A detachable laptop offers users a remarkable combination of the portability of a tablet with the wide variety of functions of a laptop. Although it doesn’t offer the best of both worlds, this type of device is perfect for casual users who want a tablet’s accessibility with a laptop’s functions.

It’s important to know that detachable laptops are a subcategory of 2-in-1 laptops alongside convertible laptops. The screen of a detachable laptop can completely separate from the keyboard while the convertible can only be turned on the back of the keyboard. Our list of the best detachable laptop options will rank the devices based on the price-performance ratio, battery life, and operating system while presenting the pros and cons of each one.

10. HP Spectre X2 12-a008nr

This detachable laptop is one the HP’s newest products from which you can expect a high-performance with an incredible silver metal design. HP usually sells it for around $900, but we’ve seen it go as low as $437 on Amazon. Highly praised by HP as their thinnest detachable laptop yet with a battery lasting up to 10 hours in standby. Although its performance can’t match that of a high-end laptop or tablet, it has some of the highest specs we have seen on a detachable laptop. The device comes to life thanks to Full HD 12” screen tablet running the latest version of Windows 10.

Specs

  • Display: 12” IPS WLED-backlit display, 1920 x 1280.
  • Processor: Intel dual- core m3-6Y30 up to 2.2 GHz, 4 MB Cache.
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515.
  • Memory: 4 GB LPDDR3.
  • Storage: 128 GB M.2 SSD.

Pros

  • Long battery life.
  • Very thin design.
  • High-performance and high-quality screen.

Cons

  • Slightly heavy.
  • The trackpad is too wide.
  • Considerably more expensive than other alternatives.

9. Acer Aspire Switch 11 V 11.6″ SW5-173-648Z

Acer is well-known for making high-performance devices at affordable prices and the Switch 11.6” fits the description perfectly. It’s a very well-rounded laptop offering decent specs for the low price of $449 on Amazon. Overall, this is an average tablet in almost all regards. However, it has one remarkable thing about it and that is the incredible price-performance ration coupled with nice design. This detachable laptop runs on Windows 10. Although the 11.6” screen of the tablet is a bit lackluster it won’t disappoint most of its users. Its battery can last up to 8 hours on average in standby.

Specs

  • Display: 11.6” LCD, 1366 x 768.
  • Processor: Intel dual-core M5Y10c.
  • Graphics: Intel Graphic 5300.
  • Memory: 4 GB LPDDR3.
  • Storage: 128 GB SSD.

Pros

  • Compact design.
  • Large screen for its price.

Cons

  • Heavy compared to other available products in the same price range.
  • Cheap plastic build.

8. HP Pavilion X2 10.1

HP’s Pavilion X2 10.1 may be the cheapest detachable laptop on the market. Although it goes for only around $200 on major retailers including Amazon, it doesn’t completely sacrifice performance and functionality just to keep its price down. Its combination of price, design, features and performance make it one of the best choices for casual users who don’t run demanding apps. Despite its low price, HP’s detachable laptop delivers a nice design with a screen of decent quality and size, powered by a battery with an autonomy of up to 11.5 hours on average in standby. Unfortunately, unlike most models on our list, this device runs on Windows 8.1.

Specs

  • Display: 10.1” IPS, 1280 x 800.
  • Processor: Intel Atom Z3736F.
  • Graphics: Intel HD.
  • Memory: 2GB DDR3L
  • Storage: 32/64 GB SSD.

Pros

  • Long battery life.
  • Very affordable with decent specs.

Cons

  • Windows 8.1.
  • Limited memory and storage capacity.

7. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Already in its fourth generation of 2-in-1 laptops, the Surface Pro 4 is a testament to the quality of Microsoft’s devices. The detachable laptop comes in four versions depending on the performance of the processor as well as how much RAM and storage you want your device to have. The basic version of the Surface Pro 4 is available on Amazon for $794. No matter what version you’ll buy, you can rest assured that its large 12.3” high-quality screen powered by a battery lasting up to 9 hours is a standard feature. As is the case with any of Microsoft’s devices, it runs on the latest version of Windows 10 Pro. It also comes with 1-year of Microsoft Office 365.

Specs

  • Display: 12.3” PixelSense, 2736 x 1824
  • Processor: Intel dual-core i5.
  • Graphics: Intel HD 515.
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR3.
  • Storage: 128 GB SSD.

Pros

  • Very high-quality screen.
  • Excellent as a tablet

Cons

  • Flimsy keyboard.
  • The battery doesn’t last as long as promised.
  • More expensive than its alternatives.

6. Microsoft Surface Book

The Microsoft Surface Book was released in 2015, and a lot of updates were done on the product. Users praise its high-quality screen, equipped with the ideal 3:2 aspect ratio and a 13.5-inch display that can satisfy even the pickiest of users. On sale online for the price of $1,220, this device comes with a Surface pen that will excite graphic designers everywhere. Windows 10 Pro comes installed on this stylish 2-in-1 detachable laptop, which is performant, versatile and portable.

Specs

  • Display: 13.5 inch, PixelSense Display, 3000 x 2000
  • Processor: Intel core i5-i7
  • Graphics: Intel HD graphics 520
  • Memory: 8GB-16GB.
  • Storage: SSD 128GB – 256GB

Pros

  • Modern design.
  • Among the thinnest tablets on the market.
  • Light-weight and portable.

Cons

  • Rather expensive compared to similar products.
  • Unsatisfactory battery life.

5. Lenovo Yoga 900

An updated version of the Yoga Pro 3, Lenovo Yoga 900 solves all the issues users had with the previous versions. The new version has a more powerful battery, and processor, both the trackpad and the keyboard were improved, which makes the Yoga 900, one of the best detachable laptops available. The screen can rotate 360 degrees, and the device is light (1.29kg) and elegantly designed. The price from the retailer is $1,399, but you can find better offers on Amazon.

Specs

  • Display: 12.5-inch (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor: Intel Core m5 – m7
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515
  • Memory: 4GB – 8GB
  • Storage: SSD 128GB – 512GB

Pros

  • Updated version with a longer battery life.
  • Ultra-thin screen.
  • Attractive and practical design.

Cons

  • Expensive in comparison with alternative devices.
  • Not adapted for surface pens.

4. Lenovo Miix 700

Lenovo has come up with an affordable 2-in-1 device, the Lenovo Miix 700 IdeaPad. This basic and more accessible version (retailing for $749.99 on the official website and around $600 on Amazon) comes with Windows 10 installed and an Intel Core M5 processor. With a battery that lasts up to 9 hours, the device can serve as a portable and reliable work laptop. However, some users complained about the fact that the Lenovo Active pen has to be bought separately.

Specs

  • Display: 12-inch LED Full HD Display
  • Processor: Intel Core M5
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Storage: 64GB SSD

Pros

  • Affordable and performant.
  • Long-lasting battery.

Cons

  • Lenovo Active pen not included.
  • No backlight for the keyboard.

3. Dell Inspiron 13 7000

Dell Inspiron 13 is a part of the 7000 series, being a 2-in-1 laptop designed with practicality in mind. Sturdier than other entries on our list, the device is powerful, has 11 hours of battery life and many other features. Facial Recognition from Windows Hello, backlit screen, and the ability to fold it at 360 degrees as a tablet, stand, laptop or tent, are among its most appreciated features. It retails for under $800 on Amazon.

Specs

  • Display: 13.3 inches Full HD Touchscreen 2-in-1
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6500U
  • Graphics: integrated Intel HD Graphics 520
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Storage: SSD 256GB

Pros

  • Durable and sturdy design.
  • Long battery life.

Cons

  • Heavier than other entries (3.4 pounds).
  • One single color available (Silver).

2. Lenovo Flex 4

This semi-hybrid device is created for work, graphic design, and gaming alike. The lightest version weighs only 2.08 kg, being 0.84″ thin. The device is adaptable, and the screen flips around at 360 degrees, enabling users to choose the perfect mode for them. Lenovo Flex 4 has a 14-inch screen and Stereo Speakers that offer high-quality sound. This device is available online for $359.00.

Specs

  • Display: 14-inch HD Touchscreen Widescreen
  • Processor: Intel Pentium Dual-Core 4405U
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 510
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 500GB

Pros

  • Affordable and performant for multiple tasks.
  • Smart, modern design.

Cons

  • Unpractical placement of the Shift Key on the right side of the keyboard.
  • Disappointing battery life (under 7 hours).

1. Asus Transformer Book T300 CHI

The Transformers series from Asus always impressed through an amazing combination of design, performance, and functionality. The T300 Chi is no exception, and its retail price of $408 on Amazon only serves to add affordable on its long list of characteristics. The detachable 12.5” screen can stand on its own as a Windows 10 tablet thanks to its various functions and high-resolution. As it is one of the thinnest tablets in its class, it doesn’t come with full-size HDMI and USB ports, and its battery can only last up to 8 hours on standby. However, it’s high-performance, and excellent design make it one of the best detachable laptops you can find.

Specs

  • Display: 12.5” Auto WQHD LCD, 2560X 1440.
  • Processor: Intel dual-core M-5Y10
  • Graphics: Intel HD 5300
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR3 up to 8GB.
  • Storage: 128.

Pros

  • Excellent price-performance ratio.
  • Beautiful and thin design.

Cons

  • Micro-sized ports.
  • Low battery life.

Best Detachable Laptop Verdict

This concludes our list of the best detachable laptop options for 2017. We reviewed laptops from a variety of companies such as Microsoft, Acer, HP, Lenovo and Asus. Our impressions of each device were based foremost on the price-performance ratio, closely followed by the battery life of the devices and their operating system. We discovered that the detachable laptop with the best price-performance alongside a decent battery life which also ran the newest OS was Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi.

What detachable laptop do you like the most? We’d love to see your opinions in the comments section!

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