Best Tablets Running Windows

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With the arrival of Windows 8 a new era of tablet usage arrived. Now, the tablet was not just a portable device with word processing capability, it could offer all the convenience of the renowned Office suite.

A host of tablets carry the Windows OS, but here's what to look for and five of the best available.

What to look for

The fact is if you want to work on the go using Windows and its associated software, you're going to need some grunt. According to TabTimes, that means looking for Core M, i3, i5 or i7 processors.

They also suggest a minimum of 2GB RAM and you'll need some storage for all those work related files, so consider a 128GB hard drive or more.

Size-wise, the 12-inch screen ranges are generally easier to utilize with detachable keyboards often included, and most Windows devices now carry the Windows 10 operating system.

Here are five of the best available... 

HP Spectre X2

HP Spectre X2

The HP Spectre X2 may closely resemble the Surface Pro but according to Tech Radar it "carves an identity of its own with a thinner body, fanless Intel Core M processors and a premium design".

Like its competitors, it features a 12-inch screen, but has the innovative audio extra that sees two additional speakers on the keyboard activate when the tablet is connected. The HP Spectre X2, can also scan objects in 3D with the 8MP rear facing camera and the right software. It sits just above the price of the Surface Pro and Tab Pro S, retailing at an HP recommended price of $949 for the IntelCore M5 processor, 128GB solid state drive, 8MB RAM model.

The HP Spectre X2 runs Windows 10 Home and includes external storage access in the form of MicroSD card slot, and two USB C sized ports.  

Galaxy Tab Pro S

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

Arguably the main competitor to the Surface Pro 4 is Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S but this baby includes the keyboard in the purchase price of USD$799.99. It runs Windows 10 Home and features an Intel Core M processor, minimum 4GB Ram, and 128GB hard drive.

On the downside there is only a USB type C sized port rather than the standard sized 3, but this can be used to fast charge the device in as little as 2.5 hours. The rear and front facing cameras are both 5MP. 

Surface Pro 4

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The Surface Pro is made by Microsoft. It's the flagship mobile device for the Windows operating system, and the fourth generation is a hugely popular model. With it you receive Windows 10 Pro, a 12.3-inch screen, minimum 4GB RAM and 128GB Hard Drive.

Ports include a standard USB port and MicroSD card reader, and the base model includes the 6th generation Intel Core M3 processor, but extends to the i5 and i7 varieties as you go up the price chain.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 starts out at US$849 but the keyboard is not included, costing an extra US$129.95.     

ASUS Transformer Book Chi T300

ASUS Transformer Book Chi T300

If you're hoping to shave a little bulk from your Windows tablet, then the ASUS Transformer Book Chi T300 boasts similar specs to its competitors with a thin and light design. The T300 Chi starts at $699, and comes out of the box including a detachable keyboard.

With a 12.5-inch screen, it uses a Core M5 processor, extending up to the i5 and i7, and comes with a minimum 4GB Ram and 128GB hard drive. Ports include a micro USB, SD card reader, and micro HDMI, while the camera is an HD web cam. The ASUS Transformer Book Chi T300 runs Windows 10. 


Acer Aspire Switch Alpha

With possibly the best configuration of ports available on a tablet, the 12-inch Acer Aspire Switch Alpha retails from US$699, and includes a USB type C port, two USB3 ports, a MicroSD and Micro HDMI. It runs Windows 10, with a minimum i5 processor, 8GB Ram and 128GB hard drive.

Operating in silence courtesy of water cooling, the Acer Aspire Switch Alpha is billed as a detachable PC but is basically a tablet that arrives with keyboard in hand. Its hinge allows the tablet to connect and operate like a conventional keyboard but there is also the feature of an anti-slip kickstand built into the slate. 

The last word

No longer is the tablet a device geared towards entertainment or e-reading. Now it can be used in place of a laptop or PC, and with the addition of Windows it undertakes all the tasks required in an average office environment.