Five Windows tablets for business

Finding a tablet that can replace a laptop for day-to-day work isn't easy, but we're hoping to help you out with that. These tablets have proven to have the battery life, keyboard friendliness, and horsepower to get things done. Strong build quality and stylus input are also common sights for business-oriented tablets, but ultimately the Windows operating system is what enables the widest range of serious software solutions than any other tablet platform.

Ready? Let's dive in.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

The Surface Pro 3 is the grand-daddy of Windows tablets. It's just as much a laptop replacement as it is a tablet, thanks in no small part to its generous 12-inch 2160 x 1440 display, adjustable stand, and full-sized USB 3.0 port. That said, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is priced in line with laptops rather than most tablets. The Surface Pro 3 also offers an active stylus accessory that's perfect for freehand note-taking during meetings. The keyboard cover accessories are well-loved, and offer functional typing in a slim, stylish format.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1

There are a lot of jobs that aren't in an office, and for those that are in particularly rough-and-tumble environs, there's the Panasonic Toughpad series. The Toughpad FZ-G1 is a 10.1-inch Windows 8 Pro tablet that's built with military-grade impact, dust, and water protection. That means you can drop it from 4 feet without a worry. Inside is a i5 2 GHz processor, 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage with microSD expansion. Physical navigation plus buttons plus touch support with gloves or water on the 1920 x 1200 screen make sure you can you can work under just about any conditions. Tack on the optional add-on battery for 20 hours of life, and with optional readers for SmartCard, 2D barcodes, magstripe, and RFID, you'll be able to handle whatever kind of business comes your way.

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Lenovo ThinkPad 10

Lenovo Thinkpad 10

The Lenovo ThinkPad is a light Windows tablet with plenty of battery life and 10.1 -inch 1920 x 1200 display. A wealth of accessories include desktop dock, keyboard dock, and an included active stylus. Even the snappy cover offers an imaginative flip-down corner for rear camera access. Tucked away inside is a 2.4 GHz processor with 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The starting price is a little high given the alternatives available with similar processing power, but the ThinkPad 10 offers great quality for those with a flexible budget.

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Dell Venue 11 Pro

The Dell Venue 11 Pro is a beefy Windows tablet built to get things done. The 64 GB model model features a Core M 2 GHz dual-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, and and a 10.8-inch 1920 x 1080 display. Optional desktop and keyboard docking stations are available, depending on your working situation, plus an active stylus for those that need to sketch or take notes regularly. Security certifications for FIPS and HIPAA are bound to make your IT guy happy.

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HP ElitePad 1000 G2

HP Elitepad 1000

The HP ElitePad 1000 is a Windows tablet built rugged and secure. A dedicated Trusted Platform Module bakes cryptographic keys into the device at the hardware level, making it a fine choice in sensitive workplaces. Dedicated accessories enhance the ElitePad's core features for health care and retail sectors, or add protection from physical or software threats. On top of military-grade protection against shock and dust, you'll enjoy a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200, an 1.6 GHz Atom processor, and 4 GB of RAM.


Your favorite Windows tablets for business?

Those are our picks, but there are many more workplace-ready Windows tablets out there. Shout out in the comments with your favorites!

Simon Sage