If you want a faster, easier way to interact with your PC, then touchscreen laptops are the way to go. The best ones work like regular notebooks; fast performance, lots of storage space, nice display size – plus the ability of touch screen use much like a tablet. We’ve ranked the top ten available now.
Kicking off our list is the ASUS Transformer book. We liked the detachable 10 inch screen, so it can be a laptop or tablet. The long battery life is a nice plus, too. It comes with 2 gig of RAM and a USB port, plus it comes in several color options. With the keyboard attached in laptop mode, it can get a little top heavy, so just be aware not to tilt it back too far to avoid tipping. Overall, for the price, we found this to be a nice little find.
Next up is the Toshiba Satellite. With this laptop you get 6 gig of RAM, a 750 gig hard drive, and a 15.6 inch touchscreen. First off, we liked its versatility. There are multiple USB ports, an SD card slot, CD drive and both HDMI and VGA outputs. But to be fair, we also liked its sleek, white look. However, the touch screen is very sensitive. Almost too much so, for some. It’s great for photos, but it can be frustrating with spreadsheets.
At number 8 is the Samsung ATIV Book 9. There’s a lot to like here, a nice big 15.6 inch screen, with excellent touchscreen feel, 8 gigs of RAM, an Intel processor, multiple USB ports, the works. We especially liked the long battery life. They tout an 8.8 hour life, but we never made it quite that far. Still, we like that it’s slim and lightweight. Do know, however, that some folks have had issues with the trackpad, and while we really like this one, at $1300, it’s definitely on the high-end price wise.
Next at number 7, dude, you’re getting a Dell. It’s the i737 Notebook Convertible. The 13 inch touchscreen rotates around so it can be used as a tablet, as well. There’s plenty of power, with 8 gigs of RAM and a 500 gig hard drive. It has USB and HDMI inputs, too. We really liked the backlit display and the plastic rubber hybrid feel especially, but wished it had longer battery life. Though it’s a little heavy as a tablet, the versatility is really nice.
Our number 6 touchscreen laptop is the HP Envy. While this one is only a laptop, the screen doesn’t detach, we liked a lot about this computer. Lots of memory, lots of ports, a big 15 inch screen where the touchscreen response is great, and we loved the sound from the built in Beats Audio. Now, this one is definitely on the heftier side, as laptops go, at about 6 pounds. So keep that in mind if you carry yours around a lot. Overall though, this is a solid choice.
At number 5 is the Acer C720P Chromebook. While this one has a bit smaller screen, only 11.6 inches, and some of the limitations that come with a Chromebook as opposed to a traditional laptop, such as the cloud based storage and web based apps, we liked the tradeoff for a lighter weight and fast speeds. It starts up in a blink, has a nice battery life, and at under $300 makes it a really affordable option for kids and students.
Next is the Lenova IdeaPad Chromebook. It has an 11.6 inch screen, 2 gigs of RAM and a touchscreen that can rotate from a laptop to a stand to use like a tablet. While it’s not exactly convertible, as the screen doesn’t detach, and has less memory than some others on our list, the flexibility and performance at this price, under $300, and this light, under 3 pounds, that’s what bumped it up on our list. It would make a nice option for carrying around to class every day.
Number 3 on our list, it’s the Asus Flip. The biggest feature here being the ability to flip the laptop 360 degrees into a tablet. Additionally, there’s lots of memory here, 8 gigs of RAM and a terabyte of hard drive, plenty of ports and input, and a nice responsive touchscreen. That screen can be tough to see outdoors or at some angles, and it’s good to know that there’s no CD or DVD player, but nothing too disappointing here.
Next up it’s the Dell Inspiron 2 in 1 Convertible Touchscreen Laptop. We ranked this one high for its combo of excellent performance and low price. There’s 4 gigs of RAM, a nice long nearly 8 hour battery life, it runs quietly, has nice touchscreen feel, an Intel Pentium processor, and high quality sound system. That and the fact that it completely converts to tablet mode and sells for less than $350, what’s not to like★