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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2017: Editor's Choice - Part 2
By Team HardwareZone - 14 Mar 2017,9:47pm

Best 2-in-1 Notebook

Best 2-in-1 Notebook

2-in-1 notebooks, or hybrid notebooks as they are sometimes called, are getting increasingly popular. And it’s not hard to see why: they offer the best of both worlds, equal parts notebook and tablet. And thanks to advances in technology, today’s 2-in-1 notebooks are more capable and refined than ever. 

To make the cut for this year’s awards, the notebook must be of a 2-in-1 design - either convertible or detachable - and must be powered by a full Intel Core processor (no ultra low voltage variants). It must also have been released in 2016.

 

Nominees:

  • Acer Switch Alpha 12
  • ASUS Transformer 3 Pro
  • Dell Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1
  • HP Spectre x360
  • Lenovo Yoga 910

 

And the winner is...

HP Spectre x360

The HP Spectre x360 is a refined and well-designed convertible notebook that has very few weaknesses. It is one of the first notebooks to embrace Intel’s new Kaby Lake processors and that has given it a slight edge in terms of performance in comparison to most of its rivals. It is also incredibly slim and light, and considerably more compact than its rivals, which makes it the most portable notebook of the lot. Last, but not least, it also has good connectivity options in the form of a standard USB Type-A port and two additional USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 ports. Our only complaint is that it should have a higher resolution display.


 

Ratings Breakdown
Model Acer Switch Alpha 12 ASUS Transformer 3 Pro Dell Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 HP Spectre x360 Lenovo Yoga 910
Design 8.0 8.0 7.0 8.5 8.0
Features 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.5 8.0
Performance 8.0 6.5 6.5 8.0 8.5
Value 9.0 7.0 8.0 8.5 8.0
Mobility 8.5 8.0 7.0 9.5 9.0
Overall 8.0 7.5 7.0 8.5 8.5
Price (as tested) S$2,098 S$2,598 S$1,599 S$2,699 S$2,699

*Note: Prices and ratings listed are accurate at the time of individual product evaluation.

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.

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