If you can't decide between a laptop or a tablet, why not go for the best of both worlds? A great two-in-one laptop can offer the versatility you need like nothing else. Microsoft's Surface Pro line is a great example of what two-in-one laptops can offer -- a super-flexible work environment that lets you type on the go and detach the display when needed. The best two-in-one laptops help you do more than a traditional laptop without a significant increase in size, weight or price.
Most of the best two-in-ones are convertible, with 360-degree hinges where the keyboard and trackpad rotate around to the back of the display. There are some excellent two-in-one laptops that are essentially Windows 11 or ChromeOS tablets with a detachable keyboard. They work better as tablets, but are still good in laptop mode, and we've included models like the and the . Both styles of two-in-one feature touchscreens and typically support pen input. Most also include a headphone jack and backlit keyboard.
And if you're only thinking of a hybrid device as a detachable tablet and a laptop, here arethat you might not have considered. These are the best two-in-one laptops 2023 has to offer.
This thin, 3-pound convertible is a solid choice for anyone who needs a laptop for office or schoolwork. The all-metal chassis gives it a premium look and feel, and it has a comfortable keyboard and a responsive, smooth precision touchpad. Though it's light on extra features compared to its premium linemate, the Yoga 9i, it does have one of Lenovo's sliding shutters for its webcam that gives you privacy when you want it. And it has a long battery life to boot at 12 hours, 45 minutes in our tests. The latest version with 12th-gen Intel processors starts at less than $1,000.
Samsung's latest big-screen two-in-one doesn't look all too different from its predecessor, but inside is a new 12th-gen Intel processor that gives it a sizable multicore performance bump. However, the other, smaller updates Samsung made to the Pro 360 improves the overall experience, making it one of the best two-in-ones available right now. And if you have other Galaxy devices, this is absolutely the two-in-one to get.
The Surface Pro continues to hit all the right notes if you're looking for a do-it-all Windows tablet that doubles as a Windows laptop. Microsoft recently updated it for the Surface Pro 9, but little has changed beyond a processor upgrade from 11th-gen Intel Core processors to 12th-gen chips as well as an option for a Microsoft SQ 3 processor with 5G wireless. If you were contemplating a Pro 8, it's still around but now with a lower price, and we recommend it for most people instead of the Surface Pro 9.
The Lenovo Duet Chromebook (aka Chromebook Duet 3) is an awesome little 11-inch ChromeOS tablet with a detachable keyboard and touchpad. Its small size and performance aren't ideal for full-time use. But the Chromebook Duet 3 is a good pick if you're looking for an affordable ultraportable device to get some work done on the go, sketch or jot down notes in class, or do simple stuff like email, web browsing, gaming, reading and streaming video.
The original 10-inch version of the Duet Chromebook is also still available for $300 or less when it is in stock.
Acer had one of the best Chromebooks available in 2021 with the Spin 713, and now it's repeated that success with the Chromebook Spin 714. The premium two-in-one doesn't stray far from its predecessor in terms of what it offers -- sturdy design, nice-looking display, strong performance and long battery life -- but Acer did make some changes to keep it competitive, like including a USI pen that stores and charges in the 714's body. There are less expensive options, but if you want a Chromebook that'll last for years, this is it. Keep an eye out for a sale on this one: Its normal price is $729, but can oftentimes be found on sale for less than $600.
Gaming laptops with 16-inch screens are common enough. What's unusual is finding one with a 360-degree hinge to become a foldable two-in-one that can be a laptop, a tablet and a couple of things in between. Add another level of ingenuity and you've got the ability to plug in a more-powerful external GPU for even better performance. It's expensive, to be sure, but the unique design and features as well as solid performance make it stand out.
The HP Spectre x360 16 doesn't have "pro" in its name, but it deserves to. It's not a business laptop, so you won't find an Intel vPro processor or IT management features. However, its premium features, beautiful OLED display, good looks and speedy performance are just about perfect for anyone looking for a versatile laptop with an awesome work-play-and-create design.
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Best Laptops for 2023
A selection of the best laptops you can buy right now.
- Most universally useful: MacBook Air M2
- Best budget laptop: HP Pavilion Aero 13
- Best Chromebook: Acer Chromebook Spin 714
- Best budget gaming laptop: Dell G15/G16