The 8 Best 2-in-1 Laptop Tablets to Buy in 2018

Why choose between a laptop and tablet when you can have both?

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In the never-ending quest for the perfect computer, most of today’s buyers agree that one important thing they want is portability. Whether it’s spending time away from an outlet, using it on a plane or for reading a book in the evening, the 2-in-1 hybrid notebook is all the rage. The advent of this new type of computer has all but eliminated the choice of carrying around either a laptop or tablet or both. Regardless of your use-case, our selection of the best hybrids will definitely give you the best of both worlds.

Best Overall: Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft’s Surface Pro is a winning combination of price and performance that's worthy of any wish list. Available in a multitude of configurations, buyers can opt for increased performance with an Intel Core i7 processor,  up to 16GB of RAM and up to a 256GB SSD. The Surface Pro’s 13.5-hours of battery life (that's 50 percent more than the previous generation) and 1.69-pound size make it a great option for students, travelers and businesspeople alike. While the Surface Pro functions as a tablet on its own, the ultra-slim Surface Type Cover (sold separately) instantly transforms this device into a laptop. Once this accessory is attached, the Surface Pro is in "Laptop Mode" — the built-in kickstand holds the screen upright and the cover folds down into a keyboard, creating a user experience that feels and looks like a laptop. It also has a "Studio Mode," where the kickstand props up the screen at a low angle perfect for writing and drawing, especially when paired with the Surface Pen (also sold separately). Highly adaptable and super light, this tablet easily transforms to meet your needs.  

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4

Running Windows 10, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 is an equally outstanding 2-in-1 hybrid computer that offers the best of both laptop and tablet worlds. Powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB hard drive, there’s enough horsepower for everyday tasks with room (and battery life) to spare for Netflix binging at the end of the day. The 12.3-inch PixelSense display offers similar features to the Surface Book and includes the Surface Pen for a natural way to capture notes. The Type Cover keyboard offers a refreshed design that has a vastly improved typing experience, as well as a two-button trackpad for more precise click controls. With a design that’s specific to the Surface, the keyboard easily clicks into place and adjusts from tablet to laptop and back again in an instant.

Best Budget: Asus T102HA Transformer Mini 10.1-Inch

The Asus T102HA Transformer Mini 10.1-inch 2-in-1 hybrid computer is powered by an Intel Atom quad-core x5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB EMMC storage. Fortunately, its 1.7-pound, .6-inch frame with the keyboard is superbly manufactured for an ideal build quality that feels sturdy despite the wallet-friendly price tag.

Unlike some of its Microsoft-made competition, the Asus Transformer comes right out of the box with a pen, keyboard and fingerprint reader, which eliminates the need for additional purchases afterward. The keyboard attaches via magnet, but offers up to 170 degrees of movement with the kickstand for easy use on a lap or desk in laptop mode and quickly detaches for jumping right into tablet functionality. Additionally, the small size hides its big connectivity options with a full spread of USB, micro USB, micro HDMI and microSD ports.

Best for Portability: Microsoft Surface Go

Featuring a 10-inch, 1800x1200-pixel display and weighing barely over a pound, the Microsoft Surface Go is the perfect portable 2-in-1 device. It's well-suited to everyday tasks like browsing the Internet or streaming videos, and the clip-on Type Cover (sold separately) has a keyboard and trackpad to give you full 2-in-1 functionality.

The Go's 1.6Hz Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor isn’t as powerful as the Core i-series Intel CPUs found in other Windows products — this won’t be your new gaming device — but its small size makes it perfect when you need something efficient and portable. However, bear in mind that while it’s intended for nine hours of battery life, depending on what you’re doing, you could be looking at between four to five hours before needing a charger.

Thanks to the hinged stand on the back, the Microsoft Go feels sturdy when it's propped up, and the shrunken keyboard is comfortable to type on: you might even forget you’re not using a full-sized laptop. Two versions of the machine are available: the smaller has 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, while the other has 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. Choose from one of four colors for the attachable Type Cover. 

Runner-Up, Best for Portability: Asus ZenBook UX360CA

The whole ZenBook line specializes in super-thin, super-light flipbooks. This UX360CA is a treasure trove of specs including a 7th gen Intel i5 processor clocking in at 1.2 GHz, a full HD touchscreen display, 512 GB of solid state storage and 8GB of RAM. But at right about 3 pounds and less than a half inch thick, this little thing will slip into a laptop bag with just about no footprint. But, while it isn’t quite the lightest book you can buy, the other factors to consider when purchasing a travelable laptop are price and construction: if you get one worth thousands, you’ll be too afraid to take on long trips, and if you get one made of plastic, it won’t hold up as well. This one strikes an unbeatable balance.

Best Value: Samsung Notebook 9 Pro

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro offers the power of a 15-inch Macbook, with the portability (and touchability) of a Surface Pro, plus the magic of Samsung’s S-pen. The laptop comes in two sizes, but this 13-inch model employs a screen with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, a 3.5 GHz processor, 8GB of RAM and an ADM Radeon 540 graphics card. Suffice it to say this little powerhouse is the perfect machine for the price, because at just under $1000, it’s one of the best values in the game.

Best Splurge: HP Spectre x360

The HP Spectre x360 is an outstanding 15.6-inch 2-in-1 hybrid computer that’s souped up with the new Intel Kaby Lake Core i7 processor. The addition of 16GB of RAM and 512GB of memory offers no shortage of both power and space for downloads, gaming on-the-go or multimedia tasks such as video or photo editing. The 4K 3840 x 2160 15.6-inch display offers an outstanding viewing experience for both multimedia and gaming courtesy of the NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card. All this power comes with a battery that’s capable of running up to 12 hours with everyday usage and up to nine hours of video playback.

Best Gaming: Dell Inspiron 7000 15-inch

Traveling, gaming and touchscreens don’t seem to go hand-in-hand at first thought, but the latest Dell Inspiron 7000 treads that line perfectly. First off, the 15.6-inch full HD display will give you the crisp, massive platform you need for any gaming on the go. The Intel HD Graphics 620 card will power the look-and-feel amply, while the 16GB of RAM will give you plenty of processing head room. Add that to the backlit keyboard and the six hours of battery life and the gaming environment will almost make you forget this thing can flip around and turn into a tablet.