What are the best tablets with keyboards in 2020? 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 2020.
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 7: The best Windows tablet
The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 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 7 has a built-in kickstand, it can sit on your lap more stable than most other tablets can.
As I said, the Surface Pro 7 has a great design. While that is nice, we also get recent hardware which means it’s the fastest Windows tablet you can buy right now. You can choose between Intel Core i3, i5 and Core i7 10th generation processors and between 4GB 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. It’s the first Surface Pro with a USB C port.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6: A Cheaper Alternative
The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is a fantastic and cheaper alternative to the Surface Pro 7. In fact, if you’ll be using it for Office work only, you probably won’t notice any difference between the two. That’s because the Type Cover is the exact same keyboard for both. And the Surface Pen is identical too. Yes, even the design with its build-in kickstand and the 12.3-inch screen are the same.
What’s not the same is the internal hardware. While you can choose up to 16GB of RAM and an up to 1TB SSD here too, the Core i5 or Core i7 processors are older ones of the 8th generation. The performance remains to be great for most tasks, of course. But it’s not the fastest Windows tablet you can get anymore. And no, there’s no USB C port.
Microsoft Surface Pro X: Great Choice For Some
Most people should not get the Microsoft Surface Pro X because it’s shipped with an ARM processor. While that means you get a super silent device with build-in LTE out of the box, it also means that you won’t be able to run some older desktop apps and almost all games. Most apps from the Microsoft Store, Office 365 apps, as well as Chrome and Edge are supported though and run well.
Basically, this Surface Pro X can be an ideal tablet for you, if you’re looking for a high-end premium tablet for Office work and web browsing only. Compared to the Surface Pro 7, the Pro X offers a much more modern and improved design and a bigger 13-inch screen with very slim bezels. You can get it with a fantastic Type Cover keyboard and you can use the new Surface Slim Pen or the normal Surface Pen.
In case you’re thinking about getting the Surface Pro X: Please read my review so that you know what you’re getting into. Again, not all Windows apps will work great!
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.
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 S6: Best Android Tablet With Keyboard
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is the best Android tablet you can buy right now. And since Samsung is offering an official keyboard cover as an optional accessory, it is the best Android tablet with a keyboard too. Due to its screen size, the keyboard is a bit smaller than on a standard notebook. But you can get used to it fast.
I also like that a touchpad is built into the keyboard cover. Even though mouse support on Android works great, that’s not something we usually get. The Samsung Book Cover Keyboard consists of two parts. In addition to the keyboard, it also features a back cover with an integrated kickstand. However, the back cover is attached to the tablet using a kind of suction cup. I’m not a huge fan of this. Magnets would have been a more elegant solution.
The Galaxy Tab S6 has a pretty 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a very high resolution. Inside runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor that is supported by 6GB to 8GB of RAM and a 128GB to 256GB internal storage. Because of the Snapdragon 855, it is the fastest Android tablet you can buy right now. Other features like its four speakers, the S Pen stylus, and the Samsung DeX desktop mode are great too.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e: A Great Alternative
Samsung introduced the Galaxy Tab S5e just a couple of months before the Galaxy Tab S6. And, in fact, both tablets are quite similar but the S5e does not have as many high-end features. It’s more of an upper mid-range tablet. You can get it with an official keyboard cover that works quite well and similar to the Tab S6. It’s a bit smaller than a standard desktop-class keyboard but you can get used to it fast. However, it does not have an integrated touchpad.
The Galaxy Tab S5e features the same 10.5-inch Super AMOLED screen, the same four speakers, and a very similar premium-feeling and super slim metal body. Samsung is shipping both tablets with almost the same Android 9 Pie and their own One UI. Yes, you can even use the Samsung DeX desktop mode which works great on the S5e.
It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 which is supported by 4GB to 6GB of RAM and a 64GB or 128GB internal storage. Especially when it comes to high-end gaming, the performance of the Snapdragon 670 is noticeably weaker than of the Snapdragon 855. With that being said, with office tasks and almost all other tasks, you won’t see huge differences.
Best iPads with keyboards
While you always were able to use a Bluetooth keyboard with every generation of iPads, 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 Air, or the iPad 7.
iPad Pro 11 and 12.9″: The best iPads
The 2018 iPad Pro 11-inch and iPad Pro 12.9-inch are the best pure tablets you can get right now. For both, Apple is offering a keyboard cover called Smart Keyboard Folio. You connect them magnetically to the tablets and if you close them, they protect the back and the front. Because they’re very slim, the keys have a very small travel. However, you can get used to that.
As I said, I think the iPad Pro models are the best pure tablets you can buy. They offer a great build quality, very pretty and bright screens, and an outstanding performance. We’re getting 11-inch and 12.9-inch high-resolution screens with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, as well as very fast Apple A12X processors. Other features include four speakers, Face ID, and an optional Apple Pencil 2.
I’ve written tons of articles with the iPad Pro keyboard. With that being said, if you need desktop-class multitasking and write a lot for a living, a Windows tablet might be better suited for you. At least if you’re planning to replace your main computer with a tablet.
Review: My iPad Pro 11″ Review
iPad Air 3 (2019): Better overall value
If you think Apple’s pricing for the iPad Pro is to crazy (which it is), then the iPad Air 2019 is the best alternative. Because it’s based on the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, you can use the same Smart Keyboard Folio on the new iPad Air. Its keyboard is pretty much identical to the one of the Pro. However, while it is connected using a magnetic connector too, it does not protect the back of the tablet. And you can use it in one angle only.
The iPad Air 3 features a full metal body, a high-resolution and pretty 10.5-inch screen, as well as the same Apple A12 processor that we’re familiar with from the iPhone XS. It features 3GB of RAM, Touch ID, and can be used with the original Apple Pencil.
Read: My iPad Air 2019 Review
iPad 7 10.2-inch: Best Cheap iPad
The standard Apple iPad 7 has a 10.2-inch screen and the dimensions of its metal body are very similar to the ones of the iPad Air. And, since this is the first simple iPad to include a Smart Connector, you can use it with the same Smart Keyboard Folio Apple offers for the Air too. While that is great, it also means that even though the simple iPad is quite affordable, the keyboard cover continues to be quite pricey.
I think the iPad 7 is a good tablet and an excellent value for most. But keep in mind that it does not offer as many premium features as an iPad Pro or iPad Air does. While the 10.2-inch screen is a Retina display, there is a small air gap between touchscreen and IPS panel. And while the performance of the Apple A10 Fusion processor is better than many mid-range Android tablets, it’s much slower than the A12(X) of the Air and Pro.
On the positive side, the iPad has a Touch ID fingerprint scanner build-in and it supports the original Apple Pencil.
Read: My Apple iPad 7 Review
Which is the best tablet with keyboard for you?
First, you should think about what kind of tablet you need. There are several kinds with keyboards 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 S6 are excellent second devices. They’re great tablets with good and portable keyboards. But I would replace my notebook with them. At least not if I need to write lots of text.
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 the operating systems. For some, it makes sense to choose a Windows 10 device. Others like be in Apple’s ecosystem and if you’ve got an iPhone, you’re probably better off with an iPad anyways.
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 best 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.
What Tablets Are Compatible With Keyboards?
Every tablet is compatible with keyboards. All iPads support Bluetooth keyboards, for instance. In addition to that, Apple is offering official keyboard covers for the iPad 7, iPad Air, and iPad Pro.
That’s the case with pretty much every Windows tablet too. All Windows tablets support wired USB keyboards and Bluetooth keyboards. And almost every manufacture offers an official keyboard cover for their Windows tablet.
While almost every Android tablet supports wired and Bluetooth keyboards too, there are only a handful of devices being sold with an official cover. Unless it’s listed on this page, chances are high you’ll have to get a Bluetooth one.
Do Samsung Tablets Have Keyboards?
Well, that depends on the exact device you’re thinking about getting. Some tablets like the Samsung 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.
Which Tablet Is Best For Word And Excel?
Microsoft is offering many Office 365 apps for Windows, Android, and even iOS. 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 iOS are a bit limited, you’ll have the best experience with a Windows tablet like the Microsoft Surface Pro 7.
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