Ditch your PC: here are 5 tablets that you can actually do some work on

Tablets have been having a tough time as of late. When they first came to be, everybody either wanted one, or carried one in their bags at all times, using them to view social media, websites, movies, and documents. But, with the large-screen smartphones rising to prominence, the slates that optimists once said would bring the death of PC were revealed to be nothing but media consuming devices. Handsets took away the tablets' web-viewing functions and they were pushed on the background as nothing but bedroom screens to watch videos on. As a result, users barely feel the need to refresh their smartphones as often as they do their tablets, and this has resulted in manufacturers dropping them off the priority projects list – or at least that's the conclusion one can come to when looking back on the lack of new slates in Q1 2015.

But not all tablets are just one-trick ponies, and not all manufacturers have given up on trying to make them productive machines. In fact, there are a few quite potent devices out there, which one can use for a specific purpose, and get some work done outside of the office. They are portable and they run just about any software one might need for basic tasks – any fine-tuning can easily be done later, when the user has access to a powerful PC.

So, let's check out 5 tablets that are made with work and productivity in mind!

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Of course, we start the list with the most obvious choice – the Surface Pro 3 runs full-blown Windows 8.1 Pro and comes with its own stylus for accurate screen taps and sketching. As it is, it's a good choice for architects, designers, or artists, especially if they often find themselves showing their work when meeting with clients. A keyboard cover can be bought as a separate purchase, turning the Surface Pro 3 into a laptop, which Microsoft markets as a clear MacBook Air rival.

The Surface Pro 3 has a 2160 x 1440 resolution stretched across its 12" screen, and comes in a variety of hardware options, ranging from Intel i3 to Intel i7 as a CPU, 64 GB to 256 GB of internal storage, and 4 GB to 8 GB of RAM.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

With its proprietary S-Pen on board, the Note Pro 12.2 is another good choice for designers and artists. Its gigantic (for a tablet) screen makes it good for sharing images during project discussions, or any other application which may require an individual to view it from a distance or angle. Yet, it's still a tablet, so it's portable enough to lug around without much trouble.

The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 sports a 2560 x 1600 resolution, a Snapdragon 800 SoC and 64 GB of expandable storage. Other variants have the Samsung-made Exynos SoC and 32 GB of storage.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch (Windows) / Pro

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch (Windows) comes with a Bluetooth keyboard in the box and runs a full-blown Windows 8.1. This makes it a great tablet for number crunchers and other individuals who primarily deal with document creation, viewing, and editing.

If you find yourself to often be in the position of a presenter, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro wields a built-in projector and may be the better choice. As a trade-off, it rocks Android 4.4 KitKat and doesn't have a keyboard in the package, so it won't be as good with document editing – at least not from the box.

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch (Windows) has a 1920 x 1200 resolution, quad-core, 64-bi Intel Atom Z3745 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of expandable storage. Its projector-toting sibling, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, rocks the very same hardware

Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi

A transformer for sure, the Windows 8.1-wielding T300 Chi comes with a detachable keyboard and can alternate between a laptop and a tablet at will. Considering that its configurations allow for up to 8 GB of RAM, this could be quite a potent tool for any professional who often finds themselves on the move.

Aside from the generous RAM, the Transformer Book T300 Chi has a 12.5" screen glowing with a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, an Intel Core M-5Y71 64-bit, dual-core processor, and 128 GB of expandable storage.

Apple iPad Air 2

Apple's flagship tablet isn't a device one would call a substitute for a PC, but that's in the context of documents. iOS is, however, still the mobile operating system, which handles real-time audio processing the best. While any of that work is best done on a computer, a lot of musicians have used the plethora of apps available in the App Store to compose, record, produce, or at the very least – just jam along with their iPads.

The iPad Air 2 rocks a triple-core, 64-bit Cyclone SoC and 2 GB of RAM. Its 9.7-inch screen glows with a 1536 x 2048 pixel resolution.

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1. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Note 10.1???

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

iPad [insert any version here]?

24. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014


25. plck74

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2013


2. Cicero

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

This are good for media consuming and office solutions but for power and dedicated users (corel draw and adobe suites) a powerful pc with a capable gpu is a must.

5. hemedans

Posts: 762; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

surface pro 3 gpu (hd 4400) is decent gpu, better than mobile offering and slightly inferior to nvidia gt 430

13. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

So true. None of these tablets could even do what I do with my PC. PC won't even be replaced by tablet completely, but I think there are gonna be a good chuck of PC sales taken away from tablets.

20. vincelongman

Posts: 5806; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'm hoping Thunderbolt 3 is in all Windows 10 tablets/hybrids That way I could plug an eGPU into my Surface Pro 4 and have the same gaming experience as my PC Except the CPU would probably throttle, so we need to wait for Intel to improve their CPUs more (and hopefully for AMD's Zen CPUs to be competitive)

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

That would be cool. Ultra portability and desktop gaming roll into one.

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

PC > Tablet Nuff said.

11. HildyJ

Posts: 344; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Desktop > laptop > Windows tablet > Phone OS tablet > smartphone > dumb phone > calculator. So what's your point? It all depends on what you want/need to do. I have a Dell Venue 8 that is fine for MS Office 2013 and Acrobat Pro but would choke on Witcher 3. OTOH, it's a tenth of the price of a reasonably good gaming desktop (and a state of the art desktop runs into five figures). As the Brits say, different horses for different courses.

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. Like when I used to hear ppl say you cant do ..real work.. on Android phones.....mostly BB users from years ago said this. I tried to explain to some of those BB users that real work doesnt just consist of corporate and govt. If I ran a small website I could probably just use Gmail and Google apps and be fine. Field work? Same thing. Real work doesnt end at Active Sync, Exchange.

4. waddup121 unregistered


6. deleon629 unregistered

Good read. Your writeup is long overdue. Most consumers have been bandwagoned to buy into the idea that the latest & greatest software must be combined with exagerated (heavy) hardware in order to be taken seriously, so it's good to see you guys ushering in the new generation of tech.

7. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Anything with full windows can get the job done. There are tons of them, you just have to look. I've run full desktop programs on an Hp Stream 7, which is an $80 tablet. It has an atom with 1 gig of ram.

8. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I tried typing reports on an iPad, too clumsy without a mouse. Anyway, I think you'd have to be a bit masochistic to do much lengthy typing on a tablet when you could use a laptop. Tablets are OK for short notes, brief blog posts or consuming media, not for lengthy report writing.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

iPad. The iPad is to limited to even be considered replacing any laptop or PC. No multi-tasking, no digitized pen, can't view more than one app on the screen at a time, can't transfer files from PC and use them on the iPad, except for media and photos and more. In fact, it can't even do any of the things the Note Pro can do. The Note, even the 5" model can do PC-like things. Attached to a full sized display and use of a wireless mouse and keyboard and you nearly have a full PC at your fingertips. The iPad is an iPod Touch with a larger display. Its to limited to replace anything beyond an e-reader.

10. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

shouldn't the rest of the title be ", if you have the hands of a small child" ? These keyboards (except maybe the SP3) are pretty damned small.

12. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

SP3>Surface 3>T300>yoga pro 2>note PRO> yoga 2 IMO

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3185; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The fact you can't even put a jump drive automatically disqualifies the iPad from any serious discussion.

15. surethom

Posts: 1745; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Unfortunately that are still too my websites that STILL use flash so only a windows tablet is 100% usable but my android 10.5" tablets is used 90% more than my windows laptop.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Ipad is the most crappy one in the list! My choice would be the Surface Pro 3, because you can use it as a laptop or tablet and it is the most powerful tablet available!

17. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

These aren't ditching the PC, these are PCs, just a different form-factor (Tablet), and all are running on bastardized OSs except the Windows tabs, worst being the toyPad.

18. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

The Z3 or Z4 didn't make the cut?

19. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

I don't like iPhone but iPad was one of my fave tablet, it's good for multimedia consumption, web browsing and mobile gaming but to replace my pc? i'm not agree with this one. It's not flexible because of iTunes and require additional accessories for ease of use.

26. deleon629 unregistered

It's official; the people have spoken: Putting the IPAD on this list calls for a solid WTF

27. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Let's get real; if you want to do work you need Windows. Android and iOS are not made for productivity, they're made for consumption. No point trying to make everyone happy by including non-Windows devices.

30. exran

Posts: 61; Member since: May 02, 2015

Depends...productivity for most people means researching the web and creating documents. You can use Windows Office or Google Docs or plenty other office software on Android. I think iOS also has similar Apple software. There is also stuff for the more specific professions like music recording and computer graphics, etc etc

28. angelod90

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

what about the dual os teclast x98

29. exran

Posts: 61; Member since: May 02, 2015

Jide Remix Ultra Tablet!

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