreen is easy to use as a tablet.
When shopping for a 2-in-1, you should look out for most of the same specifications and features you'd want in a normal laptop. When it comes to operating system, most 2-in-1 devices run Windows, but some use Google's Chrome OS, which is largely web-based and can run many Android apps. Currently, there aren't any 2-in-1 devices that run Apple's MacOS.
Apart from that, you'll also want to think about the specs under the hood. Things like the processor, storage, and RAM all impact how a computer runs. We're not going to dive into what they all do now, but if you want to, Lifewire has a good guide on how they all work.
Last but not least, you'll also want to think about any extra features. Many people buy 2-in-1 devices for artistic reasons - Some devices come with a stylus that can be useful for graphic design. Other 2-in-1 laptops also have things like a fingerprint sensor and other interesting and modern features.
To find the best 2-in-1 laptops you can buy, we tested several devices and read up on all the expert reviews and buyer comments.
Here are the best 2-in-1 laptops you can buy in 2019:
- Best 2-in-1 overall: Lenovo Yoga C930
- Best detachable 2-in-1: Microsoft Surface Pro 6
- Best 15-inch 2-in-1 laptop: Microsoft Surface Book 2
- Best 2-in-1 Chromebook: Google Pixelbook
- Best 2-in-1 laptop for graphics: Asus ZenBook Flip 14
Updated on 03/18/2019 by Christian de Looper: Updated prices, added two new picks, and updated formatting.
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