Buyer’s Captain prepared a comprehensive review of Best 2-in-1 Laptops 2017. In particular, we have listed 7 of the best hybrid laptops/tablets you can buy this year. But first, let’s start from the beginning – from the 1970s till this day the laptops have grown and go through various changes. They are the modern smaller, portable, lightweight and more elegant version of the desktop computers. In the meantime, the tablet was invented. The need for even smaller and most of all touchable device has been fulfilled. People did and still does enjoy both devices practical usage.
But what if there was a device with a bigger screen than the tablet and a keyboard attached to it? Flexible and convertible as a tablet and of course with a touch screen for easy and better usage. What about a hybrid between the laptop and the tablet? There it is – the 2-in-1 laptop. An extremely useful and handful combo of tablet’s and laptop’s best features.
Before buying 2-in-1 convertible and hybrid laptop, you should always consider some very important factors about yourself and what you are looking for. Are you looking for a gaming laptop or a business laptop or just for a casual using? Do you want to find more cheap and affordable hybrid laptop? Or maybe the one with the completely detachable keyboard? What actually is the difference between convertible and detachable hybrid laptops? If you are still wondering about those questions and more, you can first check our “Buyer’s Guide” section with detailed information about every aspect of the laptop’s features we will involve thus you will make the best-informed choice you can.
In the following lines, you will read about the best 7 convertible and detachable laptops through the unbiased prism of the editor’s choices.
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Best 2 in 1 Hybrid Convertible Laptops to Buy in 2017 – Comparison Chart
|HP Spectre x360||13.3"||i7||16 GB||512 GB||14h||$$|
|Microsoft Surface Pro 4||12.3"||i7||8 GB||256 GB||10h||$$|
|Lenovo Yoga 910||13.9"||i7||8 GB||256 GB||10h||$$|
|Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga||14"||i7||8 GB||256 GB||10h||$$|
|Microsoft Surface Book i7||13.5"||i7||16GB||512 GB||17h||$$$|
|Acer Aspire R 14||14"||i7||8 GB||512 GB||9h||$|
|Samsung Notebook 7 Spin||15.6"||i7||12 GB||1 TB||10h||$|
A visual example of the editor’s top 7 choices of hybrid laptops.
1. HP Spectre x360 – Best 2-in-1 Laptop 2017
When the first HP Spectre x360 came out – it was by many the best looking 2-in-1 laptop over all of the competition. But now it is time for the new model to replace its place. The new 13.3″ hybrid laptop has some great improvements like the new chassis that is 13% thinner and 11% lighter than the previous one. Or like the new battery with 25% more life in it. Even the processor is the new gaining popularity Intel Kaby Lake processor which is the successor of Intel Skylake.
But regardless of the improvements over the previous one in almost every way, HP Spectre x360 has made some sacrifices like the higher starting price or the SD card reader absence. Nevertheless, the new laptop is way ahead of its predecessor and below we from Buyer’s Captain will explain why.
Best Tablet Computer to Buy in 2017 – Design and Features
The HP Spectre x360 is “dressed” with matte silver aluminum over the top and bottom lids and comfortable palm rest beneath the keyboard. Again we can find the two geared hinges which are convenient for all the different transition modes of this 2-in-1 laptop. The screen is perfectly stable for tapping in all those modes.
The new HP Spectre x360 has measures 0.5 inches in height, 12 inches in width and only 8.6 inches in depth, with a total weight of 2.8 pounds. This convertible laptop is comfortable enough to use it in tablet mode, but not for too long because it becomes a bit heavy after a while. If you want to use is mainly in that mode – then you should definitely check Microsoft detachable 2-in-1 laptops in our list: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Microsoft Surface Book which both can detach their keyboard bases and become fairly light at around 1.6 pounds.
The main reason people would consider convertible hybrid over a detachable one is that most of the time they tend to use the keyboard. HP Spectre x360’s keyboard is actually really good and very comfortable. With its silver key caps and instant key travel HP has done really good job with springs and key switch materials to make the most of the typing. Actually, you will find no difference in usage between a regular laptop and the keyboard – glass-covered on-peace touchpad combo integrated into HP Spectre x360. The only drawback you can find on this keyboard is the silver key caps that can “hide” the alphanumeric labels if you use the 2-in-1 laptop in a place with a lot of backlighting.
Like the previous one and the new Spectre x360 13.3″ touchscreen supports 1,920-by-1,080 resolution (FullHD). Although it does not supper 4K (3,840-by-2,160), it’s clear and excellent for everyday usage and videos. It has four integrated speakers with sound strong enough to fill perfectly even a large room. The laptop has HD webcam located in the center which is compatible with Windows Hello.
Unfortunately, some sacrifices were made in the name of thinness. The SD card reader and the HDMI video-out were removed but the good news is that they added two new USB-C ports. Those ports support Thunderbolt 3 for charging, dual 4K monitor support and 40Gbps data transferring. Although you still are having USB 3.1 port for your classical input devices. There are also headset jack, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. And one more thing you can find on the 2-in-1 laptop is the new sleek HP logo.
The hybrid has 16 GB of RAM which is more than enough for almost everything. The boot and reset times are extremely fast – just a few seconds, and that is not surprising considering the 512 SSD drive along with the new Intel Core i7 processor. There are also integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 that would be perfect for everything, even some casual 3D games, but if you are a hardcore gamer that would not be the appropriate laptop for you.
HP Spectre x360 – Detailed Specifications
- CPU: 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U (dual-core, 4MB cache, up to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost)
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
- RAM: 16 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
- Screen: 13.3 inches FullHD (1,920 x 1,080 resolution) IPS multi-touch display
- Storage: 512 GB M.2 Solid State Drive
- Ports: 2 x USB 3.1 Type-C (Thunderbolt Gen 3), 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A Gen 1, headset jack
- Connectivity: 802.11ac 2×2 WLAN and Bluetooth
- Camera: 1080p HP TrueVisison FHD IR Webcam
- Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Size: 0.5 x 12 x 8.6 (H x W x D)
- Battery life: 14 hours
Bottom Line: Nevertheless that the graphic card is not the best for gaming exercises, don’t consider the HP Spectre x360 for a low-performance 2-in-1 laptop. This is a high-end convertible laptop and top speed machine for everything from running heavy programs, editing, loading many websites simultaneously, and much much more hard work. Even with tons of applications and programs running at the same time, the fan inside will easily manage the work. And maybe the biggest difference from the previous Spectre x360 – long lasting battery life with 25% more lifespan than the previous model and one of the best among its competitors.
- Ultra-thin and lightweight
- Long battery life
- Agile keyboard
- USB-C ports included
- No SD card reader
- A bit bulky in tablet mode
2. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Review
From the start of the Microsoft Surface Pro line of tablets, there were many people skeptical about its future and applicability. And even now there are still a lot of those people doubting that this product can replace a laptop. Regardless of everything Microsoft released its fourth generation – the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. You can see almost nothing of the characteristics of its predecessor Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Everything is significantly improved.
There is 8 modification of this model. We from Buyer’s Captain chose the most suitable for its configuration and of course its price range to be in that place in our list. If you want something more affordable or even stronger, you can always find it among the other 7 variations.
Design and Feature of the Second Best Touch Screen Laptop
The dimensions of Microsoft Surface Pro 4 are 7.93 inches in height, 11.5 inches in width and only 0.33 inches in depth. The 2-in-1 laptop weight 1.73 pounds, which is a little less than its predecessor Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The screen size is a bit larger, it’s 12.3 inches compared with 12 inches in Surface Pro 3. The result is accomplished also with a smaller frame for this display by decreasing the bezel size. Like the other competitor of Surface Pro 4 – Microsoft Surface Book, its body is made of extremely high-quality silver-magnesium alloy, and you can find a shiny Windows logo decorated on the back.
Something that is the same as Surface Pro 3 is the adjustable kickstand. Yet it’s a little more easily adjustable and it feels stronger. Everything here is perfect, but if you use it only as a tablet. If you want to use it like a laptop – you will need additional the Microsoft Type Cover for Surface Pro 4. It’s probably the biggest downside of Microsoft Pro 4 because you truly going to need it, to use it as a laptop.
If most of the time in your work or rest you use the device in lying position, you will be pleasantly surprised how comfortable and easy to adjust of the kickstand is. Actually, you will not feel the annoying and awkward difference than a regular laptop standing on your lap. The issue with the previous Surface Pro models’ kickstand is that it was not rounded and after some time the digging into your legs was already a problem. The new kickstand’s edge has been rounded out to avoid that inconvenience.
The new Microsoft’s PixelSense technology is integrated with the help of the huge 2,736-by-1,824 resolution display. This technology gives the user high contrast and decreases glare. Along with that the Surface Pro 4 have extremely bright and rich in colors screen. Text on it is easy for reading and the videos are crisp and clear. Regard of the place and position you are using the 2-in-1 laptop, the adjustable stand can easily find the best angle for you without a loss in picture quality.
Using Surface Pro 4 without the Type Cover as a tablet is a very comfortable and you will not feel your arm tired quickly. Microsoft also included Surface Pen with the laptop which makes it extremely easy to use while holding it with one hand. A Very practical feature is the pen’s eraser button. When clicked it brings up OneNote immediately on the screen. Double-clicking the pen will create a screenshot to edit inside OneNote. And one more Microsoft Pen feature is when you hold down the eraser button – it “summons” Cortana – digital assistant that can help you with searches, reminders, calendar and more. Another useful application coming from the Surface Pen is that you can use your real handwriting and transform it into text. At first, it will be a bit hit and miss but if you get used to it – the job will be done easily. Surface Pen works great with the touchscreen; like making the line thicker when you press harder and the eraser senses and interacts perfect the surface that touch. You can also attach the pen on the sides of the screen magnetically.
Every aspect of the Type Cover on Surface Pro 4 is way better than the previous one. There are backlit keys that are even more spread out and have faster travel. The touchpad is bigger with smoother scroll and more sensitive than before. There is pretty secure latch connected the keyboard to the display that is even more secure than the previous model. The new Type Cover is just 0.65 pounds which are lighter than the old one and works perfectly with Surface Pro 3 and vice versa. It’s a pity that Microsoft sells the Type Cover separately from Surface Pro 4. The great advantage of the device comes with that cover.
In this 2-in-1 laptop, you will also find facial-recognition software that will save you the trouble of entering passwords and yet to fill protected. The 8-megapixel rear-facing camera can record in 1080p with great quality and the images were pretty good. Other great features are the USB 3.0 port, the Surface Connect port for the Surface Dock, microSD card reader and of course headphone jack. It would be great if we have at least 2nd USB port. The Dolby speakers are with a great quality and didn’t lose it even at high volumes. You can also find an accelerometer, a gyroscope, wireless connectivity and Bluetooth 4.0.
Inside Surface Pro 4 you can find 3.4GHz Intel Core i7 with 8GB of RAM that can run almost everything and the booting up is pretty quick. Of course that is not a gamers laptop but still, can handle medium-quality settings. And last but not least the battery life – it manages to survive 10 hours. That’s a better performance than the 9 hours on Surface Pro 3.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Specifications
- CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-6650U (single core)
- Graphics: Intel Iris Graphics 540
- RAM: 8 GB DDR3
- Screen: 12.3 inches (2,736 x 1,824) PixelSense multi-touch screen display
- Storage: 256 GB Solid State Drive
- Ports: 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x Surface Connect, headset jack, microSD card reader, Mini DisplayPort, Cover
- Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
- Camera: 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video, 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
- Weight: 1.73 pounds
- Size: 7.93 x 11.5 x 0.33 (H x W x D)
- Battery life: 10 hours
Bottom Line: With Microsoft Surface Pro 4 you can accomplish almost anything in your daily usage. It comes with Windows 10 and pretty comfortable kickstand. The only downside of the 2-in-1 laptop is that it isn’t really that before you purchase the Type Cover (keyboard). In any other aspect, you will be satisfied.
- Sharp and clear multi-touch screen
- Adjustable kickstand
- Improved Surface Pen
- Improved Type Cover
- Type Cover sold separately
- Only one USB port
3. Lenovo Yoga 910 Review
Lenovo Yoga 910 will give you the perfect combination of power, adaptability and elegant style. That’s the priority things a buyer would see first, and they are all there. Yoga 910 would also impress you with its nice watchband hinge mechanism and almost bezel-free display and pretty good battery lifespan. This 2-in-1 laptop definitely deserves its place in our chart.
Design and Features
The new Yoga model is more premium even from its predecessor in every way. It’s thinner with dimensions of 0.56 inches in height, 12.72 inches in width and 8.84 inches in depth. Yet the weight of 3.01 pounds comes a bit heavy for using a tablet for a long period of time. The Yoga 910’s body is made of quality aluminum yet the palm rest and the keyboard are matte silver to match to top and bottom of the laptop.
There are a few differences compared with the Yoga 900 you can find. One is the better position of the Backspace, Enter and Backslash keys on the wider backlit keyboard. The Page Up, Page Down, Home, and End keys and now gone by Lenovo, but their functionality is replaced with the Arrow keys in combination with the Fn key. The media controls and function keys are in the usual place like 99% of the keyboards – above the numbers. The keyboard is as comfortable as the previous one with a good keystroke. In this convertible laptop, you can also use the fingerprint reader on the lower-right side of the palm rest with the help of Windows Hello for an immediate one-touch login.
Every 2-in-1 laptop has the base functionalities to be used as Laptop, Stand, Tablet, and Tend modes. And Lenovo Yoga 910 is no exception. The first impression that the laptop creates is the hinge with multifaceted segments, that gives the look of luxury watch links and has its expensive appearance. The Yoga 910 is pretty stable in all modes thanks to the string lid.
Lenovo offers 13.9 inches display with FullHD resolution (1,920-by-1,080) IPS touch-screen. There is an option of a 4K version, but it’s a bit pricey. Watching and working with this display is pure pleasure. The sound system from the JBL and Dolby Audio-branded speakers are pretty high quality and you will not hear distortion even at max volume.
Regardless of the extremely thin chassis, you can still find a headset jack, USB 3.0 port, two USB-C ports. It current times it becomes a necessity to have those both types of ports so you can access devices that use either of them. Of course until the USB-C port becomes as omniscient as USB 3.0 currently is. Only one of the USB-C ports works as a charger, the other one through adapter can include an external display or access other data. One good new feature is the separate two-prong extension cable Lenovo has included, which can be used the USB-C adapter or another charger, for example as for you phone. Unfortunately, those ports did not support Thunderbolt 3 to connect to dock with a single cord. Also, there is a standard wireless connection of 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1. Yet you will not find an SD card reader slot.
The Yoga 910 comes with 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) as storage and 8GB of RAM as physical memory, which is more than enough for everyday tasks and multitasking usage. If you are a hardcore gamer, maybe you would choose from one of the more expensive models from Lenovo. In any way, you still will get the default Office 2016, Minecraft, Netflix and more as a standard for Windows 10. Let’s see what’s Lenovo Yoga 910 has to offer as speed and graphics. You can find an Intel Core i7-7500U processor with Intel HD Graphics 620 that give the hybrid laptop a huge power for everything that a person usually do through the day. One of the best things about that laptop is the big 78Wh battery, which is one of the tops in comparison to the other 2-in-1 laptops. It can easily make 10h+ in constant usage.
One strange and odd thing about that laptop is the front 720p webcam position. It’s not like the most of them on top of the screen, but instead, Lenovo put it underneath it, due to the almost bezel-free display. It gets annoying to always look at your conversation company into their chin. Yet you can use the camera in tent or tablet mode, but then you lose the keyboard.
Lenovo Yoga 910 2 in 1 Laptop Specifications
- CPU: 2.7GHz Core i7-7500U (dual-core)
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
- RAM: 8 GB SO-DIMM DDR3
- Screen: 13.9 inches (1,920 x 1,080) multi-touch screen display
- Storage: 256 GB SSD
- Ports: 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB-C 2.0, 1 x USB-C 3.0, headset jack
- Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1
- Camera: front-facing camera with 720p HD video
- Weight: 3.01 pounds
- Size: 0.56 x 12.72 x 8.84 inches (H x W x D)
- Battery life: 10 hours
Bottom Line: At first sight, Lenovo Yoga 910 is a standard mid-range convertible-hybrid laptop, but it can handle almost every hard job, it looks gorgeous, it’s fast, it’s stable, it has superb battery life, and much more. There are a few downsides that assign this laptop to be in this place. Some of them are the 4K-less option, the need of adapter for external display, and of course the strange-located webcam. If those cons are not so important to you – you will be pretty pleased with the purchase of this laptop.
- Beautiful design
- Two USB-C ports
- Almost bezel-free display
- Good battery lifespan
- Odd-positioned webcam
- No SD card reader or Thunderbolt 3
4. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Review
It was 2013 when the 2-in-1 laptops become mainstream. That was the year when the first Lenovo Yoga hybrid come to the market. And after that, all other major companies start creating, testing and designing their own 2-in-1 laptops before building similar 360-degree hinge. That innovation really makes you want to own even more such convertible laptop. It’s all about convenience and application.
You can easily find everything you search for in one convertible laptop as Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga. It’s stylish, thin, full of features, has several different modes, a decent battery lifespan and it comes with a stylus. It’s perfect for business, it’s lightweight and comfortable for travel.
One of the Best Computer Tablets to Buy – Design and Features
Lenovo went through a long process of designing and testing different screen sizes, different colors, even different watchband-style hinges. But the reward for best-looking one was for ThinkPad Yoga. The new transition from the clean ThinkPad laptop to the 2-in-1 convertible laptop should be the self-tucking keyboard when you transform the Yoga into tablet mode. This clever keyboard trick distinguished them from their competitors. The effect is that the outer edge of the keyboard tray raises up to be in one line with the keys, which are locked at the same time. You can call that effect a retractable keyboard. It’s a great feature you will not find in Lenovo Yoga 910.
ThinkPad Yogas series are famous with their bulky, ordinary and a bit heavy body in contrast with the lightweight, thin and good-looking IdeaPad Yogas models. Everything was true until the latest Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga model come out. You can even get an OLED display with the highest-end pricing configuration, making it one of the first laptops with such a luxury and stunning type of screen. This kind of display can make a real difference in every aspect of gaming, to watching videos, web surfing, even in daily tasks and work.
The top cover of the X1 Yoga body is made from carbon fiber, while the bottom and wrist rest are made from high-quality magnesium alloy composition, which did not harm the lightweight and durability of the design. The thin and light structure of this convertible laptop, expressed with numbers would be 0.66 inches in height, 13.11 inches in width and 9.02 inches in depth. It weighs only 2.98 pounds to make it comfortable for tablet mode usage. All these premium materials make the hold nice and satisfying.
As mentioned above – one innovation included here is the aligning the keys with the keyboard deck as you move the screen to a tablet mode. In this position, the keys are protected from spills and debris, but first of all, you get the more comfortable grip to hold. The keys are good to type on, which is no news for these laptops. Actually, ThinkPad keyboards are one of the best in the branch. In addition, you get backlighting and nicely balanced key travel. The touchpad makes no difference in terms of comfort. Yet you will still find the emblematically TrackPoint controller embedded in the keyboard. There is also a biometric fingerprint reader you will find. And the sound system is more than capable of playing music and videos. ThinkPad laptops are built for durability. It can endure high temperatures, vibrations, sand, mechanical shock, it’s humidity resistant and can withstand an altitude up to 15,000 feet.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga is supplied with 14 inches (1,920-by-1,080 resolution) FullHD clear and crisp display with included IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology to make the viewing angle wider, highly responsive touch-screen and also an anti-glare layer to make the experience enjoyable in all modes. You can find a webcam on the top bezel with a 720p format that is good enough for photos and videos.
The hybrid comes with ThinkPad Pen Pro wireless stylus that supports 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity. It has various applications – to write notes, to navigate or even to draw. The stylus is attached to the right side and it charges its internal battery when not in use. Other things you can find on the X1 Yoga sides are an HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, and of course headphone jack. On the right side, there is also a Kensington security slot for protection as an anti-theft system. On the left, you can see third USB 3.0 ports with always-on charging, OneLink+ for docking, and Mini DisplayPort. At the edge, there are microSD and SIM slots. The absence of USB-C port is a little disappointing, also no Ethernet port either. Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga has 802.11ac wireless and Bluetooth 4.1 features.
Inside the X1 Yoga, you can find Intel Core i7-6500U with 2.5GHz up to 3.1GHz with 4MB of cache and 2 cores. Also integrated Intel HD Graphics 520, 8GB of memory and 256GB solid-state drive (SSD). Gaming performance would not be the best one of course but that’s not the main Lenovo’s idea and plan for this 2-in-1 laptop. The battery is good enough to last 10 hours of all-day productivity.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Hybrid Laptop Specs
- CPU: 2.5GHz Core i7-6500U (up to 3.1GHz, 4MB cache, dual-core)
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
- RAM: 8 GB SDRAM DDR3
- Screen: 14 inches (1,920 x 1,080) multi-touch screen display
- Storage: 256 GB SSD
- Ports: 3 x USB 3.0, headset jack, OneLink+, Mini DisplayPort, MicroSD, MicroSIM, HDMI
- Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1
- Camera: front-facing camera with 720p HD video
- Weight: 2.98 pounds
- Size: 0.66 x 13.11 x 9.02 inches (H x W x D)
- Battery life: 10 hours
Bottom Line: Lenovo combined the best practices from their other business lines and ThinkPad X1 Yoga. That created a solid, durable and lightweight laptop which is easy to use, travel, and get the work done. X1 Yoga easily can become #1 in our current list for best 2-in-1 laptops.
- Comfortable keyboard mechanism when in tablet mode
- Built-in stylus
- Lightweight when in tablet mode and very durable
- Decent battery lifespan
- No USB-C port
- No Ethernet port
5. Microsoft Surface Book i7 – Best Performance 2 in 1 Hybrid Laptop 2017
We from Buyer’s Captain reserved this place for one more pricey yet justifiable its cost 2-in-1 laptop. It’s extremely powerful and can get any work done. Our ratings are based on numerous of factors, that’s the reason this detachable laptop is not our #1, even it’s capabilities.
Microsoft Surface Book is in its second-generation period, with a little more price increase in comparison to its predecessor. It excels the first-generation Surface Book in almost anything – processor, graphics, RAM, battery life and overall performance. If it was not the highest price among the other rivals this could be the best 2-in-1 laptop. Microsoft Surface Book is powerful enough to run even not-so-light games on it with its power and graphics.
Best Powerful Hybrid Laptop – Design and Features
You can hardly distinguish the new laptop from the old one just by looking at them. Yet there are some slight differences there. The new Surface Book is 10.95 inches in length, 16.46 inches in width and 1.93 inches in height, which are the same dimensions as the old one, but the weight here is more than before mostly because of the additional batteries – 3.63 pounds with the included keyboard attached. In the original Surface Book, there was a gap between the lid and the cover when it’s closed. Now the gap is still there because of the shape, but the lid where the hinge and keyboard meet is a little more raised which minimizes much of the open space.
The Performance Base keyboard is comfortable, its keys have a good travel, nice white backlighting, and a little curve at the edges that was missing in the previous model. The keyboard is made of super high-quality magnesium which is firm, smooth and dense. One plus about the Performance Base you will find is that it’s interchangeable with the previous one.
You will find two USB 3.0 ports and an SD slot on the left side and Mini DisplayPort connector and power connection with magnetical attach on the right side of the Performance Base. The bad news here is the absence of an Ethernet and HDMI ports that create the inconvenience of purchasing expensive adapters.
The hinge remains the same as the old one. With the press of one button, you can easily attach/detach the tablet. It’s practical and easy to use. The hinge is really steady so you can use the Surface Pen to write on the screen without moving it. This pen gives you the freedom to write and draw without having the adjust the orientation. The tablet itself with a detached keyboard is only 1.56-pound weight. You can use the powerful graphics when the Performance Base is attached.
You also get an incredibly sharp and crisp 13.5-inch screen with 3,000-by-2,000 resolution and 3:2 aspect ratio. There is 10-point touch technology with a great response integrated and easy to use in tablet mode. No 4K included but there is no need for that screen size. The bezels are with normal sizes not too thin as some of its rival but not so thick either. The Surface Book is supplied with 512GB of Solid-state drive which is more than enough for some big and heavy software or photos, documents, games, movies and more. The storage is in the tablet part, so it’s always there.
Microsoft Surface Book comes with Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M graphics card. You can be sure that the 16GB of RAM would be perfect for almost anything. You will also have more than enough space with the 512GB storage. Everything from the above except the graphics card is located in the tablet part. The performance results of this 2-in-1 detachable laptop are way ahead of the competition. With its Nvidia graphics Surface Book, you can even play some recent games on satisfying graphic details with decent frames per second. Of course it would be a lie if we say that this laptop can run modern games on ultra settings, but after all, no one is expecting that. Also, the native resolution of 3,000-by-2,000 comes a bit too much for this graphics card and the more stressful the game is – the fewer frames per seconds there are.
The battery lifespan is another thing that stands out Surface Book by the competition. It can run on battery for whole 17 hours which is 2 more hours from the previous model and even 3 more from the #1 2-in-1 laptop in our list HP Spectre x360.
The Microsoft Surface Book is a very powerful 2-in-1 laptop and can save you a ton of time and stress. But it’s pricey and you probably start thinking: Do I really need that strong configuration and pay that price? I have the old one, do I need the new? All these are important questions and there is no correct answer because everybody is looking for different things and have different reasons that should be considered before the step of the purchase. If you still think about your personal preferences and what 2-in-1 laptop should be best for you – don’t hesitate to read our “Buyer’s Guide” section.
Microsoft Surface Book Specifications
- CPU: 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6600U (dual-core)
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M
- RAM: 16 GB LPDDR3
- Screen: 13.5 inches (3,000 x 2,000) multi-touch screen display
- Storage: 512 GB SSD
- Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, headset jack, Mini DisplayPort, SD Card reader, 2 x Surface Connect
- Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking, Bluetooth 4.0
- Camera: 5.0MP camera with 1080p HD video (front-facing), 8.0MP autofocus camera with 1080p HD video (rear-facing)
- Weight: 3.63 pounds
- Size: 0.9 x 12.3 x 9.14 inches (H x W x D)
- Battery life: 17 hours
Bottom Line: Microsoft Surface Book is everything you want and need, and even more. It’s detachable, it’s extremely powerful, it has a fantastic graphic card and enough storage. Yet there is a downside of this 2-in-1 laptop and this is the price. It’s a bit pricey compared to the competition.
- Extream performance
- Superb battery life
- Powerful graphics card
- Beautiful design
- No HDMI or Ethernet port
6. Acer Aspire R 14 – Best Budget 2 in 1 Laptop 2017
If you are looking for best budget 2 in 1 laptops to buy in 2017, Acer Aspire R 14 Convertible is one of the best options for you. Here we placed not so pricey 2-in-1 laptop, yet honored enough to be among our choices. Acer Aspire R 14 is one large-screen, FullHD, USB-C port included, great battery life, reasonably priced convertible laptop. It can easily be the best budget 2-in-1 laptop winner. If you want to spend less than $1000 for a new convertible laptop – this is the best choice for you.
Best Budget Touchscreen 2 in 1 Laptop – Design and Features
You can enjoy the beautiful dark silver shade of the body of Aspire R 14, which also is pretty slim for 14 inches hybrid laptop. The measures of the laptop are 0.73 inches height, 13.5 inches width and 9.6 inches depth. Aspire R 14 weights 4.07 pounds which are thinner and even lighter than the previous model. Like any other competition you can also use Aspire R 14 in tablet mode, traditional laptop mode, stand the system upside down in tent mode or fold the keyboard to use it in display mode. The weight and the screen size are a little uncomfortable for use in tablet mode for an extended period of time. The hinge is much more stable when you tilt the screen beyond 120 degrees which are nice for use of the touch display.
The 14 inches FullHD (1,920-by-1,080 resolution) IPS touchscreen display gives beautiful picture and view from all the angles you look. The touchscreen and the touchpad are quickly responsive with no lag at all. The backlit keyboard is also easy to type on.
The connection ports and slots are much more improved over the last model. On the left side, you can find a USB-C port which can be used at top speeds with external hard or SSD drives. On the same side, there is a headset jack, an HDMI port, a Kensington lock port, and two USB 3.0 ports. The previous model has only one USB 3.0 port. On the right side, you will find an AC adapter, SD card slot, USB 2.0 port and volume control. The wireless connections are dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth which are also improved than the previous model.
The special thing about the sound system is that it detects the screen’s position and redirects the audio from the left or right speaker accordingly. It can easily fill a large conference room. The sound is pretty clear with no bad noise. There is also integrated blue-light-reduction mode called Bluelight Shield. That new technology reduces eyestrain, particularly in dimly lit rooms. You can hear the sound perfect from all the laptop’s modes.
You can find perfect combination between 8GB of RAM and 512GB of Solid-state drive for a 2-in-1 laptop, especially in budget one. The Aspire R 14 have extremely powerful 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6500U Processor using 2.5GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.1GHz and also Intel HD Graphics 520. Those characteristics give this laptop the chance to be a part of this list regardless of the low price. Actually, you can hardly see and feel the difference. It’s powerful enough for everyday use or even 3D gaming with some limits is possible.
Another great thing in the 2-in-1 laptop is its battery. Its life is excellent – it can easily keep the laptop up for 9 hours. This is a perfect result for screen that big. The camera is not perfect but still HD and still capable of great video. Another thing to mention is that the keyboard is not the best out there. The keys are placed too shallow and it’s not so comfortable to type on. Yet you will adapt yourself quickly – it’s just a human nature.
There is an Acer Care Center utility that will show you numerous information. Like the battery life status, or the status of the hard drive. The Acer Quick Access program keeps the on/off toggle button for the Bluelight Shield feature, which is very useful for the eyes due to a reduction of the blue light coming from the display, power managing of the USB charging, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Unfortunately, there are too many preinstalled applications on Aspire R 14 when you buy it. You may consider this bloatware factor as a con about this convertible laptop.
Acer Aspire R 14 Specifications
- CPU: 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6500U Processor 2.5GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.1GHz
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
- RAM: 8GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM Onboard Memory
- Screen: 14″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-backlit IPS display (Multi-touch screen, supporting 10 finger touch)
- Storage: 512GB SSD
- Ports: USB 3.1 (Type C), 2 x USB 3.0 (One with Power-off Charging), USB 2.0, HDMI with HDCP support, headset jack, Secure Digital (SD) card reader
- Connectivity: 802.11ac WiFi featuring MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
- Camera: HD webcam (1280 x 720)
- Weight: 4.07 pounds
- Size: 0.73 x 13.5 x 9.6 (H x W x D)
- Battery life: 9 hours
Bottom Line: The latest Acer Aspire R 14 is by our choice the best budget 2-in-1 laptop out there. You get everything you will need in your daily tasks and even more. You get great large 14 inches display with FullHD touchscreen. In addition to that are the sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 8MB of RAM, decent battery life span and all that for a great deal of less than $1000, actually even under $900.
- USB-C port
- Auto-adaptive stereo speakers to screen position
- Great design
- Heavy in tablet mode
- A lot of bloatware
7. Samsung Notebook 7 Spin Review
From all 2-in-1 detachable laptops in our list – Samsung Notebook 7 Spin is the biggest one. Actually, its screen is the size of a regular laptop – 15.6 inches. Samsung relies on laptop mode first then the other hybrid modes. Thanks to Notebook 7 Spin’s hinge – it can go back easily 360-degree if needed as well. Like the other 2-in-1 convertible laptops – Notebook 7 Spin can be put also in table tent mode or kiosk mode.
Best 15.6″ Touch Screen Laptop – Design and Features
To be concurrent in the market of 2-in-1 laptops you need to offer few more unique or better features like design or other extras. In the case of Notebook 7 Spin apart from the big screen, you get a FullHD multi-touch screen with an interesting feature. Samsung included HDR mode as they call it. This mode is literally translated in High Dynamic Range. In its root that means the display will have beautiful and better balance between the light and dark parts of the picture. Some new televisions support this new HDR format which gives the viewers superb contrast and clarity.
Samsung Notebook 7 Spin integrates a software HDR filter. The laptop has this HDR-like effect to every video you watch. You can easy switched it on and off when you wish so you can manage the best view for yourself. Maybe you prefer watching Netflix without this effect even that the content is designed and encoded for HDR televisions.
The Notebook 7 Spin’s body is made of all silver aluminum with black keys. Due to its big screen, it is not the lightest or the thinnest laptop. Its dimensions are 0.78 inches in height, 14.74 inches in width and 10.11 inches in depth. The weight is 4.01 pounds that are pretty good for 15.6 inches laptop. That can be considered as minus yet if you need Notebook 7 Spin for its laptop mode more than the other modes – it can be pretty useful.
The 15.6 inches screen is FullHD with a resolution of 1080p, but you will get the feeling that the quality is even higher than that – vibrant and crisp. That’s not surprising when you think about it. Samsung is one of the best TV and smartphone manufacturers currently out there. The picture quality is still visible at wide angles and you can see a little screen reflection.
The build is strong because of the big screen. The hinge is long and keeps things sturdier. The touchpad is in reflective silver for a better look and also is very smooth. The keyboard has a backlight. The keys have decent key travel and are a bit curved which makes the typing more comfortable.
The storage here is more than the competitors yet it’s not an SSD and is slower. You get 1TB of a hard drive on board. On the other hand, the absence of SSD makes the price cheaper. On the left side of the convertible laptop, you will find an Ethernet port, HDMI port, and a USB 3.0 port. On the right, there is two USB 2.0 ports and an SD card slot. You can count on a Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac wireless connection options.
Samsung Notebook 7 Spin is equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor with the speed of 2.5GHz and 2 cores, 12GB of DDR3 RAM and Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics card, which is way more better than some of the rivals with integrated graphics. Maybe you will not get the best 3D gaming experience, yet this 2-in-1 laptop will give you one of the best among its competitors.
Notebook 7 Spin’s battery life is also pretty good. It can last 10 hours of working through the day. The other advantage against the rivals is the fast battery charging. You can get hours of usage from about half an hour of charging.
The Samsung Notebook 7 Spin is actually a very well-made 2-in-1 budget laptop. You get a fast processor, enough RAM for everything, extreme performance graphics card, and more than enough drive space for all the files you need. The display is big, clear and vibrant. It’s a bit awkward size for a convertible laptop to be used in tablet mode for example. And after all its pretty cheaper than the rivals. You can get it under $1000. Samsung is known for its beautiful designs and this laptop has an eye-catching one.
Samsung Notebook 7 Spin Touch Screen Laptop Specs
- CPU: 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6500U, Dual-Core Processor, 2.5GHz
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 940MX
- RAM: 12 GB DDR3 SDRAM
- Screen: 15.6 inches FullHD touchscreen display (1920 x 1080)
- Storage: 1TB HDD
- Ports: USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, HDMI, headset jack, SD card reader, Ethernet
- Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
- Camera: HD webcam
- Weight: 4.01 pounds
- Size: 0.78 x 14.74 x 10.11 (H x W x D)
- Battery life: 10 hours
Bottom Line: Samsung Notebook 7 Spin is a great, cheap and reliable convertible laptop. If you will use it mostly in laptop mode – it’s perfect. Although using it in tablet mode is not so comfortable because of its big 15.6 inches screen. A fast processor, a decent amount of RAM and most of all the great Nvidia graphics card can be more than enough for playing games, using heavy programs simultaneously, video watching or rendering. Everything for a daily use is on this laptop and even more. And furthermore, the price is great too – under $1000.
- Very good Intel Core i7 performance
- Nvidia GeForce graphics card
- Crisp and vibrant display
- Heavy in tablet mode
- HDR video mode is not so impressive
Buyer’s Guide – Inform Yourself Better Before Buying
Buying a convertible laptop or any other kind of laptop/PC is not an easy job for a non-tech people. There are many hardware parts and specifications you should be paying attention. And after all, it’s not a cheap purchase that you make every day. We from Buyer’s Captain strongly recommend reading the lines below for clarity about your decision, especially if you are one of the non-tech folks. If you have the hardware knowledge for such purchase – there may be some new info even for you here.
Purpose of Use
First of all, you need to figure out for yourself what is the real reason for buying a 2-in-1 laptop. Are you looking for a gaming laptop, or presentation and work laptop, or laptop for the easy use and carry for the kid, for editing and heavy programs usage, maybe some other reason, or maybe a combination of the above? The convertible laptops from our list can cover almost all of the described reasons, but yet they are not gaming laptops, still some of them can handle pretty well this point.
The main processor competitors are Intel and AMD. Obviously, our opinion is in Intel favor. As you may assume the bigger the numbers – the better. The speed is measured in GHz (1000 Hz) and some can be boosted to even higher numbers. The CPU is responsible for the speed of calculations of all the task performed during your laptop usage. The i3, i5, and i7 differences are expressed in this way – i3 doesn’t have Turbo Boost, i5 – has Turbo Boost and more cores than i3, i7 – has Turbo Boost, more cores, and more cache than i5.
The number of cores in the CPU means the number of processors, all of them at the same speed. Some programs can use the cores (also called threads) asynchronously to their advantage to finish the work several times faster than a single core.
Another thing about the CPU is the cache. It’s a lot less than the actual laptop’s RAM because it’s main reason is to collect data that is most frequently used. This helps the access of that data by the CPU to be as fast as possible which reduces the energy and time of operations.
The graphics card choices to make are maybe the hard ones when buying a new laptop. What is integrated or dedicated GPU? Is Intel or Nvidia a better graphics card and for what purpose.
Integrated GPU does not use its own RAM, but it utilizes the system’s memory instead. It uses anything between one and five percent of it that can increase if you do something more heavy like playing games. Which sadly makes them less game-friendly but yet cheaper and more energy efficient than dedicated ones. On another hand the dedicated GPU uses its own RAM, therefore the laptops RAM is not decreased, which makes them better for gaming. Also drain the battery life faster and more expensive. Dedicated GPU also goes to a lot hotter – so it’s better for the laptop to have a lot of vents and fans.
As you may have heard – Intel graphics cards are good for everyday use because are cheaper and less hot, but if you are a true gamer, then there is no question about dedicated Nvidia GPU. That can summarize the brands’ differences in an abstract way.
The RAM or Random Access Memory allows information to be stored and retrieved on a laptop. Because the data is accessed randomly and not sequentially like the hard drive, the laptop can do that work much faster. Unlike a hard drive, the RAM is a volatile memory which means that it needs the power to keep the information intact. If the laptop is powered off, all the information from the RAM will be lost.
The more RAM, the more information it can store, the faster the laptop is – no surprises here. But what the difference in all that DDR[number] means? DDR stands for Double Data Rate, which is the newer version of the old SD (Single Data) RAM. Which also means that DDR works (store and access information) two times faster than SD RAM. DDR2 – twice as fast as DDR and it’s more power efficient. DDR3 – twice as fast as DDR2 and even more power efficient. So the newest DDR4, as you may expect works two times fast than the previous generation DDR3 and again is more power efficient. The price gaps are not so rising between the generations like their speeds. Also with each DDR version, the laptop motherboards can support more and more GB of memory.
The information about laptop screens is pretty straight forward. The more inches – the bigger the screen. All 2-in-1 laptops in our list are with a touchscreen, some are even with multi-touch screen displays (allow sensing more than one finger on it). Another thing is the resolution capacity. The bigger the resolution goes, the better quality and crisp the picture became. The IPS technology or In-Plane Switching is actually a type of TFT LCD (“active matrix” liquid crystal display) that provide a better user experience because of its wider angle and enhanced color quality.
HDD or SSD? What’s the difference? Probably everyone knows what 1GB of information is and how many songs/pictures/videos you can fit in there. So the real questions are what is the HDD and what is SSD and which you should choose.
First of all, in contrast to the RAM, HDD or hard disk drive is a non-volatile traditional spinning hard drive. Actually, it’s just a metal platter with a magnetic coating that stores and reads your data. SSD or solid-state drive in practice can do the same things an HDD can, but data is instead stored on interconnected flash memory chips.
For every buyer, the more important information is how do they differ. As a new technology, the SSD can cost 4-5 times more than an HDD. The capacity of an SSD in most cases won’t exceed 1GB because it’s become very expensive. Yet an HDD probably would start from 1TB (1000GB). In the matter of speed is where an SSD will really shine. It’s several times faster than an HDD. It boots the OS faster, starts an app or a game faster, transfers files faster. HDD do suffer from a thing called fragmentation (files shutter in different non-consecutive blocks) which with time make their reading slower. There are programs that can fix that, but either way, an SSD does not suffer from such problem. An SSD does not have moving parts, so it’s a lot less probably to lose some information.
Ports & Connectivity
Maybe the most interesting tech in this section is the USB (universal serial bus) connectivity and their versions. We all know the good old USB 2.0, yet in recent years there is a few new participants like the USB 3.0 (also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1), USB 3.1 (also known as USB 3.1 Gen 2) or even Thunderbolt Gen3.
The essential difference between all of them is the data transfer speed and the output power. With the increase of the version – their speed and power also increase. That makes USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt Gen3 the best out there right now, yet the first one can process up to 10GB/s, and the other one up to 40GB/s and even support 4K displays. Another thing you may wonder about is what is this USB-C (USB Type C). That’s a port and cable design that does not have up or down and connect whenever you put them.
With the help of the HDMI or High-Definition Multimedia Interface port, you can connect your laptop to a TV or projector. MicroSD card reader will help you to download all the pictures and videos from your camera. Some of the laptops have Ethernet port for old fashioned internet connection. Connectivity as Bluetooth will be in aid for synchronizing your wearable devices.
Battery Life, Design & Comfort
As for the battery life if it has to be said in one sentence – the more the better. Actually, it depends on what you want your laptop for. If you want to do presentations and use it mainly without a power supply, then the sentence above is for you. But if it’s almost most of the time fixed on your desk, then any battery life would be suitable for you.
When you use the laptop for presentations, then the size and weight are really important. So it won’t be bulky or heavy. Detachable laptops are also good for this purpose. The outside design is pretty much all about your personal preferences.
Value for Money
Our list of the best 2-in-1 laptops is actually our vision of a perfect balance between performance, capabilities, parameters, and price. Yet again it depends on your personal preferences and requirement. Maybe you want the best one out there, or maybe you’re on a budget and have to take the one that fits in it. Whether you like one of our listed laptops or not, you should apply the learned information above for any other laptop too.
We from Buyer’s Captain are hoping this should be enough and valuable information for you to pick the right choice.