What is a 2 in 1 laptop? It’s Pros and Cons


Do you need a laptop for your work or studies? There are different types of laptops to choose from, such as 2 laptops in 1. But what is a two in one laptop and how does it differ from other models available on market today.

So what is a 2 in 1 laptop?

A 2 in 1 laptop is a laptop that has the capability of functioning as either a tablet or a laptop computer through swappable keyboards and touch screen controls. When the keyboard isn’t attached to the system it functions just like any other tablet device. However, when you attach the keyboard back you can use this device both as a touchscreen tablet pc and as a fully functional windows touchscreen laptop with a physical qwerty keypad.

A 2 in 1 laptop is also called a convertible laptop. These laptops combine the features of a tablet and the features of a laptop. When we open these 2 in 1 laptop, we can find that their screens are touchable and they do not have keyboards. We can use them as tablets if we don’t want a keyboard on them. They come with many exclusive apps which allow us to get files, send emails, edit documents or files, work on excel sheets, etc., anywhere at any time according to our ease.

What are the pros of 2 in 1 laptops?


The main advantage of using this kind of device is its flexibility – you can easily switch from tablet mode to PC mode depending on what you are doing.

It is very easy to park this kind of computer in your bag or purse when you don’t need it, making it a perfect substitute for the traditional tablet.


Its versatility ensures that it’s not used only at home, but also outside by making use of that touchscreen functionality even while commuting on public transport or on the go. A huge advantage especially for business people or students who can easily switch between work and playing time using their 2-in-1 laptop, without worrying about taking up too much space with carrying different devices.


In this type of device, the keyboard is still detachable, so it can be used as a normal tablet while you’re not sitting in front of your pc or laptop.

Versatility and compact size

2-in-1 laptops have become very popular these days among consumers due to their versatility and compact size. They are highly sought after because they provide a variety of options for media consumption and content creation while maintaining portability and comfort. They come with both a touchscreen display and an attached physical keyboard that converts the device into traditional laptop mode when needed. One such example would be Microsoft’s Surface series, which can be used in a variety of useful configurations such as the integrated kickstand and removable keyboard.

Smaller screens

2 in 1 laptops usually have 12-inch screens although there are bigger versions too. The difference between a two-in-one laptop and a regular laptop is that the two-in-one model has a touchscreen built into an adjustable lid. It’s sort of like a notebook computer with a flip-screen display instead of a removable tablet or monitor.

Detachable keyboards

In general, these computers have touchscreens that become active when the keyboard is detached from them, as well as becoming limited to specific apps inside Windows 8/8.1 environment. In addition, most 2-in-1 laptops have processors and memory similar to those used in smartphones, along with cameras designed for use by skype users rather than photographers.


These 2 in 1 laptops are made so portable so that we can use them conveniently while traveling. They run all the latest OS so that we can do every official work on them conveniently. Their screens are made up to 12.5 inches and 13.3 inches which allow us to use all apps without any hassle and their long-lasting battery (4-10 hours) lets us work on our files all the time we want.

What are the cons of 2 in 1 laptops?

However, these laptops have also some cons like :

No CD Drives

They don’t have disk drives. So we cannot install windows easily using disks or CDs due to the fact that windows 7/8 doesn’t come with such disks or CDs. We need to download windows from the internet and then install it on our 2 in 1 laptop. They look like tablets but they are not as convenient as tablets since they do not support touch screens and multi-touch.

Expensive to maintain and repair

Beware! Since they are so small and light, these laptops are super vulnerable to damage, which means you’ll have to take good care of them always unless you want your money spent on them to go to waste. You must also keep in mind that if your laptop is physically damaged, repairs can get quite expensive.

Popularity among students

These types of laptops are particularly popular among students who use them for note-taking and studying. The touchscreen display allows for easy annotation of text-based materials that can be saved to OneNote or Excel, while the portability and lightweight body make it ideal to carry around. That being said, there are a few downsides to this new technology. Since most 2 in 1 laptop have a smaller form factor than traditional laptops, they come with fewer ports which can cause some inconvenience when connecting additional peripherals. In addition, many complain that the built-in trackpad is unreliable under heavy usage or does not provide enough tactile feedback when clicking.

Personal opinion

When I’m traveling I like to take my computer with me so that I can still get work done. In order to make writing articles easier while on a plane or train, I use a 2 in 1 laptop which allows me to fold over its screen and use it as a tablet when necessary. This is great because it only weighs a few KGs and has great battery life.

Nowadays, many companies are involved in making these kinds of laptops, but few of them have real value and are worth money. I think you should also check out some laptops before buying one. They can be found easily in your local Officeworks.

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...