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08 November 2020 — NIne (9) new COVID-19 cases were identified out of 1741 samples tested today. This brings the cumulative number of confirmed cases to five thousand, two hundred, and twenty-two (5222). To date, four thousand, nine hundred, and sixty (4960) patients have recovered, including seven (7) in the past 24 hours. The number…
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    Best Windows tablets 2021: all of the top Windows tablets reviewed

    Best Windows tablets

    You’ll find some of the best Windows tablets on this list.
    (Image credit: Future)

    The best Windows tablets are more flexible and more powerful than you might think. Sure, they’re good for connecting with friends and family on social media, getting some casual gaming done, or enjoying the newest show on Netflix, but these tablets can do a lot more. There’s enough power inside one of these to get you through most of your productivity needs and creative tasks, such as light video editing

    If you’re one of those people looking for something different from the typical laptop or higher-end iPad, then the best Windows tablets are a fantastic option. They have some benefits over more traditional devices, as well. These tablets balance that power with better portability and a cheaper price, making them great for those constantly on the move or on a budget.

    If you’re interested in getting one of the best Windows tablets of 2021, take a look at our top picks to see which one fits your needs the best. Regardless of whether you have a limited budget, need something more portable, or find bigger and more expensive laptops to be too much computer, one of these tablets will be perfect for you.

    Best Windows tablets at a glance

    1. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet
    2. Microsoft Surface Go 2
    3. Acer Switch 5
    4. Microsoft Surface Pro 7 
    5. Lenovo Yoga Book C930

    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

    The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet offers great value all around. (Image credit: Lenovo)

    1. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

    A versatile Windows 10 tablet that moonlights as a powerful laptop

    Specifications

    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

    Reasons to buy

    +Great design and build quality+ThinkPad Pen Pro included+Vivid 13-inch 3K touchscreen

    Reasons to avoid

    Battery life is still limitingBulkier 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 Go 2

    (Image credit: Microsoft)

    2. Microsoft Surface Go 2

    Premium design, more affordable price

    Specifications

    CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core m3 – Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4425Y

    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 615

    RAM: 4GB – 8GB

    Screen: 10.5” 1920 x 1280 (220 PPI) PixelSense Display

    Storage: 64GB eMMC – 128GB SSD

    Connectivity: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.0, Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE Modem

    Cameras: Windows Hello face authentication front-facing camera, 5MP front-facing with 1080p Skype HD video, 8MP rear-facing with 1080p HD video

    Weight: 1.22 lb (553 grams)

    Size: 9.65 x 6.9 x 0.33 inches (245 x 175 x 8.3 mm; W x D x H)

    Reasons to buy

    +Premium design+Affordable+Can run full Windows 10

    Reasons to avoid

    No Touch Cover or stylus includedBase model’s specs are weak

    Microsoft’s devices are known for their higher price tags, which is why the Surface Go line proves popular with the more budget-conscious crowd. It’s Microsoft’s best affordable premium tablet, and the follow up, Surface Go 2, continues that tradition with its reasonable price and premium design. It even runs the full Windows 10 operating system, so it’s even more capable than other tablets out there as far as what applications it can run. Unfortunately, as with the original, it suffers from the same curse of being underpowered, especially at the base configuration. However, it does offer a slight bump in performance over its predecessor, giving Surface Go users a sensible reason to upgrade if they’ve got the money.

    Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Go 2

    Acer Switch 5

    The Acer Switch 5 is the perfect solution for students and professionals who don’t want to buy into the Surface trend. (Image credit: Acer)

    3. Acer Switch 5

    A great Surface Pro alternative

    Specifications

    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

    Reasons to buy

    +Great price +Solid performance 

    Reasons to avoid

    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 

    Microsoft Surface Pro 7

    The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 has received impressive gains in power. (Image credit: Microsoft)

    4. Microsoft Surface Pro 7

    For upgraders or folks just getting into Microsoft’s tablet

    Specifications

    CPU: 10th Gen Intel Core i3 – i7

    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics – Iris Plus Graphics

    RAM: 4GB – 16GB

    Screen: 12.3” PixelSense Display

    Storage: 128GB – 1TB

    Connectivity: 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 (2 x 2 MIMO), Bluetooth 5

    Camera: 8MP rear-facing, auto-focus camera (1080p HD); 5MP front-facing, 1080p HD camera

    Weight: 1.7 pounds (771g)

    Size: 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 inches (292 x 201 x 8.5mm; W x D x H)

    Reasons to buy

    +USB-C finally+Now with Wi-Fi 6

    Reasons to avoid

    Overall loss in battery lifeUSB-C isn’t Thunderbolt 3

    The seventh iteration of Microsoft’s award-winning product may not be the generational leap many Microsoft tablets have been waiting for, but it offers some improvements from its predecessor. This 2-in-1 tablet aimed at pros has received impressive gains in power, making it more capable than ever as a laptop alternative. Also, it now boasts a USB-C port and Wifi 6 connectivity. And, of course, it offers that same level of portability that many Windows tablet users crave. The best part is that it has a few configurations, which means you can choose how much power and storage space to get depending on how much you need.

    Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 7

    Lenovo Yoga Book C930

    It’s second stunning screen that’s the biggest selling point of the Lenovo Yoga Book C930. (Image credit: Lenovo)

    5. Lenovo Yoga Book C930

    Lenovo Yoga Book C930

    Specifications

    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

    Reasons to buy

    +Very thin and light+Gorgeous main display+E Ink screen works well

    Reasons to avoid

    Very expensiveLow 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 and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this article

    Images credit: TechRadar

    With the best Windows tablets, you’ll often be taking them out and about, so it’s always a good idea to get them insured against theft or accidental damage. If you’re in the UK, then you can shop around and compare contents insurance to keep your gadgets, including tablets and laptops, protected.

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