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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.

Best Windows tablets

Surface Pro 4

Surface Pro 4

The best all-around Windows tablet

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

+
Larger, sharper screen
+
Vastly improved Type Cover

Reasons to avoid

-
Type Cover still sold separately
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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

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

The ultimate Windows 10 media tablet

Specifications

CPU: 900MHz Intel Core M3-6Y30
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515
RAM: 4GB
Screen: 12-inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ (2,160 × 1,440 resolution) multi-touch
Storage: 128GB SSD
Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, VHT80 MIMO, Bluetooth v4.1
Camera: 5MP front-facing webcam; 5MP rear camera
Weight: 694g
Dimensions: 11.43 x 7.83 x 0.64 inches

Reasons to buy

+
Impeccably thin 
+
Vibrant Super AMOLED display 

Reasons to avoid

-
Flimsy keyboard base 

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.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

Best Windows tablets

HP Spectre x2

HP Spectre x2

Little extras make this remarkable Windows tablet even more exceptional

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

+
Ultrathin design
+
Exceptional performance

Reasons to avoid

-
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 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.

Read the full review: HP Spectre x2

Best Windows tablets

HP Pavilion x2

HP Pavilion x2

The most affordable Windows 10 convertible

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

+
Long battery life
+
Absurdly affordable

Reasons to avoid

-
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 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.

Read the full review: HP Pavilion x2

Lenovo Miix 510

Lenovo Miix 510

Lenovo Miix 510

A Surface Pro rival with the ports of the future

Specifications

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)

Reasons to buy

+
Beats Surface Pro 4 on price
+
Has USB-C as well as USB 3.0

Reasons to avoid

-
No microSD
-
Average battery life

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.

Read the full review: Lenovo Miix 510 

Prabhjote Gill

Prabhjote Gill is the Senior Journalist at Business Insider India. She covering everything space, tech and defence at Business Insider India. She is also in-charge of allocating stories to junior writers.