In 2001, when Microsoft unveiled its tablet PC to the world, it was a futuristic, pen-enabled idea contrived to encourage laptop makers to start building touchscreen devices. While the Microsoft Tablet PC wasn’t a remarkable success, it did influence devices down the line, such as the Apple iPad.
It took nine years after that for tablets to take off with general consumers, but once they did, there was no going back. Though most of the Windows tablets could be more suitably classified as 2-in-1 notebooks, the best ones continue to thrive through portability and finesse.
Below you’ll find what, we feel, are the best Windows tablets available right now. Each is unique in build and style, but they all share one common trait – running on Windows 10.
While it may soon be outdone by its successor, plainly called Surface Pro, for now at least the Surface Pro 4 reigns supreme as the all-round best Windows tablet. Albeit for a pretty penny, it's well worth the expense knowing you’ll get a premium build quality, perfect screen and ample power for the price. Microsoft's latest tablet introduces a larger and sharper screen, bettered only by a redesigned keyboard that makes it truly, as Microsoft’s marketing buzz would suggest, the tablet that can replace your laptop.
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 lacklustre but if you get over this short coming, it's the perfect Windows 10 tablet to use while streaming media and games.
HP's Spectre x2 bears a striking resemblance to the Surface Pro 4. Take a closer look and you’ll notice that it’s thinner and lighter than Microsoft’s slate. Although the Intel Core M processor might leave you a bit hesitant to adopt the HP Spectre x2, this isn’t the Core m3 we’re talking about. This is a 6th-generation, Skylake Intel Core m7, which bears almost the same performance as the full-blown Core i5 chip harbored by the Surface Pro 4. All the while, it’s cheaper and more power efficient as well.
Getting into the world of Windows 10 convertibles isn't cheap unless we're talking about the Pavilion x2. This 10-inch hybrid comes packed with a surprising amount of goods even if it’s a short stack. The frugal slate comes equipped with a HD screen and more than enough power to get you through a day of web browsing and basic image editing. And when you’re ready for leisure hour, you can pop off the hood for a sublime tablet experience. Just bear in mind that a lot of retailers are starting to drop the HP Pavilion x2, so if you want one soon, you better act fast.
In a sense, the Lenovo Miix 510 is the Surface Pro alternative that you buy when you’re fed up with Microsoft’s reluctance to move forward with its connectivity practices. USB-C is here, and it’s brought the USB 3.0 with it.
While the screen is limited to 1080p, the Lenovo Miix 510 comes with an active stylus, a detachable AccuType keyboard and an articulating kickstand for flexibility without limits. While the battery suffers, the Lenovo Miix 510 is still a surefire win.