Why carry a laptop and a tablet when you can get a detachable laptop and transform it according to your needs? Another significant advantage of detachable laptops is that you get to keep all your files in one place, instead of having to worry about file synchronization. But because detachable laptops have a dual function, it’s twice as difficult to find one that performs up to all expectations. To help you out, we’ve compared the features and performance of popular detachable laptops and selected what we consider to be the top 5 best detachable laptops in 2018.
Best Detachable Laptops
|ImgAmazon.com Link||Brand||ProductAmazon.com Link||Price on Amazon.com|
|Microsoft||Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)||1049|
|Asus||Asus Transformer Mini T102HA||749.11|
|Asus||Asus Transformer Book Chi||499.99|
|Acer||Acer Aspire Switch 10||429.97|
|HP||HP Pavilion x2||Check Price|
There’s no doubt that the Microsoft Surface Pro is the best detachable laptop currently available. Microsoft has created a beautifully crafted, future-proof machine with exceptional performance and uncompromising versatility. On its own, the Surface Pro is a large tablet with an integrated kickstand. With the optional Surface Pen, which is a high-precision stylus with an eraser and 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, the Surface Pro becomes a canvas for drawing, sketching, and planning. Add the Surface Pro Signature Type cover, and you can use the Surface Pro as a standard laptop.
The latest generation of the Surface Pro is powered by 7th generation Intel Core processors and features up to 16 GB of memory and up to 1 TB of storage space. We recommend the version with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of memory and 256 GB SSD. Compared to the previous generation, the newest Surface Pro lasts up to 50 percent longer on a charge and features newly redesigned front-facing speakers and a quieter fanless cooling system.
If your budget is tight, but you refuse to compromise in terms of build quality and design, the Asus Transformer Mini T102HA is the ideal detachable laptop for you. It costs under $300 yet comes with a comfortable keyboard and a useful stylus. With its 10.1-inch touch display with 1280 x 800 pixels, the Transformer Mini has more in common with tablets than laptops, which is great if you’re always on the go and don’t like hauling heavy luggage. The latest Intel Atom Quad Core x5-Z8350 processor and 4 GB of memory provide efficient performance, and the included 64 GB of eMMC storage is just enough for documents and a few movies.
The Asus Transformer Book Chi is a premium alternative to the brilliant Asus Transformer Mini. Unlike the Transformer Mini, which features a small 10.1-inch display, the Chi has a 12.5-inch Asus TruVivid display with IPS technology and 1920 x 1080 resolution. The vibrant and sharp display is protected by Corning Concore Glass technology and supports the Asus Active Stylus Pen for accurate touch input. The Chi comes with an Intel Core M processor, 4 GB of memory, and 128 GB SDD, providing smooth performance at all times and allowing even for some light gaming. You get around 8 hours of battery life on a charge, which is quite a lot considering how thin the laptop is.
The ultra-portable Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a great laptop for people who need to be productive regardless of whether working from an office or couch. It features the power efficient Intel Atom Z3735F processor, which is intended for light office work, web browsing, and multimedia consumption. The laptop ships with Windows 8.1 and one year of Microsoft Office 365 subscription, but you can easily upgrade to Windows 10 if you wish to. Thanks to a special hinge, you can easily detach the display from the base and use the Switch 10 as a tablet, while still having access to all the ports you may need.
HP’s affordable, detachable laptop comes with free Microsoft Office 365 subscription and offers excellent battery life and reliable performance packed in an attractive body that’s made to last. The only thing that’s keeping the laptop from being placed higher on this list is the lower-quality display. But aside from the display, the rest of the x2 should meet the expectations even of more demanding users. Best of all, the x2 has been around for a while now, and you can get it refurbished at a price which is hard to say no to.