Best 2-in-1s of 2015 (Laptop/Tablet Hybrids)

It has smarter search, improved multitasking and a broader array of compelling apps. But Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 OS doesn’t really shine unless you have a great tablet or hybrid to go along with it. After all, the software is tailor-made for touch and 2-in-1 devices, not traditional clamshells. With so many manufacturers launching new products in so many sizes and configurations, it can be pretty tough picking the right tablet or hybrid for your needs and budget. These are our top picks, based on Laptop Mag’s rated reviews.

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Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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  1. ahsayeed Says:

    Hmmm. So according to you, the Sony VAIO Duo 11 is not worthy to be mentioned in this Top 10 list , eh !

  2. Cathleen Pomeroy Says:

    on this page, when I click on
    MORE: Dell Announces XPS Duo 12 Convertible Samsung model comes up instead of Dell

  3. About time Says:

    I can’t wait for keyblets to hit the stores.

    I’ve been waiting for a lightweight device that can run the programs I use on my desktop, with a decent battery life, keyboard, and also good multimedia capabilities for entertainment when I’m not working.

    Last time I travelled it was a struggle to do what I needed on my netbook, and for me a keyblet ticks all the boxes.

    I want a device that I can use for work and entertainment, at home or travelling.

  4. Sudeep Says:

    Why is Lenovo Thinkpad Twist not in the list???
    Which one is best with atleast 250 GB HDD???

  5. Jordan Says:

    When will the Asus Transformer Book come out in Canada ???
    Any ideas on price?

  6. Mark Says:

    Also missing is the Fujitsu Q702, an outstanding hybrid Tablet PC.

  7. Charlotte Says:

    How much money is this laptop thing????

  8. Larry Nelson Says:

    Thanks for your reviews; they’re excellent. In shopping for a Win8 touch-screen computer, for me an important factor is their stability when I touch the screen — many wobble, some want to tip over if I don’t hold the base down. So now I’m looking for computers which have a brace of some sort for the screen.

  9. Arjun Says:

    Why does this not include the Acer R7 with a 15.6″ screen?? It is most definitely a worthy contender…

  10. scifisicko Says:

    Why dont any of these have 3/4G connectivity?

  11. LR Says:

    Cool. Are there any 17 inch laptop tablets (detachable touchscreen) running on Windows 8?

  12. Steve Says:

    LR said “Cool. Are there any 17 inch laptop tablets (detachable touchscreen) running on Windows 8?”

    He might check out the HP Envy Rove which is a 20 inch portable that can function as a tablet and runs Win 8.

  13. baggage1 Says:

    Not mentioned but HP’s Envy X2’s have good capability and are fast and battery time is better than sufficient.

  14. Stephanie Says:

    We are looking at tablets and considering the Dell Venue with Android and the Dell Venue Pro with Window 8.1. Is these any reason the Pro model would be better than android and what are the pros and cons?

  15. Ben Says:

    Hi, I’m looking for a hybrid laptap to use with Windows. I want versatility, reliability, but at a good price (isn’t that what we all want?). I use it mostly for social media, microsoft office, and to connect remotely to, work so the typing experience is important. No need for awesome system performance or storage space at all. What would you recommend?

  16. jay Says:

    This listing is just crap

  17. I4U Says:

    It seems you forget the Dell XPS 11 which is a damn good convertible, as soon as you get used to the keyboard (I actually type over 80wpm with it, not a problem)!

  18. Bart van Ahee Says:

    A phablet with 8″ 2k screen, 3GB Ram, USB 3.0, micro HDMI and dual sim, with docking station as option (similar to ASUS Transformer TFT700T), with Windows 8.1, would be a dream for users who prefer productivity and efficency.

  19. Koradia Monil Says:

    I want to check that does the software “tally” works in windows 8 tablet?

  20. Elizabeth Davis Says:

    Please help, I am an artsy banker, not a computer chick. I need a tablet for home (I dont play games), i am a member of volunteer groups so I will need excel or something, and I cAn work from home so need to be able to work at a fairly quick rate. I am on highspeed. I love Apple (have cell and ipad), love their customer service. Plse recommend, no clue of gbs etc.

  21. Pat Says:

    Which Windows 8 tablets offer handwriting with pens.
    My experience is that some are options and figuring out which is a puzzle.

  22. James Says:

    Any site that has ASUS anywhere on a list of even average or below average has no credibility, in my opinion. My expensive ultra thin notebook makes a great door stop at my camp. That is the only practical use I have found for it in the 3 years of ownership. It never functioned long enough to be of any other use.

  23. DKXS Says:

    I seriously don’t understand how can Surface Pro 3 have the lowest rating in the list. IMO, it should have the best rating among these devices.

  24. Diana Says:

    What napping to Apple ipad

  25. Diana Says:

    What is happening to Apple ipad.Is it not good

  26. Nancy Says:

    Diana – These are tablets that run Windows – Apple doesn’t!

  27. Rogers Says:

    Mark does anyone make a 17 inch or larger 2 in 1?

    Greatly appreciate your answer.


  28. Griffer Says:

    You really blew it by not mentioning the Dell XPS 12. It’s a better design than the Yoga because when in tablet mode because the keys are not exposed.

  29. Mehek khan Says:

    so according to this Sony VAIO is not worthy to be one of this list……ah????

  30. Linda Says:

    Thanks for your review. What do you think of the Toshiba z20t which has a detachable keyboard with its own battery thus prolonging the laptop when used together ie tablet and keyboard? Your comments comparing this with Surface Pro 3 and Asus Chi T300 which you mentioned.

  31. Linda Says:

    Hi Mark, Thanks for your review. Can you comment on the Toshiba z20t which is also new in 2015 and is a 2-in-1 laptop/hybrid? Appreciate if you can compare surface pro 3 vs Toshiba z20t vs Asus Chi T300 transformer book vs Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga? I am interested in a Windows 2-in-1 laptop/hybrid with a pen. This is for productivity and traveling as well. Thanks!

  32. Jay- Lee Hearne Says:

    Iwould love to have a 2 in 1 but which 1 are the best between HP and Toshiba. Please let me know.

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