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Best Cheap Windows 10 Tablets Windows Central 2019

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

The Hi10 Air is well made, has a great screen, and an optional, detachable keyboard.

Who should buy the Chuwi Hi10 Air

The Hi10 Air is an excellent 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 its 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 not a lot of money 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 undoubtedly a stand out tablet, there are several 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

Everything that we love about a Surface but for less money

A Surface experience on a smaller scale, with the traditional Surface kickstand, and optional type cover and pen.

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 all-rounder

Fusion5 10-inch tablet

Affordable but still great hardware

This 10-inch tablet comes with Windows 10 in S mode and up to 128GB of storage in a sleek form factor.

This tablet is slim, light, has a beautiful display, and a really attractive price, all wrapped up with Windows 10 in S mode. Of course, you can always upgrade out of that if you wish, and while there's no included keyboard, you do get an option with 128GB of storage to go with the 4GB of RAM and Intel Atom processor for a pretty potent little device.

Best for work

HP Pavilion x2

Tablet, laptop, inking, it's all here

The Pavilion x2 is perfect for work with an included detachable keyboard and active pen.

Not only does the Pavilion x2 boast all-day battery life, but it also comes fully equipped for a hard day's work. The detachable keyboard and active pen are included in the box, and the 10.1-inch display looks great. It's got 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, so Windows 10 will work just fine, and the Intel Atom processor is decent at this price point. The keyboard is excellent to type on, the trackpad is good, and it's a lovely little package on a budget.

Final thoughts

Affordable Windows tablets aren't as commonplace as perhaps similar hardware running Android, but there are still some excellent choices out there. Chuwi is a brand that's putting out a lot of good quality Windows hardware, and the Hi10 Air is a perfect example.

It's also an example of the versatility of Windows 10. If you want to use the Hi10 Air as a tablet, you can. If you're going to use it as a laptop, you can, thanks to the optional keyboard that clips on and off at will. If you want to use a pen to draw and write, you can.

And all of that on a well priced, well-made tablet. You can't argue with that.

Our pick

Chuwi Hi10 Air

A great tablet from a brand you might not know

The Hi10 Air is well made, has a great screen, and an optional, detachable keyboard.

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 the 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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