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 seven 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.
Yes, I did review all of the Windows tablets I listed here. They are linked below and you can find all of my reviews here.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6: The Best Windows Tablet
While the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 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 i5 or Core i7 8th generation processor, 8GB to 16GB of RAM and an up to 1TB SSD.
Again, its only real 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. Oh, and did I mention that the Surface Pro 6 offers the best battery life of all Windows tablets I reviewed?
Lenovo MIIX 520: A Powerful but Cheaper Alternative
The Lenovo MIIX 520 is a great alternative to the Surface Pro 6. 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 almost the same 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.
Acer Switch 3: A Great Budget-Friendly Value
Like the Surface Pro 6 oder MIIX 520, 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. If you want to save money and don’t need the best performance, this is a great budget-choice in my opinion.
Read: My Acer Switch 3 review
Microsoft Surface Go: The Best 10-Inch Windows Tablet
The Microsoft Surface Go is the best 10-inch Windows tablet you can get right now. While it is not as powerful as the big Surface Pro 6, it does feature a very similar and premium design. In fact, it supports a similar and excellent Type Cover and the same Surface Pen. Both have to be bought separately though.
If you are looking for a smaller 10-inch Windows tablet, the Surface Go is the best option I reviewed. However, remember that the performance of its Pentium Gold processor is not great for demanding tasks. You can get it with 4GB or 8GB RAM and a 64GB eMMC storage or a 128GB SSD.
Lenovo IdeaPad D330: A Cheaper But Great Alternative
The Lenovo IdeaPad D330 offers very similar features as the Surface Go, but it is cheaper. Due to that, it is not as premium-feeling and has a plastic body only. On the bright side, the keyboard dock is included at no extra charge. If you don’t want to spend as much money for a high-end 10-inch tablet, I think the Lenovo IdeaPad D330 is a great alternative.
You have a lot of options here. Depending on the version, you can get this Windows tablet with an HD or full HD screen. The processor can be a Intel Celeron 4000 dual-core or Intel Pentium Silver N5000 quad-core chip. Additionally, you can choose between 2GB or 4GB of RAM and an up to 128GB storage. LTE is optional.
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
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