Best Windows 10 laptops, tablets and 2-in-1s 2018

The best hybrid Windows 10 PCs around

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Windows 10 now offers a great all-round experience, whether used on a laptop or tablet. As a consequence, the 2-in-1 laptop market is absolutely booming, and if you want to get in on the action with a top Windows 10 hybrid system then you've come to right place, as we've rounded up the very best machines on the market today.

So what's the best 2-in-1 to use Windows 10 on? Our current favourite is the Surface Pro 4. It's an exceptional PC for the money and is extremely portable, too. That's why it's our favourite here. However, there are plenty of other options to choose from, from budget systems right up to top-of-the-line beasts like the Surface Book 2.

How to choose the best tablet-laptop combo 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). 

Check out our best laptop and best Chromebook buying guides for more conventional laptop offerings.

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

Best 2-in-1 laptop

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Still one of the best hybrids 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

After years in the doldrums, Microsoft's versatile tablet is finally being taken seriously, The Surface Pro 4 is the company's best tablet yet, partly thanks to its bright and clear display, slim dimensions and Intel Core-series processors under the hood. Microsoft has finally paired it with a decent keyboard cover 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 is the best-designed device out there.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 4

HP Envy X2 best 2-in-1 laptop hybrid

HP Envy X2

An elegant hybrid 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

Best hybrid laptop

Lenovo Yoga 900S

Lightweight and beautiful, 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

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.

Best tablet laptop

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.

Microsoft Surface Book 2

Microsoft Surface Book 2

The most powerful 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.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Book 2

Lenovo Yoga 920

Lenovo Yoga 920

A more wallet-friendly alternative to the Surface Book 2

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 8 – 16GB
Screen: 13.9-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) multitouch IPS with integrated camera
Storage: 256GB – 1TB PCIe SSD
Reasons to buy
+Thin, attractive design+Screen can be totally detached
Reasons to avoid
-Not a graphical powerhouse

Asides from not really delivering in terms of graphical grunt, the Lenovo Yoga 920 is a great alternative for those looking for a Surface Book 2-type experience, as its screen can be totally detached from its base. The 920 looks and feels good in the hand, and if desired you can slot in an UHD screen to your config, as well as more RAM and a faster CPU. Multiple attractive finishes, including Bronze, Platinum, and Copper, complete the package.

Best Chromebook

Acer Chromebook R11

A Chromebook that converts

Specifications
CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Braswell Quad-Core Celeron N3150
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
RAM: 4GB DDR3L
Screen: 11.6” 16:9 HD (1,366 x 768)
Storage: 32GB
Connectivity: Dual-band 802.ac; Bluetooth 4.0
Camera: HD Web Camera
Weight: 2.76 lbs
Dimensions: 11.57 x 8.03 x 0.76 inches (WxDxH)
Reasons to buy
+Battery life+Runs Android apps
Reasons to avoid
-Low-resolution display-Iffy trackpad

It took a while for Chromebooks to become as flexible as their Windows counterparts, but it's been worth the wait. The Acer Chromebook R11 is the first Chromebook that flips 360-degrees to convert into a tablet. Whether you're watching a movie, reading websites or catching up with online TV, the added flexibility makes it a more comfortable and convenient Chromebook compared to its rivals. Acer's model also has the big advantage of being one of just three Chromebooks that currently support Android apps (though you'll have to switch over to developer mode to give them a spin). On the flip side (pun very intended), the Chromebook R11 only has a HD, rather than a Full HD display, which on the plus side this helps its battery life reach into the double figures.

HP Spectre x360 15

HP Spectre x360 15

Fifteen inches of converting power

Specifications
CPU: 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U (dual-core, 3MB cache, up to 2.8GHz with Turbo Boost)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 15.6-inch (1,920 x 1,080 Full HD, WLED-backlit, IPS touchscreen)
Storage: 256GB Flash SSD
Reasons to buy
+Contrast-rich screen+Balanced sound space
Reasons to avoid
-Poor ergonomics-Display is slightly dim

HP's 13-inch Spectre x360 was one of the best convertibles when it launched, and its bigger 15-inch cousin offers more to love. Its metal body feels premium to touch, and its bigger screen means that you can rotate its display to stream video, play games or read websites without having to zoom out. This flipping great device has surprisingly good battery life considering its size, and it doesn't even suffer too much if you opt for a 4K display configuration.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S

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.

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