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The best 2-in-1 gaming laptops for 2024

Asus ROG Flow Z13 2023
Asus ROG Flow Z13
A tablet that's literally made for gaming
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Asus ROG Flow X13 2023
Asus ROG Flow X13
A smaller convertible 2-in-1 for gamers
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Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2
The Microsoft Surface for gamers
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MSI Summit E16 Flip 2023
MSI Summit E16 Flip
A convertible 2-in-1 that can game
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HP Spectre x360 16 2024
HP Spectre x360 16
A refined 2-in-1 with some gaming chops
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The 2-in-1 laptop is a flexible format that can work as a standard clamshell machine while offering optional (or primary) tablet functionality. Although not typically targeted at gaming, there are some 2-in-1s that do a good job of it, so if you want to game in your off hours, or want a portable laptop and tablet that can also play games, then buying the best 2-in-1 for gaming will set you up nicely.

There are a few types of 2-in-1s to pick from, including the detachable tablet, the 360-degree convertible, and the pull-forward design, but regardless of the type, the result is a laptop that doesn't constrain. Here are some 2-in-1 laptops that are great for gaming, as well as everything else.

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Asus ROG Flow Z13

A tablet that's literally made for gaming

Pros
  • Bright, beautiful screen
  • Amazing portability
  • Ingenious design
  • Surprisingly good performance
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
Cons
  • Poor battery life
  • Dorky aesthetic
  • Mediocre webcam, no Windows Hello

Crazily enough, there's a 14-core (six Performance and eight Efficient) and 20-thread 13th-gen Intel Core i9-13900H crammed inside the Asus ROG Flow Z13, a detachable tablet that was literally made for gaming. It's the first of its kind, and that's an insane amount of CPU power to find in a standard slate. The ROG Flow Z13 can also be configured with up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060, the fastest discrete GPU we could find in a 2-in-1, and while it's a mid-level GPU that provides solid 1200p gaming and can even dip into 1440p in certain titles.

We're concerned most here about gaming performance, but a quick note on general performance. This is by far the fastest tablet for creative tasks, as the Core i9 powered its way to the kind of CPU performance you normally find on 14-inch laptops and larger. Its only competitor in the 2-in-1 space is the Asus ROG Flow X13 with its AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS (another insanely powerful CPU to find in a 2-in-1), which we'll cover below. You can use the ROG Flow Z13 for creative tasks that most 13- and 14-inch clamshell laptops will choke on.

Moving back to gaming, we found that the 2022 ROG Flow Z13 provided playable 60 frames per second (fps) results at 1200p and medium graphics in games like Fortnite and Halo Infinite. That model dropped down below 60 fps in titles like Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Cyberpunk 2077, but those are still fast enough to play in a pinch. The 2023 model with its even faster CPU and GPU will provide significantly better gaming performance, but we haven't tested it yet. And you can plug in the Asus XG Mobile that houses up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 that can provide 4K+ and higher gaming as long as you're willing to keep the tablet stuck in one place.

The ROG Flow Z13 is heavier and thicker than the typical detachable tablet, and it has a true gamer's aesthetic especially around back, where you'll find vents and branding that screams gaming. A window is cut into the very Surface Pro 9-like kickstand that shows off a view into the internals, complete with RGB lighting. This isn't a tablet that you'll necessarily want to carry with you into a boardroom. Lest we forget, there's also a QHD+ (2560 x 1600) IPS display available that runs at 165Hz, meaning the laptop can achieve high frame raters without tearing and makes Windows 11 run more smoothly.

Asus ROG Flow Z13 2023
Asus ROG Flow Z13
A tablet that's literally made for gaming
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Asus ROG Flow X13

A smaller convertible 2-in-1 for gamers

Pros
  • Amazing portability
  • Good performance for its size
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • XG Mobile is a good option
  • 120Hz refresh rate
Cons
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Screen could be brighter
  • Expensive for performance

The Asus ROG Flow X13 is the company's successful attempt at creating a convertible 2-in-1 that can game. Like the ROG Flow Z13, it packs in a very powerful processor for a 13.4-inch 2-in-1, the eight-core/16-thread 35-54 watt AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS that's typically found in thicker and heavier machines. Like the ROG Flow Z13, the ROG Flow X13 can churn through incredibly demanding productivity workflows while tackling some creative tasks as well.

As a gaming laptop, the ROG Flow X13 is even faster than its tablet sibling. We tested the slower 2021 mode, which hit 60+ fps in Fortnite at 1200p and high graphics (which is the game's medium graphics setting), and it couldn't keep up with more demanding titles like Assassin's Creed Valhalla. However, that model equipped the RTX 3050 Ti GPU, while the 2023 model can use up to the RTX 4070 — a much faster chip that's capable of strong 1440p gaming and can even dip into 4K+ gaming in certain titles. It's an admirable gaming laptop in a tiny convertible 2-in-1 chassis. Plug in the XG Mobile and you'll have a stationary gaming workstation that can play modern titles at 4K+.

The ROG Flow X13 is more conservatively designed than the ROG Flow Z13, without any obvious gaming elements. It's a convertible 2-in-1 that you can use in any setting and in four different modes, including clamshell, tent, media, and tablet. It also offers a QHD+ display running at 165Hz, giving you plenty of gaming headroom and a smoother Windows 11 experience.

Asus ROG Flow X13 2023
Asus ROG Flow X13
A smaller convertible 2-in-1 for gamers
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Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2

The Microsoft Surface for gamers

Pros
  • Beautiful PixelSense Flow display
  • Robust hinge design
  • Comfortable keyboard and trackpad
  • Sharp webcam
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Middling performance in Recommended mode

From here on out, we'll be looking at 2-in-1s that weren't made for gaming but can nevertheless provide a decent entry-level gaming experience. Perhaps the most striking example is Microsoft's 14.4-inch Surface Laptop Studio 2, which was designed for creators who want the flexibility of a 2-in-1 with excellent active pen support and good enough performance for creative tasks.

The Surface Laptop Studio 2 stands out on this list as the only pull-forward design, where the display splits in the rear and can be pulled forward into a media mode (which Microsoft calls "Stage" mode) and even further into an almost-flat tablet mode. It's a different take on the 2-in-1 that Microsoft pulls off well, particularly given the solid metal chassis that's robust and modern. Like the convertible 2-in-1, it works as well on a lap as any standard clamshell laptop, but it's not as comfortable as a tablet compared to true slates like the ROG Flow Z13 and the Surface Pro 9.

Its gaming performance is solid, thanks to an RTX 4060 and great thermal design. It's a bit faster than the ROG Flow Z13 machines at 1200p and medium graphics in titles like Fortnite, and it too can play higher-end titles at 1200p if you keep the graphics settings at a reasonable level. It's not as fast as a productivity or creator's laptop as the Asus machines, but it's fast enough to get some creative tasks done while churning through demanding productivity workflows.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2
The Microsoft Surface for gamers
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MSI Summit E16 Flip

A convertible 2-in-1 that can game

Pros
  • Solid build quality
  • Attractive aesthetic
  • Strong productivity performance
  • Excellent IPS display with 120Hz refresh rate
  • Very good keyboard
Cons
  • Too expensive
  • Battery life is mediocre
  • Small touchpad

So far we've focused on smaller 2-in-1s, but you can find larger machines if that's what you're looking for. The MSI Summit E16 Flip is one such laptop, a 16-inch convertible 2-in-1 that's way too large to use as a traditional tablet unless you prop it up on a surface. But it makes for a great clamshell machine and media-consumption device, along with providing some competent entry-level gaming.

The Summit E16 Flip is a little CPU-challenged compared to the rest of our list, with a four-core/eight-thread 11th-gen Intel Core i7-1195G7 in our review unit that's since been updated to the 12th-gen Core 1260P. That's mated with up to an RTX 3050 Ti, and it managed to roughly match the Surface Laptop Studio in gaming performance. It hit 70+ fps in Fortnite at 1200p and high (medium) graphics, while promising the same level of performance in more demanding titles. Again, it's a solid entry-level gaming machine, but it can't keep up with the others in creative tasks.

It's also a large laptop, with a 16-inch QHD+ display running at 165Hz. It offers a full-size keyboard but a surprisingly small touchpad, and it's solidly built. If you want a larger convertible 2-in-1 that can use for occasional gaming, then the Summit E16 Flip is a solid choice.

MSI Summit E16 Flip 2023
MSI Summit E16 Flip
A convertible 2-in-1 that can game
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HP Spectre x360 16

A refined 2-in-1 with some gaming chops

Pros
  • Good build quality
  • Attractive aesthetic
  • Excellent OLED display
  • Great keyboard
  • Exceptional haptic touchpad
Cons
  • Not fast enough for creators
  • Large chassis
  • Tablet mode is cumbersome

The final 2-in-1 on our list is the HP Spectre x360 16, an incredibly elegant laptop with a stunning OLED display that's the best machine on this list for productivity tasks and media consumption. It's not as fast as a gaming laptop, but it's still speedy enough to qualify for entry-level gaming.

It's built around the 28-watt 16-core/22-thread Core Ultra 7 155H and an RTX 4050. That CPU didn't perform as well as we'd hoped for creative tasks, but it's a solid productivity performer. Its gaming fell slightly behind the Summit E16 Flip in all of our benchmark titles, but it can still run Fortnight at 60+ fps at 1200p and medium graphics and play more modern titles with the graphics turned down.

It remains on this list, though, because it's such a great convertible 2-in-1 in other ways. It has a great keyboard and the best haptic touchpad on a Windows laptop, the most colorful display with OLED's inky blacks, and it has a more refined design. It's the laptop you want if productivity is your most important function and gaming takes a backseat, but remains important to you.

HP Spectre x360 16 2024
HP Spectre x360 16
A refined 2-in-1 with some gaming chops

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Mark Coppock

Mark has been a geek since MS-DOS gave way to Windows and the PalmPilot was a thing. He’s translated his love for technology into a marketing, consulting, and freelance writing career aimed at helping people use technology to enhance their lives. At Digital Trends, he reviews laptops and desktops, including the latest from HP, Dell, Lenovo, Apple, and more, and writes news and easy to understand how-to articles about the computing industry as a whole.

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