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The best Windows 8.1 tablets and convertible laptops

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The best Windows 8.1 tablets and convertible laptops
The Windows 8.1 update has happily arrived, bringing back the trademark Start button, and with it a slew of new devices is getting announced left and right by manufacturers gearing up for the holiday season. With so many choices, our heads are spinning already, so we'll try to handpick a few tablets and convertibles of various sizes that deserve your attention if you are gunning for the Windows 8 touch experience. 

We are including only machines with Intel's Haswell and Bay Trail architecture, as this is where the power/battery life ratio gets really competitive, and we are certain we will see much more of those announced in the coming weeks.

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posted on 18 Oct 2013, 08:16 10

1. akki20892 (Posts: 3563; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Nothing like Sony.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 09:07 2

6. sri_tech (Posts: 188; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Sony tablets and convertibles are good but they seems to have dropped the ball on battery life with Flip and Tap 11.

Its really surprising because Vaio pro 13 has got tremendous battery life but flip 15 is just giving half of that.

I hope Flip 13 will have the similar battery life to vaio pro 13.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 08:16 2

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2971; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Windows 8 is awesome because it made these kind of devices possible! With these we can actually get some work to do unlike with tablets. I would take one of the Sony's or the Lenovo Yoga

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 08:25 4

3. akki20892 (Posts: 3563; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Sony Vaio Duo 13 is the best. Check in your near stores.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 08:31 1

4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2971; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Yeah, I know. And it's even made in Japan isn't it?

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 08:34 3

5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2694; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Sony's are best...

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 09:39

7. valapsp (Posts: 477; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


I can't decide between these: Surface Pro 2, Dell Venue 11 Pro, Sony Vaio Flip 13, HP Spectre 13vand Acer Aspire S7-392.
Any help is appreciated!

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 21:44

13. fsnas (Posts: 95; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


Go with the one that supports LTE because it's a useful feature and rare in windows 8 tablets!

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 13:07

8. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1100; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Folks the second generation windows 8.1 Tablets and laptops really are showing people what windows 8 an 8.1 is about. but what I am looking for is not among them. I want a
good old blur ray DVD reader/writer drive in my windows 8.1-Laptop/notebook. have any of you folks out their seen up for sale by any of Microsoft's OEM's yet. prefer writeable DVD's to flash drives or SD cards because you write enough info on them to easily retrieve them and get your information on your laptop/notebook. in this age of tablets and hybrids I guess the good old full work station laptop witn a dvd reader writer drive was forgotten?

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 13:52 1

10. madpiyal (Posts: 108; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


You can take a look at sony vaio fit 14 (comes with touch). it dosent come with haswell but with 3rd gen ULV processors. but you will get your desired blueray drive and full set of connectivity options.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 13:44 1

9. axllebeer (Posts: 265; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)


I just put the HP Envy X2 on layaway for myself for Christmas. Looking forward to playing with it .

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 14:40 1

11. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Lenovo is the best. Would be Sony if they didn't overprice their products.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 23:33

14. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Second you on this! Yoga 2 is the best value for money here.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 17:42

12. -box- (Posts: 3821; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I'm surprised at the omission of the 8" Dell Venue Pro. It's comparable to the Lenovo Miix, and the Acer W4. Very likely I'll be getting a Windows 8.1 tablet soon. Plus Nokia is announcing their tablet(s) on Tuesday. We are glut for choice for actually good computer tablets, not the overhyped giant phones masquerading as tablets from other mobile-focused OSes

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 04:54

15. StreetNerd (Posts: 708; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Asus T100 or Toshiba Encore

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 09:10

16. darkvadervip (Posts: 333; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


I've owned the dell latitude 10 pro tablet since it came out and I love it. If I had the money the next one would be the surface 2 because of the build quality and because it had the best processor.

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