- Reviewed on: 28 March 2018
The new Surface Pro is a superb 2-in-1. It’s beautifully built and performs well. The screen is excellent and even the speakers sound good. However, it’s very expensive, especially when you add the cost of the Type Cover and – if you need one – the Surface Pen.
Few should opt for the base model, and you’ll pay a heck of a lot more for a Core i7. Ultimately, while a fantastic device, it’s hard to recommend the Surface Pro unless money is no object.
Read our Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) review.
- Reviewed on: 30 November 2017
The Lenovo Yoga 920 is an excellent hybrid laptop. It has amazing battery life, great build, good looks, real power and a high-quality screen with a pressure sensitive stylus.
What’s not to like? It’s not great for gaming, and a few similarly slim laptops now have discrete graphics. Display brightness could be higher too and it would be good to see the 4K option come to the UK. However, as that will also come with a higher price we can’t honestly say we’d necessarily recommend it over this model.
Read our Lenovo Yoga 920 review.
- Reviewed on: 23 March 2018
The Surface Book 2 is a stunning piece of work from Microsoft once again. It's a great example of a premium laptop with top-level design, performance and features. We only have a few minor quibbles such as the lack of Thunderbolt.
It might be one of the best laptops you can buy but not everyone should rush out and get one. The price means that it's only justifiable for those who will really make use of its modes, features and performance. For the average Joe, a cheaper rival will suffice such as the Surface Laptop.
Read our Microsoft Surface Book 2 review.
- Reviewed on: 13 October 2017
The Asus ZenBook Flip S is a near-perfect laptop for someone who wants a hybrid that is very thin and very light, without sacrificing productivity power. A year or so ago a laptop like this would probably have used a Core Y/M-series processor, which just isn’t as powerful.
It won’t please those who hate shallow keyboards, or need a laptop that will definitely last through a full day’s grind, though. If that’s what you’re after, consider the HP Spectre x360 or a non-hybrid touchscreen model.
Read our Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370UA review.
- Reviewed on: 6 July 2018
The XPS 15 2-in-1 takes 2017's XPS 15 and crams it into a surprisingly slim convertible form factor with the help of two major innovations: Intel and AMD's collaborative CPU/GPU chips, and Dell's own MagLev keyboard design.
The new chip is a clear-cut winner, packing the power of a standalone GPU into the size of a regular Intel chip, making for one of the best power-to-size ratios we've ever seen in a laptop - especially one that can also flip round to serve as a touchscreen tablet.
Unfortunately the MagLev keyboard is more of a compromise. Using opposing magnets to feel deeper than the 0.7mm travel should allow, the result is similar to Apple's controversial butterfly keys, and a far cry from the flawless keyboard you'll find in Dell's own XPS 13.
Still, the trade-off for space is probably worth it, as this is about as lightweight as you could ever ask a 15in convertible to be (which is to say, still 2kg+), while packing enough power for demanding creative work or even gaming.
Read our Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 review.
- Reviewed on: 18 July 2017
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is undoubtedly a brilliant device and for some could be a laptop replacement, in which case the price would be more easily justified. You'll likely want to splash out on the Smart Keyboard and possibly the Pencil too, so bear in mind that they are optional extras.
Although it's an excellent device, the 10.5-inch iPad will appeal to more people due it's more manageable size and price.
Read our iPad Pro 12.9in review.
- Reviewed on: 8 August 2017
It’s alarming that Lenovo has managed to get quite as close to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 at half the cost here. High-quality build, a good screen, solid performance and a comfortable keyboard mean there’s nothing to let the side down and make the Lenovo Miix 510 seem cheap or compromised.
Not every part is as good as the Surface Pro 4, of course. The Microsoft keyboard is a little stiffer, the screen is much sharper. However, the two laptops have exactly the same functional benefits and the Lenovo Miix 510 is also competitively-priced next to more conventional slim laptops.
The main point to mull over is battery life. At 6.5 hours with light tasks, the Lenovo Miix 510 won’t last all day long. Consider that everything is crammed into a 10mm-thick shell and it’s no great surprise, though.
Read our Lenovo Miix 510 review.
8. Acer Spin 1
- Reviewed on: 19 December 2017
If you want a cheap hybrid and have realistic expectations about performance, you should jump at the Acer Spin 1. It's well-made, is comfortable to type on and has a superb screen for the price.
We would, however, advise getting the 64GB version unless you are planning on installing virtually nothing. A 32GB phone may leave you with plenty of space, but a 32GB Windows 10 laptop certainly does not.
If you're not bothered about the hybrid factor, also consider Acer's great Swift 1, another laptop that gets you a lot for your money.
Read our Acer Spin 1 review.
- Reviewed on: 11 January 2018
The HP Spectre x360 13 is a charming laptop that looks great and has enough power for most productivity jobs, thanks to the use of Intel’s impressive 8th Gen CPUs. Among its peers the main draw is the 4K-as-standard screen.
Not just sharp, it’s colourful and provides excellent contrast.
You need to decide whether you’d prefer to have a super-sharp screen or killer battery life. The Lenovo Yoga 920 lasts hours longer than the HP, and performs better in benchmarks and games with the same CPU (although if this is thanks to the Meltdown vulnerability, the playing field is effectively levelled).
For our use, which would boil down to at least 80% work, we’d likely pick the Yoga 920. However, those who will appreciate the HP’s rich 4K screen may well be swayed in this laptop’s direction.
Read our HP Spectre x360 13 (2018) review.
10. Acer Spin 5
- Reviewed on: 22 June 2018
There's nothing outstanding about the Acer Spin 5 but it's a solid enough option for those looking for a convertible laptop that doesn't break the bank.
The Spin 5 offers a large screen in a metal chassis that isn't too heavy. The screen is the main downfall, but as long as you're not editing photos to a high level it will do.
With good specs and good battery life, it will make a decent versatile travel companion.
Read our Acer Spin 5 review.
Your buying guide to the best 2-in-1 laptops and tablets
What is a 2-in-1 laptop tablet?
Although they've been around for a while, these devices vary quite a lot and are called different things such as 'convertibles', 'hybrids' and '2-in-1s'. They all mean the same thing in essence – a device which is trying to be both a laptop and a tablet.
As we'll explain, there are essentially two different types here and we're going to round up the best of them all in one place.
Tablet or laptop first?
As we said, there is inevitably some compromise with these devices. Typically they will be better at being a laptop or a tablet but some do manage to sit somewhere in the middle.
Some are even designed first and foremost as a laptop, while others are first a tablet, a laptop second. So it depends on your priority as to which type will suit you best.
Which one is right for you depends hugely on what you want to do with it. Do you mainly want a laptop on which to do regular work but can also shapeshift into a tablet for the odd task? Or do you want a tablet which you can also do a bit of typing on when the need arises?
A convertible laptop will usually have a non-removable screen which flips almost 360 degrees in order to change it into a tablet. This style (shown below) also means you can use it in other 'modes' such as tent or display.
Lenovo's Yoga range is possibly the best known convertible laptop and has been the inspiration for many rivals. Microsoft Surface Book is also laptop first, but still has a removable screen.
Meanwhile, a convertible tablet (below) is more like a regular tablet but either has a keyboard which attaches magnetically or a fancy case which creates a laptop-like experience. The keyboard may connect over Bluetooth in some cases.
There's a new wave of devices incoming that run Windows but on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, a processor normally found in smartphones. Two of which, the HP Enxy x2 and Lenovo Miix 630, are tablet first design. Meanwhile, the Asus NovaGo is on the laptop side.
What specs should I look for?
Much of what you need to look for in a convertible laptop / tablet is the same as for a regular laptop and tablet.
You'll want to get the best specifications for your money including the processor, amount of memory and storage plus a good-quality screen. Make sure you read our reviews to find out more, including benchmark results.
The design, though, is going to be a big part of your buying decision and you need to choose a device which fits your needs best. A laptop-first design is likely to be bigger and heavier but is likely to offer longer battery life (there's more space for a bigger battery).
This type should also provide a better typing experience and there's normally more physical ports, including USBs and video outputs.
Although a convertible tablet might not have many physical ports (some still have full-size USB though), they are smaller and lighter than a hybrid laptop making them great for travelling. The trade-off is that using it as a laptop is often fiddly and awkward. Look for one with a clever design and proper keys. A trackpad is also a boon, despite touchscreens, but not all feature one.