Don't spend a lot and still get a great Windows 10 tablet.
It used to be that a good Windows 10 cost an arm and a leg, and the cheap ones were rubbish. But that's the past — today there are plenty of affordable quality Windows 10 tablets to choose, and picking the best is a more difficult task than ever before.
Be it a small tablet to toss in your bag or a big one to replace your aging laptop, you don't have to spend a ton to get what you need. There are some that aren't worth your money, so we've rounded up the best affordable Windows 10 tablets worthy of your attention.
Update 15 January 2017: While most of our list still stands, we've to added the Lenovo Miix 310 to the line-up.
HP Envy 8 Note
The Envy 8 from HP is an interesting one, not least because you can have a full-sized keyboard to use with it. But, shell out for it, and you've got a teeny tiny laptop experience.
In fact, it's only the size of the actual tablet that would stop you trying to replace your laptop with it. The 1080p display measures 8 inches diagonally, and it's all driven by an Intel Atom x5 processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage.
With an aluminum frame and audio tuned by Bang and Olufsen, the Envy 8 Note certainly stands out from the crowd. It's also packing LTE connectivity to truly be a mobile productivity machine. It probably won't replace a laptop, in part due to size and part due to the lack of ports, but you can definitely get things done on one.
Chuwi Hi8 Pro
If you're prepared to take a risk on a product from a brand you've no idea on reputation or customer service from, you might actually be surprised. And not just because the Hi8 Pro boots into both Android and Windows.
It's packing a 1920x1200 resolution display, USB-C and an Intel x5 processor for little more than $100. And that is crazy value.
You can get an official, optional keyboard case, but you can also do better by finding your own. But if you're chasing a bang-for-your-buck tablet, the Hi8 Pro should feature high up on that list.
Linx Vision 8
Standing out from a crowd of samey-looking black rectangles is the Linx Vision 8 and its big handlebars. Those house a fully featured and fully licensed Xbox controller for Windows 10 so you can use it to play your streamed Xbox One games with ease.
It should also be good for any Windows Store games that support controllers. The tablet hardware is pretty good for the price, too, with an Intel x5 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot to boot.
The biggest pain point is its availability. Linx is a brand only really available in the UK, as such making its appeal a little less. But if you can pick one up you'll probably enjoy it a whole lot.
Dell Venue 10 Pro
Getting a cheap 10-inch Windows tablet is a little harder since when things get bigger, so too does the price. Well, most of the time. The Dell Venue Pro 10 slips in easily under $200 and still offers plenty to entice the tablet buyer.
Besides having a 10-inch display, the Venue 10 Pro also supports Dell's own Active Pen inputs, albeit with an additional purchase. Also optional is a keyboard dock to transform it into a highly portable laptop.
The processor inside a little weak, but it does come well equipped. There's a full-sized USB port, a microSD card slot, Micro-USB for charging and a Micro HDMI output to plug in to a bigger screen. Priced similarly to some smaller tablets, the Venue 10 Pro can offer a little more productivity without stealing your wallet.
Lenovo Miix 310
64GB of storage, optional LTE, a great keyboard and excellent battery life. All of these are things you'll get with Lenovo's Miix 310, which may look a little plain but has it where it counts. You also get the benefit of a 10-inch display, which means it's plenty possible to actually use the Miix 310 to get some light work done.
The display is 1280x800 resolution which isn't the highest, but given the price point it's about right and the quad-core Atom processor and 2GB of RAM should lead to a fairly smooth Windows 10 experience. The 33Wh battery is claimed for up to 10 hours, and even though it's pretty slim and compact, there's even a microHDMI output to plug into a bigger display.