The best 2-in-1 laptops of 2017: Top hybrid laptops ranked

Convertible and detachable 2-in-1 laptops may only have been around for a handful of years now, but pretty much everyone has taken a liking to them. These tablets-that-double-as-laptops aren’t as limited in functionality as iPads and Android slates, but they’re far better travelers than traditional notebooks, like the Surface Laptop.

Nearly every one of the top 2-in-1 laptops on the shelves in 2018 ship with Windows 10 pre-installed on their interface. Though there are some odd examples like the Cube iWork 1X that comes jam-packed with both Windows and Android, those hybrids are few and far in between. The most common convertibles are the trans-formative Microsoft machines.

Not all of the best 2-in-1 laptops are the same, however. Some are bundled with styluses as neat little designer-centric embellishments, while others are free of bells and whistles. At the same time, you’ll notice that certain 2-in-1 laptops make use of 360-degree hinges while the rest in the pack take advantage of detachable screens, independent of their physical keyboards.

While we are still waiting for some laptops (like Samsung Notebook 9 Pro) to come to the Indian market, we have listed below the best 2-in-1 laptops of 2018 which you can buy now:

  • HP Spectre x360 13
  • Asus ZenBook Flip UX360CA
  • HP Pavilion x360 15
  • Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1
  • Lenovo Yoga 720

Best 2-in-1 laptop

With Kaby Lake (a fancy code name for Intel's processor micro-architecture) now ruling the roost in terms of CPUs, HP decided it’s high time to flip the switch on its Spectre 2-in-1. With an overhauled keyboard and suave new logo, the HP Spectre x360 holds its own against anything Apple can show. In fact, some of the features have even drawn their inspiration from Apple's design.

The four-speaker arrangement, reminiscent of the iPad Pro, ensures user-facing sound regardless of its orientation. Meanwhile, the new x360 dual-wields USB-C ports for faster charging and data transfers. Sound familiar? At the same time, none of this stifles the battery life, which manages to exceed eight hours of straight use.

What’s more, the HP Spectre x360 can now be configured with a 4K screen and 1TB of SSD storage at a reasonable premium, making it even more deserving of the top spot on our list.

Read the full review: HP Spectre x360

Unlike the Asus ZenBook Flip UX305 before it, the ZenBook Flip UX360 ditches the MacBook Air doppelganger approach in favor of a hybrid design with a whole array of ports. Everything from USB-A to USB-C is present, along with micro HDMI and a micro SD card reader. At the same time, it doesn't neglect the wholly aluminum chassis of the yesteryears.

Although it’s still strikingly thin, the Asus ZenBook Flip UX360 still manages to bear more weight than many other laptops in its class due in part to its reversible display. On the upside, the keyboard and trackpad, which are notably large and comfortable, also contribute to the laptop’s heft. 

While we’re still not sold on the practicality of Windows 10 in tablet mode, the ZenBook Flip UX360 is ultimately an excellent value.

Read the full review: Asus ZenBook Flip UX360

Best 2-in-1 laptop

Somewhat inevitably, the hybrid nature of the Pavilion x360 leads to its undoing. It's underpowered compared to similarly priced laptops, and lacks the responsiveness and lightness of dedicated tablets. It doesn't do a great job of being a truly compelling example of either of these things.

But its usability, attractive and sturdy design, along with the impressive price tag means that it shouldn't be completely dismissed – especially if you really want a machine that offers both laptop and tablet use modes.

Read the full review: HP Pavilion x360 

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Like every 2-in-1 on this list, the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 does it all. During the day it can be a laptop used for work or study, but flip that sucker inside out and it’s equally proficient as a tablet, optimal for watching movies or serving up a fresh dose of memes to your friends on Facebook. 

The Inspiron 13 7000 is not unwieldy nor is it overwhelmingly loud and sultry. Rather, it manages to pull of an exquisite design without any of the pitfalls that usually afflict notebooks like this one. 

It’s not perfect, seeing as the Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 is a tad weak in the audio department. There’s a bit of a muffled sound dispelled from its middling speakers. This makes for a case where you’ll almost definitely want to shell out for a pair of nice headphones to go with it. 

Despite this, the keyboard feels great, the screen looks great and the tablet mode leaves plenty of room for procrastination. There’s nothing that particularly stands out with the Dell Inspiron 7000, but if it ain’t broke…

Read the full review: Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1

The Lenovo Yoga 720 is a rare instance of a hybrid that feels just as homely as a laptop as it does a tablet. Although it’s the kind that flips 360 degrees rather than toting a detachable hinge, the modest pricing and formidable design choices more than make up for a slight deficiency in versatility. What’s more, the Lenovo Yoga 720 shows off the pristine capabilities of Windows Hello by means of a neatly placed fingerprint scanner.

For the price, the Yoga 720 gives you a nice, crisp screen (even if the 1080p starting model isn’t ideal) as well as a nice and comfy keyboard and trackpad. 

The only caveat is the ports, which are limited to two USB 3.1 Type-C’s and one very pertinent USB 3.0 slot. Everything else, such as HDMI output and SD card fidgeting will have to be done using pricey adapters. Then again, if you’re living in the future and handling everything through the cloud, there’s a lot to love about the Lenovo Yoga 720. 

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 720

These big Amazon Kindle deals, cheap Echo and Fire TV discounts are live right now

Amazon has unleashed some excellent discounts on its range of Fire TV products and Kindle deals for its e-reader and tablet range. Things got even better at the last minute as a few Echo devices have just been discounted too.

The promotional prices are running now, possibly only until the end of the day and mark the best prices we've seen this year on these Amazon devices.

These are great discounts, with some of them matching prices seen around big sales events like Amazon Prime Day. We've gone into detail about each deal below.

These offers will represent the cheapest prices in the UK for these Amazon devices and could be the best we'll see for a few months so if you see something you like, our advice is to pounce.

Our personal favorite deals, you ask? We're pretty tempted by the discounted Kindle Paperwhite and 4K-supporting Fire TV dongle. Sadly, the Echo Show and Echo Spot devices aren't getting involved, but why not check out our Amazon Echo deals page to see what other stores are doing for the Alexa devices.

Best SSDs 2018: the top solid-state drives for your PC

For the longest time, there really was only one choice for computer storage: hard drives – you were essentially stuck with their spinning disks and slow speeds. Luckily, in 2018, there is a better choice. The best SSDs, or solid state drives, are speedy enough to free you from the shackles of the slow craw of mechanical disks with nearly instantaneous boot times and data transfers.

For some reason, a lot of people believe that you need one of the best PCs to take advantage of the blistering speeds that the best SSDs offer. However, that’s simply not true. The best Ultrabooks and the best SSDs are practically made for each other – the lightweight and compact design of these extremely portable laptops makes hard drives seem like relics of some lost age. You can even experience the best SSDs if you’re a console gamer – they’re a compelling upgrade for the console of your choice, you can just ask any PC gamer what it’s like to have nearly instantaneous load times. This flexibility is ultimately what inspired us to create this list of the best SSDs on the market in 2018.

There are tons of great SSDs out there, and the good thing is that even if your budget isn’t as large as you’d like it to be, there are still plenty of great choices out there. And we here at TechRadar have sifted through the masses of SSDs out there in order to find the best SSDs. We’ve tested, reviewed and ranked every SSD on this list, and we can assure you that they really are the best SSDs you can buy today.

This is the top SSD on the market, and with good reason. It's astonishingly fast, with up to 3200 MBps read and 1900 MBps write speeds. That's due to the PCIe interface, which allows light-years faster speeds than the already extremely quick SATA interface. On top of that, it's available with up to 1TB capacity. And it only requires 5.7 watts of power when active and a mere 1.2 watts when idle. 

Kingston's HyperX line-up is aimed squarely at gamers. Its headsets are known for being much higher quality than their price might hint at, and HyperX customer support is excellent. Its line of SSDs for gaming computers come in an M.2 form factor, but are also available with a half-height adapter that plugs into your PCIe like any other expansion card.

The NVMe standard is designed to maximize the strengths of solid-state drives, and the Samsung 960 Pro takes full advantage. With an M.2 form factor and ridiculous read speeds of up to 3500 MBps, these SSDs are already enticing, but the fact it's available as large as 2TB is incredible. All that storage doesn't come cheap, but if you need lots (and LOTS) of fast storage, it's definitely worth it.

If you're looking for plenty of options, the Toshiba OCZ RD400 series of drives come in 4 sizes and three different form factors: M.2, M.2 2280, and add-in card (AIC). Not all sizes are in all form factors, so if you're looking for a fast 1TB drive, make sure you have room in your computer case. 

  •  This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Samsung 960 Evo 

This M.2 SSD from WD comes with a 5-year warranty and boasts some pretty excellent read/write times, up to 2050 MBps read and 800 write on the 512GB model. Great for installation or OS purposes, but unfortunately the available sizes don't leave a lot of flexibility as far as storage is concerned.

If you want to save a few bucks, but don't want to sacrifice too much in the way of performance, the WD Blue SATA SSD is a great compromise. It nearly maxes out the bandwidth of the SATA 3 interface with its read/write speeds, and you can find the 1TB model in the wild for a pittance. 

The U.2 standard allows for bigger SSD capacities and uses your computer's PCIe x4 slot to send all that data back and forth. The Intel 750 series includes a cable so you can mount the drive in the bay on your case and still plug it into the PCIe slot on your motherboard.

The Crucial BX300 isn’t the fastest SSD you can buy, but it is affordable and chiefly reliable to boot. Sold in three different sizes, this SATA drive is aimed at users still hanging onto older desktops and laptops that might want their PCs to boot up at a rate more analogous to their phones. Plus, it’s a better performer than the pricier MX300, thanks to MLC NAND.

If you need an SSD that will last into your next computer, the HP S700 Pro has just what you need. Its life will far exceed its warranty, offering up 2 million hours of use and up to 650 terabytes written. This is one SSD that's in it for the long haul, but the SATA interface will slow things down somewhat in the read/write department, which technically helps it last even longer.

For the longest time, NVMe solid-state storage has been too expensive. However, with their 760p series of SSDs, Intel aims to change this. The 760p delivers performance that’s only slightly behind the Samsung 960 Evo, reaching speeds of 3,056 MB/s read and 1,606 MB/s write. But what makes the Intel 760p the best SSD you can buy is the spectacular price-to-performance ratio of this drive. Sure you can find faster NVMe drives, but you’ll be paying a premium that just isn’t worth it. This drive makes us excited for the future of flash storage.

Read the full review: Intel 760p Series SSD

Unless you have a laptop or desktop computer that employs the USB Type-C Gen 2 interface, you might want to reconsider your interest in the Samsung Portable SSD T5. Otherwise, with read/write speeds of up to 540/515MBps, respectively, this external storage device does its best to keep up with some of the more modest PCIe players, and the result is superb.

Read the full review: Samsung Portable SSD T5

Gabe Carey has also contributed to this article

Best graphics cards 2018: the best GPUs for gaming

If you’re looking to buy or build one of the best gaming PCs, one of the first things you’ll probably look for is one of the best graphics cards. We don’t blame you, because along with the best processors, the best graphics cards will be the determining factor that decides what games your PC will be able to run, and how high of a resolution you’ll be able to play them at. Plus, if you want to play at the coveted 4K Ultra HD resolution, you will need one of the best graphics cards.

Even if you’re not building a new PC, but just looking for a quick upgrade that’ll give you a boost in gaming performance, the best graphics cards are among the easiest and most effective upgrades you can make to your existing PC. In fact, many people will upgrade their GPU every few years to stay current with all the latest games. It’s way more affordable than building a new PC every time a new game starts to make your PC chug. So whether you’re trying to hit 60 fps in Assassin’s Creed: Origins, or just want to move up to a new resolution, the best graphics cards are a worthwhile upgrade.

However, the GPU market is dense and packed with a ton of different cards. And, due to the effect that cryptocurrency mining has had on the pricing of the best graphics cards, we wanted to create this list of the best graphics cards so that you’ll know exactly what to look for. In order to create this list, we took the best graphics cards that we’ve reviewed over the last year or so, and because we personally reviewed these cards, you should be confident that they’re worth a look. So, whether you’ve pledged your loyalty to Nvidia or AMD, want to play the newest AAA games, or just Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – we’ve found the best graphics cards you can buy today. 

Per our previous explanation, the best graphics card is all about offering the most bang for your buck. As such, it’s our consensus that Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 is unparalleled when it comes to sheer value. For a modest sum of cash, this graphics card affords players full HD 1080p and – perhaps with a bit of overclocking – 1440p and even 4K gaming. At the same time, however, the GTX 1060 doesn’t bear support for SLI, so you’re limited to just one card.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

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While the Nvidia GTX 1060 might give you the most performance per dollar, the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti the ultimate one punch upgrade to 4K gaming. While it might seem like only a slightly tuned up Nvidia GTX 1080, this graphics card almost dethrones the Titan Xp as the world’s most powerful GPU, thanks to high-speed video memory and a dramatically higher CUDA core count. It’s still no match for two GTX 1080s in SLI, but this single card is cheaper and supports a larger pool of games. If you’re looking for a single part to run your games at 4K, the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti is the best graphics card to do it.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

Going down a few rungs in the graphics card hierarchy, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is the best graphics card for QHD gaming. This card finds the happy medium between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080. Whereas the 1080 is too expensive for 1440p gaming and the 1070 isn’t quite there, the GTX 1070 Ti perfectly drives a QHD experience. In our own testing, this piece of kit handles Forza Motosport 7 at upwards of 93 frames per second at 2,560 x 1,440. Likewise, it can manage Shadow of War at over 60 with the same ambitious resolution.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 is the best graphics card for Full HD gaming on the market right now. Our benchmarks prove it runs faster than the Nvidia GTX 1070 and, thanks to the Bitcoin mining craze, it’s also cheaper to boot. The Vega 56 is arguably a little bit overkill for Full HD gaming, but that’ll come in handy for 144-to-240hz monitors and future-proofing against increasingly demanding games. Users can also expect a great 1440p experience with this graphics card.

  • This product is only available in the UK at the time of this writing. US and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 

Moving on beyond traditional PC gaming, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 has all the brute computing power to handle physics-heavy VR gaming now and into the future. Sporting 4,096 stream processors, 256 texture units and 8GB of HBM2 memory, it's every bit as capable as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, and for a lower price no less. If nothing else, this is the AMD card to rule them all.

Read the full review: AMD Radeon RX Vega 64

When you’re building a microATX – or, especially a mini-ITX – computer, you want to aim for the smallest parts you can find without compromising much on performance. Though it’s a given that you might have to sacrifice a few frames-per-second in favor of a more compact form factor, with Zotac’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini – the smallest of its kind at 211 x 125 x 41mm (8.31 x 4.92 x 1.61 inches) – there’s very little in the way of prodigious 4K gaming.

The Nvidia GTX 1050 might not look like much on paper, what with only 2GB of video memory onboard, but this affordable GPU plays games better than you would think. If you’re willing to drop settings to medium, you can play Overwatch, CS:GO and other popular competitive shooters well above the silky smooth 60fps mark. Thanks to its compact size, it’s also perfect for small builds and entertainment center-bound streaming PCs.

eSports games often demand high frame rates over beautifully rendered graphical details, and this is where the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti comes into its own. It’s an affordable but potent graphics card that can play most eSports games well above 60fps. It’s a tad more expensive than its lower-end Nvidia GTX 1050 brethren, but you’ll appreciate the extra legs on this card to play future eSports titles as well as the odd AAA game.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

  • These are the best gaming monitors to go with your shiny new GPU

Best laptops under Rs. 40000 in India for December 2017

The top laptops under Rs. 40000 now often feature a dedicated graphics cards for gaming on a budget. Laptops have become powerful enough in this range if you are looking for something that can let you game at moderate settings.

Still, finding the best laptops among the options available can be a little challenging. There are many configurations available, some with newer processors and some with older ones. Some of the previous generation laptops may also be better than newer ones when you consider the specs-to-price ratio. 

As always, we’ve tried to make the job of selecting the best laptop under Rs. 40000 easier for you. It is worth noting that these prices and deals were available when this article was written.

  • Best laptops for students for under Rs 40,000

An ideal laptop for those looking for a big display and a moderately new processor, the Lenovo Ideapad 110 is a good option. With a textured design, the Ideapad 110 is a decent looking laptop. It also comes with a full set of ports and an SD card reader, so you don’t have to worry about carrying connectors with you.

Another option under Rs. 40000 is the HP 15-AY513TX Notebook, featuring a 15.6-inch HD LED backlit display. HP’s offering also features a full set of connectivity options, with 1xHMDI, 1xUSB 3.0 and 2xUSB 2.0 ports, along with an SD card reader. It isn’t much of a looker, but the textured back should help you in gripping the laptop.

If you are looking for a more affordable option from Lenovo, the Ideapad 110-15ISK is also a good option. It comes with a textured black design and a 6th gen Intel Core i3 processor. The laptop features an integrated graphics card which should be enough for moderate gaming.

HP has several affordable options when it comes to laptops with an integrated graphics card. The HP 15-BE015TU features a 15.6-inch HD backlit LED display, along with the full set of connectivity options. Dual speakers, DTS audio sound and HP’s Truevision HD webcam round up the specs of the laptop.

The first Dell entrant in this list, the Inspiron 3567 comes with the latest generation of Intel’s Core i5 processor with integrated Intel HD graphics. It looks minimalist and comes with 6 hours of battery life, which is good compared to other options. The Inspiron 3567 also features a similar 15.6-inch HD display, but comes with half the RAM compared to its competitors at this price. You will have to decide whether you want the latest generation processor or more RAM.

Another option if you’re looking for a laptop with a 7th generation processor, the Acer E5-575 tries to bridge the gap between having the latest generation processor, adequate RAM and an affordable price. It comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 3.1 Type-C port and an HDMI and USB 2.0 port as well, so in terms of connectivity options, it is much better than other alternatives.

Another good laptop from Acer is the Aspire E5-575G. It comes with a 6th gen Core i3 processor, but makes up for it with a dedicated 2GB NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card. Compared to the E5-575, it is slightly more expensive but having a dedicated graphics card could be worth it if your main goal is to game comfortably.

Acer has another E5-575 laptop with a newer Core i5 7th generation processor with integrated Intel HD graphics. It also comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM and a full set of connectivity options. Considering its current price, the E5-575 Core i5 is a very good option that you can consider, compared to the Dell Inspiron 3567.

The Lenovo Ideapad 310 comes with a 6th gen Intel Core i5 processor and a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce N16V-GMR1 graphics card. A full set of ports for connectivity and a decent design make the Ideapad 310 another worthy contender. It also comes with decent battery life, making it a good all-round package under Rs. 40000.

The Dell Vostro 3468 with 7th Gen Intel Core i5 processor comes next in the list. The laptop comes with Window 10 operating system and has a plenty of ports including 1xUSB 2.0, 2xUSB 3.0, 1xHDMI port and 1xVGA port. Weighing 1.96kg, the laptop is lightweight which makes it highly portable for the users. So, apart from getting a good processor, you will have a number of connectivity options and that too under a reasonable price tag.

Falling next under 40k category is the Lenovo Ideapad 320s-14IKB. Priced at Rs 35,990, the laptop comes with in-built Harman speakers with Dolby Audio which ensure crystal clear sound to the users. Along with superior sound quality, the laptop also offers crisp display with up to full HD IPS resolution. The laptop is also available with i5 processor and in a variety of color variants as well. But, you can own these only if you can shed a few more money out of your pocket.

To compete with the above mentioned laptops, here comes the Dell Inspiron 15 5567.  The laptop comes loaded with a good number of ports and Windows 10 Home operating system. Its anti-glare LED backlit display along with Waves MaxxAudio Pro will definitely enhance your viewing experience. In addition to this, the 1TB storage capacity will allow you to save a number of multimedia files in the system.

Weighing 1.69 kg, this light weight laptop comes with DOS operating system and offers a good amount of storage space to the users. The CPU with a clock speed of 2 GHz along with 2 GB AMD Radeon R5 M430 graphics card handles the gaming aspect of the laptop smoothly, thus leaving no space for glitches. It also provides a number of connectivity options and long working hours to the user.

The specs sheet of this laptop is somewhat similar to the laptop that we have mentioned above. But, there are some differentiating features as well. This includes 64-bit Windows 10 Home operating system, 8GB DDR4 RAM and the weight. Although the laptop will be heavy in weight but it will not be heavy on your pocket.

Last but not the least is the Dell Inspiron 5559. Powered by 6th Gen Intel core i3 processor with a clock speed of 2.3Ghz, the laptop comes with DOS operating system. The Waves MaxxAudio takes care of the audio of the laptop which provides you superior sound quality. The laptop also has a high end version with capacitive touch screen and windows 10 operating system but you have to spend more pennies for that.

If you are looking for the best convertible laptops, go check our list of the best 2-in-1 laptops in 2017