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Best 25 2-in-1 laptops – ultrabook convertibles and tablet hybrids

By Andrei Girbea - @ andreigirbea , updated on October 2, 2016

Many of the ultraportable laptops available these days in stores are 2-in-1s, or convertibles, which mean they include a rotating/detachable touchscreen and can be used as regular notebooks, as tablets, or something in between.

In 2016, the most popular 2-in-1 laptops are not only slim and light, but they are also powerful enough to handle daily chores, can last for 6-10 hours of use on a single charge and usually sell for under $1000, with a few exceptions.

This post gathers the best 2-in-1 ultraportables you can find right now (new entries are constantly added), and since the offer is vast, the article is split into three main sections:

The best 2-in-1 ultraportables

First choice – After reviewing most of the 2-in-1s available in stores, we conclude that THE BEST 2-in-1 portable laptop you can buy these days is the HP Spectre x360 13.

It’s a little heavy, weighing around 3.3 lbs, but this aspect and the lack of a Thunderbolt 3 port are pretty much my only complains on this latest Spectre x360 version. And that’s because it is sturdily built, looks amazing, packs a great keyboard and an excellent display with digitizer and support for active pens, is built on the latest Intel Skylake Core U hardware platform and can go for 7-10 hours on a charge.

The Spectre X360 13 starts at around $900, while a best-buy configuration with a Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage sells for around $1000. Follow this link for more details and updated prices. You’ll also find more about it in our detailed review.

HP Spectre X360

The HP Spectre X360 is the best 2-in-1 ultraportable of the moment

Second choice – if you don’t have $1000 to spend on an ultraportable 2-in-1, then you should look at the Asus Zenbook UX360CA instead.

This one is sleek and well built, weighs 2.9 lbs, gets a nice keyboard (not backlit though) and a very solid hardware configuration for the price, with a Core m Skylake processor, 8 GB of RAM, 512 GB of SSD storage space and a 54 Wh battery selling for $799. Versions with only 256 GB of storage space sell for $100 less, and you can follow this link for more details, user reviews and the latest deals on this product

There are a few things you must known about the Core m platform though. First, it’s fanless, so there’s no fan inside this computer, which means it’s going to run dead quiet. And second, while it’s fast enough for daily use and some multitasking, is not as snappy as the Core i3, i5 and i7 processors found on most other ultraportables. So you should only pick a Core M computer if you’re an average user with average demands: browsing, office use, music, videos, etc.

The Zenbook Flip UX360CA is sleek, fanless and has an excellent price tag for what you're getting

The Zenbook Flip UX360CA is sleek, fanless and has an excellent price tag for what you’re getting

Third Choice – If you’re looking for a more portable option and expect to use the device often as a tablet, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is the one for you.

The hardware and battery are tucked behind the screen on this one. It weighs about 1.75 lbs and is just 0.33″ thick, so it’s a lot more portable than some of the other options out there, but it’s still very well built.

The Surface Pro 4 gets Intel Skylake Core U hardware, just like the HP Spectre X360 and most other ultrabooks, it can go for about 7-8 hours of use on a charge and offers a splendid 12.3-inch display with digitizer and pen support. The Surface Pro 4 can also be a pretty decent laptop. In order to get the laptop-like experience you need to hook the slate up to the keyboard folio, with backlit keys and a decent trackpad. It types well and the Surface does well in this form as long as you keep it on a flat surface, but it lacks the lapability and the IO of a regular notebook.

On top of that, the Surface Pro 4 is rather pricey, with the basic Core i3 configuration starting at $999 for the tablet alone, without the keyboard folio, which will set you back another $130. The pen is however included. A fanless Core m3 configuration is also available in you’re looking to save an extra $100. Follow this link for more details and updated prices and configurations.

The Surface Pro 4 excels as a tablet, but isn't quite the laptop Microsoft claims it can be

The Surface Pro 4 excels as a tablet, but isn’t quite the laptop Microsoft claims it can be

Bang-for-the-buck Choice – If you’d rather get a full-size multimedia computer with a 15-inch convertible screen, solid specs and an affordable price tag, the Asus Vivobook Flip TP501UB / Q553UB is the one for you.

You might struggle to find this machine, since it sells under different names in various regions (TP501UB in Europe , Q553UB in the US), but it might be worth digging one up, as $999 will get you a Core i7 Skylake processor, Nvidia 940M dedicated graphics, 12 GB of RAM and a FHD IPS 15.6-inch convertible display. The Vivobook Flip is also available without dedicated graphics, and in a few different color schemes.

You’ll sacrifice on portability (it weighs 5.1 lbs), on battery life and the looks or build quality, which are alright, but not on par with the premium options mentioned above. Still, this Vivobook is an overall well made computer with excellent specs, so I’d expect many of you will look past these inconveniences knowing what you’re getting inside the case. Follow this link for more details and updated prices and configurations.

The Asus Vivobook Flip gets you a 15-inch screen and excellent hardware specs for little money

The Asus Vivobook Flip offers a 15-inch screen and excellent hardware specs for little money

Read on for more options. We’ll cover in depth the premium 2-in-1 convertibles first, and then we’ll focus on the more affordable hybrids in the second part of this article, including those already mentioned above.

Premium 2-in-1 ultrabooks and convertibles

This section gathers the best hybrid laptops available in stores right now. Beefy specs, splendid screens, large batteries, premium materials and solid craftsmanship are some of their selling points, just don’t expect them to come cheap.

HP Spectre x360 13 and 15

If you’re willing to spend at least $1000 for a 2-in-1 laptop, the HP Spectre x360s, which are available with a 13 or a 15.6-inch display, should be at the top of your list.

Metal is used for the entire case of the 13-inch model, in a silver or copper finishing, so the device is both beautiful and very well built. An excellent backlit keyboard and wide trackpad are part of the mix, as well as some solid screen options, all with digitizers and Active Pen support. Inside the frame there’s Skylake U hardware, up to 16 GB of RAM and M.2 PCIe SSD storage, so the laptop flies in everyday use, while the 56 Wh battery ensures 6-10 hours of battery life on a single charge.

On the other hand, the sturdy aluminum build does take its toll on the laptop’s overall weight of 3.26 lbs, while many other modern 2-in-1s are lighter. And since we’re mentioning the shortcomings, HP could have done a better job with the oleophobic glass on top of the screens and the occasionally buggy WiFi connection.

All in all, we are big fans of the Spectre x360s, as you can actually tell from our in-depth review of the 13-inch model. The prices have come down a fair amount lately as well, as the base model starts at $899 and a decent configuration with a Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage goes for around $1000.

Follow the links below for our full review of the Spectre x360 and the latest deals on this convertible.

The HP Spectre gets the looks and the features

The HP Spectre x360 13 offer both the looks and the features, for under $1000

The Spectre X360 is also available in a larger variant, with a 15.6-inch display. This version is sold as the Spectre x360 15t and shares most traits with the 13-inch model, like the keyboard, metallic case and solid construction. It also gets a 360-degrees convertible screen, available with either FHD or UHD IPS panels.

However, the 15-inch model packs a larger 64.5 Wh battery, a set of four speakers flanking the keyboard and pushing sound upwards, is heavier (4.1 lbs) and more expensive, with the base version starting at $1149.

Follow this link for more details and potential discounts.

The Spectre X360s are available with 13.3 or 15.6 inch displays

The HP Spectre X360s are available with either 13.3 or 15.6 inch displays

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Spin

Samsung makes great laptops, too bad they only sell them on select markets. For those of you in the US though, the ATIV Book 9 Spin is an option you must have on your shortlist if you’re after a 13-inch convertible.

This one comes with a 360-degrees foldable display, and is very well built, thanks to its aluminum case and chassis, but lighter than the Spectre (weighs just shy of 2.9 lbs), slimmer (0.59″) and with a smaller footprint, as you can tell from the narrower bezel around the screen. Speaking of that, Samsung went with a nice IPS panel with QHD+ resolution, which however lacks a digitizer and pen support.

Historically, all the previous Samsung ultraportables scored high when it came to looks and build quality, but somewhat sacrificed the keyboard experience and the IO. That’s not necessarily the case here. The Spin types well, although the keys’ travel is short, and the only thing you will miss on the sides is a Thunderbolt 3 connector. Another side-effect of the sleek design though is the small battery squeezed inside this machine, with a capacity of 39 Wh, only enough for 5-7 hours of daily use on a charge. That’s not bad, but most other Skylake convertibles will outlast it.

As for the hardware inside, the ATIV Book 9 Spin is built on an Intel Skylake U platform, but only supports M.2 SATA storage and up to 8 GB of RAM, while the competitors can take up to 16 GB of RAM and PCIe SSDs.

So in fewer words, the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Spin is not the most advanced premium 2-in-1 out there, the fastest or the longest lasting. It’s also pricier than the HP Spectre x360 or the Lenovo Yoga 900, as the cheapest model sells for around $1300, yet it does come with a Core i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD, while other manufacturers push lower-end specs on their base configurations, hence they are more affordable. But if you’re after a highly portable and well built machine for daily use, chances are you’ll fall in love with this one. We did, as you can read from our reviews, and we’re not alone, judging by the splendid feedback this laptop scores with buyers on Amazon, Best Buy or the forums.

Lenovo Yoga 900 and 900S

The Yoga 900 is Lenovo’s top-tier consumer 2-in-1 at the time of this post and one of the better 13-inch hybrids, next to the HP and Samsung units mentioned before.

Just like those two, the Yoga 900 gets a 360-degrees convertible screen and is built on Intel Skylake hardware. But there are a few minor details that set it apart, with its biggest selling point being its more affordable price. A Core i7 configuration with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage for instance sells for $100 to $200 less than a similarly configured ATIV Spin 9 Spin or Spectre x360.

But is there a catch? Well, you’re not going to notice any from the specs or the pictures, as the Yoga 900 looks great, especially on the orange finishing, is thin and light (2.9 lbs), packs solid hardware with support for PCIe storage and 16 GB of RAM, gets a 66 Wh battery and a QHD+ display, with now support for Active Pens.

In daily use though, the Yoga 900 feels somewhat cheap and not as well built as the other two, and the fact that its case and body are made out of plastic, not metal, gets the blame for that. Then there’s the typing experience, which is somewhat lacking due to the keyboard being mushy. And on top of these, users on the forums and the reviews on Amazon, Best Buy or Microsoft Store complain about some quality control issues, ranging from slow performance out of the box and occasional freezes/display driver crashes, to glitchy Wi-Fi and a defective trackpad.

Keep in mind that many of those issues have been addressed by software updates, that’s why this laptop is present here. Just make sure you buy from a reliable trader that will accept returns and replacements, just in case you end up drawing the short stick.

Check out our analysis of the Yoga 900 series and comparison with the Yoga 3 Pro, or find out how it fares against the HP Spectre x360 from this post.

The Lenovo Yoga 900 is sleek, fast and better priced than its competitors

The Lenovo Yoga 900 is sleek, fast and better priced than its competitors, but there’s a catch

The Lenovo Yoga 900S is a slimmer, lighter and fanless version of the Yoga 900, built on Intel Core M hardware. It weighs merely 2.2 lbs (1 kilo) and it’s 0.5 of an inch thick, and while it it might look like a great buy, there are a few things you should know before getting one.

The hardware specs are solid, with up to 8 GB of RAM and NVMe SSD storage, it gets a 12.5-inch high-resolution touchscreen and a 53 Wh battery, enough to keep this running for 7-8 hours of daily use. However, the keyboard is very shallow, with limited key stroke, the screen lacks a digitizer and pen support, and the hardware throttles even with daily use, so the performance is lacking.

On top of these, the Yoga 900S starts at $1099 for a very basic configuration with 4 GB of RAM and an 128 GB SSD, so you’d be paying for the aesthetics here, but you’d be lacking in functionality. That’s why my advice is to stay away.

The Yoga 900s is the proof that a thin laptop is not necessarily the best option

The Yoga 900s is the proof that a thin laptop is not necessarily a smart buy

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is primarily a Windows tablet, with a secondary laptop form, unlike most other convertibles out there.

This approach makes the Surface Pro more compact and much lighter than most other 2-in-1s (1.76 lbs for the slate alone), and as a result a superior tablet. As a laptop, it can do fine on flat surface with the keyboard folio attached, but it’s not very comfortable to use on your lap.

The Surface Pro has a few distinct particularities, like the 3:2 high-resolution screen with narrow bezels and digitizer (a pen is included), the multi-angle adjustable kickstand on the back, the durable magnesium body, the quiet cooling system and the rather limited IO. On top of that, the Surface Pro 4 is powered by Intel Skylake U hardware, so performance wise it is on par par with the other premium ultraportables available these days, and can even squeeze up to 8 hours of battery life on a charge, despite packing a small battery.

The Surface Pro 4 excels as a tablet, but isn't quite the laptop Microsoft claims it can be

The Surface Pro 4 excels as a tablet, but isn’t quite the laptop Microsoft claims it can be

Overall, the Surface Pro 4 is an excellent device, but it’s up to you to decide whether it’s the right one for you or not. Its high price tag might be an important factor as well, as the base version starts at $899 for a Core m3 configuration, while the Core i5 models start at $999 and can get quite expensive once you add more RAM and at least 256 GB of storage. Oh, and you’ll have to pay $130 extra for the keyboard folio, which is not included by default.

Still, some of the available configurations are discounted online, check out this link for more details and potential deals.

The Microsoft Surface Book is an unique 2-in-1. At its roots it’s still a tablet with a dock, but unlike the Surface Pro 4, it’s actually primarily a laptop.

In few words, the Surface Book looks and feels like a laptop. It gets a 13.5-inch 3:2 touchscreen with pen support, and excellent keyboard and trackpad, plus quite a few ports on the sides. It also gets Skylake hardware, up to 16 GB of RAM, fast storage and potent graphics.

But there’s a catch: the screen is detachable and works as a stand-alone tablet. The processor, memory, storage and a small battery are tucked behind this screen, and the slate is light, thin and easy to hold in hand. It lacks a kickstand though, it doesn’t have ports and can only go for about 2-3 hours on a charge, so usefulness when detached is rather limited. Hooked up to the dock, the ensemble gets the keyboard, the IO, an extra battery and an optional discrete Nvidia GPU, so overall the Surface Book is really compelling as a notebook. The only complain would probably be the weight of around 3.4 lbs, but that’s something I can live with.

However, what’s going to steer many from the Surface Book is the price. The cheapest version goes for $1499, and that’s merely for a Core i5 processor with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. If you want more storage or the discrete GPU, you’ll need to pay around $2000, and the prices go up to $3000 for the top-tier configs.

Still, I did notice that most models sells for less online. Follow this link for more details and discounts.

The Surface Book is excellent as a laptop and pretty good as a tablet as well, but its high price tag make it a hard buy for most

The Surface Book is excellent as a laptop and pretty good as a tablet as well, but its high price tag make it a hard buy for most

Asus Transformer 3 series

This one is an alternative to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, with whom it actually shares most traits and even design lines.

The Transformer 3 Pro is also a tablet with a keyboard folio, built on Skylake U hardware and with a 3:2 touchscreen with pen support. However, its screen is a little larger and gets a wide-gamut panel, and among the features that this device includes and the Surface Pro 4 doesn’t are a Thunderbolt 3 port and support for fast NVMe storage, which all combined will make it especially interesting for creative professionals.

The Transformer 3 Pro is scheduled to sell for $999 later this this year, and the keyboard folio might be included. You can read more about it in this dedicated post, where you’ll also find details on the more portable and affordable Transformer 3 T305CA, a fanless slate built on Kabylake hardware. Or you can check out our more recent review of the T305UA, and our article on the fanless T305CA.

The Asus transformer 3 Pro T303UA (left) and Transformer 3 T305FA (right) are options to look out for in the second half of 2016

The Asus transformer 3 Pro T303UA (left) and Transformer 3 T305FA (right) are options to look out for in the second half of 2016

The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga business 2-in-1s

Lenovo mixed the 2-in-1 form factor with the high standards of their business lines, and the fruits of this merger are the ThinkPad Yogas, the X1 Yoga and the P40 Yoga at the time of this post.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga is a high-end ultraportable derived from the ThinkPad X1 Carbon series. It gets sleek aesthetics, a carbon fiber and magnesium case that only weighs 3 lbs, a 14-inch high-resolution touchscreen with a non-glare finishing and Wacom AES digitizer, Skylake Core U hardware and a 52 Wh battery. It also gets Lenovo’s iconic AccuType keyboard, a large trackpad with a Clickpoint and dedicated click button, and a solid set of ports on the sides.

Reviews speak well about this laptop, but you should know that it gets rather hot under load and it’s not going to last longer than 5-6 hours of daily use.

Overall, the Lenovo X1 Yoga is a competent business convertible, but you will have to pay a pretty penny to get it. A Core i5 configuration with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage sells for around $1400, while a Core i7 processor and a 512 GB SSD will cost around $300 extra.

The Yoga X1 is Lenovo's highest end ultraportable at the time of this update

The Yoga X1 is Lenovo’s highest end ultraportable at the time of this update

If you don’t want the sleekest ultraportable out there and would rather pay less for your device, yet still get the solid construction, the Lenovo keyboard and a screen with pen support, than the ThinkPad Yogas might be for you.

There’s a 14-inch model available, the ThinkPad Yoga 460, which weighs 3.9 lbs and gets a 14-inch FHD touchscreen, Skylake U processors and optional Nvidia 940M graphics, plus a 53 Wh battery. These specs make it a solid all-rounder that can cope with everyday tasks, multimedia content and some games. Is not very portable, but it’s a convertible with a large screen and has a fair price, as the base versions start at around $950 and you should find them even cheaper online.

The ThinkPad Yoga 260 is the smaller version, with a 12.5-inch FHD display. The latest Yoga 260 weighs 2.9 lbs, gets the standard keyboard, trackpad and trackpoint, gets Skylake U hardware and a 44 Wh battery, enough for around 5-6 hours of daily use.  The CPU tends to throttle at high loads though and the fan is quite noisy, according to the existing reviews, but that aside, it’s a really good compact convertible.

The base versions with Intel Core i5 processors, 4 GB of RAM and SSD storage sell for around $900, and there’s a fair chance you’ll find those slightly discounted online, while previous gen models with Broadwell hardware should be even cheaper, if you can still find them in stock.

The ThinkPad Yogas offer excellent build quality, a great keyboard and good screens with pen support for under $1000

The ThinkPad Yogas offer excellent build quality, a great keyboard and good screens with pen support for under $1000

We’re also going to mention the Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga, a workstation with a convertible screen. Lenovo advertises it as a computer meant for engineers, desginers and graphic artists, thanks to the powerful hardware inside with Skylake Core U processors and Nvidia Quadro M500M graphics, and to the 14-inch touchscreen with an integrated Wacom AES digitizer. Reviews are really bad for this product though.

Affordable hybrids and convertibles

This section is reserved for more budget-friendly devices, that sell for well under $1000. We’ll start with a few words on the really affordable options (with MSRPs under $500) and we’ll continue with 13 and 15-inch everyday laptops further down.

The sub $500 2-in-1 mini-laptops

If you only have $500 or less to spend for a portable 2-in-1, you should peruse the devices in this section. On the other hand, if your budget allows you to get something better, jumps down to the next chapter.

These are mainly built on Intel low-power hardware platforms (Atom, Pentium or Celeron), so they won’t excel in terms of performance or multitasking capabilities, but still pack enough firepower to handle fine the standard everyday activities, like browsing, editing texts, checking out emails, listening to music, watching movies and so on, as long as you don’t try to do all these things at the same time. On the other hand, what they do lose in performance they gain in battery life, as most of these devices can easily go for 6+ hours of use on a charge.

The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 is an 11.6-inch ultraportable with a 360-degree foldable display and a nice case available in a few different colors. There are also a few hardware options to choose from, with either Celeron, Pentium or Core m3 Skylake CPUs, and the gives it a fair amount of punch when dealing with multiple applications at once.

On top of these, the Inspiron 11 offers a full-size and fairly comfortable keyboard, a solid set of ports and a 32 Wh battery that can push it for about 6 hours on a charge, all tucked inside a 0.8 inch thick, 3.1 pounds body. Too bad the screen only gets a TN panel though, I would have expected an IPS upgrade by this time.

The Inspiron 11 3000 series is affordable though, with prices starting at around $250 for the Celeron versions and going to around $450 for the Core m3 configurations. Follow this link for up-to-date prices and user reviews.

The Inspiron 11 3000 is compact, well made and affordable

The Inspiron 11 3000 is compact, well made and affordable

HP have a very similar device in stores, the Pavilion x360 11, another convertible 11-incher available in a multitude of color schemes.

The Pavilion gets two major selling points over the Inspiron: an IPS display and a larger battery (35 or 43 Wh options). On the other hand, you can only configure it with Celeron and Pentium processors, so there’s no option for faster hardware, plus you will have to pay a little extra than you’d pay for a similarly configured Inspiron, but that’s normal considering the benefits. The Pavilion x360 11 convertible sells for between $280 and $380, and you will probably find it cheaper online. Follow this link for more details.

The Pavillion x360 11 gets an IPS screen and a larger battery, but can only be configured with Celeron and Pentium processors

The Pavillion x360 11 gets an IPS screen and a larger battery, but can only be configured with Celeron and Pentium processors

Other options in the same 11-inch segment are the Lenovo Flex 3 11 (with a 30Wh battery, TN display and Celeron configuration selling for around $350) and the Acer Aspire R 11, which we reviewed here on the site a while ago. This one starts at $249 for a Celeron configuration and gets a large 50 Wh battery, but potential buyers will have to accept its TN display and its rather heavy 3.5 lbs body.

The Aspire R11 is cheap and packs a large battery, but potential buyers will have to accept the heavy case and TN display

The Aspire R11 is cheap and packs a large battery, but potential buyers will have to accept the heavy case and TN display

A more detailed list of compact convertibles is available in this dedicated post, including small units with 10-inch screens like the Asus Transformer Pad or the Acer Aspire Switch series. You could also consider the available Chromebooks, like the Acer Chromebook R11 or the Asus Chromebook Flip, mentioned in this article.

And last but not least, in case you want an affordable notebook with a larger screen, I’d suggest taking a look at the Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W, which offers a full-size keyboard with NumPad, Core i3 or i5 processors, a 45 Wh battery and a 15.6-inch TN HD touchscreen. As a 15-inch notebook, there’s no surprise this unit weighs around 5 lbs and its TN screen isn’t great by today’s standards, but overall the Satelitte Fusion is well appreciated and affordable, with Core i3 configuration going for under $500.

The Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W offers fairly fast hardware and a 15.6-inch convertible display for under $500

The Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W offers fairly fast hardware and a 15.6-inch convertible display for under $500

The everyday affordable 2-in-1s

In this section you’ll find 13 to 15-inch convertibles that sell for between $500 to $1000 and the time of this update.

Asus Zenbook Flip UX360CA and UX360UA

Compared to most other mid-range convertibles, the Zenbook Flips are completely new designs, that’s why they feel and look spectacular in comparison. Metal is used for most of their bodies, the hinges are small, yet strong and smooth, and the weight was kept down, despite the fact that these pack powerful hardware and large batteries.

The Zenbook Flip is available in two variants: the UX360CA is fanless, built on Intel Core m hardware, while the UX360UA is running Intel Core i processors and thus gets a fan. There are some slight differences between the two, but most traits and designs lines are the same.

Still, among the differences, the Zenbook UX360UA gets a backlit keyboard, while the UX360CA does not. It also gets a full-size HDMI port, an exhaust grill on the left-side and a slightly different design of the lower body and hinges, plus a larger 57 Wh battery compared to the 54 Wh battery on the fanless model.

You’ll find more about the UX360UA from our complete review, and our review of the fanless UX360CA model is available over here.

The similarities include the screen options, with either FHD or a QHD+ IPS panels, the keyboard layouts, the trackpads and the speakers placed on the belly, towards the front.

The Zenbook Flip UX360CA is available in stores at the time of this update, with prices starting at $699 for a configuration with a Core m3 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD storage.

The Zenbook Flip UX360UA is scheduled for release in early Fall 2016, and I’d expect a Core i5 configuration to sell for around $900-$1000. I’ll update this section once we know more.

While the Zenbook Flip UX360CA (left) and UX360UA (right) might appear similar on a first glance, there are actually a fair amount of differences between them

While the Zenbook Flip UX360CA (left) and UX360UA (right) might appear similar on a first glance, there are actually a fair amount of differences between them

Dell Inspiron 7000 and 5000 2-in-1 series

The Inspiron 13 7000 is one of the most popular 13-inch 2-in-1s out there, and it’s been around in one form or another for a few years now, with slight redesigns and changes along the way.

It offers a 13.3-inch IPS FHD convertible touchscreen, a nice backlit keyboard, plenty of ports and a sturdily built case, with a silver metallic finishing. Dell equips the latest model with Skylake U processors, up to 8 GB of RAM and various types of storage. There’s only a 42 Wh battery inside though, while most similar devices offer a larger one, and as a result the Inspiron 13 7000 falls short in terms of battery life.

Still, this machine is a solid pick for the money. The base models start at around $650 for a Core i5 processor with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD storage, and most configurations are available discounted online.


The Inspiron 13 7000 is well built and packs the right specs for a good price, but its small battery can be a deal-breaker for some

The Inspiron 13 7000 is well built and packs the right specs for a good price, but its small battery can be a deal-breaker for some

Dell also offers 15 and 17-inch versions of the Inspiron 7000. The former is just an oversized replica of the 13-incher, with the same hardware, battery size and keyboard, but a 15.6-inch convertible display and an overall weight of around 4.9 lbs. It even sells for the same price, with the base versions starting at $650. Follow this link for more details.

The 17-inch model keeps the same design lines, but it doesn’t just get a 17.3-inch display, but also a different keyboard with a NumPad section, two RAM slots, space for a 2.5-inch storage drive aside from the M.2 slot included on the smaller versions, plus a 56 Wh battery. The Inspiron 17 7000 starts at $899 for a Core i5 configuration with HDD storage, and is actually one of the very few convertibles with a 17-inch display available out there. Follow this link for more details.

The Inspiron 17 7000 is one of the very few 17-inch convertibles out there and start at around $900

The Inspiron 17 7000 is one of the very few 17-inch convertibles out there and start at around $900

Dell also offers 13 and 15-inch version of Inspiron 5000 2-in-1s, with bulkier plastic cases, lower end specs, a non backlit keyboard and more affordable prices. In fact, on the outside the Inspiron 13 5000 is very similar to the previous generation Inspiron 13 7347 which we reviewed a while ago, so the Inspiron 5000s are follow-ups of the older Dell convertibles, while the higher end Inspiron 7000s have received a redesign and a slight hardware overhaul.

You can find more about the Inspiron 5000 convertibles by following these links: the 13-inch model and the larger 15-inch variant, which is an oversized version of the smaller unit with the same traits and specs, just like on the superior range.

The 13 and 15-inch Inspiron 5000 should be on your list if you want a solid laptop with decent specs and and you only have a limited budget

The 13 and 15-inch Inspiron 5000 should be on your list if you want a solid laptop with decent specs and and you only have a limited budget

Lenovo Yoga 710 series

The Yoga 710 series includes an 11, a 13 and a 15-inch model these days.

The Yoga 710 11 is highly portable, weighing just 2.35 lbs, and it’s built on a fanless Intel Core M platform, with up to 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of SSD storage. It also gets a 40 Wh battery, a bright IPD FHD touchscreen, a pretty good keyboard without backlightning and a decent trackpad. On the other hand, it does tend to run a bit hot and the IO is very limited, with a single USB 3.0 slot on the side and micr-HDMI for video output.

The Yoga 710 11 starts at $550 for a configuration with a Core m3 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. More affordable options built on Pentium processors are available, and you can also check out the latest configurations and up-to-date prices via this link.

The Yoga 710 11 is light, compact, fanless and fast. You'll have to make due without a backlit keyboard though

The Yoga 710 11 is light, compact, fanless and fast. You’ll have to make due without a backlit keyboard though

The Yoga 710 14 is the power-horse in the series, a competitor for all the 13-inch convertibles mentioned in this section, but with a slightly larger 14-inch touchscreen. It’s still compact, light (3.4 lbs) and thin (0.7″), and it’s fairly well built, despite the fact that some of its case is made from plastic. The hardware includes Skylake Core U processors, an Nvidia GT 940MX graphics solution, SSD storage, a 53 Wh battery and an IPS panel, and the keyboard is backlit.

The Nvidia chip is what sets this apart from most competitors, as an options for those interesting in some casual gaming. The Core i5 configuration with 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD and the Nvidia graphics starts at around $800, which is an excellent price for what you’ll be getting. Follow this link for more details and potential discounts.

The Yoga 710 14 and 15 offers solid specs for the money, including dedicated Nvidia graphics

The Yoga 710 14 and 15 offers solid specs for the money, including dedicated Nvidia graphics, and are lighter than most other laptops in their classes

Last in this series is the larger 15-inch option, the Yoga 710 15, which is pretty much an oversized version of the Yoga 710 14, with the exact same specs, but a 15.6-inch screen. It weighs 4.2 lbs, which is light for a convertible in this size-range, and it doesn’t get a NumPad section on the keyboard, but the keys are backlit.

The Yoga 710 15 is also available without dedicated graphics, with the base Core i5 models starting at around $750, while the Nvidia GT 940MX configurations start at around $900. Follow this link for more details.

The tablets: HP Specte X2, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S and others

While most convertibles in this list are laptops with a 360-degrees convertible screen, there are also a few devices that are primarily tablets and work as laptops when hooked up to their docking stations or keyboard folios, like the Microsoft Surface Pros and the Asus Transformer 3s mention in the previous section. Those are not the only ones though, there are also a couple of other good options that we’ll mention below. Just keep in mind that these are highly portable and great for inking, taking notes or drawing with compatible pens, but lack the IO, the battery life and the versatility provided by other form-factors.

The HP Spectre X2 is my favorite of this bunch and you’ll find out why from our review. This one gets the specs and the performances in a really beautiful aluminum body. It includes a 12-inch screen with an active digitizer, Skylake Core m hardware, a 42 Wh battery, a good keyboard dock with backlit keys and decent IO. It also weighs around 2.7 lbs with the dock.

The higher specked versions are rather expensive ($800 and up), but a Core m3 model with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD storage goes for under $600 these days (you’ll find out where from here). The keyboard dock in included on all models, while a pen is included on certain configurations, but the device is going to work with most pens so there’s no specific need to buy the HP one.

The Spectre X2 is my favorite option in this category of 2-in-1s

The Spectre X2 is my favorite option in this category of 2-in-1s

Another interesting option is the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S. This one is very slim and light (1.72 lbs for the slate, 2.35 for the slate and keyboard), is built on Core m hardware, gets a 12-inch AMOLED display and a 40 Wh battery. The build quality is OK, despite the back being made from plastic. This device only gets a single USB Type-C port though, unlike the Spectre which gets two.

One other particular inconvenience of the Tab Pro S is the lack of a kickstand, which means you’ll either have to hold it, or use it with the keyboard folio that only allows fixed screen inclination. Another is the fact that it’s not going to work with any styluses. Samsung promised a compatible Pen a while ago, which it’s not yet available, so in the meantime you can get something like the Bambook Fineline 2 stylus. Besides these, the keyboard is rather flimsy and feels a bit cheap, so using it on your lap is going to be uncomfortable.

Despite its inconveniences, the Tab Pro S is overall a highly portable slate that offers good performance and an unique screen. The $900 price of the base configuration is hard to swallow, but you will find this one cheaper online.

The Samsung Tab Pro S has it peculiarities, but it's otherwise an unique Windows slate

The Samsung Tab Pro S has it peculiarities, but it’s otherwise an unique Windows slate

The Dell Latitude 13 7000 is a 13-inch business detachable also built on a fanless Core M platform.

The stand-alone slate weighs 1.9 lbs and includes a 13.3 inch FHD IPS touchscreen with support for Wacom pens, although a pen is not included in the pack. A keyboard dock is though, and when latched together the two parts make up for 3.7 lbs laptop. Part of the weight is due to the extra 20Wh battery inside the dock, on top of the 30 Wh one tucked inside the tablet itself.

Dell markets this device primarily for corporate users and thus it offers vPro enabled configurations and a large suite of compatible accessories. Despte all these, the Latitude 13 7000 is not that expensive, as the base version with a Core m5 processor has an MSRP of $599.

Dell's Latitude 7000 is marketed as a business 2-in-1

Dell’s Latitude 7000 is marketed as a business 2-in-1

The Toshiba Portege Z20t is another Core M powered tablet with an attachable dock. It is a bit more compact and slightly lighter then the Dell (3.3 lbs for the tablet + dock), mostly because it gets a smaller 12.5-inch display, with a non-glare treatment and active digitizer with pen support. On top of that, a secondary Wacom digitizer is bundled in the pack, if you require more precise pen recognition.

The docking unit includes a great keyboard, solid IO and a 36 Wh battery, alongside the other 36 Wh battery inside the tablet, and combined the two will easily offer 10+ hours of everyday use on a charge.

Toshiba’s Portege Z20T doesn’t come cheap though, with the base model starting at $999, but if you need a capable and long-lasting business device, this might be the one for you.

The Toshiba Portege Z20t is compact and packs two big batteries, but its high price might steer anyone who's not a banker away

The Toshiba Portege Z20t is compact and packs two big batteries, but its high price might steer anyone who’s not a banker away

There are a few other devices that we’re not including here due to scoring poor reviews with buyers, despite otherwise receiving  praises from the media. Among them, there’s the Dell XPS 12 9250, the Lenovo Miix 700 or the Huawei Matebook. Check them out yourselves if interested in more details, and get in touch in the comments section at the end of the post if you have any questions about them.

Asus Transformer Book Flip and Vivobook Flip series

There are several models included in this series, with screen sizes ranging from 11.6 to 15.6-inches. We’re not going to list all the available models, because there are dozens out there and Asus’s naming policy is confusing.

I will tell you the the Flips are usually mid-range convertibles with solid prices and specs. The 13 and 15-inch versions are built on Intel Broadwell and Skylake Core U hardware, with different amounts of memory and storage. Most of them get IPS screens and some even include dedicated graphics, usually Nvidia GT 940M chips. As a general rule, the models with Nvidia graphics get the TD, LT or UB abbreviations after the series name (example: TP500TD, Q503UB), while the ones without dedicated graphics finish in LA or UA (examples: TP501UA).

Since these are not premium computers, you should expect to make some trade-offs when going to them. For instance, the build quality is good, but not excellent, plastic is used for some parts of cases, keyboards lack back-lightning on some configurations and others. The excellent prices usually compensate for all these and are one of the reasons these Asus notebooks are popular.

You should follow this link for more details on the 13-inch Transformer Book Flips and this one for the 15-inch models.

With its Macbook like body and affordable prices, the Transformer Book Flip TP300 is one of the best mid-range convertibles out there

With its Macbook like body and affordable price, the Transformer Book Flip TP300 is one of the best mid-range convertibles out there

Lenovo Yoga Flex lines

These are Lenovo’s most affordable 2-in-1s, and the latest generation in the series are the Flex 4 models, but the older Flex 3s are also worthy of attention.

The Flex 4s are available in 14 and a 15.6-inch variants, starting at around $500 (and going for less online). All versions offer Intel Skylake Core U hardware, with the base models getting Core i3 processors, 4 GB of RAM and HDD storage, while the higher end ones can be specked with faster CPUs, more RAM and SSDs. All also get backlit keyboards, FHD IPS touchscreens and 52.5 Wh batteries.

The build quality on the other hand is only average, with plastic being used for the cases and chassis, and these Flex ultraportables are also fairly thick and heavy – 3.9 lbs for the 14-incher and 4.6 lbs for the 15-inch model. Other than that though, if you want a simple and inexpensive computer with a convertible display, these Lenovos are options you have to consider.

If you're after simple and inexpensive convertibles with fast hardware and good overall specs, the Lenovo Flex models should be on your list

If you’re after simple and inexpensive convertibles with fast hardware and good overall specs, the Lenovo Flex models should be on your list

HP Envy and Pavilion x360 lines

HP’s lines of mid-range convertibles include the Envy and Pavilion series. Normally the Envy models are a step-up from the Pavilions, which target budget oriented customers, but in this case the two don’t overlap, at least at the time of this post.

And that’s because if you’re after a 13-inch unit you’ll have to look at the HP Pavillion x360 13t, a device built on Skylake Core U hardware, with a 48 Wh battery and a FHD IPS screen. The case is entirely made out of smooth plastic, is available in a few different colors and is rather heavy at 3.8 lbs, while the keyboard is not backlit, which is something you might be able to accept from a computer that’s usually more affordable than other 13-inch convertibles, starting at around $500. Follow this link for mode details.

The Pavillion X360 is affordable and offers the right specs, but it's bulkier than other options and lacks a backlit keyboard

The Pavillion X360 is affordable and offers the right specs, but it’s bulkier than other options and lacks a backlit keyboard

If you’re after a full-size convertible with a 15.6-inch display, HP offer the more premium Envy x360 15t, with metallic construction and a backlit keyboard, among others. It weighs 5.1 lbs though, which makes it heavy for a convertible, even if the choice in materials is good.

You can get this notebook with a FHD IPS screen, Intel Skylake Core U hardware, an optional Nvidia GT 930M graphics chip, 8-16 GB of RAM and a 48 Wh battery, and configurations with AMD A12 processors and Radeon graphics are also available.

Overall though, the Envy x360 15t is mostly in this list because it’s well built and sells for cheap, otherwise it wouldn’t be able to compete compete with the other 15-inch 2-in-1s that offer better specs or are lighter. A Core i5 model with 8 GB of RAM and HDD storage sells for around $600. Follow this link for more details.

The HP Envy x360 15t is an option to consider if you want an affordable 15-inch convertible with premium looks and decent specs

The HP Envy x360 15t is an option to consider if you want an affordable 15-inch convertible with premium looks and decent specs

Wrap up

These are the best convertible ultrabooks you can find in stores right now. More are launched every month, so stay tuned, I’m constantly updating the list, adding new products as they hit the stores and discarding the ones that become obsolete.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in a highly portable laptop, you should also check out my list of the best ultrabooks of the moment, my selection of highly recommended Chromebooks and maybe this other list of more affordable alternatives for those of you on a lower budget.

Drawing the line on 2-in-1 laptops, it’s hard to say some models are better than the others, as they are different and address different needs. Some are overall more interesting than the other though. For instance, the HP Spectre X360 is a great all-rounder, if you have around $1000 to spend, the Zenbook UX360 is an excellent mid-range option, the Microsoft Surface Pro offers performance in a compact and light shell, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga and the Toshiba Portege Z20t are great business options, while the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 or the HP Pavilion X360 11 are great buys if you don’t want to spend a lot.

At the end of the day though, you know exactly what you want from your next computer and how much you’re planing to spend on it, that’s why the final decision is all yours. If you need more help deciding, if you spot any new product that’s not included in here or if you just have something to ask or add to this list, don’t hesitate to use the comments section below. I’m around and I’ll reply as soon as possible.

And before you go, keep in mind that such posts take countless hours of work, so if you appreciate the result, make sure to show this link to your friends and stay around for future updates.

Andrei Girbea, aka Mike, Editor-in-Chief and a huge fan of mobile computers. Since 2007, I've only owned smaller than 12.5" laptops and I've been testing tens, if not hundreds of mini laptops. You'll find mostly reviews and guides written by me here on the site.


  1. Nana O

    September 19, 2015 at 4:35 am

    I’m torn. I love the look of the HP Spectre x360. The 8gb version isn’t available in the UK. At least not widely available. While I love the look and feel if it, the digitiser would be a great feature for me. However, I’m uncertain about the effects of settling for 4gb version.

    Will the Spectre x360 I can get be enough for a lot of browser usage, streaming and word processing? Will it be good for a few years?

    If not, what ultrabook(s) would you recommend instead?

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 19, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      As someone who uses a laptop with only 4 GB of RAM right now, I’d say get something with 8 GB. 4GB are not enough today and definitely won’t be enough in a few years.

  2. Yves

    September 20, 2015 at 7:48 am

    The Yoga 900 was not announced by Lenovo at IFA and I have not been able to find new information about it since it was leaked in August. Do yo know when it should be released?

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 20, 2015 at 8:57 am

      NO, not for the time being. I’m sure it will be available by the end of the year though.

      • Yves

        September 26, 2015 at 7:30 am

        Thank you very much Andrei, The Lenovo 900 is now said to be available from 27 October 2015 with very interesting new specs (winfuture.de/news,89070.html). I look forward to your hands on review.

        • Andrei Girbea

          September 26, 2015 at 9:30 am

          Yep, looking forward to that one as well, although the price is prohibitive…

          OH, an I noticed there are two fans on that one, according to your source. This might lead to fair amount of noise.

  3. Chris

    September 20, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    I thought I’d struck gold when I read your review of the ThinkPad Yoga 15. Then I realised it only had a dual core processor (i5-5200U or i7-5500U) and for my line of work, I really need a quad core processor.

    Are there any 2-in-1s similar to the Yoga 15 with quad core processors and dedicated graphics?

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 21, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Not that I know off. 2-in-1s are supposed to be as thin and light as possible, and that’s why dual-core U Serires processors are found inside them. Plus, the pool of available 15-inch 2-in-1s is really limited.

  4. adir haziz

    September 21, 2015 at 6:27 am

    hey, i am looking for a new laptop and hope you could help me find the right one for me in attractive price.
    the new laptop will be used mostly for school needs, and i will take him with me to school.
    allso i will use him for watching movies, programing in visual studio, editing in photoshop and maby light games.
    i think what i need in the laptop is:
    – good battery
    – 14-13 inch screen
    – not very heavy
    – run the softwares i need for programing and editing.
    – can connect hdmi
    – around 250 gb storage

    i prefer 2 in 1 laptop but if there is better one for my needs that not 2 in 1 its ok

    my budget is 800-550$

    thank you for your time!

  5. Marco

    September 23, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    But the sony vaio tap 11??

  6. Patrick

    October 9, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Looking at the Toshiba Z20t 8Gb & 256 SSD
    mainly MS Office use and wondering about its stylus and is this a enough memory for the next 2-3 years

    with thanks

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 9, 2015 at 10:48 am

      I’d say yes. I’ve only spent about an hours with this device at a presentation, haven’t reviewed it, but the Pen experience was alright. Still, you might want to ask others, preferably those who actually own one. The RAM and the amount of storage should suffice for everyday use.

  7. Carlos

    October 13, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Hi! Which should I get for heavy Photoshop work (with some Premier at times)? A Dell XPS 13 2015 (FHD, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) or a 2015 MBP 13 256GB? They’re both about $1,500 and I’m wondering on which I’d get more value from. Thanks!

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 13, 2015 at 9:10 am

      I’d get the macbook, it bundles faster hardware. Is that a MBP with a Retina screen?

      • Carlos

        October 13, 2015 at 9:14 am

        Yes, w/ Retina display. Thank you!!

        • Andrei Girbea

          October 13, 2015 at 1:48 pm

          Well, I’d get that one. The XPS 13 is smaller and lighter, but the rMBP is much faster.

          • Carlos

            October 14, 2015 at 3:22 am

            Okay! Thank you so much!! :)

  8. Aadith

    October 17, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Hi Andrei,
    First of all, thanks a lot for replying to all my previous queries so quickly and appropriately.
    Could you please tell me the cheapest convertible I can get with Nvidia 940m or better and with skylake if possible. I want the cheapest one as I’m running short on money and skylake is not mandatory but 940m or better is required.
    Thanks in advance and please keep up the good work as you are doing an awesome thing.

  9. Yogita

    October 19, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Hello Andrei,

    Thanks for the details on 2-in-1s.

    1. I am looking for a portable laptop and prefer a 2-in-1 because am not a multi-gadget person.

    2. My main use is working with multiple Excel files and PPTs.

    3. Also, I keep my machine for a few years, say about 5 years.

    There are so many options that am confused, more so because anywhere close to $2000 seems steep to me (especially as I earn in a country that has weak currency value :) )

    Would appreciate if you can share a few options basis my need.


    • Andrei Girbea

      October 19, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      Hi, you haven’t mentioned anything about screen size, but $2000 will definitely get you some of the best 2-in-1s out there, like the HP Spectre X360, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon , the Micrososft Surface Pro 4 or even the Surface Book.

      • MJ Carly

        October 24, 2015 at 8:05 am

        I guess its because the date of this article is before the surface book got launched.

        • Amlan Manna

          August 7, 2016 at 11:43 am

          Surface book isn’t available in India.. and there’s been a lot of complains about the overheating issue of spectre x360, but that’s so hp.. they’ve always been like that.. I too wanna buy a hybrid with active digitizer and am inclined towards surface pro4.. The thing that’s stopping me is battery life.. if only surface book was available here…

  10. Lori Florida

    October 22, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    I would love your advice about the best fit for me. I’m headed to Ethiopia as a blogger for a non profit. I will be on the road with my laptop and camera taking notes and pictures that I turn into blog posts on the road and at the guesthouse at night. Lightweight and battery life is important to me as well as being able to run Photoshop Elements. I was hoping to spend between $600-800 but want to make sure I get the right thing. Thanks for your advice.

  11. dee

    October 26, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    hello there , i have been struggling to finalise on a convertible laptop .
    -i am an architect , so will be running some heavy soft ware (3d softwares)
    – multitasking
    – touch screen with digitizer and pen .( to sketch)
    i need the system to do the heavy duty stuff , cause i am not a multigadget person either .

    i was thinking about the lenovo think pad or yoga series .i initially started with a limited budget , but have decided that spending the extra , will make my life easier in many ways. but at the same , i wanna know its worth the money i spend . i would serious appreciate your help .

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 27, 2015 at 8:11 am

      The ThinkPad Yoga 14 or the ThinkPad Carbon X1 would be my first picks as well. HP and Dell have some units of their own, but are generally more expensive than the Lenovos.

      The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 could be an option as well, if you appreciate something smaller, but you’ll be loosing on the laptop experience

      • John DeMay

        April 11, 2016 at 6:22 pm

        Those don’t have digitizers do they?

  12. Lawrence

    October 27, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    The Lenovo ideapad z400, what can you say about it. Do you think it’s gonna be a reasonable buy as against this touchpad you have mentioned there. As regards price and performance what do you think?

  13. Prateek Mittal

    November 4, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Hello Andrei
    I m willing to buy a convertible laptop with 4gb ram, hybrid storage of 500gb hdd and 128ssd, i5 processor with longer battery backup. Also any screen size would be OK. I wana use this laptop for at least 5 years and my usage is browsing, running programming apps and video calling.
    I have many of urs articles bur m confused with many options available. So plz suggest me the best laptop. Also u can manipulate the configuration according to the use I mentioned. But also keep in mind that I will be using it for atleast 5 years.
    Thank you in advance.

  14. Sergiu Petean

    November 6, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Salut Andrei,

    I’m looking for a freelancer laptop, meaning powerful programming laptop with i7 quad core, min. 16 Gb, min 512 SSD. Price can go up to 2000 euro. Any recommendations?


    Ps: great work. Thank you for your effort and very pertinent analyzes.

  15. Aaron Pieper

    November 10, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Hey Andrei!

    Right now i’m lost in the convertible land :D my 5 years old acer aspire needs to be replaced!
    i’m looking for a convertible with pen support and a good gpu! i’m a student and want to take notes on it and need a geforce gpu for professional CAD modelling!
    I want at least 13″ screen size. An SSD is a must have and 8 GB of RAM should be doing their job. I would like to have a skylake prozessor, but its more a nice-to-have. The surface book looks really nice, but that wouldnt fit into my budget, which is around 1500€! a decent battery would be great too…

    On my list are the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 15/14, HP Spectre 360x, …! but it is really hard to find the most fitting one, since everytime i almost choose one, i am reading about another one :D

    Or would u suggest me a tablet with great pen support[like a surface 3 etc] and a real ultrabook with the same stats exept the convertible and pen support part? So it will be around the same money and wheight…

    thanks for ur support

  16. Jeremy

    November 18, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    What budget laptops on this list are best for pen integration?

    I love the utility of my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet; it allows me to quickly put up virtual handwritten sticky notes and handwrite over PDFs, for example. Maybe even more importantly, the handwriting is crisp and feels natural.

    The only reason I still use my laptop is for typing and for features that tablets don’t have (the IO, flash, etc). I would like to replace both devices with one that has both comparable pen features to my Note 10.1 and the functionality of typical laptop.

    The laptop specs themselves aren’t as important (beyond simply being reliable with simple tasks) as the functionality and form factor.

    Any suggestions?

    Thank you!

  17. Rachael

    November 19, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Hello, I am trying to decide on the best 2 in 1 for my 11 & 8 year old son’s. My price range would be around $400 each max. They currently have kindle fires which up until now have done the job. Was considering iPad Mini, your thoughts on these? Typical use is videos (watching & making), games and now the ability to do and store homework documents. Long battery life is important as well as size, not too big, around 10 inch ideal. So many choices on the market any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Rachael

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 20, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      Those are tablets, not 2-in-1s. If you need a tablet, the iPad mini 2 or the ipad air 1st gen should be good picks within your budget. If you want a 2-in-1 with Windows, I’d look at the HP Stream 2-in-1 and the Dell Inspiron 11 3000. They might not be as suitable for games, as there are fewer titles in the WIndows store than on Apple Store, but are more suitable for the kind of tasks one does with Windows

  18. Ken Thompson

    November 19, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Hello all! I do a lot of forex trading. I have a desktop at home and need to leave it on all day during the week. I do not want to carry a laptop around with me. I’d like to get a > 11 inch table to allow me to connect to my desktop and perform my trades remotely. Any ideas? Thx.

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 20, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Budget? And do you want a tablet or a 2-in-1 (convertible laptop, tablet + dock)?

  19. Elaine

    November 23, 2015 at 2:14 am

    I am looking for a good, easy to use, budget 2-in-1 for my husband for Christmas. He will use it mostly for browsing the internet and e-mail. He is in the early stages of dementia, so it needs to be easy to use. I also want a close to full-size keyboard, as he will use it as a laptop when sending emails. With this information in mind, which of the budget options do you recommend?

  20. Meredith

    November 24, 2015 at 4:34 am

    I’m looking for a 2 in 1 for very basic computer needs (word, email, internet), photo viewing and storage, and traveling. So being as light weight as possible is important to me. What would you narrow my search down too? I’m unconcerned about budget at this point. Thank you so very much! -M

  21. JIm W

    November 24, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Don’t buy any Lenovo if your serious about security. Lenovo is now a Chinese company. I had to dump my Lenovo because I work around a government environment and they don’t want those computers around. Not to mention you may be putting yourself at serious risk for Chinese hacking.

    • b

      October 17, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      You might say the same about americain computers that are beeing used in the rest of the world..?

  22. Mike Gantos

    November 24, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    I just want to say thank you such great informative articles. I had on the t100ta by Asus and was frustrated with the long battery charging and frequent freeze ups or unit not functioning properly. However I have cracked at screen and need to replace that unit. I am in commercial real estate and do a lot of work with email MLS searching spreadsheets weird bags and graphic flyer creation. I also run my brokerage accounting QuickBooks off this device. I loved the simplicity and ease of use of the 100 ta as well as its affordable price I am considering the 200 with the extra hard drive 4 gig and the 60 for SSD that’s upgradeable but I wanted your opinion if I should spend the $400 on that unit or spend a few extra bucks and get something that might be more of a true laptop. I love the ability to have a tablet as well as the laptop keyboard so it’s definitely a functional thing for me as I take the device with me to a lot of client appointments and meetings. I am going to be using some form of a CRM either with Salesforce or something else to keep track of all my opportunities and development projects construction management property management etc.

    I would appreciate your recommendation and opinion as to what units I should look at I’m not opposed to spending more money however I think I should be able to get what I need for under $700 and then upgrade in one to two years as needed for better machines or as technology changes.

    I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 25, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      personally, I find 2-in-1s more comfortable to use. Something like the the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 or the HP Stream 11 2-in-1 are worth a look. You’re not going to get the same kind of battery life as on the Asus T100 or the T200 though, which are built on lower-power platforms.

      If you’re willing to spend $700 you could also consider the Lenovo Yoga 3 11. Enve faster, slimmer, but again, battery life isn’t stellar.

      • Mike Gantos

        November 28, 2015 at 12:34 am

        OK thanks for the advice. Do you like the YOGA 2 or YOGA 3 better? Is this better than the Dell 3000 or HP Stream? Dell seems to have 3000 on sale now for about 350, but I am concerned about which is going to give me the longest useful life and speed with my CRM, spreadsheets, multi tasking and email/web surfing.

        Thanks again, Mike

        • Andrei Girbea

          November 28, 2015 at 6:41 pm

          The Yoga 2 is an older model. The Yoga 3 11 is overall a nicer pick than the Dell, but significantly more expensive. Out of the three, the Dell is the best buy for the money imo. What’ the configuration of the $350 Dell?

          • Mike Gantos

            November 29, 2015 at 7:55 pm

            4gig ram 500 gig hard drive and I believe the I3 quad core. Normal screen. For 429 I can processor and 128gig SSD

            That was why I thought about the Asus TP500. It had I7 15.6inch screen, 8gb RAM and a 1TB hard drive. yes more money but I believe I can get for about 500-599 and I was looking for speed and usefulness at least 2 years.

            I am ok with spending 50-70% more if I can get value, speed, and better quality. I definitely will get some form of warranty for spills and breakage too.

            I do like the 2 in 1’s, but I definitely need some laptop like performance. Especially since I am going to try and utilize cloud for file storage, sharing, photos and etc. I have a microsoft exchange in cloud now for email.

            Thanks again appreciate the assistance.


  23. MCX

    November 30, 2015 at 6:40 am

    I’m looking for a 15 inch convertible, and have pretty much decided on a Lenovo (the only real competitor seems to be Toshiba, which are more expensive for the same specs – unless I’ve missed something?). I’m trying to work out what the difference is between a Thinkpad Yoga 15 and a Flex 3 15, when they both have similar specs in terms of processor, RAM and hard drive – but the Flex is cheaper. Is there a difference in weight, screen quality, battery life or something else? I’m able to pay the extra for the Yoga if it’s worth it but I don’t want to waste money. I can’t find much info on the Flex 3 15.
    Thanks so much for your work on this site, it’s really useful.

    • Andrei Girbea

      December 1, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      The Yoga is a much better built device, has a better keyboard/trackpad, better screen, and possibly larger battery

  24. Jose

    December 1, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Very helpful article. In my case having a stylus is mandatory – most of the times finding whether laptops have or not a stylus (Wacom or N-Trig) is hard, even in the manufacturers’ sites. In addition I am looking also for a disk of at least 500Gb in order to replace directly my old TabletPC – this is harder to find than I thought as in most cases large disks imply laptops not equipped to use the stylus. In this aspect Microsoft Surface Pro 4, or Book, seems to be expensive but also almost unique at providing both things, together with a reasonable screen size for reading and annotating a full text page.

  25. Hasan Abbas

    December 2, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Which 2 in 1 will be better for me between Lenovo Yoga 300 and Dell Inspirin 11 3000.
    Also tell me whether 2 in 1 will be ok for 5 years use ?

    • Andrei Girbea

      December 2, 2015 at 7:47 am

      I’d get the Inspiron, larger battery, better screen (the IPS option), better keyboard.

  26. Amy Marsh

    December 3, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    I am wanting to buy a 2 in 1 for my daughter going to college next year. She will need to be able to run Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint). I need light weight as she may be carrying it to class to take notes. I was looking at the Surface Pro 3, but it just seems so expensive, for what you get.

    My price range would be less than $800 (including a keyboard if I go with a Surface Pro). She isn’t big into games, but would like to be able to watch movies on it.

    Thank you

    • Andrei Girbea

      December 4, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      Something like an Asus UX305LA would be a nice pick. It’s a proper laptop, lacks a tougscreen or backlit keys though.

      There’s also the lenovo yoga 3 11, small, light, fanless, but not very powerful

  27. George

    December 5, 2015 at 8:44 pm


    This is a great article. I see that you give also great recommendations in the comments :) Would you please help me decide what should I buy. I’m looking for a tablet/laptop/2 in 1 that has a good stylus integration (would like it to be more precise – i’m currently using a wacom tablet). I would buy a Surface Pro 3/4 but strangely they do not sell them here. The only places that I can get them is from some websites that are way overpriced ( 1500$ starting price :X ) even the new iPad Pro is cheaper but sadly the OS is the one from previous tablets. Screen size between 12 and 14 would do just fine. I want it to handle photoshop for medium use.

    Thank you in advance.

    • Andrei Girbea

      December 10, 2015 at 6:31 am

      The hp spectre x360 gets a digitizer and pen support, you should look it up. I’m not entirely sure it’s as accurate as you want, but you can find more details on the forums on notebookreview.com

      The Lenovo thinkpad 260 is another option

  28. Mahi

    December 16, 2015 at 2:35 pm


    I am interested in buying 2 in 1 laptop(light weight) in budget within 500$.
    I am thinking lenovo flex 2 14 as I was looking on to some websites and got an idea of flex 3 from this post.
    Not having much knowledge about specs on that one I ll have a look although.
    Can you suggest me some good design models on both flex 2 & 3. I am buying lenovo product for the first time am HP user. So if you have any suggestion on lenovo products that would be very helpful.


  29. Donna White

    January 3, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Hi, Andrei. Thank you for all the hard work that goes in to these articles. Please know that they help ALOT of people and we appreciate it. I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 13 7000. It is a bit bulkier and heavier than expected. I love that it is a lot like a laptop. But I really wish it was detachable so I could read a book while on the treadmill. I can still return it for a full refund, so are there any other 2-in-1’s out there that are slightly smaller, lighter and detachable? It would have to have a back-lit keyboard, have usb ports, and bluetooth capable for my wireless headphones. I paid $700 with shipping, so that is how much I would have to spend. If I could find a decent one for less that would be great, but I tend to hold on to my laptops for quite some time. 5 years or more before I replace (I have 6 kids that are constantly needing things!) But we have started a Real Estate Investment Company and I need a more portable option than my Dell Inspiron laptop. Thanks for any help you can give. Whatever decision I make on my own is always the wrong one, it’s alot of money to not be completely happy with, but I have no idea what is better or not, so I am calling in the expert!

    • Andrei Girbea

      January 4, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Hi Donna. I can’t think of a detachable that would meet all your requirements. There’s the Asus T300 Chi, which is close, but lacks a backlit keyboard, has fairly short battery life and a few other flaws (still, Something to consider, as it sells these days for under $500). Not sure what you plan to run on this computer though. If it’s daily use, than it should be OK, but if you want it to work fast for that long, well, probably not your best bet.

      Another option would be the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 + the new Keyboard Folio. Might squeeze it inside your budget if you’re comfortable to buy it used. It does really well as a tablet, not that much as a laptop, due to the form factor.

      So what I’m saying is your expectations are a bit unrealistic. You would either have to up your budget or cut some of the features of the list. the Inspiron 13 7000 is a good buy for what it is, you can’t expect to get much more than that for the same kind of money, at least not for the time being.

      • Donna White

        January 4, 2016 at 2:16 pm

        Thanks so much, Andrei! I almost made the wrong decision yet again, as I am known to do. I will hold on to my Dell for awhile. Maybe once I can afford the new Surface Pro, I will snag me one of those. Appreciate it!

  30. Keith

    January 3, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Hi Andrei,

    I was wondering if you could provide some help with my laptop decision. I am a teacher, so I mainly deal with word processing, powerpoints, and spreadsheets (typical MS office stuff), but I am also looking for a laptop that can handle some light gaming as I love to play video games in my spare time. I have been looking at two 2-in-1s in particular, an ASUS Q503 2-in-1 and the HP Envy x360. They both the exact specifications, so it really comes down to brand reliability. I asked at Best Buy about brand reliability and none of the sales people seemed to know much about which company is known for being more reliable. My budget is maxed out at around $800 as I definitely want to add a warranty *just in case* anything happens so I am not SOL if I get a lemon. Do you have any idea which brand/computer would be better to go with? Or do you have a different suggestion with similar specs or better for the money that could handle gaming, MS office, videos?


    • Andrei Girbea

      January 4, 2016 at 10:47 am

      First of all, a computer with a Core i5 Processor (preferably Skylake, Core i5-6200U, which has better graphics than the i5-5200U) and 8 GB of RAM should be what you need. Nor sure what you mean by light gaming, so I can’t tell if you would need dedicated graphics or not.

      As for brand reliability, it’s impossible to tell if one brand is more reliable than others and it’s not a fair comparison either. Most OEMs build computers ranging from $200 to $2000. The cheaper ones will probably fail more often, due to having poorer components, poorer craftsmanship, etc. Does that make a brand like Asus less reliable than one like Mac? Well, not really. The comparison would be fair only if you compare certain laptops within the same price range, but no one provides hard data on this matter .

      Bottom point, computers can fail, whether it’s a $200 Asus or a $2000 Mac. That’s why I advise getting extended warranty, if it’s not overpriced. What you could do is research for specific faults of a given model. the Asus Q503 for instance it’s identical to the Asus TP500, so you can Google for “Asus Tp500 problems, Asus Q503 problems” and see what comes in. Again, be aware that every computer has issues.

      As a personal preference, I think HP have a slightly better customer support in the US. However, if you buy laptops from BestBuy, you should ask who handles the service: them or the manufacturer. If you would just have to return the unit to them in case something goes wrong, then just forget about this thing. Hope this helps.

  31. Dario

    January 17, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Hi, I’m thinking about buying a convertible. My price range is pretty low, but I was told I should get an i processor. I mainly need it for school and some games like Minecraft pc. What would you recommend?

  32. Karen

    February 3, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Hi Andrei, Still not sure what to do after reading these articles. I want to pen books on a tablet that convert to Word docs, possibly use Excel (MS Office 2016), email, watch movies (no gaming), use keyboard to blog, charge phone & camera, easily transfer photos, and send ebay/amazon shipping labels to printer. Need IE to remote in to work desktop. Under $1,000 – preferably closer to $500. Writing with pen in bed is #1 requirement.

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 4, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      I’d go for something like the Microsoft Surface 3 or the 3 Pro refurbished. These are tablets though, so not that comfortable to use on lap. Check them out and see if you find them good matches for your needs.

  33. ahmad

    February 3, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    hello sir
    i am a civil engineer from egypt . i want to buy my first laptop for my future work with software like autocad sab and safe and also for gaming like fifa 16 and other sport games . i would like if you can help me with your great recommendations to buy my new laptop .
    i wouldnt mind a touchscreen with good performance
    my budget is around 1000 or 1100 max
    no problem if it is heavy
    but i dont want it to get hot and melting quickly because i will use it for a long time
    so i need a large battery and dont get hot quickly
    if it has a big screen like a 15 inch or more i wouldnt mind because it will also help me putting information
    so conclusion
    large battery
    dont get hot quickly
    durable and can work so long
    good performance with engineering software i might use 3d software
    bigger screen
    under 1000 $
    thank you for your appreciated help

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 4, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      Hi, I’d probably go for a computer with a Core i7-6700HQ processor and somewhere along the lines of Nvidia 950M or 960M graphics. You will have to sacrifice battery life (3-4 hours of daily use, a bit more for video), but the hardware will help in CAD, other demanding apps and in games. I’d look at the Asus N552, Asus GL552, MSI GE62, Acer V15 Nitro or maybe some of the older models like the Asus N551.

      • ahmad

        February 5, 2016 at 2:29 pm

        i need a laptop so that i can take it to college and also to work . i am saving money to buy a laptop instead of upgrading my pc so that i can work on the laptop home or at college or at work .so i need a laptop which could fit my use . i hope you can help me choose the best one . thank you for your help and i hope i can help you with anything related to civil engineering :)

        • ahmad

          February 10, 2016 at 9:38 am

          hello sir
          recently many people recommended to me to buy
          lenovo z 700
          lenovo z 5170
          dell 15 5559
          and everyone agreed not to buy any HP or any other other laptop outside dell and lenovo
          due to the less quality we have in the egyption market
          i hope you can help me choose one . a laptop good for my work and gaming with a broadwell processor . at last the dollar price is increasing in the market so i better get one quickly or everything will be doubled .
          thank you sir

          • Andrei Girbea

            February 10, 2016 at 10:16 am

            I’d probably get the Dell 15 5559 out of these three, but I’m not that familiar with those Lenovo models, so I don’t have a documented opinion on them

          • ahmad

            March 11, 2016 at 10:35 pm

            hello mr andrei
            i wanted to ask you a few questions please . if you dont mind . whats your opinion about nividia geforce 920m vega card ? i also found dell 5558 here in the egyption market but i couldn’t buy it because its no longer in stock and i have to wait but they advised me in the store to buy lenovo y 50-70 with 4th gen processor HQ instead of dell . what is your opinion about that should i wait or go and get the lenovo . another thing . what about HP envy . is it good or bad ? . thank you very much in advance

  34. ybnrmalatall

    February 6, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    You guys are pathetic. The surface? No wonder laptops are in the sorry state they are in right now.

    Lenovo and their broken keyboard design.

    I want an x220 which is 12 inches but I want it in 11 inches, the latest Intel HD graphics, an IPS panel display, the old Lenovo keyboard and 1080p.

    Anything higher on 0″-19″ is just fucking autistic.

  35. Martin

    February 7, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Hi, Andrei. You never mention the Toshiba Satellite i5 – 8gb – 15″. How is that computer compared with a Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 3rd? I go frm one place to another and work a lor with excel and ppt.
    What is the best option?

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Hmmm, which Toshiba Satellite are you talking of, exactly?

  36. Nilesh

    February 8, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Friend,
    I am searching for a 14″ slickest laptop with 1 TB hard disk and i3 (4th generation) processor.
    I am carrying a 15.4″ laptop weighing around 2.7 kg which is too heavy and suffering from severe back pain as I carry back-pack.
    Since, I am using 15.4″ to show presentation to my client in pdf. I am not able to even imagine to use 13″ so pls advice me 14″ lightest lappy with 4/8GB RAM and 1 TB hard disk.

  37. Stephanie

    February 22, 2016 at 4:32 am

    I’m looking for a 15″ 2 in 1 (because I need a number pad) that uses a digital pen. Help me find my magical unicorn? Preferably under $1k..

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 22, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      The Acer R7 2nd gen should is a 15-incher that supports active pens from what I know and there are no other options coming to mind right now. You’d have more options if you could go for a 14-incher.

  38. Dan

    March 1, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Hi Andrei,
    Great article. I’m currently seeking a 2 in 1 that will have basic uses as a laptop (word docs, mail, internet) and be used a tablet to watch movies on the go….so screen resolution is pretty important. I’m hoping to grab a bargain around $500. Any help would be great!

  39. Dania

    March 3, 2016 at 5:46 am


    I would like to seek your advice, as I’m in the market for a laptop or 2 in 1 device. I’m hoping to use it for programming, as I hope to teach myself Python,.Net, big data and SQL work. I’d also be able to use it to watch movies and surf the Net. It would be great if it travels well. I’m looking to stay within the $1K price range. Could you please give me your wise recommendations? Thanks in advance!

  40. David

    March 4, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Is the Samsung ATIV 9 Spin not good enough to be on this list?

    • Andrei Girbea

      March 4, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      It is, will be added in the next major update.

      • David

        March 9, 2016 at 5:16 pm

        Thanks for the reply

  41. Eddie

    March 11, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for this informative review……I was wondering how these ultrabooks stood up to something like the Dell XPS 13. Yes, I know the XPS is a bit pricy, the one i’m looking at being almost $1400(base) but I’m drawn to the durability and performance i have gotten in years past from my original Dell XPS M1330. It now being time for an upgrade, i’m trying to find something I know I’ll love…..Thanks for your help

    • Andrei Girbea

      March 13, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      The XPS 13 9550 is one of my favorite ultraportables, but it’s not a 2-in-1, hence not in this list.

  42. Ghada Akl

    March 21, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    I am totally confused between buying asus t300 chi and hp PAV X2 ,12 inch , they are avialable wirh the same price , also which is better according to the cooling system ?? I wish you would help me

  43. Emma-louise

    May 3, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Awesome article, well done. I couldnt find any others with comparisons and advice with such detailed yet easy to understand info about specs and overall performance within different budget ranges.

    Now i had the HP X360 convertible touch which i loved at first.but it often had problems freezing,lag etc when going from laptop to tablet and wouldnt let you type most of the time in tent mode. Overheated and went flat quite quickly and never worked properly again once i installed the windows 10 upgrade that came free with it after owning it for 3 weeks.HP advised i remove it saying it wasn’t really compatible which sucked as it was brand new but already outdated.just like the dell laptop i bought with Vista, that was no longer used anywhere just a few months later and became useless after windows 8 was put on it.

    So i don’t want to stuff up again!
    All i want to do is run itunes ro backup my phone and play music on. Save all my photos.And the number one reason; play flasgonline pokies that wont run on my samsung note 3 that is my real computer lol.

    What cheap 2 in 1 would be best and better than the HP was that can do all that. Im considering surface 3 ($650) Asus ($399) Lenovo yoga and flip i think ($400 and $500) in stores. Could you please advise quickest and best graphics for playing simple online browser flash games. Battery,weight etc are not important.thanks heaps!

  44. Krystle Phillips

    May 14, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    I don’t know how to begin.
    I am trying to declutter and use one device…so I am eliminating my desktop..kindle everything.

    I want a 2 in 1 device preferably under $900 with minimum 4gb ram. Screen size isn’t a major thing for me but storage is so I want a device with a lot of storage or upgradable storage.

    This unit will be used for business…school and personal.

    What do you recommend?


  45. Devang Gada

    May 16, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Hey Andrei..

    First of all, thanks so much for doing what you are doing.
    For a layman like me, the info on your site is just too gr8 – simple to understand and complete.

    Can you help me narrow down on options for a laptop I need to buy? My usage is very simple – excel, word and power point mostly. No gaming at all. Negligible multimedia.

    My number one requirement is a light weight laptop as I have to carry it around a lot.

    – Weight 1 kg or thereabouts
    – Storage atleast 512 MB (as this will have all my data and my current laptop already has 170 MB), preferably in SSD but not a must
    – 8 gb ram
    – usb 3.0 (read about thunderbolt and that seems a good option but not a must)
    – dvd +/- rw
    – touchscreen

    Am flexible with rest of the specs:
    – the bigger screen size the better
    – cheaper the better (preferably about US800)
    – 1920*1080 preferred

    Thanks in anticipation.

  46. Angie

    May 19, 2016 at 5:49 am

    I’m looking to buy a 2 in 1 laptop. I will be using it for work. I travel each week, so I’m looking at the 2in1 so it’s easy to use on the airplane,etc. I’d like it to be sturdy and portable since I’ll be in and out of airports…however when I’m at a location for the day, I would like it to serve as a regular laptop. I need something with a fast performance speed. I will mostly be using it for webpages along with word/excel and email. I recently bought a Lenovo laptop. I’m not sure the model, but it was about $430. I’ve had many issues with it and it’s just not as fast as I need it to be, so I’m looking for a better overall computer. It’s also made me slightly skeptical of Lenovo. I’d like to stay under $1,000 if possible. I Don’t want a huge screen but also not super small. Based on your reviews, the model that I flagged was HP spectre. Also, what is the difference in the skylake processor and i5/7. Which is better?
    What model would you suggest as far as the 2-1 laptop?

  47. Audrey

    July 3, 2016 at 2:58 am

    Hi Andrei!

    I’ve had the dilemma of which laptop to buy for a week now and I would like to ask for your help.

    I would like a 2-in-1 hybrid (the one that flips, not the detachable one) laptop that can do:

    – multitasking with 3-5 programs running
    – Design Software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign
    – Video Editing software like Sony Vegas Pro
    – not so heavy gaming like CS:GO, Dota 2, LoL, Tree of Savior, Left4Dead, Bioshock, etc.

    and most importantly,

    – can support or has built-in Wacom (or with similar quality) pens

    Does the laptop I’m looking for exist?
    Thank you very much and I hope for your reply soon.


    • Andrei Girbea

      July 3, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      Hi, do you also have a screen-size and budget in mind?

      • Audrey

        July 5, 2016 at 9:01 am

        My budget range is $850 – $1,000. But if the laptop I’m looking for is beyond that price range, I might make an exception.

        As for the screen size, I would like something compact but at the same time big enough for gaming and editing, so 13″ would be ideal for me.

        Thanks for replying!


      • Jade

        October 23, 2016 at 3:54 am

        Hi Andrei,

        This is an excellent article- thank you for investing your time and research! I have bookmarked this for future reference.

        I am in the same boat as Audrey and looking for a 2-in-1 hybrid that can withstand multiple graphics programs open at once. I also hope to invest in a desktop computer for more power, but right now a portable workstation is my number 1 priority. Any advice for someone like me who is new to researching good design computers? Completely open to any screen size, ideally around 14 inches. I am OK with a $2,000 USD budget, as long as it has power and speed, but of course finding something similar for less money is always nice.

        I have researched best options for touch-screen laptops/tablets, and it looks like anything with Wacom digitizer (and pen) is best. Thoughts?

  48. Alex

    July 23, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks Andrei for your article,

    I am torn between Dell Inspiron 15 7558 15″ and Lenovo Flex 3 15″. They are both at the same price here in Kenya, both have Intel Pentium Processor, 4 GB Ram, 500 GB Harddisk storage, 15.6″ screen size with 1920*1080 resolution.

    Kindly advice me of the overall best among this two in terms of screen brightness, form factor, battery life, keyboard and overall performance. Their prices are the same.


  49. Joe

    August 31, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    if only the Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 had a 4k option… everything else about that 2-in-1 would work perfect for my web development…
    Maybe they’ll release another version closer to the holiday.

  50. Barry Thompson

    September 24, 2016 at 9:21 am

    I am looking to buy a detachable laptop around 11 inches screen size mainly for web-browsing, word and powerpoint. I want to be able to take the screen off and write over it for presentations with a stylus. I never use it for gaming nor for anything requiring amazing graphics. I can go upto around £500-£600.

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