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The best 2-in-1 laptops in 2021

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The best 2-in-1 laptops let you enjoy the strengths of two devices in one: the power of a laptop, with the portability and accessibility of a tablet. 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.

Thanks to the rapid advancement of mobile components and display tech, 2-in-1 laptops and tablets are thinner, lighter, and more powerful than ever. What was once a tiny niche market is growing crowded with lots of different devices (Windows 10 PCs, iPads, Chromebooks), affording you lots of options, from laptops which fold over into giant tablets to tablets with attachable keyboards that transform them into decent typewriters. Of course, choosing the right one for your needs has gotten a lot tricker too: read on for our recommendations on the best 2-in-1s to buy right now.

At its Surface Event in September, Microsoft revealed three new possible contenders for the best 2-in-1 crown: the Surface Pro 8 (which got a lot of updates), the modestly-upgraded Surface Go 3 and the wild new Surface Laptop Studio, an easel-style convertible. We can't wait to test them.

What are the best 2-in-1 laptops right now?

The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 is currently our pick for the best 2-in-1 overall, as it delivers speedy performance and great battery life in a thin, light package with a beautiful AMOLED touchscreen. 

If you're on a budget, we recommend the Microsoft Surface Go 2. It's a lightweight Windows 10 tablet that's got enough power to handle most daily tasks, plus it has a decent webcam. With a price tag starting at $399 and a detachable keyboard included — a rarity in the tablet world — it's our pick for most affordable 2-in-1.

If battery life is your top priority, the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex is a great choice. It has a great touchscreen and a powerful Intel i7 CPU, yet still somehow managed to last an incredible 15 hours and 44 minutes in our battery test. 

best 2-in-1 laptops: Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360

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1. Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360

Best 2-in-1 overall

Display: 13.3- or 15.6-inch 1080p Super AMOLED
CPU: Intel Core i7
RAM: 8-16 GB
Storage: 512 GB - 1 TB
Weight: 3 pounds
Size: 14 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful 1080p display with thin bezels+Great battery life+Remarkably thin and light+Comfy S Pen stylus 
Reasons to avoid
-Bad webcam-Screen could be brighter-Samsung apps feel like bloatware if you don't own Galaxy devices

With its beautiful AMOLED touchscreen, excellent battery life, and comfortable S Pen stylus, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 is the best 2-in-1 laptop for creatives, students, and professionals who like to take notes or doodle.

While the webcam is disappointing, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 unites some of the latest and greatest Windows ultraportable components with the Super AMOLED display tech and Galaxy device ecosystem Samsung is known for — though that last part may be more hassle than help if you're not already a Galaxy device owner. If you're in the market for a new 2-in-1 laptop, this is currently our top recommendation. It's so good it won a recommendation for best laptop and best laptop display in our Tom's Guide Awards 2021.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review.

best 2-in-1 laptops: Lenovo Yoga 9i

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2. Lenovo Yoga 9i

Best 2-in-1 for business

Display: 14-inch, 1080p
CPU: Intel Core i7
RAM: 16 GB
Storage: 512 GB SSD
Weight: 3 pounds
Dimensions: 12.6 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
Reasons to buy
+Great battery life+Colorful 1080p display+Strong audio+Fast performance
Reasons to avoid
-Limited ports-No IR webcam

The Lenovo Yoga 9i is an excellent 2-in-1 with good battery life, a colorful display, an amazing rotating speaker, and speedy performance. It's a great choice for those seeking a 2-in-1 for work, as Lenovo (true to form) packs minimal bloatware into the Yoga 9i. 

However, it does have a limited port selection and while the webcam delivers decent image quality, it doesn't have an IR sensor and thus can't support logging in via Windows Hello biometric authentication. It's also a bit pricey if you kit it out with all the bells and whistles; but hey, if it's for work, why not? You can probably write it off. If you can afford it, splurge for the Shadow Black version — it has a slicker design with some leather trim.

Read our full Lenovo Yoga 9i review.

Best 2-in-1 laptops: microsoft surface go 2

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3. Microsoft Surface Go 2

Best 2-in-1 laptop when you're on a budget

Display: 10.5-inches, 1920 x 1280 pixels
CPU: Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y
RAM: 4-8 GB
Storage: 64 GB eMMC or 128 GB SSD
Weight: 1.22 pounds (1.75 pounds with type cover)
Size: 9.7 x 6.9 x 0.3 inches
Reasons to buy
+Great battery life+Bright, colorful screen+Excellent webcam
Reasons to avoid
-Unimpressive performance-Type Cover has a learning curve

The Microsoft Surface Go 2 finally realizes the promise of the original Surface Go. Its bigger screen, smaller bezels and longer battery life (with an optional performance boost from the Core m3 CPU) add up to a sub-$800 hybrid that can handle a lot, making it one of the best 2-in-1 laptops you can buy when you're on a budget.

Power users may think twice when looking at how it stacks up against similar 2-in-1 tablets like the Surface Pro 7 and the iPad Air, but with the Go 2 Microsoft's made a solid Surface 2-in-1 for those who don't want to pay Pro prices. And, importantly for those who make a lot of video calls, it's got a sharp webcam that won't disappoint. 

As noted above, Microsoft just revealed the Surface Go 3, which features CPU and battery upgrades.

Read our full Microsoft Surface Go 2 review.

Best 2-in-1 laptops: Samsung Galaxy Book Flex

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4. Samsung Galaxy Book Flex

Best 2-in-1 if battery life is a priority

Display: 15.6" QLED (1920 x 1080 pixels)
CPU: 10th Gen Intel Core i7 (Ice Lake)
Memory: 12 GB RAM
Storage: 512 GB SSD
Weight: 3.4 pounds
Size: 14 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches
Reasons to buy
+Amazing battery life+Striking blue design+Built-in S-Pen
Reasons to avoid
-Hinge could be stronger-Fingerprint reader disrupts typing-QLED display could be better

From its bright 15-inch screen to its strong performance and even more-striking color, the Galaxy Book Flex is a great 2-in-1 laptop, and its nifty Qi-charging touchpad offers the kind of unique functionality we’d like to see other laptop makers toy with.

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 the best 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. It's so good it won a recommendation for longest-lasting laptop in our Tom's Guide Awards 2021.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Book Flex review.

Best 2-in-1 laptops: Lenovo Chromebook Duet

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5. Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Best 2-in-1 Chromebook

Display: 10.1 inches, 1920 x 1200 pixels
CPU: 2.0GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P60T
Storage: 128GB eMMC
Weight: 2 pounds (docked)
Size: 9.64 x 6.66 x 0.71 inches (docked)
Reasons to buy
+Excellent battery life+Sharp, colorful screen+Surprisingly affordable, especially with keyboard included+ChromeOS tablet optimization
Reasons to avoid
-Cramped keyboard-Hinge is a bit flimsy

If you're amenable to ChromeOS, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a great $249 tablet with a detachable keyboard that comes included by default, so you're not paying extra for the laptop experience. 

We're pretty impressed by its fantastic battery life and sharp screen, as well as some neat new tablet optimizations for Chrome. If only its keyboard weren't so cramped and its hinge felt a bit more solid; still, for students who need a cheap 2-in-1 Chromebook or families looking for a device that everyone can use for browsing the web, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a compelling option. We like it so much we gave it the award for best budget laptop in our Tom's Guide Awards 2021.

Read our full Lenovo Chromebook Duet review.

best 2-in-1 laptops: HP Spectre x360 14

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6. HP Spectre x360 14

The slickest 2-in-1 business laptop

Display: 14-inch 1920 x 1280 FHD (as tested) or 3000 x 2000 OLED touchscreen
CPU: Intel Core i7-1165G7
GPU: Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics
Storage: 256GB to 512GB SSD
Size: 11.75 x 8.67 x 0.67 inches
Weight: 2.95 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Excellent sound quality+Stellar display+Intuitive touchscreen and pen controls+Ultra portable
Reasons to avoid
-Very expensive-Limited port connectivity on lower-priced models-No 10-key option-Pen input finicky for left-handed users

The HP Spectre x360 14 is a powerhouse of a convertible business laptop, featuring top-tier hardware that provides excellent performance for both work and play. Available in three colors (silver, black, and navy blue) and sporting an ultra-thin profile of just .67 inches, the HP Spectre x360 brings a touch of sophisticated style that perfectly complements its internal components. Whether your office is wherever you happen to be that day, or you're looking to upgrade your home laptop, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better option. 

While the price can be steep, we think the top-notch components and sleek, sturdy design of the Spectre x360 are worth the asking price. It comes packaged with a rechargeable MPP2.0 Tilt Pen too, which is perfect for digital artists or anyone who prefers to take handwritten notes during meetings.

Read our full HP Spectre x360 14 review. 

Best 2-in-1 laptops: iPad Pro 2021 (12.9-inch)

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7. iPad Pro 2021 (12.9-inch)

Best 2-in-1 for Apple fans

Display: 12.9-inch mini-LED display, 2732 x 2048 pixels
CPU: M1 chip
RAM: 8-16 GB
Storage: 128 GB - 2 TB
Weight: 1.51 pounds
Dimensions: 11.04 x 8.46 x 0.25 inches
Reasons to buy
+XDR display gets super bright+M1 processor sets new iPadOS records+Center Stage is pretty cool+Thunderbolt 3 and USB 4 support+5G, finally
Reasons to avoid
-Display is best on HDR content-Expensive with Magic Keyboard and other accessories

If you like working in iPadOS, Apple's 12.9-inch 2021 iPad Pro is the best 2-in-1 you can buy. Apple's latest iPad Pro is faster than any tablet ever, armed with the super-fast M1 processor from the latest Macs, making it ready to crunch video for pros around the world. It's so good it won the award for best tablet in our Tom's Guide Awards 2021.

This iPad Pro's Liquid Retina XDR screen has features none of its rivals can match, getting up to 200% brighter than the competition. Plus, its Center Stage video conferencing trick is quite impressive. Still, it's an expensive device that gets even more so when you factor in the cost of a new Magic Keyboard, which is critical to making it usable as a laptop. If you have an old Magic Keyboard lying around, be aware that the 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro should be compatible but will fit a little wrong, due to it being slightly thicker than earlier models.

Read our full iPad Pro 2021 (12.9-inch) review.

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 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.

Alex Wawro

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. He currently serves as a senior editor at Tom's Guide covering all things computing, from laptops and desktops to keyboards and mice.