Best Windows tablets - updated August 2022

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Best Windows tablets - updated August 2022
Windows tablets have somehow vanished from the tech spotlight, making way for the iPad Pro and Samsung Galaxy Tab devices of the world. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t good for some types of users. Running a full desktop software has its advantages. This makes these tablets very versatile and functional, allowing them to do things that an iPad could only dream of, like running PC programs and games.

Microsoft’s Windows tablets were always intended to replace the laptop, and bring better tablet functionality to the desktop OS. But we must admit that Windows tablets never offered the best tablet experience, but that can be explained with the fact that these devices try to do it all, unlike most of their competitors. All of this tablets are now receiving Windows 11, which features a better tablet experience with a cleaner user interface. So, without further ado, here are the best Windows tablets you can buy in 2021.




Microsoft Surface Pro 7



There are newer Surface tablets than the three year old Surface Pro 7, but hear us out. Nowadays, this tablet is a bargain, often having big discounts which include its type cover, and let’s be fair, you can’t use this device like a laptop without a keyboard and a trackpad. The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 comes in many different versions, with its base one having a still competitive desktop-class Intel i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of SSD storage.

Microsoft’s premium metal design of the Surface has stood the test of time, with the tablet still looking pretty fresh. The Surface Pro 7 also has a pretty good 12.3-inch high-resolution LCD screen. Its only downside is its thick bezels. Microsoft claims that the Surface Pro 7 can last up to 10.5 hours of use, which should get you through the day easily. This Windows tablet might not be the most modern one, but it is the best overall, especially considering its price.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

13” Touch Screen – Intel Evo Platform Core i5 – 8GB Memory – 256GB SSD – Device Only (Latest Model) - Graphite
$999 99
$1199 99
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Microsoft Surface Pro 8

13” Touch Screen – Intel Evo platform Core i7 – 16GB Memory – 256GB SSD – Device Only (Latest Model) - Graphite
$1299 99
$1599 99
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Microsoft Surface Pro 8

13” Touch Screen – Intel Evo Platform Core i5 – 8GB Memory – 256GB SSD – Device Only (Latest Model) - Graphite
$999 99
$1199 99
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Microsoft Surface Pro 8

13” Touch Screen – Intel Core i5 – 8GB Memory – 128GB SSD – Device Only (Latest Model) - Platinum
$899 99
$1099 99
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Microsoft Surface Pro 8

13” Touch Screen – Intel Evo Platform Core i7 – 16GB Memory – 512GB SSD – Device Only (Latest Model) - Platinum
$1599 99
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Microsoft Surface Pro 8

13” Touch Screen – Intel Evo Platform Core i7 – 16GB Memory – 1TB SSD – Device Only (Latest Model) - Platinum
$1899 99
$2199 99
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Microsoft Surface Pro 8 


This powerful Windows tablet is offered with either an Intel Core i5 Evo or a Core i7 Evo processor, both of which are desktop class. The 13-inch screen of the Surface Pro 8 is excellent, as it has a useful aspect ratio and relatively small bezels. Just like its predecessor, the Surface Pro 8 has a built-in stand and an aluminum body. It also offers improvements in terms of battery life and more RAM. 

However, the Surface Pro 8 is quite a bit more expensive than the Pro 7. Yes, it is a much newer model, but both tablets are running the same OS, and both are similar in terms of the user experience they offer. Still, the Pro 8 will most certainly last you more, as it has a newer hardware. 

Microsoft Surface Pro 8

13-inch Windows tablet


Microsoft Surface Pro X


Microsoft’s newest Surface tablet, the Pro X is slimmer, lighter, and more modern looking than its predecessor. This Windows tablet introduced in 2020 has a great 13-inch LCD display with a resolution of 2880 x 1920. This tablet keeps its predecessor’s stand and build materials, but improves its design by shrinking its bezels and size.

The Surface Pro X is powered by Microsoft’s SQ1 and SQ2 processors, depending on the version you choose. The base model uses the SQ1 processor, coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. According to Microsoft, the Windows tablet can last up to 15 hours of use on a single charge, beating the Surface Pro 7 because of its much more efficient hardware.

Overall, this tablet is a worthy successor in terms of design, but it has some cons too. Its processor choices aren’t the most powerful, and the tablet's price is higher. It is a rare sight to see the Surface Pro X at a lower than its retail price, and it is even more rare to see it in a bundle with its type cover or Surface Slim Pen accessories, without which this tablet is a bit pointless.

Microsoft Surface Pro X

13” Touch Screen – Microsoft SQ1 – 8GB Memory – 256GB SSD – Device Only - Platinum
$1099 99
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Microsoft Surface Pro X

13” Touch Screen – Microsoft SQ2 – 16GB Memory – 512GB SSD – Device Only - Platinum
$1499 99
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13” Touch Screen – Microsoft SQ2 – 16GB Memory – 256GB SSD – Device Only - Platinum
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Microsoft Surface Book 3


Is it a tablet? Is it a laptop? It’s both. The Surface Book 3 is the most expensive device on this list, but we think it is worth the extra money. This device uses its keyboard as a base for its laptop mode. This increases its battery size and allows the Surface Book 3 to be as adjustable and sturdy as a regular laptop while keeping the option to be a tablet.

Microsoft’s Surface Book 3 is also a powerhouse. This 2-in-1 device comes in two screen sizes. You can choose between a 13.5 or 15-inch display. Both of the display options have great high-resolution LCD panels. The smaller Surface Book 3 can last up to 15.5 hours of use, while its bigger 15-inch version can last up to 17.5 hours. Keep in mind that the battery life is measured with the keyboard base attached. As for processors, you can choose between the Intel Core i5 and the Intel Core i7. The base 13.5-inch version comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage.

If you’re looking for a powerful laptop that can become a big tablet in an instant, then you should consider the Microsoft Surface Book 3, as it is indeed the best Windows tablet there is.

Microsoft Surface Book 3

13.5" Touch-Screen PixelSense - 2-in-1 Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 32GB Memory - 1TB SSD - Platinum


Windows tablets are still great


Microsoft hasn't given up the idea of the Windows tablet. The company continues to improve on its 2-in-1 devices lineup, updating its models almost every year. All three of the devices on this list are great options for studying and work. Unfortunately, we might’ve had an even better choice if manufacturers like Samsung and Lenovo had kept producing Windows tablets. Only time will tell if Windows tablets will suffer a similar fate to Windows phones, but for now, they are still great devices.

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