Despite the fact the tablet market is on a bit of a decline, there are still a number of great Windows-based devices available for anyone who prefers a tablet over a bulky notebook. Windows tablets tend to be higher priced than their iOS and Android counterparts, but they make up for that difference by being more powerful and useful. They are meant for work, not play (though you can certainly have fun with them too).
We think that it’s about time to take a look at the best Windows tablets that you can currently buy. As you will see, there are a number of options available that offer a wide variety of performance, features, and prices.
One small thing before we begin: this list only features Windows tablets that are designed to work mostly as stand-alone touchscreen devices. You will not see products like Microsoft’s Surface Book on this list, as it is primarily used as a notebook, rather than as a tablet.
Shall we get started?
Microsoft Surface Go
The latest addition to the Microsoft Surface family of Windows hardware devices is the Surface Go. It’s designed to be a more affordable Surface PC, but still have much of the same high-quality features as the more expensive Surface products.
The tablet has a magnesium body, and like other Surface tablets it has a built-in kickstand with support for 165 degrees of movement, which should allow the tablet to lay down nearly flat on a tablet. The Surface Go won’t win any awards for the hardware inside. It has a low power Intel Pentium 4415Y processor, running at 1.6GHz. It has a 10-inch display with a resolution of 1.800 x 1.200. It has a 5MP front-facing camera, and supports the Windows Hello facial recognition feature in Windows 10 to unlock the tablet. It also has a 8MP rear camera and a battery that is supposed to last up to nine hours on a single charge.
Even with the low-end hardware, the Surface Go can still run most Windows programs (don’t try playing high-end games or photo editing software with it, however). It’s clearly designed to be used by consumers and students who want a quality Windows 10 tablet that can surf the net, do basic functions like email and chat, and all in a smaller size compared to other Surface products. The Surface Go can be bought with an optional Type Cover keyboard, with prices starting at $99. It also supports the Surface Pen, which also costs $99.
You can get the Surface Go from the Microsoft Store now, priced at $399 for 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, or for $549 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Microsoft Surface Pro
This is the true successor to the 2015 Surface Pro 4. Microsoft is ditching the number label for its latest Windows 10 tablet, but it still offers a ton of performance for anyone who wants to get a tablet and wants to do some work with it, especially if you happen to be an artist.
The new Surface Pro is a bit lighter and thinner than the older Surface Pro 4, but otherwise the design has remained nearly untouched. Inside is where you’ll see the big changes, as the new Surface Pro uses Intel processors based on the seventh generation Core “Kaby Lake” architecture, which is supposed to offer owners over twice the performance of the Surface Pro 4. The tablet’s 12.3-inch LCD display has a solid resolution of 2,736×1,824, and its battery life has been extended to last up to 13.5 hours.
The trademark kickstand on the new Surface Pro has also been redesigned, so it can lower the tablet down even more for people to draw on its display. Speaking of which, the tablet also supports the optional Surface Pen stylus, along with new versions of its Type Cover accessory. Technically, both of these products are add-ons for the Surface Pro, but Microsoft frequently has special offers where you can get the Pen or Type Cover for free when you purchase the tablet.
The entry level Surface Pro is priced at $799, and that model comes with Intel’s lower-end Core M3 processor, 128GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM. You can also upgrade to the faster Core i5 and i7 processors, but be prepared to pay a lot more for that privilege. The most expensive Surface Pro model, priced at $2,699, comes with the i7 chipset, along with 1TB of SSD storage, and 16GB of RAM. While the Surface Pro is pricey, you are still getting a lot of performance.
HP Spectre x2
Of all of the “Surface Pro clones” out there, the HP Spectre x2 could be the best of the lot. The tablet comes with a 12.3-inch 3,000×2,000 display and a detachable keyboard, but at the cost of its starting price going higher than the Surface Pro at $1,149. You can purchase the tablet with a seventh-generation Intel i5 or i7 processor, and with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM. Storage options range from 128GB to 1TB.
Perhaps the biggest difference between the HP Spectre X2 and the Surface Pro is audio hardware. HP has put in dual-speakers made by Bang & Olufsen, which should offer a better sound experience than competing Windows tablets, or really any tablet out there. The Spectre X2’s kickstand is also of a different design. Instead of a solid look, it’s made of stainless steel with a U-shape that is supposed to be more stable to use than normal kickstands found on tablets.
There’s also an option to include cellular wireless hardware in the tablet so it can be used on Verizon’s network. in case you are not near a Wi-Fi hotspot. Unfortunately, the battery life for the Spectre x2 is a bit on the low side at about 8 hours.
If you are looking for a Windows tablet that not only looks good, but can perform as well as the Surface Pro, the HP Spectre x2 is worth a look, if you can overlook its relatively low battery life.
HP Envy X2 (Snapdragon)
Huawei MateBook E
The successor to the first MateBook Windows 10 tablet has some solid specs, and will come with both a pen and keyboard cover (the original MateBook was released with the keyboard cover as an extra option). This is easily one of the best Windows tablets on the market, even if Huawei is still a relative newcomer to the Windows world compared to brands like Lenovo, Microsoft, and HP.
The 2.4-pound, 12-inch MateBook E has a display resolution of 2,160×1,440. It can be bought with either a seventh-generation Intel Core m3 or i5 processor, and with either 4GB or 8GB of memory. You will also be able to purchase the tablet with storage options of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Tablet
Lenovo has put together one of the best Windows tablets we have seen — no wonder it’s also among the most expensive, starting at a whopping $1,719. You get quite a bit for that cash, though. Specs include an eighth-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 8-16GB of RAM, a 512GB-1 TB SSD, and a 13-inch 3,000×2,000 display.
The device is not only powerful, but also thin, elegant and functional. And if you happen to be a fan of Lenovo keyboards, this tablet comes with what is as close as you can get to one for a tablet. It even has the nub!
Lenovo Yoga Book
This is a slight exception to our list, as technically the Lenovo Yoga Book is more of a flip 2-in-1 notebook than a Windows tablet, with an attached second display that can be used as a keyboard. However, the keys on the keyboard can be turned off so that the second screen can serve as a drawing pad for a stylus. We are including this rather unique tablet-notebook combo on this list because its “keyboard” does not have real physical keys.
The 10.1-inch Lenovo Yoga Book is also the smallest Windows tablet on this list, for those folks who would prefer one that is more portable than the other 12-inch models out there. The total package weighs about 1.5 pounds, even with the attached second screen. It has an Intel Atom processor running at 2.4GHz, along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Its battery life is supposed to last up to 13 hours, which is an impressive amount for any tablet.
While the Lenovo Yoga Book won’t win any performance awards, it should be a good choice for people who want to surf the internet and consume content, or who might want to make some artwork with a digital stylus working on its second screen. We were actually thinking about removing it from the list, as it is also getting old, but it’s still a very unique device and will be great for a niche market.
Samsung Galaxy Book
Many people might not be aware that Samsung has been selling some impressive Windows notebooks and Windows tablets for years, and they have received praise for their thin designs. The latest such product from the company is the Galaxy Book. It’s a Windows 10 tablet that can serve as a companion for people who also own the company’s Android-based Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus smartphones.
The company is hyping up the fact that the Samsung Flow app on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus can allow owners to connect the phones to the Galaxy Book tablet, so they can share files between those devices without the need of a Wi-Fi connection. Samsung is selling the Galaxy Book in 10.6-inch and 12-inch models. The smaller tablet comes with Intel’s Core M3 processor, while the 12-inch version has the Core i5 chipset, along with a 2,160×1,440 display. Both models come with 4GB of RAM, with the 10.6-inch model available in 64GB and 128GB iterations. The larger 12-inch version comes with either 128GB or 256GB of storage.
The Samsung Galaxy Book comes with a keyboard cover and an S Pen, so the good news is you won’t have to pay extra to get those useful accessories.
Acer Switch 5
The Acer Switch 5 is for those who want the benefits of a Windows tablet without the higher prices. It is still portable, plenty powerful, and very useful, but be aware that some sacrifices must be made to reach its low price.
Design is where the changes are more obvious. It’s not as well built as some of the others. If you can ignore a few quirks here and there, though, this computer is a great deal.
Specs include an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, and a 12-inch 2,160×1,440 display. And guess what? The thing has liquid cooling. Not bad at all.
While there aren’t quite as many Windows tablets on the market compared to Windows laptops and 2-in-1 notebooks, there are still plenty of choices for people who prefer the tablet form factor, and they are available for a wide variety of price points.
But maybe there’s a Windows 10 tablet that we missed and that you believe belongs on this list.
What do you think are the best Windows tablets currently available? Let us know down in the comments.