The best touchscreen laptops have responsive, accurate screens that make swiping and tapping your way through work or play feel natural and intuitive. They also have bright, vibrant displays, and are often mounted on a 360-degree hinge that lets them flip over to use as tablets.
In addition to all of the above, touchscreen laptops have improved by leaps and bounds in recent years as Windows and Chrome OS have been refined for touch input. Now there are a ton of options available to you when you're in the market for a new portable PC with a touchscreen, and many of them rank among the best laptops you can buy.
What are the best touchscreen laptops?
Right now the best touchscreen laptop overall is the Dell XPS 13, which packs speedy components and a gorgeous 13-inch touchscreen with nearly non-existent bezels into a svelte, lightweight design. Plus, it has good battery life. If you can afford the more expensive model with a 3.5K OLED touchscreen, it's well worth the expense because of its superb color reproduction and contrast, though you sacrifice a bit of battery life in the upgrade.
If you love the idea of an OLED touchscreen laptop but want something that can convert into a big tablet, you'd be happier with the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360. It has a beautiful 1080p AMOLED touchscreen, great battery life and enough computing muscle to handle all your daily tasks. Plus, it comes with a stylus that's great for doodling on the screen -- though sadly there's no handy compartment on the laptop to hold it when not in use.
If your budget is tight, we recommend considering either the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 or the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. Both are surprisingly capable touchscreen Chromebooks that cost less than $500; the former is a bit more expensive but packs a powerful Intel Core i5 CPU and a great screen, while the latter is a less powerful Chrome tablet that's much cheaper (often under $300) and ships with a decent keyboard cover included. The newer Lenovo Duet 3 Chrome tablet is a slightly better version with a better screen, more ports and more power under the hood, but it's also at least $100 more expensive.
The best touchscreen laptops you can buy today
The Dell XPS 13 is a popular machine here at Tom's Guide, and it's the best touchscreen laptop because it's a strong performer that packs a beautiful display into a slim, lightweight design.
The 1,920 x 1,200 touchscreen on the 2020 model we tested felt accurate and easy to use. Plus, in 2021 Dell began offering the XPS 13 with an optional 3.5K OLED touchscreen that's just as accurate and a lot more beautiful. If you can afford it (it's usually a couple hundred bucks extra, around the same price as the non-OLED 4K touchscreen configuration) it's well worth the investment, as the OLED's deep, inky blacks, vibrant colors, and high contrast ratios really shine when mounted in the XPS 13's thin-bezelled InfinityEdge design. We like it so much we gave the XPS 13 the awards for best laptop display and best laptop overall in our Tom's Guide Awards 2021.
Read our full Dell XPS 13 OLED review.
Not interested in OLED? Don't miss our Dell XPS 13 (2020) review.
The Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 ($1,249 to start) is an ultra-thin 2-in-1 laptop that's tailor-made for people who are always on the go. Like last year's Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360, this iteration features a gorgeous AMOLED screen that's perfect for media consumption. It's also ideal for work thanks to its speedy performance.
Though a Windows laptop at its core, the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 comes loaded with a slew of Samsung software. This could be good or bad, depending on how invested you are in the Samsung ecosystem. If you are, then you'll find that this 2-in-1 pairs nicely with your Samsung tablets and phones. Otherwise, all of these applications are effectively bloatware.
Despite the middling webcam and Samsung bloatware, the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 has a lot going for it and is a 2-in-1 we highly recommend to those who are in the market for a powerful, portable laptop that pairs nicely with Samsung devices.
Microsoft's Surface Laptop Studio is a reimagined Surface Book with a more MacBook Pro-like design and an eye-catching hinged touchscreen you can pull towards yourself for easier access. 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 11th 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 3050 Ti GPU the Surface Laptop Studio also doubles as a decent machine for gaming or video editing on the go.
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 similarly-priced machines. But few other 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 review.
If you're looking for a premium Windows touchscreen laptop to get work done from anywhere, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is the way to go. It has a nice responsive touchscreen and a comfy keyboard with well-sized, satisfying keys. Plus, it packs competent components into a thin, light chassis, and it comes with a clean bloatware-free Windows 10 install.
Add in its respectable 10-plus hour battery life and the touchscreen's tall 3:2 display ratio, which can help you read and edit documents more comfortably, and you have a great notebook for getting things done on the go. The speakers are pretty good, too; in fact, this is one of the best-sounding laptops around.
Read our full Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 review.
The Asus ZenBook Duo 14 is great for anyone who needs two touchscreens on their laptop, because Asus has embedded a 12-inch touchscreen above the keyboard. It might seem like a gimmick, but in our hands-on testing we found it's actually a great home for secondary applications like as Spotify, Slack, Discord and more. It can also be used by creative apps from the likes of Adobe, who put touch controls there.
On top of that, its performance is speedy and competitive with the XPS 13, which it trades rounds with in head-to-head comparison. Plus, its battery life is long — especially when you realize it's got two screens to light up.
The big downside, though, is that there's almost no room on the keyboard deck for you to rest your wrists, making the ZenBook Duo 14 a bit ergonomically unfriendly. But if you invest in an external wrist rest, you should be good.
Read our full Asus ZenBook Duo 14 review.
We love the Lenovo Chromebook Duet because it's a surprisingly competent Chrome tablet given its remarkably affordable $279 price tag, and it comes with a free detachable keyboard that you can use to turn it into a totally serviceable Chromebook.
The touchscreen is accurate and responsive no matter how you use it, and it looks nice and sharp to boot. Plus, it's got great battery life, lasting nearly 13 hours in our in-house battery tests.
Read our full Lenovo Chromebook Duet review.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano is one of the best touchscreen laptops when weight is key, because it manages to pack highly performant components into a slim, 2-pound chassis. The touchscreen feels comfortable to use, as does the snappy keyboard, and its 12-hour battery life (based on our in-house battery testing) helps you carry it all day without worrying about bringing a charger.
You can get the ThinkPad X1 Nano for around $1,500 too, which is a pretty good price for what you get. You just might need to pack a USB-C hub, though, as the X1 Nano's a little light on ports.
Read our full Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano review.
The Dell XPS 15 offers all the virtues of the XPS 13, but with a larger touchscreen that feels responsive to the touch and makes navigating Windows via touch feel fluid and natural. If you splurge for the 3.5K OLED display option, you'll enjoy touching and tapping your way across one of the prettiest laptop screens in the business.
Don’t let its slim and stylish design fool you, either — the Dell XPS 15 is an absolute workhorse. Its cutting-edge Intel CPUs can juggle tasks with ease, and the optional GeForce RTX discrete GPU upgrades give you a bit of muscle to play games. Factor in a pair of impressively loud speakers and solid battery life for a 4K laptop, and the new XPS 15 is one of the best 15-inch laptops you can buy.
Read our full Dell XPS 15 OLED review.
Not interested in OLED? Don't miss our Dell XPS 15 (2020) review.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 8 is the latest in the company’s line of 2-in-1 Surface Pro tablets. This iteration includes an 11th generation Intel CPU, a 13-inch 120Hz display, two Thunderbolt 4 ports and a removable SSD. Just as important, you'll get Windows 11 right out of the box with this 2-in-1.
Its small size and lightweight design make the Surface Pro 8 ideal to use at home or on the road. The front-facing and rear cameras are also fantastic, providing clean detailed images. Unfortunately, the Surface Pro 8 disappoints as a gaming device and didn't live up to the promised 16 hours of battery life in our testing. Despite some of those qualms, the Surface 8 Pro is arguably the best Surface Pro yet.
Read our full Microsoft Surface Pro 8 review.
The highly portable Google Pixelbook Go is a touchscreen Chromebook with a slim, lightweight design that weighs just over 2 pounds and a rubberized, easy-to-grip chassis that comes in sleek Just Black and Not Pink paint jobs. The quiet, comfortable keyboard is pretty nice, too.
The Pixelbook Go is a great touchscreen laptop for students who need a Chromebook because it offers long battery life (11+ hours), solid performance, a bright, colorful display and a responsive touchscreen. If you've got over $600 to spend, this is one of the best Chromebooks yet for those willing to dip into the premium range. Just be aware that the Pixelbook Go is a bit short on ports, and doesn't fold into tablet mode like its bigger Pixelbook brother does.
Read our full Google Pixelbook Go review.
The HP Elite Dragonfly is a touchscreen 2-in-1 with one of the most stunning designs we've ever seen on a laptop, sporting incredibly thin edges that measure just 0.6 inches in thickness and a deep blue coat of paint that looks refreshing, mesmerizing and professional all at once. And while the Dragonfly is wonderfully light at 2.5 pounds, it also feels impressively sturdy, has an oleophobic coating to prevent fingerprints and uses recycled ocean-bound plastics to help the environment.
Performance and features-wise, this beauty is a beast. Its stunning 13.3-inch touchscreen crushed our color and brightness tests, and it helps make TV and movies look great. Its Intel CPUs are beefy enough to handle business-grade workloads without issues, and its keyboard is one of the most pleasant we've ever typed on. HP Elite Dragonfly also offers over 12 hours of battery life, so you can carry it through a day of meetings without needing to worry about running dry. The Dragonfly is on the expensive side with a starting price of $1,629, but those who are willing to pay a premium will be rewarded with one of the best touchscreen laptops on the market.
Read our full HP Elite Dragonfly review.
The Yoga 9i Gen 7 is a marked improvement over last year's iteration in many ways. That's saying a lot considering how much we liked that 2-in-1 laptop, but this update is simply that good. The beefy 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and bountiful RAM allow for seamless multi-tasking, while the spacious keyboard lets you work comfortably for hours.
The improved webcam and roaring speakers are also highlights. While the battery life on our configuration is less than the previous model, you should be able to get through most of an average workday.
The only major complaint we have with this laptop is that it makes for a somewhat awkward tablet. Yes, the touchscreen is snappy and easy to use, but the laptop's size means you can't comfortably hold it in one hand as you would with smaller tablets. But it's entirely possible some folks will consider the Yoga 9i as a perfectly capable Windows tablet despite its size.
Minor qualms aside, this is one of the best 2-in-1 laptops we've tested and is one worth considering.
Read our full Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 7 review.
From its bright 15-inch touchscreen to its strong performance and even more striking color, the Galaxy Book Flex is a great 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop, and its nifty Qi-charging touchpad offers the kind of unique functionality we’d like to see other laptop makers attempt.
We also love the Galaxy Book Flex's fantastic endurance and solid performance, but there are some asterisks getting in the way. Specifically, its keyboard takes some getting used to, thanks to a questionably-placed fingerprint reader and shallow keys. Still, if you need a great touchscreen 2-in-1 with the longest battery life on the market (the Flex lasted an amazing 15 hours and 44 minutes in our battery test) this is the laptop for you.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Book Flex review.
Acer serves up the trifecta of fast, long-lasting and affordable with the Chromebook Spin 713. This sleek silver touchscreen laptop weighs just 3 pounds, and it offers incredible performance for a Chromebook thanks to its Intel Core i5 CPU. Plus, it has a surprisingly bright and colorful display.
We'd rank it higher were its speakers a bit stronger, or its keyboard a little larger. Still, the Chromebook Spin 713 is more than deserving of a spot on this list of the best laptops around. It delivers great value for its $629 asking price — and it often gets put on sale at lower prices.
Read our full Acer Chromebook Spin 713 review.
How we test the best touchscreen laptops
To find the best touchscreen laptop, we run every machine we review through a rigorous suite of benchmarks and real-world tests to gauge how it will perform during everyday use.
When they arrive at our lab 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.
After we've run our suite of lab tests the laptop is delivered to one of our crack reviewers for hands-on testing. This involves at least a week of daily use, during which the reviewer tests how well the laptop stands up to everything from working remotely to watching movies, playing games, listening to music, and creating content. Each reviewer also tests how effective and comfortable the laptop is during daily use, evaluating the design and accuracy of the keyboard, touchpad, and touchscreen.