Best 2-in-1 laptops 2019: which Windows 10 laptop-tablet hybrid is right for you?

The very best 2-in-1 laptops you can buy in 2019, hand-picked to deliver top-of-the-line hybrid computing experiences

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You've arrived at the T3 guide to the best 2-in-1 laptops to buy in 2019 – carefully curated by our experts to present to you only the very best 2-in-1 portable computers on the market right now. With this guide to hand, your next upgrade can be easier, cheaper, and less stressful.

In our list below we've pulled together the best hybrid laptops money can buy – machines that offer both laptop and tablet functionality. Plus, we've added some crucial buying advice to help you find the best 2-in-1 laptop in 2019 for you personally.

If you do happen to be in the market for a quality 2-in-1, now's a great time to be browsing: the new year 2019 sales season has given way to an extended period of discounts, and there are some great bargains to be bagged if you know where to look (and we can help with that).

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, absolute 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 in 2019, so we've also included our top picks of hybrid systems at every price point to make sure there's a 2-in-1 laptop here for every budget.

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.

We're continuing to see some really decent quality hybrids hit the market in 2019, 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 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).

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.

Here are the very best 2-in-1 laptops on the market in 2019.

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

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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

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

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 – that'll cost you extra.

Regardless, the Surface Book 2 is by quite a way the best 2-in-1 laptop in the world in 2019, and if you can afford it then you should absolutely buy it.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Book 2

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

2. HP Envy X2

An elegant hybrid laptop with a simply awesome battery life

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

The big sell with the HP Envy X2 is its 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, but if what you need from your hybrid is light computing and tablet use, and for it to run and run and run, then it's a compromise worth making. 

An elegant design, 4G LTE support, and speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen complete this top, top package – a worth entrant on our best 2-in-1s of 2019 list.

Read the full review: HP Envy X2

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Best 2-in-1s: the Lenovo Yoga C930

3. Lenovo Yoga C930

A lightweight and beautiful 2-in-1 laptop for 2019

CPU: 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U (quad core, 8MB cache, up to 4GHz with Turbo Boost)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB LPDDR4 (2400 MHz)
Screen: 13.9-inch, 3,840 x 2,160 multi-touch display
Storage: 512GB
Reasons to buy
+Superb 4K resolution display+Packed with oodles of power

We've been hugely impressed with Yogas gone by, and it's therefore no surprise that the latest Lenovo Yoga C930 makes an appearance on our best 2-in-1s of 2019 list. Ultra-thin and ultra-light, it's a premium bit of kit.

From the generous 13.9-inch screen, to the top end i7 processor from Intel, to the roomy 512GB of SSD storage, there's so much to like here. It's not the cheapest of course, but that doesn't mean this isn't good value for money.

With a 4K resolution display, Dolby Atmos sound, and some rather sleek looks, we're struggling to think of anything to put in the negatives column. The keyboard folds over rather than detaching, but it's a minor niggle.

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Best 2-in-1s: the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro

4. Samsung Notebook 9 Pro

A fantastic all-round 2-in-1 laptop

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

Simply put, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro does everything you would want a machine billed as one of the best 2-in-1s in the business. 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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Best 2-in-1s: the Acer Switch Alpha 12

5. Acer Switch Alpha 12

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

CPU: 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
Screen: 12-inch 16:9 (2,160 x 1,440)
Storage: 128GB or 256GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Liquid-cooled+Thin and light

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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Best 2-in-1s: the Google Pixelbook

6. Google Pixelbook

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

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

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.

Even with the expense, it's still one of the best 2-in-1 laptops in the business in 2019 – and one that Google may well replace this year.

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Best laptops: the Lenovo Flex

7. Lenovo Flex 6 14

Strong, affordable performance

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

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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Best 2-in-1s: the HP Spectre x360

8. HP Spectre x360 15 (2018)

A convertible with power and poise

CPU: Intel Core i7-8550U
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce MX150
Screen: 15.6 inch UHD (3,160 x 2,140) LCD touchscreen
Storage: 512GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Impressive performance+Sleek design

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.


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Best 2-in-1s: the Microsoft Surface Pro

9. Microsoft Surface Pro 6

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-i7
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
RAM: 8-16GB
Screen: 12.3-inch, 2,736 x 1,824 pixel resolution
Storage: 256-512GB
Reasons to buy
+Thin, light and stylish+Premium keyboard and pen

Microsoft has been setting the 2-in-1 pace for a while now with its Surface Pro series, and the Surface Pro 6 is the best yet – packed with power yet as thin and light as ever, and with some top-notch accessories too.

It's now available in matte black for that extra touch of class, if you need it, and with a range of configurations to pick from, you can even adapt it to suit your budget.

While the display is largely the same as it was on the previous Surface Pro, the Surface Pro 6 is up to two-thirds faster where it counts, according to Microsoft – so it's an obvious choice for our best 2-in-1 laptops of 2019 list.

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Best 2-in-1s: the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S

10. Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S

A great media tablet

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

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 (above) 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. Another worthy entrant on our best 2-in-1 laptops of 2019 list.