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Best 2-in-1 laptops

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A 2-in-1 laptop combines the computing power and form of a laptop with the lightweight portability of a tablet. They’re a great choice for students, artists, and anyone who needs to work outside of a traditional office. Having a keyboard that folds back means that you can easily sketch or take hand-written notes on the touchscreen. Here’s our collection of the best 2-in-1 laptops that provide portable computing power. 

Best overall

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ASUS Chromebook Flip C302

Cloud storage included

This option from ASUS includes Chrome OS and 12 months of access to Google One with 100GB of cloud storage. It is powered by an Intel Core m5 and boasts 8GB of RAM, so you can easily handle any daily task. The screen is 12.5-inches, it has a 10-hour battery, and the entire unit only weighs 2.65 lbs. 

Best for artists

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Acer Spin 3

A powered stylus is included

If you want to create art, but still have access to common computer functions, consider this option from Acer. It has a fast Core i7-8565U (4.65 GHz)  processor, as well as 16 GB of DDR4 RAM. The drawing/viewing surface is a crisp 14-inch, LED-backlit ISP touchscreen. You’ll have plenty of room for your creations with the 512GB PCIe NVMe drive, and you can store the included Active Stylus inside the built-in dock.  

High performance

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HP Envy X360

Tackle any task or game

HP has included an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U and an AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 GPU in this model, which can run Windows 10 Home, apps, and games with ease. You’ll also have a 256GM PCIe SSD, with 8GB DDR4, along with a built-in SD card reader, making this the perfect choice for the avid photographer. When working in low-light settings, you’ll appreciate the backlit keyboard, and vibrant 15.6-inch IPS WLED touchscreen. 

Budget pick

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Lenovo Chromebook C330

Big value in a small package

This second Chrome OS option offers a 4-in-1 media card reader, 802.11ac wireless, 64 GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM. The touchscreen is 11.6-inches and LED-lit, helping your battery last up to 10 hours. When closed, this 2-in-1 is only 0.8-inches thick, easily fitting in your bag or briefcase.  

Fold it up

Whether you’re writing notes, drawing diagrams, or sketching your next piece of art, a 2-in-1 is your best option for computing on-the-go. We think the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 is the best option for most people. The screen is not too small or big, so you won’t struggle to fit it into your bag when you’re going mobile. It offers great performance while weighing less than 3 lbs.

When creativity strikes, having a regular laptop may prevent you from fully expressing your ideas. For artists, or anyone thinking about becoming one, we recommend the Acer Spin 3. This model comes with its own stylus, the largest amount of RAM (16 GB), and the largest amount of built-in storage (512GB). The spacious drive and SD card reader also makes it a great choice for photographers.