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Best Cheap Tablets Windows Central 2021

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 some great, affordable Windows 10 tablets to choose from with the Surface Go 2 rising to the top of the pile. That's right; there's a Microsoft Surface that's really affordable.

Best Overall: Microsoft Surface Go 2

Surface Go 2Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

The Surface brand is desirable, and thanks to the Surface Go 2, it's no longer out of reach for folks on tighter budgets. Any model is easily a match for most affordable laptops, with the bonus of a touchscreen with inking support. Inking is an essential tool because the size of the Surface Go 2 makes it a truly spectacular digital notebook.

On this kind of budget, you'll be getting the entry-level model with an Intel Pentium processor, 64GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM. While the optional Type Cover will get the best experience from it, it's not a compulsory purchase. You can alternatively use any wired or wireless keyboard you may already have to type on the Surface Go and save a little money.

The Surface Go is a proper Surface but with a much more attractive price. And with a larger 10.5-inch screen now on the Surface Go 2, there's never been a better time to get one. As a tablet, this is potentially the Surface to go for as well. It's small enough to toss in any bag and comfortable to use while sitting on the sofa or while traveling to watch a movie.

Pros:

  • All-day battery life.
  • Kickstand built-in.
  • Touchscreen with inking.
  • Great price

Cons:

  • Keyboard not included.
  • Better performing models can get expensive

Best Overall

Surface Go 2

Microsoft Surface Go 2 - 10.5" Touch-Screen

Everything that we love about a Surface but for less money

A Surface experience on a smaller scale with a more modest price, but no real compromises.

Best Budget: Fusion5 10-inch tablet

Fusion 5Source: Fusion5

This tablet is slim, light, has a beautiful display, and an 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.

This isn't the fanciest of Windows tablets, and the performance will hardly set the world on fire with an Intel Atom processor inside, but it's well put together and has plenty going for it. And it's not much of a looker from behind, but it has it where it counts.

For one, you get a ton of ports on this thing, which isn't the norm for tablets in general. Not only do you have USB, but also micro USB and micro HDMI along with a 3.5mm headset jack and a micro SD card slot.

Pros:

  • Nice screen
  • Plenty of ports
  • Expandable storage
  • Great price

Cons:

  • Lackluster CPU performance
  • Not the greatest looking tablet around

Best Budget

Fusion5 10-inch

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.

Best for Work: Chuwi UBook X

Chuwi Ubook XSource: Chuwi

The Surface Go 2 might be a baby Surface, but it's not the only tablet of its kind. Microsoft kick-started a whole genre of devices with the Surface family, and the Chuwi UBook X is living proof of its influence. It's not quite a Surface Go 2, but it's close enough in most regards.

The hardware is scaled down to an Intel N4100 processor, but you do get a higher-resolution 1440p display, paired with a 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM. In some places, the UBook X has more impressive specs than the entry-level Surface Go 2.

It also has a kickstand and optional detachable keyboard and pen, and for the price, it represents real value. For the professional on the go, you also have a great selection of ports including USB-C with power delivery and micro-HDMI.

Pros:

  • Nice screen
  • Kickstand built-in
  • SSD storage
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Great port selection

Cons:

  • Lackluster CPU performance
  • Keyboard an extra purchase

Best for Work

Chuwi Ubook X

Chuwi UBook X

Like a Surface but less expensive

A nice screen, kickstand, and optional keyboard and pen like a Surface Go 2, but with better ports and a higher resolution.

Best Budget: Avita Magus II

Avita MagusSource: Avita

Truly low-cost Windows 10 tablets are increasingly uncommon but the Avita Magus II comes out swinging. For starters, it costs considerably less than all the others here. There are sacrifices to be made to reach that, but the overall package is still excellent.

The display resolution and CPU are the two most obvious areas savings were made, with only a 1280 x 800 10.1-inch display on hand and an Intel Celeron N4000 underneath. But for light computing the Magus II will still get the job done, and with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM backing it up you'll be able to run Windows 10S just fine.

The icing on the cake is the port selection, which puts most expensive tablets to shame, and the fact you get a combined keyboard and folio case included in the box. Being able to use your tablet as a laptop for no additional fee isn't nearly as common as we'd like, and helps make this a terrific budget buy.

Pros:

  • Fantastice price
  • Included keyboard and case
  • Compact size
  • Great port selection

Cons:

  • Lackluster CPU performance
  • Lower resolution screen

Best Budget

Avita Magus

Avita Magus II

A neat package with a great price

That you get a keyboard, case, and a great port selection on something this affordable adds up to a terrific budget buy.

The bottom line

Affordable Windows tablets aren't as commonplace as perhaps similar hardware running Android, but there are still some excellent choices out there. And Microsoft is right at the forefront with the spectacular Surface Go 2.

It's also an example of the versatility of Windows 10. If you want to use the Surface Go 2 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, iconic-looking device. You can't argue with that.

If the Surface Go 2 or the devices like it on this list don't appeal to you, make sure to check out our roundup of the best Windows 10 tablets for more awesome options.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Author:

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, iMore, and Windows Central. Currently, you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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