Surprising Advantages and Disadvantages of 2-in-1 Laptop

Surprising Advantages and Disadvantages of 2-in-1 Laptop

Meta: Are you planning to buy a 2-in-1 laptop? Do you find it very useful? Or do you still consider a more traditional product? Let’s take a look at pros and cons of 2-in-1 laptops.

Hybrid laptops will surely be the next generation of the laptop industry. There is no denying how cool these devices are. However, that doesn’t mean they are the best choice for everyone.

So, in this article, we will show you all the good and the bad of having a 2-in-1 laptop. At the end of the day, you can make your best buying decision!



Also called hybrid laptops, 2-in-1 laptops are the set of two devices in one package. Their main difference compared to traditional laptops is the capability of transforming between a laptop and a tablet.

This combination gives you so many conveniences as you can assemble a removable keyword (with or without a trackpad) to use your device like a laptop, or use the touchscreen like a tablet. And the laptop functionality is remained once disconnected to the keyboard, so you can run both desktop software and tablet apps with ease.


The small, thin design makes a 2-in-1 laptop a great solution for traveling. And your shoulders and back will thank you so much because there will be no longer heavy, bulky laptop for them to carry.

On top of that, the adaptability of these devices is superior. Imagine you’re a construction engineer who frequently moves between the office and the roadwork, you will understand how portable you have with a hybrid laptop. For example, when sitting at your office, you probably prefer a laptop to a tablet. But when you have to go to the roadwork and move around from this place to another, you will love a tablet for quick sketching, capturing, or simply to remove the hassle of using a mouse.


The good news is that the price of 2-in-1 laptops in recent years has fallen significantly. Today, you can get the one with only $200, and all the way to $3,000 depending on how powerful, beautiful and convenient the device is.

But the point here is how much a 2-in-1 laptop costs in comparison with a traditional one. Well, not much, often around $100. For example, the HP Spectre x360 Convertible 13.3’’ is a 2-in-1 laptop which costs around $939.99. Meanwhile, its nonconvertible sibling – the HP Spectre 13.3’’ – is $1,049.99 in price. Note that these both models are equipped with a 13.3-inch touchscreen, Intel Core i5 (8th Gen) processor, 8GB DDR3 memory, 256GB SSD, and Intel UHD Graphics 620 (8GB) card. The main advantage of the latter over the former is the better battery, which is a 4-cell 43.7Wh Li-ion polymer compared to a 3-cell 60Wh Li-ion polymer of the HP Spectre x360. So, you can see that in this case, the hybrid laptop is even cheaper than the non-hybrid one.


Not all cases, but most 2-in-1 laptops are designed to make the most possible use out of the battery included in them. That is thanks to their very energy-efficient hardware. At the end of the day, you can have more time using your device before having to recharge it. Also, your monthly electricity payment will be reduced a bit (even very little)



Overall Performance

When it comes to buying a laptop for gaming, a 2-in-1 model will never be the greatest choice. But a traditional laptop will be most people’s choice, instead. That’s because most hybrid devices have specs that make them very power-efficient. They are designed to use at work or handle slight multimedia tasks. Thus, they don’t necessarily feature the most powerful CPU with the latest graphics card.

While there are a few options out there that can meet your gaming hobby or heavy graphics tasks, they often come at a very high price.

Screen Size

Although we considered the size as a strength of 2-in-1 laptops above, we did not mean it has no weakness. Here is the reason: A small design comes along with a small screen. And if you hate being stuck in the small display for all of your tasks, don’t buy a hybrid laptop, especially when you have to spend long hours at your laptop.

Keyboard Size

Due to the small design, the keyboard of hybrid laptops is generally not as big as conventional laptops. In most cases, there is no numeric keypad (we mean the rightmost keyboard zone on over-15’’-screen conventional laptops). Also, the functionality of most hybrid laptops’ keyboards is very basic. Lastly, some keyboards might feel cramped, leading to some typing difficulties and discomforts.


Traditional laptop or 2-in-1 laptop? The answer is really all about you! Depending on your needs and preferences, you will determine if a 2-in-1 laptop is right for you. Please let us know your thoughts by leaving your comment below. Thank you for reading!

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