People value flexibility, and that preference definitely extends to their devices. That’s why two-in-one laptops have been having a moment, and why this particular technology is growing and becoming more and more sophisticated. The best two-in-one laptops help you do more than a traditional laptop without a significant increase in size, weight or price. They’re typically designed for mobility and productivity (you wouldn’t want to use one as a gaming laptop, for example), and there’s a lot to like about them. Laptop mode lets you get work done, while tablet mode lets you binge-watch Netflix or even doodle and take notes, since many are pen-enabled.
Most of the best two-in-ones are convertible laptops, with 360-degree hinges where the keyboard and trackpad rotate around to the back of the display. They likely come with a Windows or Chrome operating system. There are some excellent two-in-one laptops that are essentially Windows 10 or Chrome OS tablets with a detachable keyboard. They work better as tablets, but are still good in laptop mode, and we’ve included models like Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8 and the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook. Both styles of two-in-one feature touchscreens and typically support pen input. Most also include a headphone jack and backlit keyboard.