There’s no stopping the best Windows tablets from taking over the computing world. They’re not only excellent for entertainment and connecting with pals from other places, but they’re also lightweight and powerful.
In fact, the best Windows tablets have evolved into the best 2-in-1 laptops alternatives on the market, perfect for people on the go who want to squeeze in a bit of work without lugging around a heavy laptop. Because they offer the best of both worlds and because of the versatility offered by these best Windows tablets, it’s not hard to see why they’re so universally beloved.
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The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is without a doubt the best Windows tablet available today, and it's made even better with this bundle – you get the Type Cover and Surface Pro Pen included. You can pick it all up for just $868.
From light and slim showstoppers to processor-hungry powerhouses, the best Windows tablets – some of which also makes our best tablets list – have something for every need and budget. We found the best Windows tablets, testing and reviewing them ourselves, and put together this list.
10' Windows 10 Fusion5 Ultra Slim Windows Tablet PC- (4GB RAM, 64GB Storage, FWIN232+ Model, Full Size USB 3.0, Intel Quad-core, 5MP and 2MP Dual Cameras, Bluetooth, October 2018 Model,Windows 10 S.
Guaranteed you’ll find something on this list that’s perfect for you.
CPU: Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 RAM: 4GB - 8GB Screen: 10.5-inch 1,800 x 1,200 PixelSense touch display Storage: 64GB eMMC - 128GB SSD Connectivity: 802.11ac; Bluetooth Camera: 8MP rear, 5MP front Weight: 1.15 lbs (522 g) Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.9 x 0.33 inches
The Microsoft Surface Go meets that large demand for a budget Surface device, while also being among the best Windows tablets for anyone who wants to do a bit of work on the go. It’s thin, light, portable and elegant like its more expensive cousins, but it has a price tag that’s a bit more affordable for regular users, thanks to Microsoft packing in everything they could in a device with a reasonable price tag. If you’re a student, or just someone who wants to consume some media while traveling, including playing some of the best laptop games on an airplane, then you can’t go wrong with the Microsoft Surface Go.
Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Go
A versatile Windows 10 tablet that moonlights as a powerful laptop
CPU: Up to 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8650U Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 Screen: 13-inch QHD+ 3k (3,000 x 2,000) IPS multi-touch Storage: Up to 1 TB PCIe SSD Connectivity: Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 8265 (2 x 2), Up to Bluetooth 4.1 with vPro Camera: 8MP rear-facing, 2MP front-facing Weight: 1.69 pounds (890g), 2.79 pounds (1.27kg) with keyboard Size: 11.96 x 8.88 x 0.59 inches with keyboard
Touted by Lenovo as ‘an IT admin’s dream,’ the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet indeed offers many of the makings of such a device. That includes dual Thunderbolt ports for faster data transfers, Windows Hello login via fingerprint reader, and the optional IR camera for a more secure login and Microsoft AutoPilot readiness. And, that’s without mentioning the SSD and battery that are field serviceable so that you can get a certified technician to come to you if you need parts replaced. But that’s not all; it’s also got a light and sleek chassis, and it comes with the ThinkPad Pen Pro, which means it’s great value all around.
Read the full review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet
CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i5 - i7 Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 RAM: 8GB - 16GB Screen: 12.3-inch, 2,736 x 1,824 PixelSense display Storage: 128GB - 1TB SSD Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.1 Camera: 8MP rear-facing, 5MP front-facing Weight: 1.73 pounds Size: 11.5 x 7.93 x 0.33 inches (W x D x H)
Microsoft’s Surface Pro lineup is the epitome of what other Windows tablets should strive for – and the Surface Pro 6 has followed in its predecessors’ footsteps. While it doesn’t bring anything particularly fresh to the table, it does iterate in a relevant way, inheriting all the best parts of the previous model then rolling out with more powerful hardware and a new black color option to boot. The Surface Pen and Type Cover are still for purchase and not included in the box, but that’s just the reality we have to live with these days. Either way, the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 easily tops our list of the best Windows tablets you can buy today.
Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 6
CPU: 7th-generation Intel Core i3 – i5 Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 RAM: 4GB – 8GB Screen: 12-inch, 2,160 x 1,440 IPS touchscreen Storage: 128GB – 256GB SSD Connectivity: 802.11ac; Bluetooth Camera: 3MP rear, 1MP front Weight: 2.8 pounds Dimensions: 11.49 x 7.94 x 0.62 inches
The Acer Switch used to be a more affordable alternative to the Surface Pro. These days, the Acer Switch 5 will cost you just as much, but that’s also for comparable specs except perhaps an older processor. Price increase aside, this tablet is still one of the best Windows tablets – not to mention, best performing – out there, and it’s the perfect solution for students and professionals who don’t want to buy into the Surface trend.
Read the full review: Acer Switch 5
CPU: Intel Core i5-7Y54 Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 RAM: 4GB Screen: 10.8” QHD (2560 x 1600) IPS touchscreen – 10.8” FHD (1920 x 1080) Flexible E Ink Mobius touchscreen Storage: 256 GB SSD
The Lenovo Yoga Book C930 is a truly innovative 2-in-1 laptop, with a second E Ink display that moonlights as a keyboard, a pad for making notes and drawing and a traditional E Ink reader for viewing documents. It's perhaps this second stunning screen that's the biggest selling point of the Lenovo Yoga Book C930. That fact that it's thin and light makes it an excellent tablet as well. If you're looking for a laptop that doubles as a tablet and a drawing pad, this one's an ace in our book.
Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga Book C930
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Is it possible to install Windows 7 on a Windows 8 tablet with an x86 architecture processor?
We have a software program that we want to display on the tablet but it is quite heavy and it only works with Windows 7. I have googled many different shops but they all ask way too much for a Windows 7 tablet, so reinstalling a Windows 8 tablet would be great, if possible.Ramhound
We have found a Windows 7 tablet which we can use until we have developed our new solution.
To wrap up this answer: YES it is possible to install Windows 7 on a Windows 8 tablet, but always check wether there is support for the right drivers (in our case there wasn't) and the architecture of your processor. If money isn't an issue you can alway buy a hybrid laptop or one with a removable screen.Arjan
My answer would be feasible, but highly not recommended.Yes, it is possible since your tablet has an x86 architecture (or amd64..), but these devices are not so frequent on the market. Tablets usually have an ARM architecture, and as mentioned by Journeyman, Windows (non RT)-based tablets will be expensive.
Anyway, the term tablet often refers to small and light devices mostly controlled by fingers. The size of the screen would not be a problem for Windows 7, but the lack of mouse and keyboard will be.You may bybass the problem with USB keyboard and mouse if your tablet has USB ports.. but it will transform your tablet to a .. netbook !
So I definitively suggest you to acquire a cheap ultraportable laptop/notebook rather than a tablet.
HP mini 110 (350$), Acer aspire one 722 (300$) , Asus X101 (200+ $) may better fit your needs.
I just got a Taichi 21 and upgraded Windows 8 to Windows 7 on the Laptop. Almost everything works with a combination of the Windows 8 and 8.1 drivers drivers except for the automatic screen rotation (accelerometer or g-sensor). There is no unsupported device in device manger so I am unsure why it doesn't work but, as it turns out Windows 8 and 8.1 drivers probably will work in Windows 7.
Windows 7 works a lot better with classic desktop apps and touch input as it lets you open the keyboard on text fields with a pop-up keyboard icon or the taskbar icon. Windows 8 requires the use of the taskbar icon or if the taskbar is covered a swipe right-left, settings, keyboard, 'touch keyboard and handwriting panel' to get an on-screen keyboard. If you do not use metro apps Windows 7 has better tablet support (minus the g-sensor issue). The screen can still be rotated by manually selecting the orientation in screen resolution control panel.
If you want Windows 7 functionality, in a windows 8 tablet, try http://www.classicshell.net/ . It's true freeware (w/o ads), and will give you a choice of Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows 7 GUIs in Windows Vista, 7, and 8/8.1. It's truly a magic-bullet for the malignant GUI beast.
One note of caution though, to enjoy full functionality, you will need some way to right-click the menus.. Either through some touch interface in windows 8 (yes, windows 8 is still running the show, but it doesn't 'feel' like it), or through a small bluetooth mouse.
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If the tablet is powerful enough (lots of ram basically), you could keep the Windows 8 and run a virtual machine that has Windows 7. Even if you went with the native approach you could try that first.
Unfortunately in both cases (vm or native) your issue will be the touchscreen drivers. Windows 7 is less likely to have them, and the manufacturer less likely to support them.
I think it's not possible to install Windows 7 on tablets. A Lenovo staff member wrote in their support forums:
Re: Install Windows 7 on the Thinkpad Tablet 10?
04-16-2015 11:21 AM
It is not possible. Win7 can't run in pure UEFI without CSM (Compatibility Support Module), and the tablets don't have any CSM. Besides this, even if you could somehow install Win7 (which is not possible), there would not be any Win7 drivers. It's a dead-end. If you are a Win7-only shop, then these tablets aren't for you.Arjan