Best 2-in-1 laptops 2018: which Windows 10 laptop-tablet hybrid is right for you?

The best 2 in 1 laptops available today, these systems deliver the best-in-class hybrid computing experiences

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Welcome to T3's best 2-in-1 laptop guide. This guide has been curated by our computing experts to present to you only the very best 2 in 1 laptops on the market today during the Black Friday sales event, in order to make your next upgrade an easier, cheaper, and more stress free experience.

We've listed the 10 best hybrid laptops, machines that offer both laptop and tablet functionality, money can currently buy, as well as some crucial buying advice to help you find the best 2 in 1 laptop for you.

So what's the best 2-in-1 laptop available today? That is without doubt the mighty Surface Book 2, which not only rules our best 2 in 1 laptop guide, but also our best laptop guide, too. It's a do-anything beast of a system, and if you can stretch to it then it is the number one system you can buy today.

Of course, we appreciate that not everyone is shopping right at the top, top end of the 2-in-1 market, so we've also included our top picks of hybrid systems at every price point, so there is a 2 in 1 laptop here for every budget.

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

Convertibles – essentially tablets that convert into laptops using keyboard attachments – occupy the middle ground between the two, and there's been some stonking hybrids launched in the past 12 months that offer the best of both worlds. 

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 makeshift telly, we've picked out the best options out there.

We're mainly focusing on laptops that can be used as tablets (by folding the keyboard over) or tablets that can be used as laptops (by adding on a keyboard accessory).

Here are the very best 2 in 1 laptops on the market in 2018:

The best 2-in-1 laptops available to buy today

Microsoft Surface Book 2 best 2-in-1 laptop best 2 in 1 laptop best hybrid laptop

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is simply the best 2-in-1 laptop in the world today.

1. Microsoft Surface Book 2

The best 2-in-1 laptop in the world

Specifications
CPU: 1.9GHz Intel Core i7-8650U (quad-core, 8MB cache, up to 4.2GHz with Turbo Boost)
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620; Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5 VRAM)
RAM: 16GB LPDDR3 (1866Mhz)
Screen: 15-inch, 3,240 x 2,160 (260 ppi) PixelSense display (3:2 aspect ratio; 1600:1 contrast ratio)
Storage: 512 GB PCIe 3.0 SSD
Reasons to buy
+A no-compromise laptop and tablet+Excellent screen+Powerful gaming GPU
Reasons to avoid
-Speakers are so-so-Very expensive

Loaded with a  powerful Intel Core i7-8650U processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, and stunning 15-inch 3,240 x 2,160 display, as well as a 512 GB SSD drive and 16GB of RAM, the Surface Book 2 is an absolute monster of a 2-in-1, hybrid laptop.

No matter what you want to do, you can do it on the Surface Book 2, including playing the very latest and most demanding AAA PC games.

The only down side is that, despite the system costing a fortune and rocking a screen that is absolutely made for illustration, it doesn't come with a Microsoft Surface Pen, which costs extra.

Regardless, though, the Surface Book 2 is by quite a way the best 2-in-1 laptop in the world in 2018 and if you can afford it then you should buy it.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Book 2

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2. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Still one of the best hybrid laptops around

Specifications
CPU: 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-6300U (dual-core, 3MB cache, up to 3GHz with Turbo Boost)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
RAM: 8GB LPDDR3
Screen: 12.3-inch, 2735 x 1,824 PixelSense Display (Contrast ratio: 1,300:1, 100% sRGB color 10-point multi-touch, 3:2 aspect ratio
Storage: 256GB SSD (PCIe 3.0)
Reasons to buy
+Thin and light+Great keyboard and pen
Reasons to avoid
-Average battery life-Still expensive

The Surface Pro 4 is still one of the best 2-in-1 laptops and tablets yet, despite it being on the market for a while now, largely thanks to its bright and clear display, slim dimensions and Intel Core-series processors under the hood.

It is paired with a decent keyboard cover, too, that helps rather than hinders typing, and the Surface Pen feels smoother and more accurate to use than ever before.

If you're after a lightweight tablet that converts into a laptop, the Surface Pro 4 remains one of the best-designed devices out there, and one of the best 2 in 1 laptops on the market.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 4

HP Envy X2 best 2-in-1 laptop best 2 in 1 laptop best hybrid laptop

The best 2 in 1 laptop for battery life? That's the HP Envy X2.

3. HP Envy X2

An elegant hybrid laptop with a simply awesome battery life

Specifications
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Graphics: Adreno 540
RAM: 8192MB
Screen: 12.3-inch WUXGA+ LED IPS (1,920 x 1,280)
Storage: 256GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Awesome 20-hour+ battery life+Thin, attractive design+4G LTE capable
Reasons to avoid
-Windows 10 S-Spongy keyboard

The big sell with the HP Envy X2 is its absolutely monstrous battery life, with up to 22 hours on a single charge. This is because it is the first Windows 10 2-in-1 to use the ARM architecture Snapdragon 835 CPU from Qualcomm, which has a heritage in mobile phones (such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Sony Xperia XZ). 

The trade-off is less power than most other 2-in-1s at the X2's price point, however, if what you need from your hybrid is light computing and tablet use, and for it to run and run and run, then it is one worth making. 

An elegant design, 4G LTE support, and speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen complete a top package.

Read the full review: HP Envy X2

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4. Lenovo Yoga 900S

A lightweight and beautiful 2-in-1 laptop with a twist

Specifications
CPU: 1.1GHz Intel Core m5-6Y54 (dual core, 4MB cache, up to 2.7GHz with Turbo Boost)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515
RAM: 4GB LPDDR3 (1600 MHz)
Screen: 12.5-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 FHD IPS LED glossy multi-touch display
Storage: 128GB PCIe SSD
Reasons to buy
+Elegant design+Twists and bends
Reasons to avoid
-Shallow keyboard-Small trackpad

Convertible laptops have a reputation for being unwieldy and bulky when used in tablet mode, which is why Lenovo's Yoga 900S stands out from the crowd.

Weighing it at a svelte 2.2 pounds, this 12.5-inch laptop is manageable however you hold it and is a comfortable companion when kicking back on the couch.

In terms of design, the Yoga 900S borrows the Yoga 3 Pro's stylish watchband hinge without charging jewellry shop prices. It's thinner too, while bringing the same pixel-packed 2,560 x 1,440 pixel-resolution display along for the ride.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 900S

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro best 2-in-1 laptop best 2 in 1 laptop best hybrid laptop

5. Samsung Notebook 9 Pro

A fantastic all-round 2-in-1 laptop

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i7
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 – AMD Radeon 540 Graphics (2GB GDDR5)
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.3-inch – 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED display with Touch Screen Panel
Storage: 256GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Premium look and feel+Two different sizes
Reasons to avoid
-Thick bottom display bezel

Simply put, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro does everything you would want a machine like this to do. Its specs are top-rate, its price very competitive, and it even comes bundled with a quality - if a little light for our tastes - S-Pen stylus, too.

The hinges on the hybrid, which allow for some tasty 360-degree manipulation of the screen, are very sturdy and feel well-made as well, and the overall feel of the machine in the hand is re-assuredly premium. 

You don't have the capability to add a higher resolution screen onto the Notebook 9, like on the HP Spectre x360, but aside from that there really isn't much to hold against the machine at all.

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6. 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
+Liquid-cooled+Thin and light
Reasons to avoid
-Single USB-C port-Lacks originality

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.

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7. Google PixelBook

Google's Android dream, in 2-in-1 laptop form

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 12.3 inch QHD (2,400 x 1,600) LCD touchscreen
Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Stunning display for a 2-in-1+Proper Android app support
Reasons to avoid
-Lacks biometrics

Ever wondered what a Chromebook on steroids looks like? Then it's high-time you said hello to the Google Pixelbook. It's a 2-in-1 device that pushes the market to some of its furthest limits yet, with a vibrant 12.3 inch QHD display and a Intel Core i5 – i7 CPU/Intel HD Graphics 615 GPU combo providing impressive performance.

It's also a strikingly beautiful-looking device, but you're going to have cough up a fair amount of cash for riding the bleeding edge of convertible tech. Oh, and the relatively important Pixelbook Pen isn't included, so expect another outlay on top.

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8. LENOVO FLEX 6 14

Strong, affordable performance

Specifications
CPU: Intel Pentium 4415U - i5-8250U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
Storage: 128GB - 256GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Decent performance+Very affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Uninspiring design

Finding the right balance between affordability and performance in a 2-in-1 has become the new Holy Grail for convertible manufacturers, and while Lenovo hasn't quite found that sweet spot yet, the Flex 6 14 does make its way into the mid-range with a respectable set of components.

You'll be able to surf, work on documents, stream video and game lightly, although don't expect stellar performance considering the price. It's a reliable runner, it just happens to be housed in a chassis that's not going to win any style awards anytime soon. 

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9. HP SPECTRE x360 15 2018

A convertible with power and poise

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i7-8550U
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce MX150
RAM: 16GB
Screen: 15.6 inch UHD (3,160 x 2,140) LCD touchscreen
Storage: 512GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Impressive performance+Sleek design
Reasons to avoid
-Quite weighty for a 2-in-1

The 2018 iteration of the robust Spectre x360 15 from HP builds on the solid specs of the most recent version, resulting in a 2-in-1 that boasts some of the best performance on this list. For your money, you're getting a meaty 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and a decent Nvidia MX 150 GPU for all your media needs.

As Ultrabooks go, this latest edition is as sleek as they come, but there is one major concession: all the components make for one of the heavier convertibles on the market, so prepare to get a good workout carrying it around.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S best 2-in-1 laptop best 2 in 1 laptop best hybrid laptop

10. Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S

A great media tablet

Specifications
CPU: 900MHz Intel Core M3-6Y30 (dual-core, 4MB cache, 2.2GHz with Turbo Boost)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515
RAM: 4GB
Screen: 12-inch Super AMOLED Full HD + (2,160 x 1,440)
Storage: 128GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Incredibly thin+Vibrant Super AMOLED display
Reasons to avoid
-Flimsy keyboard base

Samsung is known for its color-rich Super AMOLED displays on its smartphones, which it has now brought to its eye-popping Galaxy Tab Pro S. The display on this device usurps the Surface Pro 4 as the most eye-catching one we've seen, and the Tab Pro S's svelte dimensions only make it more alluring.

Its speakers pack a surprising punch considering its catwalk-thin build, making it a great option whether you're reading websites, watching videos or playing music in the car.