Cheap Windows tablet

It used to be that a good Windows 10 device 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 from with the Chuwi Hi10 Air rising to the top of the pile.

Our pick

Chuwi Hi10 Air

A great tablet from a brand you might not know

Chinese brand Chuwi is doing some great work in providing affordable, yet good quality Windows 10 products.

The Hi10 Air is a 10.8-inch tablet with a full HD IPS display powered by an Intel Atom x5 processor, with 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM.

Who should buy the Chuwi Hi10 Air

The Hi10 Air is a great example of an affordable Windows 10 tablet. You get Windows 10 Home on something small enough to toss in any bag and it's packed with great specs.

It's a perfect buy for folks not only looking for a value tablet but also those hunting for the 2-in-1 experience since it has an optional keyboard attachment.

Is it a good time to buy this tablet?

Absolutely. Chuwi sells their products in the west primarily through Amazon, and the Hi10 Air is one of the company's latest revisions.

Reasons to buy

  • Detachable keyboard option
  • 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM
  • 1920x1200 IPS display
  • Superb price
  • USB-C

Reasons not to buy

  • Average battery life
  • Poor cameras

Good tablets don't have to be expensive

The Windows 10 era has been a golden age for hardware. The horrors of the super-budget netbooks are long behind us, and we find now a range of top quality products at super affordable prices.

Not just a tablet, but an affordable, quality PC.

That means for less than $200 now you can get a great looking display, plenty of internal storage and RAM, with support from an optional keyboard and digital pen if you want them.

That's ultimately what the Hi10 Air is. It's not just a great tablet with killer specs for its bargain basement price. It's a highly affordable, portable PC, and when you think of it that way, why wouldn't you get one?

Alternatives to the Chuwi Hi10 Air

While the Hi10 Air is certainly a stand out tablet, there are a number of other good tablets out there that fit more specific criteria. Whether you want a smaller, 8-inch tablet or even a Surface experience on a tighter budget, these will fit the bill.

Affordable Surface

Microsoft Surface Go

An affordable way to Surface

For $399 you get the Surface experience on a smaller scale, with a 10-inch Pixelsense display, the traditional Surface kickstand, and optional type cover and pen.

It's everything that we love about a Surface but for less money.

As a tablet, this is potentially the Surface to go for as well. It's small enough to toss in any bag and comfortable use while sitting on the sofa or while traveling to watch a movie. And with a Surface Pen, you've got a great, highly portable digital notebook.

Great price

NuVision 8-inch

Great specs, low price

You may not get the same build quality here as with a Lenovo, Dell or HP tablet, but what you do get is an incredible price for the hardware.

For your money, you get an Intel Atom x5 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and an 8-inch, 1920 x 1200 resolution display.

Throw in a microSD card slot, around six hours of battery life and something that weighs a little more than half a pound, and you have a great, inexpensive Windows 10 tablet to throw in your bag and take anywhere you go.

Dual-boot

Chuwi Hi8 Pro

Covering both Android and Windows bases

The second tablet on our list from Chuwi is the Hi8 Pro, a smaller, more portable tablet that still packs some great hardware at a terrific price.

As you'll guess from the name, it's an 8-inch tablet, and the star feature is the 1920x1200 resolution display. It looks great and for $140 is pretty special. The rest of the tablet is what you'd expect at this price, with an Intel x5 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

It also has a dual-boot option that offers an Android 5.1 experience which you can take or leave.

Final thoughts

That you can buy a Windows 10 tablet of the quality of any of these for such an affordable price is a true testament to the strength of the Windows hardware ecosystem. It's tempting to run straight to the Surface Go, and you wouldn't be making a bad choice at all, but you can get a similar experience for half the price with the most excellent Chuwi Hi10 Air.

Our pick

Chuwi Hi10 Air

A great tablet from a brand you might not know

Chinese brand Chuwi is doing some great work in providing affordable, yet good quality Windows 10 products.

The Hi10 Air is a 10.8-inch tablet with a full HD IPS display powered by an Intel Atom x5 processor, with 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

Daniel Rubino is executive editor of Windows Central. He has been covering Microsoft since 2009 back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Surface, HoloLens, Xbox, and future computing visions. Follow him on Twitter: @daniel_rubino.

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