Despite the relatively considerable cost, convertible laptops continue to gain popularity among users. It is mainly due to their mobility, portability and convenience with the function of working in tablet mode. And today we will consider some of the best market models among the current ones.
Transformers, hybrids, 2-in-1, you can call this category of laptops whatever you want, but it will not change the essence of the matter, since, in fact, you have very convenient and powerful portable systems that can be easily used in the same way , like tablets. True, the capabilities of the stationary operating system are still more than mobile. Fortunately, the current market this year continues to actively please a large number of users with truly worthy new products, and if you are suddenly looking for such a flexible device to take with you on the road, or for everyday use, then you definitely came to the right place.
In this case, we decided to pay attention to laptops that can be used as tablets, and not to tablets that can be used as laptops (by adding accessories like the same keyboard). However, do not forget to think about exactly how you intend to use your new purchase before buying, as this will greatly affect the necessary specifications, and accordingly the cost, which may not be the smallest. For example, if you are going to type a lot, it is best to look for a model with a convenient and high-quality keyboard, etc. However, whatever you are looking for, we bring to your attention some of the best models in this category.
The Best Convertible Laptops Consumer Reports 2020
HP Pavilion x360 Convertible Laptop
And our today’s list opens with a very good mid-budget model HP Pavilion x360, which will make it possible to enjoy the convenience of interaction regardless of the mode of use. This laptop is relatively thin and far from the heaviest, which allows you to easily take it with you almost anywhere. As for the technical characteristics of this model, they, of course, are far from the most impressive, although they are quite enough for the laptop to work properly. The hardware platform of this configuration is represented by the Intel Core I5-8265U Processor, operating at a frequency of 3.9 GHz, as well as 8GB of DDR4 RAM.
Among decent indicators can be noted battery life, which on average is about 10 hours of not the most intensive use. Externally, the device looks very nice and even somehow “more expensive” than it actually is.
Google Pixelbook Laptop
For those of you who can do without any Windows features for the sake of a simpler portable system, we recommend the excellent Google Pixelbook transformer laptop powered by Chrome OS. The system itself is quite simple and intuitive, especially since it is a business card of the company, like the chromebook itself. The design of the latter is very concise and can recall the Pixel smartphones, with which this device clearly makes up one line. The thickness of the case of this model hardly exceeds 10 mm, which makes it incredibly thin, and, consequently, the crane is convenient, especially when used in tablet mode. The overall dimensions of the laptop are also quite compact, and the weight is a little more than 1 kg.
The diagonal of the display of this model is 12.3 inches, despite the fact that the resolution here is 2400×1600 pixels. Screen, of course, multi-touch. In this case, the 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor and 8 GB of RAM are responsible for the performance. There is also a version with the i7th processor, and a large amount of RAM, as well as internal storage.
Lenovo Flex 5 15 Convertible Laptop
Next in line, we have a very decent version from Lenovo, namely Lenovo Flex 5 15, which offers a combination of user-friendly design with optimal technical characteristics at a very reasonable cost. This model will give you the opportunity to surf on the Internet, work with documents, view or broadcast videos, and even provide a chance to spend time on less demanding games. As for the appearance of the laptop, it looks pretty simple and at the same time nice to hold it comfortably, and a thickness of 2 cm is acceptable.
Nice looking 15.6-inch TFT IPS display received Full HD resolution and wide viewing angles. True, the matte coating of the screen is not too disposed to use it as a touch, although such capabilities are naturally provided. As for the hardware base in this configuration, it is similar to the previous applicant, the same Core i7 and 16 GB of RAM.
Acer SPIN 5 Pro Laptop
If you need an even more compact laptop-transformer, which will not be inferior in performance to previous versions of this list, then the Acer SPIN 5 Pro model may be a good solution. The hardware platform of this model is represented by the eighth-generation Whiskey Lake 4-core Intel Core i7 processor, operating at a frequency of 1.8 GHz. The video card is built-in here and, depending on the configuration, it can be either Intel HD Graphics 620 or Intel UHD Graphics 620. Externally, this laptop does not stand out for anything special, except perhaps the pleasant features include a full-sized keyboard with its compact dimensions.
The diagonal of the display is 13.3 inches with Full HD resolution, which provides a fairly high-quality picture, and the TFT IPS matrix will make sure that it remains the same at different angles. In general, this model shows excellent results and autonomy, which reaches the mark of 13 hours.
DELL INSPIRON 7386
It is clear that the higher cost of any product implies the presence of high performance, and not only quality, but in the case of multimedia technology also overall performance. In this regard, the DELL INSPIRON 7386 shows very good results, in addition to being a fairly convenient transformer. Externally, the model received an appropriate premium look, which at the same time is quite minimalistic. The dimensions here are also quite compact, only the thickness is perhaps a little more than expected. Of course, this is not too critical in most cases, however, when you use a similar device in tablet mode, thin devices are usually more convenient.
The performance of this model is answered by the already familiar 4-core Core i7 processor, which is paired with 16 GB of RAM in the configuration in question, which is quite enough for most possible tasks. Also, this laptop got a 13.3-inch display, but its resolution is no longer Full HD, but 3840 x 2160 pixels.
Lenovo Yoga C930 Laptop
The third position in our small ranking was taken by the Lenovo Yoga C930 model, introducing the company’s famous line of laptops, which are not the first time pleasing users with their features and parameters, and therefore it is not surprising that the latest model in this line has made its way to the leaders of this list of current convertibles laptops. Ultra-thin and ultra-light, this model is as portable as it is convenient in everyday use. Starting with a colorful 13.9-inch screen and ending with the Intel Core i7 processor, as well as a capacious 512 GB SSD-drive (depending on configuration), the laptop has really high-quality components.
It is clear that this is by no means the cheapest option, but at the same time you get almost the best value for money. With its compact 4K display, Dolby Atmos sound and premium appearance, it is able to attract the attention of a large number of users.
HP Spectre x360 Laptop
The second place this time went to the HP Specter x360 laptop, which offers high-quality and up-to-date components, resulting in one of the best performance indicators among convertible laptops of this rating. For its price, it offers a rather powerful Intel Core i7 processor running at 1.8 GHz and a decent NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics processor with 2 GB of video memory, which even allows you to enjoy a very satisfactory gameplay, although the models are of 2-in-1 category especially not intended for this. The diagonal of the display is 15.6 inches, the matrix is TFT IPS.
As in the case of ultrabooks, this model looks very compact and concise, except that its weight, due to all the components, breaks out a little beyond the general framework, amounting to a little more than two kilograms. Nevertheless, this does not interfere with the convenience of using a laptop and even more so does not adversely affect its performance.
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15 Laptop
As for the first place, this time it went to the Microsoft Surface Book 2 15 model, which is a laptop tablet, and instead of folding like all the previous ones, it offers to simply disconnect the display from the keyboard unit, using it as a full-fledged 15-inch tablet on Windows 10. And the point is not that this is cool in itself, you have not seen the configuration of the laptop itself. And if the 4-core Intel Core i7 processor with a clock frequency of 1.9 GHz is unlikely to surprise anyone, then, as in the case with the previous version, the graphics card is definitely a strong point. It is discrete here and it is a 6-gig NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, which will make it possible to play the latest gaming industry news at almost maximum settings.
As for RAM, in this configuration its volume is 16 GB. The display, by the way, received a resolution of 3260×2160 pixels, which looks especially advantageous in tablet mode, especially with such and such dimensions.