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Best Windows tablets 2018: the top Windows tablets reviewed

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While Microsoft tests the next to major updates to Windows 10, you must be thinking that the latest version of the popular operating system is also the best version. And honestly, it does, after all, support functionality for Windows Mixed Reality Headsets, while bringing that compatibility to a wave of ARM-based laptops and tablets for the first time ever. 

And, now that the Windows 10 April 2018 Update has been released, the best Windows tablets are more versatile than they’ve ever been – and it’ll only get better when we get Windows 10 S Mode. The Windows 10 April 2018 Update had some awesome updates for the best Windows tablets. Timeline, for example, will make switching between Windows and other devices on the fly easier than ever. 

Due to their flexibility, our list of the best Windows tablets cover their wonderful diversity. From economical featherweight tablets like the Lenovo Miix 630 to heavy powerhouses like the Surface Pro, there’s a Windows tablet for everyone. And, luckily if you want a Surface device, but you’re on a budget Microsoft might have something cooking up for you.

That’s why, after careful thought and consideration, we’ve rounded up the best Windows tablets, reviewed them and then narrowed them down to a modest selection of only five. Among these are not only the obvious choice of the Surface Pro, but the astonishingly powerful HP Spectre x2 and the gorgeously illuminated Samsung Galaxy TabPro S.

Its naming convention might throw you off, but this is really the fifth iteration of the Surface Pro. Acting as a follow-up to the wonderful Surface Pro 4, it really deserves to have a number attached to it as well. That’s because this latest iteration of the Surface Pro not only sees massive battery improvements up to 32%, but, of course, it now rocks an updated Kaby Lake CPU as well. Plus, although it’s no longer included in the box, the Surface Pen now has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity.  

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro

The Acer Switch 3 arrives at a time when most of the best Windows tablets are premium 2-in-1 devices designed to oust both your PC and your tablet. But for anyone who doesn’t need the horsepower of a Surface Pro, the Acer Switch 3 is a wallet-friendly alternative. Even without cutting-edge specs, this tablet is highly competent in other ways. Its impeccable build quality, for example, is complemented by a top-notch active digitizer and pressure-sensitive pen.

Read the full review: Acer Switch 3

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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

  • This product is only available in the US as of this writing. UK and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Microsoft Surface Pro

Originally positioned as a budget alternative to the Surface Pro, the HP Spectre x2 has effectively been rebranded to take Microsoft’s throne. In some ways, it succeeds. You can get an i7 processor, albeit a slower one, for a lower price. And, we believe most people won’t object to our contention that it looks better than the Surface Pro. What’s more, the Active Pen stylus and keyboard come with the HP Spectre x2, making it hard to resist despite its trackpad woes.

Read our full review: HP Spectre x2

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 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.

Read the full review: Lenovo Miix 510 

  • This product is only available in the US and Australia as of this writing. UK readers: check out a fine alternative in the Acer Switch 3.

Gabe Carey has also contributed to this article