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: The best Windows tablet
Almost everybody agrees that the Microsoft Surface Pro is the most premium feeling Windows tablet out there. It offers great hardware and an awesome and elegant design. However, it is more expensive than most competitors. You’re paying a premium for a great experience and its design. The Surface Pro ships with a Core m3, Core i5 or Core i7 processor, as well as 4GB to 16GB of RAM and a 128GB to 1TB SSD.
Microsoft calls its keyboard Type Cover and it is not included. Instead, you have to buy it separately. The Type Cover belongs to the best keyboards you can find for tablets. I used almost all Surface devices in the past and never had any issues getting some serious work done. The touchpad is one of its best too.
Lenovo MIIX 520: Great value for your money
The Lenovo MIIX 520 looks quite similar to the Surface Pro. 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 more powerful than the Surface Pro’s 7th generation chips.
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.
Huawei MateBook E: Elegant with decent keyboard
The Huawei MateBook E is a very slim and well-designed Windows tablet that feels very elegant. It is slimmer than the Surface Pro and MIIX 520 but has a great screen and features powerful hardware. The keyboard cover is a bit different though because the MateBook does not have an integrated kickstand. Because the device is held by the keyboard cover itself, it is not as stable as the more traditional keyboard covers from Microsoft and Lenovo.
If you’re mainly looking for a great designed and powerful tablet but don’t need the keyboard that often, the MateBook E is an elegant alternative.
Acer Switch 3: Great for office work
While the Acer Switch 3 offers a similar design to the Microsoft Surface Pro 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
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.
Lenovo MIIX 320: Decent keyboard, bad performance
Now, usually, I don’t like to recommend Windows tablets with an Intel Atom x5 processor anymore. But if you don’t want to miss out on decent support and a warranty like with the Chuwi, the Lenovo MIIX 320 is one of the cheapest Windows tablets you can get. Its keyboard dock actually is very good and it’s fine for some office work. But it offers the worst performance of all Windows devices listed here. It is cheap though.
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 S3
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the best Android tablet I reviewed so far. And yes, Samsung is offering an official keyboard cover. Due to its 9.7-inch screen, the keyboard is not as big as you might be used to. And it takes some getting used to. But together with the keyboard, the Galaxy Tab S3 is a very portable productivity 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. I wasn’t able to buy it so far because supply seems to be very rare.
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 2017 iPad or iPad Mini though. You have to get an iPad Pro.
iPad Pro 10.5
While you can use Bluetooth keyboards with every Android tablet, there are only a few that offer a keyboard as an official accessory with a good integration. Let’s take a closer look at them.
iPad Pro 12.9
Apples iPad Pro 12.9 is basically identical to its smaller brother, but it has a bigger display at 12.9 inches. We’re still getting strong internal hardware, a high-resolution display, and the optional keyboard cover.
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