Best touchscreen laptops 2021

Best Ultrabooks thin and light laptops 2021
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Best touchscreen laptops 2021

Laptops haven’t been the same since the best touchscreen laptops entered the scene. They may look like typical portables, but these machines offer an extra level of functionality as well as a bunch of other uses to the laptop form, making these more flexible than ever. So, you end up getting more uses out of these without giving up portability.Because the best touchscreen laptops have become so accepted, touch screens are now a fairly standard feature instead of a rare one. Not only is using a touchscreen portable a smoother and easier experience, but its flexible functionality allows you to use it in a bunch of ways that weren’t feasible just a few years ago.

It’s not just that touch screen that makes these machines unique. A lot of the best touchscreen laptops have a 2-in-1 form factor, which gives them more value than most typical laptops out there. They’re not gimmicks either, as they can offer as much performance and portability as you would find in the best laptops.

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking at something with Chrome OS (the operating system powering the best Chromebooks) or Windows 10, you should take a look at the best touchscreen laptops, particularly if you want something that can last a while. From portables with gorgeous touchscreens to the best 2-in-1 laptops, here are our top choices.

Dell XPS 15

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1. Dell XPS 15 (2020)

The ultimate laptop has arrived

CPU: 10th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti | RAM: 8GB – 64GB | Screen: 15.6″ FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit – 15.6″ UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-Nit Display | Storage: 256GB – 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe

Amazing speakers
Beautiful display
Comfy keyboard
GTX 1650 Ti is a little weak

The Dell XPS 15 is, without a doubt, one of the best laptops to hit the streets in 2021. Combining staggering power in a stylish thin and light chassis, this laptop doesn’t hold back when it comes to internals and features that improve your computing experience overall. Among those amazing features are a gorgeous bright display with 500 nits of brightness, an extremely comfortable keyboard, impressive speakers, and a terrific trackpad. And, for those looking for the best touchscreen laptop, this one’s got an incredible one that’s highly accurate and responsive – not to mention, a pleasure to use.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 15

HP Spectre x360 (2021)

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2. HP Spectre x360 (2021)

A brilliant update

CPU: 11th-gen Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 – Iris Xe | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3″ diagonal, FHD (1920 x 1080) OLED touch – 13.3″ diagonal, 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) OLED touch | Storage: 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD – 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD

Gorgeous design
Excellent battery life
Great performance for day-to-day work
Fans can get noisy
Pricey

The flagship HP Spectre x360 (2021) is the newest in the flagship product line and continues the tradition of pairing elegance and premium design with the newest in specs for a 2-in-1 laptop that’s as much substance as it is style. This gorgeous laptop comes with the new 11th-gen Intel CPU and enough battery life to get you through a long day at work. While it does come with a price tag to match and its 2-in-1 factor can be bulky for those making use of its tablet mode, not to mention that it can get loud, it’s a stunning laptop with excellent performance.

Read the full review: HP Spectre x360 (2021)

Dell XPS 13 (2020)

Dell XPS 13 boasts that covetable 4K touchscreen feature. (Image credit: Dell)

3. Dell XPS 13 (2020)

The premium champ is back

CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics – Iris Plus Graphics | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.4″ FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit – 13.4″ UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-Nit | Storage: 256GB – 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD

Gorgeous design
Excellent battery life
Solid performance
Lackluster audio
Expensive

The competition in the Ultrabook market is getting tougher every year, and early players have been finding it difficult to keep up. Not the Dell XPS 13, however. Not only has this laptop kept a lofty spot in every best touchscreen laptops list, but it’s also still among the best laptops on the market years after its first release. This extremely luxurious device comes with all-day battery life, solid performance and a design that you’ll fall in love with at first sight. Due to its thin chassis that’s only about half an inch, it does compromise on a couple of things, most notably its audio and its price tag, which is pretty high for some people. However, the Dell XPS 13 is worth every penny.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13 (2020)

Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition

Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition more than meets the standards of videographers, photographers, and designers. (Image credit: Razer)

4. Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition

A seriously powerful pro laptop

CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H | Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q – NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 Studio Edition | RAM: 32GB | Screen: 15.6-inch OLED 4K Touch 60Hz, factory calibrated | Storage: 1TB SSD

Powerful
Beautiful screen
Expensive

Razer has redesigned its best gaming laptop to turn it into a mobile creative workstation touting a jaw-dropping performance that meets the standards of videographers, photographers, and designers. This laptop packs a serious punch. But, it also rocks a stunning, factory-calibrated 4K display with the touchscreen model on hand, giving video editors not just incredibly sharp content but also lots of space to work on while they’re editing on the go. If a fast and seamless workflow is of utmost importance in your day to day, then the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition is the best touchscreen laptop for you. Just be ready to splurge.

Read the full review: Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition

Dell Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition (7506)

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5. Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition (7506)

Great performance, fancier features

CPU: 11th-generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Xe | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch UHD (3840 x 2160) Truelife Touch Narrow Border WVA | Storage: 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe

Stunning 4K touch display
Great performance for productivity
Dell Active Pen included
Performance could be better for the price
Only one USB-C port

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition (7506) is a laptop that punches above its weight. This seemingly mid-range laptop, though on the higher end of that range, comes with the kind of performance and features you would expect from higher-end machines. You would be hard-pressed to find another machine in its range that comes with a 4K touchscreen, IR camera, and an active pen. While it is a bit pricey for those just needing to do basic computing, like email and light productivity, those who want a little more will find this a great option, since it can handle quite a bit of multitasking and even some AAA gaming.

Read the full review: Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition (7506) 

Lenovo Yoga C940

There’s a lot of things going for the Lenovo Yoga C940 beyond its gorgeous premium design. (Image credit: Lenovo)

6. Lenovo Yoga C940

The Lenovo Yoga is back and it means business

CPU: up to 10th-generation Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics | RAM: up to 16GB | Screen: 14” FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, touchscreen, glossy, 400 nits –14″ UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS, touchscreen, glossy, HDR 400, 500 nits | Storage: up to 2TB SSD PCIe

Excellent design
Great performance
Comfy keyboard
Expensive
Battery life

There’s a lot of things going for the Lenovo Yoga C940 beyond its gorgeous premium design. It’s a great performer, first of all, thanks to the powerful internals under its hood. It’s also got a keyboard that’s comfortable to type on, a rotating soundbar with 2 additional speakers, a touch pen, and a TrueBlock Privacy Shutter. All in a fairly thin and light laptop, and for a price that’s ever so slightly cheaper than the competition. If you’re as much about the add-ons as the basics, then you’ll get a lot of value out of the Lenovo Yoga C940.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga C940

Lenovo Yoga C930

The Lenovo Yoga C930 boasts a high-quality IPS Glossy touchscreen display. (Image credit: Lenovo)

7. Lenovo Yoga C930

2-in-1 with little to no compromise

CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: UHD (3,840 x 2,160) IPS Glossy Multi-touch | Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD

Strong build quality
Robust feature set
Excellent battery life
Weak graphics performance
Pricey upgrade options

Not only is the new Lenovo Yoga C930 one of the best hybrid laptops we’ve reviewed to date, but it’s also deserving of a spot on our best touchscreen laptops list. It’s all thanks to that high-quality IPS Glossy touchscreen display, which not only offers stylus support but is also available in both Full HD and 4K – nifty if you work with high-resolution photos. Get all your productivity tasks out of the way, and then throw in some decent gaming post work.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga C930

Microsoft Surface Book 3

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8. Surface Book 3

A premium piece of kit

CPU: 10th-gen Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: : Intel Iris Plus – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q Design | RAM: 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB | Screen: 13.5-inch 3000 x 2000 PixelSense – 15-inch 3240 x 2160 PixelSense display display | Storage: 256GB – 2TB PCIe SSD

Beautiful design
Comfortable keyboard
Gorgeous screen
Weak U-series processor
Tiny trackpad

If you’re looking for a beautifully designed laptop, look no further than the Microsoft Surface Book 3. It comes with an immaculate screen and keyboard and will scratch that itch if you want a premium-looking and feeling device as your portable. And, with its discrete graphics and ample amount of RAM, it’s great for content creators as well. It’s unfortunate that it comes with a weaker CPU and tiny trackpad, though the trackpad works as intended, keeping it from being a perfect device. It also comes with lackluster speakers. Outside of those issues though, this is one heck of a laptop.

Read the full review: Surface Book 3

Surface Laptop 3

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 has a stunning display. (Image credit: Microsoft)

9. Surface Laptop 3

Longer-lasting than most

CPU: 10th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7, AMD Ryzen 5 3580U – 7 3780U | Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics, AMD Radeon Vega 9 – RX Vega 11 | RAM: 8GB – 32GB | Screen: 13.5-inch (2256 x 1504) – 15-inch (2496 x 1664) PixelSense Display | Storage: 128GB – 1TB

Excellent battery life
Exciting AMD flagship debut
Far too few ports
Lacking in power

With the debut of an AMD Ryzen processor in Microsoft’s Surface Laptop line, the Surface Laptop 3 is more accessible than ever to more people, especially fans of AMD’s latest processors and graphics cards. Unfortunately, there aren’t many fresh features this time around – if you need more ports, for example, you might want to skip this. But, this latest model is more powerful than ever, and it does pack some of the longest battery life in its class. And, of course, it’s one of the thinnest and lightest laptops on the market. If longevity and portability matter most to you, it’s a worthy contender.

Read the full review: Surface Laptop 3

Lenovo Yoga C630

Lenovo Yoga C630 boast a 13.3-inch, wide-angle FHD stunning display with touchscreen functionality. (Image credit: Lenovo)

10. Lenovo Yoga C630

Windows on Snapdragon redeemed

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Processor | Graphics: Qualcomm Adreno 630 | RAM: up to 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Multi-touch | Storage: up to 256 GB SSD

4G connectivity
Huge battery life
Thin and light design
Limited app compatibility

Budget users seeking touchscreen functionality will appreciate the value the Lenovo Yoga C630 offers. This 2-in-1 starts at $629 (about £517, A$927), with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB of SSD storage and integrated Qualcomm graphics. That means that it’s a lightweight option for those folks who aren’t entirely convinced by the Chrome OS environment. It has a few aces to top it all off, including the Lenovo Active Pen, a Fingerprint Reader and more than 23 hours of battery life. And what of the display? It’s a 13.3-inch, wide-angle FHD stunner, with touchscreen functionality, of course.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga C630

Michelle Rae Uy and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this article.