The best 2-in-1 laptops you can buy in Australia

Flexible 2-in-1 laptops have exploded in popularity. Here's a list of our picks for the best in the biz.


ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED
Best 2-in-1 laptop: ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED
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4 out of 5 stars
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This premium PC is one of the best and brightest 2-in-1 laptops you can buy right now.

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Fergus Halliday
May 06, 2024
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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.”

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 bells, whistles, premium perks and other additional 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. Regardless of whether you're shopping by brand or by budget, we've got your covered.

Other really good 2-in-1 laptops in Australia

ASUS Vivobook Flip 14
VivoBook Flip 14
4 out of 5 stars
4
RRP
$989
  • pro
    Display size: 14-inches
  • pro
    Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • pro
    Weight 1.6kg
Microsoft Surface Pro 9
Microsoft Surface Pro 9
4.2 out of 5 stars
4.15
RRP
$1799
  • pro
    Display size: 13-inches
  • pro
    Resolution 2880 x 1920
  • pro
    Weight 878g
Acer Spin 5
4 out of 5 stars
4
RRP
$1379
  • pro
    Display size: 14-inches
  • pro
    Resolution 2560 x 1600
  • pro
    Weight 1.2kg
Dell XPS 2-in-1 laptop
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
4 out of 5 stars
4
RRP
$2197
  • pro
    Display size: 13.3-inches
  • pro
    Resolution 2880 x 1920
  • pro
    Weight 1.3kg

What to look for in a 2-in-1 PC or laptop

Whether you're looking at a mainstream computer brand like Dell or a dedicated gaming brand like MSI, there's an immense number of decisions you'll need to make when purchasing a laptop. If you're not sure where to start, here are a few important features to consider when shopping for your next laptop.
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Screen size and type

Unlike upgradeable components like your GPU, RAM and storage, you're stuck with the display you buy when you purchase a laptop. Is it a comfortable size? Does it offer a wide-viewing angle?

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Resolution & Refresh Rate

1080p (Full HD) is the bare minimum for resolution these days and most laptops worth their price aim for 1440p at least (QHD or QuadHD) but you can also opt for 4K if you're willing to spend a little extra.

A screen's refresh rate is the measurement of how frequently it changes. The higher the refresh rate, the better. Most conventional laptops offer 60Hz to 90Hz but fancier gaming laptops can offer 144Hz, 165Hz or even 240Hz screens.

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Future proofing

 There are no hard and fast rules here but as a general suggestion, you'll want to sure you're laptop has the legs to survive a few years of technology improvements in any way you can. You can overshoot on your desired specs, spending more on a machine that's more powerful than you currently need, or opt for a model or brand that has support for upgrades down the track.

Bullhorn
Ports

Like your screen, ports will impact your everyday experience with a laptop, particularly if you use it for work. While you can work around this with USB hubs and adapters, a laptop with fewer ports than you need can quickly become a headache.

Best 2-in-1 laptop

ASUS Zenbook Flip 14 OLED
ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED
4 out of 5 stars
4
RRP
$1799
Processor: Starts at 13th Gen Intel Core i5-1340P
Display: Starts at 14-inch 2.8K OLED display
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe
Weight: Starts at 1.5kg
Memory: Starts at 16GB RAM of LPDD5
Battery: 75Whr
Storage: Starts at 512GB of M.2 PCIe SSD storage

ASUS' ZenBook Flip range has always been a standout when it comes to flexible 2-in-1 laptops, and this OLED-laced update is no different. The Zenbook Flip 14 OLED brings together the power of Intel's 13th Gen Core processors, the flexibility of a hybrid form factor and the stylish looks of the Zenbook line.

It's easy to find laptops that bend the way this one does. It's hard to find one with an OLED screen. Even if you do, the chances of it delivering the performance as well are almost as slim as the form factor found here.

It's easy to wish for a version of this Zenbook that's cheaper or one that runs on an AMD chipset, but it's hard to deny the reality that this premium PC is one of the best and brightest 2-in-1 laptops you can buy right now.

ModelASUS Zenbook Flip 14 OLED
ProcessorStarts at 13th Gen Intel Core i5-1340P
GraphicsIntel Core Iris Xe integrated graphics
MemoryStarts at 16GB RAM of LPDDR5
DisplayStarts at 14-inch 2.8K OLED display
StorageStarts at 512GB of M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Storage
Ports2x USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 4), 1x USB Type-A, 1x combo audio jack, 1x HDMI 2.1,
Battery75Whr
Webcam1080p webcam
Weight1.5kg

Best cheap 2-in-1 laptop

VivoBook Flip 14
"The latest ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 is light on luxuries but big on value. It harnesses most of the benefits of a 2-in-1 form-factor and cuts down on the drawbacks where it matters. "
-Fergus Halliday
Gadgets Editor

ASUS has been steadily 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.

Specs

ASUS Vivobook Flip 14

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

Specs

ASUS Vivobook Flip 14

RRP

From $999

Processor

Up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor

Graphics

Intel Iris Xe Max graphics

Best Microsoft Surface 2-in-1 laptop

Microsoft Surface Pro 9
"If you know what you're doing, have done your research and are happy with the tradeoffs, then the Surface Pro 9 is a definitive mix of mobility and performance."
-Fergus Halliday
Gadgets Editor

The flagship Microsoft Surface Pro 9 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 kickstand keeping things practical in almost any kind of work environment.

Specs aside, the Microsoft Surface Pro 9 differs from the previous models by ditching the MiniDisplay Port in favor of an extra USB C port and saying goodbye to the headphone. Otherwise, what's here isn't too different from earlier incarnations of Microsoft's iconic 2-in-1.

Even if the screen is a little smaller than the average laptop, the portability and price leave the Surface Pro 9 looking good. Thanks to a robust design and a timely spec bump, the latest addition to the Surface Pro line continues to set the bar for detachable 2-in-1 PC experiences.

Specs

Surface Pro 8

RRP

From $1,649

Processor

Up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1255U processor

Graphics

Intel Iris Xe Graphics

Memory

Up to 32GB of RAM

Display

13-inch PixelSense Flow Display

Storage

Up to 1TB

Best Acer 2-in-1 laptop

Acer Spin 5
Acer Spin 5 (2022)
4 out of 5 stars
4
RRP
$1379
Processor: Up to Intel Core i7-1260P
Display: 14-inch, WQXGA
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe
Weight: Starts at 1.5kg
Memory: Starts at 16GB RAM of LPDD5
Battery: 56Whr
Storage: Starts at 1TB of M.2 PCIe SSD storage

Acer’s Spin hardware has been a consistent highlight of the 2-in-1 laptop market, and the latest iteration comes kitted out with Intel’s 12th Gen Core processors. On top of that, 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.

While it lacks the luxury looks of the Acer Swift 5, the Acer Spin 5 has a stunning 14-inch display, a 360-degree hinge and a TwinAir cooling system. For all that the two PC have in common, it’s the little things that give Acer's latest 2-in-1 laptop the edge.

Specs

Acer Spin 5

RRP

From $1,349

Processor

Up to Intel Core i7-1260P

Graphics

Iris Xe graphics

Memory

Up to 16GB

Display

14-inch, WQXGA

Storage

Up to 1TB SSD

Best Dell-in-1 laptop

Best Dell 2-in-1 laptop
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
4 out of 5 stars
4
RRP
$2197
Processor: Up to Intel Core i7-1250U
Display:13.3-inch 3K display
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe
Weight: Starts at 0.7kg
Memory: Starts at 16GB RAM of LPDD5
Battery: 51Whr
Storage: Starts at 1TB of M.2 PCIe SSD storage

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.

Specs

Dell XPS 13

RRP

From $2,798

Processor

Up to Intel Core i7-1250U

Graphics

Intel Iris Xe Graphics

Memory

Up to 16GB

Display

13.3-inch 3K display

Storage

Up to 1TB SSD

Best 2-in-1 laptops compared:

How do the 2-in-1 laptops on this page compare to every other one we've reviewed and recommended?
Product
Price [RRP]
Availability
Display size
Resolution
Weight
Rating
From
$4299
13.3-inches (x2)2880 x 18001.3kg
3.3 out of 5 stars
3.25
From
$1799
14-inches2880 x 18001.5kg
4 out of 5 stars
4
ASUS Zenbook S 13 Flip (2021) OLEDASUS Zenbook Flip S13 OLED
From
$2898
13.3-inches3840 x 21601.3kg
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$989
14-inch1920 x 1080 1.5kg
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$1799
13-inch2880 x 1920879g
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
From
$1379.99
14-inches2560 x 16001.3kg
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$2197.80
13.3-inch2880x1920736g
4 out of 5 stars
4
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How we chose the best laptops

The things that make a good 2-in-1 laptop PC aren't all that different to the things that make a good traditional laptop PC. Given the overlap in the things you tend to with either category, that shouldn't be a huge surprise.

When we evaluate and compare 2-in-1 laptop PCs like the Lenovo Yoga 9i, we consider factors and questions like what kind of performance does the processor inside this machine deliver? Is it competitive with what a regular laptop might deliver? How many tabs in Chrome does it take to slow down the performance of this machine? How does the amount of RAM and storage space included with this device compare to competitors? How visible is the screen in different lighting environments? Are the built-in speakers generally good or are they only useful in select situations? Does the built-in microphone cut if for video calls over software like Zoom?

In addition, we also weigh up a number of more 2-in-1 specific characteristics such as whether a more flexible or mobile form-factor comes with compromises to performance? Is the hardware here as well suited for consuming content as it is creating it or does it favor one over the other? What style of 2-in-1 is this and how does the implementation or execution of the form factor compare to category-leading efforts seen elsewhere?

Check out this article for for more information about how we review laptops like the ones on this page.

2-in-1 laptop PC FAQs

Here are the most commonly asked questions about 2-in-1 laptop PCs

A laptop that's marketed as a 2-in-1 typically features a design that allows it to be used as a tablet. It's both a tablet and a laptop, hence the name.

Sometimes, this form-factor is achieved via a detachable keyboard. In other instances, the screen on the device is attached via a flexible hinge that allows it to be pulled back a full 360-degrees.

Our current pick for the best 2-in-1 laptop brand is Lenovo, who are responsible both our best overall pick and best budget pick.

You can learn more about the Lenovo Yoga 9i by reading our review of the machine.

If you're looking to buy a 2-in-1 laptop PC in 2022, you probably don't want to settle for anything less than 8GB of RAM. 16GB is ideal, but more is always better.

The details might vary, but the biggest difference between laptops and 2-in-1s is that the former typically can't be used as a tablet.

Fergus Halliday
Written by
Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for Reviews.org. He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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