Best convertible 2-in-1 notebooks in 2021

Best convertible and 2-in-1 notebooks for 2021

Convertibles and 2-in-1 notebooks are the ideal compromises for anyone looking for a notebook and a tablet, but who doesn’t want to lug around two devices. The display of a convertible can be completely folded down. Thanks to the obligatory touch display, you can easily operate the device by hand in both tablet and notebook mode.

Brief information: The corona pandemic has a negative effect on the availability of many notebooks and thus also on the prices, which makes it difficult to update this purchase advisor within the price categories. We try our best to keep the post updated. However, it can always happen that notebooks are sold out or prices rise in line with demand.

We tested countless convertibles, ultrabooks, and 2-in-1 laptops in 2019 and 2021. In this article, we present current and recommendable convertibles. From cheap to expensive, every device has its strengths and weaknesses. Nevertheless, there is a suitable convertible for every requirement, from students to photographers.

Best convertible 2-in-1 notebooks

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Convertible vs. Ultrabook – What are the differences?

With a convertible, you get a much more flexible device compared to the ultrabook. Whether image processing in tablet mode on the train, notebook mode for surfing on the couch, or watching films via tent mode on the plane: a convertible is suitable for most tasks thanks to its compact format, flexible hinge, and high performance.

Even schoolchildren and students can cover many everyday requirements with an inexpensive convertible and at the same time have less lugging around. Major in art or design? With convertibles with a pen, you can get creative thanks to the tablet mode. Devices with a display diagonal of 13.3 “or 14” are sufficient.

Are you a graphic designer, photographer or do you enjoy editing your videos on the go? Then you should rely on bright displays with high color fidelity. OLED displays offer the most exact color representation. In addition, a dedicated graphics unit such as the GeForce MX350 makes sense, as image effects and videos are rendered much faster.

Best convertible 2-in-1 notebooks

Gaming on the convertible?

The bad news for all gamers: Powerful dedicated graphics cards above the GeForce GTX 1650 do not match the compact form factor and the portability requirements that most convertibles pursue. With the current integrated graphics units such as bpsw. Play Intel Iris Xe games like CS: GO or Fortnite on low to medium details. However, if you value good graphics and lots of details on the go, you still have to use a gaming notebook. You can find our current gaming notebook recommendations here.

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Inexpensive convertible recommendations up to 500 Dollars

Devices such as the Lenovo Ideapad C340, which are particularly suitable for schoolchildren and students, are already available in the range of up to 500 Dollars. The prices start from 400 Dollars *. In addition to a lot of aluminum, you get enough power, lots of connections, and a fast SSD.

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All-round talents up to 1,000 Dollars

If you want to use the convertible more often for work, you can use the HP Pavilion x360 14 or HP Envy x360 15. Both are well made and perfectly adequate for everyday use, surfing, multimedia, office work, or programming.

The most frequent weak point of convertible notebooks in the range up to 1000 Dollars? The display. With mediocre brightness and poor color fidelity, they are not suitable for graphic artists, creative people, and work in direct sunlight.

The premium middle class for 1,500 Dollars

In the range of around 1,500 Dollars, in addition to higher quality workmanship, you often get more performance and brighter displays. The Microsoft Surface Pro 7, for example, relies on Alcantara and is a real 2-in-1 device thanks to the removable type cover. The prices start well below that, but the convertible is only really recommendable from 1,500 Dollars. The Lenovo Yoga 7 is also in this price range at 1,400 Dollars. Apart from a few small things, it did very well in the test.

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Luxury convertible recommendations for 2,000 Dollars

The luxury class starts at around 2,000 Dollars. Full performance, excellent workmanship, and high-quality materials are characteristic of this price range.

The HP Specter x360 15 with OLED display is very interesting for professional graphic designers and photographers. With a bright 15 ″ 4K UHD display, optimal color display (96% AdobeRGB), good battery life, and performance up to the GeForce GTX 1650 and Intel Core i7-9750H, the high-quality convertible are very well suited for image and video editing.

If money is not an issue, you are doing everything right with the HP Elite Dragonfly. Top-quality workmanship, lightweight, lots of power, best battery life, LTE: The Dragonfly is our performance recommendation for business use, but it is also very expensive.

Recommended convertibles for every scenario and every budget

Lenovo Ideapad C340: Robust all-round convertible for little money

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Pros
  • good workmanship
  • fast SSD
  • Webcam with ThinkShutter
  • many connections
  • quiet and cool under load
  • easily upgradeable
  • Button layout
  • Keyboard backlight
Cons
  • Display reflects
  • moderate display brightness
  • Color fidelity of the display
  • moderate battery life
  • no Thunderbolt 3

Extract from the test

Lenovo does a lot of things right with the IdeaPad C340. It’s sturdy, well-built, and Lenovo doesn’t skimp in the wrong places on hardware. The battery life is by no means a revelation but is easy enough to go on a longer trip. You don’t have to worry about running out of juice after a few minutes.

Only the display did not completely convince in the test. The color fidelity is mediocre (49% AdobeRGB) and the display is not particularly bright. As long as you don’t have to do any color-critical work in direct sunlight, that’s not a problem.

For schoolchildren and students, the C340 should be a coherent overall package for office, surfing, and the like. If the convertible is weak, it can be easily expanded if necessary.

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Technical specifications: (Best convertible 2-in-1 notebooks)

Display14 ″ / 16: 9 format / IPS / Full HD / 1920x1080px
processorIntel Core i5-8265U (8th Gen.)
graphicIntel UHD 620
R.A.M.8 GB
hard disk256 GB NVMe SSD
connections1x HDMI
2x USB-A
1x USB-C
1x SD card reader
1x jack connection
OSWindows 10 Home
weight1.65 kg

Microsoft Surface Pro 7: Premium minimalist with Type Cover, 3: 2 format and pen

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Pros
  • very good workmanship
  • high quality feel (Alcantara)
  • a lot of power
  • bright, true-to-color and sharp display
  • fast SSD
  • more work surface due to 3: 2 format
  • quiet and cool under load
  • very light and compact
  • decent sound
  • Button layout
  • Keyboard backlight
Cons
  • Display reflects
  • relatively wide display bezels
  • Components not interchangeable
  • no Thunderbolt 3

Extract from the test

With its fast speed and outstanding design, the Surface Pro 7 is an absolute top device. It does not reinvent the wheel compared to its direct predecessor, but it can surpass it in all respects – except for the battery life. The more effective new chipset also gives you more power that should be enough for some time. With the detachable keyboard, it is also detachable.

The Surface Pro 7 conveys this “want-to-feel”. The workmanship is excellent. Everything is integrated, highly portable, and works as it should. Once you’ve worked with it, it’s hard to go back to a “normal” laptop. Even 13-inch devices look bulky in comparison. We also really like the 3: 2 display. Although it is smaller than most other portable ultrabooks, it feels like it offers more work surface, which, in addition to the good color fidelity (75% AdobeRGB), should particularly appeal to graphic designers.

Although the starting price seems low, better-equipped devices quickly cost 1,500 Dollars and more. Type cover, mouse, and pen also cost extra. If the last bit of performance is not decisive, bargain hunters can also fall back on the Intel Core i5-1035G4. You get a little less performance at the top, but you also save noticeable money. Even with this CPU, you will be on the road for the next few years without any problems.

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Technical data: Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (test device)

Display12.3 ″ / 3: 2 format / IPS / 2736x1824px
processorIntel Core i7-1065G7 (10th Gen.)
graphicIntel Iris Plus
R.A.M.16 GB
hard disk256 GB NVMe SSD
connections1x USB-A
1x USB-C
1x Surface Connect port
1x Surface Type Cover port
1x microSDXC card reader
1x jack port
OSWindows 10 Home
weight0.79 kg

Lenovo Yoga 7: Business convertible with power, pen and aluminum housing

Best convertible 2-in-1 notebooks in 2021

Suitable for: surfing, office activities, multimedia, image, and video editing
Price: from 999 Dollars *

Pros
  • chic design
  • very good workmanship
  • high quality feel
  • a lot of power
  • fast SSD
  • strong and bright display
  • 2x Thunderbolt 4
  • WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0
  • easy to maintain
  • quiet under load
  • long battery life
  • good sound image
Cons
  • very smooth keyboard
  • reflective display
  • pre-installed scareware
  • no SD card reader

Conclusion: Best convertible 2-in-1 notebooks

The new Yoga 7 does a lot of things right. The business convertible impresses with its flawless workmanship and stylish aluminum chassis. The Yoga 7 is not only visually appealing but also powerful thanks to the Intel Core i7-1165G7 and 16 GB of RAM. Even older games can still be played well thanks to the new Intel Iris Xe graphics chip without the convertible becoming uncomfortably loud under load. There are also pluses for the fast NVMe SSD, which is well sized with 1 TB of storage.

If you want, you can even edit photos or videos on Yoga 7. The bright touch display scores with rich color reproduction (70% AdobeRGB) and high color fidelity. It is also relatively evenly illuminated, but it is reflective. Photographers and Co. are likely to miss an SD card reader but can look forward to two very fast and flexible Thunderbolt 4 ports, among other things. One of the charges is the convertible with 65 watts.

You don’t have to worry about the battery life either, because the Yoga 7 doesn’t run down that quickly. Lenovo has also managed to coordinate the two speakers and the convertible notebook can even be turned up loud. There is also praise for the easily accessible hardware. SSD, battery, and WiFi chip can be exchanged without any problems, but the RAM is firmly soldered.

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Specifications: Lenovo Yoga 7

Display15.6 ″ / 16: 9 format / IPS / FHD / 1920 × 1080px
processorIntel Core i7-1165G7
graphicIntel Iris Xe Graphics
R.A.M.16 GB
hard disk1 TB NVMe SSD
connections2x USB-A 3.2
2x USB-C ThunderBolt 4
1x jack connector
OSWindows 10
weight1.9 kg

HP Pavilion x360 14: Affordable all-round convertible with good sound

Best convertible 2-in-1 notebooks in 2021
Pros
  • good workmanship
  • many connections
  • quiet and cool under load
  • easily upgradeable
  • coherent sound
  • Keyboard backlight
Cons
  • Display reflects
  • moderate display brightness
  • Color fidelity of the display
  • no Thunderbolt 3

Extract from the test

As a mobile companion, the HP Pavilion x360 14-dh0110ng does everything right. Price-conscious buyers get a fast processor, sufficient RAM, and a precise touchscreen. The good sound of the speakers rounds off the overall package.

The workmanship is good too. The surfaces also feel more valuable than the choice of material. A lot of plastic is used for housing. The Pavilion x360 14 weakens a bit in terms of display. It is not bright enough for use in direct sunlight, and the color fidelity (47% AdobeRGB) does not attract a graphic designer from behind the stove.

The bottom line is that the Pavilion x360 is sufficient for all average consumers, schoolchildren, and students who do not want to invest huge amounts of money in a convertible.

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Technical specifications: HP Pavilion x360 14-dh0110ng

Display14 ″ / 16: 9 format / IPS / Full HD / 1920x1080px
processorIntel Core i5-8265U (8th Gen.)
graphicIntel UHD 620
R.A.M.8 GB
hard disk512 GB NVMe SSD
connections1x HDMI
2x USB-A
1x USB-C
1x SD card reader
1x jack connection
OSWindows 10 Home
weight1.59 kg

HP Elite Dragonfly: Luxury convertible with high-end display and endurance

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Pros
  • outstanding battery life
  • cool and quiet under load
  • excellent workmanship
  • many connections
  • very good performance
  • True-to-color, very bright display
  • very good touch function with the Precision Pen
  • light and compact
  • SureView feature protects sensitive content
  • good sound image
  • Replaceable battery and SSD
  • SIM card slot
  • Button layout
  • Keyboard backlight
Cons
  • reflective display
  • no SD card reader
  • relative expensive

Extract from the test

The HP Elite Dragonfly impresses with its high-quality workmanship and stability. It’s fast and stays quiet and cool even under load. The reflective FHD display has a remarkable average brightness of 550 cd / m² and offers high color fidelity (81% AdobeRGB). It also has a great privacy setting for sensitive content with SureView.

The touch and writing performance of the display is beyond any doubt. Drawing work is really fun on it. In addition, the Dragonfly has a very good keyboard with great feedback. The real USP is the battery life. With it, the dragonfly itself towers over the previous front-runner Dell XPS 13.

Quality has its price, however, because the Dragonfly with the latest hardware starts at 2,000 Dollars *. For this purpose, graphic designers and business customers, in particular, get a very light convertible that impresses with its all-around qualities and does not have any real weaknesses. Hardly any competing product can keep up with the Dragonfly at the moment.

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HP Elite Dragonfly indoor handheld

Technical data: HP Elite Dragonfly 8MK81EA

Display13.3 ″ / 16: 9 format / IPS / Full HD / 1920x1080px
processorIntel Core i7-8565U (8th Gen.)
graphicIntel UHD 620
R.A.M.16 GB
hard disk1 TB NVMe SSD
connections1x HDMI
2x USB-A
1x USB-C (TB3)
1x nano-SIM card reader
1x jack connection
OSWindows 10 Pro
weight0.99 kg

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5: Affordable all-rounder with AMD Ryzen and aluminum case

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Suitable for: surfing, office activities, multimedia
Price: from 599 euros *

Pros
  • good workmanship and feel
  • narrow display bezels
  • a lot of power
  • many connections
  • good input devices
  • good battery life
  • fast SSD
  • decent sound
  • Replaceable SSD and battery
  • Keyboard backlight
Cons
  • Display not very color accurate
  • reflective display
  • no Thunderbolt 3

Conclusion from the test

The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 does a lot right. The workmanship and feel are good, the input devices are of a high standard. This makes it perfect for students or other prolific writers. The connection options are also extensive and should be sufficient for almost all applications. Both USB-C charging capability and 4-in-1 SD card reader have made it into the IdeaPad. You only have to do without a Thunderbolt 3 port.

Thanks to the well-coordinated speakers and the display with stable viewing angles, the Flex 5 can also be used very well for media consumption. With a fast touchscreen, you can navigate through Netflix and Amazon Prime in no time at all. You should only connect an external display for image processing. Unfortunately, the colors of the built-in screen are not accurate enough to achieve optimal results in Photoshop and Co.

The star of the ensemble is the processor: the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U even leaves Intel Core i7 models behind and is even more efficient. So you’re on the move quickly and still don’t have to go to an electrical outlet until after the end of the working day. Simple gaming is also possible with the integrated graphics unit. With the IdeaPad Flex 5, Lenovo offers a stylish all-around package, the only real weakness of which is the display and which is otherwise completely convincing.

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Technical specifications: Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5

Display14 ″ / 16: 9 format / IPS / FHD / 1920 × 1080px
processorAMD Ryzen 5 4500U (4th Gen.)
graphicAMD Radeon Graphics
R.A.M.8 GB
hard disk512 GB NVMe SSD
connections1x HDMI
2x USB-A 3.1
1x USB-C
1x 4-in-1 SD card reader
1x jack connection
OSWindows 10 Home
weight1.5 kg

HP Envy x360 15: Chic 15 ″ convertible with AMD Ryzen processor and 16 GB of RAM

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Suitable for: surfing, office activities, multimedia
Price: from 699 euros *

Pros
  • chic design
  • narrow display bezels
  • good workmanship
  • a lot of power
  • large display
  • many connections
  • cool under load
  • decent sound
Cons
  • moderate display brightness
  • Color fidelity of the display
  • Device difficult to open
  • no Thunderbolt 3

Conclusion from the test

The Ryzen 5 4500U is currently an impeccable choice for a notebook CPU. During the test, I didn’t have the impression that I was really pushing it to its limits. Everything runs smoothly and fine. Much faster RAM and the large SSD ensure that you won’t have to worry about your hardware for the next few years.

This makes the ENVY x260 15 a real all-rounder that you shouldn’t have any problems with in everyday life. So if you are looking for a chic, robust and strong convertible, you should take a closer look.

In the end, there is only one question left: How much does it cost me to have fun? You currently have to put at least 699 Dollars on the counter for an Envy x360 15, but the test device is a bit more expensive. In view of what is on offer, it is still an overall fair price.

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Technical data: HP ENVY x360 15-ee0155ng

Display15.6 ″ / 16: 9 format / IPS / Full HD / 1920x1080px
processorAMD Ryzen 4500U (4th Gen.)
graphicRadeon Graphics
R.A.M.16 GB
hard disk512 GB NVMe SSD
connections1x HDMI
2x USB Type-A 3.2
1x USB Type C 3.2
1x 3in1 SD card reader
1x jack connection
OSWindows 10 Home
weight2 kg

HP Specter x360 15 OLED: Attractive performance monster with 4K OLED display, gaming CPU and dedicated graphics card

Best convertible 2-in-1 notebooks in 2021

Suitable for: surfing, demanding office tasks, multimedia, demanding image and video editing
Price: from 1,860 euros *

Pros
  • chic design
  • very good workmanship
  • Infrared camera with Windows Hello
  • many connections
  • very good performance with a dedicated GPU
  • very color-accurate, bright and sharp OLED display
  • good sound image
  • cool under load
  • Keyboard backlight
Cons
  • reflective display
  • relative expensive
  • Device difficult to open
  • big and heavy

Extract from the test

The angular Specter x360 15-df0012ng is superbly processed and stylish. With a dedicated graphics card up to a GTX 1650 and Intel Core i7-9750H, it is the fastest convertible that is currently available. In combination with the bright and very color-true OLED display with 4K UHD resolution, it is particularly recommended for graphic designers, photographers, and the like. Even video editing is possible with the Specter x360 15 OLED.

The NVMe SSD in the test device is slower than in the model without Intel Optane, but that is hardly noticeable in everyday use. With Intel Optane, you have the ability to open programs like Photoshop and large files faster than before. But you can also be happy with the convertible without Optane. The battery life is also decent considering the performance.

Of course, a 15 ″ convertible with this hardware is not a compact lightweight and upgrading is neither necessary nor easy. With prices starting at 1,860 Dollars *, it is also not a bargain but offers a lot for the money in view of the unique combination of display and performance.

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Technical data: HP Specter x360 15-df0012ng

Display13.3 ″ / 16: 9 format / OLED / 4K-UHD / 3840x2160px
processorIntel Core i7-9750H (9th Gen.)
graphicMX150
R.A.M.16 GB
hard disk512 GB NVMe SSD
32 GB Intel Optane
connections1x HDMI
1x USB-A
2x USB-C (TB3)
1x microSD card reader
1x jack connection
OSWindows 10 Home
weight2.18 kg

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