Best 5 Windows 8 Tablets

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, Google Nexus 7, Sony Xperia Tablet Z and other great tablets makes the Android tablet market shining. However, we also get some amazing Windows 8 tablets which will be introduced in the paragraphs below.

Microsoft Surface RT

Price: £400/US$500/AU$560

Microsoft’s Surface RT stands out among Windows 8 tablet because of its distinctive color and super thin body, as we’ve all seen in the TV ads. It’s also square and sturdy, and has a fresh VaporMg coating and a 10.6-inch widescreen that works well when you want to snap apps side by side in Windows. The clip-on Touch Cover feels very light, and typing on its flat surface takes some getting used to, or the more expensive Type Cover feels more like a normal laptop keyboard, if that’s what you’d prefer. Its kickstand supports the screen at a handy angle in laptop mode, though the processor struggles with demanding graphics more than a laptop’s would. The screen is bright and clear but relatively low res, but ultimately, a lot of the Surface RT’s success depends on how many desirable apps are added to the Windows Store, since you can’t download and run apps from elsewhere.


Dell XPS 10

Price: £315/US$340/AU$520

Windows RT runs this laptop-tablet hybrid with detachable keyboard that looks like its full laptop XPS siblings. Coming with a full copy of Microsoft Office 2013 already installed, the Dell XPS 10 can only run apps from the Windows Store, while a microSD card slot and two USB 3.0 ports expand its storage capabilities. The 1366 x 768 resolution on the 10.1-inch screen is fine for documents but is dull compared to others we’ve seen, which detracts from media consumption. However, the keyboard is cramped, so it’s not great for long periods of typing either. The battery life, when attached to the keyboard dock, is brilliant, but this does make it very heavy compared to other tablets.


Asus Vivo Tab RT

Price: £400/US$415/AU$490

Microsoft Office 2013 apps are welcome additions on this Windows RT-toting tablet with a 10.6-inch screen that lacks a Full HD resolution but benefits from sleek Corning Fit Glass. The big screen works well as a monitor to accompany the keyboard dock, though of course it’s effective on its own too, responding quickly to gestures and flicking through apps rapidly. There’s an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and a flash if you fancy taking photos or Full HD videos, plus a 2MP front shooter for video calls. The high quality design and 32GB flash storage are excellent additions in a tablet that’s been around for a while, and can be found substantially discounted if you shop around.


Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11

Price: £400/US$530/AU$655

The 11-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 is the little brother of the Yoga 13, running Windows RT in a lightweight and stylish body that converts from a laptop to a tablet by bending backwards over, rather than unclipping from, the keyboard. Powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor like those in many Android tablets, it’s a little slower than its Android cousins, running at 1.3GHz. It also has 2GB of RAM and either a 32GB or 64GB SSD, which is plenty for Windows RT. There are USB ports and an SD card port, but no dedicated graphics chip, although you can only play Windows Store games anyway. The screen is fairly low res, so movies and games look dull. Office 2013 is included on the device, and the keyboard and trackpad are a decent size and comfortable for working.


HP Envy x2

Price: £630/US$700/AU$850

The keyboard dock of the HP Envy x2 offers a great selection of connections – including an HDMI port for hooking it up to a monitor – and a second battery, though the tablet on its own doesn’t have so much as a single USB port of its own. The 11.6-inch device runs full Windows 8, with a Windows Start button on the bottom when it’s held in landscape orientation that wakes the whole thing up. As well as a front-facing webcam, the tablet-laptop hybrid features an 8MP rear camera with a flash and Beats Audio for your music, though the speakers are weak.


See for yourself which of the tablet best meets your needs. And for Windows 8 password recovery issues, you can go to Windows 8 Password Reset for help.

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