Top 12: The Best Tablets With Keyboards | 2023 Edition
What are the best tablets with keyboards in 2023? There are a lot of options with Windows, Android, Chrome OS, and iPads. Here are the best.
What are the best tablets with a keyboard? Tablets with a keyboard dock or cover are popular, regardless of whether they run Android, iPadOS, or Windows. The reason is clear: You get a tablet and a notebook with just one device. You can work productively on them because you do not have to settle for an on-screen keyboard. A touchpad is often built-in and the docks or covers protect the display when folded.
There is a whole range of tablets with keyboards. Almost every Windows tablet has one, but also the iPad Pro models and some devices with Android can be bought together with one. I test most of the new announcements and here is my current list of recommendations. You can find all the individual reviews here.
I have sorted this list by price. The more expensive models are at the top and the cheaper ones are further down. I can recommend all the tablets listed here – they are my test winners. It doesn’t always have to be expensive either – for most, the cheaper tablets, especially of the mid-range, are sufficient. Only those who need it should go for a premium tablet.
Best Tablets With A Keyboard: An Overview
Here’s a quick overview of my recommendations. You can find more details about each of the devices below.
- Best Windows tablet with a keyboard: Microsoft Surface Pro 9 (on Amazon*). In my opinion, the Microsoft Surface Pro 9 is the best Windows tablet with a keyboard cover. And if you are looking for a tablet that can replace a full-fledged notebook, it is probably the best choice for you. It offers a great 13-inch display, current Intel Core processors, a high-quality design, and, above all, a great keyboard cover.
- Best iPad with a keyboard: Apple iPad Pro (on Amazon*). In my opinion, the 11-inch and 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro are the best pure tablets with a keyboard option. They can’t quite replace a laptop, but they are better regular tablets than the Surface Pro 9. We get outstanding displays, the powerful M2 chipset, the Apple Pencil 2 is supported, and with the Apple Magic Keyboard, there is a good keyboard cover as an accessory.
- Best Android tablets with a keyboard: Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series (on Amazon*). The three tablets of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series are not quite as powerful as the iPad Pro, but they are the best Android tablets on the market. They are packed with premium features like the S Pen, up to a 14.6-inch Super AMOLED display, and just like Apple, you can choose between two types of keyboard covers.
- Great iPad Pro alternative: Apple iPad Air (on Amazon*). If the iPad Pro is too expensive for you, I think the Apple iPad Air is an excellent alternative. Its M1 chipset is almost as powerful as the M2 and it works with the same Apple Magic Keyboard. However, the Air is only available with a 10.9-inch display, so it is not an alternative to the 12.9-inch Pro.
- Good Galaxy Tab S8+ alternative: Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (on Amazon*). With its 12.6-inch AMOLED display, the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is a slightly cheaper alternative to the Galaxy Tab S8+. It offers a very good keyboard cover that can also be used separately from the tablet. The performance is very strong and an active stylus is included.
- Good Galaxy Tab S8 alternative: Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 (on Amazon*). The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 is an exciting and cheaper alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. I think the optional keyboard cover is just as good and the OLED display is even a bit better. In return, the performance and build quality are a bit weaker.
- Great price/performance ratio: Lenovo Duet 3 Chromebook (on Amazon*). The Lenovo Duet 3 Chromebook offers an excellent price/performance ratio and is especially interesting for students. It’s exciting because Chrome OS including the full-fledged desktop Chrome browser is the operating system and a good keyboard cover is included as well. However, it’s unsuitable as an entertainment tablet.
- Mid-range iPad with keyboard: Apple iPad 10 (on Amazon*). The Apple iPad 10 is a slimmed-down iPad Air that works with a completely different keyboard. Although the Apple Magic Folio Keyboard is quite expensive, it works great. The iPad 10 itself is a good tablet for working, only the display has a weakness.
- Good mid-range tablet with a keyboard: Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE (on Amazon*). If all these premium tablets are too expensive for you, then take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE. Here we have to live without many premium features, but the S Pen is still included and it works with the same keyboards as the Galaxy Tab S8+. It is a very good mid-range tablet.
- Inexpensive Android tablet with a keyboard: Lenovo Tab P11 (at Amazon*). The Lenovo Tab P11 is the cheapest Android tablet with a keyboard cover that I can recommend. It is similar to the Galaxy Tab S7 FE in many aspects, but it is smaller at 11 inches and a bit weaker in many aspects. In return, it is also cheaper. The optional keyboard cover is pretty good and you can also get it with a stylus if you want.
- Cheapest iPad with a keyboard: Apple iPad 9 (at Amazon*). The Apple iPad 9 is Apple’s cheapest tablet and they offer an official keyboard case for it as well. I consider the official keyboard to be the worst on this list, but Logitech’s for the iPad 9 is pretty good. Although the design looks a bit older, the performance is outstanding at this price and you can use it with the Apple Pencil 1.
- Cheapest Windows tablet with a keyboard: Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i (on Amazon*). The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i is the cheapest Windows tablet I can currently recommend. While the performance is comparatively weak, if you are simply looking for a cheap tablet with a keyboard and Windows, I think it is a viable choice.
Tablets With A Keyboard: A Closer Look
Now let’s take a look at all the recommendations in detail. If you want to know more, you can find my detailed reviews linked below each one.
Microsoft Surface Pro 9: Best Windows tablet with keyboard
The Microsoft Surface Pro 9 is the best Windows tablet on the market, and since you can get it with an excellent keyboard cover, it’s also the best Windows tablet with a keyboard. It sits at the top of this list because you can replace a very high-end notebook with it without making any major compromises. The operating system is Windows 11 and together with the keyboard it behaves just like a laptop, but can also be a pure tablet without it.
Microsoft has released a new keyboard for the Surface Pro 9 that is not compatible with the Pro 7 and is now called Surface Pro Signature Keyboard. However, it is built of just as high quality as its predecessors and connects via a magnetic connector. When folded, the display is protected and you can charge the Slim Pen 2 stylus inside the keyboard.
I could write very comfortably on the keyboard immediately because it is a normal-sized one with a good key travel. Underneath is a touchpad that is not as big as on a laptop, but it is big enough for a tablet. Together with Windows 11 and Office 365, the Surface Pro 9 is a very good office tablet. However, since Windows 11 is a desktop operating system, I do not consider it to be as good of a “pure” tablet as the iPad Pro or Galaxy Tab S8 without a keyboard.
The Pro 9 is equipped with Intel Core i5 or i7 processors of the 12th generation, we get between 8GB and 32GB RAM, and a 128GB up to 1TB SSD. You can even change it yourself. It is one of the fastest Windows tablets on the market, but Apple’s M2 chipset is more powerful. However, the performance is great, especially for Adobe Photoshop and simple video editing in Premiere Pro.
The display is 13 inches and has an aspect ratio of 3:2, which I find perfect for working. With 2880 x 1920 pixels, the resolution is nice and high and we get a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. You can write on the PixelSense Flow display with the Microsoft Slim Pen 2 and the Surface Pen. The tablet is very well suited for handwritten notes.
Read: My Microsoft Surface Pro 9 review
Apple iPad Pro: The best iPads with a keyboard
In my opinion, the Apple iPad Pro cannot replace a laptop as well as the Surface Pro 8, but it is a much better pure tablet. I think it is the better choice if you are also looking for an entertainment device for games and Netflix, and are also looking for a keyboard mainly for occasional work. Apple offers two different types of keyboards for both sizes.
If you still want to replace a notebook with the iPad Pro, the 12.9-inch model is the better choice of course. Especially with the Apple Magic Keyboard as an accessory, it has a similar size to a 13-inch laptop. This keyboard is well made, it is a kind of keyboard dock whose design is such that the tablet almost floats above the keyboard. The keys have good key travel and the touchpad is good as well.
Apple offers the same keyboard as the 11-inch iPad Pro. However, due to the smaller 11-inch display, the Magic Keyboard is not normal-sized, but slightly smaller. It takes a little time to get used to it until you can type quickly and smoothly on it. Apple also offers a Smart Keyboard Folio for both sizes, which is more of a keyboard case. This keyboard is much lighter and thinner, but it is not quite as comfortable in the long run.
The iPad Pro runs iPadOS, which is now surprisingly good to work with. In addition, it is the better tablet-only device due to a large number of apps optimized for tablets.
Interestingly, it is more powerful than the Microsoft Surface Pro 9 due to the Apple M2 chipset. The performance is also far superior to any Android tablet. In addition to the M2 processor, we get 8GB or 16GB of RAM and 128GB up to 2TB of storage. 5G is also an option. You can play the latest and most demanding games on the iPad Pro with the highest graphics settings.
The 11-inch iPad Pro has a classic LCD that is very bright with 600 nits and offers a resolution of 2388 x 1668 pixels. The 12.9-inch model is a bit better with its Liquid Retina XDR display, which has just as good black levels as an OLED. Here the resolution is 2732 x 2048 pixels and both support 120Hz. You can write on both with the Apple Pencil 2.
Read: My Apple iPad Pro review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series: The best Android tablets with a keyboard
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+, and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra are the best Android tablets on the market. For all three models, Samsung offers two types of keyboards similar to Apple. A thin keyboard case and a better, but also more expensive keyboard cover, whose keyboards are more similar to the Surface Pro 8 and Apple Magic Keyboard. Thus, they are also the best Android tablets with keyboards.
Similar to the iPad Pro, I think the Galaxy Tab S8 tablets are better pure tablets than the Surface Pro 8. What is cool here is that we get Samsung’s DeX desktop mode, which also makes the tablets feel more like laptops. However, the processor performance is noticeably weaker than Apple’s.
As mentioned, there is a keyboard case for the three tablets, which is okay for occasional work. It is quite thin and lacks a touchpad, but it is also cheaper. More exciting for working, however, are the Samsung Book Cover Keyboards, which have pretty good keyboards and built-in touchpads. Here we get a separate back with a folding stand that can be used without a keyboard.
The keyboards for the 12.4-inch Galaxy Tab S8+ and the 14.6-inch Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra are about the same size as on the Surface Pro 8 and typical laptops. Of course, it is much smaller on the 11-inch Galaxy Tab S8, just like on the 11-inch iPad Pro and many other tablets. I like 11-inch devices because I like to use them as a secondary device and they are lighter, which is why I like to take them to the café sometimes.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor provides decent performance, which has access to 8GB, 12GB, or 16GB of RAM, and the internal storage is between 128GB and 512GB. Versions with 5G are also offered by Samsung. While not as good as the iPad Pro, the performance is good enough for intensive multitasking, Samsung DeX, and even the latest games.
The 12.4-inch and 14.6-inch Super AMOLED display with deep black levels are especially great. That is why the Galaxy Tab S8+ and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra are especially suitable as entertainment tablets. The Galaxy Tab S8, on the other hand, has a classic 11-inch LCD. All three support 120 Hz just like Apple and Microsoft. In this case, the S Pen stylus is included and does not have to be purchased separately.
Read: My Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 review
Apple iPad Air: Great iPad Pro alternative with a keyboard
The Apple iPad Air is an excellent alternative to the iPad Pro, especially if you want to save some money and can do without a few features. It’s very similar to the 11-inch iPad Pro with its 10.9-inch display, and the performance of its Apple M1 chipset is almost as good as the M2. The Air also works with the same Apple Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio.
That’s right, so the keyboard experience from the iPad Air is just as good as the 11-inch iPad Pro. The software is also identical and the build quality is almost the same. It is just a shame that Apple does not offer a 12.9-inch version of the Air.
The difference between the Air and the Pro is the slightly smaller 10.9-inch display, which is also slightly darker with 500 nits. It also only supports 60 Hz instead of 120 Hz, so it looks like the Apple Pencil 2 does not react as smoothly. However, it is also the same pencil. Otherwise, you have to live without Apple Face ID but a Touch ID fingerprint scanner is built into the power button.
Inside runs the M1 chipset. There is also 8 GB of RAM and 64 GB or 256 GB of internal storage, depending on the version. There are no more storage options, but 5G can be chosen when buying it. The performance is still great for all games, and the Air is also more powerful than the Surface Pro 8 and Galaxy Tab S8.
Read: My Apple iPad Air review
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro: Good Galaxy Tab S8+ alternative
The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is a pretty exciting alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+. It will not get software updates for quite as long, but it is often a good deal cheaper and the keyboard cover makes it more exciting. This can be used separately from the tablet via Bluetooth. Apart from that, it is a normal premium tablet with Android that has a productivity mode and can thus also be operated comfortably via mouse and keyboard.
I find the keyboard cover very similar to the one from Samsung. It consists of a back with a built-in folding stand, which you can also use separately from the keyboard. Then you can connect the keyboard via a magnetic connector. However, you don’t have to attach the keyboard. It has a built-in battery and can therefore also be connected via Bluetooth and used separately from the tablet. So the tablet can stand on the table and the keyboard can sit on your lap. Cool.
We get a pretty 12.6-inch Super AMOLED display here, so it’s only slightly smaller than the Surface Pro 8 and 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro. It’s a nifty display with good contrast and deep black levels. You can write on the screen with Lenovo’s Precision Pen 3, which is already included with the device. The pen works well but is not quite as outstanding as the first three in this list.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor with 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of internal storage provides decent performance. You can also get 5G on request. The performance is only slightly below the Galaxy Tab S8 series and significantly below the iPad Pro. However, games like Fortnite can be played smoothly with high graphics settings.
Lenovo offers us numerous premium features like a metal casing, fingerprint reader, and good speakers. It ships with Android 11 and updates are supposed to be available until 2024. That is a drawback because the previous tablets in this list will probably be supplied with updates for much longer.
Read: My Lenovo Tab P12 Pro review
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2: Good Galaxy Tab S8 alternative
The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 is a good alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 if you want to save some money. You can get the 11.2-inch tablet with an optional keyboard cover, which is about as good as Samsung’s. Thanks to Productivity Mode, I think it is a good choice if you are looking for a solid secondary device with a good keyboard at a not too high price.
It’s better than the Galaxy Tab S8 when it comes to the display, as we get an 11.2-inch OLED screen here. It offers a better black value and is even a bit brighter with 600 nits. It supports HDR 10+ and 120Hz, and the resolution is similarly high at 2560 x 1536 pixels. You can write on the display with Lenovo’s Precision Pen 3, which works well.
Slightly weaker is the performance of the MediaTek Kompanio 1300T chipset, which has fairly large storage options with 6GB to 8GB of RAM and 128GB to 256GB. The performance is more than sufficient for games like PUBG Mobile and Fortnite, but not always with the highest graphics settings.
I find it great that Lenovo wants to update the tablet from Android 12 to Android 13 and Android 14. The manufacturer rarely does that.
Read: My Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 review
Lenovo Duet 3 Chromebook: Great Value
Especially for students, the Lenovo Duet 3 Chromebook offers a very good value for your money. For me, it’s a kind of insider’s tip, because the tablet isn’t particularly well known. But it should be, because the keyboard cover is included for an MSRP price of around 400 Dollars.
The second highlight of the tablet is Chrome OS, which is to be provided with updates directly by Google until 2030. The heart of the operating system is the full-fledged desktop Chrome browser, which we know from Windows and macOS. It is especially good for using web apps like Google Docs. However, Android apps can also be installed thanks to Google Play Store.
As mentioned, the keyboard cover is included and consists of two parts, which is typical for Lenovo. There is a back cover with a built-in kickstand that connects magnetically to the tablet and also works without the keyboard. Then there is the keyboard with a built-in touchpad. Since Chrome OS was originally developed as a desktop operating system, you can use it with a mouse and keyboard better than Android and iPadOS.
Sufficient performance is provided by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 processor with 4GB or 8GB of RAM and 64GB up to 256GB of storage. The display is 11 inches and has a resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels. You can’t write on it with a USI 1 stylus, but you can with a new USI 2 pen. They work, but they are not as good as the competition from Samsung, Apple and Microsoft. I wouldn’t buy it because of the stylus.
Read: My Lenovo Duet 3 Chromebook review
Apple iPad 10: Mid-range iPad with keyboard
With the iPad 10, Apple has released a cheaper, but also significantly slimmed down version of the iPad Air. While the design looks the same at first glance, it doesn’t work with the Apple Magic Keyboard. Instead, you can buy the Apple Magic Folio Keyboard for the iPad 10, which currently does not work with the Pro, Air, or Mini.
The Magic Folio Keyboard is similar to the keyboard cases from Samsung and Lenovo. It consists of a separately usable back cover with a folding stand and a keyboard with a touchpad. The keyboard cover works really well, also because you can work amazingly solid with iPadOS by now. Sure, the accessories are expensive, but those looking for a better tablet than the iPad 9 with iPadOS have a solid option with the iPad 10.
Because of the Apple A14 processor, it’s not quite as powerful as the Pro lineup with the M2, but it’s snappier than any Android tablet currently available. In terms of performance, I think most will have to make almost no sacrifices compared to an Air or Pro.
However, that changes when it comes to the display. It is true that the 10.9-inch IPS display is high-resolution, very bright with 500 nits and also looks chic. However, it’s not laminated. An air gap is visible between the IPS panel and the touchscreen, which can be particularly annoying with the Apple Pencil 1. And it is annoying that the Apple Pencil 1 only works with an extra 10 euro adapter. Otherwise, however, the stylus is good as usual.
Read: My Apple iPad 10 review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE: Good mid-range tablet with a keyboard
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is considerably cheaper and thus not a premium device but a mid-range tablet. You can see it as a cheaper and slimmed-down version of the Galaxy Tab S8+. The display here is also 12.4 inches and it works with the same keyboards as the S8+. If you want to work properly with an Android tablet, you can do so almost as well on the S7 FE as on its more expensive brother.
Samsung thus also offers two different types of keyboards for the Galaxy Tab S7 FE. A thinner keyboard case without a touchpad, which is more for occasional tasks. Then there is the Book Cover Keyboard with a built-in kickstand, a decent-sized keyboard, and a touchpad. You can also turn on the same Samsung DeX desktop mode.
However, we do not quite get the top quality of the S8+ in the rest. We only get a simple 12.4-inch LCD screen instead of a Super AMOLED panel. 120 Hz is also not supported, but only the usual 60 Hz. However, the S Pen stylus is included and works almost as well. Due to the 60 Hz screen, it just looks like it does not react quite as fast. Samsung Notes remains, though.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor ensures sufficient performance in the Wi-Fi version, and a Snapdragon 750G chipset is installed in the 5G variant. In addition, there is up to 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB of storage. The performance is good enough for normal applications and most games. However, demanding games like Fortnite cannot be played with the highest graphics settings.
The software is almost the same as in the S8+ and I assume that the S7 FE will also be supplied with updates for a long time. We even get a high-quality metal casing, but a fingerprint reader is missing and the speakers are not quite as good.
Read: My Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE review
Lenovo Duet Chromebook: Great price/performance ratio
The Lenovo Duet Chromebook is a pretty exciting choice. In most points, it plays in the lowest league. The 10.1-inch display is okay, but the gaming performance in particular is pretty weak. However, the tablet is exciting because it is one of few Chrome OS tablets and especially because the keyboard cover is included. And that at a price of around 250 dollars! Due to the low price and the keyboard, it offers a great price/performance ratio in my eyes, especially for students.
As mentioned, the keyboard cover is included and works similarly to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. So there is a back with a built-in flip stand that you can use without the keyboard. Then there is the keyboard, which connects via a magnetic connector. Due to the 10.1-inch display, it is not as big as a large laptop, but with some time you can get used to it and then write quite neatly with it. The touchpad is quite small, but there is a touchscreen.
Since Chrome OS was not developed specifically for tablets in the beginning, but rather for laptops, you can use it wonderfully with a mouse and keyboard. However, Google has also improved the touch interface, so it can now also be a solid tablet. Conveniently, the Google Play Store is preinstalled, so you can also use Android apps.
The Lenovo Duet Chromebook does not have much to offer in terms of performance. Inside is a MediaTek Helio P60T processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. The performance is roughly comparable with a Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite or Lenovo Tab P11. So, it is more powerful than the cheapest entry-level tablets. But particularly intensive multitasking is not possible and I do not recommend it as a gaming tablet either.
What’s cool, though, is that Chrome OS gives you a real, full-fledged desktop browser with Chrome. Namely, exactly the Chrome browser that we know from Windows PCs and Macs. This means that all web apps work.
The display is okay. We get a 10.1-inch screen with a FullHD resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. With 400 nits, it is not as bright as the Apple iPad 9, but that is still sufficient. The speakers are only okay for movies and series. The same is true for the USI Stylus. It works, but I cannot recommend the Lenovo Duet Chromebook especially because of the stylus.
Although it is so cheap, the casing is partly made of metal. Otherwise, we have to do without premium features like a fingerprint reader.
Read: My Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook review
Lenovo Tab P11: Cheapest Android tablet with a keyboard
The Lenovo Tab P11 is the cheapest Android tablet with a keyboard cover that I can currently recommend. It is smaller and a bit weaker than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE, but it is also a good deal cheaper. The keyboard has to be purchased separately and works similarly well as in the Lenovo Duet Chromebook. A productivity mode is also available here.
When it comes to keyboard cover design, manufacturers like to copy from each other, although Lenovo was a pioneer here to be fair. We again get a back cover with a built-in flip stand and a keyboard with a touchpad that connects separately. The keyboard cover works very well, I was able to type quickly and comfortably with it. True, the touchpad is again small, but that’s just the way it is with tablets.
Sufficient performance is provided by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor with 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage. The CPU performance is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, while its graphics performance is better. In many ways, I think the S6 Lite 2022 is better, but it doesn’t have a good keyboard cover. The performance of the Lenovo Tab P11 is sufficient for most applications. However, you cannot play high-end games well.
We get an 11-inch LCD screen with 60Hz and a resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels. I think the display is okay, especially for the price. What’s cool is that you can write on it with the Lenovo Precision Pen 2. You have to buy it separately and I would say it works similarly to the Lenovo Duet Chromebook. And that also means that the Galaxy Tab S7 FE is the better pen tablet.
We also have to do without premium features here. There is no fingerprint reader, but a metal casing and the speakers are sufficient.
Android 10 runs on the Lenovo Tab P11 out of the box, and that is one of the drawbacks of the tablet. Although there is a productivity mode, it will probably only get one major software update.
Read: My Lenovo Tab P11 review
Apple iPad 9: The cheapest iPad with a keyboard
The Apple iPad 9 is the cheapest iPad with an official keyboard cover. While I find Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio sufficient for occasional typing, it’s not as good as the Pro-series Apple Magic Keyboard. And it doesn’t work with the iPad 9. I find the Logitech keyboards for the iPad 9 more exciting, and if you want to work properly with the tablet, I would go for that one. On the software side, the iPad 9 is just as good as the Pro or Air.
Apple offers the Smart Keyboard Folio for the iPad 9, which is more of a thin keyboard case. They also offer such a case for the Pro and Air, but it is mainly a case with a keyboard as a secondary function. You can get a real keyboard cover with the Logitech Combo Touch for iPad 9, which gives you a decent keyboard and touchpad. Keep in mind that iPadOS can now also be operated properly with a mouse and keyboard.
Despite the low price, the iPad 9 belongs to the top class in one aspect, and that is its performance. It has an Apple A13 processor inside, which makes it more powerful than many Android tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7. That’s impressive. Even games like PUBG Mobile can be played with the highest graphics settings. And fast multitasking is also possible.
The 10.2-inch display is nice and bright with 500 nits and also has a decent resolution of 2160 x 1620 pixels. However, it is regrettable that the screen is not laminated. Thus, an air gap is visible between the IPS panel and the touchscreen. Many do not notice this and it is often not a big deal. However, it is annoying when writing or drawing with the Apple Pencil 1. The air gap makes it look as if you do not touch the screen directly.
Although the iPad 9 has an old design, it has two good speakers, a TouchID fingerprint reader, and a high-quality metal casing. As I said, I would rather use a third-party keyboard like the one from Logitech.
Read: My Apple iPad 9 review
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i: Affordable Windows tablet with a keyboard
The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i is the cheapest Windows tablet that I can recommend. Especially for more demanding programs like Adobe Photoshop, the performance is rather too weak. However, it is quite usable as an office tablet – especially because it often only costs around 400 Euros and the keyboard is included at this price. It is an exciting alternative to Lenovo’s Duet Chromebook if you prefer to use Windows 11 instead of Chrome OS.
Like the Surface Pro 8, the Duet 3i has a built-in folding stand. The keyboard cover is then connected magnetically and protects the display when folded. The screen is 10.3-inches large and the keyboard is correspondingly small. However, you can type on it as well as on the 11-inch Apple Magic Keyboard with a bit of getting used to. A touchpad is also installed.
The Duet 3i runs Windows 11 Home in S Mode. This means that only apps from the Microsoft Store can be installed out of the box. However, you can simply deactivate S Mode and then install other programs as well. Thus, this small Windows tablet then behaves just like a Windows laptop. You can connect printers and other Windows accessories.
An Intel Celeron N4020 dual-core processor or an Intel Pentium N5030 quad-core chip sits inside, depending on the version. There is also 4GB or 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. I had the cheapest version in the test and it is sufficient for simple office work. However, it is not a gaming tablet. I only find it good enough for office work and web browsing.
The display is fine for its price. It is a 10.3-inch LCD with an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a FullHD resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. If you want, you can write on the screen with an active stylus. However, I did not have it for my test and thus cannot say much about it. As I said, I think the performance is too weak for productive Photoshop work.
Read: My Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i review
Other Interesting Choices
There are a couple of other tablets with official keyboard covers that have been released recently. I did review them too, of course, but I don’t think they’re a great choice for most people. That’s why I can’t recommend them at the top. But for some, they might be a good fit.
Remember that you can also use almost every Bluetooth keyboard with almost every tablet. I tested a couple of ones and you can find the best Bluetooth keyboards for tablets here. And if you’re looking for other choices, you can find more recommendations here.
Microsoft Surface Pro X
The Microsoft Surface Pro X looks like a much more modern and cooler version of the Surface Pro 7. And in fact, many aspects are as good and even better. The Type Cover sold for the Pro X is fantastic too and it’s a great tablet to use with Microsoft’s Office apps. But it’s not a great fit if you need Windows for standard desktop apps.
Inside the Surface Pro X runs an ARM processor that’s made by Qualcomm and Microsoft. The operating system is Windows on ARM which is specifically made for ARM chipsets. Apps that are made for Windows on ARM run great and that includes Microsoft Word, OneNote, and so on. But many other and especially traditional apps like Adobe Photoshop don’t run as well. That includes drivers for printers and other accessories too.
So, for some, the Surface Pro X might be an amazing choice. But for the traditional Windows user, it’s not good enough yet.
Read: My Microsoft Surface Pro X Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is the predecessor of the Galaxy Tab S7. It continues to be a great tablet especially if you want to save some money. I like almost all aspects of it a lot. But I was disappointed a bit by the official keyboard cover. While the keyboard itself is fine, the back cover is not connected by magnets but by a sticky material that kind of works like a suction cup. It’s a messy design if you want to remove it occasionally.
You might be fine with that, so check it out. And if you want to use another Bluetooth or USB keyboard anyway, then please go ahead and take a closer look. As I said, the Galaxy Tab S6 itself is a great tablet, I was just disappointed by the keyboard cover itself.
The S6 has a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED screen, the S Pen stylus is included, and inside runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor that is powerful enough for demanding games like Fortnite. It got an update to Android 10 already and it does support the Samsung DeX desktop mode.
Read: My Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Review
Lenovo IdeaPad D330
The Lenovo IdeaPad D330 is the predecessor of the Lenovo Yoga Duet 3i. If you can save some money and want an as cheap as possible Windows tablet, it continues to be a decent choice. But keep in mind that it’s slower starting with its Intel Celeron N4000 processor. And the cheapest version has a 10-inch HD screen only. I would advise you to get the full HD version with an Intel Pentium N5000 chipset.
Lenovo is selling versions with 2GB and 4GB of RAM and with up to 128GB of internal storage. It’s running standard Windows 10, so you can use standard Windows apps as long as they’re not too demanding.
For the IdeaPad D330, Lenovo is selling a solid keyboard dock. Because of its 10.1-inch screen, it’s a small keyboard, of course, but it’s a good one overall. And since it’s a dock, the combination is as stable as a standard small laptop is.
Read: My Lenovo IdeaPad D330 Review
What about Huawei tablets?
Huawei is selling a couple of tablets with official keyboards as well. But I’m sure you’ve heard of the trade disagreements between the United States and China. That’s why the Google Play Store and all Google Services including YouTube, Chrome, and Gmail are missing on newer Huawei tablets. And you can’t install them without much hassle yourself.
I think most people looking for an Android tablet want to use Google stuff. And since there are good alternatives from Samsung, Lenovo, and Apple, I think most will be happier with those. But if you’re a huge Huawei fan, you can check out the Huawei MatePad Pro which you can get with an official keyboard.
Which is the best tablet with a keyboard for you?
First, you should think about what kind of tablet you need. There are several kinds and everybody wants something slightly different.
For instance, the keyboards of some tablets are so good that you can replace a premium laptop with them. Among those are the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro 6, for instance.
Others like all Apple iPads or the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 are excellent second devices. They’re great tablets with good and portable keyboards. But I would not replace my notebook with them. At least not if I need to write lots of text every day.
After thinking about that, you probably know which kind of tablet is best for you already. Next, you can think about your budget. How much are you willing to spend?
You should also consider operating systems. For some, it makes sense to choose a Windows 10 device. Others like to be in Apple’s ecosystem and if you’ve got an iPhone, you’re probably better off with an iPad anyway.
How I Review Tablets With Keyboards
I’ve been reviewing almost every tablet that has been released in the last couple of years. And if the manufacturer is offering an official keyboard cover, I do my best to test it as well. For my reviews, I usually do a couple of standard tests. I run benchmarks to test the performance, run a battery test, and use it privately. Do standard tasks like watching YouTube and Netflix, surfing the web, and playing games perform well?
Well, if the tablet has an official keyboard, I use it to work with too. I’m writing tons of articles every week and I write those on the tablets I’m currently reviewing. I was able to work well with all devices on this list. Most of my reports are written in Microsoft Word which works well under Android, iPadOS, and Windows.
You can check out my reviews to see what I’m exactly testing with each tablet. All of them are linked above.
Your Questions Answered
We get tons of questions regarding tablets with keyboards every day. Here are a couple of common ones and my corresponding answers. If you have further questions, feel free to hit us up on Twitter.
Every tablet is compatible with keyboards. All support Bluetooth keyboards, for instance, and you can connect them using USB. For some devices, you can also get official keyboard covers which are usually the better choice if you want to use them while traveling.
Well, that depends on the exact device you’re thinking about getting. Some tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S5e, and Galaxy Tab S4 do support official keyboard covers. However, usually, you’ll have to buy them separately. Other tablets like their 8-inch Galaxy Tab A series, for instance, don’t have official keyboards. With that being said, you can connect Bluetooth ones to all current Samsung tablets.
Microsoft is offering many Office 365 apps for Windows, Android, and iPadOS. That includes Word and Excel. So, in theory, you can use both apps on every tablet you can buy right now. But since the versions for Android and iPadOS are a bit limited, you’ll have the best experience with a Windows tablet like the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 or Surface Go 2.
For writers, I think the best tablets are the ones that offer big keyboards. Because with these, you can type comfortably for longer. That means you should check out tablets like the Microsoft Surface Pro 7, the 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro, and the 12.4-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+.
You can get Microsoft Word for pretty much every tablet out there. If you’re a Windows user, you can get it from the Microsoft Store or the Microsoft website. iPad owners can find Office apps inside the Apple App Store. And if you use Android or Chrome OS, you can find Word, PowerPoint, and Excel inside the Google Play Store.
Yes. All operating systems including iPadOS, Android, Chrome OS, and Windows 10 officially support a mouse and even touchpads these days. So, feel free to connect them either by using Bluetooth or a wired USB connection. Most generic mice should work fine on all of them.
Most of this article was translated by Leandro Brouschert
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February 7, 2019 at 2:24 pm
Are you sure Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 use the same keyboard dock? I just bought that tablet and went to Samsung Store.. and sadly the S4 keyboard dock doesn’t work on it. Tried many ways to put it, also dimension are different from S4.
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December 9, 2022 at 3:29 pm
thanks for the recommendation
January 7, 2023 at 2:09 am
Excellente review! on peut trouver des tests en francais sur https://meilleur-test.com/