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3 of this year’s best convertible laptop models

3 of this year’s best convertible laptop models

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Two-in-ones — also called convertible laptops — were once more expensive than their clamshell laptop counterparts, but they’ve come down quite a bit in price. Premium models tend to start around $1,000 and typically come with features that a traditional laptop doesn’t have, such as active pen support and a touchscreen. But the feature gap between these and models from major computer brands is now much smaller, with some starting at less than $500.

While most two-in-ones have 360-degree hinges where the keyboard rotates around to the back of the display, some are equipped with a detachable keyboard and tablet mode on this list. A touchscreen hybrid laptop with a keyboard dock is more tablet PC than laptop, though. That said, they’re still good in laptop mode, and with that we offer three of CNET’s top picks in the convertible laptop space. 

Overall favorite

HP Envy x360 13


HP Envy x360 13

The HP Envy x360 13 is a great pick for an older high-school or college student or anyone looking for the best two-in-one laptop that’s small, stylish and easy to travel with. It’s light at just less than 3 pounds and its battery life is long despite the size. It’s also available with a choice of AMD Ryzen 5-4500U or Intel 11th-gen Core processors. Essentially, you’re getting a speedy little two-in-one that’s ready for working from home or remote learning, but is also ready for your backpack.

3:2 display

Acer Spin 5


Acer Spin 5

Co-engineered with Intel as part of its Project Athena program, the Acer Spin 5 features an Intel Core i7 processor and backlit keyboard fingerprint reader. The Spin 5’s updated design improves its mobility, but also adds a bright 2,256x1,504-pixel resolution, 13.5-inch touchscreen. The 3:2 screen ratio gives you much more vertical space and, since it’s roughly the size of a sheet of paper, it’s more comfortable to use for note-taking and sketching with the included active pen.

More screen

Lenovo Yoga 9i


Lenovo Yoga 9i

Whether you go with the 14- or 15.6-inch touch screen Yoga 9i model, you’re getting the best features Lenovo offers in a consumer two-in-one. That includes things like a 4K UHD HDR display; speakers that you’ll actually want to use; Thunderbolt 4 for power (on the 14-inch), speedy data transfers and external display support; faster integrated graphics and the option for discrete graphics on the 15.6-inch; and an included active pen stored in the laptop. And this convertible PC is still wrapped up in a sturdy but lightweight metal body that can be used in laptop or tablet mode.


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