The best 2-in-1 laptops you can buy

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

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 resting on a dark wooden table
Lenovo Yoga 9i quick specs
SpecsLenovo Yoga 9i
RRPFrom $2,249
ProcessorUp to 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1185G7
GraphicsIntegrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Memory16GB
Display Up to 14.0-inch UHD
StorageUp 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

ASUS Vivobook Flip14 Review
VivoBook Flip 14 quick specs
SpecsLenovo Yoga 9i
RRPFrom $999
ProcessorUp to 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor
Graphics Intel Iris Xe Max graphics
MemoryUp to 16GB of RAM
Display Up to 14.0-inch FHD
StorageUp 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 Flex 9i - Best 2-in-1 laptops
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3i quick specs
SpecsLenovo IdeaPad Flex 3i
RRP From $469
ProcessorIntel Celeron N4020
Graphics Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 600
Memory 4GB Soldered LPDDR4-2400
Display11.6-inch HD
StorageUp 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

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 - Best 2-in-1 laptops
Surface Pro 7 quick specs
SpecsSurface Pro 7
RRPFrom $1,249
ProcessorUp to 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1065G7
GraphicsIntel Iris Plus Graphics
MemoryUp to 16GB of RAM
Display12.3-inch FHD
StorageUp 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 - Best 2-in-1 laptops
Acer Spin 5 quick specs
SpecsAcer Spin 5
RRPFrom $2,498
ProcessorUp to Intel Core i7-1065G7
GraphicsUp to 11th Generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 Processor
MemoryUp to Intel Iris Xe Graphics
DisplayUp to 16 GB
StorageUp 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 - Best 2-in-1 laptops
Dell XPS 13 quick specs
SpecsDell XPS 13
RRPFrom $1,699
ProcessorUp to Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics
Memory Up to 16GB
Display14-inch FHD
StorageUp 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.

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