Whether you like it or not, you can’t deny that the touchscreen has completely changed the laptop scene. From more touch-friendly operating systems like Windows 10 and Chrome OS to the explosion of drawing apps, there are more reasons than ever to have a touchscreen on the best laptops than ever before, and the best 2-in-1 laptops surging popularity does nothing but confirm this.
It might seem like every laptop that’s come out in the last couple years has a touchscreen – and while that’s pretty much true, they’re not all created equal. While most will detect when you simply scroll up or down a web page with your finger, the best touchscreen laptops will be tuned for precise digital pen usage and will even have some specialized features.
Keeping this in mind, we went ahead and found all the best touchscreen laptops for everyone – from digital artists to note takers. Whether you need to be a part of the touchscreen revolution, you’re looking to upgrade to the next best thing, or you’re just looking for some tech-savvy gifts just in time for the holidays – you’ve come to the right place.
1. Surface Laptop 2
The touchscreen laptop, perfected
CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: : Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.5-inch 2,256 x 1,504 PixelSense Display | Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD
No Thunderbolt 3
Over the last few years, Microsoft has been hard at work creating some of the best touchscreen laptops on the market. Devices like the Surface Pro 6, the Surface Book 2, all of these are brilliant devices. However, the new Surface Laptop 2 takes the traditional laptop form factor and merges it flawlessly with touchscreen technology in the most compelling way we’ve seen in a while. Not only is is a beautiful display, packed in a gorgeous chassis, but it has the hardware to back it up. Some may lament the absence of Thunderbolt 3, but when it does so many things right, it’s hard not to love the Surface Laptop 2.
Read the full review: Surface Laptop 2
2. Samsung Chromebook Pro
The best notetaking companion
CPU: 7th Gen Intel Core m3-6Y30 | Graphics: : Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 12.3-inch (2,400 x 1,600) LED display | Storage: 32GB eMMC
Stunning, vivid display
Stylus support on Chrome OS
9 hours max battery life
The Samsung Chromebook Pro can be likened to an extremely large Samsung Note device in that it has a stowable stylus and a fantastic touchscreen for handwriting notes. What’s better, every single thing you write down on the Samsung Chromebook Pro is saved to Google Keep, which then digitizes your handwriting into a text document for easy searching afterwards. And, when you take into consideration its access to the Google Play Store for all the best Android apps, it isn’t hard to see why this is one of the best touchscreen laptops.
Read the full review: Samsung Chromebook Pro
- This product is only available in the US at the time of this writing. UK and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Microsoft Surface Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
3. HP Spectre x360
The perfect hybrid laptop
CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: : Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD
Long battery life with quick charging
Keyboard has strong tactile feedback
Gets expensive quickly
The HP Spectre x360 manages to strike a perfect balance between tablet and laptop. As a tablet, it has brilliantly slim bezels for consuming all sorts of content, and is light enough to hold for long stretches. Then, as a laptop, it features amazing battery life that will last you throughout the day and you won’t find another laptop with a keyboard this tactile.
4. Lenovo Yoga 920
The biggest touchscreen on an extremely portable laptop
CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: : Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.9-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD
Jump to quad-core processor
Sleeker, streamlined design
Smaller capacity battery
If you want a laptop that has a ton of screen real estate and the power to back it up, you’re going to want to pay attention to the new 13.9-inch Lenovo Yoga 920. It sports the same 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity as the Surface Pro 6, but on a larger 4K display. This sharp-looking 2-in-1 laptop brings a touch of class, too, with a unique watchband hinge and fully metal build. You’ll have a hard time finding a better touchscreen laptop in early 2019.
Read the hand-on review: Lenovo Yoga 920
5. Surface Book 2 (15-inch)
A true 15-inch tablet that’s also a laptop
CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i7 | Graphics: : Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5); Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 15-inch (3,240 x 2,160) | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD
Lightweight yet large tablet
The Surface Book 2 15 inch not only offers the same great touch and pen experience as the Surface Pro, but it also features a larger screen and extremely more beefy hardware. Thanks to its quad-core processor and potent discrete GPU, it’s ready to handle your most demanding art projects, and will even allow you to play the best PC games.
Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch)
Gabe Carey and Bill Thomas have also contributed to this article.