Best overall: Microsoft Surface Pro

Deceptively light, obscenely powerful, and incredibly versatile.

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If you're in the market for a new tablet but aren't sure which one to buy, you really can't go wrong with the new Microsoft Surface Pro (2017), a true 2-in-1 hybrid tablet that feels like a tablet most of the time, with the added bonus of becoming a laptop when you need it. Featuring a premium magnesium body, and a gorgeous 12.1-inch screen, you definitely won't regret buying one of these.

Bottom line: For the best Windows 10 tablet available, check out the Microsoft Surface Pro.

One more thing: If you're looking for a tablet that's purely a tablet, the Surface Pro is still a great choice. The Type Cover is an optional extra.

Why the Microsoft Surface Pro is the best

The new Surface Pro is a small refinement over the Surface Pro 4, but all of the changes make a well-rounded new release.

It runs cooler, has a Core m3 or Core i5 version for fanless, silent running, and is slightly rounder than its predecessor. It has a truly stunning display and a digital pen is included for all the handwriting and drawing you might want to do. It also has support for the Surface Dial.

For the best Windows 10 tablet, check out the Microsoft Surface Pro.

At the high end, you can have a Surface Pro with a 1TB solid state drive (SSD), a Kaby Lake Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM.

But with that comes a price to pay. Literally. The Surface Pro can be expensive, starting at $799, and going all the way up to more than $2,000 at the top tier. But it isn't just a tablet. It's a tablet and a laptop, and with the optional docking station it can even become your desktop.

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Best on a budget: Lenovo Miix 320

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The Lenovo Miix 320 is considered to be a low-end, budget laptop, but we think it's easily the best you can get at its price range. Featuring a 1080p 10.1-inch display, 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC storage, this Windows 10 tablet is a great all rounder when it comes to casual web browsing and email checking.

Best for gaming: Linx Vision 8

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There are few tablets that do gaming right, but the Linx Vision 8 with its big handlebars housing a fully licensed Xbox controller for Windows 10 stands out among them. Not only can you play Microsoft Store games that support the controller, you can also use it when streaming Xbox games to the tablet. The hardware is pretty good for the price, with an Intel x5 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage plus a microSD card slot. There's just one problem: you can only get the Linx in the UK.

Best for business: Lenovo Miix 520

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The Lenovo Miix 520 is a top-of-the-line, compact Windows 10 tablet that's great for those in the business or enterprise sector. Featuring a minimalist, industrial design, and an optional keyboard accessory just like the Surface Pro, the Lenovo Miix 520 is great for working on the go with a pen or keyboard. Starting at $999, you get an 8th generation Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.

Best for students: Microsoft Surface 3

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If you like what the Surface Pro offers but want something a little smaller and less expensive, the Surface 3 is the one for you. You get Intel Atom x7 processors, up to 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of SSD storage. There's also a nifty LTE model for folks who want to connect on the go, plus an optional keyboard and digital pen. The base model starts around $400, but for the best experience you at least will want the keyboard. If your workload is less demanding or you just want more portability, it's a great buy.

Best thin tablet: Lenovo Yoga Book

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If you're looking for a device that makes drawing and creating super easy, look no further than the Lenovo Yoga Book. With its 2-in-1 premium, lightweight design, and its unique Create Pad touch surface where a normal physical keyboard would be, the Yoga Book makes drawing so much easier on Windows 10 (or Android, if that's your thing). It comes with a Lenovo Real Pen, which can be used on the Wacom-enabled drawing surface. That touch slate area is also a virtual keyboard, flipping between a full touch surface and type pad with the tap of a button.

Best mini tablet: NuVision 8-inch tablet

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If you're looking for a device that's smaller than your usual tablet, then the NuVision 8-inch Windows 10 tablet is easily the best choice out there right now. Featuring an 8-inch 1080p display, with 2GB RAM and 32GB eMMC Storage, this tablet from NuVision is a nice around the house type tablet that's good for media consumption and light web browsing. It also has a MicroSD card expansion slot for storing movies and music on, great for when you're travellng.

Best ARM tablet: HP Envy x2 Snapdragon

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If you're looking for a device that's powered by an ARM processor, look no further than the HP Enxy x2 with a Snapdragon 835. This is one of the first Windows 10 tablets powered by ARM, with an excellent design and build quality that matches that of the Microsoft Surface Pro. Featuring a cool kickstand/cover that also acts as a keyboard, you can take this tablet with you for work or play. It also features pen, and all-day battery life thanks to that ARM processor. In addition, it also has LTE capabilities for true mobile computing.

Conclusion

If you're in the market for a new tablet but aren't sure what you want, consider the recommendations listed here. Overall, we think the Surface Pro is the best tablet you can buy.

Best overall: Microsoft Surface Pro

Deceptively light, obscenely powerful, and incredibly versatile.

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Updated April 2018: We have revised our list and added a new category for ARM-based tablets. We also updated the best tablet for business.