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Definition: convertible laptop

A Windows laptop computer that can be switched to resemble a flat-panel tablet. Also called a "2-in-1," the screen folds behind the keyboard. As a result, convertibles are heavier and thicker than screen-only tablets.

Convertible vs. Hybrid
The convertible's screen remains on the unit, whereas the screen on a hybrid detaches. However, the terms "convertible" and "hybrid" are used interchangeably. See hybrid laptop, tablet PC and Surface Book.

A Yoga Laptop
In Lenovo's Yoga convertible, the screen folds behind the keyboard. (Image courtesy of Lenovo.)

Earlier Swivel Models
The screens on the Fujitsu (top) and Novero laptop (bottom) swivel around so they can be folded on top of the keyboard. (Images courtesy of Fujitsu America, Inc. and Novero North America.)