What are 2-in-1 Laptops?

Aug 19, 2020

2-in-1 laptops are laptop that behave like both laptops and tablets and provide the best of both worlds. You can think of them to be something like amphibians. Can work as a laptop and as a tablet.

Types of 2-in-1 laptops

A laptop can be made into a tablet in multiple ways. The difference between a touchscreen laptop and a tablet is the lack of a physical keyboard in tablets. So in order to make a laptop a tablet, you have to get the keyboard out of the way and the ways in which it can be removed gives the types of keyboards.

2-in-1 detachable

In detachable laptops, the keyboard can be detached from the laptop altogether and you can use the laptop purely as a tablet. The best example of a 2-in-1 detachable is the Surface Pro 7.

Asus ROG Mothership with detachable keyboard
Asus ROG Mothership with detachable keyboard

Surprisingly, even gaming laptops today have become 2-in-1 detachable as illustrated by Asus ROG Mothership and this is one of the coolest laptop we have seen in a while. In the Asus ROG Mothership, the laptop's keyboard is removable and the top part can be used as a tablet. The processor, graphics card and all major components are packed in the monitor itself unllike other laptops who have them in the lower part of the laptop.

2-in-1 convertible

ASUS Vivobook convertible laptop
ASUS Vivobook convertible laptop

In these laptops, the keyboard cannot be removed. It is attached to the device even when you're using the laptop as a convertible, but it can be folded out of view. In most of the devices the hinges allow 360 degree rotation, making the keyboard go behind the monitor.


All the 2-in-1 laptops come with a touch screen, since all tablets need a touch screen. The operating systems that support 2-in-1 laptops include Windows 8, 10 and Chrome OS.

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2-in-1s does have a keyboard that is detachable or can be hidden by some mechanism.

2-in-1s come with all the ports of a laptop which makes it more easy to use. You cannot connect an external hard disk or a pen drive to a tablet, but a 2-in-1 lets you do all that and more. 2-in-1 laptops comes with USB ports, mini-display ports and USB-C ports.


A 2 in 1 laptop means you get the best of both worlds. It would be easy to carry the tablet around and use it as a tablet. This a great feature for creatives. It is rather easy to draw on the surface of a tablet rather than on a tablet and a 2-in-1 provides that capability.

If you want to write something, it is easier to do so on a laptop rather than on a tablet, and the converting the 2-in-1 to a laptop helps in that too.

Being small in size they can easily be carried around. Just throw it into a bag and carry it around. You don't have to carry multiple devices anymore.


A lot of people today are choosing 2-in-1s due to the immense practicality that they offer. You can watch movie on bed by making it into a tablet and it offers more power and screen size than a tablet.

But this is not made for everyone and we recommend you choose wisely depending on your needs.

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