7 best Windows tablets that will replace your laptop
The Windows tablet market continues to stagnate in 2023. Microsoft still dominates with its Surfaces, budget devices are mostly produced by little-known brands that do not inspire much confidence, and eminent manufacturers like ASUS and Lenovo sometimes shoot experimental devices that are interesting, but very expensive.
But there is still a choice, so let’s talk about the best Windows tablets today. We have collected the best models that you can buy right now.
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Microsoft Surface Pro 9
Price: from 80 thousand rubles.
Late last year, Microsoft updated its top-of-the-line Windows 11 tablet. We recommend getting the Intel version because there’s still a Surface Pro 9 with a Microsoft SQ3 (ARM) processor, but this model is noticeably inferior in performance.
In addition to the 12th generation Core i5 or Core i7 chips, the Surface Pro 9 offers a 13-inch IPS screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a 120Hz refresh rate. 8/16/32GB of RAM and up to 1TB SSD with 5G/LTE connectivity. Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1, two Type-C connectors with Thunderbolt support for connecting a monitor, Dolby Atmos stereo speakers and dual microphones are provided. The 47.7 Wh battery provides up to 15.5 hours of autonomy when playing video. Such pleasure is not cheap, but it is the best that is in this segment.
Microsoft Surface Go 3
Price: from 51 thousand rubles.
Among the tablets with average performance, but ideal for all types of home or office use, is the Microsoft Surface Go 3. It is a compact and lightweight device with a 10-inch screen, comparable in size to a standard iPad. Like the older model, the screen has a 3:2 aspect ratio, which gives more room for programs in landscape mode.
Surface Go 3 is available with a budget Intel Pentium Gold (6500Y) processor, or a more powerful 10th Gen Intel Core i3 processor. Depending on the configuration, it can have 4 or 8 GB of RAM and a 64 GB or 128 GB SSD. The tablet does not support 5G, but can work in LTE networks, which gives you access to fast Internet anywhere and anytime. Combined with Microsoft’s signature keyboard case, it’s a great workhorse at a reasonable price.
Alldocube iWork GT
Price: from 45 thousand rubles.
When it comes to Windows 11 tablets, there are almost no middle ground on the market. Either top models from Microsoft and Asus are available, or various consumer goods from brands like Irbis and Digma, which are cheap, but frankly bad in terms of hardware and reliability. An alternative can be found on the open spaces of AliExpress.
The Alldocube iWork GT features an 11-inch IPS display with a resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels, an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8/16GB RAM and 256/512GB SSD storage. There are also WiFI 6, Bluetooth 5.1, USB-C connections, and a built-in Micro-HDMI port for connecting an external monitor. At the same time, iWork GT immediately comes with a keyboard case, wearing which you will get a powerful and compact device (weight 610 grams), ideal for working in the “field”.
Chuwi Hi10 X
Price: from 15 thousand rubles.
The top Windows tablets continue with a very cheap device from the Chinese, which is sold on Ali for 15-20 thousand rubles. It is equipped with an Intel Celeron N4120 processor, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of memory, and a 10.1-inch Full HD screen, which makes the tablet the most compact of all the models reviewed. Despite its budget, Chuwi Hi10 X comes with a stylus and a detachable keyboard. The whole set is made of metal, so the tablet feels more expensive than it actually costs.
For minimal money, you get a viable option for everyday tasks like browsing the Internet, watching videos, or creating office documents. However, this Windows laptop does not pretend to be something more serious. The performance here is below average, and the screen brightness is not enough for comfortable work on the street. As for autonomy, a 24 Wh battery will provide 5-6 hours of surfing the network using Wi-Fi.
ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED
Price: from 60 thousand rubles.
We are moving from budget devices to flagships. The Vivobook 13 Slate OLED is a large tablet with a Windows keyboard and a gorgeous OLED screen. It has a diagonal of 13.3 inches, HDR support, 100% DCI-P3 space coverage and 550 nits of brightness. 4 speakers with Dolby Atmos support are responsible for the sound. In the kit there is a stylus and a keyboard with a large touchpad, so that the assembled device is practically no different from an ultrabook.
As for performance, it’s average here. Inside is a quad-core Intel Pentium Silver N6000 processor with passive cooling. You can’t play games on this, but watching content and working with documents is a pleasure. We recommend not saving and taking the version with 8/256 GB of memory. It comes with a full SSD drive, while the initial 4/128 GB configuration has a slow eMMC drive, and the difference in system responsiveness is really noticeable.
Huawei Matebook E
Price: from 90 thousand rubles.
The Matebook E is the best Windows tablet in Huawei’s range, and perhaps the main competitor to the top Surface models. It is equipped with a high-quality 12.6-inch OLED screen with thin bezels and very accurate color reproduction. Suitable for both watching movies and professional photo / video processing. There is plenty of power here: the model is offered with three processor options to choose from: Intel Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7. There are two memory configurations – 8/128 or 16/512 GB, and everywhere there is a fast NVMe PCIe SSD with read speeds up to 3414 MB / s. This hardware is enough for games, WoT comes with a stable 30 fps at medium graphics settings.
Among the shortcomings of the Matebook E, one can single out mediocre autonomy, up to 6 hours when watching a video, which partially covers the 45W fast charge. We believe that the main argument in the Matebook vs Surface dispute is that Huawei comes with a keyboard case, which you need to buy separately from Microsoft. In addition, the clave is not simple here. The touchpad has a built-in NFC module that allows you to connect a Huawei smartphone with one touch for data exchange or screen sharing.
ASUS ROG Flow Z13
Price: from 199 thousand rubles.
And the most unusual device from the novelties of 2023 completes the rating of tablets on Windows. ASUS ROG Flow Z13 is a gaming transformer with a 13-inch screen and powerful hardware. Inside is a Core i9 processor (i5 in the younger version), 16 GB of RAM, a 1 TB SSD, and a discrete RTX 3050 Ti graphics card. All this is cooled by two coolers and a vapor chamber, and in terms of performance it outperforms many entry-level gaming laptops.
However, that’s not all. You can connect to ROG Flow Z13 not only a mouse and a keyboard case. ASUS sells separately the ROG XG Mobile docking station with an external Radeon RX 6850M graphics card, paired with which the tablet will run any AAA games at 4K resolution. It all costs, of course, space money, but if you want to work and play in the most compact form factor, there are simply no analogues in the ROG Flow Z13 on the market.