What is the best Windows tablet in 2018? Every year a lot of new 2-in-1 tablets are released by Microsoft, Lenovo, Acer, and other brands. Some of them are very similar to each other, others offer unique features. Most are released with a keyboard and an active pen. And all of them run Windows 10. So which one is the best?
I’m visiting almost every trade show and review almost every Windows tablet once it is available. Here are the ten best Windows tablets you can buy in 2018. At the top you find the best ones out there, while further down I’ve listed some more affordable options.
Microsoft Surface Pro: The Best Windows Tablet
While the Microsoft Surface Pro is fairly expensive, it does offer a premium design, a great keyboard cover, and an excellent stylus. Because you don’t have to make any compromises, I think it is the best Windows tablet you can get right now. It features a high-resolution 12.6-inch screen, an Intel Core m3, Core i5 or Core i7 processor, 4GB to 16GB of RAM and an up to 1TB SSD.
Again, its downside is the price. You have to buy the Type Cover and the Surface Pen stylus separately. However, both are excellent. The keyboard is comfortable and the pen supports 4096 pressure points.
Lenovo MIIX 520: A Powerful but Cheaper Alternative
The Lenovo MIIX 520 is a great alternative to the Surface Pro. Especially if you need a lot of performance but don’t want to spend that much money. As you might expect, the design is not as premium feeling as the Surface. But it does feature a full metal body, all important connectors, and a very similar kickstand. The almost identical keyboard cover and Lenovo Active Pen 2 stylus are included at no extra charge. Another highlight is an integrated fingerprint scanner.
Lenovo’s MIIX 520 is 12.2-inches and offers a full HD resolution at 1920 x 1200 which is less than the Microsoft one. However, the internal hardware is more powerful thanks to its 8th generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. You can get it with 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of RAM and an up to 1TB SSD.
Huawei MateBook E: An Elegent Design
Now, while the Surface Pro does feel like a premium tablet, the Huawei MateBook E feels even more elegant. Thanks to its full metal body and 6.9 millimeters thin design, it is one of the best build tablets on this list. You can get it with a fingerprint reader, a keyboard cover, and an active stylus called MatePen.
Unlike the Lenovo and Microsoft, it does not offer a kickstand on the back. Instead, its hold upright by the keyboard cover. Because of that, you can’t angle the keyboard up a bit and it’s not as comfortable or stable on your lap as the previous mentioned. While the 12-inch screen offers a high-resolution as well, inside run Intel Core i5 Y-series processors which are passive cooled but not as powerful.
Samsung Galaxy Book 12: Only Super AMOLED Windows Tablet
The Samsung Galaxy Book 12 has a very similar design to the MateBook, is as thin, but does not feel as elegant. Again, there is not integrated kickstand on the back and its hold up by the keyboard cover. The keyboard and active S Pen stylus are included. Inside runs an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 U-series processor just like in the Surface Pro.
Even though it features a 12-inch screen like most on this list, it is the only Windows tablet with a Super AMOLED screen. Because of that display, colors look very saturated and it is much easier to read outside.
Acer Switch 5: Powerful with Liquid Cooling
Just like the Surface Pro and MIIX 520, the Acer Switch 5 offers a kickstand on the back, a similar keyboard cover like the Type Cover and an optional pen. The design is not as premium feeling though. Its 12-inch screen is not as bright as the Surface Pro and the resolution is a bit lower. However, it features the same Intel Core i5 or Core i7 U-series processors. Unlike the Microsoft and Lenovo, it does not have any fans.
Yes, the U-series chips need to be actively cooled. But instead of loud fans, Acer is using their own liquid cooling technology called Liquid Loop. Because of that, the Switch 5 can feature fast processors and is silent at the same time.
Samsung Galaxy Book 10: Small but High-End
With the Samsung Galaxy Book 10, we slowly get down to the more cheaper tablets. It is much smaller with its 10-inch screen than the previous mentioned. However, inside runs a pretty good Intel Core m3 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The Core m3 is the same you get with the cheapest Surface Pro version.
Like its bigger brother, the Galaxy Book 10 does not have a build in kickstand. The keyboard cover and S Pen stylus are included out of the box though. If you are into 10-inch Windows tablets, this is the most powerful you can get right now.
Acer Switch 3: A Great Budget-Friendly Value
Like the Switch 5 or Surface, the Acer Switch 3 features a 12-inch screen and a very similar design. That includes a built-in kickstand, a keyboard, and an optional stylus. It is much cheaper and as you might expect, the internal hardware is not as powerful. The 12-inch screen offers a full HD resolution only. Instead of a Core processor, we are getting an Intel Pentium N4200 quad-core chip with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
Obviously, the N4200 is not as powerful as a Core i5 or even a Core m3. But the performance is good enough for most. Especially if you need a tablet for office work and light web browsing only.
Read: My Acer Switch 3 review
Chuwi SurBook Mini: The Best China Windows Tablet
With a 10.8-inch screen, the Chuwi SurBook Mini is a bit smaller again. However, it features a Surface-like design with an integrated kickstand, optional keyboard cover and an optional pen. Its full HD screen is bright and looks nice. Inside runs an Intel Celeron N3450 processor with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB storage. The performance is just a bit under the Acer Switch 3.
The Chuwi SurBook Mini is fairly inexpensive. But, usually, you cannot buy it at your local retailer. Instead, you have to import it from China. That’s very easy but you might not get as good support or warranty offers as you might be used to in your country.
Cube Mix Plus: Powerful and Cheap
Like the SurBook Mini, the Cube Mix Plus is a 10-inch China tablet. The design is not as premium feeling as the Chuwi. However, the internal hardware is more powerful and on par with the much pricier Samsung Galaxy Book 10. That includes an Intel Core m3 processor, 4GB of RAM and even a 128GB SSD.
I think the Chuwi SurBook Mini is the better option for most. However, if you can live with a cheaper feeling design and want as much performance for as little money as possible, the Cube Mix Plus is hard to beat.
Read: My Cube Mix Plus review
Lenovo MIIX 320
The Lenovo MIIX 320 is the cheapest Windows tablet on this list. And if possible, I think you should go for one of the previously mentioned alternatives. That’s due to its Intel Atom x5 processor which is fine for light office tasks, but to slow for decent multitasking. If you can afford it, you should get the one with 4GB of RAM.
If it weren’t for the slow Atom x5 chip, the Lenovo MIIX 320 is actually fine. The 10-inch screen looks quite nice and the included keyboard cover is fairly comfortable to write on. Again, just don’t expect to get the best performance with this option.
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