Best Detachable Laptops

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 14, 2017
Laptops and tablets are the tools of modern times. Someone likes conventional laptops and there are adherents of tablets as well. What if you need both in one? A detachable laptop is the answer. We reviewed 5 best models for you to choose the one you desire. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Stylus
Display
Processor
RAM
Storage
Battery life
Weight
OS
 
PROS
VAIO Z covers 95% of Adobe RGB colors and meets the standards of LCD displays (that are used by professionals who deal with graphics software). Rotating design will optimize the workflow.
CONS
The price of this laptop is quite high, though it is compensated by excellent performance.
OUR VERDICT
VAIO Z Canvas was developed for creative people, such as designers and architects. The stylus can be used for handwriting/painting and features two buttons to open OneNote or VAIO Clipping Tool.
detailed parameters
Stylus
Digitizer Pen
Display
12.3-inch Resolution: 2560 x 1704 IPS (multi-touch)
Processor
Intel Core i7 Quad-Core Processor 2.20 GHz
RAM
16 GB
Storage
512 GB SSD
Battery life
8 hours
Weight
3.4 pounds
OS
Windows 10 Pro
PROS
The display responses to your touch instantly and its high brightness allows for working under the direct sunlight. Rear and front cameras will let you capture photos and videos easily.
CONS
The available memory is just 11.8 GB of the total 16 GB Storage.
OUR VERDICT
HP Slatebook stands out among other models by its reasonable price and high-quality assembly. Two batteries will provide a long runtime and great performance.
detailed parameters
Stylus
N/A
Display
10.1-inch Resolution: 1920 x 1200 IPS (multi-touch)
Processor
NVIDIA Tegra Quad-Core Processor 1.8 GHz
RAM
2 GB
Storage
16 GB eMMC
Battery life
12 hours
Weight
2.8 pounds
OS
Google Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
PROS
The laptop comes with a handy keyboard for comfortable typing. The Google Play™ store is available for downloading apps. The laptop memory can be increased.
CONS
A low RAM.
OUR VERDICT
Being equipped with 2 cameras, this laptop tablet hybrid will let you stay in touch with your kinfolk and friends at any time, capturing the priceless moments.
detailed parameters
Stylus
N/A
Display
10.1-inch Resolution: 1280 x 800 IPS (multi-touch)
Processor
MediaTek MT8127 Quad-Core Processor 1.4 GHz
RAM
1 GB
Storage
32 GB eMMC
Battery life
6 hours
Weight
2.29 pounds
OS
Google Android 5.0 Lollipop
PROS
The Acer LumiFlex™ technology boosts the contrast when the display is under direct sunlight. The ultra-tough Gorilla™ Glass reliably protects the screen from outer influence.
CONS
The laptops is equipped with only one USB port.
OUR VERDICT
This transformer laptop features a unique Acer SwitchLock™ technology that blocks the HDD when the keyboard dock is detached from the tablet. Thus, no one can use your data when you leave the docking station unattended.
detailed parameters
Stylus
N/A
Display
10.1-inch Resolution: 1280 x 800 IPS (multi-touch)
Processor
Intel Atom x5 Quad-Core Processor 1.33 GHz
RAM
2 GB
Storage
64 GB eMMC
Battery life
12 hours
Weight
2.2 pounds
OS
Windows 10
PROS
The battery allows you to work up to 12 hours without a power supply. Being charged for 15 minutes, the battery will last for 1.5 hours.
CONS
The integrated graphics are inappropriate for playing the resource-intensive games.
OUR VERDICT
ASUS Transformer Book can be used for specialized tasks. In addition, the model is available in three colors (gray, pink, blue).
detailed parameters
Stylus
N/A
Display
10-inch Resolution: 1920 x 1200 IPS (multi-touch)
Processor
Intel Atom Quad-Core Processor Z3775 1.46 GHz
RAM
2 GB
Storage
32 GB eMMC
Battery life
10 hours
Weight
2.4 pounds
OS
Windows 10

What is a Detachable Laptop

Thanks to the 2-in-1 design, the detachable laptops are aggressive competitors both for conventional laptops and tablets. "Transformer" or "hybrid" is the laptop with a rotating or detachable display that can be "turned" into a laptop or a tablet. Transformation ability is the main distinguishing feature of detachable laptops. This useful function will let you rotate the display around its vertical axis. Thus, the display can be turned over, then placed onto the keyboard, and used as a tablet.

But, if you prefer conventional laptops, you should pay attention to gaming laptops. And if you are an Apple fan, take a look at MacBooks.

What Features to Compare

Performance

When choosing a detachable laptop, first of all, you need to pay attention to its performance. Performance depends on such components as a processor, graphics card, random access memory (RAM), and solid-state drive (SSD). The processors of Intel Core i5/i7 series are considered to be the most powerful thanks to their TurboBoost technology. This feature allows enhancing the frequency of some processor cores, reducing the frequency of others. The SSD's read and write speeds influence the laptop response speed as well as the processor frequency. In general, the linear read speed of mechanical drives is more than 100 MB per second. Though, the write speed is much lower. Note that the speed of electric SSDs is several times higher than the speed of mechanical ones. RAM is also an important feature. The bigger it is, the more tasks can be processed simultaneously (without system lagging).

Image quality

The image quality is vital when you choose a detachable laptop. The image quality depends on the display resolution, i.e., the physical number of columns and rows of pixels. The resolutions of 1366 x 768 (HD), 1600 x 900 (HD+), and 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) are the most common. The higher the resolution is, the sharper and better the image is. Furthermore, the display technology matters too. The IPS displays are regarded to be the best. They are characterized by excellent color rendering, a wide viewing angle, and a broad contrast range.

Battery life

Naturally, you should pay attention to the battery life (measured in Wh). It goes without saying that the longer the battery life is, the longer the laptop works. Most of contemporary laptops are able to work for 5-6 hours. Additionally, there are some models fitted with more powerful batteries that are able to last for 10-12 hours.

Usability

Usability of detachable laptops is also worth attention. Any detachable laptop is equipped with a docking station, and detachable display (tablet). This very design distinguishes it from conventional laptops. Once the docking station is connected to a display, the laptop is ready to go. The light weight and compact size allow using this laptop in any place. Moreover, various ports and connection options expand functionality. The operating system is one more important factor to consider. The official version of Windows OS preinstalled on your laptop will be an undeniable advantage as you won't have to waste your time on installation. To sum up, the option of using a detachable laptop as two different devices is very convenient and it will definitely bring you freedom in use. 

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VAIO VJZ12AX0211S

Performance

This detachable laptop is the leader of VAIO Z Canvas series. It is equipped with a quad-core (Crystalwell) Intel Core i7 2.2 GHz - 4720HQ processor of the 4th generation. In addition, this device is fitted with 128 MB of cache memory L4. The integrated Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 will provide the excellent displaying of any content. RAM with the frequency of 1600 MHz is able to process 16 GB of data. The SSD of 512 GB will allow you to store a huge collection of music and videos. Furthermore, this laptop is available in two versions: Core i7/8GB/ 256 GB SSD and Core i7/16GB/ 1TB SSD, so you can pick the best model according to your needs.

Image Quality

This laptop is fitted with an alluring 12.3-inch touch display. Featuring the bright backlight, the screen has the resolution of 2560 x 1704 pixels and 3:2 aspect ratio. The display is able to cover 95% of Adobe RGB color space and to deliver the image in magnificent quality. Moreover, the screen brightness is just amazing, hence, you will be able to watch movies and look through the photos even in a sunny room. The stylus imitates a pencil and is equipped with the top button that opens OneNote app and the bottom button for VAIO Clipping Tool. After all, if you are a designer or a painter, the high-quality display and convenient stylus of this laptop will be exactly what you need.

Battery Life

The battery of VAIO Z Canvas 12.3" Laptop has the capacity of 63 Wh and keeps the charge for 7-8 hours in a standard mode. Thus, it gives you an opportunity to work or entertain yourself for the entire day. However, when you surf the web or run the resource-intensive applications, the laptop will be able to work for 3-4 hours. Still, its battery life is quite enough for business trips or everyday journeys to your office or university. Hence, this laptop will be a faithful companion that won't let you get bored.

Usability

The design of VAIO Z allows you to turn its display over for use as a tablet. Moreover, the display may be detached from the docking station. This laptop includes multiple inputs and outputs to expand applicability. In such a way, you will be able to use the device for various needs like listening to music via stereo system or connection to TV for watching movies. As there are two USB 3.0 ports located on the left side of the tablet, one of them will definitely let you charge your phone wherever you want. Furthermore, the card reader will allow you to read micro SD cards, and LAN port will connect to the Ethernet network. In addition, mini DisplayPort and HDMI will ensure the displaying of 4К video. Finally, the dimensions of 11.8 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches and the weight of 3.4 pounds make this laptop ideal for long travels.

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HP 10-h010nr

Performance

HP Slatebook comes with the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra T40S processor with the clock frequency of 1.8 GHz. The laptop also includes 2 GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM that can cope with any applications or games. The SSD containing 16 GB will let you store a huge amount of information. Thanks to Tegra 4 graphics card, you will get a really high frame rate. Overall, your games and movies will be extremely realistic and impressive. With HP Slatebook, you'll have a high-performing laptop, but of a typical tablet size. Cute!

Image Quality

The display of HP Slatebook has the diagonal of 10.1 inches and the resolution of 1920 x 1200 that are pretty good results. The IPS technology provides the high contrast range and excellent color rendering, as well as the wide viewing angle. HP Slatebook will be ideal for watching media content and execution of various tasks like editing, writing, etc. Whether you are using the laptop in a tablet mode or in a tent mode, your content will be displayed wonderfully.

Battery Life

HP Slatebook 10-h010nr x2 Detachable 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop comes with two lithium-ion 2-cell polymer batteries to power NVIDIA Tegra quad-core processor. One battery is built into the display and has the capacity of 25 Wh, while the other is installed in the docking station and has the capacity of 21 Wh. Both batteries have the same capacity amounting to 2.55 Ah. Thanks to such a powerful combination, the batteries will let you use this laptop for incredible 12 hours. Great stuff!

Usability

This convertible laptop can be turned into a full-fledged Android tablet. In order to convert it, you should shift the latch on the docking station and raise the display up (so as to detach it). HP Slatebook is based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS and includes the HP apps (software for cameras, media player, file manager, etc.). The 3.5 audio jack and USB 2.0 are located on the left side of the docking station while the slot for SD cards, HDMI output, and power supply connector are located on the right. The dimensions of 7.6 x 10.2 x 0.8 inches and the weight of 2.8 pounds make the laptop ideal for transportation.

HP 10-h010nr
HP 10-h010nr
 

RCA RCT6303W87DK

Performance

The laptop comes with a quad-core MediaTek MT8127 processor working at a frequency of 1.4 GHz. The integrated RAM of 1GB is available for processing various applications. The built-in memory of 32 GB allows for storing media files and software. But if the amount of storage is not enough, you can easily increase it by connecting the 32 GB flash drive. The laptop works pretty quickly, thereby reducing energy consumption.

Image Quality

The laptop is equipped with a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. Such resolution ratio is enough to watch video content in HD format and enjoy an excellent quality of the image. The IPS panel makes images sharp and vivid. What's more, the display comes with a clear picture without glares at any viewing angles even in brightly lit rooms. The display is touch-sensitive and it responds pretty quick.

Battery Life

This laptop with a detachable screen features the built-in battery which is able to work for up to 6 hours with no power supply. Hence, this laptop will be a good worker during your business trips as well as an excellent entertainer in your own time. Note that you can prolong the battery life by simple tricks, for example, by reducing the display brightness or setting a shorter screen timeout. And if you close down all the power-consuming applications, the battery life will be increased greatly.

Usability

RCA Viking laptop can be transformed into two different gadgets: a full-fledged notebook for typing and a tablet for making presentations. This transformer laptop weighs just 2.29 pounds, so you can carry it easily in your bag or backpack, having 2 devices at hand. The laptop comes with the Google Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system that offers a multitude of free applications and games for entertainment.

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Acer SW5-015-198P

Performance

Acer Aspire Switch 10 comes with Intel Atom x5 Cherry Trail processor with the frequency of 1.33 GHz. This processor boosts the performance of system for gaming and provides high energy efficiency for long use. In addition, the laptop features 2 GB of the on-board RAM for quick processing of apps and programs. The integrated Intel® HD Graphics with Shared Memory ensures the hard-nosed representation of movies and photos on the display. All these parameters make the laptop powerful and efficient for running of applications and playing games. In case you need a model with less storage memory, Aspire Switch 10 E SW3-013-1566 is available.

Image Quality

The display of this laptop features diagonal of 10.1 inches and multi-touch technology able to recognize up to 10 touches. The display resolution is 1280 x 800 pixels. This is quite a good showing for this kind of display, so it is able to represent the HD video content. Moreover, the IPS2 technology of the display ensures a vivid image regardless of the viewing angle. The screen is covered with the high-strength Gorilla Glass that resists scratching and smooths mars away.

Battery Life

This detachable laptop comes with the stationary battery with the capacity if 8060 mAh. The laptop is able to work for about 12 hours without power supply, so you can enjoy its performance all day or night. When the battery exhausts, you can charge it completely within 3 hours from the power supply. Besides, the microUSB will allow you to charge Switch 10 E through a portable battery charger. All these options will let you charge the laptop and entertain yourself in long exhausting trips.

Usability

The smartly designed Acer Snap Hinge™ 2 attachment technology allows you to detach or attach the tablet with one simple push or pull. Accordingly, you can turn this laptop into notebook, tablet, tent, and display. The back cover of the tablet is made of an elegant ribbed plastic that recalls a tissue by appearance. Such a cover lets you hold the display in hands confidently when it is detached. What is more, the laptop comes with Windows 10 on board that has an attractive interface and shows an excellent performance. The weight of the laptop is just 2.2 pounds, so you can carry it in your knapsack like a book, knowing that you have much more.

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Acer SW5-015-198P
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ASUS T100Chi-B1-BK(WX)

Performance

ASUS Transformer Book is fitted with the quad-core processor Intel Atom x5 and integrated Intel HD graphics (Cherry Trail). Thanks to these powerful components , you will be able to view photos, watch videos, and handle documents without any problems and lags. The laptop is equipped with 64 GB of eMMC for data storage. Finally, 4 GB DDR3 RAM will be quite enough for executing the resource-intensive applications without any hangs.

Image Quality

The 10-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280x800 will give you the opportunity to enjoy colorful images and videos. The viewing angle of 178 degrees will let you look at the screen from any angle without color loss. Thanks to a high level of brightness, you can use this laptop outdoors watching the videos or reading the articles. The multi-touch display is able to recognize up to 10 touches simultaneously and promptly respond. Great!

Battery Life

Transformer Book T100HA meets all the requirements of such type of laptops, including the battery life. The 30 Wh battery is able to keep the charge up to 12 hours. Amazing! Just imagine, you will use the laptop for working or playing all day long (on a single charge). Furthermore, the charger included in the package will provide the full charging of the battery within just two hours. Thus, you get the laptop with short charge time and mind-boggling performance.

Usability

The display is easily attached to the docking station thanks to the two reliable metal guides. Once you connect the display to the docking station, you may be sure it will stay in place, even when you jump with the laptop in your hands. Moreover, the laptop comes with the preinstalled Windows 10. It is an up-to-date operating system that perfectly fits this laptop. It is incredibly user-friendly and easy-to-use. The latest USB 3.0 Type-C port is provided in the tablet and the docking station features USB 2.0 for compatibility with all USB peripherals. Thanks to the compact size of 6.9 x 10.4 x 0.7 inches, and the weight of just 2.2 pounds, ASUS Transformer Book will become a cool companion on the road.

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