The best Windows tablets: top Windows tablets reviewed

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. 

Best Windows tablets

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

Larger, sharper screen
Vastly improved Type Cover
Type Cover still sold separately
Battery life hasn't improved much

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

Best Windows tablets

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

Ultrathin design
Exceptional performance
Massive bezels
Recessed kickstand

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

Best Windows tablets

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

Long battery life
Absurdly affordable
32-bit Windows 10
Limited storage and memory

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