The best Windows tablets for 2021

When it comes to the world of tablets, it’s hard to deny that Apple has most of the market in its hands with the iPad line; however, Microsoft has some exciting offerings when it comes to Windows 10. With the power of Windows on a tablet, you can enjoy a full desktop experience with windowed multitasking while running an extensive library of legacy applications. We have chosen some tablet options so that everyone can work or play some games. Here are the best Windows tablets you can buy.

The best Windows tablets at a glance

Best Overall Windows Tablet: Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Why you should buy this: With the seventh generation of the Surface Pro tablet, Microsoft makes the best hardware that can pair with Windows 10.

For whom it is: Those looking for the best Windows 10 tablet experience and who don’t need the power of a dedicated graphics card either.

Why we picked Microsoft Surface Pro 7:

When we talk about the world of modern Windows tablets, we are talking about tablets resulting from the launch of the first Microsoft Surface device. Along with its predecessors, the Surface Pro has established itself as the premium tablet experience for Windows users. With an ultra-light and slim design, Surface is easy to toss in your bag or take with you, and the PixelSense touchscreen gives you a reason to keep using your device, thanks to the high-resolution 10-point multi-touch experience. Under the hood, users can take advantage of up to 16GB of LPDDR4 RAM, a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, and up to 1TB of solid-state storage. The only downside here is that a more powerful, dedicated GPU cannot be incorporated for graphics-intensive applications and games.

Read our Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review

Best Windows Ultra Mobile Tablet: Microsoft Surface Go 2

Why you should buy this: It’s the power of Windows 10 in a small 10.5-inch package, at a more affordable price than its siblings.

For whom it is: Students, business professionals, and anyone on the go but doesn’t want to be overwhelmed by a larger tablet.

Why we picked Microsoft Surface Go 2:

When Microsoft released the first Surface Go tablet, we were excited, but ultimately disappointed by its unimpressive internals. Surface Go 2 packs a little more power back, perfect for users browsing the web, checking emails, composing documents, and doing other light work. Speaking of light duty, the Surface Go 2 is light on its own, weighing in at just 1.2 pounds. Surface Go 2 is upgradeable to feature an Intel M3 processor, which Microsoft proudly claims is 64% faster than the first Surface Go, up to 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of solid-state storage. If you’re on the go, you can also add a Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem for high-speed connectivity when you’re away from a Wi-Fi network.

Read our Microsoft Surface Go 2 review

Best Windows Tablet for Business: Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Tablet

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet
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Why you should buy this: ThinkPad has been a staple brand for business professionals, and the X1 tablet’s performance and reliability are no different.

For whom it is: Business professionals looking for a tablet that keeps them connected while providing a seamless experience for the IT department behind the scenes.

Why We Picked Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Tablet:

If you dressed the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet in a military-grade business suit, you would have the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 tablet. Lenovo isn’t messing around with this expensive Windows tablet, but it sure delivers the best experience. The touchscreen is wonderful with its 3K resolution, and the optional Core i7 processor makes this machine worth more than just a glance. Of course, the heart of any ThinkPad is the keyboard, and Lenovo continues to offer it here with a world-class option. Battery life could be improved, but in return, you will buy a tablet that has been tested to military grade 12 requirements and offers components that are easy to change.

Best Windows Tablet for Power Users: Microsoft Surface Book 3

Why you should buy this: Surface Book represents Microsoft’s most powerful option with up to an Intel Core i7 CPU, 32GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU.

For whom it is: Power users who demand top performance from their tablet and those who have the money to add some extra bells and whistles.

Why We Picked Microsoft Surface Book 3:

Microsoft Surface Book 3: is it a laptop or a tablet? The short answer is that they are both, but because the internals are located inside the screen, we are considering the hardware keyboard as a bulky add-on. If you need a tablet that delivers power, the Surface Book 3 is available in two sizes, 13.5-inch and 15-inch, and offers some of the highest specs of any machine Microsoft currently offers on the market. You can use the Surface Book 3 as a standalone tablet or dock it for a physical keyboard, trackpad, and extra battery life. Surface Book 3 is also compatible with Surface Pen and Surface Dial so you can sketch out your best ideas. Just keep an eye on the price, as upgrades can be expensive.

Read our Microsoft Surface Book 3 review

Best Windows Tablets on ARM: Microsoft Surface Pro X

surface pro x

Why you should buy this: It represents the next generation of Surface devices with an ultra-thin and light design, along with Microsoft’s SQ 1 and SQ 2 chipsets.

For whom it is: Windows 10 fans who want to live on the cutting edge and users who demand up to 15 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Microsoft Surface Pro X is a unique beast because it promises, but it is not for all users. As part of the next generation of Windows 10 machines, Surface Pro X is designed to run on the ARM platform with Microsoft’s SQ chipsets. The result is an incredibly thin and light machine that offers impeccable battery life. Microsoft has chosen to add ultra-fast LTE to the package, making the Surface Pro X a great machine for those always on the go. The only downside to note is that Microsoft’s x86 emulation isn’t quite as tight as its California fruit logo competitor. What this means for the average user is that some traditional Windows applications that have always worked might not do so well here.

Read our Microsoft Surface Pro X review

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