What is a PC laptop 2-in-1 ?.
Although they have existed for some time, these computers vary greatly and have different names : “convertibles”, “hybrid”, “2-in-1”. They mean all the same thing, a device that tries to be both a laptop and a tablet.
See our buying advice to learn what criteria to look at before acquiring a laptop pc, 2‑in‑1 laptop.
1. iPad Pro 11 inch (2018) .
The iPad Pro, 11-inch is the best Pro to date, and probably the best iPad ever, but it comes at a price.. And, unless you truly need the features offered by its amazing keyboard and its screen at 120 Hz, the iPad standard quite well.
This iPad is equipped with a facial recognition of a quality, stunning design, a powerful battery and an Apple Pencil better than ever. With iPadOS (expected in September), this Apple tablet will be a tool of work and leisure must.
2. Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) .
The Surface Pro 2017 remains a superb 2-in-1, despite the new Pro-6. It perfectly combines design and performance. The screen is remarkable and its speakers are of good ilk. However, it is very expensive, especially if you add the cost of the pen and the keyboard..
3. HP Spectre x360 13 (2018) .
The HP Spectre x360-13 is powerful thanks to its amazing Intel 8th-generation. Its main feature is its touch screen in 4K (3840 x 2160 pxl native), net, colorful, and with superb contrast.
If you want a quality screen then this hybrid is the one you need, however if a battery endurance is your main criterion then we can only advise you the Lenovo Yoga 920.
4. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 .
The XPS 15 is a 2-in-1, that is the winning combination of Intel processor and the graphics chip AMD, but also keyboard MagLev. This marriage offers one of the best power/size that we’ve seen on a laptop especially on a model that can be used as a tablet.
Unfortunately, the MagLev is rather a compromise figure, the result is similar to the keyboard butterfly’s controversial Apple, it is far from the keyboard without the fault of the XPS 13 from Dell.
This Dell XPS lends itself very well to the players and the creative.
5. Lenovo Yoga 530 .
The tested model (AMD processor Ryzen 7 2700U) is difficult to recommend. In fact, at this price, we expect a better construction, a better display technology and a better battery.
However, the Yoga 530 is a hybrid solid if you opt for one of the other configurations.
Buying Guide PC 2‑in‑1.
A tablet or laptop ?.
Inevitably, there are compromises with this kind of devices. Some of them are, first and foremost, designed as portable computers, while others are in the first place, a tablet. Your choice depends on your priority and how you plan to use it.
Do you want mainly a laptop with which to work regularly and sometimes transform it to a tablet ? Or do you want a tablet that can be used as a computer ?
A design notebook.
A hybrid laptop will typically have a screen, non-removable, which can turn 360 degrees to convert into tablet. This design also means that you can maintain in the modes “tent” and “presentation”.
The range Yoga of Lenovo is probably best known for its convertible and has inspired many competitors.
The Microsoft Surface Book also puts emphasis on the laptop, but it has a screen removable.
A design of tablet.
The convertible tablets are more similar to tablets that are common, however they either have a keyboard that attaches magnetically, is a case of fantasy so that they have an air of laptops.
Moreover, some models are equipped with a keyboard that can connect via Bluetooth, like the Microsoft Surface Pro, the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S and the Huawei MateBook.
There are also hybrids, which run on Windows, but that incorporate the Snapdragon 835 from Qualcomm, a processor that is normally found on smartphones. Two of them, the HP Envy x2 and the Lenovo Miix 630 were the first tablets to be equipped with.
What are the technical specifications for a PC 2‑in‑1 ?.
The “requirements” or expectations for a convertible are the same as for a laptop, and a tablet lambda.
You want to get the best technical characteristics (processor, amount of memory, storage, a good quality screen..) while respecting a budget.
However, the design will play an important role in your decision. A laptop is bigger and heavier. It is likely to have a battery with long autonomy ; the larger it is the longer the PC is off.
Typing is also more comfortable, and this type of PC is usually equipped with more physical ports (USB, video out..).
Although it is more likely that a tablet convertible has few ports, most of which are installed are smaller than a PC 2-in-1. They also carry much more easily.
The compromise is that to use it as a laptop is often complicated. Have a touch pad can be very handy, even if you can do everything via their touch screen.
What laptop 2-in-1 or what a hybrid tablet choose ?.
If you don’t want to carry both a laptop and a tablet, then a 2‑in‑1 could be the solution.
This means a few concessions, and few are the models that offer the best of both worlds..
The Surface Book presents probably the least compromise, from the fact that it is very expensive. In fact, if you buy a laptop and a tablet separately, you still have the euros, unlike the purchase of a two-in-one.
If any of the proceeds from this comparison do you like then please do not hesitate to consult our buying guides best laptops and best tablets.
Although they were many to work on Windows 10 (which is logical), this comparison can include alternative operating systems such as Android. Finally, there are the iPad Pro, which will be a legitimate option for those who are used to macOS and/or iOS.
The iPad Pro may not be a 2-in-1 self-evident, but the Smart Keyboard (and many other options), making him a machine surprisingly functional. Add the Apple Pencil and applications such as Adobe Lightroom, you could get the portable tool ideal.