In 2001, Microsoft revealed its tablet PC specification to the world. It was a futuristic, pen-enabled idea contrived to encourage laptop makers to start building touchscreen devices, replete with detachable keyboards and Windows XP licenses. While the Microsoft Tablet PC wasn’t a remarkable success, it did influence devices down the line, such as – you guessed it – 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. It even appears as though tablets have returned to their roots, with Microsoft at the helm of the successful, yet worryingly deflating, Surface Pro 4. As such, Windows tablets have garnered quite the following in recent years. Though most of these could be more suitably classified as 2-in-1 notebooks, the best Windows tablets continue to thrive through portability and finesse.
With that in mind, deciding between the top Windows tablets can be futile without the proper background knowledge. That’s why we’ve gone ahead and done the research for you, constructing a list of the best Windows tablets based on extensive testing conducted for our reviews. Below you’ll find what we feel are the best Windows tablets of 2017. Each is unique in specs and style, but they all share one common trait: running Windows 10 on a slate.
1. Surface Pro 4
The best all-around Windows tablet
CPU: 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-6300U | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 12.3-inch, 2,736 x 1,824 PixelSense display | Storage: 256GB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: 8MP rear-facing; 5MP front-facing | Weight: 785g | Dimensions: 11.5 x 7.93 x 0.36 inches
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.
Read the full review: Surface Pro 4
2. HP Spectre x2
Little extras make this remarkable Windows tablet even more exceptional
CPU: 6th Gen Intel Core m3-6Y30 Dual-Core processor | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 12-inch, 1,920 x 1,280 WUXGA+ IPS WLED-backlit touch screen | Storage: 128GB SSD | Connectivity: Intel 802.11ac (2x2), Bluetooth 4.0, LTE | Camera: 5MP HP TrueVision HD front-facing webcam, 8MP rear-facing camera, Intel RealSense 3D R200 camera | Weight: 848g | Dimensions: 11.81 x 8.23 x 0.52 inches
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 tentative 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.
Read the full review: HP Spectre x2
3. HP Pavilion x2
The most affordable Windows 10 convertible
CPU: 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3736F | Graphics: Intel HD graphics | RAM: 2GB | Screen: 10.1-inch, 1,280 x 800 WXGA WLED IPS touchscreen display | Storage: 32GB eMMC | Connectivity: 802.11b WLAN and Bluetooth | Camera: HP TrueVision HD webcam | Weight: 1187g | Dimensions: 0.39 x 6.81 x 0.78 inches
Getting into the world of Windows 10 convertibles isn't cheap unless we're talking about the Pavilion x2. This 10-inch hybrid comes packing a surprising amount of goods even if it’s a short stack. 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. 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.
Read the full review: HP Pavilion x2
4. Lenovo Miix 510
A Surface Pro rival with the ports of the future
CPU: Upto 6th-gen Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD 520 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 12.2-inch, 1,920 x 1,200 FHD IPS | Storage: Upto 1TB PCIe SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: 2MP front camera, 5MP rear camera | Weight: 2.76 pounds (1.25kg) | Size: 11.8 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches (W x D x H)
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