The best 2-in-1 laptops you can buy

Flexible 2-in-1 laptops have exploded in popularity over the last year.

Best overall
Lenovo Yoga 9i
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    Integrated soundbar
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    Leather-laced design
Best below $1000
Best below $500
Best Microsoft
Best Dell
Acer Spin 5
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    Intel Core i7 available
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    Heaps of SSD storage
Fergus Halliday
Digital Content Editor
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Published on June 08, 2021
4 min read

In the decade or so since Apple shook up the computer market with the iPad, dozens of convertible and detachable 2-in-1s laptops have emerged to try and walk the line between the portability of a tablet and the productivity of a conventional clamshell laptop.

Demand for this balance of flexibility and performance became especially prominent during the pandemic, with IDC reporting that “notebooks and Detachables recorded an unprecedented growth in the pandemic situation as digitisation, mobility and flexibility are key drivers in the market, and consequently, the already declining desktop category saw a further decline.”

These days, every major PC manufacturer includes some sort of 2-in-1 PC in their lineup. As with other segments of the wider laptop market, there’s a lot of overlap here in terms of the internal components but a surprising amount of differentiation when it comes to extra features.



If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the amount of options, here are our picks for the best 2-in-1 laptop PCs you can buy right now:

Best 2-in-1 PC laptop overall

Lenovo Yoga 9i quick specs

Specs
Lenovo Yoga 9i

RRP

From $2,249

Processor

Up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1185G7

Graphics

Integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics

Memory

16GB

Display

Up to 14.0-inch UHD

Storage

Up to 512 GB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe

Under the hood, the Lenovo Yoga 9i comes armed with all the specs you’d want for a device of its price. Intel’s latest 11th-Gen Core processors, up to X GB in RAM and Y GB of M.2 NVMe SSD storage. While the 14-inch screen might be smaller than some would like, every other part of the package here delivers bang for the buck.

Lenovo’s Yoga 9i eschews many of the typical compromises and caveats that you get with a 2-in-1 PC while also finding the time to put a unique spin on the formula through inclusions like a hinge with a mini-soundbar and an all-glass trackpad that sits flush with the rest of the design. It’s rare to find a laptop that has it all but, when it comes to 2-in-1 PCs, the Yoga 9i feels as close to that ideal as you can get.

Best 2-in-1 laptop below $1,000

VivoBook Flip 14 quick specs

Specs
Lenovo Yoga 9i

RRP

From $999

Processor

Up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor

Graphics

Intel Iris Xe Max graphics

Memory

Up to 16GB of RAM

Display

Up to 14.0-inch FHD

Storage

Up to 1TB of M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD storage

AMD’s Ryzen processors have been gaining ground in the wider laptop ecosystem for a few years now, and the Vivobook Flip 14 is a great example of why. It’s got a spec-sheet that promises compelling performance and a price tag that puts it well below most of the competition.

If you’re looking for a great 2-in-1 laptop on a budget, the VivoBook Flip 14 will fit the bill without feeling like too much of a compromise. It doesn’t feature too many extras or unique spins on the formula, but when you get the fundamentals right it’s hard to complain too much.

3. Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3i

Best 2-in-1 laptop below $500

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3i quick specs

Specs
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3i

RRP

From $469

Processor

Intel Celeron N4020

Graphics

Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 600

Memory

4GB Soldered LPDDR4-2400

Display

11.6-inch HD

Storage

Up to 64GB

If you’re going to spend $500 on a 2-in-1 laptop and don’t want to be saddled with an experience that feels compromised, a 2-in-1 Chromebook is the best way to go. Even if it doesn't run on Windows, you can still get a lot of work done with the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3i.

Chrome OS tends to provide a snappy and smooth user experience on even modest or under powered hardware, and the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3i is a great showcase for what Google’s operating system can do. It even supports Android apps as - which increases the scope of what you can do here by a pretty significant margin.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3i isn’t the best 2-in-1 on the market, nor is it the best Chromebook. However, for the asking price, it’s got all the right parts and plenty of bang for buck.

4. Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Best Microsoft Surface 2-in-1 laptop

Surface Pro 7 quick specs

Specs
Surface Pro 7

RRP

From $1,249

Processor

Up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1065G7

Graphics

Intel Iris Plus Graphics

Memory

Up to 16GB of RAM

Display

12.3-inch FHD

Storage

Up to 1TB

The flagship Microsoft Surface Pro 7 isn’t the most powerful 2-in-1 PC that Microsoft makes, nor is it the most portable. However, for overall value, it’s hard to beat. The design-work here is stellar, with the Surface aesthetic standing out amongst the crowd and the iconic kick-stand keeping things practical in almost any kind of work environment.

Specs aside, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 differs from the previous model by ditching the Mini DisplayPort in favor of an USB C port.

Otherwise, the two detachables have mostly identical form-factors and actually identical screens. Even if that screen is a little smaller than the average 2-in-1 laptop, the portability and price leave the Surface Pro 7 looking good. Thanks to a robust kickstand and a nifty spec bump, the latest addition to the Surface Pro line continues to set the bar for detachable 2-in-1 PC experiences.

5. Acer Spin 5

Best Acer 2-in-1 laptop

Acer Spin 5 quick specs

Specs
Acer Spin 5

RRP

From $2,498

Processor

Up to Intel Core i7-1065G7

Graphics

Up to 11th Generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 Processor

Memory

Up to Intel Iris Xe Graphics

Display

Up to 16 GB

Storage

Up to 512GB SSD

Acer’s Spin hardware has been a consistent highlight of the 2-in-1 laptop market, and the latest iteration comes kitted out with either Intel’s 10th Gen Core processors or AMD’s 4000-series Ryzen Mobile processors. You also get a boatload of SSD storage and practical perks like a stylus that can be housed inside the device when not in use.

Compared to the Acer Spin 3, the Acer Spin 5 has a slightly smaller screen with slightly greater resolution. You also get additional storage, a slightly larger trackpad, an additional Thunderbolt port, a (narrowly) more-lightweight design and Iris Plus graphics rather than Intel UHD.

For all that the Acer Spin 3 and Acer Spin 5 have in common, it’s the little things that give the latter the edge.

6. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

Best Dell 2-in-1 laptop

Dell XPS 13 quick specs

Specs
Dell XPS 13

RRP

From $1,699

Processor

Up to Intel Core i7-1065G7

Graphics

Intel Iris Plus Graphics

Memory

Up to 16GB

Display

14-inch FHD

Storage

Up to 1TB SSD

While opting for Dell’s revamped Inspiron 2-in-1 can save you a decent sum, those looking for Dell’s top-of-the-line convertible need look no further than the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1.

Like the mainline XPS 13, the XPS 13 2-in-1 features solid specs and plenty of premium thrills like a HDR 400 certified display that supports Dolby Vision content and a sleek edge-to-edge keyboard. You can even bump the display up to 4K if you have the cash and will to do so.

Even if it’s not terribly different to Dell’s flagship thin and light laptop, the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 provides plenty of additional flexibility without compromising on performance.

Fergus Halliday
Written by
Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a freelance writer who specialises in technology, entertainment, gaming and pop culture. His work has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, Press Start Australia, The AU Review, Screen Rant, Superjump and more. You can follow him on Twitter.

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