Best Tablets Running Windows
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Not so long ago tablets were all about Androids and iPads, but that all changed with the arrival of Windows 8. Now a host of tablets carry the Windows operating system, allowing users the versatility of a mobile device, with the functionality of Windows and the advanced work features it provides.
If you're looking to straddle the divide of office functionality and ultimate portability, here are five of the best Windows tablets available in Australia.
It's made by Microsoft to showcase Windows, so this a tablet that packs serious dedication to their signature operating system. The Surface Pro 4 uses Windows 10 Pro and features a 12.3-inch screen, minimum 4GB RAM and 128GB hard drive.
It also straddles the laptop-tablet divide and is noted as one of the best attempts yet at a laptop in tablet form. Why? Because not only can you run Windows desktop products like Office but you can use them in a workable way courtesy of the highly regarded keyboard that you buy separately and the stylus that comes included.
You can also easily transport your working files using the full sized USB port or MicroSD card reader. And that's after all the features usually included in a tablet like limitless apps, and an 8MP rear-facing camera along with a 5MP front facing one.
The base model includes the 6th generation Intel Core M3 processor, but extends to the i5 and i7 varieties as you go up the price chain. Retailing at a minimum of AUD$1349 this is a tablet that incurs a hit to the wallet, with the keyboard costing AUD $199.
Samsung makes big claims about the Galaxy TabPro S, stating it's as powerful as a laptop, and as mobile as a tablet, and by and large it delivers. Largely similar to its rival the Surface Pro, the TabPro S runs Windows 10 and features an Intel Core M processor, minimum 4GB Ram, and 128GB hard drive. But at the starting price range of $1349 it comes with the keyboard included.
On the downside there is only a USB type C sized port rather than the standard size 3, but this can be used to fast charge the device in as little as 2.5 hours. The rear and front facing cameras are both 5MP.
With a keyboard included in the purchase price, the HP Spectre X2 bears a striking resemblance to the Surface Pro that was released at the same time. However, according to Tech Radar it "carves an identity of its own with a thinner body, fanless Intel Core M processors and a premium design".
It sits just above the price of the Surface Pro and Tab Pro S, retailing at an HP recommended price of $1699 for the IntelCore M5, 128GB solid state drive, 4MB RAM model.
Featuring a 12-inch screen, it also includes extra speakers that activate when the tablet and keyboard are connected, and can scan objects in 3D with the 8MP rear facing camera and the right software.
The HP Spectre X2 runs Windows 10 and includes external storage access in the form of MicroSD card slot, and two USB C sized ports.
If you're hoping to shave a little expense off your Windows tablet price tag, then the ASUS Transformer Book Chi T300 boasts similar specs to its competitors but at a lesser price. The T300 Chi starts at $1199, and comes out of the box including a detachable keyboard.
With a 12.5-inch screen it uses a Core M5 processor, and comes with a minimum 4GB Ram and 128GB hard drive. Ports include a micro USB, SD card reader, and micro HDMI, while the camera is an HD web cam. The ASUS Transformer Book Chi T300 runs Windows 10.
Operating in silence courtesy of water cooling, the Acer Aspire Switch Alpha is billed as a detachable PC but is basically a tablet that arrives with keyboard in hand.
Its hinge allows the tablet to connect and operate like a conventional keyboard but there is also the feature of an anti-slip kickstand built into the slate.
The Acer Switch Alpha features a 12-inch display, and possibly the best configuration of ports available on a tablet. Not only is there USB type C, but two USB3 ports, a MicroSD and Micro HDMI. It runs Windows 10, and with a minimum i5 processor, 8GB Ram and 128GB hard drive is available in Australia for $1159.
The last word
Windows tablets provide office workers and home users alike with the flexibility of all that the Office suite has to offer, while also providing access to hundreds of thousands of apps. But as this is an operating system that requires some grunt, you need to seriously consider the processor that will power it. To get that be prepared to put your hand in your pocket and fork out over a grand to ensure it runs with ease.