For better or worse, 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 to have a touchscreen on the best laptops than ever before, and the surging best 2-in-1 laptops popularity does nothing but confirm this.
In 2019, it does seem like every laptop under the sun has touchscreen capabilities – and though that’s not far from the truth, not all touchscreen laptops are created equal. For example, while most will detect basic finger scrolling up or down a web page, the best touchscreen laptops are finely tuned for precise digital pen utility, and will even have some specialized features.
Keeping this in mind, we went ahead and found all the best touchscreen laptops for everyone – from note takers to digital artists. Whether you need to be a part of the touchscreen revolution, you’re looking to upgrade to the next best thing, or you just need some tech-savvy gifts in time for the holidays – you’ve come to the right place.
1. Dell XPS 13
The best touchscreen laptop right now
CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 13.3″ 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) InfinityEdge Touch Display | Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD
Big battery life boost
New Frost color option
Tiny update from predecessor
The touch model in the Dell XPS 13 line touts every single thing we love about this highly-rated laptop, from its updated 8th-gen processor to its battery life boost. Of course, the display also inherits excellency, with top-notch color reproduction, HDR features and 400 nits of brightness, not to mention, practically non-existent bezels. It’s only made better by its 4K touchscreen feature, which makes it even more useful for many productivity and creative endeavors.
Read the full review: Dell XPS 13
2. Asus Chromebook Flip
A 2-in-1 Chromebook Android users won’t refuse
CPU: Intel Pentium – Core m7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 510 – 515 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB | Screen: 12.5-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED backlit anti-glare display | Storage: 32GB – 128GB eMMC
Elegant tablet mode
Gorgeous, vivid screen
Chromebook fans adore the Asus Chromebook Flip, and so will those users shopping around for a lightweight (at least, on the inside) laptop with touchscreen functionality. It’s gorgeous screen, which gets pulled tightly against the underside of the notebook by a magnetic clasp when in tablet mode, is gorgeous and vibrant – not to mention, responsive. So that whether you’re in laptop mode or doing some creative stuff in tablet mode, you’ll enjoy the seamlessness of the experience.
Read the full review: Asus Chromebook Flip
3. 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 to design some of the best touchscreen laptops on the market. Devices like the Surface Pro 6 and the Surface Book 2 are brilliant devices. However, it’s the new Surface Laptop 2 that takes the cake, using that traditional laptop form factor and merging it flawlessly with touchscreen technology in the most compelling way. Plus, not only is it a beautiful display, fitted in a gorgeous chassis, but it also has the hardware to back it up. Some may lament the absence of Thunderbolt 3, but when it already does so many things right, it’s hard not to love the Surface Laptop 2.
Read the full review: Surface Laptop 2
4. 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 is similar 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 convenient 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
5. 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 is not only one of the best touchscreen laptops out there, but it’s also one of the best laptops, period. It manages to strike a perfect balance between tablet and laptop. As a tablet, it has superbly slim bezels for consuming all sorts of content, and is light enough to hold for a long time. With long battery life and powerful full-fat Ultrabook processors, it excels as a laptop that’ll power you through any work you throw at it – without making you scramble for the nearest outlet.
Read the full review: HP Spectre x360
6. 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 does the new Lenovo Yoga C930 one of the best hybrid laptops we’ve tested 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 that extends stylus support and available in both Full HD and 4K, if you work with high resolution photos. Get all your productivity tasks out of the way, and after work, squeeze in some decent gaming.
Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga C930
7. 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 offers the same great touch and pen experience as the Surface Pro, yes. But it also takes it to the next level, featuring a larger screen and extremely beefier hardware. Thanks to its quad-core processor and potent discrete GPU, it’s fitted to handle your most demanding art projects, not to mention some of the best PC games you’re obsessed with.
Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch)
8. 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
Huge battery life
Thin and light design
Limited app compatibility
Budget-minded shoppers seeking touchscreen functionality will appreciate the value the Lenovo Yoga C630 offers. This 2-in-1 starts at $629, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB of SSD storage and integrated Qualcomm graphics, making it a lightweight option for those folks who aren’t entirely convinced by the Chrome OS environment. It’s got a few tricks up its sleeves as well, 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.
Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga C630
9. ThinkPad X1 Extreme Mobile Workstation
Great power, massive price tag
CPU: up to 8th-generation Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with Max-Q design | RAM: up to 64GB | Screen: 15.6-inch 4K UHD HDR (3840 x 2160) multi-touch | Storage: up to 1TB SSD
So much power
Glorious 4K screen
Great user experience
If you’re looking for a powerhouse and you have the funds for it, then Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Extreme mobile workstation is the ideal machine for you. It has several configurations on hand, depending on your needs and budget, but at its most basic, it’s already pretty powerful, packed with a solid graphics card and a 4K multi-touch display that is a stunner. For gamers, this display also boasts the Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) technology for top-notch image quality.
Read the full review: ThinkPad X1 Extreme Mobile Workstation
Michelle Rae Uy, Gabe Carey and Bill Thomas have also contributed to this article