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Best 2-in-1 convertible laptops in SA

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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)

For work and for play, the best 2-in-1 laptops are the perfect tools for the job. Thanks to their versatile design – which gives you both the classic laptop setup and the tablet form factor in a single device – these laptops will get you through your daily productivity needs and help you unwind with a game or a movie post-work. And, since they boast touch displays, they’re also great for creative design work.

Alongside the classic laptop form, the best 2-in-1 laptops can convert into a tablet for casual gaming or social networking and even into tent mode for easy, relaxed viewing. In other words, they eliminate the need for two devices, making it easier on your pocket and when you’re the go. Better yet, these laptops are packed with sheer power, fitted with the best processors and best graphics cards, as well as high capacity RAM. That means that they’re more than capable of handling demanding computing tasks and casual gaming.

These 2-in-1 laptops have indeed changed the way we use laptops forever, and some of them are among the best laptops 2020 has to offer. We put together a list of the best ones we’ve tested and reviewed. Whatever it is you’re looking for or can afford, you’ll find the ideal match for you here.

The best 2-in-1 laptop at a glance

  1. HP Elite Dragonfly
  2. HP Spectre x360 (2020)
  3. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019)
  4. HP Spectre x360 15T (2019)
  5. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1
  6. Lenovo Yoga C930
  7. HP Envy x360 13 (2019)
  8. Asus ZenBook Flip 15  
  9. Acer Spin 1
  10. Acer Spin 5

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

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

Impeccable design
Excellent battery life
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

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

Stylish and high-quality finish
Great all-around performance
Built-in security features are useful
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

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

Stunning, extremely portable design
Great performance
Gorgeous, responsive screen
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) 

HP Spectre x360 15T (2019)

HP Spectre x360 15T (2019) packs an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, GTX 1050 Ti graphics and 8GB of RAM in its base configuration. (Image credit: HP)

4. HP Spectre x360 15T (2019)

Powerful performance, head-turning design

CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch UHD (3,160 x 2,140) LCD touchscreen | Storage: 256GB SSD – 2TB SSD

Impeccable performance
Gorgeous design
Sharp 4K display
Problematic vent placement

For years, HP’s Spectre line of Ultrabooks and 2-in-1 laptops has been about pairing elegance with performance. The 2019 HP Spectre x360 15 is no different. It deserves a top spot on our best 2 in 1 laptops list for packing an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics and 8GB of RAM in its base configuration. This 2-in-1 can tackle just about anything your everyday workload throws at it – and then some (such as a bit of light gaming, for example) – while looking like royalty. Keep in mind that the Spectre x360 is somewhat big and heavy for a 2-in-1, so you likely won’t be using it in tablet mode very often. Put it in tent mode instead, so you can catch some movies on its stunning 4K display.

Read the full review: HP Spectre x360 15T (2019)

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

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Radeon RX Vega M GL (4GB HMB2) | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Storage: 128GB – 512GB PCIe SSD

 Impressive power 
 Ultra-thin design 
 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 C930

Lenovo Yoga C930 is a strong contender for consumers light on cash. (Image credit: Lenovo)

6. Lenovo Yoga C930

2-in-1 with little to no compromise

CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.9-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) IPS Glossy Multi-touch | Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD

Strong build quality
Robust feature set
Excellent battery life
Weak graphics performance
Pricey upgrade options

Sleek, thin and with solid specs to boot, the new Lenovo Yoga C930 is definitely worthy of a spot in the best 2 in 1 laptops list. And, that’s without stating the fact that it now offers a 4K display model, so that high-end viewing experience and decent gaming might be had once users have gotten their day-to-day workload out of the way. This 2-in-1 is a strong contender for consumers light on cash, but if you do decide to go for gold, be ready to break the bank.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga C930

HP Envy x360 13 (2019)

HP Envy x360 (2019) offers a premium build and 9 hours of video playback, to start. (Image credit: HP)

7. HP Envy x360 13 (2019)

HP gives its slimline laptop an AMD upgrade

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3300U – AMD Ryzen 7 3700U | Graphics: AMD Radeon Vega 6 – Radeon Vega 10 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3" diagonal FHD IPS (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 256 GB – 1TB SSD

Slim and sleek for a 2-in-1
High quality chassis
Improved battery life
CPU performance merely adequate
Graphics performance disappointing

Thanks to its sleek, 13-inch design, this 2-in-1 is leaner that you might have expected, which works in your favor when engaging it in tablet mode. There are other compelling reasons why the HP Envy x360 (2019) is worth considering when you’re on the lookout for the best 2 in 1 laptops. This HP beauty offers a premium build, boasts 9 hours of video playback and delivers a performance that will get you through most of your schoolwork and project, at a very reasonable price.

Read the full review: HP Envy x360 (2019)

Asus ZenBook Flip 15

(Image credit: Asus)

8. Asus ZenBook Flip 15

Brilliant larger display for the number cruncher

CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1050 Max-Q | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 15.6" 4K (3840x2160) LED-backlit | Storage: 512GB SSD

Superb 4K screen
Tough build
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 

Acer Spin 1 SP111-33

(Image credit: Acer)

9. Acer Spin 1 SP111-33-C6UV

Unpretentious and great low price

CPU: Intel Celeron - Pentium | Graphics: Intel UHD 600 Graphics | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 11" HD (1366 x 768) IPS touchscreen | Storage: 256GB SSD

Small footprint
Low price 
Weak processor

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 its 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. Its also extremely light but solidly built, and exceptional value at the price.

Acer Spin 5

Acer Spin 5 (Image credit: TechRadar)

10. Acer Spin 5

Solid on the basics and feels great in hand

CPU: Intel Core i5 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8G | Screen: 13.3" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS | Storage: 256GB SSD | Weight: 1,5kg

Solid build
Versatile specs
Average performance

The Spin 5 has an understated appearance, but its wonderfully sleek and almost in the dimensions of an ultrabook. But while it cuts a fine figure in its design and the uses premium materials it's real world performance is merely on par with most other laptops in this price range. We like the generous arrangements of ports including three full-size USB, one USB-C and HDMI out, and the fingerprint unlock tucked into the corner of the trackpad. But the overall build quality, including strong and smooth hinges,  is what won us over.

Read the full review: Acer Spin 5

Gabe Carey, Bill Thomas and Michelle Rae Uy have also contributed to this article

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