Buying a new laptop can be a tricky decision to make, how much RAM do I need? Which CPUs are the best performing? And will I have enough battery? are all questions that you may need to consider, to ensure that you get a device that meets your day to day requirements, whether it be for business or personal use.
A great option for those looking for an extremely versatile device would have to be the 2-in-1 laptop. These devices are extremely multi-use in the way that they can be used in both laptop and tablet modes for a more unique laptop experience. These devices are considered even more multi-use as many of them come with pretty solid GPUs. They also have some gaming capabilities as well as solid CPUs that maintain a high-quality performance on the day to day tasks.
Our Top 7 Picks for Hybrid Laptops Under $600
Here is the GizmoFusion list of the best 2-in-1 laptops under $600, that delves further into what they can do to help guide you to make a purchase suitable for your requirements.
1. Lenovo Flex 14 (As good as it gets at this price point)
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U | GPU: AMD Radeon Vega 8 | RAM: 12GB DDR4 | Screen: 14-inch (1,920 x 1,080)| Storage: 256GB SSD | Battery: 48Whr | Dimensions: 12.91 x 9.02 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 3.52 lbs
Thin and light
Good amount of RAM
Value for money
No thunderbolt 3 support
Basic looking design
The Lenovo Flex 14 is a great choice for a 2-in-1 laptop in this price range, with a strong focus on portability it would be a great choice for somebody who needs a device to use on the go.
It’s lightweight and thin so it shouldn’t be too much of an inconvenience to carry around making it a great choice for people like students who have busy lifestyles and need a device that can keep up.
In terms of the design, how light and portable it is can make it feel a little on the cheaper side, as well as this it does look a little bit more basic than other models on the market, but the chassis itself feels sturdy and damage-resistant so at least there is peace of mind in this aspect.
Furthermore, as this laptop is a 2-in-1 device there is the inclusion of a fairly rigid 300-degree hinge that allows the laptop to switch between clamshell, tablet and tent mode, switching between these modes is smooth and the screen displays minimal wobble.
The Lenovo Flex 14 includes many of the important ports such as USB C and 3.1, and HDMI so you can be sure that connectivity won’t be an issue, however, there is a lack of Thunderbolt 3 support meaning that users will be unable to plug in an external GPU, but at this price point, this is to be expected.
The display quality is okay on this device, you get a decent quality screen but it isn’t the best when compared to the higher specced models on the market. At 224 nits the screen is great for indoor viewing and the overall resolution is good.
As well as a decent screen in terms of resolution, the touchscreen itself is pretty responsive and with pen support, users can also use a Lenovo active pen with this device. A great thing is that the active pen is included with this device.
The keyboard is extremely comfortable and well suited to long typing sessions and thanks to the inclusion of Harman Kardon speakers you can experience a truly immersive sound experience should you decide to purchase.
Finally, one of the most important factors to consider before deciding to purchase this device would have to be how it performs, the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor is an excellent choice for a mid-range laptop, it can handle the majority of tasks both efficiently and to a high standard.
This CPU operates at 2.2 GHz and can be boosted to 3.8 GHz which is pretty good when you consider the price point. These clock speeds also allow for some capability when it comes to more demanding tasks like video editing.
Furthermore, Lenovos inclusion of the AMD Radeon Vega 8 GPU allows for some casual gameplay and with a battery life of around 8.5 hours users can expect to get value for money from this 2-in-1 laptop.
2. Lenovo Flex 5 (Also a great choice)
CPU: Intel Core i5 | GPU: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 256GB SSD | Battery: 42.5Whr | Dimensions: 9.72 x 0.78 x 14.33 inches | Weight: 4.4 lbs
Lower battery life
Runs a little on the warmer side
The Lenovo Flex 5 is a very attractive device, with an eye-catching aluminium finish to the lid and a sturdy chassis. You can be sure this device will last a while and that it is great for use on the go.
The classy and unique design makes this laptop a great choice as you are able to get a laptop that looks as good as it performs.
As this is a 2-in-1 laptop there is an inclusion of a 300-degree hinge that can morph the device between clamshell, tent, media and tablet modes, switching between each of these modes is smooth and easy, and thanks to the hinge the display remains sturdy.
This laptop also has 256 GB of SSD storage meaning that you have plenty of space for all of your files and other content. The fact that this is an SSD hard disk means that file transfers and processes like these are all done much faster than they would on an HDD.
This laptop comes fully equipped with a USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 port and audio jack on the left-hand side and on the right-hand side another USB-A port, a full-size HDMI port, a USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 port, and a full-size SD card reader.
Furthermore, the keyboard is sleek, extremely comfortable and responsive making this laptop great for typing on.
When it comes to the keyboards on 2-in-1 laptops they can sometimes lack in quality so it is nice to see an exception on this device. As this laptop can also be used as a tablet there is a touchscreen with this device. The touchscreen seems to be responsive and lag-free making for a great experience should you wish to make use of this feature.
This device is a great overall choice in terms of how versatile and multi-use it is, this isn’t let down when it comes to the display either. When it comes to the display you get a higher resolution compared to similar models on the market, thanks to this the viewing angles and colors are bright and a pleasure for viewing content.
In terms of performance, the intel core i5 processor is a very power efficient CPU for thin and light laptops and although it has a base frequency of 1.6 GHz, thanks to Turbo Boost 2.0 the CPU can reach 2.3GHz. Thanks to a quality CPU you can expect performance to be fast and of high quality.
Furthermore, the intel UHD graphics 620 is a very good mid-range graphics card that will handle everyday usage with absolute ease.
Overall this 2-in-1 laptop offers value for money through its versatility and ability to perform well no matter what you need it for.
3. Dell Inspiron 7000
CPU: Intel Core i5-8250U | GPU: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB DDR4L | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 2TB HDD | Battery: 38Whr | Dimensions: 14.2 x 9.6 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 5 lbs
Huge storage although not SSD
Better models available in terms of battery
When looking at the design of the Dell Inspiron 7000, the chassis is made from a combination of plastic and aluminium. This sleek design adds a touch of luxury to the device.
This device does come with a unique 360-degree hinge that is both sturdy and smooth when switching between laptop and tablet modes, and the case itself although it is heavier than others on this list, feels as though it would be resistant to damage.
As this laptop is slightly heavier than others on the market you have to consider that if you are wanting a device that is extremely portable and compact then this may not be the one for you.
When it comes to how this laptop performs, thanks to the 8th gen intel quad-core i5 processor you can expect an extremely good experience, running this device should be fast and problem-free and games can be run to a high quality until you get to the more modern AAA games.
However, this is to be expected as these are not gaming laptops and the overall performance quality is positive.
Furthermore, much like some of the others on this list, this device comes with the Intel UHD Graphics 620, so the GPU matches the quality of the processor meaning that basic gaming and processes like video and photo editing are done to a high standard.
The keyboard on this laptop is comfortable when it comes to typing over long periods and the fact that the touchpad is extremely responsive means that using this device is easy.
This laptop does come with a high definition 1080p resolution screen for great viewing angles making it great in terms of entertainment. Saying that the display itself could be brighter but this isn’t a serious issue and the display is still great for watching content with a great quality.
Finally, the battery life on this laptop isn’t the greatest, although having a smaller, more compact device is a great selling point, its small size only allows for a smaller battery.
Users can expect to get around six hours of battery life from this device, which is a shame because the performance of this device is excellent, just the battery does not have the capacity to keep it running for a long time.
4. HP Pavilion x360
CPU: Intel Core i3-8130U | GPU: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 14-inch (1366 x 768) | Storage: 128GB SSD | Battery: 40Whr | Dimensions: 12.7 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 3.75 lbs
Not a lot of storage
Low battery life
The HP Pavilion is a good example of a 2-in-1 laptop that has a great performance quality but comes up a little short when it comes to battery life.
The x360’s has a pleasing to the eye design, with its sturdy lid to add a nice touch and a degree of protection to your device. The components are all made of sturdy materials so it is a strong device that you can rely upon.
With a decent port selection, including, 2 x USB 3.1, USB type C and HDMI, so making external connections is convenient and easy.
There is a fingerprint reader positioned underneath the keyboard to ensure the safety and security of any saved content you may have on your device.
In terms of performance, this laptop uses the 8th Gen Intel Core i3 processor meaning that it can handle more or less anything that you would need it to, to a high standard.
This device has multi-tasking capabilities meaning that more than one process can be conducted on this device and you shouldn’t see any drop in its performance quality.
The GPU in this laptop is the Intel HD Graphics 620. This is a decent integrated GPU that will enable the user for some casual light gaming if they wish too. This GPU will perform to a very good standard when it comes to more day to day tasks.
A downside to this device is the display quality, but since this is a mid-range laptop you will need to make some sacrifices in some areas and with this laptop, it happens to be the display.
In this case, it is through the display and its lower resolution. The brightness is also lacking and would only be suitable to use in an indoor environment as the display can be extremely reflective thanks to its lower resolution.
As well as this, much like other devices on this list, as this device is marketed as being so lightweight and compact it does only accommodate a smaller battery, meaning it can only run at around 7 hours before needing to be connected to a power supply.
I would recommend this laptop when it comes to its performance levels, however, details such as the screen quality and battery life are a let down on this laptop. You need to consider whether these two issues are deal-breakers for you before buying.
Overall in terms of performance quality, I would recommend this laptop, however, due to the lower resolution screen quality and the poor battery life, there are better models available for similar if not cheaper price points.
5. Dell Inspiron 15 5000
CPU: Intel Core i5-8250U | GPU: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 1TB HDD | Battery: 42Whr | Dimensions: 14.96 x 10.15 x 0.89 inches | Weight: 4.85 lbs
Value for money in terms of performance
1TB of storage although not SSD
Low battery life
The Dell Inspiron is an average 2-in-1 device in terms of performance quality and the laptop build quality.
It has a minimal design but does feel sturdy in its build quality so you can be sure there is some protection from the chassis. The 360-degree hinge feels as though it will last and is extremely sturdy.
In terms of this laptop’s performance, the 8th generation intel core i5 processor is strong enough that running this device should be quick and lag-free. This processor has the capability to reach speeds of up to 3.45 GHz, making for a decent quality performance that can handle many tasks to a high standard.
The inclusion of the Intel HD Graphics 620 means that this device is able to conduct fast and smooth video/photo editing and the gameplay quality is decent for a laptop that isn’t primarily a gaming device.
However, when it comes to battery life which is a failing point of many of these laptops, the battery is relatively small thanks to how compact the laptop itself is. Because of this, the battery life is limited to around six and a half hours, meaning that this device will require charging throughout the day.
Another issue when it comes to this device would be its display, although you do get a 1080p display with this device it can read a little dim when it comes to the colors and their brightness.
Another display issue with this laptop would be that it uses PWM to automatically adjust the brightness levels, this can make the device uncomfortable to type on for long periods of time, meaning it may not be suitable for a lot of you who type on their devices constantly throughout the day.
Overall I would argue this device is a solid choice should you need it to run the more basic tasks, however, there are some relatively big issues when it comes to the display and its quality.
Although both the GPU and CPU are both of high quality and there are no discrepancies when it comes to how this device runs, the display is something that shouldn’t be lacking. As a result of such a good performance, what is the point in it being so good if you are unable to enjoy it on a high-quality screen?
6. Dell Inspiron 14 5000
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U | GPU: AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 Graphics | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 14-inch (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 128GB PCIe NVMe SSD | Battery: 42Whr | Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches | Weight: 3.81 lbs
Mid-range GPU for decent graphics
The Dell Inspiron is a great device for those who need a versatile device that doesn’t underperform with the day to day tasks, such as, internet browsing and managing files and documents.
There is a fingerprint reader integrated into the power button, meaning that you are able to discreetly maintain the security of the files and content that you keep on your device.
Simple features like these can be the most important and because Dell has taken these factors into consideration, you can see that some care has been taken in how this laptop was put together.
With a basic design this laptop isn’t really anything special to look at but thanks to the inclusion of the 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Quad-Core Processor the performance really isn’t too bad.
This processor is for mid-range devices with four cores and a maximum clock speed of 3.7 GHz. This is a great processor for the more basic home and office duties.
There is also some capability for multi-tasking with this processor, meaning that you could have multiple tabs open whilst doing something else, such as watching a youtube video, meaning that this already very versatile device is capable of running more than one task for excellent convenience.
Furthermore, thanks to the AMD Radeon Vega 8 integrated graphics, this device has some basic gaming capability on the lower graphics settings, and because this GPU is made for use in the more compact chassis’ it is also extremely power efficient.
However, this power efficiency is let down slightly by the small battery. Although power conserving components have been used as this device is so compact, this device has a lower battery life of around 6-7 hours until it needs to be charged thus affecting its portability.
Another way that the portability has been affected is through its weight and the fact that it is slightly heavier than others on the market.
Furthermore, there is a slight creak and discrepancy when it comes to the structural integrity of the case itself.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this device if you are someone that wants their device to be good in terms of portability as it has a low battery life and the chassis is not only heavier than similar models but it feels as though it would be susceptible to damage.
It’s not all bad, this device comes equipped with the majority of output options so making external connections to other devices is easy and convenient.
In terms of the display you do get a high-resolution screen that is pretty vibrant and has decent viewing angles, so watching movies and videos is a pleasure on this device.
The only downside to having such strong components like the processor and display is that the system itself can run a little bit on the warmer side. Although there has been the inclusion of fans to help combat overheating they do make a fair bit of noise, which is definitely something to consider if you are not a fan of strong emissions when running your laptop.
7. Lenovo Flex 6
CPU: Intel Core i5-8250U | GPU: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 14-inch (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 128GB SSD | Battery: 45Whr | Dimensions: 12.91 x 9.02 x 0.69 inches | Weight: 3.67 lbs
High quality GPU
Light and thin chassis
Battery life limits portability
Storage may not be enough for some
The Lenovo Flex is a solid device that offers the power of a strong processor and graphics card making for an excellent performance quality.
This paired with a decent quality viewing display and super-fast hard drive storage makes this device a solid option for those of you in the market for a new 2-in-1 laptop.
When looking at the design of this laptop, it is a little bit more basic than others on the list, but looks aren’t everything and this device shows don’t judge a book by its cover as the Lenovo Flex 6 houses an 8th gen intel i5 processor, meaning that this laptop has the capacity to run all of your business and personal tasks, such as editing documents and internet browsing in a quick and efficient manner.
This processor is extremely power efficient which is great for use in slim and compact devices like this one where battery life is precious.
Much like others on this list, the battery life is relatively small due to the limited size of the system itself, because of this you can expect to get up to 7.5 hours of use without needing to connect to a power supply. This isn’t the worst but it’s safe to say that you will need multiple charges if you want to use this device all day.
The battery life does place a restriction on the portability of this device which is a shame as it is an extremely light and thin chassis great for slipping into your bag.
The Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics means that there are some gaming capabilities with this device.
This just another thing that this laptop can do that makes it even more versatile and multi-use as it is able to run many popular games such as Fortnite and Minecraft without the need of altering settings.
However, when it comes to the AAA games you will struggle to run them on high quality but this is to be expected as these are not designed for high-end gaming.
A downside to the construction of this device would be the hinge tends to creak slightly and transitioning between the different laptop and tablet modes isn’t the smoothest, and the screen may seem a little flimsy at times.
Aside from this, the device is solid, with a variety of output options making external connections to things like other displays is easy.
As this is a 2-in-1 device there is a sense of versatility, however, through the vast amount of functions that you are able to conduct on this device I would argue you get value for money.
Although the multi-use aspect is an important selling point of the Lenovo Flex, it is let down slightly by some simple errors such as the small battery life and the weakness in the 300-degree hinge.
These issues may not be deal-breakers but they are things you should consider on how they will impact your experience with this device before making a purchase.
What’s the absolute best hybrid 2 in 1 laptop I can get for a maximum of $600?
Overall the best device on this list would have to be the Lenovo Flex 14. This device shows just how versatile and multi-use a 2-in-1 laptop should be. It has the ability to be set up in a variety of different modes to improve your typing and viewing experiences.
Thanks to all of Lenovos’s inclusions of the little features such as a variety of output options and security features like a fingerprint scanner, this device seems to add a sense of convenience to our lives.
The strong processor means that you get a solid performance quality to match all of the little tricks this device can do.
With a pretty decent battery, as well as being relatively compact and light, this device would be perfect for someone who lives their lives on the go and require a device that can keep up and last a decent amount of time without needing to charge.
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James Cosgrove has been the lead writer at GizmoFusion since 2019. He has a huge passion for the latest technology and gadgets. He loves to talk and write about this interest. He hopes that visitors to the website will find his reports informative and helpful when it comes to making the best choices for their needs.