The 2-in-1 laptop is one of the most popular laptops on the market right now, giving you the power of a modern laptop with the additional advantages of a tablet. 2-in-1 laptops offer the user a great deal of convenience which is always a good thing.
Best Portable Option
|Dell Inspiron 13 7000|
|Dell Inspiron 700|
Best for Students
|Acer Spin 3|
|Lenovo Flex 5|
Longest Battery Life
The 7 Best 2 in 1 Laptops Under $800 in 2021
With the usual specifications of tablets, it’s easy to presume that 2-in-1’s won’t be as powerful as your standard laptop, however, these 7 laptops show that this is not the case. Continue reading to find the GizmoFusion list of the best options on the market currently.
1. Dell Inspiron
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U | GPU: Integrated Radeon RX Vega 8 Graphics | RAM: 32GB RAM DDR4 | Screen: 14 inch (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 1TB SSD + 1TB HDD | Battery: 42Whr | Dimensions: 12.9 x 9.2 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 3.81 lbs
Brilliant amount of RAM
Low battery life
Perhaps excessive storage
This is one of the most popular 2-in-1 laptops on the market right now, offering powerful performance and fantastic storage.
The Inspiron runs on an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Processor with initial clock speeds of 2.1GHz which is a mid-range processor that works well for home and office use. It is quad-core and so naturally will run a lot faster than a dual-core and so you can expect to run a number of apps at the same time without an issue.
You get an amazing 32GB of RAM which is more RAM than you’ll ever really need and means you will have absolutely no limitations when it comes to running software. It also gives you a lot of gaming potential, which is rare when it comes to these particular types of laptops. It uses integrated Radeon RX Vega 8 Graphics which will allow fantastic rendering and also will not eat up the battery life in the laptop.
In a 2-in-1 laptop the screen is arguably one of the most important features and this screen does not fail to deliver on quality. The screen is 14 inches big and has a resolution of 1920×1080, it offers clear and bright colors and makes for some pleasant viewing.
The actual touch screen is very responsive, which is great for software such as drawing or editing applications that depend on a responsive screen.
The hinges of the laptop also allow the screen to flip 360 degrees which means you don’t just have to use the touch screen in the laptop form.
The screen is surrounded by very thin bezels which really fits with the sleek design of the rest of the laptop.
It has a grey aluminum case which is quite popular on the market right now.
One issue with the design is the size of the keyboard, it’s just very small and would not be very comfortable to use.
The laptop itself is very small and lightweight and so would be a good laptop to use on the go.
The Inspiron exceeds itself in terms of storage. You get 1TB of SSD and HDD, this means you will definitely have as much space as you could possibly need for all of your data. This excess of storage, as well as RAM, does beg the question of are you spending more money on memory that you will never really need?
Regardless of this, for someone who will be using a lot of software, this vast amount of storage will be very useful. The use of both SSD and HDD means your battery usage will be a little lower than if it was just HDD, which once again shows Dell doing what it can to extend the battery life.
This is a really useful additional feature as the battery life is surprisingly lower than what you would expect this laptop to have. On one full charge, you will get around 6 and a half hours, which is fine for general use but may be an issue for those who want to use it continuously throughout the day.
Overall this is unarguably a fantastic laptop with extremely powerful components, it has a brilliant screen and plenty of storage and is definitely one of the best 2-in-1 laptops under $800 on the market.
If portability and tablet mode are not deal breakers, I suggest you read these reviews of the best regular $800 laptops here. Although these are the same price as the $800 2 in 1 laptops on this list, they are more powerful than these convertible devices.
2. Dell Inspiron 13 7000
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700U | GPU: Integrated Radeon RX Vega 10 Graphics | RAM: 32GB DDR4| Screen: 13.3 inch (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 512GB SSD | Battery: 42Whr | Dimensions: 12.8 x 9.2 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 3.84 lbs
This is another brilliant 2-in-1 laptop by Dell, with the speed and performance that you would expect from a laptop double its price.
It runs on an AMD Quad-Core Ryzen processor, this is a fantastic CPU on the current market and will offer you the potential to boost the clock speeds to 3.8GHz, which leaves room for some very powerful performance.
This is encouraged by a very generous 32GB of RAM which will allow you to meet all of your potential multitasking needs and will help you run pretty much all software.
Like the previous Dell, this laptop also uses integrated Radeon RX graphics which will offer you some fast rendering, which matched with the other components would be especially useful for those of you that use graphics designing software.
Once again, the screen for this laptop is fantastic. It’s on the smaller side, along with the rest of the laptop. making it perfect to pack for use on the go.
The screen has a 1920×1080 resolution which is what you would expect from a modern laptop and means you will get some good quality viewing. The touchscreen is also backlit, meaning that whether you use it in tablet form or laptop form, you won’t need to worry about glare.
The laptop is however surrounded by quite thick bezels and a slightly bigger screen could have fitted onto this device, however, this could have just been a stylistic choice by Dell.
The rest of the laptop looks good, it’s very thin and has a good simplistic design that will fit in anywhere.
This laptop has less storage than the previous Dell, but it still has 512GB SSD, which will still be more than enough to store whatever you would need to. It will also mean you will have faster access to applications as well as a faster boot time for your laptop.
An area that the laptop does lack behind slightly in is the trackpad, as it is quite laggy and has a low sensitivity. Though this can easily be adjusted within settings, but due to its touch screen feature, this shouldn’t get in the way too much.
Overall, this is a brilliant laptop with powerful components that leave a lot of room for versatility.
3. Dell Inspiron 7000
CPU: Intel Core i5-8265U | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 24GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6 inch (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD | Battery: 42Whr | Dimensions: 14.2 x 9.5 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 3.22 lbs
This laptop uses intel technology that is at the forefront of powerful components in the current market.
The 700 uses an Intel i5 processor, which is a quad-core CPU and a very popular choice for laptops. They’re not as good when it comes to multitasking as an i7, but will still excel past many on the current market. It is even popular in the gaming community, showing just how powerful it is as a processor.
This is once more paired with a generous 24GB of RAM which once more is more than you’ll ever really need, as most modern software demands no more than 8GB. This is especially good for this kind of 2-in-1 device as it means you can multitask some pretty RAM dependent software.
The 700 also uses Integrated Intel graphics, which will manage general use perfectly fine, but is not as powerful as GPU’s previously discussed, however, you will get the power-saving benefits of an integrated GPU.
The screen is on the larger side, it’s 15.6 inches big and has a good resolution of 1920×1080. This larger screen matched with a brilliant, crisp display will allow for some serious viewing. This would be especially good if you planned to game using this laptop, but it would also be convenient for a number of purposes.
This laptop fits in with the usual Dell design, which means taking a simplistic design and making it look modern with the use of aluminum casing. This laptop does fall victim to a poor keyboard though, as it is too small.
Like the rest of the laptops on this list, this laptop is capable of flipping 360 degrees, meaning you can use it in both a tablet and laptop form.
One thing that stands out in this laptop is its excellent storage. It uses hybrid storage of 256GB SSD along with 2 TB HDD, this means you will have more than enough the house whatever you would like, such as films, music, and even intensive software.
This would be especially good for those who use the touch screen feature to use editing or drawing software, which often requires a lot of storage.
The use of SSD will also save you battery as SSD is less consuming of battery, which is good considering the battery life of this laptop isn’t fantastic. From one full charge, you can expect around 6 hours of battery which likely will not be enough to last throughout the day without being close to a power source.
Regardless of some small issues such as the battery life, this laptop has some seriously good components that will be able to cater to the needs of a large audience.
4. Acer Spin 3
CPU: Intel Core i7-8565U | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620| RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Screen: 14 inch (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 512GB PCLe SSD | Battery: 52Whr | Dimensions: 12.9 x 9.4 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 3.75 lbs
Plenty of RAM
Poor battery life
Not practical to use on the go
This is Acer’s first appearance on this list and they don’t only deliver on creating a fantastic 2-in-1 laptop, but they provide additional technology to make your experience more enjoyable.
The Acer Spin 3 uses one of the latest Intel Core i7 processors which is one of the best on the market right now and is even favored among gamers. It’s an incredibly fast processor and will guarantee the comfortable use of a few applications at a time.
This is supported by 16GB of RAM. This is slightly less RAM than the other laptops on the list, but this amount will still allow you to multitask freely. It will also be fine with more RAM hungry software.
The Acer also uses Intel UHD integrated graphics. This is a strong GPU for general use, such as accessing documents and browsing the web. People who use this laptop are likely to use art or design software because of the tablet option and this GPU would easily run some of the more intensive software demands.
You also get 512GB PCLe SSD which is even faster than standard SSD. This means you’ll have even faster access to frequently used software as well as plenty of room to house your data.
This laptop stands out from previous laptops on the list as it provides the additional feature of a rechargeable stylus which will allow you to have better control of the use of the touchscreen.
This will also come in handy if you exchange documents online as it will allow you to input your signature. If you are a student this may also be convenient to use to take notes in class, there is such a wide stream of possible uses for this pen.
The actual screen is also fantastic, it is 14 inches and has a resolution of 1920×1080 which offers crisp and bright colors. This once again would be good for any animators or editors as it would allow you to see your image clearly.
The screen also has really thin bezels which is very useful when in tablet form as it means you have a larger surface to work with.
The rest of the design is really modern, using a nice black and grey color combination. But the thickness of the base of the laptop really takes away from the 2-in-1 design as when flipped it is just too thick to be comfortably used as a tablet.
But the keyboard is nicely spaced and easy to use and the trackpad is fast and responsive, so it works nicely in laptop form.
One issue with this laptop, however, is its poor battery as you can only expect around 6 hours of battery from a full charge, which makes all the features that makes it a nice laptop to use on the go redundant.
Aside from some design issues, this continues to be a fantastic laptop due to its brilliant components.
5. Lenovo Flex 5
CPU: Intel Core i7-8550U | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 16GB DDR4| Screen: 15.6 inch (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 512GB SSD NVMe | Battery: 52Whr | Dimensions: 14.3 x 9.7 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 4.41 lbs
Doesn’t quite meet the requirements of its targeted user
As we know and have previously talked about on this website, Lenovo is the perfect example of a brand that consistently produces quality laptops for a reasonable price. The Flex continues this pattern, running on some of the best components on the market.
The laptop uses an Intel i7 processor which is capable of reaching clock speeds of 4GHz. This is one of the most popularly used CPUs on the market due to its powerful performance and is usually found in laptops much pricier than this one.
This laptop has been heavily marketed at the gaming community and with 16GB of RAM, you can see why. Not only does this large quantity of RAM offer some good gaming potential, but it also means that you multitask freely with some pretty demanding software.
The Flex also uses an Integrated Intel GPU which will deliver some good performance, as it is even capable of supporting 4K.
Like the rest of the laptops on this list, the Flex is touchscreen and can be converted into a tablet, leaving endless usage possibilities. The screen itself is really good. It is 15.6 inches and has a resolution that fits in nicely on the modern market.
The colors are rich and well saturated, so you will have no issue when it comes to streaming or using any editing software if this is what you are looking for in a laptop. For more information on RAM and streaming, read my report about how much RAM you need to stream games and videos.
Following a lot of the laptops on the list, the trackpad of this laptop does lag behind slightly, but with the touchscreen feature, this can be easily avoided. The laptop also has everything you would need in terms of connectivity, so if you wanted to use a mouse, this would be fine.
Storage-wise, this laptop has you covered. You get 512GB SSD NVMe which means you get all of the benefits of SSD, such as fast booting and battery preservation, along with faster transfer speeds for bigger files. This is especially useful for those who work in editing or music production as it means you can transfer and render files quickly.
Aesthetically speaking this laptop looks really good, it’s completely black and quite thin, making it look modern. However, once again the keyboard is quite small and may not be comfortable to use.
This laptop does make up for some small issues with the inclusion of Dolby speakers, which guarantee clear and bassy sound.
Aside from these small issues, this is an exceptional laptop and should definitely be taken into consideration due to its versatility and ability to fit any need.
6. Dell 2-in-1
CPU: Intel Core i7-8565U | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Screen: 14 inch (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 512GB SSD | Battery: 42Whr | Dimensions: 12.9 x 9.2 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 4.1 lbs
Plenty of RAM
Dell has made several appearances on this list and for good reason. This brand consistently produces high-quality laptops at a reasonable price.
The 2018 Dell comes with an Intel Core i7 processor which has a standard clock speed of 3.6GHz. This is arguably one of the most popular CPUs on the market and is known for its ability it handle any task.
The Dell also has 16GB of RAM, which when matched with the i7 CPU, will mean you can do plenty of multitasking.
Like previous models, this laptop also uses an integrated GPU. Usually, integrated GPUs aren’t as powerful as a regular graphics cards, but for the casual user the Intel UHD Graphics 620 will meet every need and allow you to use any sort of software comfortably, the only issues you could face would only happen if you wanted to use the laptop for some high-level gaming.
One immediately noticeable thing about this laptop is the design. For a 2-in-1 laptop, the base is oddly thick. So when it is in the tablet form it’s not very comfortable to use, this will particularly be an issue if you want to use it primarily in its tablet form.
Aside from this, aesthetically the design is good, the keyboard is well spaced and the trackpad is very responsive.
One thing to note is that the screen does have quite thick bezels, which once again makes the laptop a little unappealing in the tablet form. Aside from this, the screen itself is really good. It has a high resolution and a sharp picture, which will come in handy for those who want to stream or use the touch screen feature to draw/design.
This laptop offers 512GB SSD which will be perfect to house all the data that you will need it to, this means you can store a number of video and audio files comfortably. Not only can you store the data that you need, but due to the high connectivity of the laptop, you will have no problem transferring or importing additional files.
This laptop also excels when it comes to audio quality, using high-quality Dolby speakers to deliver an immersive sound.
An area where the laptop can improve on is the hinge quality, as the hinges are a little looser than what you would want from a 2-in-1 laptop.
Overall, this laptop is great for general use and even more intensive software, but past the 2-in-1 feature, this laptop remains relatively unimpressive.
7. Lenovo Flex
CPU: Intel i5-8250U | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 16GB DDR4| Screen: 14 inch (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 512GB SSD | Battery: 45Whr | Dimensions: 12.9 x 9 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 4.52 lbs
Weirdly thick bezels
This is not the first time a version of the Lenovo Flex has appeared on this list and for good reason.
This laptop uses a slightly weaker CPU than a lot on the list, but the Intel i5 still offers a lot of powerful performance. It is quad-core, which means it will be able to read and process data a lot faster than a dual-core.
Once again you get a nice 16GB of RAM, which as we have previously discussed, means there will be no problem when it comes to multitasking.
This laptop uses Intel UHD Graphics 620 which is a really good integrated GPU. One drawback of using this particular GPU is that to get the most out of it, you will need at least 8GB of RAM as they share memory. Luckily, this laptop is more than equipped to deal with that.
One thing that is definitely very questionable about this laptop is the design. The screen has weirdly thick bezels and a lot of room is wasted where the screen could be potentially bigger.
The wasted space is instead occupied by a small Lenovo symbol, which seems out of place considering the laptop converts into a tablet, it can almost be forgotten as a laptop but when it is just the screen, it’s not easy to forget.
Aside from that, the actual laptop doesn’t look too bad, it’s really thin which doesn’t make sense when looking at its almost 5lb weight. This slightly heavier weight makes it inconvenient to use on the go, especially as a tablet as it will be difficult to use in one hand.
Another aspect that makes it unappealing to use on the go is the poor battery life, from one charge you can expect around 6 hours of usage which is fine if you plan on using it indoors, but if you won’t be next to a battery source, this will be an issue.
Though the design is off, the actual screen quality is very good. There is a resolution of 1920×1080 which means the screen will be very clear. On top of this, the colors are rich and saturated.
This once again will be especially useful if you plan on using the touch screen feature for graphic design purposes or for art.
If this is what you plan on using it for, you will have no problem installing a vast amount of software and storing all of your produced work. You get a good 512GB of SSD, which means that you will be able to store a lot of data, as well as having the ability to access that data quickly.
In terms of additional features, this laptop doesn’t really have much. It does have a fingerprint reader which makes it more secure than your standard laptop, but aside from that, there isn’t much else. However, this isn’t exactly a bad thing it just continues to be a simplistic laptop.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Are 2 in 1 laptops more expensive?
When compared to traditional laptops, yes, 2 in 1 laptops are more expensive for similar levels of performance.
This is because you’re paying for the extra convenience of having touchscreen and tablet mode capabilities, and the ability to switch between using it as a laptop, or using it as a tablet.
What are the pros and cons to a 2 in 1 laptop?
The Pros to having a 2 in 1 laptop are:
- Touchscreen convenience
- Functionality of two things in 1 device
- Freedom to freely switch between tablet and laptop mode
The Cons are:
- More expensive than traditional laptops for similar raw performance
- Can be heavier than a traditional tablet
What is the best 2 in 1 laptop under 600 dollars?
You can read about the best $600 2 in 1 convertible laptops here. Even though these devices are a full 200 bucks cheaper than the $800 2 in 1 laptops on this list, they are still solid machines that can handle most things thrown at them.
If you would prefer to keep searching for your ideal laptop instead of choosing one on this list, you can find many more laptop reviews here.
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.