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10 good Windows 8 tablets
Windows tablets are getting better all the time, both the hardware and software with Windows 8.1. There are tablets of all sizes, and some with keyboard docks that turn them into laptops.
The ten tablets in this collection are good options to consider for those looking to get a Windows tablet. Only slates and hybrids with detachable tablets were considered for inclusion. While there are quite a few convertible notebooks, those laptops with screens that fold over the keyboard for tablet use, those are usually very heavy for such use and thus not part of this collection.
There are tablets covered that vary from 8-inch models to 11+ inches. Some of them have pen support for those who are looking for inputting by writing on the screen.
Where possible, newer tablets with Haswell technology have been clearly indicated. This is especially significant for tablets as Haswell from Intel provides good performance with better battery life than previous processors by Intel.
No ARM-based tablets are included in this collection to make it easier to compare the different tablets.
With the exception of the last model in the gallery, these tablets have all been used by the author or recommended by those whose input is highly regarded. If you have a tablet not included here, leave a comment below and share what you use and why it's so good.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2
The latest tablet from Microsoft is a powerhouse that can give many laptops a run for the money. It doesn't come with a keyboard but you'll want to pick up one of the two available covers to take full advantage of Windows 8.1. It has pen support and comes with a pen.
Price: Starting at $899
Processor Intel Core i5 (Haswell) Memory 4 — 8GB Display 10.6-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 OS version Windows 8.1 Pro Camera Front and rear, 720p Storage 64 — 512GB Ports USB 3.0, microSDXC card reader, Headset jack, Mini DisplayPort, Cover port Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0 Battery 8 — 9 hours Dimensions 10.81" x 6.81" x 0.53" Weight 2lbs
Asus VivoTab Smart
The VivoTab Smart is a good tablet that has an optional keyboard cover that makes it a decent laptop replacement while on the run.
Processor Intel® Atom™ Z2760 Dual-Core (non-Haswell) Memory 2GB Display 10.1-inch, 1,366x768 OS version Windows 8 Camera Front: 2MP; Rear: 8MP Storage 64GB Ports Audio, microHDMI, microUSB, microSD Connectivity Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0 Battery 9.5 hours; 25Wh Dimensions 10.31" x 6.73" x 0.38" Weight 1.28lbs