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Best Windows tablets 2019: all of the top Windows tablets reviewed

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There’s no stopping the best Windows tablets from taking over the computing world. They’re not only excellent for entertainment and connecting with pals from other places, but they’re also lightweight and powerful. 

In fact, the best Windows tablets have evolved into the best 2-in-1 laptops alternatives on the market, perfect for people on the go who want to squeeze in a bit of work without lugging around a heavy laptop. Because they offer the best of both worlds and because of the versatility offered by these best Windows tablets, it’s not hard to see why they’re so universally beloved.

From light and slim showstoppers to processor-hungry powerhouses, the best Windows tablets – some of which also makes our best tablets list – have something for every need and budget. We found the best Windows tablets, testing and reviewing them ourselves, and put together this list.

Guaranteed you’ll find something on this list that’s perfect for you.

What you need to know about Black Friday 2019
Deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday are always good times of year to pick up a fantastic Windows tablet. Usually the most known stores will have plenty of tablet offers, but they'll generally be in the 'affordable' or 'mid-range' categories. It's less common for the top-end products to suddenly receive huge discounts, but we have seen it before with last year's Surface Pro 6. So, there's no sure thing that waiting until Black Friday will get you a better deal than right now (our exclusive price-grabbing tool finds all the latest deals). Regardless, check out our Black Friday laptop deals page, where we'll be covering Windows tablet deals as well from now through November.

Microsoft Surface Go

1. Microsoft Surface Go

Small size, big value

CPU: Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 | RAM: 4GB - 8GB | Screen: 10.5-inch 1,800 x 1,200 PixelSense touch display | Storage: 64GB eMMC - 128GB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac; Bluetooth | Camera: 8MP rear, 5MP front | Weight: 1.15 lbs (522 g) | Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.9 x 0.33 inches

Affordable 
Light and easy to hold 
Not as powerful as the iPad 

The Microsoft Surface Go meets that large demand for a budget Surface device, while also being among the best Windows tablets for anyone who wants to do a bit of work on the go. It’s thin, light, portable and elegant like its more expensive cousins, but it has a price tag that’s a bit more affordable for regular users, thanks to Microsoft packing in everything they could in a device with a reasonable price tag. If you’re a student, or just someone who wants to consume some media while traveling, including playing some of the best laptop games on an airplane, then you can’t go wrong with the Microsoft Surface Go. 

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Go 

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

2. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

A versatile Windows 10 tablet that moonlights as a powerful laptop

CPU: Up to 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8650U | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | Screen: 13-inch QHD+ 3k (3,000 x 2,000) IPS multi-touch | Storage: Up to 1 TB PCIe SSD | Connectivity: Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 8265 (2 x 2), Up to Bluetooth 4.1 with vPro | Camera: 8MP rear-facing, 2MP front-facing | Weight: 1.69 pounds (890g), 2.79 pounds (1.27kg) with keyboard | Size: 11.96 x 8.88 x 0.59 inches with keyboard

Great design and build quality
ThinkPad Pen Pro included
Vivid 13-inch 3K touchscreen
Battery life is still limiting
Bulkier than the Surface Pro

Touted by Lenovo as ‘an IT admin’s dream,’ the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet indeed offers many of the makings of such a device. That includes dual Thunderbolt ports for faster data transfers, Windows Hello login via fingerprint reader, and the optional IR camera for a more secure login and Microsoft AutoPilot readiness. And, that’s without mentioning the SSD and battery that are field serviceable so that you can get a certified technician to come to you if you need parts replaced. But that’s not all; it’s also got a light and sleek chassis, and it comes with the ThinkPad Pen Pro, which means it’s great value all around.

Read the full review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

3. Microsoft Surface Pro 6

The best Windows tablet ever

CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i5 - i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB - 16GB | Screen: 12.3-inch, 2,736 x 1,824 PixelSense display | Storage: 128GB - 1TB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.1 | Camera: 8MP rear-facing, 5MP front-facing | Weight: 1.73 pounds | Size: 11.5 x 7.93 x 0.33 inches (W x D x H)

Much improved performance
New color options
No USB-C

Microsoft’s Surface Pro lineup is the epitome of what other Windows tablets should strive for – and the Surface Pro 6 has followed in its predecessors’ footsteps. While it doesn’t bring anything particularly fresh to the table, it does iterate in a relevant way, inheriting all the best parts of the previous model then rolling out with more powerful hardware and a new black color option to boot. The Surface Pen and Type Cover are still for purchase and not included in the box, but that’s just the reality we have to live with these days. Either way, the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 easily tops our list of the best Windows tablets you can buy today.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Acer Switch 5

4. Acer Switch 5

A great Surface Pro alternative

CPU: 7th-generation Intel Core i3 – i5 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB | Screen: 12-inch, 2,160 x 1,440 IPS touchscreen | Storage: 128GB – 256GB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac; Bluetooth | Camera: 3MP rear, 1MP front | Weight: 2.8 pounds | Dimensions: 11.49 x 7.94 x 0.62 inches

Great price 
Solid performance 
Dim display 

The Acer Switch used to be a more affordable alternative to the Surface Pro. These days, the Acer Switch 5 will cost you just as much, but that’s also for comparable specs except perhaps an older processor. Price increase aside, this tablet is still one of the best Windows tablets – not to mention, best performing – out there, and it’s the perfect solution for students and professionals who don’t want to buy into the Surface trend.

Read the full review: Acer Switch 5 

Lenovo Yoga Book C930

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5. Lenovo Yoga Book C930

Lenovo Yoga Book C930

CPU: Intel Core i5-7Y54 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 10.8” QHD (2560 x 1600) IPS touchscreen – 10.8” FHD (1920 x 1080) Flexible E Ink Mobius touchscreen | Storage: 256 GB SSD

Very thin and light
Gorgeous main display
E Ink screen works well
Very expensive
Low on RAM

The Lenovo Yoga Book C930 is a truly innovative 2-in-1 laptop, with a second E Ink display that moonlights as a keyboard, a pad for making notes and drawing and a traditional E Ink reader for viewing documents. It's perhaps this second stunning screen that's the biggest selling point of the Lenovo Yoga Book C930. That fact that it's thin and light makes it an excellent tablet as well. If you're looking for a laptop that doubles as a tablet and a drawing pad, this one's an ace in our book.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga Book C930

Bill Thomas, Gabe Carey and Michelle Rae Uy have also contributed to this article

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