Looking for a laptop that can double up as a tablet? Look no further than these 2-in-1 laptops from Apple, Microsoft, Asus, Samsung and more
The 2-in-1 laptop market gets more crowded all the time – or should that be the 2-in-1 tablet market? Either way, unless you've got your eye on an exact product, it can be tough to know which to go for when you start looking for a new computer.
Are you hoping to bag a portable machine that's perfect for writing on? Or perhaps a lightweight one that's ideal for watching movies and TV in bed?
Tablets and laptops have often felt like they've had a divide between them – one being for practical concerns and work, and the other for more lighthearted recreation and play. The good news is that those days are increasingly looking over.
There are now loads of brilliant devices that marry the best of both worlds, giving you fully rotating or detaching touchscreens so that you can watch movies or play games however you like, while their keyboards also mean that you can get work done, whether that's emailing, writing or whatever else you need to do.
We've rounded up some of the very best options on the market for you to have a look at – you might just find your next computer right here.
It’s on the pricey side, but if you want the best of the best, look no further.
The Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Pro 360 is ultra-premium throughout. It's portable and slim, with a sizable 16-inch display and plenty of power, owing to its 13th Gen Intel processor.
A cracking set of speakers and a 2K dynamic OLED panel make this a delight for media consumption, and it's pretty great for creation, too. The 360 hinge and S Pen support are an excellent combination for Photoshop work and the like.
It's a pricey option, but with such superb build quality, excellent performance and premium looks, it's worth the outlay for many people.
It’s a tablet, but the iPad Air sings when paired with a trackpad and keyboard.
The fifth-gen iPad Air, for all its impressive power and wonderfully slim design, is technically just a tablet, not a 2-in-1. Add Apple's Magic Keyboard to the mix, though, or a cheaper third-party option, and you'll have a superb productivity device, too.
You get trackpad support and a full typing experience, making it an excellent pick for most people, especially if you're keener on the tablet end of things than the laptop side. If you want to watch movies and check the web, it doesn't get much better.
The Surface Pro 9 is a versatile 2-in-1, offering 12th-gen Intel performance, great accessories and long battery life in a sturdy chassis.
Microsoft is the originator of the Windows-based detachable two-in-one, and its ninth-generation device is the best to date. It combines the power of Intel's 12th Gen processors, with the versatile design that we know and love from previous generations.
If you want all the power and flexibility that the Windows 11 operating system provides, but with the flexibility and portability of a tablet, this could be the one for you.
You'll just need to keep in mind that the keyboard cover and stylus are sold as optional extras, so the full package can get a little pricey. Still, if flexibility is what you need, the cost is well worth it.
The latest XPS 13 2-in-1 takes a Microsoft Surface-inspired approach with a detachable tablet display, stylus and folio keyboard case.
.The latest Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 takes a lot of inspiration from Microsoft's Surface Pro models, and what it offers is very similar across the board. You do get slimmer and more symmetrical bezels on the display, and you get an excellent folio keyboard with Dell's Zero-lattice design (sold separately.)
The design features more squared-off edges, which we think looks great, but it can be slightly less comfortable in the hand. It's hard to say which is better, as it's all down to personal preference.
Where the Dell XPS 13-2-in-1 really shines is in its value for money. It's considerably cheaper if you opt for comparable specs to the Surface Pro 9, and that, in itself, means that it'll be the obvious choice for a lot of people.
All the flexibility of a Microsoft Surface device, souped-up with game-ready power and cyberpunk styling.
If you love the idea of a 2-in-1 device, but don't want to give up the ability to run graphically intensive games, the Asus ROG Flow Z13 could be a perfect choice.
It essentially works like a Microsoft Surface Pro device, in that it's a Windows-based tablet with a detachable keyboard cover and integrated kickstand. However, with the Asus option, you get a dedicated graphics card, an amped-up cooling solution and, of course, RGB lighting.
If you need more power still, you can plug it into the XG Mobile Dock, which gives you an RTX 4090 graphics card and the ability to connect to external displays and peripherals. The powerful dock is a significant investment, though.
We've spent lots of time testing each and every 2-in-1 laptop on this list, using them for everything from entertainment to work, both in tablet mode and as a laptop. We consider as many factors as possible before adding a recommendation to our list, with the ultimate goal of helping our readers make an informed purchase.
We look at the design and build quality, screen clarity, audio performance and computing power, as well as considering the pricing and value for money. There are so many 2-in-1 devices on the market that it's impossible to cover them all, but we try to include options at a range of budgets and with a variety of users in mind.
There are a lot of convertible laptops and tablets out there – these questions could help you figure out which is best for you.
While you're obviously shopping for a hybrid device, we think it's worth working out which function you think you'll use more – the tablet side or the laptop side. This can help you to work out your priorities when it comes to the quality of a device's trackpad or keyboard, or indeed how thin and light it is when it's in tablet mode.
As mentioned, if you want to work on the device you pick then you'll probably be interested to confirm that it has a good keyboard for typing. If you write a lot of emails or copy, then something like the Surface Pro's keyboard attachment might not be quite as comfortable in the long run, compared to a fully integrated keyboard.
Finally, while there are plenty of expensive options that pack in incredible power, some hybrid devices do have more modest specs. It's worth thinking about what programs you use so that you can account for this as you shop. If you do a lot of video editing, for example, you'll want to make sure that the 2-in-1 you have in mind can cope with the more demanding processing tasks that it'll be faced with.
Max is an avid gamer, but writes about whatever is newsworthy, and works across features, reviews, buyer’s guides and more for the site.
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He’s also contributed to Kotaku UK, The Sunday Times, the Press Association and MUNDIAL. When he’s not working, his time is divided worryingly evenly between football, culture and sleeping.