What is a 2 in 1 laptop?
Well, it’s quite simply one device that functions as both a laptop and a tablet. While some look like traditional laptops, others are designed like a tablet. This type of computer is 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
Why get a 2 in 1 laptop?
In laptop mode you can write essays, prep presentations and compose emails. In tablet mode, watch Netflix, shop online and scroll through Facebook. It’s the best of both worlds.
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.
For desk-based activities– laptop first
If you mostly work at a desk writing emails and working on reports and spreadsheets, a hinged laptop design will suit you best.The Lenovo Yoga 530 looks and feels like a premium laptop but push the screen backwards on its hinge and it becomes a tablet that you can lie flat or stand up. It’ll power through your work with the latest 8th Gen Intel Core processor.
And when you’re watching movies in your downtime, you’ll see every action in crisp detail on the wide-angle Full HD display.
Always on the go – tablet first
If you’re busy, busy, busy, dashing from meeting to meeting or class to class, picking up emails and everything else in between, a detachable tablet design will be the best fit.
The Microsoft Surface Pro is a tablet with the specs of a powerful PC squeezed inside. The Quad HD display makes every document, image and video pop off the screen. 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 basic 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, i7 or i9 – what's the difference?
- 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 Google Pixelbook 2 in 1 Chromebook.
Will you be watching Netflix or delivering presentations?
Settling back to watch a movie or your favourite TV show on your laptop is great, but you can’t truly relax when you’re clicking the mouse and tapping on the keyboard. 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 latest HP Spectre x360 has a 4K Ultra HD screen so Stranger Things or your sales figures will look pin-sharp.
The 8th Gen Intel Core processor means Adobe design software will run smoothly, while rich audio courtesy of Bang & Olufsen tuned speakers will help you get lost in Netflix.
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