Nowadays, it’s almost as rare to find a laptop without a touchscreen as it is a cell phone. (That is, unless you’re an Apple user, in which case, you’ll have to opt for an iPad or external touchscreen monitor instead.) Touchscreens are available on standard laptops, two-in-one laptop-tablet hybrids, Chromebooks, and devices with detachable keyboards. Whether you’re a digital artist or just like the convenience of scrolling with a finger, consider one of these seven top touchscreen laptops of the year.
Check out quick reviews below of our top five touchscreen laptops, or scroll deeper for more helpful buying info and full reviews of those laptops plus other high-ranking options.
Pros and Cons of a Touchscreen
Many of these touchscreen laptops are 2-in-1 devices, meaning their screens flip or keyboards detach to turn them into a tablet. They generally have slimmer, lightweight designs, though these sleek hybrid models often get more expensive than standard laptops. However, on standard laptops, touchscreens are less easy to use with the keyboard getting in the way.
The touchscreens themselves also often add to the expense and weight, and may drain battery life faster. Plenty of these models do come in at under 3 pounds and boast all-day battery, though prices can easily surpass $1,000. Still, you can now find touchscreens on affordable budget models and Chromebooks as well. Just keep in mind that not all touchscreens are made with the same quality. Some are designed to only scroll up and down a webpage with a finger, while better ones may come with more advanced features and standard pens and styluses.
Other Laptop Specs to Look Out For
CPU: Most laptops use Intel processors for their Central Processing Unit. You’ll generally want an i5 or i7 processor, but i9 is better for gamers or video editors.
GPU: The Graphics Processing Unit creates the images on your screen, though most are built into the CPU.
RAM: Random Access Memory temporarily stores information to be accessed quickly, which allows your computer to multi-task. On basic devices like Chromebooks, you may get 4 GB. For most users, 8 GB is appropriate, whereas you’ll want at least 16 GB for serious work or gaming.
Storage: These laptops will mostly store everything on a Solid State Drive, or SSD. 256 GB is the average, but video editors will need more, or an external drive.
Resolution: If you want a clear picture, the minimum resolution you should get is 1080p, but 4k is better for gaming or photo editing.
How We Selected and Rated Them
We research 14 expert sources and 8,400 consumer reviews to select the top seven touchscreen laptops of the year. To determine our Total Expert Score, we calculate the ratings from trusted publications such as Tech Radar, CNET, PC Mag, and Digital Trends, and convert them to a 100-point scale to make it easier for you to weigh the best options. Our Consumer Score represents the percentage of consumers who rated the product at least 4 out of 5 stars on retail sites like Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy.
Lenovo Yoga C940
Total Expert Score: 84/100 | Consumer Score: 82% give it 4 stars or higher
Lenovo’s Yoga 2-in-1 laptop will impress you with its flips and tricks.
CPU: Intel Core i7-1065G7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Plus| RAM: 12 GB| Storage: 512 GB
Screen: 14 in. | Weight: 3 lb. | Battery: 15 hours
The latest Lenovo Yoga C940 boasts a sturdy, all-metal build with convertible flexibility thanks to its two-in-one design. The 360-degree hinges not only work to flip this laptop into a tablet, but also as a rotating sound bar with a Dolby Atmos speaker system. It’s quick to wake, unlock with a fingerprint reader, and connect to Wi-Fi. Its slightly larger screen at 14 inches and its 15-hour battery life make it more suitable to everyday productivity than many other laptop-tablet hybrids. It’s also decently priced at around $1,000 and even includes the active pen.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7
Total Expert Score: 78/100 | Consumer Score: 92% give it 4 stars or higher
An affordable 2-in-1 that functions more like a tablet than laptop.
CPU: 10th-gen Intel Core i5 | Graphics: Intel Iris Plus | RAM: 8 GB | Storage: 128 GB
Screen: 12.5 in. | Weight: 1.7 lb. | Battery: 10.5 hours
The Surface Pro 7 works out many of the limitations of laptop-tablet hybrids. Although it looks more like a tablet with its detachable keyboard cover, it can still excel as an everyday work machine. In our testing, the Surface Pro 7 excelled thanks to its 3:2 screen ratio, additional USB-C charging port, improved graphics, and fanless design. What’s even better is that this versatile two-in-one won’t break that bank, since it’s currently available for a base price of around $800.
—BEST BATTERY LIFE—
HP Spectre x360
Total Expert Score: 85/100 | Consumer Score: 75% give it 4 stars or higher
A stylish 2-in-1 that can power you through long days (and nights).
CPU: 10th-gen Intel Core i7 | Graphics: UHD 620 | RAM: 16 GB | Storage: 512 GB
Screen: 13.3 in. FHD | Weight: 2.9 lb. | Battery: 22 hours
With the longest battery life, the HP Spectre x360 can keep you connected without having to plug in to a power source for over 20 hours. One reviewer at the HP Store wrote, “This laptop is lightweight, has all the features I need (and more), and is perfect for beginning graduate school!” Use it as a traditional laptop for work or school during the day, then flip it into a tablet for watching videos and scrolling through the internet at night. If you’re concerned about privacy when using your computer in public, this new model features HP’s Sure View Privacy Screen mode that makes your screen difficult to read from others at an angle. There’s also a switch to turn off the wide-angle web cam, and a fingerprint reader to log in. You’ll also find two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, a USB 3 Type A port, a microSD card flot, and audio jack on its slim sides.
—GREAT FOR GAMING—
Razer Blade Stealth
Total Expert Score: 81/100 | Consumer Score: 76% give it 4 stars or higher
A great entry-level gaming laptop that you can also take with you on-the-go.
CPU: 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8565U | Graphics: UHD 620 | RAM: 8 GB | Storage: 512 GB
Screen: 13.3’’ FHD Matte | Weight: 3 lb. | Battery: 8 hours
Gone are the days of heavy gaming laptops! The new Razer Blade lives up to its stealthy title at under three pounds, so it can serve as your everyday productivity laptop as well. Though the great 4k matte display compromises its battery life a bit (only about 8 hours total), you can expect decent speakers and Razer’s unique design with black aluminum and the snake logo on the lid.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4
Total Expert Score: 80/100 | Consumer Score: 86% give it 4 stars or higher
A versatile and very portable laptop that can handle all of your multitasking needs.
CPU: 11th-gen Intel Core i5 | Graphics: Intel Iris Xe| RAM: 8 GB| Storage: 512 GB
Screen: 13.5 in. | Weight: 2.8 lb. | Battery: 17 hours
Though the latest Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 looks like the previous iteration, it adds improved hardware and battery life to the same beautiful, super portable design. In our review of the Laptop 4, we noted its quiet but tactile keyboard, magnetic charging port, ans powerful hardware that makes multitasking a breeze. The Laptop 4’s boosted battery life also extends to 17 to 19 hours, depending on the model and your usage. Last but not least, the touchscreen offers high resolution while still being energy efficient, and the 3:2 ratio is ideal for viewing multiple tabs side by side. Though, unfortunately, you’ll have to purchase the Surface Pen separately to really increase your touchscreen productivity.
Asus Chromebook Flip C302
Total Expert Score: 88/100 | Consumer Score: 79% give it 4 stars or higher
An inexpensive and portable Chromebook great for traveling and daily computing.
CPU: Intel Core M3-6730 | Graphics: HD 515 | RAM: 4 GB | Storage: 64 GB
Screen: 12.5’’ FHD | Weight: 2.65 lb. | Battery: 10 hours
Though Chromebooks, which support ChromeOS, function essentially as web browsers, the Asus Chromebook Flip doesn’t feel very limited due to the variety of Google Play and Android apps available. At less than $500, it’s an affordable option with all-day battery life, two USB-C ports, microSD slot, audio jack, touchscreen, and 360-degree hinges. Users enjoy this Chromebook’s simplicity, powerful performance, and comfortable backlit keyboard. One reviewer on Amazon promises other users that they “won’t be disappointed with this great little machine however you end up using it, and that versatility is what really makes this machine such a fun and valuable computer.”
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
Total Expert Score: 81/100 | Consumer Score: 74% give it 4 stars or higher
A 2-in-1 version of Dell’s class-leading XPS 13.
CPU: 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8500Y | Graphics: HD 615 | RAM: 18 GB | Storage: 256 GB
Screen: 13.3’’ | Weight: 2.7 lb. | Battery: 15 hours
Though the Dell XPS 13 is one of the most powerful Windows laptops, its 2-in-1 cousin sacrifices some of that power for portability and versatility. Despite Dell’s estimated 15 hours of battery life, many expert and user tests reported less than 10 hours of power. The XPS 13 2-in-1 also lacks some important features that other touchscreen laptops include, such as a pen with magnet or loop to store it in. Digital Trends explained that “Dell makes tough choices, but they pay off.” This model boasts a thin design with 360-degree flexibility that many users want in a touchscreen laptop. However, some users suggest considering the regular Dell XPS 13 instead, which comes with a touchscreen but not 360-degree hinges.
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