What is a 2 in 1 laptop?
Get the best of a tablet and a laptop with a 2 in 1 device – what’s more they’re great with Windows 10. Find out more…
Do I need a laptop and a tablet?
Laptops are great for essays, prepping presentations and writing emails. Tablets are built for Netflix, online shopping and scrolling through Facebook. Get the best of both worlds with a 2 in 1.
What is a 2 in 1 laptop?
One device that functions as both a laptop and a tablet. Some look like traditional laptops, others are designed like a tablet. 2 in 1s are ideal for Windows 10, which is built for touchscreen controls as well as the mouse and keyboard.
Creative, student, or working professional? Discover which 2 in 1 is right for you with our guide
Here’s what to look for when buying a 2 in 1…
Get the right design – hinged or detachable?
Whether you opt for a 2 in 1 that’s primarily a laptop or vice-versa depends on how you plan to use it.
Desk-based types – laptop first
If you’re using your device primarily as a laptop, and will often be working at a desk – writing emails, working on reports and spreadsheets, the laptop design will suit you best.
The Lenovo Yoga was the first laptop-style 2 in 1. It looks and feels like a premium laptop, but push the screen backwards on its hinge and it becomes a tablet resting flat against the back of the keyboard.
Always on the go – tablet first
If you’re always on your smartphone, going from meeting to meeting or class to class, picking up emails and everything else in-between, the tablet design will be the best fit.
The Microsoft Surface Pro is the original tablet that can replace your laptop. It’s a tablet with the specs of a powerful PC squeezed inside. When you want to use it like a laptop, simply attach the magnetic keyboard (sold separately).
How much power do you need?
Do you plan on using your 2 in 1 for web browsing, social media and word processing? Or do you need enough oomph for demanding creative and business software? The most important things to consider are:
- Processor: Basic users, digital-savvy multitaskers and serious creatives all require different levels of processing power. Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 – which is right for me?
- SSD (solid state drive): The easiest way to make your laptop faster, SSD replaces noisy and slow hard drives to boot your machine and launch apps in seconds.
Many premium 2 in 1s have Intel Core i5 processing and SSD storage. But don’t buy more laptop than you need – if you’re only a casual user, save money with the lower-powered Lenovo MIIX 310.
Will you be watching Netflix or delivering presentations?
Watching movies and TV shows on your laptop is great – but clicking the mouse and using the keyboard is hardly relaxing. Using your fingertips to slide through screens is much smoother.
The same can be said for when you’re taking people through a PowerPoint presentation or your creative portfolio. Touchscreens make everything effortless.
The HP Spectre X360 has a Full HD screen so Stranger Things or your sales figures will look pin-sharp.
Super powerful Intel Core i7 means Adobe design software will run smoothly. While Bang & Olufsen tuned speakers will help you get lost in Netflix.