avatarby Leon HitchensOctober 5, 20161 comments

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Conventional laptops have gotten thinner since the Macbook Air, and at the same time, tablets have gotten more capable and powerful. The two have collided in recent years in convertible laptops like can quickly flip from being a laptop to a tablet. The tablets aren’t just tablets anymore either. They’re more like laptops with touch covers, digital pens, and kickstands to mimic a laptop.

Not all convertible tablets and laptops are created equal with many having glaring issues or cutting corners. Luckily, we’re here to help you navigate the water with our recap of the best convertible laptops and tablets available today – does your favorite make it onto our list?

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

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The Surface Pro kick-started an industry trend of making tablets a little more powerful and convenient to use with keyboard covers. The Surface Pro 4 is the latest iteration of the Surface which has refined the design and features of the convertible tablet. The device doesn’t cut any corners with an Intel Core i5 processor capable of handling web browsing, multitasking, and more taxing apps like Photoshop. Its performance allows you to use the digital pen without any hiccups while your drawing or taking notes.

The 12.3 inch 2736 x 1824 display will look great whether you’re working on drawing, editing photos, or surfing the web.  The built-in kickstand is more adjustable and gives you more viewing angles when you’re using the device in your daily tasks. The downside to the Surface is because there’s a kickstand it doesn’t sit well in your lap. The keyboard cover is sold separately, and can add up to $150. The Surface claims 10 hours of battery life, which can get you through the whole day without thinking about carrying the charger around. Overall, though, the Surface is a great device for working on the go whether you’re editing photos or creating word documents.

Specs:

  • Storage: 128GB SSD
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Screen size: 12.3 inches 2736 x 1824
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5
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Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

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The thin and light Galaxy TabPro S won’t weigh you down, and will let you work anywhere whether you want a tablet or a laptop. The device comes with a keyboard case cover that’s more of a stand versus how the Surface has the kickstand built into the tablet. The device feels more like a tablet with the ability to have a keyboard case quickly added on, but it doesn’t mean the tablet isn’t powerful. Inside is an Intel Core M3 processor capable of multitasking, have multiple windows open, and surf the web. The processor also conserves battery allowing the device last for up to 10.5 hours. This lets you edit documents, play games, surf the web without worrying about the device dying. The 12 inch 2160×1440 AMOLED looks great whether you’re editing those documents or playing games, and is perfect for watching videos while on the go.

The 128GB SSD may be a little limiting for storing files and photos, but when combined with cloud storage you shouldn’t run out of the room. The device is more of a tablet than anything, but can still convert to be a laptop with the keyboard cover. It’s perfect for moving around town or using to take notes while in class.

Specs:

  • Storage: 128GB SSD
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Screen size: 12 inch 2160×1440
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core M3
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Huawei Matebook

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The Huawei Matebook is a premium tablet that’s powerful, light, and has it’s own unique style. The device has a fingerprint reader near the power button so you can easily unlock your tablet while on the go or you can transform the device into a laptop with the keyboard cover. Either way, you want to use the device, you’ll have a beautiful and efficient machine. The Intel Core M3 processor lets you surf the web, have multiple windows open, and all the while it only sips on the battery so you can get hours of use off one charge. The 12 inch 2160×1440 screen is perfect for watching a video, surfing the web, or editing a word document.

The 128GB SSD can be limiting on space, but you can use cloud storage to help keep your tablet from filling up. There is also other models with up to 512GB of internal storage. Huawei focuses a lot of the style and look of the device because you’re going to be on the move with a 2-in-1 like this. Huawei also offers a digital pen perfect for drawing or jotting down notes, but the pen also doubles as a remote presentation button. Overall, the Matebook is ideal for a business man or woman focused on style and productivity.

Specs:

  • Storage: 128GB SSD
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Screen size: 12 inch 2160×1440
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core M3
  • Recommended accessory: Huawei MateDock
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Google Pixel C

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The Pixel C is Google’s 2-in-1 laptop and tablet running the latest version of Android Nougat 7.0 now. The Pixel C is more of a tablet, but Google markets the device heavily with a keyboard cover, that is magnetic to hold the device up when it’s connected. The amount of viewing angles with the keyboard being magnetic is greater than using a kickstand with a few preset angles. The problem with the Pixel keyboard like another convertible tablet to laptop devices is the top is heavier than the keyboard, making for a balancing act.

The tablet is a 10.2 inch 2560 x 1800 LCD perfect for gaming, browsing the web, or watching videos. The Nvidia Tegra X1 processor is capable of running everything Android can throw at it from high-quality games to streaming something from YouTube. The processor sips on the battery giving it 10 hours of battery life, so you never have to worry about your device dying while on the go. There is 64GB of internal storage which can be limiting, but with Google Photos and Google Drive you’ll have more than enough space to store everything you’d ever need. Overall, if you want a powerful Android tablet capable of transforming into a productivity device with a keyboard – then the Pixel C is a perfect choice.

Specs:

  • Storage: 64GB SSD
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Screen size: 10.2 inch 2560 x 1800
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra X1
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Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 P20W-C-106

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The Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 is a 2-in-1 that’s more like a laptop than a tablet. The 12.5 4K Ultra HD touchscreen is attached to the keyboard by a 360-degree hinge which lets you revolve the screen from being a laptop into a tablet. The advantage of having the keyboard connected to the screen gives a dozen of viewing angles, and the device isn’t as top heavy. In addition to multiple viewing angles, the high-quality displays perfect for viewing a video, surfing the web, or editing photos. The Intel Core i7 can handle all that and much more from gaming to more graphic intensive apps like Photoshop to video editing.

All the processing power is a battery drain, but at 5.5 hours it more than others with similar specs. The 256GB SSD is more than enough space to store all your files and photos but with cloud storage; you’ll always have more than enough space. Overall, the 2-in-1 is a great performance machine that can double as a tablet. You get the best of both worlds, without having issues with the kickstand.

Specs:

  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Screen size: 12.5″ 4K Ultra HD
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7
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Chromebook Pixel

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The Chromebook Pixel is a premium Chromebook made by Google. The laptop is a minimal gray design with no branding besides a small line of colors. There is a hefty price for the Chromebook, but the device is quick and can handle anything you need to do inside Chrome. The 12.85 inch 2560×1700 display looks great when you’re watching videos or surfing the web. It size of the laptop makes it ultraportable, only weighing 3.4 pounds. This lets you slide the laptop in and out of bags without much trouble.

The 32GB SSD is a small amount of space, but being a Chromebook, you’ll do most of your file storage on the web. The internal storage will most be used for storing data offline or downloading a few extra files here and there. The Intel Core i5 processor will run Chrome OS smoothly, and will let you multitask without any hiccups. The processor may be overpowered for a Chromebook, but it gets the job done. All-in-all, the Chromebook Pixel is perfect for anyone who does most of their work in the browser and who wants something beautiful, but still powerful.

Specs:

  • Storage: 32GB SSD
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Screen size: 12.85 inch 2560×1700
  • Operating System: Chrome OS
  • Processor: Intel Core i5
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Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA

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The Asus Transformer is a 2-in-1 laptop on a budget. Just because of the low price doesn’t mean the device cut corners. The laptop has a premium feel with its brushed metal finish and great 11.6 1266 x 768 touchscreen. The screen lets you snap windows next to each other or have multiple apps open without feeling too cramped. The Intel Celeron processor will let you surf the web, multitask, and have multiple windows open without missing a beat.

The internal 32GB SSD is limiting on space, but if you use cloud storage, you won’t fill up the limited space. The keyboard and screen are attached too, making the 2-in-1 feel more like a laptop than a tablet, which means no kickstands or trouble with a top heavy device. All-in-all, the transformer is a great convertible device on a budget.

Specs:

  • Storage: 32GB SSD
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Screen size: 11.6 inch 1366 x 768
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Celeron N3050
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Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch

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The iPad Pro is a souped-up iPad, with a larger screen and when paired with a keyboard cover it’s a productivity workhorse. The keyboard for the iPad lets the iPad lean against the little kickstand so you can type away on a word document or just as you search the web. The iPad also has a digital pen that’s great for drawing or taking notes and feels like you’re using a real pencil instead of a digital one. Both the keyboard and pen are sold separately which can quickly add to the cost of the iPad, which already cost a hefty amount. The iPad runs the latest version of iOS which gives you access to thousands of apps designed just for the larger 9.7-inch screen, but also the millions of other apps in the App Store.

The tablet uses the A9X processor, which is powerful and efficient when it comes to the battery. You’ll be able to play games, surf the web, and multitask smoothly and without any issues. With Apple building the software and hardware they’re able to uniquely optimize the OS much like Google’s able to do with their Pixel C so that the iPad will run smoothly and without any hiccups. The 32GB SSD is small, but if you’re using iCloud to store most your files and photos you won’t run low on space, but you could also always splurge for a larger storage space.  All-in-all, if you use a lot of apps on iOS and love your iPhone and Mac the iPad Pro would be a great fit for your next tablet.

Specs:

  • Storage: 32GB SSD
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Screen size: 9.7 inch 2048 x 1536
  • Operating System: iOS
  • Processor: A9X
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Microsoft Surface Book

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The Surface Book is a spawn of the Surface Pro tablet/laptop combo, which has a 360-degree hinge to move from laptop to tablet. The Surface Book revolves around the same idea of the Surface Pro with the ability to use the pen to draw or take notes. The hinge on the device is unique as it spans the full body, unlike other 2-in-1’s which have two hinges that might break or bend. The other upside is you don’t have a kickstand to worry about which viewing angle you need, nor is the device top heavy like most tablet/laptop combos. The screen can still come off and be used as a tablet if you’d choose.

The 13.5 inch 3000 x 2000 display looks great when you’re watching videos, surfing the web, or drawing on with the pen. The Intel Core i5 is powerful enough to multitask but also use apps like Photoshop and do light gaming. The laptop claims 12 hours of battery life which is more than sufficient to get you through a whole day without worrying about where you’re going to charge next. Overall, the Surface Book is the answer to all the gripes users had with the Surface Pro. It’s a powerful 2-in-1 that the best of both worlds.

Specs:

  • Storage: 128GB SSD
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Screen Size: 13.5-inch 3000 x 2000
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5
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Lenovo Yoga 900

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The Lenovo Yoga 900 is a premium 2-in-1 convertible laptop with a similar full body hinge as the Surface Book. The Lenovo has a non-detachable screen making the device more of a laptop than a tablet. The 13.3 inch 3200 x 1800 QHD+ display is ideal for viewing the video, editing photos, or surfing the web. The size of the screen lets you easily snap windows side by side, but also doesn’t make the laptop too big to slide in and out of a back or purse. And with the device only weighing 2.8 pounds, it’s a fit for a mobile lifestyle.

Being a slim and light 2-in-1 doesn’t mean it lacks in the performance of other devices. The Intel Core i7 allows for photo editing, video edit, and gaming without any issues or hiccups. The performance doesn’t affect battery life with up to 8 hours of battery between charges. The 256GB SSD is more than enough space to store all your files and photos. All-in-all, the Yoga 900 is a premium feeling thin and light performance machine great for using while on the go or just around the house.

Specs:

  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Screen size: 13.3 inch 3200 x 1800 QHD+
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7
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Wrap up

In the end, the best convertible laptops have long battery life and are performance machines that could be used as a daily drive. The tablets that made the cut are more like laptops with keyboard covers, digital pens, and are performance machines. These devices are the way of the future that Microsoft first imaged with Windows 8 and later the Surface Pro. Now more machines are getting thinner, adding touch screens, and trying to market towards prosumers and creative artist. There are hundreds of convertible laptops and tablets available today, and while they’re not all great, they are a few shining gems in the bunch.

If you think you have a convertible laptop or tablet, that would have made the list tell us in the comments below! Also, tell us in the comments below if you’re going to pick up any of these devices for your next main driver.

  • Simon Nylén

    Surface Pro 4 _shows picture of surface pro 3_