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Best business tablets of 2022: top picks for productivity slates

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For portability and versatility, there's nothing that compares to the best business tablets on the market. The very best of the bunch cater to one of the most important needs of any business user: productivity.

Thanks to modern advancements in mobile tech, many tablets now offer a level of performance that can rival the best laptops. They can run a wide range of apps, and their thin and light design means they can be easily carried around - making them perfect for people who work on the go.

Android and Apple tablets have a huge collection of apps that can help with business work, and there are also tablets in this best business tablets list that run Windows 10, which makes them even more powerful and versatile. 

Add Bluetooth keyboards, styluses, and perhaps a great pair of noise cancelling headphones too, these great business tablets become formidable work machines.

For the sake of clarity, we’ll only look at pure tablets, and detachables when it comes to convertibles. The best 2-in-1 laptops are too close to traditional laptops, as their keyboard can’t be totally detached. To put together this list of the best business tablets, we’ve compared key factors like processing speed, graphics, screen size, storage, connectivity, and aesthetic elements like design, size, and weight.


Best business tablets of 2022 in full:

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

The best business tablet in the world

Specifications

CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i5 - i7
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB - 16GB
Screen: 12.3-inch, 2,736 x 1,824 PixelSense display
Storage: 128GB - 1TB SSD
Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.1
Camera: 8MP rear-facing, 5MP front-facing
Weight: 1.73 pounds
Size: 11.5 x 7.93 x 0.33 inches (W x D x H)

Reasons to buy

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Much improved performance
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New color options

Reasons to avoid

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No USB-C

Microsoft’s Surface Pro lineup is often found at the top of our list of best business tablets, and the latest version – the Surface Pro 6 – is no different. This takes what we've loved from previous versions and refines it. So, it's not a revolutionary new tablet that does everything new, but a solid business tablet that does everything right. So, it's got that gorgeous design and build quality, plus a new black color option, plus some of the latest mobile tech crammed into its body. However, it doesn't include the Type Cover for turning it into a laptop-like device, nor the Surface Pen stylus, which is a bit mean considering the price. 

You might wonder why the Surface Pro 6 tops this list when the Surface Pro 7 exists (and has a lower-ranking position in this list). Well, you'll have to read that entry to know in detail, but we didn't find it a big enough improvement to justify over the Surface Pro 6.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 6

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Pipo W11 tablet - $274.99 at Banggood (opens in new tab)
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Pipo is not a household brand, but given the W11 costs less than half the price of the Microsoft Surface Go 2 - and offers superior performance, storage and connectivity - it's well worth a look. Use the code BGpipo2 at checkout to get this price.

Apple iPad Pro 2020

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Top choice for a large, vibrant screen

Specifications

Weight: 641g
Dimensions: 280.6 x 214.9 x 5.9 mm
OS: iPadOS
Screen size: 12.9-inch
Resolution: 2048 x 2732 pixels
CPU: A12Z Bionic
Storage: 128GB/256GB/1TB
microSD slot: No
Battery: 9,720mAh
Rear camera: 12MP+10MP+LiDAR
Front camera: 7MP

Reasons to buy

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Powerful innards
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Has mouse support

Reasons to avoid

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New LiDAR functionality is limited
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Still can't rival a laptop in many ways

Our list of the best business tablets used to feature the iPad Pro 12.9 (2018), but Apple brought out a newer version with some improvements and an identical price tag, so it's the obvious choice to go for if you want a powerful and traditional tablet.

If you want a large, vibrant screen, the iPad Pro is a good choice thanks to its huge 12.9-inch display and 2048 x 2732 resolution. It's a simply stunning tablet to look at and use, and it's ideal for creatives, as its large touchscreen makes for a fantastic canvas - especially if you buy the Apple Pencil too.

It's got the power to back it up, with some of Apple's most powerful hardware inside, albeit a chipset that's only a small amount better than its predecessor's. With its unrivaled processing power, massive display, snappy operating system, and the fact you can use it with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, it's a tablet you should consider for your business. The only issue is that it's expensive. Very expensive.

Read our full review: iPad Pro 12.9 (2020)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

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Ideal choice if you like a stylus

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-8550U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
RAM: 64GB
Screen: 13-inch, 3,000 x 2,000
Storage: 512GB
Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
Camera: 8MP rear, 2MP front
Weight: 2.8 pounds
Dimensions: 11.9 x 8.89 x 0.35-inch

Reasons to buy

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Great design and build quality
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ThinkPad Pen Pro included

Reasons to avoid

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Battery life still limiting
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Bulkier than Surface Pro

We were big fans of the original Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet (opens in new tab), but this third-gen model is fantastic. It's a powerful laptop with a removable keyboard, leaving you a robust tablet, which makes it great if you need a device for different circumstances and situations.

You're getting plenty of features here that make it one of the best business tablets around - the ThinkPad Pen Pro stylus comes with the tablet, so you don't need to buy any peripherals, there are multiple Thunderbolt 3 ports, and you've got a big 3K touchscreen too.

Sure, it's quite a bulky device, so you might have trouble working on a cramped bus or train, and the battery life still isn't what we'd expect. But generally, the third-generation Lenovo ThinkPad x1 Tablet is great for your business needs.

Read the full review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet (3rd Gen)

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

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Great for those needing big processing power

Specifications

CPU: 1.1GHz Intel Core i5-1035G4
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 12.3-inch, 2,736 x 1,824, 3:2 aspect ratio
Storage: 256GB SSD
Connectivity: 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5
Camera: 8MP rear-facing (1080p HD), 5MP front-facing (1080p)
Weight: 1.73 pounds
Dimensions: 11.5 x 7.93 x 0.36-inch

Reasons to buy

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Improved performance
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Newer connectivity

Reasons to avoid

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Small upgrade
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Loss in battery life

The best business tablet isn't necessarily the newest, which is why the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 doesn't top this list, but it's still a decent device that could be useful for you depending on what you need from your slate.

We didn't find the Surface Pro 7 a huge upgrade on the impressive and dependable Surface Pro 6. The fact that the older slate is more affordable now is why we don't believe the newer tablet topples its predecessor.

Saying that there are some upgrades you might appreciate. There's high-speed Wi-Fi 6 connectivity and USB-C ports, which the Pro 6 lacks. On top of that, the performance sees a boost, so if you need a processing powerhouse, this might be the Microsoft device for you.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus

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The closest Android gets to iPad

Specifications

Weight: 575g
Dimensions: 285 x 185 x 5.7mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 12.4-inch
Resolution: 1752 x 2800
CPU: Snapdragon 865 Plus
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 128/256/512GB
Battery: 10,090mAh
Rear camera: 13MP +5MP
Front camera: 8MP

Reasons to buy

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Big, beautiful screen
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Powerful internals

Reasons to avoid

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No headphone jack
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Fairly pricey

Samsung's best tablet right now is the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, which is an iPad Pro rival for people who would prefer to be on Android.

The tablet has a large, good-looking screen with a high refresh rate. With a resolution of 2800 x 1752 on the Tab S7 Plus and a refresh rate of 120Hz, it looks stunning, and it's the best screen we've ever seen on an Android tablet. That's matched by powerful internals (it's powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus, the fastest processor currently available for Android) and multiple rear cameras.

There's also a non-Plus version of the tablet that's more affordable but weaker in a few ways. But if you're looking for the absolute top Android tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is the one for you.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus

Best budget business tablet

Specifications

CPU: Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615
RAM: 4GB - 8GB
Screen: 10.5-inch 1,800 x 1,200 PixelSense touch display
Storage: 64GB eMMC - 128GB SSD
Connectivity: 802.11ac; Bluetooth
Camera: 8MP rear, 5MP front
Weight: 1.15 lbs (522 g)
Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.9 x 0.33 inches

Reasons to buy

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Affordable 
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Light and easy to hold 

Reasons to avoid

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Not as powerful as the iPad 

If you're looking for the best budget business tablet, then the Microsoft Surface Go should be considered. It's thin, light, portable, and elegant without sacrificing the ability to get some work done, and Microsoft has packed in everything they could in a device at a low price point. 

If you're often working while traveling, it's a brilliant choice, thanks to its slimline design and reliable build quality that we've come to expect from Microsoft's Surface products.

What's more, unlike the latest iPad, the Surface Go comes with a USB-C port and microSD card reader, meaning its storage can be expanded. It also boasts some surprisingly powerful speakers with great sound, making the Surface Go as much a leisure-based multimedia tablet as it is a useful productivity device.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Go

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

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The best Android tablet when it came out

Specifications

Weight: 420g
Dimensions: 244.6 x 159 x 5.7mm
OS: Android 9
Screen size: 10.5-inch
Resolution: 1600 x 2560
CPU: Snapdragon 855
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Battery: 7,040mAh
Rear camera: 13MP +5MP
Front camera: 8MP

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful Super AMOLED display
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Speedy performance

Reasons to avoid

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Samsung's One UI is divisive
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No headphone jack

If the best business tablet for you must be an Android device, then perhaps Samsung has you covered, perhaps with this Samsung Galaxy Tab S6.

This top-end piece of kit comes with the S Pen stylus included, so your only extra costs could be the keyboard cover, and of course, the tablet has all the staples of a Samsung device, including a beautiful screen and its One UI interface.

If you're looking for a slate with an operating system modeled after a smartphone OS, this might be as close to an iPad Pro as you'll get, and in general, it seems like a pretty similar device. There's plenty of processing power, decent camera capabilities, and a lightweight build - but the high price tag is here too. 

Sure, Samsung has newer tablets, and one of them sits higher on this list. But if you want something a little more affordable but still worthwhile, the Galaxy Tab S6 is good.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

Device with Keyboard Attached

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Best small windows tablet for business

Specifications

Weight: 610g
Dimensions: 259 x 163 x 10.6mm
OS: Windows 11
Screen size: 10.95-inch
Resolution: 2000 x 1200
CPU: Intel Core i3-1115G4 or Intel Core i5-1135G7
RAM: 8GB LPDDR4x
Storage: 256GB
Battery: 30WHr
Rear camera: 5MP
Front camera: 1MP

Reasons to buy

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Plenty of ports
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Better than average battery life

Reasons to avoid

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No kickstand
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Thunderbolt 4 not supported

Although it is not pitched as a business tablet, the Alldocube iWork GT does have the (deceptively conservative) looks and the performance to match one without the high price. It will appeal to those looking for an iPad-size tablet that runs Windows 11. 

We love the fact that it comes with a powerful set of components and a plethora of ports. Remember that the Surface Pro 7+, while being a marginally bigger alternative, is available for not much more and comes with the level of support (up to four years warranty) you’d expect from a trillion-dollar company. 

We’d also wished that the iWork GT had a kickstand and fully functional Thunderbolt 4 ports, though it does possess a battery life that will give some other tablets on this list a run for their money.

Read the full review: Alldocube iWork GT

A great Surface Pro alternative

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5-7200U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 12-inch, 2,160 x 1,440 IPS touchscreen
Storage: 256GB SSD
Connectivity: 802.11ac; Bluetooth
Camera: 3MP rear, 1MP front
Weight: 2.8 pounds
Dimensions: 11.49 x 7.94 x 0.62 inches

Reasons to buy

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Great price 
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Solid performance 

Reasons to avoid

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Dim display 

If you want the versatility that the Surface Pro offers but don’t want to pay the exorbitant price that a competent model asks, you might want to check out the Acer Switch 5. 

You’ll lose a bit in screen resolution (a QHD 2,160 x 1,440 resolution comes in slightly less than the Surface Pro’s 2,736 x 1,824 offering) and sound quality (there are two thin speaker slots near the top bezel that only provide tinny audio), but you’re saving hundreds of dollars. It's also got more than 8-10 hours of battery life, and the included stylus is great.

The Acer Switch 5 is one of the best business tablets for any professional who need to get work done on the go and save some cash at the same time.

Read the full review: Acer Switch 5 

Asus Transformer 3 Pro

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A better value proposition than the Surface Pro 4

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5-6200U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
RAM: 16GB
Screen: 12.6-inch, 2,880 x 1,920
Storage: 256GB
Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
Camera: 13MP rear, 2MP front
Weight: 1.7 pounds
Dimensions: 11.7 by 8.3 by 0.3-inch

Reasons to buy

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16GB RAM by default
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Ultra-high resolution

Reasons to avoid

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No cheaper version
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Aspect ratio might not be for everyone

Asus threw down the gauntlet to Microsoft with the launch of the Transformer 3 Pro (opens in new tab). The device, which is the only tablet we know of that comes with 16GB of RAM as standard, easily surpasses the Surface Pro 4 in terms of sheer value for money, although Microsoft's flagship tablet remains the better known (and probably more trusted) of the two. 

Besides the standard keyboard, the Transformer also has a docking station, a stylus, and even a trusted platform module (TPM) for improved security within an enterprise setting.

It also doesn't scrimp on connectivity, coming with a USB 3.0 socket, a full-size HDMI socket, and a Thunderbolt port.  There’s also a headphone and microphone 3.5mm combo socket, a volume bar, and a USB Type-C port that doubles as the charging socket.

Read the full review: Asus Transformer 3 Pro

HP Elite x2 1012 G1

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Ideal pick for those in search of a sturdy slate

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core m7-6Y75
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 12-inch, 1,920 x 1,280
Storage: 256GB
Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
Camera: 5MP rear, 2MP front
Weight: 1.8 pounds
Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.4 x 0.3-inch

Reasons to buy

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Kickstand allows screen to tilt to almost any angle
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Great keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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Touchpad could be better
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Short battery life

Just like the rest of the competition, HP took inspiration from Microsoft's playbook when building the Elite x2 1012 (opens in new tab), which targets the business market. Like Fujitsu, HP ensured that its product was designed with enterprise users in mind. 

It is sturdy, undergoing a 12-point stress test, is very easy to upgrade, and has several security features. There's an active pen and a keyboard, and our reviewer said that typing on the latter was "as comfortable as it is on a real notebook." Not everything about the design is perfect - such as the hinge - but overall, this is a tempter with a great keyboard and screen.

Sure the HP Elite x3 is newer and has some slightly better specs. But in our review, we scored it lower than its predecessor for reasons like the poor app support for Windows 10 Mobile and its unnecessarily big size. That's why the HP Elite 2 retains its spot on this list - for now.

Read the full review: HP Elite x2 1012 G1

Chuong Nguyen, John McCann, Matt Hanson and Henry Casey also contributed to this article

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How to choose the best business tablets for you

When deciding how to choose the best business tablet, remember that these days, for a tablet to prove itself genuinely useful, it needs to boast performance that is almost on a par with the top laptops. 

These kinds of tablets need to have enough processing power to manage demanding tasks, long battery lives to power you through long work sessions and lightweight builds.

Thankfully, the tablets featured on our list are incredibly versatile devices, and thanks to the combination of power and form factor, they are excellent devices for business use.

The best business tablets you'll find on this page can be used for various professional tasks, whether that's reading documents on the go, being creative in a range of ways, or managing different systems and channels at the same time. You'll therefore need to consider what tasks you plan to use your tablet for, whether you prefer working with iOS or Android, and also what budget you have to play with.

The best business tablets: How we test

There are no shortage of contenders out there when it comes to selecting the best business tablets on the market. Since Apple changed the game with the launch of the iPad in 2010, the market has been swamped with the biggest names in tech looking to claim a chunk of the pie.

So we've been ruthless in whittling down our list, and among the areas we've sought to analyse include key factors one might expect, like graphics, processing speed, storage space and screen size. But we’ve also taken into account some considerations that can often be forgotten about. 

Given the smaller size of tablets compared to desktop PCs and laptops, connectivity options aren’t always in high supply, which is why we’ve noted where tablets have managed to cram in an impressive variety of connectivity options and ports. 

We’ve also tested what were previously deemed luxury features but now should be considered as standard, such as cameras, docking stations, and styluses. Finally, given the importance that Apple placed in design when launching the iPad, we’ve also made sure to consider the look and feel of each tablet.