The best Windows 8.1 tablets and convertible laptops

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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16 Comments

1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nothing like Sony.

6. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 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.

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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

3. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Sony's are best...

7. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 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!

13. fsnas

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

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

8. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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?

10. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 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.

9. axllebeer

Posts: 271; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

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

11. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

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

14. SleepingOz unregistered

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

12. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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

15. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Asus T100 or Toshiba Encore

16. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 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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