Best Windows 10 Tablet Windows Central 2019

There are many Windows 10 tablets on the market, and it can be hard to sort through all the rubbish. But we love Windows and we love tablets, and we put in the work. Here are our picks for the best Windows 10 tablets you can buy, with the Surface Go being our pick for overall best.

Best Overall: Surface Go

The Surface Go is the successor to 2015's Surface 3, and features a 10-inch high quality display in the same magnesium chassis you know and love.

On the inside, it features an Intel Pentium GOLD processor with 8GB RAM, but it remains quiet while running. It also features a slightly rounder design than its predecessor. It has a truly stunning display and a digital pen is included for all the handwriting and drawing you might want to do. If needed, you can choose a higher-end model with more storage if you need the extra room. There's also a microSD card expansion slot for additional storage when needed.

The best bit about the Surface Go is that it starts at $399, which is super cheap compared to other Surface products on the market. Don't be fooled by its cheap price though, as this is still one incredibly premium tablet. The price does start to climb if you're interested in the additional accessories for it. The Type Cover will set you back an additional $99, as will the Surface Pen, so you'll be spending closer to $600 for everything.

Battery life is okay. It'll get you through a working day, but don't expect any miracles. It gets about 6-7 hours at most, which is mostly because this isn't a Windows 10 on ARM device, meaning it's using an Intel processor that isn't as battery efficient.

It's our pick as the best option because it gets the most right for the most people, at a price that doesn't break the bank.

Pros

  • Small form factor
  • Beautiful touch display
  • Surface Pen is a joy
  • Type Cover
  • Cheap compared to other Surface products

Cons

  • Type Cover and pen not included
  • Battery life just OK
  • No Thunderbolt 3

Best overall

Surface Go

A device that can do it all

If you like the Surface Pro form factor but are looking for a device that's smaller, you should take a look at Microsoft's new Surface Go. It's like a smaller Surface Pro that starts at a cheaper price.

Best for power: Surface Pro 6

Featuring an incredible 2736x1842 3:2 display, 8th gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, up to 16GB RAM, and a 512GB SSD, you can't go wrong with the Surface Pro 6 for photo editing and more. It's a more powerful alternative to the Surface Go, with a larger 12-inch screen and beefier internal specifications.

This is the tablet for those that don't just browse social media and check email. It can be obscenely powerful if you configure it to be as such. Even on the entry-level model, you should be able to get by with medium to heavy multitasking, a few light edits in Photoshop, and home video editing at 1080p.

It's considerably more expensive than the Surface Go. Just like the Surface Go, it also doesn't come with the Type Cover bundled in that price. Considering the size of the display, you're going to want to buy the Type Cover to take advantage of everything the Surface Pro 6 has to offer.

Battery life on the Surface Pro 6 can depend on the tasks your doing. It should get you through a day with no problem however, thanks to the 8th gen Intel processors that are much more battery efficient in normal tasks. Unfortunately, the Surface Pro 6 doesn't have USB-C like the Surface Go does, meaning you're stuck with Microsoft's propriatary charger for power.

Pros

  • CPU is substantially more powerful
  • Improved battery life; runs cooler
  • Black is awesome
  • Excellent build quality and design

Cons

  • No Type-C or Thunderbolt 3
  • No LTE option
  • Odd pricing levels

Best for power

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Deceptively light, obscenely powerful, and incredibly versatile

The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is a true 2-in-1 that feels like a tablet most of the time, with the added bonus of becoming a laptop when you need it.

Best Always-connected: Samsung Galaxy Book2

If you're the kind of person who's always on the go and needs access to the internet at all times, check out the Galaxy Book2. It runs on a Snapdragon 850 processor and has LTE capabilities, meaning you can connect to 4G when out and about.

It's also an ARM powered device, meaning it's fantastic when it comes to battery efficiency. A Windows 10 on ARM device lasts much longer than a regular Windows 10 device thanks to ARMs ability to go into a low-power sleep state just like your smartphone, that wakes instantly and remembers all the things you left open.

There's no waiting for the device to boot up again once you press the power button. It's on instantly, and you're back doing whatever it is you need to do with very little battery drain. Paired with the S-Pen and keyboard cover, this tablet can turn into one productive machine when you need it to.

The display is a beautiful sAMOLED display, which means colors pop and can get plenty bright. Audio in the Book2 is also very good, featuring front facing speakers for clear and consistent sound.

Pros

  • sAMOLED display
  • Great battery life
  • Good S-Pen
  • Solid audio
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Pen magnet is weak
  • Fingerprint reader is just OK
  • Keyboard looks cheap
  • No eSIM and semi-locked to carriers

Best for battery life

Samsung Galaxy Book2

The best Always-Connected PC available right now

If you want great battery life in a premium 2-in-1 that has instant-on and is always connected, you can't go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy Book2.

Best budget pick: CHUWI 10

If you're on a very strict budget, the CHUWI HI10 AIR is a great choice. It's all metal, making it feel premium in the hands, and features a larger 10.1-inch full HD display, making for an adequate experience.

The CHUWI HI10 also supports a detachable keyboard cover and pen, sold seperately, that turns the tablet into a little productivity machine for writing. It's super handy being able to attach a keyboard when required, unlike some other tablets out there.

It also has 64GB storage and 4GB RAM, along with a 2.4 GHz Atom Z8350 Intel processor. It's not a powerful machine, but it should be more than enough to get you through light web browsing, email, and social media use.

This isn't the best choice if you're planning to do any heavy work, like editing photos or video. If you just want a Windows 10 tablet for tablet-y type things, then this should be more than fine. Battery life is good, but nothing mind-blowing like on the Galaxy Book2.

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Nice size screen
  • Full HD display
  • Metal chassis

Cons

  • Low-end specifications
  • Not very fast

Best budget pick

CHUWI HI10 AIR

Cheap and chearful

If you're looking for a no-frills tablet with Windows 10 that costs less than other tablets on this list, the Chuwi Hi10 AIR is a great choice.

Summing up

There are many different tablets with Windows 10 out there, but choosing what's best for you can be difficult. We think the Surface Go is the best all round Windows 10 tablet you can buy right now; not being too expensive, not being too underpowered, and featuring the same excellent accessories that the more expensive Surface Pro has too.

Of course, the Surface Go isn't for everybody, which we why we also recommend the Surface Pro 6 for those who need a bigger screen and more power. If battery life is of most importance, the Samsung Galaxy Book2 is your best bet thanks to its ARM processor allowing it to last all day. If you're price concious, the CHUWI HI10 is the best you can buy with its metal chassis, large 10.1-inch display, and 64GB storage with 4GB RAM.

Credits

Zac Bowden is a senior editor at Windows Central, which means he covers a wide array of software and hardware here at Windows Central. Joining Mobile Nations in 2016, you can usually find him playing with new Windows 10 builds or secret unreleased prototype devices. Hit him up on Twitter: @zacbowden.

Cale Hunt is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing mainly on PC hardware and VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and when he has some free time you can usually find him practicing guitar or reorganizing his ever-growing library. If you hear him say "Sorry!" it's only because he's Canadian.

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