Best touchscreen laptops 2018: the best touchsceen laptops we've tapped this year

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Whether you like it or not, you can’t deny that the touchscreen has completely changed the laptop scene. From more touch-friendly operating systems like Windows 10 and ChromeOS to the explosion of drawing apps, there are more reasons than ever to have a touchscreen on the best laptops than ever before, and the best 2-in-1 laptops surging popularity does nothing but confirm this.

While it may seem like every laptop has a touchscreen in 2018, they’re not all created equal. While most will detect when you simply scroll up and down a web page with your finger, the best touchscreen laptops will be tuned for precise digital pen usage and even have some specialized features.

With all of this in mind, we've picked out the crème de la crème of touchscreen laptops for everyone from digital artists to digital note takers. Whether you're looking to be part of the touchscreen revolution or looking to upgrade to that next best thing, you've come to the right place.

1. Microsoft Surface Pro

The ultimate touchscreen device

CPU: 7th Gen Intel Core m3; 7th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: : Intel HD Graphics 615 – 620; Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 12.3-inch (2,736 x 1,824) PixelSense Display | Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD

Hugely improved battery life
Much better Surface Pen 
Surface Pen pulled from package 

The Microsoft Surface Pro is the best touchscreen laptop – there’s really no contest. Not only is it a detachable 2-in-1 laptop, but the whole device is designed from the ground up to work with a touch screen. It even features compatibility with the Surface Pen – one of the best ways to interact with a touchscreen today (we just wish it was included in the purchase price). So, whether you’re an artist or need a reliable digital slate for taking notes, the Surface Pro is the finest touchscreen device you can buy today. 

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro

2. 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 can be likened 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 easy 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 

3. 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 manages to strike a perfect balance between tablet and laptop. As a tablet, it has brilliantly slim bezels for consuming all sorts of content, and is light enough to hold for long stretches. Then, as a laptop, it features amazing battery life that will last you throughout the day and you won’t find another laptop with a keyboard this tactile. 

4. Lenovo Yoga 920

The biggest touchscreen on an extremely portable laptop

CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: : Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.9-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

Jump to quad-core processor
Sleeker, streamlined design
Smaller capacity battery

If you’re looking a laptop with even more screen real estate there’s the 13.9-inch Lenovo Yoga 920. It’s sports just as many 4,096 levels of sensitivity as the Surface Pro but on a much larger 4K screen. This sharp-looking hybrid laptop also brings a touch of class with its unique watchband hinge and fully metal build.

Read the hand-on review: Lenovo Yoga 920

5. 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
Massively powerful
Very pricey

The Surface Book 2 15 inch not only offers the same great touch and pen experience as the Surface Pro, but it also features a larger screen and extremely more beefy hardware. Thanks to its quad-core processor and potent discrete GPU, it’s ready to handle your most demanding art projects, and will even allow you to play the best PC games

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch)