Best 2-in-1 laptops in Australia

Our expert team spent hundreds of hours testing laptops to find the six best 2-in-1 laptops you can buy.

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Best 2-in-1 laptops in 2020, ranked:

  1. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
  2. HP Spectre x360
  3. Microsoft Surface Pro 7
  4. Apple iPad Pro 12.9 M1 2021
  5. Microsoft Surface Go 2
  6. Lenovo Chromebook Duet

How did we pick this list?

We've combed through our own reviews of 2-in-1 laptops along with the review ratings from major reputable sites and consumer feedback to determine our listing of the very best models you can buy.

All choices are independently made based on our combined 60+ years of reviewing experience and are not based on commercial relationships.
Read more detail on our methodology below.

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2020)

Fast, light and convertible power

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2020)
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Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Superb performance
  • Light and easy to transport
  • 2-in-1 design gives you a powerful Windows tablet
  • Great display screen

Cons

  • Very limited ports
  • Integrated GPU is mediocre

Why we chose it

Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 sits atop our recommendations for the best 2-in-1 laptop you can buy, and it's been there for some time. That's because it matches up a superb and very light design with the latest processors, meaning that it's also very powerful. Dell's battery management is also very good for an ultraportable, and being able to charge over USB C is super handy. That thin size does come with some port compromises, and it's not a graphics powerhouse, but if you need a 2-in-1 laptop for on-the-go work, this is the one to buy.

Read Finder's full Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 review here


HP Spectre x360 13

Great design, but HP needs to ditch the preinstalled apps

HP Spectre x360 13
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Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Angular design that's used for more than just visual spectacle
  • Decent performance
  • Good keyboard response

Cons

  • It’s expensive in many configurations
  • Battery life doesn't live up to the hype
  • Can double as an inadvertent lap warmer if pushed hard

Why we chose it

HP's Spectre x360 line runs neck and neck with Dell in the 2-in-1 stakes, and in some ways overtakes it in design and battery life depending on your model choices. The Spectre x360's design certainly stands out, and its nearly bezel-free screen is a delight. Less of a delight is HP's suite of preinstalled apps, which are just a pain to ferret out of your system.

Read our full HP Spectre x360 review


Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Super convertible, super configurable

Microsoft Surface Pro 7
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Not yet rated

Pros

  • Good performance
  • Super-portable with a solid supporting hinge
  • Mix of USB-A and USB-C ports

Cons

  • Keyboard and Surface Pen still aren't bundled
  • Surface charger can easily drop out
  • Can't get every colour with every configuration

Why we chose it

Microsoft's Surface Pro range has long been the star of its Surface range, bringing with it a design that has stood the test of time and optional keyboard and Surface Pen accessories to cover just about every need. We do still think the keyboard should be a standard inclusion, but if you're after a workhorse 2-in-1, it's hard to overlook the Surface Pro 7.

Read our full Surface Pro 7 review


Apple iPad Pro M1 12.9

Apple's take on a 2-in-1 brings plenty of power

Apple iPad Pro M1 12.9
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Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • M1 is insanely powerful
  • Gorgeous display
  • 5G connectivity options

Cons

  • Still only one connection port
  • Worth comparing your MacBook options at this price
  • It costs how much? Oh.

Why we chose it

Apple's been touting the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement for some years now, but the shift to using its own M1 processors within the new iPad Pro models makes it much more of a reality. The M1 is superb for running apps but also very good for battery conservation. Its onboard Liquid Retina XDR display is simply gorgeous, and a superb match for those doing photo or video work.
Combine that with the Apple Magic Keyboard and you've got yourself a very capable, very lightweight combination tablet and laptop system. There are some caveats here, however. Multitasking on iPadOS still isn't superb, and you're left with just the one USB C port for both power and peripherals. Apple also charges a lot for the iPad Pro 12.9 M1, especially if you want the higher storage models.

Read our full Apple iPad Pro 12.9 M1 review


Microsoft Surface Go 2

A compact 2-in-1 well suited for students

Microsoft Surface Go 2
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Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Battery life is very good
  • LTE and Core m3 options
  • Small size makes it ultraportable

Cons

  • Keyboard isn't included
  • Mediocre app performance
  • Gets pricey with all the extras fast

Why we chose it

The regular Surface Pro 7 brings plenty of power, but if you want something lighter in the bag and easier to carry around, the cheaper Surface Go 2 is worth considering as well. It's a smaller system with its own accessories – all of which, in classic Surface style are sold separately – with options for embedded LTE connectivity for absolute connectivity on the go.

Read our full Microsoft Surface Go 2 review


Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Go the easy Google way with this ultraportable Chromebook

Lenovo Chromebook Duet
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Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Great battery life
  • Easy access to Chrome and Android apps
  • Very light and portable

Cons

  • Separate kickstand cover
  • Keyboard is very small
  • Only one input for power, audio and peripherals

Why we chose it

Google's Chromebook platform isn't one that you probably think of when pondering which 2-in-1 to buy, but Lenovo's Chromebook Duet stands out in several ways. It has excellent battery life, the security of ChromeOS and an included keyboard, all for an exceptionally low price. Its lower power processor enables that great battery life, but it does mean that this is a system best suited for lighter tasks like simple Google Docs work more than heavy duty tasks.

Read Finder's full Chromebook Duet review



Amazon prices last updated on 8 December, 2021 at 01:00 am
eBay prices last updated on 7 December, 2021 at 05:08 pm

Methodology

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  • We've compared our own reviews, feedback from everyday consumers and professional technology writers to compare the best 2-in-1 devices.
  • Our editorial team has a combined 60+ years of experience writing about tech and reviewing the latest devices.
  • The 2-in-1 laptops on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not based on commercial relationships.

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