A good touchscreen laptop used to be a luxury, but now there are plenty of options out there. You don’t have to stick to one laptop brand or model, and you can find a touchscreen laptop at almost any price, though it can sometimes require paying a premium over non-touch-sensitive displays. The HP Spectre X360 13 is our top pick because of its beautiful design and 2-in-1 feature that allows you to convert it to a tablet.
Whether you’re a student or a professional looking for a new touchscreen laptop, here are some of the best ones. You can also check out our list of the overall best laptops of 2021.
Top touchscreen laptops in 2021:
HP Spectre x360 13 (2021)
Why you should buy this: You want a flexible laptop that performs great in all categories.
Who it’s for: Professionals, perfectionists, and people who want a really good laptop.
Why we picked the HP Spectre x360 13 (2021):
It’s not often that we reward any 2-in-1 laptops with a perfect review score, but finding a laptop like the HP Spectre x360 13 is a rare occurrence. This incredible laptop has a beautiful “gem-cut” design, amazing battery life, a keyboard that feels great to use, and 2-in-1 features if you want to convert it to tablet form to sketch, takes notes, etc. It has a little bit of everything and manages to do it all well.
The touchscreen itself is a bright HD display that comes with a handy power-saving mode that can adjust the screen so your battery doesn’t waste too much juice on it. As can be expected with HP laptops, there are plenty of security features onboard, including a facial recognition camera and a fingerprint scanner, as well as a built-in privacy screen. There’s also an upgrade to OLED, although this is a pricey extra feature that has limited value for the average laptop user.
The 2-in-1 also sports the newest 11th-generation Intel Core processors, starting with the Core i7-1165G7. The base model also starts with 8GB of RAM and a 256Gb PCIe NVMe solid-state drive, although these can easily be updated. Ports include two USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 support, USB-A 3.1 with fast charging, and DisplayPort 1.4. The design has undergone considerable improvement, too, with a bezel-less screen, full-sized keyboard available in a variety of colors, and upgraded fast-charge battery, while the weight clocks in at a very manageable 2.8 pounds.
Google Pixelbook Go
Why you should buy this: It’s a versatile and powerful Chromebook that can do almost anything.
Who it’s for: Students who want a Chromebook that will last and professionals who like Chrome OS.
Why we picked the Google Pixelbook Go:
Do even the best Chromebooks seem lacking in storage to you? Google has a compromise with its own 2-in-1 Pixelbook Go. It offers more power and space so it can function as a more versatile laptop than other, more streamlined Chromebooks (albeit at a higher cost, too).
The Pixelbook Go is equipped with a 13.3-inch display, which can be upgraded from full HD to 4K if you prefer. You also get a broad choice in processors, from an Intel Core m3 to a Core i7, depending on what you need. RAM ranges from 8GB to 15GB and storage from 64GB to a 256GB SSD drive.
The battery for the Pixelbook Go is rated at around 12 hours of standard activity, making it a long-lasting device. You’ll need a couple of dongles or adapters, though, as its port selection is limited to just one USB-C and a headphone jack.
Read our full PixelBook Go review
Microsoft Surface Pro 7
Why you should buy this: It’s the best 2-in-1 you can buy, hands down.
Who it’s for: Mobile professionals and those who want a Windows 10 tablet.
Why we picked the Microsoft Surface Pro 7:
The Surface Pro line has always been a high-end option for excellent 2-in-1 models, and the Surface Pro 7 adds some long-awaited features to the line that make it even more ready for today’s business world. If you want the best Windows 10 tablet, this is your top option and our current favorite 2-in-1.
It comes with a 12.3-inch UHD touchscreen and several choices of processors, up to a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 chip for the latest performance. You can also choose up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage — which means this slim laptop can become as powerful as you need.
There’s also a USB-C port, something the Pro 6 was sadly lacking, plus USB-A, a headphone jack, ports for Surface Connect and Surface Type Cover, and a microSDXC card reader. While the battery is rated for 10.5 hours, our tests showed that the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 performed a bit worse than the Pro 6, possibly because of the higher processor speeds and better display qualities.
Read our full Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 (2021)
Why you should buy this: A solid laptop that’s more affordable than ever.
Who it’s for: Those who need a touchscreen on a budget but don’t want to sacrifice quality.
Why we picked the Dell Inspiron 14 5000:
The Inspiron 14 series is reliable for those seeking affordable computers (sometimes, this can also be a downside). The latest Inspiron 14 7000 is a compromise between a budget laptop and updated tech that will last you years into the future, a good buy for those who want a focus on affordability while making sure they get their money’s worth.
While the 14-inch display — larger than many of our picks — is certainly a point in favor, the tech inside has all been fully updated for the latest options. You get an 11th-gen Intel Core i7-1115G4 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB PCIe NVMe SSD for storage on the base model. The laptop is ready for Wi-Fi 6 and has the latest Bluetooth standards as well, so wireless connections should not pose a problem.
Ports include USB-A 3.0, HDMI 1.4b, and thankfully the new addition of USB-C for newer and faster connections. All are well positioned, highlighting the strong, durable design of this Dell laptop. There’s not a ton of storage on this affordable 2-in-1, but the price is very hard to beat when you factor in the latest upgrades.
Read our full Dell Inspiron 14 5000 review
Microsoft Surface Go 2
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Why you should buy this: This 2-in-1 is an easy, durable choice when you’re always on the move.
Who it’s for: Students and professionals who don’t need to get a Surface Pro.
Why we picked the Microsoft Surface Go 2:
The Go 2 improves on the affordable 2-in-1 in several ways, notably with a larger 10.5-inch touchscreen that improved its screen resolution to HD and enhanced the battery life to 10 hours. At only 1.2 pounds, it’s the lightest option on our list, too, ideal for carrying around with you throughout the day — and one of the best laptops for college students.
You can choose up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage, but we like the lower specs that keep the price down. At the base level, it’s the most affordable Surface device Microsoft offers, and well within a wider range of budgets. Perfect for those who don’t need or can’t justify buying a Surface Pro. You will need to buy the optional typer cover to give this 2-in-1 full laptop functionality, however.
We love that this the Microsoft Surface Go 2 comes equipped with a USB-C connection for the latest, fastest data connections, although there’s also a Surface Connect port and a microSDX card reader.
Read our full Surface Go 2 review
Dell XPS 13 9310
Why you should buy this: It’s one of the best laptops around but with added touch capabilities.
Who it’s for: Those who want the complete package.
Why we picked the Dell XPS 13 9310:
The XPS 13 is already one of our favorite laptops — a compact but powerful option that’s useful in just about any situation — but not all configurations come with a touchscreen. This particular model does have touch capabilities on its UHD (3840 x 2400) resolution) display, adding a handy feature to a laptop already filled with them.
This XPS 13 has also been updated with an 11th-gen Intel Core i7-1185G7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD. The model includes all the lates