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Best 2-in-1 convertible laptops in South Africa for 2021

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Whatever you’re looking for in a hybrid laptop, you’ll find something in our collection of the best 2-in-1 laptops. (Image credit: Future)
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Convertible laptops, also called 2-in-1 laptops, provide a range of extra functions to the highly mobile worker. With the benefit of a touchscreen you can convert the notebook into a tablet, or stand it in the inverted V shape to watch movies, or use the stylus for marking up pages and images.

Some convertibles are so well designed, with such powerful processors and other high  end specs, that they appear on our list of best laptops

Our listing below is a roundup of the best 2-in-1s we have tested. Touchscreens do add a good bit to the bottom line but we're sure you will find a convertible laptop to suit your new-look workstyle. 

Best 2-in-1 convertible laptops at a glance

  1. HP Elite Dragonfly
  2. HP Spectre x360 (2020)
  3. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019)
  4. Acer Spin 5 (2020)
  5. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1
  6. Lenovo Yoga C940
  7. HP Envy x360 13 (2020)
  8. Asus ZenBook Flip 15 
  9. Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1
  10. Lenovo Ideapad C340
  11. Acer Spin 1

HP Elite Dragonfly

The HP Elite Dragonfly tops our list with its combination of portability and power. (Image credit: HP)

1. HP Elite Dragonfly

For the traveling professional

Specifications
CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB - 16GB
Screen: 13.3" diagonal Full HD touch display – Full HD touch Sure View display
Storage: 256 GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Impeccable design+Excellent battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Pretty expensive

As far as 2-in-1 laptops go, the HP Elite Dragonfly tops our list with its combination of portability and power. It’s also one of the most beautiful business laptops we've tested in a long time, touting a thin and light design – complete with incredible speakers, a sublime keyboard and the optional 550 nit 4K display – that’s absolutely hard to contend with. This hybrid gets our coveted five-star rating, which already says a lot as we don’t give that out lightly. And, did we mention it also boasts an excellent battery life, which gets you a long way when working on-the-go?

Read the full review: HP Elite Dragonfly

HP Spectre x360 (2020)

HP’s beloved and highly praised 2-in-1 is back with a vengeance. (Image credit: HP)

2. HP Spectre x360 (2020)

HP’s flagship 2-in-1 gets a 2020 refresh

Specifications
CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.3" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS BrightView micro-edge WLED-backlit multitouch – 13.3" diagonal 4K (3840 x 2160) UWVA BrightView micro-edge AMOLED multitouch
Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Stylish and high-quality finish+Great all-around performance+Built-in security features are useful
Reasons to avoid
-Battery life takes a hit-Can run hot at times

HP’s beloved and highly praised 2-in-1 is back with a vengeance, this time with more powerful components like the 10th-generation Intel Core processors and Intel Iris Plus graphics. Of course, that impeccable 2-in-1 design and pristine gem-cut chassis are back, as are its security features and Bang & Olufsen speakers. That killer combination makes it, now more than ever, one of the best 2-in-1 laptops out there. Is it a wonder that this is one of our favorite laptops of 2020? If you care about aesthetics as much as you do performance and overall quality, this is the laptop for you.

Read the full review: HP Spectre x360 (2020) 

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019)

You’ll be hard-pressed to find fault in the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019). (Image credit: Dell)

3. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019)

Giving the 13-inch MacBook Pro a run for its money

Specifications
CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i3 – i7
Graphics: Intel UHD – Iris Plus Graphics
RAM: 4GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.4" FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare – 13.4" UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflecitve
Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Stunning, extremely portable design+Great performance+Gorgeous, responsive screen
Reasons to avoid
-Battery life is just ok-Only decent sound-Lid hard to open

You’ll be hard-pressed to find fault in the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019). Design-wise, not only is it incredibly compact and lightweight, but it also boasts that gorgeous responsive display, stunning woven design and delightful to use keyboard. But, it’s more than just looks. It’s pretty impressive as well when it comes to performance, thanks to its 10th-generation Intel Core processors and Intel Iris Plus graphics. If you’re looking for the best 2-in-1 with more than enough power, a lot of versatility and a stunning design to boot, you’ll be crazy not to get this.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019) 

Acer Spin 5 (2020)

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4. Acer Spin 5 (2020)

A fantastic 2-in-1 laptop

Specifications
CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.5" (2256 x 1504) 3:2 touchscreen display
Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic battery life+3:2 display perfect for note-taking+Feature rich stylus included
Reasons to avoid
-3:2 display not ideal for 16:9 video-Bloatware includes desktop pop-up ads

A great feature set definitely adds a lot of value, and if you’re looking for the best 2-in-1 laptops, that’s one thing to keep an eye out for. It’s that combined with its affordability that makes the Acer Spin 5 (2020) a terrific candidate. This 2-in-1 laptop isn’t just versatile due to its form factors and fantastic battery life. It also comes with a 3:2 display and a feature-rich stylus that together give it that extra advantage for students and professional over its rivals: an easy and seamless note-taking experience. If you’re one of those folks who have a contempt for typing up notes in class, this old-school approach might just seal the deal.

Read the full review: Acer Spin 5 (2020)

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is possibly among the most coveted 2-in-1 laptops. (Image credit: Dell)

5. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

A convertible that doesn’t compromise

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Radeon RX Vega M GL (4GB HMB2)
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Storage: 128GB – 512GB PCIe SSD
Reasons to buy
+ Impressive power + Ultra-thin design 
Reasons to avoid
- Kind of expensive 

Are you in the market for one of the best 2 in 1 laptops which can provide solid performance and serious horsepower? Well, you’ll find it in the Dell XPS 15, which incidentally also gets our vote as one of the best Ultrabooks you can buy today. This 2-in-1 is possibly among the most coveted 2-in-1 laptops – with discrete class Radeon RX Vega graphics to boot. With it, you get a spectacular convertible that doesn’t sacrifice sheer power. So, while it comes with a price tag that’s a bit on the high end, it’s also completely worth breaking open the piggy bank.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 

Lenovo Yoga C940

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6. Lenovo Yoga C940

The Lenovo Yoga is back and it means business

Specifications
CPU: up to 10th-generation Intel Core i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics
RAM: up to 16GB
Screen: 14” FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, touchscreen, glossy, 400 nits –14" UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS, touchscreen, glossy, HDR 400, 500 nits
Storage: up to 2TB SSD PCIe
Reasons to buy
+Excellent design+Great performance+Comfy keyboard
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Battery life

The Lenovo Yoga C940 is a stunning laptop. It’s clear Lenovo spared no expense in its design, making a gorgeous looking portable. But, it also comes with plenty of power under the hood. Rounding the experience is a comfortable keyboard, a rotating soundbar with 2 additional speakers, touch pen as well as a TrueBlock Privacy Shutter. While it’s not a perfect computer – the battery life is not quite up to par – it more than holds its own against the competition, with Lenovo offering a stylish and powerful Ultrabook that’s perfect for any digital nomad.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga C940

HP Envy x360 2020

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7. HP Envy x360 13 (2020)

Useful updates on a proven and well-liked convertible

Specifications
CPU: 1.3GHz Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus
RAM: 8GB - 16GB
Screen: 13.3" diagonal Full HD touch display
Storage: 1 TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Delightful build quality+Great battery life+Generous storage
Reasons to avoid
-AMD CPUs now preferred-No HMDI out

Although the Envy is the more affordable verson of HP Spectre convertible, it shares a lot of its strengths like truly superb build quality thanks to the all-metal chassis and aluminium skin, silky smooth hinges and a nice rigid feel. It has all the usual refinements you would expect from a PC in this price range like a glossy colour-rich touchscreen, generous 1TB SSD and the latest Intel i7 CPU.

It's got slightly thinner screen bezels than last year's model, and it retains all its virtues including its beautiful lines and sandblasted finish than feels superb in hand. The whole package is topped off with excellent battery life of more than 10 hours in our rigorous tests.

We're also delighted than it comes with a stylus bundled in the box, for those that indulge in screen scribbling.

Read the full review: HP Envy x360 13 (2020)

Asus ZenBook Flip 15

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8. Asus ZenBook Flip 15

Brilliant larger display for the number cruncher

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i7
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1050 Max-Q
RAM: 16GB
Screen: 15.6" 4K (3840x2160) LED-backlit
Storage: 512GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Superb 4K screen+Tough build
Reasons to avoid
-Somewhat heavy-Cramped keyboard

Weighing in at nearly 2kg its a little on the heavy side for a 2-in-1, and its s solid build but it is still quite manageable in one hand. The standout feature is a brilliant and spacious 15-inch screen which tops out at 4K, and its enhanced by thin bezels all round. That's driven by Nvidia's gaming grade GeForce GTX 1050 graphics, but it's a low grade gaming laptop at best. One of Asus' gimmicks is a number pad concealed  beneath the trackpad, but it does work, especially if you're big on spreadsheets and other number work.  Despite not having a nunber pad we still found the keyboard a little cramped. 

Read the full review: Asus ZenBook Flip 15 

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1

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9. Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1

A step up for Inspiron

Specifications
CPU: 10th Generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) – 15.6-inch UHD (3840 x 2160) Truelife Touch Narrow Border WVA Display with Active Pen support
Storage: Intel Optane Memory H10 32 GB with 512 GB Solid-State Storage – 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Reasons to buy
+Highly versatile+Premium design
Reasons to avoid
-Quirky display

The Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 is a versatile 2-in-1 with a lot going for it under the hood.  This premium laptop is more than just about its premium design; it also has high-end internals to compete with the likes of the more powerful Dell XPS 13.  Rounding that out is a 4K display, and a clever stylus slot that makes us wonder whether they actually beat Microsoft to the idea. Granted, the display is a bit of a battery drain, and the speakers impressive, but this is still among the best 2-in-1 laptops out there.

Read the full review: Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1

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10. Lenovo Ideapad C340

Best budget buy

Specifications
CPU: AMD Ryzen 3
Graphics: Integrated GFX
RAM: 4GB
Screen: 14-inch, 1,920X1080 display
Storage: : 256GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Affordable price+Decent performance
Reasons to avoid
-Battery life is a tad short

The Lenovo IdeaPad C340 is a good laptop for students, for work and light productivity duties, or indeed everyday computing. It is best suited for those who want the flexibility of a convertible married with a decent amount of power, without stretching the budget. 

AMD’s Ryzen CPU falls a bit shorter in the battery longevity stakes. Overall, though, this could be a good choice of notebook for 2-in-1 fans. Ports options on the machine include a USB 3.0, a Type-C port, an HDMI, and a 4-in-1 card reader.

Lenovo IdeaPad C340 – should I buy one?

Acer Spin 1 SP111-33

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11. Acer Spin 1

Unpretentious and great low price

Specifications
CPU: Intel Celeron - Pentium
Graphics: Intel UHD 600 Graphics
RAM: 4GB
Screen: 11" HD (1366 x 768) IPS touchscreen
Storage: 256GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Small footprint+Low price 
Reasons to avoid
-Weak processor-Small screen

We fell for the simple charms of this basic and unpretentious laptop, with its A4-sized all-plastic body shell and humble Celeron processor. Its lacking the horsepower for anything more than very basic office work, but it's the perfect tool for students and casual home usage, and the 256GB SSD is a nice touch for keeping things moving. Its standout feature is the smallish 11-ish HD screen which is surprisingly rich and bright. It's also extremely light but solidly built, and exceptional value at the price.