What are the best tablets with keyboards in 2018? There are a lot of options with Windows 10, Android and iPads. You can get docks, covers, and some offer touchpads. Here are the 10 best tablets with dedicated keyboards you can buy in 2018.
Keyboards are quite important if you want to get some serious work done. You can get different styles of keyboards. Some manufacturers offer hard keyboard docks and others slimmer and softer keyboard covers.
I divided this list into tablets running Windows, Android, and iOS. Windows tablets with a keyboard give you the same working experience you’re used to from a notebook or desktop PC. However, I’ve worked successfully and productively with Android tablets and iPads as well. While they are great for standard office work, Windows tablets tend to be more powerful if you want to use programs like Adobe Photoshop or Premiere Pro.
Best Windows tablets with keyboards
Here are the best Windows tablets with a keyboard cover or dock.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6: The best Windows tablet
The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is the best tablet with a keyboard that I reviewed. It features up-to-date hardware, an outstanding design, and an awesome keyboard cover called Type Cover. The Type Cover is very comfortable to write on and it protects the screen at the same time. Because the Surface Pro 6 has a built-in kickstand, it can sit on your lap more stable than most other tablets can.
As I said, the Surface Pro 6 has a great design. While that is nice, we also get recent hardware. You can choose between Intel Core i5 and Core i7 8th generation processors and between 8GB and 16GB of RAM. The SSD can have a capacity of up to 1TB. Another optional accessory is the Surface Pen which is a good active stylus.
Lenovo MIIX 520: Great value for your money
The Lenovo MIIX 520 looks quite similar to the Surface Pro 6. It features a full metal body, an integrated kickstand, and the keyboard cover and active pen are included at no extra charge. While it does not look as elegant as Microsoft’s one, the build quality is very good. The 12.2-inch screen offers a lower resolution. But the internal hardware with its Intel Core i5 or Core i7 8th generation processors is very similar to the offers of the Surface Pro 6.
As I said, the keyboard cover is included without any extra costs. The design is very similar to the Type Cover. Instead of a fabric-style material, the keyboard is made out of plastic and fake leather. It features the same magnetic bar to angle up the keyboard though.
I think the Lenovo MIIX 520 is the best alternative to a Surface Pro right now. Especially if you want to save some money but want powerful hardware at the same time.
Acer Switch 3: Great for office work
While the Acer Switch 3 offers a similar design to the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and Lenovo MIIX 520, it is much cheaper. As you might expect, the internal hardware is not as powerful. Instead of an Intel Core chip the Switch 3 features an Intel Pentium N4200 processor with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD. Yes, it is not the best gaming tablet or video edition machine. But the performance is good enough for office work and web browsing.
As I said, you have to make compromises when it comes to its performance. But the keyboard cover is almost identical to the previously mentioned. In fact, especially at this price, it is great to get some work done. So, if you want to save a lot of money, don’t care too much about performance, but still need a good keyboard: The Acer Switch 3 should be great for you.
Read: My Acer Switch 3 review
Microsoft Surface Go: Best 10-Inch Windows Tablet
The Microsoft Surface Go is the best 10-inch Windows tablet with a keyboard you can get right now. While it is smaller, not as powerful and cheaper than the Surface Pro 6, it features a very similar design. The Type Cover for the Surface Go is a great keyboard that I was able to get used to fast during my review. If you are looking for a small tablet to do some office work, I think it is a great choice.
By the way, it works with the same Surface Pen that you can get for the Surface Pro 6. However, you have to buy both accessories separately.
As I said, it is not the most powerful tablet. We’re getting an Intel Pentium Gold processor, 4GB to 8GB of RAM and a 64GB eMMC storage or a 128GB SSD. The 10-inch screen has a full HD resolution. It is running Windows 10 S out of the box but you can switch to Windows 10 Home easily. I think its only downside is its price. Like with its bigger brother, you have to pay a premium price for the Surface Go. Well, but you’re getting a premium tablet with a great keyboard.
Lenovo IdeaPad D330: Great & Cheaper Alternative
I think the Lenovo IdeaPad D330 is the best alternative to the Surface Go if you are looking for a 10-inch Windows tablet with a keyboard. While the performance is very similar, the design is not as premium-feeling. However, the keyboard dock is included at no extra cost. It is a pretty good keyboard that you should be able to get used to after a day or two of using it.
Again, the performance is good enough for standard office work. You can get it with an Intel Celeron N4000 dual-core or Intel Pentium Silver N5000 quad-core processor. Other options are 2GB or 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. The 10-inch screen is available with an HD or a full HD resolution. Another option is LTE, and, in some markets, you can get it with an active pen.
Chuwi SurBook Mini: Cheapest option from China
Let’s take a look at a much cheaper option. The Chuwi SurBook Mini is noticeably smaller with its 10-inch screen but its Intel Celeron N3450 is almost as fast as Acer’s N4200 tablet. You can get it with an optional keyboard cover that, again, is very similar to Microsoft’s Type Cover.
However, the Chuwi SurBook Mini generally is not available at your local retailer. Instead, you must import it from China. While you can save a lot of money compared to the competition, you might not get as much support and guaranteed warranties as with more famous brands.
Best Android tablets with keyboards
While you can use Bluetooth keyboards with every Android tablet, there are only a few that offer a keyboard as an official accessory. Let’s take a closer look at them.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4: Best Android Tablet With A Keyboard
According to my reviews, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is the best Android tablet available right now. Since you can get a keyboard cover for it, it also is the best Android tablet with an optional keyboard you can buy. Due to its screen size, the keyboard is a bit smaller than on a standard notebook. It does not feature a touchpad but does protect the back of the tablet at the same time. With Samsung Dex, there is a desktop mode built into the operating system.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 has a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a very high resolution. Inside runs a fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor that is supported by 4GB of RAM and at least 64GB of internal storage. Due to its outstanding display, fast performance, and premium features like four speakers, an iris scanner, and the included S Pen, I think it is the best Android tablet.
Huawei MediaPad M5 10 & M5 Pro
Huawei is offering an official keyboard cover for the Huawei MediaPad M5 10 and MediaPad M5 Pro. Both tablets are very similar. However, the M5 Pro supports an active pen and is just a bit faster. When connecting the keyboard, you can turn on a build-in desktop mode. That transforms Android into a desktop operating system. During my time with the MediaPad M5 10, I didn’t enjoy the desktop mode too much though. It feels a bit sluggish. Both are outstanding tablets though with a great value for your money.
While I did review the tablet already, I played with the keyboard cover at a Huawei press conference only. However, it does seem to do its job just fine.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5: Good Middle-Class Tablet
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is a cheaper alternative to the Galaxy Tab S4. While it is weaker in pretty much all aspects, it is much cheaper. However, it does work with the same keyboard cover you can get for the S4. So, if you don’t need a pen or a great performance, the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is a pretty good Android tablet with an optional keyboard cover.
While it has a 10.5-inch screen as well, it is a standard IPS panel only. The tablet offers a full HD resolution, a Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and a 32GB internal storage. Other features include four speakers and a full plastic body.
Best iPads with keyboards
While you always were able to use a Bluetooth keyboard with every generation of the iPad, Apple only recently started to offer one officially. They do not work with the 2018 iPad or iPad Mini though. You have to get an iPad Pro.
iPad Pro 11 and 12.9″
As of writing this, I did not finish my Review of the 2018 iPad Pro yet. However, I can say already that is it an outstanding tablet. While the keyboard is not good as the ones for most Windows tablets, it certainly is good enough. If you like iOS, feel free to get one of the latest iPad Pro tablets. They are fairly expensive though.
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