Best 2-in-1 laptops 2021: top laptop-tablet hybrids

The very best transforming tablet hybrids and 2-in-1 laptops you can buy in 2021

Best 2-in-1 laptops 2021
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The best 2-in-1 laptops are tremendous transforming tools. When you need a laptop they're a laptop; when you need a tablet they're a tablet; and when you need something tent-shaped to deliver a presentation they can do that too. It's like having the best PC and the best tablet in one.

The flexibility of a 2-in-1 means it's ideal for a very wide range of users: students and CEOs, families and businesses, people who work from home, people who work on site and people who work from pretty much anywhere. They're usable in places where tablets just aren't an option, and adding a stylus opens up even more possibilities. 

In this, T3's comprehensive guide to the best 2-in-1 laptops, we’ve reviewed every kind of device for every kind of user. We’ve worked on Windows 10 2-in-1 laptops and on Chromebooks; we've studied 2-in-1 laptops that are perfect for going back to school; and we've investigated the best 2-in-1 laptops for business users as well. 

Don’t be intimidated by the number of different models or the sheer range of specifications on show here. We'll explain everything you need to know so you can find the very best 2-in-1 laptop for you whether it's a cheap and cheerful 2-in-1 or a heavyweight hybrid.

If you're not sure that a 2-in-1 is the right laptop for you, T3 also has dedicated guides to various different types of the best laptops, and one of those might better suit you.

For example, we've got a best gaming laptops guide that's written with serious gamers in mind, a best lightweight laptops guide for those who want a laptop that won't be a pain to lug around, and a guide focused on the best student laptops, too.

We've also got a dedicated best Dell laptops guide, so if you like the US maker's systems (and we really do here at T3), you'll find the best Dells right there. And for awesome remote storage and access, be sure to check out T3's best NAS drives buying guide, too.

Lastly, if you're thinking of a 2-in-1 laptop then you're likely looking for some slate functionality. As such, before you do that be sure to check out the best tablets and best Kindle ereaders, as they may serve your needs even better.

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

Asus ZenBook Flip 13 best 2-in-1 laptops 2021 hybrid

For most people, the Asus ZenBook Flip 13 is the best 2-in-1 laptop to choose.

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1. Asus ZenBook Flip 13

The best 2-in-1 laptop for most people

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i5
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 13.3-inch
Storage: 256GB SSD
OS: Windows 10
Reasons to buy
+Tablet mode is great+Fantastic audio+Awesome numpad integration

With its full 360-degree ErgoLift hinge and minimal-bezel design, the Zenbook Flip 13 is one of the best laptops Asus has ever released. Befitting its namesake, the Flip 13 can be flipped between laptop, movie and tablet mode almost effortlessly, rated for at least 20,000 cycles. It feels solid and sturdy too, with a spun-metal finish available in three different colours. Our review model came in the Royal Blue variant, which looks fantastic with its rose-gold trim.

Tooled up with an 8th-gen Intel Core processor, this is average for a laptop, but powerful for a tablet. The tablet mode feels great to use, too, thanks to a responsive touchscreen and military-grade tested durable design. The only missing feature is a smart stylus, which would make using the tablet mode for artistic endeavours a bit easier, but there’s always the potential to buy a third-party pen.

We haven’t even delved into the brilliant audio quality courtesy of sound masters Harman Kardon, nor the well-designed keyboard that feels sturdy and comfortable to use. By far the coolest feature, however, is the integrated numpad. Hold down an invisible button on the corner of the trackpad, and concealed LED backlighting illuminates, transforming the trackpad into a full numpad, ready to tackle any and all calculations.

All of this, partnered with a really competitive mid-tier price point, makes the Asus ZenBook Flip 13 our top recommendation for the best 2-in-1 laptop.

Asus ZenBook Flip 13 vs Microsoft Surface Book 3: which laptop is right for you?

Microsoft Surface Book 3 best 2-in-1 laptops 2021

The best premium 2-in-1 laptop is the powerhouse Microsoft Surface Book 3.

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2. Microsoft Surface Book 3

The best premium 2-in-1 laptop

Specifications
CPU: Quad-core 10th-en Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 with Max-Q
RAM: 8GB / 16GB / 32GB LPDDR4x (3733Mhz )
Screen: 13.5-inch, 3000 x 2000 pixels (267 ppi)
Storage: 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
Reasons to buy
+A no-compromise laptop and tablet+Excellent PixelSense display+Powerful gaming GPU option

We were hugely impressed by what the Surface Book 2 had to offer, and the Surface Book 3 is an even better proposition: while the design stays mostly the same, the internals have been given a welcome boost, and at the top end of the configuration options you can get a discrete Nvidia graphics card installed.

This is both a heavy duty laptop and a heavy duty tablet rolled into one (and running the full version of Windows 10 of course) – unlike a lot of 2-in-1s, it has a proper laptop style keyboard, but also has a screen that completely detaches as well. While we've listed the specs for the 13.3-inch display above, a 15-inch model is also available if you want a larger display (just remember that the removable screen is going to be that bit bigger).

Anyone interested in the best 2-in-1 laptop at the moment has to check out the Surface Book 3 really, but it comes at a high price: this is only for those with relatively deep pockets to consider. Even at this price though, we don't think you're going to be disappointed.

To discover even more about this system check out T3's should I buy the Microsoft Surface Book 3 guide. To see how it stacks up against another premium 2-in-1 also scope out T3's Microsoft Surface Book 3 vs New Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 comparison feature.

Microsoft Surface Go 2 best 2-in-1 laptops 2021

Shopping on a budget? Then the Microsoft Surface Go 2 is a top choice.

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3. Microsoft Surface Go 2

The best budget 2-in-1 laptop

Specifications
CPU: 8th-gen Intel Core m3
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 615
RAM: 4GB / 8GB
Screen: 10.5-inch 1920 x 1280 pixels (220 ppi)
Storage: 64GB / 128GB
Reasons to buy
+Attractive low price+Great hardware package+Compact and lightweight

This is a very Surface-heavy list and for good reason: Microsoft's forays into the 2-in-1 market have been a huge success, revitalising the company's image as a serious hardware maker right when it needed it. For people who want to get in on this without paying handsomely, Microsoft has you covered with the Microsoft Surface Go 2.

It builds on what made the original Surface Go so good, adding a more premium-feeling design and a small specs bump to make sure you can get through all of the computing tasks that you need to get through. It also squeezes in a bigger-sized screen into a form factor the same size as the original Surface Go, but cutting down on the bezels.

You can eke out around five hours of use between charges with the Surface Go, and given its size and power, it's perfect for everyday on-the-go computing. In your calculations about whether or not to buy this, make sure that you factor in the extra cost of the Type Cover keyboard in as well, which you're going to need to make full use of this as a laptop as well as a tablet.

Get even more information and buying advice in T3's dedicated should I buy the Microsoft Surface Go 2 feature.

HP Spectre x360 best 2-in-1 laptops

HP's Spectre is in a different league to many Windows laptops.

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4. HP Spectre X360 (2021)

A premium 2-in-1 laptop that oozes quality

Specifications
CPU: 11th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 8-16GB
Display: 13.3" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS BrightView micro-edge WLED-backlit multitouch – 13.3" diagonal 4K (3840 x 2160) UWVA BrightView micro-edge AMOLED multitouch
Storage: 256GB to 2TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+11th generation Intel processors+Improved graphics+Superb battery life+Gorgeous design

HP’s Spectres are very impressive hybrid laptops, and the 2021 versions are the best yet. This year’s X360 has 11th generation Intel Core processors, and the available graphics now go up to Intel Iris Xe.

The Spectre X360 is a very good-looking laptop and it’s built to a standard you don’t often see in Windows laptops: visually its closest rival may well be Apple’s M1 MacBook Pro. It’s beautifully made with a vivid, bright screen and a great keyboard, and as ever with HP it comes with a good selection of security options to keep your data safe. Battery life is around 13 hours and there’s a good range of configurations options for processors and storage. 

It can get a little bit noisy when you push it hard but that’s a minor niggle in an otherwise extremely impressive package.

To see how this system stacks up against another premium competitor, be sure to check out our Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 vs HP Spectre x360 comparison feature.

Samsung Galaxy Book Flex best 2-in-1 laptops 2021

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5. Samsung Galaxy Book Flex

An excellent Windows 10 2-in-1 laptop from Samsung

Specifications
CPU: 10th-gen Intel Core i5-1035G4
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel
Storage: 512GB
Reasons to buy
+Very versatile+Integrated S Pen stylus+Impressive design

While the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex is going to set you back a substantial amount of cash, you get a lot back for your money – it ticks just about every box you could want to tick in terms of battery life, performance, screen quality, design and so on.

It's perhaps the extras that really make this laptop stand out though. You get an integrated S Pen stylus that slots right into the casing, while the trackpad doubles up as a wireless charging pad. Then of course there's the 2-in-1 nature of the device, which means you can use it in a variety of positions and for many different applications.

While the performance you get here isn't good enough for heavy video editing or gaming, it'll breeze through everyday tasks, and it's perfect for office workers and students alike (that high price notwithstanding). If you think you'll make use of the extra features, it's well worth the investment.

Asus Flip 2-in-1 Chromebook best 2-in-1 laptops 2021

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6. Asus Flip 2-in-1 Chromebook

In terms of bang for your buck, the best 2-in-1 laptop running Chrome OS

Specifications
CPU: Dual-core Intel Core m3-8100Y
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 615
RAM: 4GB
Screen: 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel (157 ppi)
Storage: 64GB
Reasons to buy
+Stunningly low price+Strong, punchy screen+Stylish design

Chromebooks lend themselves rather well to the 2-in-1 format: you can use them as a laptop when you need to do some serious work, but then you can also prop them up or fold them over when it's time for some sitting back and relaxing in front of Netflix instead. In either scenario, the Asus Flip 2-in-1 Chromebook has you covered.

Specs don't particularly matter when it comes to Chromebooks, but the Intel Core m3 processor and 4GB of RAM should handle as many browser tabs as you're able to load up. Remember that Chromebooks can also run Android apps as well now, which gives you another way of using the tablet.

We really like the design of this 2-in-1 Chromebook as well, all subtle greys and thin bezels, and it's lightweight enough to sling in a rucksack very easily. There are plenty of other models in the Asus Flip line, so be sure to check them all out in your search for the best 2-in-1 laptop around.

Dell XPS 13 best 2-in-1 laptops 2021

You know you're getting quality with the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

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7. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

A stunning a versatile 2-in-1 option

Specifications
CPU: Quad-core 10th-gen Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus
RAM: 8GB / 16GB / 32GB
Screen: 13.4-inch, 3840 x 2400 pixels (337 ppi)
Storage: 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
Reasons to buy
+Oozes premium quality from every angle+Bright, gorgeous screen+Can pack in plenty of power

Very appealing looks, superb specs... what's not to like about the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1? The standard XPS 13 is a fine laptop in its own right, but this 2-in-1 version folds right over as well – perhaps most useful in tent mode, when you want to prop it up to enjoy some video streaming content in the evening. You get a device that's sleek, light, and capable of managing everything you need it to do.

As usual with Dell devices, a variety of configurations are available for your Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 – it depends how much money you've got to spend and what you need your laptop to do as to which one is going to be the best one for your particular needs. What's true about all of them, however, is that they're all very capable, very versatile, and very well-designed.

This is very much an option to consider if you're more interested in the laptop rather than the tablet aspect of the 2-in-1 experience – the XPS 13 is absolutely one of the best laptops on the market at the moment, and the fact that you can fold it right over and use it as a tablet just adds to the appeal.

Lenovo Yoga C930 best 2-in-1 laptops 2021

The Lenovo Yoga C930 is a very lightweight and stylish hybrid laptop.

8. Lenovo Yoga C930

A lightweight and beautiful 2-in-1 laptop for 2021

Specifications
CPU: 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U (quad core, 8MB cache, up to 4GHz with Turbo Boost)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB LPDDR4 (2400 MHz)
Screen: 13.9-inch, 3,840 x 2,160 multi-touch display
Storage: 512GB
Reasons to buy
+Superb 4K resolution display+Packed with oodles of power

We've been hugely impressed with Yogas gone by, and it's therefore no surprise that the latest Lenovo Yoga C930 makes an appearance on our best 2-in-1s of 2021 list. Ultra-thin and ultra-light, it's a premium bit of kit.

From the generous 13.9-inch screen, to the top end i7 processor from Intel, to the roomy 512GB of SSD storage, there's so much to like here. It's not the cheapest of course, but that doesn't mean this isn't good value for money.

With a 4K resolution display, Dolby Atmos sound, and some rather sleek looks, we're struggling to think of anything to put in the negatives column. The keyboard folds over rather than detaching, but it's a minor niggle.

Acer Switch Alpha 12 best 2-in-1 laptop

The Acer Switch Alpha 12 comes with an excellent kickstand built in.

9. Acer Switch Alpha 12

A convertible tablet that's cool in more ways than one

Specifications
CPU: 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 12-inch 16:9 (2,160 x 1,440)
Storage: 128GB or 256GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Liquid-cooled+Thin and light

One of the cheaper options in this guide, Acer's Switch Alpha 12 is clearly influenced by Microsoft's Surface Pro 4, but its wireframe kickstand more closely echoes HP's Spectre x2.

It boasts a trick that neither of those devices can, though: liquid cooling. That's right, the Alpha 12 is the first tablet that pumps a coolant solution around the inside to keep it running cool and quiet. It's an innovative device that is offered at a surprisingly acceptable price, especially considering that its decent keyboard dock is included in the bundle.

Silver, shiny, tough and smart, the Switch Alpha 12 has more than a few tricks up its sleeve to earn its place on our best 2-in-1 laptops list.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 best 2-in-1 laptops 2021


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10. Microsoft Surface Pro 7

One of the best 2-in-1 laptops keeps getting better

Specifications
CPU: Quad-core 10th-gen Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus
RAM: 4GB / 8GB / 16GB
Screen: 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824 pixels (267 pp)
Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
Reasons to buy
+Thin, light and stylish+Premium keyboard and pen

The Surface Pro 7 doesn't change a huge amount from the Surface Pro 6, especially in terms of its looks, but that's actually fine with us – there's no need to mess around with a winning formula just for the sake of it. It now comes with USB-C, and as an added bonus supports the most up-to-date and fastest Wi-Fi 6 standards as well.

As well as the i7 chipset that we've listed in the specs above, less powerful configurations are available too, so you can tailor the Surface Pro 7 to your needs and budget. If you've got the money, you can certainly get yourself a 2-in-1 that's capable of some serious performance – you shouldn't have any trouble with lag or slowdowns on the top-end configurations.

If the Surface Book 3 is a little too bulky for you and the Surface Go 2 is a little too on the small and underpowered side, then get the Surface Pro 7 as the perfect compromise. The only caveat is that the Surface Pro 8 might really revamp the design as well as bump the specs, when it arrives.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S7: which hybrid is best?

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 best 2-in-1 laptops 2021

Want to lean more towards a tablet experience, while still having solid laptop functionality? Then the Tab S7 is worth looking at.

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11. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7

A great media tablet that, with extra spend, turns into a lightweight laptop

Specifications
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus
Graphics: Adreno 650
RAM: 6GB / 8GB
Screen: 11-inch LTPS TFT, 2560 x 1600 pixels (274 ppi)
Storage: 128GB / 256GB
Reasons to buy
+A great tablet and a decent laptop+Usual excellent Samsung display+Works with the S Pen stylus

If you want something running Android that can do double duty as both a tablet and a laptop, then you don't have a huge number of options at the moment. Of the options that you do have, we reckon that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is just about the best of them: sleek, powerful, and with the famous S Pen stylus.

You're also going to want the optional Book Cover Keyboard as well, which helps you get much more out of the tablet. There's 5G on board as well, plus a quality sound system put together in partnership with experts AKG. With up to three apps on the screen at once, Android has never looked so good on a tablet as far as we're concerned.

The specs above apply to the 11-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, but if you want something bigger and have a bit more money to play around with, then consider getting the 12.4-inch Tab S7 Plus instead – they're both powerful Android 2-in-1 tablets that will last you for years.

HP Elite Dragonfly best 2-in-1 laptops

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12. HP Elite Dragonfly

A superb hybrid laptop for business users

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i5-8265U
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 16GB
Screen: 13.3” FHD IPS BrightView WLED-backlit touch screen
Storage: 512 GB PCIe® NVMe™ SSD storage with Optane acceleration
Reasons to buy
+Superb build quality+Lots of configuration options+Fantastic keyboard

The HP Elite Dragonfly is a superb laptop: it was a deserved winner of the best laptop gong at the T3 Awards 2020. Despite its svelte appearance and light weight it’s packed with ports – two USB-A, two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 and HDMI – and can be specified in a huge range of configurations including 4G LTE and a 4K display. The build quality is spectacular and performance is excellent too.

Why isn’t it topping our list here? Two reasons: one, it’s laser-focused on business users, so it’s not going to be ideal for everybody; and two, it’s not quite as good in tablet mode as it is in normal laptop mode. 

As a laptop, the Dragonfly is solid, powerful and impressive – and it’s an absolute joy to type on, which really matters in a business laptop. But in tablet mode we found it a little unwieldy and a little bit bouncy: as a laptop the Dragonfly deserves a full five stars but as a tablet we’d take it down to four. We think it’s best suited to people who’ll spend most of their PC time in laptop mode but who still need the occasional bit of tablet time.

To see how this system stacks up against our top pick of premium 2-in-1 laptop, then be sure to read T3's Microsoft Surface Book 3 vs HP Elite Dragonfly comparison feature.

How to choose the best 2-in-1 laptop for you

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Convertibles, hybrids, 2-in-1s, call them what you like – these are essentially tablets that convert into laptops using keyboard attachments, and they occupy the middle ground between the two.

Fully fledged laptops with detachable screens are less common, but we've included them too. You also get laptops that don't have detachable screens but which fold right over to become sort of makeshift tablets.

We're continuing to see some really decent quality hybrids hit the market in 2021, and whether you're looking for a lithe and luxurious 2-in-1 to take on the move, or are hunting down a convertible laptop to double up as a compact TV set, we've picked out the best options out there.

So how do you pick? It's a good idea to think about how you're going to be using your new computer, and thus how powerful it needs to be: that has a knock-on effect on price and portability. If you're going to be spending a lot of time typing, look for a 2-in-1 with a substantial keyboard attachment. If you're not, it doesn't matter so much.

Above you'll find the very best 2-in-1 laptops on the market in 2021.