What is the best Windows tablet in 2020? 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 2020. 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 7: The Best Windows Tablet
While the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 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 i3, i5 or Core i7 10th generation processor, 4GB 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. Other aspects like battery life are great too. It also is the first Surface Pro to feature a USB C port.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6: A Cheaper Alternative
The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is a fantastic alternative to the Surface Pro 7 if you want to save some money. In fact, their design and screen are almost identical. While you don’t get a USB C port with the Pro 6, you can use the exact same Type Cover and Surface Pen that’s being sold with the newer version too. It has the same high-resolution 12.3-inch display, the same build-in kickstand and the battery life is even a tiny bit better.
Now, as you might expect, the performance is not identical. The Surface Pro 6 is chipped with Core i5 and Core i7 processors of the older 8th generation. I think most won’t notice a performance difference. However, if you need as much power as possible, you should go with the newer one. You can choose between up to 16GB of RAM and an up to 1TB SSD here as well.
Microsoft Surface Pro X: A Perfect Tablet For 1%
I think for most, the Surface Pro 7 or 6 are the better Windows tablet. But for some, the Microsoft Surface Pro X can be a perfect choice. It offers a much more modern design, a better and bigger 13-inch screen and the same kind of kickstand. While the keyboard cover and Surface Slim Pen are a bit different, they’re excellent as well.
With that being said, it’s important to note that the Surface Pro X is running with an ARM processor. That means while many apps from the Microsoft Store, Office 365 apps and the Edge and Chrome browser to run great, some apps and almost all games are not supported.
The Surface Pro X can be a perfect business tablet if you’re willing to spend lots of money on a premium design that you almost exclusively use for Office work an web browsing only. I also like that LTE is a build-in standard. However, there are some limitation. If you’re thinking about getting the Pro X, you should read my review first.
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.
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