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The best touchscreen laptops in 2022

The best touchscreen laptops have responsive, accurate screens that make swiping and tapping your way through work or play feel natural and intuitive. They also have bright, vibrant displays, and are often mounted on a 360-degree hinge that lets them flip over to use as tablets.

In addition to all of the above, touchscreen laptops have improved by leaps and bounds in recent years as Windows and Chrome OS have been refined for touch input. Now there are a ton of options available to you when you’re in the market for a new portable PC with a touchscreen, and many of them rank among the best laptops you can buy.

What are the best touchscreen laptops?

Right now our recommendation for the best 13-inch touchscreen laptop you can buy is the Dell XPS 13 Plus because it’s a well-rounded and affordable machine that packs speedy performance and a gorgeous OLED touchscreen into a remarkably slim, lightweight design. However, it lacks a headphone jack and sports capacitive keys that may be too daring for some; for those folks we still recommend the Dell XPS 13, still an excellent 13-inch ultraportable that can also be configured with an OLED touchscreen.

If you love the idea of an OLED touchscreen laptop but want something that can convert into a big tablet, you’d be happier with the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360. It has a beautiful 1080p AMOLED touchscreen, great battery life and enough computing muscle to handle all your daily tasks. Plus, it comes with a stylus that’s great for doodling on the screen — though sadly there’s no handy compartment on the laptop to hold it when not in use.

If your budget is tight, we recommend considering either the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 or the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. Both are surprisingly capable touchscreen Chromebooks that cost less than $500; the former is a bit more expensive but packs a powerful Intel Core i5 CPU and a great screen, while the latter is a less powerful Chrome tablet that’s much cheaper (often under $300) and ships with a decent keyboard cover included. The newer Lenovo Duet 3 Chrome tablet is a slightly better version with a better screen, more ports and more power under the hood, but it’s also at least $100 more expensive.

The best touchscreen laptops you can buy today

Dell XPS 13 Plus open on desk viewed from front side

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The best 13-inch Windows touchscreen laptop

Specifications

Display: 13.4 inches (3456 x 2160) OLED touch (as reviewed)

CPU: 12th gen Core i7-1280P

GPU: Intel Iris Xe

RAM: 16GB

Storage: 512GB SSD

Weight: 2.77 pounds

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Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous design

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Bright and vibrant OLED display

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Very comfortable keyboard

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Strong performance

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Powerful audio

Reasons to avoid

Relatively short battery life

Touchpad can be oversensitive

Bottom runs warm

Capacitive function row lacks feedback

Judging by the name, you might think that the Dell XPS 13 Plus is a bigger version of Dell’s iconic laptop. But it’s actually quite the opposite. This is as minimalist a design as we’ve ever seen from Dell.

There’s just two ports. There’s no headphone jack. And Dell even took away physical function keys, replacing them with a capacitive row. There’s not even lines to denmark the touchpad; the entire area beneath the keyboard is one smooth piece of glass.

But the XPS 13 Plus isn’t just a design statement. Dell managed to pack a 28W 12th gen Core i7 processor into this sleek 2.7-pound machine. And the result is a system that can outperform even the mighty MacBook Pro M2 on some tests. However, the short battery life and capacitive function row will give some pause. We also found the bottom gets a bit toasty when running at full power, so keep that in mind to avoid a scorched lap!

Read our full Dell XPS 13 Plus review.

Not interested in the Plus? Don’t miss our Dell XPS 13 OLED review — the base XPS 13 is still a great laptop that we recommend often.

Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360

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The best 2-in-1 laptop

Specifications

Display: 13.3- or 15.6-inch 1080p Super AMOLED

CPU: Intel Core i7

RAM: 8-16 GB

Storage: 256 GB – 1 TB

Weight: 3.11 pounds

Size: 13.97 x 8.98 x 0.47 inches

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous 15.6-inch AMOLED display

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Fetching ultra-thin design

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Extremely portable

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Speedy performance

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Roomy keyboard and responsive touchpad

Reasons to avoid

Samsung apps can feel like bloatware

1080p max resolution disappoints

The Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 ($1,249 to start) is an ultra-thin 2-in-1 laptop that’s tailor-made for people who are always on the go. Like last year’s Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360, this iteration features a gorgeous AMOLED screen that’s perfect for media consumption. It’s also ideal for work thanks to its speedy performance.

Though a Windows laptop at its core, the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 comes loaded with a slew of Samsung software. This could be good or bad, depending on how invested you are in the Samsung ecosystem. If you are, then you’ll find that this 2-in-1 pairs nicely with your Samsung tablets and phones. Otherwise, all of these applications are effectively bloatware.

Despite the middling webcam and Samsung bloatware, the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 has a lot going for it and is a 2-in-1 we highly recommend to those who are in the market for a powerful, portable laptop that pairs nicely with Samsung devices.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 review.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio on table

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The best touchscreen laptop for Windows 11

Specifications

Display: 14.4-inch 120 Hz touchscreen (2400 x 1600 pixels)

CPU: 11th Gen Intel Core i5 | Intel Core i7

GPU: Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU

RAM: 16GB | 32 GB

Storage: 256 GB – 1 TB SSD

Weight: 3.8 – 4.0 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Versatile sliding hinged display

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Great speakers

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Bright, vibrant screen

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Slim Pen 2 stylus works well

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Good battery life

Reasons to avoid

Performance could be better

Ports are sparse and inconveniently placed

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Studio is a reimagined Surface Book with a more MacBook Pro-like design and an eye-catching hinged touchscreen you can pull towards yourself for easier access. This is Microsoft’s flagship device for Windows 11, which promises to make Windows a more inviting place for both work and play. Like Windows 11, the Surface Laptop Studio is advertised as a one-stop shop for productivity, entertainment and creative work.

And for the most part, it is all that: its 11th Gen Intel CPU and 16+ GB of RAM gives you enough power to tackle most work, and if you splurge for a model with the discrete Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU the Surface Laptop Studio also doubles as a decent machine for gaming or video editing on the go. 

However, it’s a bit pricey when you kit it out, and despite its great components, the Surface Laptop Studio delivers subpar performance compared to similarly-priced machines. But few other laptops can match its intriguing sliding hinged display, which can be tented over the keys like an easel or slid all the way flat to turn the Studio into a heavy tablet.

Read our full Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio review.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 on a desk

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Best touchscreen laptop for productivity

Specifications

Display: 13.5-inch 2256 x 1504 touchscreen

CPU: 11-Gen Intel Core i5/i7 | Ryzen 5/7 4000-series

GPU: Integrated Intel Iris Xe or Radeon graphics

RAM: 8GB to 32GB

Storage: 256GB to 1TB SSD

Weight: 2.79 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Very comfy keyboard

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Great speakers

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Good battery life

Reasons to avoid

Needs more ports

Thick bezels 

Needs a better webcam

If you’re looking for a premium Windows touchscreen laptop to get work done from anywhere, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is the way to go. It has a nice responsive touchscreen and a comfy keyboard with well-sized, satisfying keys. Plus, it packs competent components into a thin, light chassis, and it comes with a clean bloatware-free Windows 10 install.

Add in its respectable 10-plus hour battery life and the touchscreen’s tall 3:2 display ratio, which can help you read and edit documents more comfortably, and you have a great notebook for getting things done on the go. The speakers are pretty good, too; in fact, this is one of the best-sounding laptops around.

Read our full Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 review.

Asus ZenBook Duo on a desk

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The best touchscreen laptop for when you absolutely, positively must have two touchscreens

Specifications

Display: 13.4‑inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels

CPU: 11th Gen Intel Core i5, i7

Memory: 8GB to 32GB

Storage: 512GB to 1TB

Dimensions: 12.8 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches

Weight: 3.5 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Useful ScreenPad Plus display

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Snappy overall performance 

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Solid battery life

Reasons to avoid

Ergonomically difficult

Display could be brighter

The Asus ZenBook Duo 14 is great for anyone who needs two touchscreens on their laptop, because Asus has embedded a 12-inch touchscreen above the keyboard. It might seem like a gimmick, but in our hands-on testing we found it’s actually a great home for secondary applications like as Spotify, Slack, Discord and more. It can also be used by creative apps from the likes of Adobe, who put touch controls there. 

On top of that, its performance is speedy and competitive with the XPS 13, which it trades rounds with in head-to-head comparison. Plus, its battery life is long — especially when you realize it’s got two screens to light up.

The big downside, though, is that there’s almost no room on the keyboard deck for you to rest your wrists, making the ZenBook Duo 14 a bit ergonomically unfriendly. But if you invest in an external wrist rest, you should be good.

Read our full Asus ZenBook Duo 14 review.

Lenovo Chromebook Duet on a table

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The best cheap touchscreen Chromebook

Specifications

Display: 10.1 inches, 1920×1200

CPU: 2.0GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P60T

RAM: 4GB

Storage: 64GB eMMC, 128GB eMMC

Dimensions: 9.64 x 6.66 x 0.71 inches (docked)

Weight: 2 pounds (docked)

Reasons to buy

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Epic battery life

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Colorful Full HD screen

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Keyboard is included

Reasons to avoid

That keyboard is also kinda cramped

Hinge is a little weak

We love the Lenovo Chromebook Duet because it’s a surprisingly competent Chrome tablet given its remarkably affordable $279 price tag, and it comes with a free detachable keyboard that you can use to turn it into a totally serviceable Chromebook.

The touchscreen is accurate and responsive no matter how you use it, and it looks nice and sharp to boot. Plus, it’s got great battery life, lasting nearly 13 hours in our in-house battery tests. 

Read our full Lenovo Chromebook Duet review.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano

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The best ultraportable touchscreen laptop

Specifications

Display: 13 inches; 2K

CPU: Intel Core i5-1130G7 | Intel Core i7-1160G7

GPU: Intel Iris Xe Graphics

RAM: 8GB – 16GB

Storage: 256 – 1TB SSD

Weight: 2 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Great battery life

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Lightweight

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2K, anti-glare display

Reasons to avoid

Limited ports

Dull sound

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano is one of the best touchscreen laptops when weight is key, because it manages to pack highly performant components into a slim, 2-pound chassis. The touchscreen feels comfortable to use, as does the snappy keyboard, and its 12-hour battery life (based on our in-house battery testing) helps you carry it all day without worrying about bringing a charger.

You can get the ThinkPad X1 Nano for around $1,500 too, which is a pretty good price for what you get. You just might need to pack a USB-C hub, though, as the X1 Nano’s a little light on ports.

Read our full Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano review.

Dell XPS 15 OLED on a table

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The best 15-inch touchscreen laptop

Specifications

Display: 15.6 inches; 1080p, 4K, or 3.5K OLED

CPU: 11th Gen Intel Core i7

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti

RAM: 16 GB

Storage: 512 GB SSD

Weight: 4.2 pounds

Reasons to buy

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3.5K OLED display impresses with beautiful contrasts

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Remarkable performance

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Spacious, comfy keyboard

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Svelte chassis still looks great

Reasons to avoid

Disappointing battery life

720p webcam delivers grainy, washed-out images

The Dell XPS 15 offers all the virtues of the XPS 13, but with a larger touchscreen that feels responsive to the touch and makes navigating Windows via touch feel fluid and natural. If you splurge for the 3.5K OLED display option, you’ll enjoy touching and tapping your way across one of the prettiest laptop screens in the business.

Don’t let its slim and stylish design fool you, either — the Dell XPS 15 is an absolute workhorse. Its cutting-edge Intel CPUs can juggle tasks with ease, and the optional GeForce RTX discrete GPU upgrades give you a bit of muscle to play games. Factor in a pair of impressively loud speakers and solid battery life for a 4K laptop, and the new XPS 15 is one of the best 15-inch laptops you can buy.

Read our full Dell XPS 15 OLED review.

Not interested in OLED? Don’t miss our Dell XPS 15 (2020) review.

Surface Pro 8 on a desk

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Another great Windows 11 2-in-1

Specifications

Display: 13-inch screen (2880 x 1920)

CPU: Intel i5-1135G7 | Intel i7-1185G7

GPU: Intel Iris Xe Graphics

RAM: 8GB | 16GB | 32GB

Storage: 512GB | 1TB (128GB or 256GB removable SSD options)

Weight: 1.96 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Large, vibrant display

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Tailor-made for Windows 11

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Supports external devices

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Sharp webcam

Reasons to avoid

Underwhelming gaming performance

Slim Pen 2 and Signature keyboard sold separately

The Microsoft Surface Pro 8 is the latest in the company’s line of 2-in-1 Surface Pro tablets. This iteration includes an 11th generation Intel CPU, a 13-inch 120Hz display, two Thunderbolt 4 ports and a removable SSD. Just as important, you’ll get Windows 11 right out of the box with this 2-in-1. 

Its small size and lightweight design make the Surface Pro 8 ideal to use at home or on the road. The front-facing and rear cameras are also fantastic, providing clean detailed images. Unfortunately, the Surface Pro 8 disappoints as a gaming device and didn’t live up to the promised 16 hours of battery life in our testing. Despite some of those qualms, the Surface 8 Pro is arguably the best Surface Pro yet.

Read our full Microsoft Surface Pro 8 review.

Google Pixelbook Go

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The best touchscreen laptop for students

Specifications

Display: 13.3 inches; 1080p or 4K

CPU: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7

GPU: Intel UHD 615 GPU

RAM: 8GB / 16GB

Storage: 64GB / 128GB / 256GB

Weight: 2.3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Sleek, minimalist design

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Bright, colorful panel

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Long battery life

Reasons to avoid

No USB-A ports

So-so audio

The highly portable Google Pixelbook Go is a touchscreen Chromebook with a slim, lightweight design that weighs just over 2 pounds and a rubberized, easy-to-grip chassis that comes in sleek Just Black and Not Pink paint jobs. The quiet, comfortable keyboard is pretty nice, too.

The Pixelbook Go is a great touchscreen laptop for students who need a Chromebook because it offers long battery life (11+ hours), solid performance, a bright, colorful display and a responsive touchscreen. If you’ve got over $600 to spend, this is one of the best Chromebooks yet for those willing to dip into the premium range. Just be aware that the Pixelbook Go is a bit short on ports, and doesn’t fold into tablet mode like its bigger Pixelbook brother does. 

Read our full Google Pixelbook Go review. 

HP Elite Dragonfly

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Best touchscreen business laptop

Specifications

Display: 13.3 inches; 1920×1200 or 3840×2160

CPU: 8th-Gen Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7

GPU: Intel HD Graphics 620

RAM: 8GB / 16GB / 32GB

Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB / 2TB SSD

Weight: 2.5 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful, eye-catching design

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Epic battery life (with optional upgrade)

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Bright and colorful screen

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Comfortable keyboard

The HP Elite Dragonfly is a touchscreen 2-in-1 with one of the most stunning designs we’ve ever seen on a laptop, sporting incredibly thin edges that measure just 0.6 inches in thickness and a deep blue coat of paint that looks refreshing, mesmerizing and professional all at once. And while the Dragonfly is wonderfully light at 2.5 pounds, it also feels impressively sturdy, has an oleophobic coating to prevent fingerprints and uses recycled ocean-bound plastics to help the environment.

Performance and features-wise, this beauty is a beast. Its stunning 13.3-inch touchscreen crushed our color and brightness tests, and it helps make TV and movies look great. Its Intel CPUs are beefy enough to handle business-grade workloads without issues, and its keyboard is one of the most pleasant we’ve ever typed on. HP Elite Dragonfly also offers over 12 hours of battery life, so you can carry it through a day of meetings without needing to worry about running dry. The Dragonfly is on the expensive side with a starting price of $1,629, but those who are willing to pay a premium will be rewarded with one of the best touchscreen laptops on the market.

Read our full HP Elite Dragonfly review.

Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 7

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Another solid 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop

Specifications

Display: 14-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels)

CPU: 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P

RAM: 8GB

Storage: 512GB

Weight: 3.09 pounds

Size: 12.52 x 9.06 x 0.6 inches

Reasons to buy

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Bright 14-inch OLED display

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Large keyboard and touchpad

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Powerful, booming audio

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Snappy performance

Reasons to avoid

Too big to use as a tablet for long

Battery life could be better

The Yoga 9i Gen 7 is a marked improvement over last year’s iteration in many ways. That’s saying a lot considering how much we liked that 2-in-1 laptop, but this update is simply that good. The beefy 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and bountiful RAM allow for seamless multi-tasking, while the spacious keyboard lets you work comfortably for hours.

The improved webcam and roaring speakers are also highlights. While the battery life on our configuration is less than the previous model, you should be able to get through most of an average workday.

The only major complaint we have with this laptop is that it makes for a somewhat awkward tablet. Yes, the touchscreen is snappy and easy to use, but the laptop’s size means you can’t comfortably hold it in one hand as you would with smaller tablets. But it’s entirely possible some folks will consider the Yoga 9i as a perfectly capable Windows tablet despite its size.

Minor qualms aside, this is one of the best 2-in-1 laptops we’ve tested and is one worth considering.

Read our full Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 7 review.

Samsung Galaxy Book Flex

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Best touchscreen 2-in-1 when battery life is key

Specifications

Display: 15.6″ QLED (1920 x 1080 pixels)

CPU: 10th Gen Intel Core i7 (Ice Lake)

Memory: 12 GB RAM

Storage: 512 GB SSD

Weight: 3.4 pounds

Size: 14 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches

Reasons to buy

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Amazing battery life

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Striking blue design

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Built-in S-Pen

Reasons to avoid

Hinge could be stronger

Fingerprint reader disrupts typing

QLED display could be better

From its bright 15-inch touchscreen to its strong performance and even more striking color, the Galaxy Book Flex is a great 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop, and its nifty Qi-charging touchpad offers the kind of unique functionality we’d like to see other laptop makers attempt.

We also love the Galaxy Book Flex’s fantastic endurance and solid performance, but there are some asterisks getting in the way. Specifically, its keyboard takes some getting used to, thanks to a questionably-placed fingerprint reader and shallow keys. Still, if you need a great touchscreen 2-in-1 with the longest battery life on the market (the Flex lasted an amazing 15 hours and 44 minutes in our battery test) this is the laptop for you.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Book Flex review.

Acer Chromebook Spin 713

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Best 2-in-1 Chromebook

Specifications

Display: 13.5 inches; 2256×1504

CPU: Intel Core i5-10210U

GPU: Intel UHD

RAM: 8GB

Storage: 128GB

Weight: 3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Great battery life

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Affordable

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Bright and colorful display

Reasons to avoid

Speakers could be better

Small-sized keyboard

Acer serves up the trifecta of fast, long-lasting and affordable with the Chromebook Spin 713. This sleek silver touchscreen laptop weighs just 3 pounds, and it offers incredible performance for a Chromebook thanks to its Intel Core i5 CPU. Plus, it has a surprisingly bright and colorful display.

We’d rank it higher were its speakers a bit stronger, or its keyboard a little larger. Still, the Chromebook Spin 713 is more than deserving of a spot on this list of the best laptops around. It delivers great value for its $629 asking price — and it often gets put on sale at lower prices.

Read our full Acer Chromebook Spin 713 review.

How we test the best touchscreen laptops

To find the best touchscreen laptop, we run every machine we review through a rigorous suite of benchmarks and real-world tests to gauge how it will perform during everyday use. 

When they arrive at our lab we measure the average brightness and color quality of each laptop’s display using our in-house light meter and colorimeter. For general performance, we run our machines through tests that include Geekbench 5 (CPU performance), as well as various 3DMark tests to measure graphics capabilities. We also run a file transfer test to measure how fast a machine’s hard drive is, and a custom battery test that has the machine browse the internet over Wi-Fi until it runs out of juice.

After we’ve run our suite of lab tests the laptop is delivered to one of our crack reviewers for hands-on testing. This involves at least a week of daily use, during which the reviewer tests how well the laptop stands up to everything from working remotely to watching movies, playing games, listening to music, and creating content. Each reviewer also tests how effective and comfortable the laptop is during daily use, evaluating the design and accuracy of the keyboard, touchpad, and touchscreen. 

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