Best 2-in-1 laptops for artists and drawing in 2021

So tablets aren’t great for drawing/painting, and notebooks are even worse. What if you could combine the two and get the best of both worlds?

This is where 2-in-1 laptops come into play. They are basically laptops, but come with features like a digital pen for drawing, and a fully retractable screen that makes it look like a tablet.

So I made a list of the best 2-in-1 laptops for artists, with different price range, performances and other features.

 

 

1. Microsoft Surface Pro 7

 CPU:10th-gen dual-core i3, i5 or i7| Graphics:Intel Iris Plus graphics| RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128 to 256GB SSD  | Display: 12.3” Touchscreen with pen input | Battery: Up to 10.5 hours |  Operating system: Windows 10 Home

First things off, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 might be the best on our list. It’s packed with very powerful specs, solid build quality and a great display.

It’s built with an 10th Gen intel i5-1035G4 and 8GB of RAM. From multitasking to highly demanding softwares, it will handle anything you throw at it, no problem.

The display is great, with a resolution of 2736 x 1824. It comes with the Surface Pen, which has a sensitivity of 4096 different pressure levels. It’s the best digital on the market right now, so it’s definitely great.

One other great thing with the Surface Pro 7 is the detachable keyboard. Just unplug it, and it basically acts like a tablet! Just with better specs.

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2. Lenovo Yoga C940

 CPU:10th-gen  i7 or i5| Graphics:Intel Iris Plus graphics| RAM: 16GB | Storage: 1TB SSD  | Display: 14.0″ UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS, Touchscreen with pen input | Battery: 10 hours |  Operating system: Windows 10 Home

Like all 2-in-1 laptops, the Lenovo Yoga once again comes with the Active Pen. This one doesn’t have as much pressure sensitivity as the Surface Pen, with 2048 pressure levels. But trust me, it’s more than enough, and allows for all the creative work you’ll ever do.

It’s the most unique feature of this laptop. Drawing with it is extremely satisfying, as its precision feels like drawing on actual paper. It’s the most precise digital pen on the market.

But don’t feel limited just to artistic work. Use it to take notes in class, highlight text in documents, or just use it as a mouse when you’re in tablet mode! That’s what it’s made for.

It’s 360 degrees hinge makes the Lenovo C940 very portable when leaving it open.

Speakers aren’t a complaint, as they’re crisp and clear as any high quality speakers would sound.

It has a nice 14” IPS UHD display with multi-touch, making it a home theater, as much as an artwork creation device. It’s powered by the new 10th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a storage option going up to 2TB SSD. Honestly, 16GB of RAM would have been great, but the SSD options and  CPU really makes up for it.

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3. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Laptop

 CPU:10th-gen  i7 or i5| Graphics:Intel Iris Plus graphics| RAM: 16GB | Storage: 512 GB SSD  | Display: 13.4″ 16:10 FHD+ WLED Touchscreen with pen input (1920 x 1200) | Battery: 11 hours|  Operating system: Windows 10 Pro

 

The Dell XPS 13 really falls in the ‘slim’ category of laptops, with its thin design and beautiful display, without compromising performance.

In addition to traditional Dell notebooks features, this laptop has a nice touch design. The display features the InfiniteEdge technology and is 13” in size, which is big enough for normal art works. The colors are great, showing vibrant colors and high contrast levels.

The battery life is excellent, allowing up to 11 hours of continuous usage. So no worry if you forget your power cable, this battery will get you through a full day of work at full charge.

The Dell XPS 13 comes with 2 CPU options, with the i5 and i7. Personally, I’d choose the i5, since it’s way powerful enough for artistic work.

You can also choose up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 1TB SSD for storage. I highly recommend getting at least 16GB of RAM, as it’s becoming a standard in the multimedia niche. For the storage, choosing under 500GB might be cheaper. But if you’re the kind of artist who installs tons of bundle packs, you’re quickly run out of storage. 1TB is always what I’d recommend for multimedia.

While it has a great CPU, it’s powered with the Intel Iris Plus GPU integrated graphic card. It will smoothly handle graphic applications like the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, etc). It can handle some 3D games at very low graphic settings, but don’t expect the best performances.

The Dell XPS 13 comes with Lenovo’s ActivePen, with 4096 pressure levels, similarly to the Microsoft Surface Pro 7. But with more precision.

To summarize, the Dell XPS 13 is the laptop you want if you’re looking for a beautiful sleek designed laptop, with good pen precision, display quality and strong CPU performance.



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4) MICROSOFT SURFACE BOOK 2

 CPU:8th Gen intel Core i5 or i7 Quad Core| Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete GPU| RAM: 16GB | Storage: 1TB or 512GB or 256GB SSD | Display:13.5-inch and 15-inch PixelSense Touchscreen with pen input | Battery: 17 hours of battery life |  Operating system: Windows 10 Home

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is not the cheapest out there. But its features, powerful specs and build quality definitely makes up for it.

Made of high quality solid and lightweight material, it’s perfect if you often travel with your laptop.

It’s also compatible with the Microsoft Surface Pen and Surface Dial, allowing you to easily perform nice creative ideas. The pen can register up to 4096 different pressure levels. Drawing/painting is gonna feel very natural with this much sensitivity.

It comes with two GPU options. An Nvidia GTX 1060 and GTX 1050. You heard that right. Don’t feel limited to graphic work. Playing a few games after a long day of work is gonna be possible. Don’t expect the best performance, but it’s gonna feel smooth enough. Don’t forget to turn performance mode on though!

You can choose between 2 CPU options. 8th Gen intel Core i5 and i7 Quad Core. The i7 might be a solid choice, but you’re mostly gonna see a difference in performance when doing very high demanding tasks (like rendering videos or gaming).

You can have up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB SSD. For the RAM, I’d strongly recommend 16G for multimedia works.

The display supports up to 10 touch locations, allowing for various painting styles. The display comes with 2 sizes options, 15” and 13.5”. Personally, I’d recommend the 15” display, as bigger screens are way easier to work on. It just allows you to see more elements, and it’s easier to do multitasking. Both displays are perfectly bright, have great contrast levels and amazing colors. 

Keep in mind, 15” comes with the GTX 1060, while the 13.5” comes with the GTX 1050.

Finally, the Microsoft Surface Book 2 is a great choice if you’re easy for a sleek and light laptop. It has great CPU and RAM memory options. The display is one of its biggest points, with 10 touch point supports and amazing colors/contrast levels.

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