With the line between mobile and desktop applications becoming blurrier every day, more laptops than ever support touch input as a convenient method for interacting with applications and web pages. Such laptops can often be easily transformed into tablets, making them more versatile than traditional laptops. Because there’s a lot to choose from, we’ve scoured the market to find the best options for all kinds of users.
Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA-DH54
The Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA-DH54 is an affordable, sleek performer with a Full HD display that can be flipped around to turn the laptop into a tablet. If you’re someone who’s constantly on the go, always working from different locations, you’re going to appreciate its low weight and long battery life of up to 10 hours, depending on how much you push the laptop to its limits.
+ Reliable performance
+ Long-lasting battery
– Lack of professional apps such as Photoshop
Acer Chromebook R13
In many ways, the Acer Chromebook R13 is very similar to the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA-DH54. Both run Chrome OS, both are convertible, both have Full HD screens, and both can last over 10 hours on a charge. So, why does the R13 cost only around $350, while the C302-DH54 costs nearly twice as much? Because the R13 uses the MediaTek MT8173C processor instead of a more powerful CPU from Intel, and because its build quality isn’t as great as the build quality of the C302-DH54.
In other words, the Acer Chromebook R13 is an excellent laptop for people whose demands aren’t too high, and who know that they’re going to keep the laptop mostly at home for some light web browsing, instant messaging, and basic office work. With the integrated cloud storage from Google, access to hundreds of thousands of Android and Chrome apps, and a state-of-the-art protection against malware, the Acer Chromebook R13 is an easy recommendation to anyone who wants a versatile laptop for basic use.
+ Budget price
+ Premium design
+ Long battery life
– Limited performance
Lenovo Yoga 710
The Yoga 710 from Lenovo is a Windows-based laptop with a capable processor, plenty of memory, and a handy 360-degree hinge that lets you enjoy the laptop’s 14-inch Full HD touchscreen in multiple ways. Inside the Yoga 710 is the Intel Core i5-7200U dual-core mobile processor with low energy consumption and excellent heat management. Unfortunately, some unit of the Yoga 710 suffers from excessive fan noise, a problem that can be solved only with the help of Lenovo’s customer service.
Thanks to 8 GB of memory, even heavy multi-tasking isn’t an issue, and the integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 handles everything from video playback to web browsing to some light gaming. You should be able to enjoy games such as League of Legends or Overwatch, but you may have to lower the graphics settings to achieve a smooth framerate.
+ Sleek design
+ Long battery life
+ Excellent connectivity
+ Accurate keyboard
– Quality control issues
Dell Inspiron 15
“Sensible” is the word that best describes the Dell Inspiron 15. The fact is that, in 2017, no laptop with an optical drive is going to earn any praise for its portability or design, and the Dell Inspiron 15 is proud to have one. It’s also proud to have a rather slow but very large hard drive, which goes against the current trend of including smaller but faster solid-state drives. To spell it out, this laptop is for people who have gotten used to a certain workflow over the years and don’t want to change it just because laptop manufacturers now cater to a new generation of computer users.
The Dell Inspiron 15 offers modern performance and fantastic reliability while also remaining familiar connectivity options, such as Ethernet or HDMI. The Intel Core i5-6200U 2.30 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology has up to 8 GB of RAM at its disposal, and this combination is enough to make all Windows app fly. The Full HD 10-finger multi-touch display is then just a nice cherry that makes this delicious cake even tastier.
+ Comfortable to use
+ Excellent connectivity
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 can either be a powerful tool for creative professionals or a versatile laptop for casual content consumption and creation, depending on which model you choose. If you’re looking for a cheap touchscreen laptop, the basic model with an Intel Core M processor and 4 GB of RAM is really all you need. Apart from the processor and the memory, you also get 128 GB of storage space and a gorgeous PixelSense Touchscreen with pen input and 2736 x 1824 resolution.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 runs the full version of the Windows operating system, which means that you can use all the office applications you’re already familiar with and run professional software such as Adobe Photoshop or Premier. With the optional Surface Pro 4 Type Cover, you won’t be limited in any way as to what you can do on the laptop.
+ Beautiful design
+ Surface Pen
+ Gorgeous touch-enabled display
– More expensive