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Convertible Notebook: Reviews-07/2021
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Convertible Notebook: Reviews-07/2021

Convertible notebook is so-called 2-in-1 laptops. They combine the functions of a laptop with those of a tablet. 

You can convert your convertible notebook into a laptop or tablet in just a few simple steps. All models are collected with a touch screen.

Most convertibles have a built-in keyboard that can rotate through 360 °. So you can align the screen however you want. With some convertibles, you can altogether remove the keyboard and reattach it as needed.

In our Convertible Notebook Test 2021, we presented different models, compared them and weighed the advantages and disadvantages. If you are considering buying a convertible notebook, but you don’t know what the hardware is, our article will provide you with all the information you need to help you make your decision.

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The essentials in short

  • Convertible notebooks combine the most critical functions of a laptop with those of a tablet. A fast processor characterizes the hardware, and the touchscreen makes it easier to use.
  • A distinction is made between notebooks with removable and built-in keyboards. Both variants allow the keyboard to be rotated 360 ° so that the screen’s orientation can be adjusted as desired.
  • Convertible notebooks have everything they need to work efficiently and flexibly, especially for students and teachers. With the help of an independently available screen pen, a convertible notebook is a beneficial work tool for graphic designers or, for example, employees in the media sector who often have to cut videos or edit images.

Convertible Notebooks Comparison: Reviews and Recommendations

At first glance, the convertible notebook market is very confusing. There is a wide range on offer. However, it is often not clear which models stand out. That is why we have selected our favorites for you and presented them in the following section.

  • The best all-round convertible notebook
  • Best convertible notebook under € 300
  • The top convertible notebook in terms of performance
  • Top sizeable convertible notebook
  • Authentic convertible notebook for on the go

The best all-round convertible notebook

Lenovo Yoga 7i Laptop 35.6 cm (14 inches, 1920 × 1080, Full HD, WideView, Touch) EVO Convertible Notebook (Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Intel Iris Xe graphics, Win 10 Home) grey

The Lenovo Yoga 7i is a true everyday hero. With a 1TB SSD hard drive, 16GB working memory (RAM) and an Intel Core i7 processor, surfing and streaming videos as well as hardware-intensive video editing have never been more pleasant. The SSD has space for all of your vacation photos.

The price includes the latest Windows 10 version. The setup aid ensures that your notebook is ready for use in just a few minutes without any major fuss. For all designers and graphic artists, you can buy the Lenovo notebook pen at an additional cost. The convertible is one of the expensive models on our list. In our opinion, there is a reason for this.

Editor’s rating: If you value good equipment and are willing to spend a little more on a high-quality product, the Lenovo Yoga is precisely the right choice.

Best convertible notebook under € 300

 

Acer Chromebook 311 Spin 11.6 ″ HD – 2-in-1 display, Intel Celeron N4020, 4GB LPDDR4, 32GB eMMC, Gigabit Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, Google Chrome

The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 impresses with its elegant design, the integrated Chrome OS operating system and a great battery life of up to 10 hours. In addition, the 11-inch screen has an HD resolution. It has a 32GB built-in memory. In addition, 100GB of Google Drive online storage is offered so that your data can be sufficiently backed up.

The Chromebook landed in our ranking in particular because it is a real bargain. It combines all the advantages of a convertible notebook, is compatible with the Acer Pen and with an Intel Celeron processor, ensures fast and convenient work.

Editor’s rating: The convertible from Acer comes with all the functions that one could wish for in a notebook. The rotating keyboard enables a seamless transition from laptop to tablet mode.

The top convertible notebook in terms of performance

Microsoft Surface Book 3, 15 inch 2in1 laptop (Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Win 10 Home)

The Microsoft Surface Book 3 is the hardware winner in our ranking. It has an Intel Core i7 processor of the 10th generation, a 1TB SSD hard drive, 32GB RAM and a 15-inch screen with a resolution of 3240 x 2160 pixels. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card ensures the best possible gaming experience that a convertible notebook can offer.

The notebook is the most expensive in our ranking and therefore only recommended if you need the hardware. For editing large video files, drawing fancy sketches or taking notes in studio mode with the Microsoft Pen (sold separately), the Surface is the best device on the market.

Editor’s rating: Microsoft’s flagship convertible offers everything you could want from a notebook. If you search for the ultimate convertible notebook that does everything right, this is the best place for you.

Top sizeable convertible notebook

HP Pavilion x360 15-dq1001ng (15.6 inch / Full HD Touch) Convertible Notebook (Intel Core i5-10210U, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 16GB Intel Optane, 256GB SSD, Intel UHD Graphics, Windows 10 Home) silver

The HP Pavilion x360 is particularly impressive because of its size. The 15.6-inch, full HD screen makes it the giant convertible on our list. It also has 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD hard drive and an Intel Core i5 processor.

With the help of an externally attached slot for an SD memory card, the memory can also expand. With the integrated smart Intel Optane memory, the device remembers your user behaviour and adapts to the way you work. It enables you to open and edit relevant files and programs faster.

We recommend the convertible from HP due to the extensive equipment, the elegant design and, above all, the innovative Optane memory technology. In addition, the notebook has featured in a higher price segment. In terms of price, however, it is more in the middle range.

Editor’s rating: If you want to buy a convertible with high-quality features at a more than reasonable price, we recommend the HP Pavilion x360.

Authentic convertible notebook for on the go

Microsoft Surface Go 2, 10 inch 2-in-1 tablet (Intel Pentium Gold, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB flash memory, Windows 10 Home S)

 

With the Surface Go2, the second Microsoft convertible completes our ranking. 

For us, the Surface is the perfect travel companion. Its 10-inch screen may be deceptive at first glance.

However, it stands out with brilliant colors and a resolution of 1920 x 1280 pixels. The 64GB SSD hard drive cannot be taken for granted in this price segment and size. The Pentium processor from Intel and the 4GB RAM ensures that even the smallest member of our list works quickly.

A weight of less than 600g also makes the Surface Go2 the lightest convertible in our ranking. Unfortunately, the notebook is delivered without a keyboard. However, this is available everywhere for a small surcharge. If you are often on the road and would like to continue working on your notes, presentations or the like while on the move, the Surface Go2 is an inexpensive and compact alternative.

Editor’s rating: Although the convertible notebook from Microsoft is a smaller device, it is inferior to the somewhat larger models in terms of hardware.

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Convertible notebooks: purchase and evaluation criteria

The extensive range of convertible notebooks may be overwhelming for you at first. In the following, we would want to present you with some purchase criteria that will help you choose the right notebook.

The criteria that we have worked out are:

  • size
  • Weight
  • Battery life
  • random access memory
  • Screen resolution
  • graphic card

Size

When choosing the size, it depends on the purposes you want to use the convertible notebook. A distinction is made between the smaller models, which usually move in the 11 to 13-inch direction, and the slightly larger notebooks. The latter includes everything from a size of 14 inches.

If you carry your notebook with you in your pocket as a constant travel companion, we recommend a smaller model. These are compact, space-saving and easy to stow away.

If you mainly keep the notebook indoors and rarely take it outside with you, a larger model is the right choice. A larger screen is excellent for watching movies or if you want to play a video game now and then.

Weight

As with selecting the proper size, the desired benefit is decisive when considering the weight of your convertible notebook.

Laptops are trendy because of their low weight. Convertible notebooks are often available without a built-in keyboard, which further reduces the weight.

The lighter the notebook, the better the handling it during a trip. Or when commuting by bus or train.

A lightweight notebook can quickly be taken to anywhere. So make sure that the notebook is the right weight for your personal needs.

Battery life

The most common problem encountered with old notebooks and laptops is battery damage. It brings with it low battery life. Pay attention to the specified battery power when purchasing the convertible notebook. Some manufacturers have integrated a quick charge function into their devices.

As I said, the issue only occurs after a more extended period of use. So read through as many reviews as you can in advance. The battery life is often criticized or praised there.

Long battery life is instrumental and necessary if you have to get by for extended periods without a power socket. With the different models and manufacturers, there can often be significant fluctuations in the battery life. Inquire exactly about the information and watch independent test videos if necessary. There the convertible notebooks are tested for battery life, among other things.

Random access memory

All running processes and applications on a computer are temporarily stored in the main memory, also known as RAM (Random Access Memory). If you access many programs at the same time, using a lot of memory. If the RAM is very heavily used, this affects the speed of your computer.

Note that a large amount of RAM also increases the price.

If a convertible notebook has a large RAM, this means that your notebook can run faster and smoother. Many more processes can cache at the same time. You can see the current workload via the task manager.

A notebook usually has between 4 and 16 gigabytes of RAM. As the storage space increases, so does the price of the notebook. So, when making your choice, you should weigh the price and storage space.

Screen resolution

Great colors, a high resolution and as little reflection as possible are three of the most important criteria when buying a convertible notebook. It is that you can see everything on the screen, even in direct sunlight. To make this possible, the screen of a high-quality notebook is completely anti-reflective.

In our opinion, a good notebook should have a screen resolution of at least 1920X1080 pixels. It corresponds to a full HD resolution. If that’s not enough for you and you want to exploit the full visual potential of your favourite film, we recommend a convertible notebook with a 4K resolution.

Note, however, that the bigger the screen resolution, the higher the price of the notebook. Full HD is entirely sufficient for everyday day-to-day use.

Graphic card

All convertible notebooks have an internal graphics card as standard, which is intended for everyday use. However, if you do high-performance tasks with your notebooks, such as video or photo editing, there is the option of installing an additional graphics card in the notebook.

We also recommend upgrading your notebook for various video games.

The installation of a graphics card can sometimes be complicated because convertible notebooks usually cannot be opened easily. Get an opinion on this from a specialist dealer or watch tutorials on the Internet.

So when you choose the graphics card, think about what you need in the notebook. The integrated graphics card is most likely sufficient for surfing the Internet, streaming films or working with common office applications.

Convertible Notebooks: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

In the following, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about convertible notebooks. At the end of the section, you will know what types of different convertible notebooks there are and which one is right for you. What is a convertible notebook?

The term “convertible” may need some precise definition. Freely translated from English, “Convertible” means convertible or convertible. This refers to the fact that you can use the notebook either as a laptop or as a tablet in just a few simple steps. A convertible notebook is a combination of both.

A convertible notebook combines the advantages of a laptop with those of a tablet.

The computing power of a normal laptop is combined with the ease of use and practical mobility of a tablet. All convertible notebooks have a touchscreen. They are more powerful than a tablet and more manageable than a laptop.

Convertible notebooks can also be easily operated with a keyboard and mouse. After you have folded the keyboard back, the notebook can be used as a tablet. The attack for hybrid notebooks is 2-in-1 laptops. In the coming part, we will explain what types of 2-in-1 devices there are and how they differ.

What types of convertible notebooks are there?

When choosing a suitable convertible notebook, you have to choose between two basic types. On the one hand, there is a convertible notebook with a built-in keyboard. This cannot be removed. On the other hand, the keyboard can easily be removed from a detachable notebook. In the following, we have listed some concrete advantages and disadvantages of the two types.

Art- Convertible notebook.

Advantages-  Laptop keyboard makes typing easier.

Disadvantage- The keyboard can be rotated 360 ° Higher weight, limited flexibility.

 

Art- Detachable notebook.

Advantages- Flexibility, easy to stow away.

Disadvantage-  Mostly small and unwieldy keyboard, keyboard often has to be purchased separately.

The biggest advantage of both devices is that they combine the functions of a laptop with those of a tablet. The built-in laptop keyboard of a convertible notebook makes typing easier for you, but it increases the weight of the device.

On the other hand, with a detachable notebook, you have a rather small and unwieldy keyboard. Because you can easily attach and detach them, a detachable notebook is much more flexible, easier to stow and transport.

In just a few simple steps, you can either completely remove the keyboard or fold it back. You can then use your convertible notebook as a tablet.

If the use of the notebook is mainly limited to your sofa or bed, we recommend a detachable notebook, as these are significantly lighter in handling and weight than a convertible notebook with a built-in keyboard.

In our opinion, the convertible notebook stands out for use at work, at school or at university.

Make sure you know whether a laptop-like keyboard is important to you or whether you prefer to use the notebook for media consumption. Buying a convertible notebook is particularly useful for studying or for office work.

What does a convertible notebook cost?

Depending on which functions you want in your convertible notebook, the price can vary greatly. In addition to the brand, the equipment is particularly important. If you would rather have an Ultra-HD resolution, you will quickly have to pay over € 200 more.

Price segment- Low (300-400 €)

available products-  4-8GB RAM, full HD, rarely SSD, up to 256GB memory, mostly with the operating system

 

Price segment- Medium (400-1000 €)

available products- rarely 16GB RAM, full HD, 500GB storage, mostly SSD, mostly with the operating system.

 

Price segment- High (from 1000 €)

available products- mostly 8 or 16GB RAM, rarely UHD, up to 1TB memory, mostly anti-glare screen, always SSD, often AMD or NVIDIA graphics card.

 

As already mentioned, the price of a convertible notebook depends very much on the equipment. All notebooks have a touchscreen as standard, and an operating system is usually included in the price.

Solid-state drives (SSD) are a must-have these days. In contrast to older hard drives, the SSD is significantly faster. Your notebook is ready for use in seconds, and programs and files are opened up to four times faster. A distinction is made with the SSDs in the size of the storage space.

The standard is a size of 256GB. Note that the operating system alone requires up to 50GB. If you store a lot of pictures and videos in your notebook, we recommend at least 500GB of storage space.

In the high price segment, some convertible notebooks even offer 1TB of storage space. In our opinion, 500GB is more than sufficient for everyday use. When making your choice, be aware that slightly better equipment can result in a significantly larger price difference.

Where can I buy a convertible notebook?

2-in-1 laptops are available both in online shops and from local specialist retailers. All providers offer a lot of information about the devices on offer. Our research focused on the following shops in particular:

  • amazon.com
  • notebooksbilliger.de
  • idealo.de
  • mediamarkt.de
  • saturn.de

We recommend that you get information from a specialist advisor at a specialist electronics store such as Saturn or MediaMarkt. You can then compare the prices online. You can also purchase your notebook directly from the manufacturer. Most of the time, however, you cannot benefit from a discount there.

On our site, we have linked all the products presented to one of the online shops mentioned. Before you buy, find out about the features of the convertible notebook and get advice from an expert.

What alternatives are there to a convertible notebook?

Convertible notebooks are a hybrid of a laptop and a tablet. Accordingly, the devices are usually a bit more expensive. In the following, we will introduce you to some alternatives to convertible notebooks and describe some of their properties.

alternative- Laptop

description– The conventional laptop manages without a touchscreen or rotating keyboard. However, the high weight limits flexibility.

alternative- Tablet

description- A tablet impresses with its low weight and touchscreen. Due to the lack of a keyboard, it is difficult to work for a long time.

alternative- Laptop with touch screen.

description- A laptop with a touchscreen can be very useful in some situations. In contrast to the convertible notebook, there is no possibility of folding the keyboard back completely.

 

The standard models impress with their specific advantages. Due to its features, a laptop has more power, and you can work with it faster than with a tablet. A tablet, on the other hand, is lighter and more flexible to use.

If you want a fast device that is also flexible and light in weight, we recommend that you spend a little more money and opt for a convertible notebook.

What are the advantages of a laptop or tablet?

A convertible notebook is both a laptop and a tablet in one. You have a fast processor and a large hard drive paired with a touchscreen and the option of folding the keyboard backwards if necessary.

 

The screen of a high-quality convertible notebook is anti-glare. This allows you to use it outdoors. 

With a detachable notebook, you can even completely remove the keyboard and take your notebook with you as a tablet when you travel. All these aspects make a convertible notebook much more flexible and user-friendly compared to a normal laptop or tablet.

Many manufacturers offer the option of purchasing a pen for your notebook with which you can easily create sketches and take full advantage of the convertible notebook’s tablet functions.

Another advantage over a tablet is that a convertible notebook can be used with a common operating system such as Windows. In addition, you can install many different apps on the notebook to make it easier for you to use.

How is the keyboard removed and reinstalled?

With a detachable notebook, the keyboard can be removed in just a few simple steps, and you can then use the notebook as a tablet. There are different ways in which you can remove the keyboard and then reinstall it with the various modules. On some models, in order to delete the keyboard easily, you have to press a key. Then there is a signal on the screen telling you that you can now safely remove the keyboard.

In order to then reconnect the notebook to the keyboard, it is sufficient to reunite the device with the keyboard using a plug-in mechanism. The procedures may differ depending on the manufacturer. If you have difficulties with this, we recommend that you contact the manufacturer or seller.

It is also possible to reinstall the keyboard upside down on some convertibles. This is how you can change the orientation of the screen. This makes it easy to use the notebook as a drawing board, and it makes it easier to use the touchscreen.

How do I clean a convertible notebook?

Over time, a lot of dust can accumulate on the keyboard or screen of your convertible notebook. It is often enough to wipe the keyboard with a simple duster. The coarsest dust particles can be removed without any major problems. When cleaning the screen, it is important that you use a screen-friendly cloth. Cheap dusters can leave unwanted scratches on the screen. If necessary, use a cleaning fluid as well.

Under certain circumstances, crumbs or the like may accumulate under the keys on the keyboard. It is very difficult to get under the keys with a cloth. We recommend using a compressed air spray. You spray this under the keys. In this way, the particles are blown away without leaving any residue. When cleaning, it is important that your notebook is shut down and cooled down.

Conclusion

A convertible notebook combines the most important functions of a laptop with those of a tablet. It is a so-called 2-in-1 device. In contrast to an ordinary laptop or tablet, you can benefit from a touchscreen, a fast processor and a good screen resolution.

This type of notebook is particularly suitable for students, graphic designers or teachers. In addition, a convertible notebook offers a great alternative for anyone who would like to prepare something on the laptop and then process it on the tablet.

The convertibles are unbeatable, especially when it comes to video editing or image processing. The notebooks are real lightweights. As a constant travel companion, they impress with their flexibility and ergonomics.

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