The best hybrid laptops are manufactured by Microsoft. Or, at least, that used to be the case a few years ago.
Widely credited as the first 2-in-1 laptop, the Surface Pro dominated the market it created for quite a while. However, it didn’t take long for other companies to take notice and come up with their own line of hybrid laptops.
These days, HP, Samsung, and Asus, just to name a few, all have their own hybrid notebooks on-hand.
If you’re currently in the market for a new 2-in-1 laptop, you definitely won’t go wrong with our picks for the best hybrid laptops available today.
#1: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (MSRP: £859)
Microsoft continues to please with their offerings; the Surface Pro 4 retains many of the series’ key features with a few improvements. None more so notable than the improved thermals, and performance, now powered by Intel’s latest generation of processors.
The display, as always, is top-notch, while the keyboard and trackpad design are second to none.
Arguably a better choice compared to its main competition, HP’s Spectre x360, the only problem with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is its price.
Consider this: the Surface Pro 4 with 256GB of storage, 8GB of Ram and Core i5 essentially costs £859.00 because of the additional £100 for the keyboard, which is necessary, by the way.
That’s a lot of money to give up for roughly the same performance.
Still, you can’t take away the fact that the Surface Pro 4 offers laptop performance in a tablet package.
Those who plan on using it as a tablet often will definitely be able to make the most of what the newest Surface Pro has to offer. Otherwise, however, you’re better off saving a few hundred dollars with HP’s Spectre x360.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 at amazon.co.uk for was
£1,079.99 and now £859.00
#2: ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA (MSRP: £849)
The ZenBook Flip UX360CA is essentially the ZenBook UX305, made to look less like a MacBook Air and more like a hybrid laptop.
The UX360CA sports everything you’d need in a hybrid laptop – USB-A to USB-C, micro HDMI, and a Micro SD card reader.
It’s not for heavy multitaskers, however. The Intel Core M was built with efficiency in mind, rather than productivity. Still, trading raw power for all-day battery life isn’t exactly half considering its low asking price.
With a starting price of £685, you get pretty solid specs of Intel Core M, a 512GB SSD, and 8GB of ram.
Design-wise, ASUS deserves kudos for successfully turning the beloved ZenBook UX305 Ultrabook into a convertible laptop. However, that could also be the UX360’s undoing.
Being that they’re practically the same, the UX360 arguably has no business being a convertible. It would’ve probably fared much better if sold as an ultrabook instead of a hybrid laptop.
The UX360 is thick, bulky and offers compromises that most people definitely won’t be able to look past easily.
Still, it’s hard to deny the value the UX360 offers given its attractive price.
If you’re not too picky and in the market for an affordable hybrid machine, the Asus ZenBook Flip UX360 is well worth a look.
#3: HP Spectre x360 (MSRP: £1379)
HP first released the Spectre x360 in 2015, wowing audiences with excellent performance and battery life at an attractive price point. The company has continued to refine the design since, making noteworthy improvements without bumping up the price.
The 2016 version was noticeably smaller, lighter and thinner. The 2017 version improves on that while adding a wide slew of new features.
Equipped with the new Intel 7th-gen CPUs, the all-new Spectre x360 is noticeably snappier. Additionally, the newest iteration also has an active pen support and the option for a 4K screen.
Now offering Ultrabook-like performance at an attractive price point, it’s no wonder many consider the Spectre x360 as one of the best hybrid laptops in the market today.
It’s not perfect though; the measly three ports is a huge bummer. Meanwhile, the 4K version suffers from noticeable performance dips. The bottom bezel is unusually thick, and the lack of an SD card reader is noteworthy.
Then again, those are rather small compromises for the extremely big value you’re getting with HP’s Spectre x360.
Then again, those are small compromises most would be willing to make
#4: Microsoft Surface Book (MSRP: £1,149)
If you’re willing to splurge and want nothing but the best, Microsoft’s Surface Book definitely will not disappoint.
You do get exactly what you paid for, though.
The high-resolution 13.5-inch screen is simply a marvel to look at, and equally amazing is the exceptionally long battery life. And, as an icing on the cake, you can pull up the screen and use it as a tablet/clipboard of sorts with the included pen.
It’s pretty easy to picture creative professionals just salivating at the thought of what they could do with the more capable GPU and long battery life. Although, the cost of admission might really just be too much.
Similar to the equally-priced MacBook Pro, but only more versatile and more powerful, the Surface Book, if nothing else, makes for an excellent conversation starter.
Microsoft Surface Book at amazon.co.uk was £1,299.99 and now £1,194
#5: HP Spectre x2 (MSRP: £699)
For £100 less, you can get your hands on a slightly watered down version of the HP Spectre x360.
Mixing the outside appearance of the Surface Pro 4, with the inside look of the HP Spectre x360, the cheaper HP Spectre x2 definitely isn’t lacking in the aesthetics department.
Performance-wise, the newest iteration of the x2 will get you a 7th gen Kaby Lake Intel processors, with up to 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM and up to a 1TB PCIe SSD.
All of that packed within a 3,000 x 2,000 IPS touchscreen display with an assumed price point of somewhere around £999.
Not bad, eh?
The trade-off for the cheaper price, though, is that it’s much heavier and the battery life is much shorter than most would like.
So long as you’re willing to look past those flaws, however, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything better at its price point.