The best touchscreen laptops of 2018

Want a PC you can reach out and touch? These are the best touchscreen laptops

When we talk about touchscreens, they’re usually in reference to phones, tablets, 2-in-1s, convertibles, and all-in-one PCs. After all, that’s where touchscreens are best utilized, especially when touch-based input is at the forefront of your computing experience. But regardless of how much Steve Jobs hated them, there’s a crowd that wouldn’t mind a traditional clamshell laptop with a screen supporting touch.

Below you will find a mixture of Chromebooks and Windows 10 PCs. Our favorite is the Dell XPS 13 as seen in our recent review, sporting a 13.3-inch screen and an 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8550U processor. We also chose a great option for a premium experience, and a great solution if you’re on a tight budget. Our picks for the best Chromebook and budget-friendly options have locked specifications and prices while our other selections have configurations you can customize through the manufacturer.

At a glance

Product Category
Dell XPS 13 Best touchscreen laptop overall
Dell XPS 15 Best 15-inch touchscreen laptop
Acer Chromebook 15 Best touchscreen Chromebook
Dell Inspiron 15 5567 Best budget touchscreen laptop

Dell XPS 13

The best

Dell XPS 13 9370 review | Laptop partially closed facing away from the camera at an angle showing lid and trim

Why you should buy this: This touch-enabled laptop provides excellent performance backed by a solid battery, and a beautiful yet thin and light form factor.

The best laptop

Our Score

Dell XPS 13 (2018)

Portable, powerful, and beautiful, nothing offers the same value as Dell's flagship XPS 13.

Who’s it for: Anyone but gamers.

How much will it cost: Touchscreen models start at $1,850

Why we picked the Dell XPS 13:

The Dell XPS 13 has been our favorite laptop in just about every category for years now. It’s powerful, slim, looks great, and has fantastic battery life. The latest version, released in 2018, is no different, and though there were some changes made to the overall design, they are almost all beneficial.

The only real downside to the XPS 13 is that its touch-version isn’t as affordable as the rest. While you can pick up an XPS 13 for $1,000, you need to spend $1,850 to get the touchscreen version. Still, you get plenty for your money, with that iteration of the laptop netting you a Core i7-8550U CPU, 16GB of RAM, and up to a terabyte of storage.

The display itself is beautiful too with a full 4K panel that looks gorgeous surrounded by Dell’s ultra-slim bezels.

If the XPS 13 doesn’t strike your fancy, or is a little expensive, we’re also big fans of the HP Spectre 13. Though we don’t love it quite as much as the XPS 13, it’s touchscreen model starts at a lower price. 

Dell XPS 15

The best 15-inch touchscreen laptop

Dell XPS 15 9560 review

Why you should buy this: It’s most highly-recommended laptop, turned into a touchscreen machine.

The best 15-inch touchscreen laptop

Our Score

Dell XPS 15 9560

One of our favorite laptops, even better with a 4K touchscreen built-in.

Who’s it for: Customers wanting high performance and in a premium laptop.

How much will it cost: Starting at $1,400

Why we picked the Dell XPS 15:

The Dell XPS 13 is the best laptop you can buy — and its 15-inch cousin is just as good. The XPS 15 improves things by adding dedicated GPU and a larger screen to boot.

Like the XPS 13, you do need to opt for the more premium 4K configurations to get touch support.

If you’re looking for a more inexpensive way to get a 15-inch XPS laptop, be on the lookout for the XPS 15 2-in-1. As a 2-in-1, it will always have a touchscreen, but it will start at a more affordable $1,300 — with the added bonus of stylus support and tablet mode.

Acer Chromebook 15

The best touchscreen Chromebook

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Why you should buy this: Acer’s solution is the largest Chromebook to date, and is backed by premium components.

The best touchscreen Chromebook

Our Score

Acer Chromebook 15 (2017)

With support for Android apps, you’ll want your Chromebook to have a touchscreen -- and this is one of the best of its kind.

Who’s it for: Customers looking for a premium computing experience outside the Windows platform.

How much will it cost: $400

Why we picked the Acer Chromebook 15:

This is Acer’s largest Chromebook to date, and we thought it was a great. There’s only one configuration available, which consists of an Intel Pentium N4200 processor, 4GB of system memory, and 32GB of storage. That’s not a lot of space, of course, but Chrome OS wasn’t designed to download and install programs. On that same note, the platform now supports Google Play and Android apps, so Acer helps alleviate your storage woes with a built-in SD card reader.

Notable features in Acer’s Chromebook include a 15.6-inch screen supporting wide viewing angles, deep colors, and a Full HD resolution. There are also two USB-C ports, both of which can be used to charge the Chromebook. Meanwhile, all four USB ports are capable of video output and wired networking using a compatible adapter (although Google would likely rather you purchase a Chromecast for pushing your screen on an external display). Other ingredients include a 720p webcam and Wireless AC networking.

Dell Inspiron 15 5567

The best budget touchscreen laptop

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Why you should buy this: Dell’s Inspiron 15 5567 is a decent touch-based 15.6-inch solution based on a seventh-generation CPU, and a Full HD screen.

The best touchscreen laptop on a budget

Dell Inspiron 15 5567

It’s not flashy, but if you want touch capabilities on your laptop, it’s your best choice.

Who’s it for: Customers seeking a touch-based laptop for under $600

How much will it cost: $580

Why we picked the Dell Inspiron 15 5567:

Finally, we have a great touch-based laptop for under $600. It’s based on Intel’s seventh-generation Core i5-7200U processor, and the chip’s integrated HD Graphics 620 component. This combo powers a 15.6-inch screen with a Full HD resolution, and is backed by 8GB of system memory running at a decent 2,400MHz and a rather slow hard drive spinning at a mere 5,400 rotations per minute.

As for other features, this laptop provides three USB ports, HDMI-based video output for external monitors and HDTVs, wired networking, an SD card slot, and a 720p infrared camera that supports Windows 10 facial recognition via Windows Hello. Unfortunately, the Wireless AC component is capped at 433Mbps, which is half of what you typically see in most laptops sold on the market.

Note that if you want more oomph out of a laptop, there’s a version with a discrete GeForce GTX 1050 graphics chip for $100 more.

Read our full Inspiron 15’s bigger brother review

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