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Convertibles
Need a PC that can serve double duty as a notebook and a tablet? The convertible market has been exploding, and there are options for all shapes and sizes. We've separated wheat from chaff to bring you the best.

Product Specs Starting price


Asus Transformer Book T100HA
Operating system: Windows 10 Home
Display: 10.1" 1280x800
Processor: Intel Atom x5-Z8500
RAM: 4GB 
Storage: 64GB eMMC SSD, microSD slot
Battery life: 12 hours 
Connectivity: 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0
Thickness: 0.72" (tablet and dock)
Weight: 2.3lbs (tablet and dock)
$309.99

Lenovo Yoga 710 11"
(80TX000CUS)
Operating system: Windows 10 Home
Display: 11.6" 1920x1080
Processor: Intel Core m3-6Y30
RAM: 4GB 
Storage: 256GB SSD
Battery life: 8 hours
Connectivity: 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0
Thickness: 0.59"
Weight: 2.3lbs
$599.99

Asus Zenbook Flip
(UX360CA-AH51T)
Operating system: Windows 10 Home
Display: 13.3" 1920x1080
Processor: Core i5-7Y54 (Kaby Lake)
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Battery life: ~12 hours 
Connectivity: 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1
Thickness: 0.5"
Weight: 2.9lbs
$849.99

Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Operating system: Windows 10
Display: 12.3" 2736x1824
Processor: Intel Core m3, i5, or i7 (Skylake)
RAM: 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB
Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB + microSD slot
Battery life: 9 hours
Connectivity: 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0
Thickness: 0.33"
Weight: 1.7 lbs
$849.00
(128GB SSD,
4GB RAM, Intel Core i5 CPU)

HP Spectre x360
(2016, X7V22UA#ABA)
Operating system: Windows 10 Home
Display: 13.3" 1920x1080
Processor: Intel Core i5 or Core i7 (Kaby Lake)
RAM: 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB
Storage: up to 512GB PCIe SSD
Battery life: ~9-11 hours
Connectivity: 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2
Thickness: 0.54"
Weight: 2.85 lbs

$1,009.99
(Intel Core i7 CPU, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM)


Microsoft Surface Book
Operating system: Windows 10 Pro
Display: 13.5" 3000x2000
Processor: Intel Core i5 or Core i7 (Skylake)
RAM: 8GB or 16GB
Graphics: Nvidia discrete GPU, 1GB RAM (optional)
Storage: 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB SSD
Battery life: 12 hours
Connectivity: 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0
Thickness: 0.9"
Weight: 3.5 lbs
$1,369.99
(Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, no discrete graphics)

Asus Transformer Book T100HA
For those who want an entry-level Windows tablet that can serve double duty as a laptop when needed, Asus' Transformer Book T100HA looks like a good bet for just $313 or so. This convertible comes with a Cherry Trail Atom x5-Z8500 quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of onboard storage. The 10.1", 1280x800 screen isn't as high-density as the panels in some other tablets, but we like the 16:10 aspect ratio—and the affordable price tag.

Lenovo Yoga 710 11" (80TX000CUS)
Lenovo pretty much wrote wrote the book on fold-back convertibles, so it's hardly surprising to see one of the company's entries making it into our top picks. As its name implies, the Lenovo Yoga 710 has a 360° hinge, letting you turn the screen all the way around to use it as a tablet or simply prop it up on a table in "tent" mode. A 1920x1080 resolution in a 11.6"-diagonal screen works out to a pretty sharp 190 PPI, too. The Core m3 CPU and roomy 256GB SSD are also steps up from the Transformer Book T100HA. Finally, the machine weighs in at a 2.3 lbs, which is impressively light for a notebok with a large touchpad and a keyboard with some actual key travel.

Asus Zenbook Flip (UX360CA-AH51T)
Your computing needs may end up needing a little more punch than the Core m3 CPU in the Yoga 710 above. As it happens, the latest Asus Zenbook Flip is a very competitively-priced flip-over convertible built around the spanking-new Kaby Lake Core i5-7Y54. This CPU is a two-core, four-thread unit with a 1.2GHz base clock, but can Turbo up to a staggering 3.2GHz. That's some impressive horsepower for a machine that's only half an inch thick. Eight gigabytes of RAM and a large 512GB SSD complement the main package. At $850, we think this machine is quite the steal.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 refines the company's do-it-all tablet formula with Skylake CPUs, a higher-resolution "PixelSense" display with better touch and pen tracking, and a slightly-improved Type Cover keyboard with a better trackpad. The Pro 4 is a refinement of the Surface Pro 3, not a revolutionary update. If you're already sold on the formula and haven't bought in yet, though, this is the machine you'll probably want. The base Surface Pro 4 starts at $849.99 with a Core m3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Microsoft now throws in the Surface Pen for free, but buyers will still have to pick up the Type Cover for an extra $130.

HP Spectre x360 (2016, X7V22UA#ABA)
Asus isn't the only brand in our convertibles list that's already taken up Intel's Kaby Lake offerings. The 2016 version of the HP Spectre x360 packs a powerful Core i7-7500U CPU and 16GB of RAM. This combination should be more than enough for almost any type of work you care to throw at it. As an added bonus, the version we picked has a 512GB PCIe SSD for wicked-fast storage needs. Reviewers praise this machine's solid, all-aluminum body, gorgeous high-resolution screen, and lengthy battery life, so we think it's a solid choice if the form factor appeals to you. You'll be hard-pressed to find anything better for just over a grand.

Microsoft Surface Book
Microsoft's Surface Book is the biggest splash this segment of the mobile marketplace has seen in some time. It's an unabashedly high-end convertible with a detachable screen, all-metal construction, Core i5 and i7 CPU options, and an optional GeForce discrete graphics card. The Book's screen can pop off to enter what Microsoft calls "clipboard mode," and an included Surface Pen lets owners sketch and take notes as they would on a Surface tablet. The screen can't fold all the way over as it can on the Spectre X360, but it can be flipped around on the hinge to achieve similar positions.

The Surface Book starts at a little over $1,300 with a Skylake Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and no discrete graphics chip. We'd also like to point your attention to the $1,883 model that has a Core i7 CPU and a dedicated GeForce graphics card as a good price-vs-performance choice.

Since we last wrote about it, Microsoft started offering an couple Surface Book models powered by a "Performance Base" that offer bigger batteries and faster GeForce GTX 965M graphics cards, at the cost of an extra couple millimeters in thickness and about half a pound more weight. These machines' graphics performance is substantially superior to their predecessors, but the upgrade comes at a steep price: around $2,399 for the Core i7-fitted machine with a 256GB NVMe SSD, 8GB of RAM, and a GTX 965M card. There are even higher-end versions available, too. $2,799 gets a Book with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, while the range-topping machine with a 1TB SSD will set you back $3,299.