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These are the best affordable Windows 10 tablets money can buy

Windows Central logo Windows Central 9/22/2020 Richard Devine
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It used to be that a good Windows 10 device cost an arm and a leg, and the cheap ones were rubbish. But that's the past. Today there are some great, affordable Windows 10 tablets to choose from with the Surface Go 2 rising to the top of the pile. That's right; there's a Microsoft Surface that's really affordable.

Best Overall: Microsoft Surface Go 2

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The Surface brand is desirable, and thanks to the Surface Go 2, it's no longer out of reach for folks on tighter budgets. Any model is easily a match for most affordable laptops, with the bonus of a touchscreen with inking support. Inking is an essential tool because the size of the Surface Go 2 makes it a truly spectacular digital notebook.

On this kind of budget, you'll be getting the entry-level model with an Intel Pentium processor, 64GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM. While the optional Type Cover will get the best experience from it, it's not a compulsory purchase. You can alternatively just use any wired or wireless keyboard you may already have to type on the Surface Go and save a little money.

The Surface Go is a proper Surface but with a much more attractive price. And with a larger 10.5-inch screen now on the Surface Go 2, there's never been a better time to get one. As a tablet, this is potentially the Surface to go for as well. It's small enough to toss in any bag and comfortable to use while sitting on the sofa or while traveling to watch a movie.

Pros:

  • All-day battery life.
  • Kickstand built-in.
  • Touchscreen with inking.
  • Great price

Cons:

  • Keyboard not included.
  • Better performing models can get expensive

Best Overall

Microsoft Surface Go 2

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Everything that we love about a Surface but for less money

From $400 at Microsoft From $372 at Amazon

A Surface experience on a smaller scale with a more modest price, but no real compromises.

Best Budget: Fusion5 10-inch tablet

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This tablet is slim, light, has a beautiful display, and an attractive price, all wrapped up with Windows 10 in S mode. Of course, you can always upgrade out of that if you wish, and while there's no included keyboard, you do get an option with 128GB of storage to go with the 4GB of RAM and Intel Atom processor for a pretty potent little device.

This isn't the fanciest of Windows tablets, and the performance will hardly set the world on fire with an Intel Atom processor inside, but it's well put together and has plenty going for it. And it's not much of a looker from behind, but it has it where it counts.

For one, you get a ton of ports on this thing, which isn't the norm for tablets in general. Not only do you have USB, but also micro USB and micro HDMI along with a 3.5mm headset jack and a micro SD card slot.

Pros:

  • Nice screen
  • Plenty of ports
  • Expandable storage
  • Great price

Cons:

  • Lackluster CPU performance
  • Not the greatest looking tablet around

Best Budget

Fusion5 10-inch tablet

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Affordable but still great hardware

This 10-inch tablet comes with Windows 10 in S mode and up to 128GB of storage in a sleek form factor.

From $200 at Amazon

Best for Work: Teclast X4

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The Surface Go 2 might be a baby Surface, but it's not the only tablet of its kind. Microsoft kick-started a whole genre of devices with the Surface family, and the Teclast X4 is living proof of its influence. It's not quite a Surface Go 2, but it's a little more affordable and close enough in most regards.

The hardware is scaled down to an Intel N4100 processor, but you still get a 1080p display with full lamination, paired with a 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM. In some places, the X4 has more impressive specs than the entry-level Surface Go 2.

It also has a kickstand and optional detachable keyboard, and for the price, it represents real value. For the professional on the go, you also have a great selection of ports, including full-sized USB, USB-C, and micro-HDMI.

Pros:

  • Nice screen
  • Kickstand built-in
  • SSD storage
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Great port selection

Cons:

  • Lackluster CPU performance
  • Keyboard an extra purchase

Best for Work

Teclast X4

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Like a Surface but less expensive

A nice screen, kickstand, and optional keyboard like a Surface Go 2 but with a more affordable price tag.

$390 at Amazon

The bottom line

Affordable Windows tablets aren't as commonplace as perhaps similar hardware running Android, but there are still some excellent choices out there. And Microsoft is right at the forefront with the spectacular Surface Go 2.

It's also an example of the versatility of Windows 10. If you want to use the Surface Go 2 as a tablet, you can. If you're going to use it as a laptop, you can, thanks to the optional keyboard that clips on and off at will. If you want to use a pen to draw and write, you can.

And all of that on a well priced, well-made, iconic-looking device. You can't argue with that.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

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Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently, you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

Daniel Rubino is the executive editor of Windows Central. He has been covering Microsoft since 2009, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Surface, HoloLens, Xbox, and future computing visions. Follow him on Twitter: @daniel_rubino.

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