With the introduction of Windows 10, though, the Redmond computer company has only grown increasingly more focused on tablets doubling as PCs. And, the numbers go on to show that while tablets like these are flourishing, the Android- and iOS-based slates of the past are on their way out.
The range of Windows tablets is wide – from simple slates to fully convertible laptop-tablet hybrids. This includes those where keyboards slide out from beneath the screen and even those with styluses and detachable keyboards. Windows tablets are just as diverse as devices running any other OS.
Now the question is what sort of Windows-powered tablet do you want. Are you looking for a tablet to use as an e-reader, a portable video player or perhaps even a sketchpad? Maybe a combination of the three will suffice. To help you decide, here's a rundown of the best Windows tablets that we've reviewed so far.
The Surface Pro 4 is by far the best Windows 10 tablet. Though it comes at a pretty penny, it's well worth the expense for the nearly premium built quality, perfect screen and ample power. Microsoft's latest tablet introduces a larger and sharper screen, bettered only by a redesigned island that makes typing feel almost as good as a real laptop. The Surface Pro 4 truly is the tablet that can replace your traditional laptop, which is why it deserves the top spot as our Windows 10 tablet king.
Read the full review: Surface Pro 4
HP’s Spectre x2 bears a striking resemblance to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4. However, it’s thinner and lighter thanks to being powered by a fanless Intel Core M processor. It also comes at a more affordable price tag than Microsoft’s premium slate and with an included keyboard to boot. Equipped with an Intel Core m7 processor offers nearly the same performance as the Core i5 chip on the Surface Pro 4, while being more economical and efficient with battery life.
Read the full review: HP Spectre x2
The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is a knockout 12-inch tablet that’s thinner and better built than most Windows 10 slates. It also offers a uniquely vibrant Super AMOLED screen you won’t find on any Windows device either, plus a pair of punchy speakers that actually sound good. Its keyboard feels a bit lackluster but if you get over this short coming, it’s the perfect Windows 10 tablet to use while streaming media and games.
Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy TabPro S
Getting into the world of Windows 10 convertible's isn't cheap unless we're talking about the Pavilion x2. This 10-inch hybrid comes packing a surprising amount of goods considering its small size. The frugal slate comes stacked with a HD screen and more than enough power to get you through a day of web browsing and basic image editing. When you're ready to kick back with some streaming media, you can pop off the 10-inch works as a portable tablet.
Read the full review: HP Pavilion x2
If you’re interested in a Surface Pro 4 but you're worried about the 12-inch form factor being too unwieldy, the Surface 3 might be perfect for you. Sporting a more timid 10.8-inch screen and Intel Atom processor, the Surface 3 is meant to be less of a laptop replacement and more of a solid Windows 10 tablet. Though the kickstand is limited to a smaller range of motion, it's nearly as versatile and works well with Microsoft's nearly perfected type cover.
Read the full review: Surface 3
Whereas the original Dell Venue 11 Pro maxed out at a Core i5 processor, the Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000-series opts for something a little more compact (albeit controversial), namely a Core M. Despite the notably less-than-spacious 11-inch display, the revamped Dell Venue 11 Pro runs laps around the original, especially around the Atom-wielding base model. Moreover, Dell’s optional keyboard dock add-on more than doubles the runtime of the Venue 11 Pro without it, effectively making the Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 one of the longest lasting Windows tablets on the market.
Read the full review: Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000
Whether it’s a tablet or a laptop, the Lenovo Yoga Book is a distinct piece of tech that takes some getting used to. Its unconventional – and completely digital – removable keyboard effectively doubles as a Wacom drawing tablet (the Yoga Book even ships with a stylus for good measure). However, while an Intel Atom processor might be acceptable in the Android version of the Lenovo Yoga Book, it’s dismally slow when paired with Windows 10. Luckily, the price tag is so affordable, it more than makes up for the limitations of the Lenovo Yoga Book. Moreover, it scored a battery life of 8 hours and 32 minutes in our tests, which only serves as icing on this experimental tablet’s cake.
Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga Book
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