2-in-1 laptops are one of the most popular laptops on the market right now. They offer everything you need in the form, while also having the easy to use convenience of a tablet. They tend to be more expensive than regular laptops and you will get less bang for your buck, but the convenience of them greatly outweighs any loss in performance. If you’ve only got $400 or less to spend on a new 2 in 1 laptop then we will take a look at a few options to help you find the best possible one within your budget.
The 7 Top Hybrid Laptops Below $400 (Updated in May 2020)
A common misconception when it comes to buying these kinds of laptops is that you need to spend a lot to get a good quality device but that is not the case, here is the GizmoFusion list of the 7 best hybrids for less than 400 dollars.
HP Probook x360
CPU: Intel Celeron N4100 | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 600 | RAM: 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 11.6-inch FHD (1366 x 768) | Storage: 512GB SSD | Battery: 65Whr | Dimensions: 11.6 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 3.17 lbs
Plenty of storage
Not the best screen quality
Not the best GPU
HP consistently releases high-quality laptops at a variety of price points. This Probook is one of their newer models and one of the most popular on the market right now and you can see why.
The laptop uses the Intel Quad-Core Celeron N4100 which is a popular CPU among the more mid-range notebooks. It is a quad-core which means you are guaranteed some fast processing at a low cost.
This CPU also has integrated Intel UHD Graphics which is a good midrange GPU which is especially good when it comes to re-rendering data, such as turning MP4 files into MP3 files while covering all the other basic rendering needs of a laptop.
Integrated graphics also have less battery consumption, though this won’t really be necessary for this laptop as it has a fantastic battery life of around 11 hours after a full charge. This will be perfect for students or anyone that needs to use their laptops throughout the day as you won’t need to be close to a battery source.
One place that this laptop does fall behind slightly in is RAM. You get 4GB of RAM which is on the lower side of the spectrum and so will come with some limitations. However, all of your basic multitasking needs will be met if you plan on using non-demanding applications or just browsing the web.
This laptop is widely targeted at students and to support their targeting, HP has implemented a lot of useful features. One of which is a shock-absorbing rubber trim, which will be useful if you want to throw the laptop into your bag to use on the go.
This will also be helpful in tablet form as it means your laptop will have protection even when the screen is not completely covered. It also has Corning Gorilla Glass for extra protection against everyday wear and tear.
An additional feature that is really impressive is the option to use a pen on the screen. With a lot of 2-in-1’s on the market, there isn’t always the ability to do this, so it is useful to have this option, especially if you plan on using applications for art or graphic design.
The screen itself is good for general use. You get a resolution of 1366×768 which is comparable to more aged screen qualities. It doesn’t really live up to the modern standard and lacks richness and depth.
However, if you plan on using it to draft documents or watch videos, you won’t really have an issue. It is slightly disappointing because the tablet feature gives a lot of opportunities to use the laptop artistically and the poor quality takes away from this slightly.
Somewhere that this laptop does not disappoint in is storage. You get 512GB SSD which will be plenty of room for your data as well as giving you fast access to all of your frequently used applications.
To conclude this is a fantastic laptop to use for general purposes as well as having the ability to run more intensive applications comfortably.
CPU: Intel Celeron N4100 | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 600| RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 11.6-inch FHD (1920×1080) | Storage: 256GB SSD | Battery: 29Whr | Dimensions: 10.8 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches | Weight: 3.35 lbs
Good amount of RAM
Poor battery life
Arguably this TECLAST device is one of the most aesthetically pleasing laptops on the list and has a list of powerful components to make it the full package.
It uses an Intel Celeron N4100 processor with clock speeds up to 2.4GHz, it has a base clock speed of 1.1 GHz which is quite low, but if you are using the laptop generally you won’t really be affected.
It can be boosted, which means there is the potential to improve your processing speeds. Aside from that, it is popularly used among mid-range laptops.
It also uses integrated Intel UHD Graphics 600 which is a popular GPU within notebooks. It is really good for general use but it may be challenged when it comes to more demanding software.
You do get 8GB of RAM which will have you covered on all of your multitasking needs. No software will ever really require you to have more than 8GBs so you really won’t struggle with using more demanding applications.
The laptop looks fantastic. It is incredibly thin which is useful when it is in its tablet form as it makes it more comfortable to use. Though it is very thin it does not feel flimsy or easily breakable.
It is made of aluminum which is more durable than just a plastic case. This is useful if you plan on using the 2-in-1 on the go as it means you can throw it into your bag without having to worry about it breaking.
Though the laptop is quite small the keyboard is nicely spread and comfortable to use. The trackpad lacks behind slightly but the screen has fantastic touch screen sensitivity which means you can still browse quite comfortably.
The laptop is also compatible with stylus pens, which will give you more precise use while in tablet mode. This will also be useful for those who want to use the laptop for art, editing or taking notes.
The screen itself is very good. It is 11.6-inches and full HD, with a resolution of 1920×1080. The screen is very clear, but unfortunately quite dull. This may be done in order to save some battery life, which I think is necessary for this laptop as you can only really get around 3 hours out of a single charge.
This is disappointing because on all other fronts this laptop would make the perfect portable device, but unless you are near a power source, you’ll probably have issues.
The laptop comes with plenty of storage, you get 256GB SSD which will leave you plenty of room to store all of your data. Not only will you have fast access to your files, but SSD is also more power saving than the standard HDD. Which as previously discussed, is very useful for this particular device.
Not only do you have plenty of storage, but the excellent connectivity of the laptop will mean you will be able to comfortably transfer all of your data. You get two standard USB ports, an HDMI port, and an audio jack, meaning you will be able to move your files between devices.
Overall this is a fantastic device to use for general purposes, such as drafting documents and browsing the web.
ASUS Vivobook Flip 14
CPU: Intel Pentium N5000 | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 605 | RAM: 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 14-inch (1366×768) | Storage: 128GB SSD | Battery: 52Whr | Dimensions: 12.9 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 3.3 lbs
Great touch screen
This is another fantastic 2-in-1 laptop at an exceptionally reasonable price, that promises to provide a powerful punch in a compact design.
The Flip uses an Intel Quad-Core Pentium N5000 Processor, this is a microprocessor with the ability to reach clock speeds of 2.7 GHz. This isn’t the most powerful CPU on the market, but it’s fine for a mid-range laptop and will allow you to do things like browsing the web and moderate tasks fine.
It is also an incredibly power-efficient processor and will save you some battery throughout the day.
This is paired with integrated Intel UHD Graphics. This is once again very power efficient component. This GPU will work fine for non-demanding general applications and
will render perfectly fine.
However, if you would like it for some more demanding uses such as gaming you could only really expect it to work at a low rate as it is not the most powerful on the market.
You also get 4GB of RAM which will allow you to do things like draft documents and have several browsing tabs open comfortably. However, it will definitely hold you back slightly if you use RAM demanding software.
But if you just want to use the laptop generally, you will have no issues. Though this is a low amount of RAM, because the laptop is of such a low budget, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to add additional RAM.
An impressive feature that this laptop has is its 73% screen to body ratio. The laptop has really thin bezels and really makes use of the space it has. This is really useful when it comes to using the laptop as a tablet as it won’t have unnecessarily wasted room and will really look like a tablet should.
The screen has a resolution of 1366×768 which is not up to the standard of most modern laptops. However, this is a common resolution for laptops of this size and if you just want to use the laptop for general purposes, then this won’t be an issue. However, the colors won’t be as rich or as well saturated.
The touch screen is extremely responsive and has extremely high precision touch sensors, meaning you won’t experience any lagging behind.
The design of the laptop is really good. It is incredibly thin, but uses a sturdy aluminum case that makes it appear far more expensive than it actually is.
It is comfortable to hold and its light weight makes it easy to use in both laptop and tablet form.
Something that ASUS has really taken into consideration is the versatility that comes with a 360 device, it does not have to be just used in tablet or laptop form, it can be used in what people refer to as ‘tent mode’. This is basically the laptop standing in tablet form. To support this, the laptop has some really good hinges that are able to support a number of positions.
The laptop comes with a 128GB SSD. This will be plenty of room for all of your basic files, like Word documents and miscellaneous data. However, if you want to house a lot of software or big files such as videos and music, it may be worth getting some external storage.
If this is something you would need to do, you would have no issue doing so as the laptop has everything you need in terms of connectivity.
HP Pavilion x360
CPU: Intel Core M-5Y10 | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 605 | RAM: 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 11.6-inch (1366×768) | Storage: 128GB SSD | Battery: 37Whr | Dimensions: 11 x 7.7 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 2.67 lbs
Good touch screen
No exciting features
HP have always produced fantastic laptops in every category, especially when it comes to 2-in-1 devices.
The x360 uses an Intel Core M-5Y10 Processor with a clock speed of 1.1 GHz, this is a low- mid-range processor that is perfectly capable of handling daily tasks. However, it will not have an incredibly fast performance.
Once again this is matched with integrated graphics, much like the CPU, the GPU is not the most powerful on the market. However, for non-demanding use, the laptop will run smoothly and you won’t see many noticeable differences between this and more expensive laptops.
Once again this laptop has 4GB of RAM. This will be plenty of RAM to cover all of your general uses. However, there will be an issue when it comes to using some more RAM demanding software.
This is especially inconvenient because of the nature of the laptop. Due to its 2-in-1 feature, it would be expected to be used for editing or art applications which often fall under the RAM demanding category.
One element that is slightly hit and miss about this laptop is the design. On one hand, you have this exceptionally modern aluminum casing matched with a sleek internal layout. In its laptop form, it looks fantastic.
Issues start to arise when you flip it into a tablet. Though the device is quite light, weighing under 3lbs, it is oddly thick. This makes it uncomfortable to use while in tablet form as it is harder to hold.
Aside from that, the actual screen is good. The touch screen sensors are very responsive, which makes for some easy usage. The resolution is what you would expect from a laptop in this price range. It is a little dated but still perfectly fine if you are just using the laptop for general purposes.
However, if you want to use it for activities such as graphic design or computing, you will notice a difference in quality. The screen is nice and bright so if you were to use it outside you won’t have to worry about screen glare.
The HP comes with 128GB SSD which means that your applications and laptop will have faster boot times. You will have plenty of room to store your data such as documents and pictures.
However, if you want to house some larger applications you may need to consider external storage. However, based on the laptop’s current capabilities, you shouldn’t have any storage issues.
The battery life on the laptop is also quite mediocre, you can expect around 4 hours from a single charge which won’t be an issue when using at home. However, it won’t last you the entire day so you would need to be close to a power source in order to continue using it.
Overall this is a really good general-use laptop. It has the feature of being a 2-in-1 while also being able to deliver a good everyday performance.
It doesn’t stand out too much in the 2-in-1 market but that is not necessarily a bad thing as you may not need a laptop for anything more than just simple reasons.
This laptop is widely targeted at a student audience and you can see why as it would be perfect for completing work or just throwing into your bag for a lecture.
HP 14 Inch Touchscreen
CPU: Intel Core i3-8145U | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 14-inch (1366×768) | Storage: 128GB SSD | Battery: 41Whr | Dimensions: 22 x 14.3 x 5.3 inches | Weight: 3.2 lbs
Responsive touch screen
May need external storage
Once again HP makes an appearance on the list with a fantastic 2-in-1 device.
The HP uses an Intel i3 processor which is an older CPU, but continues to hold popularity on the laptop market. It is a mid-range processor, with clock speeds of 2.1 GHz.
This processor will allow you to easily complete all of your daily tasks, such as drafting documents or browsing the web. However, if you want to use more demanding software, you might struggle slightly as the i3 is slightly more limited than more modern processors like the i5 or i7.
The processor does have integrated Intel UHD Graphics which is on the more powerful side in terms of integrated graphics and will deliver some smooth rendering.
Somewhere that you’ll have no issues with is multitasking. This laptop comes with a generous 8GB of RAM, which will handle any software absolutely fine and also gives you the potential to run some mid-level games, if that is what you are looking to do.
One thing to note is that, though this notebook is a touch screen, it does not have a 360 flip and you will not be able to use it in full tablet form. However, you will still be able to use all of the benefits of touchscreen.
The screen is very responsive, so you will be able to use it for many purposes without worrying about the sensitivity lagging behind.
The resolution of the screen is what you would expect from a notebook of this budget, it is not as sharp as the more modern 1920×1080 but you won’t see any noticeable difference if you are using it for general tasks.
However, you will see a difference if you plan on gaming are using it for artistic purposes as it won’t be as rich as a higher resolution screen.
The design of the laptop is good, it looks well finished and as though it costs more than it does. The keyboard has a short travel distance and will be comfortable to use and easy to get used to.
The trackpad does fall behind slightly, but this can easily be fixed in the settings, or the responsive touchscreen can be used instead.
The laptop also comes with a 128GB SSD, which as I have previously discussed is more than enough to house general data. However, if you want to download some larger software or a number of films and audio files, you may need some external storage.
One benefit of using SSD is the power saving aspect, though this laptop has a fine battery life, this will be beneficial when you are wanting to use the laptop on the go as you won’t need to continuously recharge.
Overall, this is a fine general-use laptop that has the potential to run a number of applications and provide some very smooth usage. However, there is nothing that really stands out about this laptop, which is fine if you are looking for a simplistic device.
Dell Inspiron 11.6”
CPU: AMD A9-9420e | GPU: AMD Radeon R5 Graphics | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 11.6-inch (1366×768) | Storage: 1TB HDD| Battery: 58Whr | Dimensions: 8 x 11.5 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 3.25 lbs
Lots of RAM
Plenty of storage
Dell are one of the most popular laptop manufacturers on the market and an area that they have branched out into very successfully is 2-in-1 laptops.
This laptop uses an AMD Dual-Core A9-9420e Processor which is an entry-level processor that is commonly found in Dell devices.
It is a dual-core processor which means it won’t be as fast as a quad-core, however, if you don’t want to use the laptop for very intensive multitasking, you won’t have any issues.
It uses integrated AMD Radeon R5 graphics which once again falls under the entry-level category and will provide some fast rendering of all of your graphics.
Once again this is matched with a generous 8GB of RAM which will mean you can multitask comfortably, not only through using simple internet tabs, but even with more demanding software, you won’t have any issue with lag.
One aspect of the laptop that is definitely hit or miss is the design. There is the redeeming quality of a good keyboard but aside from that, it does not have the sleek design that is popular on the modern market, instead having more of a rounded off effect that makes it seem quite juvenile.
This effect also makes it appear unusually thick. It is quite lightweight, meaning it will be comfortable to use on the go in its laptop state. However, this thickness will make it uncomfortable to use as a tablet as it is not as easy to hold in one hand, which is quite annoying considering that it is one of the main selling points of a 2-in-1 device.
However, this won’t really be an issue if you use it in a tent form, and will actually benefit from a bit of thickness.
The screen itself is quite good. It is backlit and so will be fine to use in a number of environments. It has a lower resolution of 1366×768 which will be absolutely fine for general use such as surfing the web or forming documents. Even for streaming tv shows, you shouldn’t really see a noticeable difference.
However, if you want to do things such as edit videos or images, you will be able to see a drop in quality.
A good additional feature that this laptop has is a fantastic sound system. It uses Wave MaxxAudio to create an immersive sound set up that will be great for streaming music or watching videos.
The Dell uses 1TB HDD storage which will leave you plenty of room to store all of your files. HDD is not as fast as SSD when it comes to accessing your data, but it is a tried and tested storage method that is reliable and will keep your files safe.
If 1TB is somehow not enough to fulfill all of your needs, you will always have the possibility to add external storage. This laptop has all that you need in terms of connectivity and so you will be able to not only store data externally, but transfer data from a number of different devices.
Overall this is a very minimalistic laptop, but it would be a perfect choice for someone who needs something simple to use in their day to day life.
Dell Inspiron 5481
CPU: Intel Core i3-8145U | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 14-inch (1366×768) | Storage: 128GB SSD | Battery: 42Whr | Dimensions: 4 x 15 x 17 inches | Weight: 3.84 lbs
Only 4GB of RAM
Not much storage
Once again Dell makes an appearance on the list, though this laptop is at the end of the list, it is still an excellent laptop with a lot to offer.
As is common with many Dell devices, this laptop runs on an Intel i3 processor. Though this is a more dated processor, however, it can reach high clock speeds of 3.9 GHz and will fulfill all of your daily needs perfectly fine.
If you wanted to game on this laptop, you will face restrictions. This is also partly to do with the GPU. This laptop uses an integrated graphics which is not as powerful as many GPUs on the market, so if you wanted to do more demanding things such as gaming, you would have to keep it to a lower level.
However, the usual activities like browsing the web will be absolutely fine and you will not feel a drop in performance.
You do get 4GB of RAM, which once again will limit you slightly in what software you will be able to use. But, for using non-intensive software like most of the Microsoft applications will be fine.
However, you will be able to have multiple internet tabs open at once without any interruption, which would be good for people who use their laptops to do work.
The design for this laptop is actually really good. It is not as thick as many of the laptops that we have seen on the list. This makes it appear good in its tablet form, there are no thick bezels or wasted space so you aren’t constantly reminded that it is a laptop too.
One thing to note is that the casing of the laptop is plastic as opposed to the popular aluminum. This isn’t necessarily a bad feature, but it will make the laptop more susceptible to wear and tear if you wanted to use the laptop on the go.
The hinges are really good, which is great as it means you will be able to use the laptop in several positions without worrying about the device collapsing.
Though the laptop itself is quite small, the keyboard is nicely spread and comfortable to use. This would be helpful for people that intend on doing a lot of writing as you won’t have to worry about dealing with an oddly laid out keyboard.
Unfortunately, the trackpad isn’t as responsive as the touchscreen, however, it won’t be detrimental to your use of the laptop if you are just wanting to use it to browse or complete work. If the sensitivity is something that matters to you, you can easily adjust it in the settings or use an external mouse.
The actual screen is quite good. It has a resolution of 1366×768 which is the standard for notebooks of this price range. This won’t be as clear as the more modern 1920×1080 but you wouldn’t really notice any differences unless you plan on using editing software or playing games.
The screen is backlit and quite bright. This is perfect if you want to use the laptop outside as you won’t have to deal with screen glare.
This device comes with a 128GB SSD, which will be more than enough space to house all of your general data. However, if you want to download bigger files like films or large software, it may be worth getting some external data.
Another benefit of this laptop using SSD is that SSD is far more power-efficient than HDD. This is good for this device as it has quite a standard battery life. This would make it more convenient to use on the go as you won’t have to continuously be next to a source of power.
Overall this is a fantastic general use laptop and would be perfect for a student or a worker on the go, however, you shouldn’t expect too much in terms of ability as you won’t be able to use more demanding software.
Which Hybrid would you recommend for me that won’t cost more than $400?
The HP Probook x360 is the best 2-in-1 laptop on the list for a number of reasons. It has a great CPU which will give some good performance. It also has a great amount of storage, so you will be able to house all the data that you will need to while having fast access to your applications and fast boot time.
Not only does this laptop have good internal components, but it looks fantastic too. It’s the perfect laptop to take on the go, with a great battery life that will mean you won’t have to continuously be next to a power source. Though the rest of the laptops on the list are great, this laptop is a cut above the rest.
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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.