There are a dizzying number of laptops to choose from — convertibles, two-in-ones, gaming machines and it only gets more confusing. Cut through the clutter with this list of CNET’s top recommendations so you can get the right one for you.

Excellent performance and a stylish and functional design make the Lenovo Yoga C930  one of the best two-in-one laptops available. (Sarah Tew/CNET/TNS)
Excellent performance and a stylish and functional design make the Lenovo Yoga C930 one of the best two-in-one laptops available. (Sarah Tew/CNET/TNS)

Lenovo Yoga C930

CNET rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (outstanding)

The cost: Starting at $980 at lenovo.com

The good: Lenovo’s Yoga C930 puts its 360-degree hinges to work as the two-in-one’s speaker system. The included active pen is discreetly housed and charged in the C930’s body, and its webcam has a physical slider to block it when not in use. Performance and battery life are excellent for its class.

The bad: The included pen is a little small for extended use and there’s no option for discrete graphics, but there are no real deal breakers unless you object to its price.

The bottom line: Excellent performance and a stylish and functional design make the Lenovo Yoga C930 one of the best two-in-one laptops available.

It’s nearly impossible to find anything to dislike about the Dell XPS 13 Laptop, at least in the pricey high-end configuration tested here. (Sarah Tew/CNET/TNS)
It’s nearly impossible to find anything to dislike about the Dell XPS 13 Laptop, at least in the pricey high-end configuration tested here. (Sarah Tew/CNET/TNS)

Dell XPS 13 (2019)

CNET rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (outstanding)

The cost: Starting at $1,000 at dell.com

The good: Dell fixed this laptop’s only serious flaw, designing a super-slim 2-millimeter webcam to fit into the thin screen bezel. Optional colors look great, as does the 4K touchscreen. Excellent keyboard, and decent battery life for a 4K laptop.

The bad: The entry-level configuration, while well-priced, cuts too many corners. We don’t love the woven texture on the wrist rest.

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The bottom line: It’s nearly impossible to find anything to dislike about this 13-inch, slim powerhouse, at least in the pricey high-end configuration.

A stylish, thoughtful design, excellent component options and long battery life make the HP Spectre x360 13 one of the best premium two-in-one ultraportables. (Sarah Tew/CNET/TNS)
A stylish, thoughtful design, excellent component options and long battery life make the HP Spectre x360 13 one of the best premium two-in-one ultraportables. (Sarah Tew/CNET/TNS)

HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2019)

CNET rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (outstanding)

The cost: Starting at $730 at store.hp.com

The good: The HP Spectre x360 13 is one of the best ultraportable two-in-ones available and includes lots of component options, including three display choices, multiple privacy and security features and class-leading battery life. HP includes a laptop sleeve and full-size active pen.

The bad: Premium laptops come with premium prices. The low-power display is too dim for outdoor use.

The bottom line: A stylish, thoughtful design, excellent component options and long battery life make the HP Spectre x360 13 one of the best two-in-one ultraportables around.

The Surface Pro 6 tablet’s performance jump makes it a viable replacement for a mainstream performance laptop. (Sarah Tew/CNET/TNS)
The Surface Pro 6 tablet’s performance jump makes it a viable replacement for a mainstream performance laptop. (Sarah Tew/CNET/TNS)

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (excellent)

The cost: Starting at $899 at microsoft.com

The good: The Surface Pro 6’s jump to new quad-core processors pays off in big performance gains. The new black color option looks cool. Still the best kickstand and keyboard for Windows tablets.

The bad: Be ready to shell out extra for the keyboard cover, stylus and even for the matte-black design. CPU and color aside, it’s a very minimal upgrade over the previous version.

The bottom line: The latest Surface Pro tablet doesn’t make any radical design changes, but the performance jump makes it a viable replacement for a mainstream performance laptop.