Best 2-in-1 laptops 2022: top laptop-tablet hybrids for work & play

The best transforming tablet hybrids and 2-in-1 laptops you can buy in 2022

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The best 2-in-1 laptops do exactly what they say on the tin: they act as both a laptop and a tablet, and they usually come as either a tablet with a keyboard attachment or a detachable/foldable screen on a laptop.

There are some great quality hybrids available on the market right now, so if you’re looking for a device that’s easy to transport, or you simply want something for both work and play, we’ve rounded up some of the best 2-in-1 laptops in 2022 for you to peruse, including devices from Dell, Lenovo, ASUS and many more.

When deciding which one is best, it's important to consider what you’d like its primary use to be. If it’s for doing work such as sending emails and writing, then perhaps a sturdy keyboard is important. If you’re mostly using it for streaming TV and film, screen and battery life will be a bigger priority.

While the best 2-in-1 laptops are suited to a wide range of needs, those headed back to school, college or university should definitely consider one of these devices. They're lightweight, extremely versatile and have an attractive price tag – all things you need for the new back to school season.

If none of these are suited to your needs, you may also want to check out our guides to other devices such as the best laptops (opens in new tab), the best gaming laptops (opens in new tab), the best lightweight laptops (opens in new tab) and the best student laptops (opens in new tab). Or if you’re only after Apple, go straight to our guide on the best MacBook (opens in new tab). If it’s more the tablet side you’re after, our best tablets (opens in new tab) guide will give you the very best options available right now.

The best 2-in-1 laptops you can buy today in 2022

Asus ZenBook Flip 13 2-in-1 laptop hybridT3 Best Buy Award badge

For most people, the Asus ZenBook Flip 13 is the best 2-in-1 laptop to choose.

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The best 2-in-1 laptop for most people

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 13.3-inch
Storage: 256GB SSD
OS: Windows 10

Reasons to buy

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Striking 4K OLED touchscreen
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Deluxe chassis & build
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Neat Touchpad NumPad

Reasons to avoid

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11th Gen CPU underwhelms
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No dedicated headphone jack
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Battery life isn’t amazing

With its full 360-degree ErgoLift hinge and minimal-bezel design, the Zenbook Flip 13 is one of the best laptops Asus has ever released. Befitting its namesake, the Flip 13 can be flipped between laptop, movie and tablet mode almost effortlessly, rated for at least 20,000 cycles. It feels solid and sturdy too, with a spun-metal finish available in three different colours. Our review model came in the Royal Blue variant, which looks fantastic with its rose-gold trim.

Tooled up with an 8th-gen Intel Core processor, this is average for a laptop, but powerful for a tablet. The tablet mode feels great to use, too, thanks to a responsive touchscreen and military-grade tested durable design. The only missing feature is a smart stylus, which would make using the tablet mode for artistic endeavours a bit easier, but there’s always the potential to buy a third-party pen.

We haven’t even delved into the brilliant audio quality courtesy of sound masters Harman Kardon, nor the well-designed keyboard that feels sturdy and comfortable to use. By far the coolest feature, however, is the integrated numpad. Hold down an invisible button on the corner of the trackpad, and concealed LED backlighting illuminates, transforming the trackpad into a full numpad, ready to tackle any and all calculations.

All of this, partnered with a really competitive mid-tier price point, makes the Asus ZenBook Flip 13 our top recommendation for the best 2-in-1 laptop.

Asus ZenBook Flip 13 vs Microsoft Surface Book 3: which laptop is right for you?

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The best premium 2-in-1 laptop is the powerhouse Microsoft Surface Book 3.

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2. Microsoft Surface Book 3

The best premium 2-in-1 laptop

Specifications

CPU: Quad-core 10th-en Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 with Max-Q
RAM: 8GB / 16GB / 32GB LPDDR4x (3733Mhz )
Screen: 13.5-inch, 3000 x 2000 pixels (267 ppi)
Storage: 256GB / 512GB / 1TB

Reasons to buy

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A no-compromise laptop and tablet
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Excellent PixelSense display
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Powerful gaming GPU option

Reasons to avoid

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It will cost you

We were hugely impressed by what the Surface Book 2 had to offer, and the Surface Book 3 is an even better proposition: while the design stays mostly the same, the internals have been given a welcome boost, and at the top end of the configuration options you can get a discrete Nvidia graphics card installed.

This is both a heavy duty laptop and a heavy duty tablet rolled into one (and running the full version of Windows 10 of course) – unlike a lot of 2-in-1s, it has a proper laptop style keyboard, but also has a screen that completely detaches as well. While we've listed the specs for the 13.3-inch display above, a 15-inch model is also available if you want a larger display (just remember that the removable screen is going to be that bit bigger).

Anyone interested in the best 2-in-1 laptop at the moment has to check out the Surface Book 3 really, but it comes at a high price: this is only for those with relatively deep pockets to consider. Even at this price though, we don't think you're going to be disappointed.

To discover even more about this system check out T3's should I buy the Microsoft Surface Book 3 guide. To see how it stacks up against another premium 2-in-1 also scope out T3's Microsoft Surface Book 3 vs New Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 comparison feature.

HP Elite Dragonfly G2 2-in-1 laptop hybridT3 Approved badge

A small, convenient laptop for working here, there and everywhere. 

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The best 2-in-1 laptop for work

Specifications

CPU: 11th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: 16GB
Screen : 13.3-inch
Storage: 512GB
OS: Windows 10

Reasons to buy

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Excellent screen 
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Small, thin and lightweight 
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Powerful performance

Reasons to avoid

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Webcam could be better
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No SD card slot 

If you need a laptop for hybrid working, you'll need it to be light and convenient to carry with you, the HP Elite Dragonfly G2 weighs less than a kilogram and is about the size of an A4 notepad. Even its charger is small, only slightly bigger than the average smartphone adaptor. 

You'll have no problems fitting it into your bag, but that doesn't mean it skimps on power. This laptop has serious performance packed into it, with 16GB RAM and the newest 11th Gen Intel Core processors to choose from, it's a workhorse that won't let you down. 

There were a couple of small downsides, like the fact that it would have been good to have a more sophisticated webcam considering how much people have been relying on video calls recently. The battery life isn't amazing either, it's just fine.

Despite that, this is a seriously impressive laptop - it's faster, more premium and even nicer to use than the first generation of the PC, the HP Elite Dragonfly, and that's saying something! If you're looking for a versatile, transportable laptop then look no further. 

 

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If you need a portable and versatile 2-in-1 laptop then you won't get much better than the Microsoft Surface Pro 8

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Most versatile 2-in-1 laptop

Specifications

CPU: 11th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: Up to 32GB
Screen : 13-inch
Storage: Up to 1TB
OS: Windows 11

Reasons to buy

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120Hz refresh rate
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HD webcam and 4K rear camera 
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Impressive performance

Reasons to avoid

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Webcam could be better
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No SD card slot 

Anyone who needs versatility and portability from a 2-in-1 laptop should consider the Microsoft Surface Pro 8. If you buy the optional Surface Type Cover it works just as well as a tablet as it does a laptop. 

You’ll easily be able to carry it around in your bag because it’s both slim and light. To transform it into a laptop you simply snap on the Surface Type Cover, it's much nicer to use as a tablet than devices with the 360-degree swivelling design.

Once attached, you can angle the keyboard upwards for a better typing position or lay it flat on a table. It’s worth bearing in mind that the slender design isn’t as firm as a traditional keyboard. While that won’t be a problem for most people, if you spend literally all day every day typing then it may not be right for you. 

When it comes to performance, this doesn’t quite match up to some of the most powerful devices on this list but it’s really not that far off either. You’ll easily be able to get your work done on it, as well as edit photos and play some video games here and there. 

The only area that the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 really falls down in is battery life. You’ll still get a good few hours of video playback from it but you will need to have the charger within reach if you take it to work with you. 

To sum things up, this is the best Surface Pro device yet. Read about it in more detail in the full Microsoft Surface Pro 8 review

Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2-in-1 laptop hybridT3 Approved badge

A sophisticated laptop oozing style and boasting speed. 

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The best 2-in-1 laptop for streaming video

Specifications

CPU: 11th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: Up to 16GB
Screen : 14-inch
Storage: Up to 1TB
OS: Windows 10

Reasons to buy

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Powerful performance
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Great sound
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High-quality display 

Reasons to avoid

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Basic stylus
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Average battery life

If you need a 2-in-1 laptop to stream TV shows and movies, the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 combines an ultra-high-definition display with its own rotating soundbar to produce 360-degree audio. TV shows and movies are delivered how they were meant to be seen and heard. 

The laptop itself oozes class with a leather design on the outside and a glass touchpad integrated into the palm rest on the inside. You'll also find a stylus garaged into the back of the computer. 

It's not just stylish though, there's plenty of substance too. This is a speedy piece of kit which is sure to cope with pretty much everything you could throw at it. The only real downside is that the battery life is average but that won't be a deal-breaker for most. All-in-all this laptop will be well suited to productivity be that in business or academia. 

Check our Lenovo discount codes for the latest savings. 

Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED with keyboard attachedT3 Best Buy Award badge

If you don't want to spend thousands, the Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED could be worth considering. 

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An affordable 2-in-1 laptop with an OLED display

Specifications

CPU: Intel Pentium Silver N6000
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
RAM: 4GB / 8GB
Screen: 13.3-inch
Storage: 128GB / 256GB SSD
OS: Windows 11

Reasons to buy

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13.3-inch OLED touchscreen
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Stylus included in the box
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Easy to convert into a tablet

Reasons to avoid

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The magnetic stand isn’t very secure
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Performance is disappointing

Not all of the laptops on this list can be used comfortably as a tablet which means you might spend more time using them as your PC than anything else. If you want something that equally combines the two, check out the Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED. 

The keyboard magnetically snaps onto the display, once it's taken off it feels like a proper tablet. In the box, it not only comes with the keyboard but you also get a cover stand to prop it up, a stylus with four pen tips and a case to protect it all. You get a lot for your money. 

A 13.3-inch OLED touchscreen makes this Windows 11 PC ideal for streaming TV shows and movies as well as for getting work done. The screen is stunning and it's where the Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED really shines. You'll also get decent battery life and relatively quick charging too. 

Because it's so reasonably priced, you will have to make some sacrifices. Here it's the performance that has suffered, it's not anywhere near as speedy as some of the other options on this list. But in saying that, it'll do just fine for casual web browsing, taking notes and streaming Netflix.  You can read more about it in the Asus Vivobook 13 Slate OLED review.

Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 black laptop open on a white backgroundT3 Approved badge

A seriously light and portable 2-in-1 laptop with a 15.6inch screen.

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The best 2-in-1 laptop with a big screen

Specifications

CPU:
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: 16GB
Screen : 15.6-inch
Storage: 512GB
OS: Windows 11

Reasons to buy

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S Pen included in the box
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Incredibly slim and lightweight
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Works seamlessly with other Galaxy devices

Reasons to avoid

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16:9 aspect ratio won’t suit everyone 
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No facial recognition
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Lacks a 4K option

If you're after a laptop to work on during the day and kick back to watch a movie on in the evening, then this could be it. In the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 review, we said: "you’ll get all the accuracy you need for precise photo editing and all the vibrancy you could want for immersive movie streaming."

Unlike other 2-in-1 laptops, it doesn't feel awkward to use, largely thanks to how slim and lightweight it is. The screen itself is super responsive and feels lovely to use with a stylus included for quick sketches or note-taking. 

If you are a Samsung Galaxy user (be that smartphone or tablet) you can seamlessly transfer files between Galaxy devices, or use your tablet as a second screen. And you can control your smart home using SmartThings on the laptop.

HP Elite Folio 2-in-1 laptop hybridT3 Approved badge

It's covered in vegan leather which makes it look more like a folder than a PC.

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The best 2-in-1 laptop with 5G support

Specifications

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen2 5G
Graphics: Qualcomm Adreno 690 Graphics
RAM: 8GB / 16GB
Screen : 13.5-inch
Storage: 256GB / 512GB
OS: Windows 10

Reasons to buy

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Good battery life
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Bright, high-quality 3:2 display
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Facial recognition 

Reasons to avoid

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Disappointing performance
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Pull forward design doesn’t always stay in place
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No fingerprint sensor

Getting work done on the go has never been easier - the HP Elite Folio is compact, lightweight and it has 5G support so you can be connected to the internet wherever you are.

When it comes to performance it may not be quite as good as some of the other laptops on this list but it sure is one of the better-looking devices here. It's covered in vegan leather and features a pull-forward design which means you can convert it into a tablet or position it at any angle without needing to pick up the computer and faff around with it. 

On the keyboard, there’s a docking station that houses the included HP Slim Pen so it’ll always be charged up and ready to go. And the camera has IR facial recognition to keep the laptop secure. You’ll also get pretty good battery life. 

Don’t expect to use it to play complex games or for more creative workloads like video editing because the processor just can’t handle it as well as some of the other options here. 

Microsoft Surface Go 2 2-in-1 laptop hybridT3 Approved badge

Shopping on a budget? Then the Microsoft Surface Go 2 is a top choice.

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The best budget 2-in-1 laptop

Specifications

CPU: 8th-gen Intel Core m3
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 615
RAM: 4GB / 8GB
Screen: 10.5-inch 1920 x 1280 pixels (220 ppi)
Storage: 64GB / 128GB

Reasons to buy

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Attractive low price
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Great hardware package
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Compact and lightweight

This is a very Surface-heavy list and for good reason: Microsoft's forays into the 2-in-1 market have been a huge success, revitalising the company's image as a serious hardware maker right when it needed it. For people who want to get in on this without paying handsomely, Microsoft has you covered with the Microsoft Surface Go 2.

It builds on what made the original Surface Go so good, adding a more premium-feeling design and a small specs bump to make sure you can get through all of the computing tasks that you need to get through. It also squeezes in a bigger-sized screen into a form factor the same size as the original Surface Go, but cutting down on the bezels.

You can eke out around five hours of use between charges with the Surface Go, and given its size and power, it's perfect for everyday on-the-go computing. In your calculations about whether or not to buy this, make sure that you factor in the extra cost of the Type Cover keyboard in as well, which you're going to need to make full use of this as a laptop as well as a tablet.

Get even more information and buying advice in T3's dedicated should I buy the Microsoft Surface Go 2 feature.

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 laptop hybridT3 Approved badge

HP's Spectre is in a different league to many Windows laptops.

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A premium 2-in-1 laptop that oozes quality

Specifications

CPU: 11th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 8-16GB
Display: 13.3" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS BrightView micro-edge WLED-backlit multitouch – 13.3" diagonal 4K (3840 x 2160) UWVA BrightView micro-edge AMOLED multitouch
Storage: 256GB to 2TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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11th generation Intel processors
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Improved graphics
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Superb battery life
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Gorgeous design

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Limited connectivity

HP’s Spectres are very impressive hybrid laptops, and the 2021 versions are the best yet. This year’s X360 has 11th generation Intel Core processors, and the available graphics now go up to Intel Iris Xe.

The Spectre X360 is a very good-looking laptop and it’s built to a standard you don’t often see in Windows laptops: visually its closest rival may well be Apple’s M1 MacBook Pro. It’s beautifully made with a vivid, bright screen and a great keyboard, and as ever with HP it comes with a good selection of security options to keep your data safe. Battery life is around 13 hours and there’s a good range of configurations options for processors and storage. 

It can get a little bit noisy when you push it hard but that’s a minor niggle in an otherwise extremely impressive package.

To see how this system stacks up against another premium competitor, be sure to check out our Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 vs HP Spectre x360 comparison feature.

Samsung Galaxy Book Flex best 2-in-1 laptop hybridT3 Approved badge

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An excellent Windows 10 2-in-1 laptop from Samsung

Specifications

CPU: 10th-gen Intel Core i5-1035G4
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel
Storage: 512GB

Reasons to buy

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Very versatile
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Integrated S Pen stylus
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Impressive design

Reasons to avoid

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At the more expensive end of the spectrum
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Awkward fingerprint sensor placement
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16:10 aspect ratio preferable for web browsing

While the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex is going to set you back a substantial amount of cash, you get a lot back for your money – it ticks just about every box you could want to tick in terms of battery life, performance, screen quality, design and so on.

It's perhaps the extras that really make this laptop stand out though. You get an integrated S Pen stylus that slots right into the casing, while the trackpad doubles up as a wireless charging pad. Then of course there's the 2-in-1 nature of the device, which means you can use it in a variety of positions and for many different applications.

While the performance you get here isn't good enough for heavy video editing or gaming, it'll breeze through everyday tasks, and it's perfect for office workers and students alike (that high price notwithstanding). If you think you'll make use of the extra features, it's well worth the investment.

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12. Asus Flip 2-in-1 Chromebook

In terms of bang for your buck, the best 2-in-1 laptop running Chrome OS

Specifications

CPU: Dual-core Intel Core m3-8100Y
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 615
RAM: 4GB
Screen: 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel (157 ppi)
Storage: 64GB

Reasons to buy

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Stunningly low price
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Strong, punchy screen
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Stylish design

Reasons to avoid

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Is ChromeOS enough for your needs?

Chromebooks lend themselves rather well to the 2-in-1 format: you can use them as a laptop when you need to do some serious work, but then you can also prop them up or fold them over when it's time for some sitting back and relaxing in front of Netflix instead. In either scenario, the Asus Flip 2-in-1 Chromebook has you covered.

Specs don't particularly matter when it comes to Chromebooks, but the Intel Core m3 processor and 4GB of RAM should handle as many browser tabs as you're able to load up. Remember that Chromebooks can also run Android apps as well now, which gives you another way of using the tablet.

We really like the design of this 2-in-1 Chromebook as well, all subtle greys and thin bezels, and it's lightweight enough to sling in a rucksack very easily. There are plenty of other models in the Asus Flip line, so be sure to check them all out in your search for the best 2-in-1 laptop around.

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You know you're getting quality with the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

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13. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

A stunning a versatile 2-in-1 option

Specifications

CPU: Quad-core 10th-gen Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus
RAM: 8GB / 16GB / 32GB
Screen: 13.4-inch, 3840 x 2400 pixels (337 ppi)
Storage: 256GB / 512GB / 1TB

Reasons to buy

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Oozes premium quality from every angle
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Bright, gorgeous screen
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Can pack in plenty of power

Reasons to avoid

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Princely price point

Very appealing looks, superb specs... what's not to like about the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1? The standard XPS 13 is a fine laptop in its own right, but this 2-in-1 version folds right over as well – perhaps most useful in tent mode, when you want to prop it up to enjoy some video streaming content in the evening. You get a device that's sleek, light, and capable of managing everything you need it to do.

As usual with Dell devices, a variety of configurations are available for your Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 – it depends how much money you've got to spend and what you need your laptop to do as to which one is going to be the best one for your particular needs. What's true about all of them, however, is that they're all very capable, very versatile, and very well-designed.

This is very much an option to consider if you're more interested in the laptop rather than the tablet aspect of the 2-in-1 experience – the XPS 13 is absolutely one of the best laptops on the market at the moment, and the fact that you can fold it right over and use it as a tablet just adds to the appeal.

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The Acer Switch Alpha 12 comes with an excellent kickstand built in.

14. Acer Switch Alpha 12

A convertible tablet that's cool in more ways than one

Specifications

CPU: 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 12-inch 16:9 (2,160 x 1,440)
Storage: 128GB or 256GB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Liquid-cooled
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Thin and light

Reasons to avoid

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Leans more toward tablet use

One of the cheaper options in this guide, Acer's Switch Alpha 12 is clearly influenced by Microsoft's Surface Pro 4, but its wireframe kickstand more closely echoes HP's Spectre x2.

It boasts a trick that neither of those devices can, though: liquid cooling. That's right, the Alpha 12 is the first tablet that pumps a coolant solution around the inside to keep it running cool and quiet. It's an innovative device that is offered at a surprisingly acceptable price, especially considering that its decent keyboard dock is included in the bundle.

Silver, shiny, tough and smart, the Switch Alpha 12 has more than a few tricks up its sleeve to earn its place on our best 2-in-1 laptops list.

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15. Microsoft Surface Pro 7

One of the best 2-in-1 laptops keeps getting better

Specifications

CPU: Quad-core 10th-gen Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus
RAM: 4GB / 8GB / 16GB
Screen: 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824 pixels (267 pp)
Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB

Reasons to buy

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Thin, light and stylish
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Premium keyboard and pen
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Latest model has Wi-Fi 6

Reasons to avoid

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Battery life isn't great
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Thick screen bezels

The Surface Pro 7 doesn't change a huge amount from the Surface Pro 6, especially in terms of its looks, but that's actually fine with us – there's no need to mess around with a winning formula just for the sake of it. It now comes with USB-C, and as an added bonus supports the most up-to-date and fastest Wi-Fi 6 standards as well.

As well as the i7 chipset that we've listed in the specs above, less powerful configurations are available too, so you can tailor the Surface Pro 7 to your needs and budget. If you've got the money, you can certainly get yourself a 2-in-1 that's capable of some serious performance – you shouldn't have any trouble with lag or slowdowns on the top-end configurations.

If the Surface Book 3 is a little too bulky for you and the Surface Go 2 is a little too on the small and underpowered side, then get the Surface Pro 7 as the perfect compromise. The only caveat is that the Surface Pro 8 might really revamp the design as well as bump the specs, when it arrives.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S7: which hybrid is best?

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Want to lean more towards a tablet experience, while still having solid laptop functionality? Then the Tab S7 is worth looking at.

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A great media tablet that, with extra spend, turns into a lightweight laptop

Specifications

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus
Graphics: Adreno 650
RAM: 6GB / 8GB
Screen: 11-inch LTPS TFT, 2560 x 1600 pixels (274 ppi)
Storage: 128GB / 256GB

Reasons to buy

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A great tablet and a decent laptop
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Usual excellent Samsung display
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Works with the S Pen stylus

Reasons to avoid

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Not all apps are optimised
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Expensive for a tablet

If you want something running Android that can do double duty as both a tablet and a laptop, then you don't have a huge number of options at the moment. Of the options that you do have, we reckon that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is just about the best of them: sleek, powerful, and with the famous S Pen stylus.

You're also going to want the optional Book Cover Keyboard as well, which helps you get much more out of the tablet. There's 5G on board as well, plus a quality sound system put together in partnership with experts AKG. With up to three apps on the screen at once, Android has never looked so good on a tablet as far as we're concerned.

The specs above apply to the 11-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, but if you want something bigger and have a bit more money to play around with, then consider getting the 12.4-inch Tab S7 Plus instead – they're both powerful Android 2-in-1 tablets that will last you for years.

How to choose the best 2-in-1 laptop for you

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Convertibles, hybrids, 2-in-1s, call them what you like – these are essentially tablets that convert into laptops using keyboard attachments, and they occupy the middle ground between the two.

Fully fledged laptops with detachable screens are less common, but we've included them too. You also get laptops that don't have detachable screens but which fold right over to become sort of makeshift tablets.

We're continuing to see some really decent quality hybrids hit the market in 2021, and whether you're looking for a lithe and luxurious 2-in-1 to take on the move, or are hunting down a convertible laptop to double up as a compact TV set, we've picked out the best options out there.

So how do you pick? It's a good idea to think about how you're going to be using your new computer, and thus how powerful it needs to be: that has a knock-on effect on price and portability. If you're going to be spending a lot of time typing, look for a 2-in-1 with a substantial keyboard attachment. If you're not, it doesn't matter so much.

Remember that one of the best webcams will be a perfect partner to a 2-in-1 laptop.

Above you'll find the very best 2-in-1 laptops on the market in 2021.

Dave has over 20 years' experience in the tech journalism industry, covering hardware and software across mobile, computing, smart home, home entertainment, wearables, gaming and the web – you can find his writing online, in print, and even in the occasional scientific paper, across major tech titles like T3, TechRadar, Gizmodo and Wired. Outside of work, he enjoys long walks in the countryside, skiing down mountains, watching football matches (as long as his team is winning) and keeping up with the latest movies.