Attractive design, Enhanced experience with Nokia branded apps
For all of its worth, we're wondering in the back of our mind why people would pick this up over other cheaper Windows 8.1 (not RT) tablets, which offer more versatility - thanks in part to their support for legacy software. Generally speaking, Windows RT has received flack for being a limiting platform, but it serves its purpose in many different ways.
Bright display with great viewing angles, excellent battery life, charges fast
We like the Nokia Lumia 2520. Its colourful looks are great and it performs well: there's that really bright screen, built-in LTE for on-the-go connectivity and an affordable price tag out in the States. How that will translate into UK pricing we're yet to see, but fingers crossed it's competitive compared to the Surface 2.
Only Windows tablet with LTE
I want to like the Lumia. I really gravitate toward a design that I find cheery and colorful and different from everything else out there. But otherwise it's a pretty unremarkable tablet, running a the lackluster Windows RT OS with none of the Surface 2's redeeming qualities to help compensate. There's not much sense in buying the Lumia 2520 instead of the Surface 2 (if you need RT for some reason) except maybe LTE. And the Surface 2 with LTE is coming anyway.
Fast performance, Bright display, Great battery life
Unfortunately, given Microsoft's impending acquisition of Nokia, I'm not sure we'll see another 2520 - Nokia may not ever get the chance to address its shortcomings. The 2520 is the closest direct competitor the Surface 2 has, and it's hard to think that Microsoft won't want to protect its baby. That's a shame too, because on the path to the perfect all-in-one tablet / laptop device, the 2520 is few steps ahead of the Surface 2.
Comfortable interface and typing experience
The Surface Pro's gutsy design successfully reinvents the Windows 8 laptop by cramming an ultrabook experience into the body of a 10-inch tablet. Those wanting to go all-in on the tablet experience won't regret buying the Surface Pro, but we're holding out for a future, more polished generation of the device.
Distinctive and solid design
So, here we are now, in the presence of the fully equipped Surface Pro, which is sporting a higher starting price point of $899 for the 64GB version while the 128GB model will set you back $999. In our recent history of tablets, those figures would spell instant death, since we normally perceive top-tiered tablets edging out at around the $500 mark. However, this isn't your typical tablet, especially when its guts are more ultrabook-like, which warrants the higher price point.
The Surface Pro hints at genius but implodes under the weight of its own ambition. But the potential is plain to see. It's a welcome and compelling alternative to an Apple and Google dominated future. Make it lighter and last longer, however, and Microsoft could have a winner on its hands in future.
Battery life is good
The Surface Pro is the best Windows tablet we've used. It also makes a pretty good laptop. But as a tablet it's not match for the best iOS or Android devices, and as a Windows laptop it can't compete with Ultrabooks. It's portability and performance will be perfect for a few, and okay for most. So that makes it a good but not perfect device, which feels about right as a verdict.
Smaller and lighter than Ultrabook competitors
Surface Pro becomes more than a list of pros and cons after a proper period of use, as much as we've been toing and froing between the highs and lows a week of use has brought with it. Despite its sizeable list of downsides, you know what, we've still enjoyed using Surface Pro as much as, if not more than, similar tablet devices.
Yes it's expensive and it's fatter than a tablet, but then it's a different prospect from the latter.
Great build and materials
The Microsoft Surface Pro isn't just novel, though that certainly is part of its appeal along with the sexy design and high quality look and feel. It's a landmark marriage of computing power and portability. The question is: do you need a miraculously portable tablet with the computing power of a Core i5 laptop inside? That's for you to answer, and I know many of you do crave extreme portability on the road.
Full HD screen, Ability to play games
Surface Pro is a decent dual-use device, with plenty of power which we'd be happy to choose over a mid-range Ultrabook. We loved being able to dock it with a screen and full desktop set up at home, then take it on the move. It's certainly able to fulfill the job of a laptop and iPad, so long as your emphasis is on productivity rather than fun.
Versatile form factor
The Surface RT is a great tablet if you don't mind only using the pre-installed software and whatever else you can grab from the currently limited selection in the Windows store. If you're after the full Windows experience on a tablet, you'll be disappointed with the RT's software limitations.
I stalked this tablet for months before purchasing. I went to stores and tried it out. And finally I found one day on Amazon for $429!...That was the best price I have seen anywhere. I am enjoying my tablet but at times the internet seems slow to me but movies games everything else runs seamlessly.
Gorgeous sturdy design and build
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T costs $500 and at that price faces direct competition from the new iPad, so - despite the fact that one runs on Android and the other on iOS - comparisons are inevitable. They both feature brilliant screens, but they are brilliant in a different way. The Asus Infinity has the brighter, better suited for outdoor use one, while the iPad claims an advantage in the sheer level of detail and image quality.
Fantastic screen, Powerful, Superb build
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is a fantastic Android tablet. It has tweaked the design of its predecessor the Prime, upped the clock speed and shot the screen's pixel count into the stars. There's very little to dislike about this tablet, even if it does trade in a few hours of battery life for its upgrades. The price is high but, for now at least, it justifies the premium.
Bright display with stable viewing angles
The display deserves special praise. Asus uses the Super IPS panel which has great viewing angles. The screen is bright, has great contrast and is very sharp. The touch screen works well which makes the use of the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T a real pleasure - indoors and outdoors. And that is what every tablet buyer wants, right?
Slim, stylish, multipurpose
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 takes over from its predecessor as the top Android tablet available. You get high performance mixed with high style, and you don't have to make a lot of sacrifices to get both. Other tablets - including the Prime, which is expected to drop in price once this model gets into the market - may provide better value, but no other Android tablet will give you the full package that the Infinity does.
Long battery life with standard and extended battery, Very portable
You need to work all day and into the night, and you need to be mobile from office to office, whether that's across the building or across the state. The Dell Latitude 10 can help. It can interface with your corporate network, servers, and programs, while giving you up to 20 hours of continuous battery life.
Full-fat Windows 8, Removeable battery
So can we recommend the Latitude 10? Yes, but with one key caveat - it is not a laptop replacement if you do intensive tasks of any sort. A workhorse PC it is not. We certainly wouldn't recommend its use on a desk as a PC replacement, but it is handy as a second desk screen for keeping an eye on social feeds or email. And it's handy in meetings, too.
Full size USB and SD card slot
The Dell Latitude 10 is a capable Windows 8 tablet that's hindered by slow internal components and a design that isn't in balance. Among the growing crop of Atom-based tablets, the Latitude is among the better devices we've tested. There are still too many drawbacks to fully recommend it over the ThinkPad Tablet 2, and even that didn't get a definite thumbs-up. We're still searching for our dream Windows 8 tablet.
Great little device with Windows 8
The Envy X2 is a sleek hybrid laptop\Tablet that runs Windows 8. This isn't a Windows RT device like the Surface, the Envy will run all your Windows desktop applications. This tablet has a dual core Atom processor which is not the speediest processor in the world but the trade off is fantastic battery life. The Envy has a battery in the tablet portion and a second battery in the keyboard base giving you around 12 hours of total run time.
Well-built, Attractive design
The HP Envy x2 is a beautifully built Windows 8 convertible tablet/laptop. As long as you don't stress its Atom processor it's generally a pleasure to use and sounds great. Unfortunately similarly specced rivals offer better wireless and physical connectivity, bundled Wacom styli, and longer battery life, all for £100 less. In other words, unless you really want the x2's premium looks, its full-size SD card slot or its decent speakers, there's little to envy here.
High-quality workmanship, Viewing angle stable IPS screen
The functional tablet-laptop combination is quite worth considering if the user can disregard these restrictions and is willing to pay a steep price of just under 900 Euros (~$1221). However, users who are not dependent on Windows will find many just as attractive (and usually much cheaper) models among Android devices.
Viewing angles are close to 180-degrees
We love the X2's design, but it's rather expensive given the modest performance on offer. Even so, it can still handle most basic computing tasks perfectly well, and its ingenious convertible design and impressive battery life mean that it will continue to earn its keep long after most laptops have run flat.
Good battery life, brushed-aluminium build, screen looks quality
There are plenty of positives to take from the HP Envy x2, but its the price which more or less rules out this Windows 8 laptop-meets-tablet hybrid. It's well built, includes future-thinking tech like NFC, has a long-lasting battery life but the limited performance from the Atom processor and near-£800 price point is more likely to incite fury than your friends' envy. Not a bad product, just one that's poorly positioned on the price ladder.
Works well both as a tablet and a laptop
No, it's not cheap but it's one heck of a portable Windows 8 transformer style tablet. The materials and build quality are the best we've seen so far in an Intel Atom Windows 8 ultraportable, and when docked it's the only transformer that looks and feels like a laptop rather than a tablet with a keyboard accessory. The tablet is a pleasure to use by itself since it's reasonably light, has an excellent IPS display and good performance with Windows 8 Live Tile apps and MS Office.
Not bad if you like your products rare
If this tablet were a little more "baked" it would be very good. 1st the good. The screen resolution / quality is quite good and the sound is more than ok. For most tasks it is speedy enough as well.Build quality seems ok. The acer software takes up too much space on the ssd; and contributes little, at least to me. The bad? Glitchy, has random reboots,just generally feels unstable. This may be win 8 and not the tablet hardware don't know for sure.
Cramped, shallow keyboard, Few full size ports
We're not big fans of Windows RT, so we can't believe we're saying this, but the W510 might have been better off as an RT device. Mainly for the Microsoft Office apps that are included with RT. Remember, Windows 8 doesn't come bundled with Word or Excel, so you'll be dropping even more cash to get your W510 functional. We say no thanks.
Lightest & cheapest Win 8 hybrid
The 10-inch Acer Iconia W510 comes very close to being our favourite Windows 8 convertible tablet/laptop with Atom inside. It's smaller and lighter than 11.6-inch rivals, but doesn't compromise on resolution, connectivity or battery life to get there. It also sports a unique (at least for a detachable convertible) rotating hinge that genuinely expands it usability, while its screen and speakers more than hold their own.
Affordable and highly portable tablet that runs x86 Windows 7 apps
All told, the Acer Iconia Tab W510 is a very capable Windows 8 tablet that can handle light x86 Windows app use and is more than capable to run Live Tile apps that are built-in or downloaded from the MS app store. For those of you who love the MS Surface RT form factor and weight, the 1.3 lb., 0.35" thick Acer Iconia W510 adds the ability to run Windows 7 apps, and that's a key feature at this price range and size.
Pretty Good Tablet for windows 8
I read over many reviews for window 8 tablets, I needed a tablet that can do everything without any restrictions. I previously had Surface RT but it was so restricted that I sold it. Lenovo has made a great working tablet for windows 8 with full windows 8 running on the tablet! The Tablet is fast,fluid at all features on windows 8, would recommend this for users that need a tablet that is light and can be used for work and home.
Slick, attractive build
We like the Lenovo ThinkPad 2, but just barely. It won us over with its good looks, solid keyboard and excellent battery life. Still, we'd never recommend it as your sole computing option. This is a traveler's device, for when you don't have the bag space for a real computer.
This tablet will save your shoulders, and keep you entertained and productive while on the road. It's well built, and Lenovo is offering some very smart, but pricey, accessories.
Thin and lightweight tablet with full Windows 8 experience
If we came upon the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 in a store and quickly glance over its specs sheet, we probably wouldn't get too excited. And who would considering its low-res display and choice of packing an Intel Atom processor? As we've seen, though, the tablet is still equipped in providing us with the same experience as its beefier counterparts - well, it probably will take more time in executing the same tasks.
Stylish, light and well built
It's hard to recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad 2 without using it with its keyboard accessory. Sure, it's well-made, has a decent screen and a useful stylus, but the performance is frustrating and most would be better off with a laptop if productivity was the main reason for purchase, even if they are much bigger and heavier.
Precise touchscreen, Good main camera
If you are looking for a light Windows tablet, then the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 provides a loyal companion with good battery life. Business users on the other hand, purchase this table for the security module (TPM). However, one needs to make compromises in terms of manufacturing quality and the performance. The price of the configuration was set at 625 Euros (~$810) during the time of testing.
Build quality, specifications and performance don't match its high price
The build quality, specifications and performance of the ThinkPad Tablet 2 don't match its high price. The inclusion of a stylus makes Windows easier to manage and the battery life is better than faster Windows tablets. But itâ??s not enough to warrant any recommendation.
Supremely thin and light, sharp display
It's hard to not love this little guy. If you're looking for a small Windows 8 tablet, this is one of the smallest and lightest, yet it's sturdy and ready for the road. Battery life is super and standby times are among the best we've seen on a Windows tablet. The Wacom pen makes drawing and note-taking a pleasure and the IPS display is colorful and crystal clear. The tablet is smart enough to handle business and productivity tasks as well as streaming HD video.
Full USB port, Good 8.5-hour battery life
Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a huge step up from its Android-based predecessor, and the stylus works great, but its use is hampered by a weak processor and Windows 8's inability to scale to a tablet-sized screen. Tiny menus, freezes, and slowdowns dim what should be a bright day for Lenovo.
Because of Microsoft and Intel's prices, this tablet will run you $730, or $30 more than an equivalent 64GB iPad.
More than I expected. The only thing that I did not like about it was that it dropped the internet very often until I found a new driver for the wireless from Acer. This updated driver solved the problem. Beside that, no problems. I have tried a lot of tablets and have been using and I-Pad for the past 3 years. This Acer w700 has replaced it. I can do everything the I-pad does and more, more, more. I very seldom even use my desktop computer or my I-Pad. Great Product.
Clever dock system, Great connectivity
The Acer Iconia W700 comes the closest of all the tablets we've seen to being able to replicate the experience of a laptop, in a true tablet form.
While you certainly get a lot for your money here, we worry that the poor performance limits the life of this hybrid PC, and would push those looking for a rich Windows 8 experience to look at the Intel Core i5 version.
Strong 11.6-inch Full HD display
The Acer Iconia W700 is not a bad product, but it makes more promises than it keeps. It's neither a great tablet, nor a great laptop replacement as its battery life is too short and the supplied accessories too cumbersome. The only genuine bright spot is the screen, but it's not enough on its own to convince us.
Very good viewing angles
The price is still rigidly adhered to the manufacturer's RRP. However, a new price design will likely be announced with the release of Microsoft's Surface Pro at the latest. Nevertheless, Acer offers a good Windows alternative to iOS and Android systems with the W700. Users who want their familiar Windows environment but do not want a laptop could find a good alternative in this product.
Windows 8 tablet with a stand and keyboard
The Acer Iconia W700 works best if you plan to take it on the road without its keyboard and are comfortable using it on a desktop with a minimal variety of viewing angles. If you're seeking a Windows 8 tablet that will also serve as a laptop, look elsewhere.
Great value for the money, very good full HD display
As ever, Acer has managed a bargain with better specs and more goodies in the box than their competitors. What's new are the classy unibody aluminum casing and overall high end specs. This tablet has an excellent full HD display, good performance and the dock is included. The only thing missing is a digital pen for note takers and artists, but alas there's no active digitizer here.
Handy dock and wireless keyboard
The Acer Iconia W700 is heftier than a lot slates on the market, but it packs in standard laptop components to deliver some pleasing power for general use. The bundled dock and wireless keyboard allows you to use it as a standard PC at your desk and the Full HD screen shows off images and videos at their best.
Great addition to our family of portable devices
Bought this as a gift for my husband for Christmas. He loves it. Much lighter weight than his laptop. We got the keyboard as well. Great battery life and works easily on our travels, off the hotspot on his iphone. Touch screen with Windows 8 is a real bonus and great support from ASUS!
Good design, Decent performance
The Asus Vivo Tab RT offers a super Windows 8 experience in a lightweight package. However, it hasn't matched its main rivals for price. That's a real shame and may put some buyer's off, but overall, the benefits of the Asus Vivo Tab RT do justify the substantial extra outlay.
Better camera performance than the Surface RT
When it comes down to it, the VivoTab RT merely goes to show that Asus can always stand tall in the face of competition - even if it's from the direct source. If you're considering picking up a Windows RT tablet, this is surely going to be one you'll want to check out. Frankly, there's a fair amount of value seen in this $599.99 tablet, which again, is bundled with the keyboard dock.
If Android or iOS tablets lacked something, then this might be the tablet for you. The new Windows RT devices usually blend into an existing PC environment very well and provide many advantages in contrast to other devices. When Microsoft minds its store just as well as Google has done with its Play Store or Apple with its App Store, the buyer would be satisfied with a vast collection of apps from the Microsoft Store for Windows RT devices.
Thoughtful design, but brings a mixed tablet experience
Tablets are all about the experience of software married to hardware. The Asus Vivo Tab's solid hardware provides the makings of a good experience, and Windows RT is a good foundation for that experience. But Windows RT's many software quirks and omissions may limit the Vivo Tab's audience to dedicated PC users who've recently purchased a Windows 8 laptop or desktop, and want to extend their new Modern UI software purchases across both systems.
Bright and clear screen, Great battery life
While its detachable keyboard dock remains a good idea and provides stellar battery life, the ASUS Vivo Tab RT has build quality issues, a cramped physical keyboard and is let down by a limited and frustrating Windows RT platform. At this price, it's really tough to recommend.
I don't understand why anyone would buy an Ipad over this tablet. I have done alot of research & have owned & still do have an Ipad but it just sits in the drawer now. Unless you like being confined to itunes for all purchases & no expandibility or flash. This is the way better tablet. & there is no need to pay extra for the 32 gig when you can just add a 16 gig sd card for $12. Also it is a bit higher price on here. bought mine at H H greg for $289.00
Seamless docking experience
The new iPad is still the best all-round tablet you can buy, and is backed up by a fantastic eco-system of apps, magazines, music, games and content. It's the more pleasing and polished option, and if your main aim is to keep cost down and entertainment high, the TF300 still falls short.
Individual needs and budget will determine if the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 is right for you, but we applaud Asus for marrying value and performance, and the TF300 comes highly recommended.
Well-built, still thin and light
With its Transformer Pad 300 - or TF300 to give it its model name - Asus has done it again. For under £400 you get a convertible 10in tablet with an IPS screen, Tegra 3 quad-core power, oodles of connectivity and battery life, and a keyboard dock that transforms (if you'll pardon the pun) it into a genuine productivity tool and basic netbook equivalent.
No problem with opening apps quickly and coping well with multi-tasking
The Transformer Pad 300 offers an attractive package for a reasonable price. £399 will get you 32GB of storage and the keyboard dock thrown in too. The excellent selection of ports, decent screen, competent performance and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich round-off a solid effort from Asus.
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