Best premium 2-in-1 PCs for when you need a laptop and tablet in one

Best premium 2-in-1 PCs for when you need a laptop and tablet in one



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Two-in-ones — also known as convertible laptops — continue to grow in popularity and with back-to-school shopping under way, you can expect to see some deep discounts in the wake of Amazon Prime Day. With the premium models featured here you’ll get higher-end design touches and portability along with excellent everyday performance and extraordinary battery life. You just have to be willing to pay for it, with models typically starting around $1,000. However, a few of these have been around awhile and their prices are starting to come down. 

There are less-expensive options, too, like the Lenovo Yoga 730, and if you’re getting a Chromebook to save money I recommended a couple of those below, too. But for the best features in the smallest, lightest body as well as power to get you through a full day of work or a long flight, it’s generally going to cost you more money. 

All of the picks below are laptops that convert into a tablet using 360-degree hinges, allowing their screens to fold back. If you want a tablet PC that pulls apart from its keyboard — frequently called a detachable two-in-one — our top recommendation is Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6

And if you’re only thinking of it as a tablet and a laptop, here are five other ways to use a two-in-one that you might not have considered. Also, note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.

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Three updates to Yoga’s top two-in-one helped push it to the top of our list. First, the company swapped its watchband hinge for a hinge that acts as a 360-degree soundbar. The change makes it a hair thicker, but you get much better audio in return. 

Lenovo also built in a charging garage for the included active pen, so you always have it ready when you need it, and it put in a privacy shutter for the webcam to make you feel better about any potential prying eyes. Add in excellent performance and battery life and you’ve got a convertible that’s tough to beat. 

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Like the Yoga, HP used design to improve the Spectre x360’s usability. It put both the power button and a Thunderbolt 3 port used for charging on the rear left and right corners, simultaneously keeping them in reach and out of the way. 

HP offers several configurations and three display options. The low-power full-HD touchscreen we tested helped it run for more than 13 hours on our streaming-video battery test. 

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Two-in-one designs typically weigh more than their clamshell counterparts, but LG kept the Gram to only 2.5 pounds (1.1 kg). By comparison, 2018’s LG Gram 15 laptop is also 2.5 pounds, while the 14-inch Lenovo Yoga C930 two-in-one is a touch more than 3 pounds (1.4 kg). Samsung’s redesigned Notebook 9 Pro two-in-one falls in between the LG and Lenovo at 2.8 pounds. 

Battery life is another big advantage of the Gram 14 2-in-1. On our video streaming test, it ran for 12 hours, 35 minutes. 

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Samsung’s little two-in-one deserves consideration for being so well rounded in performance, features and design. It doesn’t excel in any one area like the Lenovo, HP and LG do. However, it looks nice and is well built, has good components and features for its price, and has a long battery life, lasting for 12 hours, 30 minutes on CNET’s streaming video test. Its performance is right up there with the rest in this category, too, so if you like the look of the Notebook 9, definitely put it on your shopping list. 

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Ultraportables typically have integrated graphics processors that are more power efficient, run cooler and cost less than a standalone discrete graphics chip. They also eat into your system memory and can’t handle more demanding graphics tasks such as photo and video editing or gaming

Asus somehow got an entry-level Nvidia GeForce MX150 into the Flip 14’s slim body. It’s not a full-fledged gaming laptop or a graphics workstation, but games are smoother and faster, and it can make quicker work of tasks you wouldn’t even consider doing on other thin-and-light convertibles. 

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With a 4K UHD 15.6-inch display, solid components and a sturdy, tasteful aluminum chassis, you’re not missing out on anything by going with the C630 — except maybe the higher price of a Windows system.  

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Despite its age, this is still a top-notch Chromebook for the money. The 12.3-inch screen is a great size for everything from watching videos to getting work done to playing games. And it has a garaged Samsung S Pen for drawing and writing on the screen. 

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Although 13.3- and 14-inch models are typically what you’ll find for two-in-ones, there are a handful of bigger models like Dell’s excellent XPS 15 2-in-1. It’s the smallest and thinnest in the category, with strong performance from its hybrid Intel/AMD chip. It’s not cheap and it’s not exactly light at 4.4 pounds (2 kg), but if you want a big, color-accurate, pen-enabled display for graphics work, get this Dell. (At least until we can get our hands on the OLED version of the HP Spectre x360 15.)  



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