The best 2-in-1 laptops in 2024 - our top picks

The best 2-in-1 laptops offer the strengths of two devices in one: the power of a laptop with the accessibility of a tablet. They aren't always as powerful or sturdy as a clamshell laptop, but I like them for their versatility.

Built with the latest mobile PC components, the best 2-in-1s are thin and light, with gorgeous displays and efficient batteries that let you carry them through your day without worrying about finding a charger.

Of course, choosing the right one for your needs has gotten a lot trickier too: read on for our recommendations on the best 2-in-1s to buy right now, based on our hands-on testing and review of dozens of top contenders. 

While many of these aren't quite as powerful as the best laptops, they sacrifice some function for the versatility of a form that transforms between laptop and tablet. Almost all of them come with a stylus packed in too, which is a great value add for doodlers and note-takers.

We review dozens and dozens of portable PCs from the top vendors every year here at Tom's Guide, and we harvest the best of the best to recommend in this list of the best 2-in-1 laptops. 

Every single one of these recommendations is made by me or someone I trust, and it's backed up by a full review and our own lab testing, so you can click through to read up on how each laptop works, how comfortable it is to use and how well it performs under pressure.

With that in mind, we think these are the best 2-in-1 laptops on the market right now!

The quick list

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The best 2-in-1 laptops you can buy right now

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The best 2-in-1 overall

Asus Zenbook 14 Flip OLED

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The best Windows 2-in-1

Specifications

Display: 14-inch 2.8K (2,880 x 1,800) OLED 16:10 touch
CPU: 13th Gen Intel Core i5/i7
RAM: 16 GB
Storage: 512GB
Weight: 3.3 pounds
Size: 12.2 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches

Reasons to buy

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Excellent price
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Thin and light design
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Gorgeous OLED display
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LED Numpad

Reasons to avoid

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Sub-10-hour battery life
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Mediocre 720p webcam

The Asus Zenbook 14 Flip OLED isn’t perfect. Its 720p webcam is from a bygone era and its 9-hour battery life is short in comparison to the best MacBooks. That said, its strengths are substantial.

The sharp OLED display is wonderful for watching videos, and it has one of the best laptop keyboards we’ve tested. We also love the minimalist design and zippy performance. The LED number pad is also a nice touch. Combine all this with the fact it’s $1,199 at its most expensive, and this device becomes all the more attractive.

Overall, the Asus Zenbook 14 Flip OLED provides excellent value for what it offers. If you’re looking for a dependable 2-in-1 with a svelte design and eye-pleasing OLED panel, this is the machine to get.

Read our full Asus Zenbook 14 Flip OLED review.

The best value

Acer Spin 5 review unit tented on a desk

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The best value in a 2-in-1

Specifications

Display: 14-inch WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600)
CPU: Intel Core i7-1260P
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 1TB SSD
Weight: 2.9 pounds
Size: 0.67 x 12.25 x 8.59 inches

Reasons to buy

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Ample power
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Vibrant display
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Good battery life
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Included stylus is a nice touch

Reasons to avoid

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Middling speakers
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Saddled with bloatware

The Acer Spin 5 is a modest 2-in-1 machine, eschewing aesthetics (it’s literally only available in gray) in favor of strong performance and a bright, vibrant display. It also comes with a stylus, which is always nice.

This laptop nails the fundamentals, delivering performance that’s in line with its price, a bright, vibrant display, and strong battery life (with a bit of care). The $1,399 model we reviewed is great, but if it's too pricey for your budget you can find an older model for $1,000 or less that's an excellent value. 

Read our full Acer Spin 5 review.

The best premium 2-in-1

Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8 review unit on a table outdoors

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The best 2-in-1 if you can afford it

Specifications

Display: 14-inch 2.8K (2,880 x 1,800 pixels) OLED touchscreen
CPU: 13th Gen Intel Core i7-1360P
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB
Weight: 3.09 pounds
Size: 12.52 x 9.06 x 0.6 inches

Reasons to buy

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Elegant chassis easy to carry
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Vivid, oversaturated OLED display
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Soundbar delivers great audio quality
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Included stylus is a nice touch

Reasons to avoid

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Loss of stylus garage hurts
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Dim screen in direct light
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1-Click function keys waste space
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Middling performance

The Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8 improves upon its excellent predecessor, delivering better battery life and performance in the same premium 2-in-1 chassis. It's a bit more expensive than our general top pick the Galaxy Book Pro 360, but in return you get a higher-resolution screen, better speakers and a bit more power under the hood.

While it's still far from the longest-lasting laptop on this list, the Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8's 10+ hours of tested battery life ensure it should last you through a day of work or school. It's easy to carry all day too thanks to its relatively light chassis with its rounded corners, and the carrying sleeve and active stylus included with every purchase are a nice touch.

Factor in the great speakers and a vivid 14-inch OLED touchscreen and you start to see why this is a compelling convertible, even if it can't match the performance of more traditional clamshell laptops in key areas. 

Read our full Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8 review.

The best 2-in-1 Chromebook

Acer Chromebook Spin 714 open on a desk

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Best 2-in-1 Chromebook

Specifications

Display: 14-inch WUXGA (1920x1200) IPS touchscreen
CPU: Intel Core i5-1235U
GPU: Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 256 GB SSD
Weight: 3.2 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Top-notch performance for the category
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10+ hour battery life
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Good connectivity options
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Includes mouse and stylus

Reasons to avoid

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High price versus competition
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No SD card reader
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Average 720p webcam

The Acer Chromebook Spin 714 ($729 to start) is a powerful 2-in-1 Chromebook with good battery life and a handy stylus, making it a great tool for getting things done on the go.

The HDMI out and USB-A port mean you still have basic connections without needing a dock or adapter cables, but USB-C and Thunderbolt 4 are also on tap for current- and next-gen devices. 

The 16:10 display looks good in person and is bright enough, even if it can't compete with other premium Chromebooks in that department. The included mouse and stylus give you lots of options for getting work done in either laptop or tablet mode. And with Wi-Fi 6E, you're set up to take advantage of the fastest wireless networks. Most importantly, the battery should last you an entire workday. 

Read our full Acer Chromebook Spin 714 review.

The most powerful 2-in-1

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio on table

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The best 2-in-1 for power users

Specifications

Display: 14.4-inch 120 Hz touchscreen (2400 x 1600 pixels)
CPU: 13th Gen Intel Core i7
GPU: Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics | Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050-4060 GPU
RAM: 16-64 GB
Storage: 512GB - 2TB SSD
Weight: 4.18 lbs (integrated graphics), 4.37 lbs (Nvidia GPU)

Reasons to buy

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Display is bright and color-accurate
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Doubles as a solid gaming laptop
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Expanded port array is a nice upgrade
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Sliding screen gives this 2-in-1 unique value

Reasons to avoid

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Middling battery life
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No stylus included limits this laptop's versatility

Microsoft's Surface Laptop Studio 2 is a powerful 2-in-1 with a MacBook Pro-like design and an eye-catching hinged display. This is Microsoft’s flagship device for Windows 11, which promises to make Windows a more inviting place for both work and play. Like Windows 11, the Surface Laptop Studio is advertised as a one-stop shop for productivity, entertainment and creative work.

And for the most part, it is all that: its 13th Gen Intel CPU and 16+ GB of RAM gives you enough power to tackle most work, and if you splurge for a model with the discrete Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 or 4060 GPU the Surface Laptop Studio also doubles as a decent machine for gaming or video editing on the go. We've also heard it's an ideal choice for college engineering programs which require laptops that both have a discrete GPU and can be used with an active stylus. While you have to pay extra for the Microsoft Surface Slim Pen 2 stylus, its haptics make writing or drawing on the Studio's 14.4-inch 120Hz touchscreen feel great.

However, it's a bit pricey when you kit it out, and despite its great components the Surface Laptop Studio delivers subpar performance compared to the best MacBooks and Windows laptops. But few laptops can match its intriguing sliding hinged display, which can be tented over the keys like an easel or slid all the way flat to turn the Studio into a heavy tablet.

Read our full Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 review.

The best 2-in-1 for business

HP Spectre x360 web browsing

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The best 2-in-1 for business

Specifications

Display: 13.5-inch 3K2K (3,000 x 2,000) OLED Touch
CPU: Intel Core i7-1255U
GPU: Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics
RAM: 16 GB
Storage: 1TB SSD
Size: 11.73 x 8.68 x 0.67 inches
Weight: 3.01 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Stunning touch display
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Attractive build
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Plenty of power
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Versatile form factor

Reasons to avoid

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Modest battery life
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Runs hot at hinge
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A bit pricey

The HP Spectre x360 is our top recommendation if you want a 2-in-1 for business. This convertible looks great thanks to its elegant finish and angular edges, not to mention the vivid OLED touchscreen. The keyboard feels great to type on, and the packed-in stylus is a welcome touch.

Under the hood, the Spectre packs more than enough power to handle office work and the battery is good enough to last you through a day of meetings. The port array is also pretty good, and well-spaced around the laptop, though if you want to do presentations you'll have to rely on Bluetooth or USB-C, as there's no HDMI out.

Read our full HP Spectre x360 review.

The best dual-screen laptop

Lenovo Yoga Book 9i

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The best dual-screen laptop

Specifications

Display: Two 13.3-inch 2.8K (2,800 x 1,800) OLED, 60Hz
CPU: 13th gen Intel Core i7-1355U
GPU: Intel Irix Xe
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB
Size: 11.78 x 8.03 x 0.63 inches
Weight: 2.95 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Dual OLED displays enable multiple modes
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Responsive touchscreens
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Bundled with Bluetooth mouse and attachable keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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Priced higher than other 2-in-1 laptops
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Minimal ports

The Lenovo Yoga Book 9i could start a trend for 2-in-1 laptops. Uniting two 13.3-inch OLED displays in one device, the Yoga Book 9i offers a bevy of different usage modes meant to boost your productivity. This notebook can function as a traditional Windows 11 laptop or tablet, plus it can go into tent mode for presentations.

Thanks to the included folio kickstand, you can use the Yoga Book 9i with two displays stacked on top of each other or spread the two panels side by side. If you’re not keen on typing on a touchscreen, you can use the included attachable Bluetooth keyboard.

The Yoga Book 9i is a Swiss Army knife of a laptop given all its modes. Though it’s expensive at $1,999, it offers enough singular value to be included in this list.

Read our full Lenovo Yoga 9i review.

How to choose the best laptop for you

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

Performance: If you only need something basic for surfing the web and checking email, consider a 2-in-1 Chromebook like the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. If you need more power to multi-task, run demanding applications, or edit photos/videos, look for a 2-in-1 packing the latest Intel CPUs, like the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 or Lenovo Yoga 9i.

Graphics and gaming: To function as both tablets and laptops, 2-in-1s are typically designed to be as thin and power-efficient as possible, so they don't pack discrete GPUs and thus aren't great at running the latest games. However, they can usually run older games pretty well, so if game performance is important to you, your best bet is to look for a 2-in-1 with the latest Intel CPUs to take advantage of their integrated graphics (currently Intel Iris Xe) hardware, then splurge for extra RAM and storage. A great display will also help your games look their best.

Size: Consider how portable you need your new 2-in-1 to be: is this a laptop you occasionally want to use as a tablet, or vice versa? If you prefer the lighter weight and smaller size (typically) of a tablet, and can live with having a flimsy/detachable keyboard, then something like the Apple iPad Pro 2021 (12.9-inch) or Microsoft Surface Go 2 is a good choice. If you'd rather have the larger screen and extra power/versatility of a laptop that doubles as a tablet, and don't mind the extra size and weight, consider something like the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 or Lenovo Yoga 9i.

Operating system: 2-in1s mostly come with three varieties of operating system: Windows 10 (most 2-in-1s), iPadOS (for iPads), and Chrome OS (2-in-1 Chromebooks). Windows 10 is the most common, while iPadOS is more useful to folks already tied into Apple's ecosystem. Chrome OS is a lightweight operating system built to allow for cheap, fast systems, though it has gotten a bit more robust over the years with support for full Android apps.

How we tested these laptops

How we test the best 2-in-1 laptops

To find the best 2-in-1 laptops we run every machine through a rigorous suite of benchmarks and real-world tests to gauge how it will perform during everyday use. 

We measure the average brightness and color quality of each laptop's display using our in-house light meter and colorimeter. For general performance, we run our machines through tests that include Geekbench 5 (CPU performance), as well as various 3DMark tests to measure graphics capabilities. We also run a file transfer test to measure how fast a machine's hard drive is, and a custom battery test that has the machine browse the internet over Wi-Fi until it runs out of juice.

Since these aren't dedicated gaming laptops we don't run benchmarks for popular games (like Far Cry: New Dawn); 2-in-1 laptops don't have discrete GPUs, as a rule, and thus will rarely deliver satisfactory performance in modern 3D games. However, they are capable of running older or less demanding PC games, so we do run a benchmark test to measure their performance in Sid Meier's Civilization 6: Gathering Storm.

For more information, check out our how we test page for Tom's Guide.

Written by
Alex Wawro
Written by
Alex Wawro

Alex Wawro is a lifelong journalist who's spent over a decade covering tech, games and entertainment. He oversees the computing department at Tom's Guide, which includes managing laptop coverage and reviewing many himself every year.

Alex Wawro
Senior Editor Computing

Alex Wawro is a lifelong tech and games enthusiast with more than a decade of experience covering both for outlets like Game Developer, Black Hat, and PC World magazine. A lifelong PC builder, he currently serves as a senior editor at Tom's Guide covering all things computing, from laptops and desktops to keyboards and mice.