STATE OF THE ART

Work smarter and faster with our trio of premium two-in-one lap­tops, each de­signed to of­fer the ul­ti­mate in com­put­ing ver­sa­til­ity

T3 - - Contents - Words: Alex Cox Pho­tog­ra­phy: Neil God­win

Make work more en­joy­able with the best two-in-one lap­tops that are ac­tu­ally af­ford­able

The lap­top is dead: long live the lap­top. Now be­gins the new reign of the two-in-one. Dou­bling the po­ten­tial and dou­bling the flex­i­bil­ity, the the­ory is that two-in-one lap­tops make quick work of tons of tasks, and can roam from the desk to the lap to the, er, bath. Pull off the screen or flip it over, and you’ve got a tablet that does what­ever a tablet can, but you get more. More ports, a phys­i­cal key­board, a big­ger slice of bat­tery life… In short, every­thing a tablet lacks.

Re­al­is­ti­cally, even if all you want is a Win­dows tablet, the two-in-one mar­ket is the place to look. It’s where the ac­tion is. And while Mi­crosoft’s han­dle on Win­dows 10’s tablet mode has cer­tainly strength­ened over re­cent up­grades, you’d likely still rue the pur­chase of a tablet-only de­vice if you were at­tempt­ing to use it for work. Typ­ing on a touch­screen is un­in­tu­itive, and some­how prop­ping up your de­vice while dan­gling a ca­ble to a key­board (or even us­ing a typ­ing cover) is in­vari­ably un­pleas­ant.

There are dou­ble-duty ma­chines that sit on lower rungs of the lad­der than those we’ve col­lected here, but this be­ing State of the Art, there’s a heavy mea­sure of pres­tige to the par­tic­u­lar de­vices we’ve cho­sen. They can work hard, they can play hard, and each boast in­cred­i­ble specs so that you can make sure you’re milk­ing ev­ery ounce of your hard-earned money out of them. And if you’re of an arty per­sua­sion, a two-in-one with max­i­mum mus­cle means the most lag-free draw­ing ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble.

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