Tablets are becoming an essential tool for students and working professionals alike. They’re compact, powerful, and increasingly replacing laptops as productivity machines.
But to fully take advantage of tablets, you need to find ones with compatible keyboards.
So today, we’re showcasing a list of the Best Tablets with Keyboards in 2023. We’ll cover a wide range of niches, price tags, and operating systems so you can find the right tablet for your needs.
- OS: iPadOS
- Processor: Apple M2
- Storage: 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB / 2 TB
- RAM: 8 GB / 16 GB
- Camera: 12 MP (Wide) + 10 MP (Ultrawide) / 12 MP (Ultrawide)
- Display Size: 11 / 12.9 inches
- Resolution: 2048×2732 (~265 ppi)
- Weight: 1.50 lbs(680g)
- Port: USB-C
- Battery: 9-10 hours
- Keyboard Included: No
Ranking as our Editor’s Choice is the latest Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch 6th Gen. This is the productivity tablet champ for writers, graphic designers, artists, and more for a good reason.
It’s extremely powerful thanks to Apple’s M2 Chip. Accompanying the processor is a sizable 8GB RAM with options up to 16GB, and 128GB storage with options up to 2TB. The only caveat is even the lowest specs 12.9-inch iPad Pro will cost at least $1000.
It’s a hefty amount, especially for a tablet.
But you also get the gorgeous 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with a 2388 x 1668 resolution. This is another big differentiator over the latest 4th Gen 11-inch iPad Pro which has a lower resolution, smaller screen size and misses out on XDR functionality.
Additionally, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro features a dual cam setup with a 12MP wide + 10MP ultrawide. On the front, there’s the 12MP ultrawide camera which supports Apple’s latest Center Stage feature.
Center Stage helps keep you in frame even when you move around. It’s not revolutionary, but it’s a welcome feature if you have to take a lot of calls/meetings with your tablet.
Besides the expensive price tag, the one big caveat is the keyboard. The iPad Pro supports the Magic Keyboard and many other third-party keyboards, but it’s not included in the box.
This is standard for Apple products but requires an additional $300 investment. Check out the keyboard here. Overall though, there’s a lot to love about the latest iPad Pro 6th Gen.
It’s got a sleek & attractive design, a sharp and ultra-bright display, and powerful performance. You’ll need to pay Apple’s premium tax, but it’s worth the money if you can afford it.
I personally use iPad Pro on a daily basis, and I can’t really imagine it without a keyboard. I still use my MacBook, but it has been replaced in some areas. I’ve created it as an entertainment device where I chat with my friends, and family, send emails, watch movies, Netflix, TikToks, YouTube, etc.
I also plan my weekends with it Airbnb and other things, but I don’t use my Mac for that anymore.
Without the keyboard, it just wouldn’t be anywhere near as comfortable.
- Apple Pencil Hover is a welcome addition for artists
- Powerful Multi-tasking & Processor
- Sharp Liquid Retina XDR Display
- Great battery life
- Exclusive apps
- Extremely expensive(especially with Magic Keyboard & Apple Pencil)
- Doesn’t bring a whole lot new to the table compared to the previous gen iPad Pro
- 12.9-inch model is quite heavy
- Limited Color Options
- OS: Android 13
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
- Storage: 256 GB / 512 GB / 1TB
- RAM: 12 GB / 16 GB
- Camera: 13 MP (Wide) + 8 MP (Ultrawide) / 12 MP (Wide) + 12 MP (Ultrawide)
- Display Size: 14.6 inches
- Resolution: 1848 x 2960 (~239 PPI)
- Weight: 1.61 lbs
- Port: USB-C
- Battery: 14 hours
- Keyboard Included: No
Samsung’s Tab S9 Ultra is a compact, stylish, and efficient flagship tablet with desktop-level performance.
With that huge display and quick processor, this thing is an absolute winner among Android Tablets. Let’s check how this beast surpasses every tab.
First things first, let’s talk about the Tab S9 Ultra’s screen – it’s a whopping 14.6 inches of dynamic AMOLED 2x goodness.
And get this, it’s got a display resolution of 1848 x 2960, plus a super smooth 120 Hz refresh rate. Put it all together, and it’s just a really sweet experience. The display is impressive overall, but the absence of Dolby Vision support is noticeable.
Moving on to performance, this tablet handles tasks and apps with lightning speed thanks to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset under the hood. And the 16 GB of RAM gives it an edge for users to quickly use the apps.
So because of the fast processor and sufficient RAM, the S9 Ultra takes the lead among Android devices, standing out as the fastest Android tablet we’ve put to the test. But still, it doesn’t match the speed of an Apple M2-based iPad.
Now, onto the keyboard accessory. It’s important to note that the Galaxy Tab S9 doesn’t come with a keyboard. You need to buy it separately.
The keyboard has a laptop-like feel to it, and you can get the impression that you are typing on a premium keyboard. In comparison to other companies keyboards, I believe this is the best option, but it adds a little weight to the tablet.
Battery-wise, this tablet has a big battery that can keep you going for around 14 hours. The S9 Ultra packs an 11,200mAh battery with 45W of fast charging. While it’s not exceptional for gaming, it holds its own for everyday use without draining too fast.
All in all, if you’re after that sweet spot of features and value, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra is the way to go. Remember the Ultra’s extra oomph—not everyone might need it for their daily grind, but if your budget’s ready, it’s definitely a tablet that’s worth throwing into the mix.
- Huge 14.6 Inches Display
- Vibrant and pleasing color representation
- Responsive and premium keyboard
- Powerful and stable processor
- Big battery for extra usage
- The keyboard adds extra weight to the tablet
- OS: Windows 11
- Processor: 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1225U
- Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB SSD
- RAM: 8GB/16GB/32GB
- Camera: (front & rear) 1080p webcam + 10MP rear
- Display size: 13-inch PixelSense Flow
- Resolution: 2880 x 1920
- Weight: 1.94lbs (879g)
- Port: 2x Thunderbolt 4 USB-C
- Battery: Up to ~15.5 hours
If you need a true laptop replacement, the Microsoft Surface Pro 9 is our pick as the Best Premium Windows Tablet. The Surface Pro 9 is essentially a tablet running Windows 11 which makes it more versatile than Apple & Android operating systems.
You can download any PC app, game, or software you want without being limited to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. This is very convenient if you want to fully utilize your tablet/PC form factor.
The Surface Pro 9 features a 13-inch PixelSense Flow display with a 2880 x 1920 resolution. Additionally, the display supports a 120Hz refresh rate, Adaptive Color, and Dolby Vision.
Adaptive Color automatically adjusts color brightness to your ambient lighting conditions while Dolby Vision enhances content and contrast to boost depth and clarity.
With all these features included, the Surface Pro 9’s display is well-equipped for both work and play.
Plus, the Surface Pro 9 is a formidable performer. You can choose from three options; the latest 12th Gen Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7, or Microsoft SQ 3. Microsoft SQ 3 is a custom-built Qualcomm Snapdragon processor which allows 5G connectivity.
It also has options for 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB RAM and up to 1TB SSD storage options. The Microsoft SQ 3 version however only has 8GB – 16GB RAM and up to 512GB SSD storage.
Another standout feature of the Surface Pro 9 is the battery life. The Intel versions can last up to 15 hours while the Microsoft SQ 3 model lasts up to 19 hours. It’s a long-lasting tablet you won’t need to charge as often.
But a big downside is the price. The Surface Pro 9 is a premium machine with a price to match. It also does not come with the Slim Pen or Keyboard Type Cover. You’ll need to purchase those separately for the full laptop experience.
- Windows 11 on a Tablet
- Long Lasting Battery Life
- Latest Intel/Microsoft SQ 3 Processors
- 2-in-1 Tablet (Can easily replace your laptop)
- Keyboard/Stylus Not Included + Expensive
- Premium Price Tag
If you like what the iPad Pro has to offer, but don’t want to spend a fortune, the latest iPad Air 5th Gen is the Best Value-for-Money iPad available. The iPad Air features a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with a 2360 x 1640 resolution.
It’s relatively sharp and vibrant but it can’t stack up to the iPad Pro.
Plus it doesn’t have the Pro Motion refresh rate so you’re stuck with the standard 60Hz. It takes some getting used to if you’re already accustomed to fast refresh rate screens, but it’s not a deal breaker.
The iPad Air utilizes last year’s Apple M1 chip processor. It is a slightly older chip but it’s not severely underpowered. Expect a slight dip in performance but nothing substantial. The M1 chip is paired with 8GB RAM and 64GB or 256GB storage options.
This is a fairly powerful setup but we’d advise against getting the 64GB version. It’s far too little storage for most people and the 256GB model is only slightly more expensive.
The iPad Air 5th Gen also features a single 12MP Wide rear cam and a 12MP ultrawide front cam with Center Stage support. It also has a Touch ID fingerprint sensor but doesn’t feature Face ID.
There are also a bunch of color options to choose from including Blue, Space Grey, Pink, Purple, and Starlight.
The iPad Air 5th Gen does take a slight dip in performance compared to the latest iPad Pro, but it’s still a formidable tablet. And considering it’s half the price, it’s a bargain to get into Apple’s ecosystem.
It’s still a good tablet, it just doesn’t have some of the ‘fancy’ Pro features.
- Reasonable Price Tag
- Formidable Performance for the Price
- Plentiful Color Options & Touch ID
- Dip in Performance Compared to M2 Chip
- No Pro Motion/Fast Refresh Rate
- Keyboard Sold Separately
- OS: Android 13
- Processor: Mediatek MT6983 Dimensity 9000
- Storage: 256 GB
- RAM: 12 GB
- Camera: 13 MP (Wide) + 5 MP (Ultrawide) / 13 (Ultrawide)
- Display Size: 14.5 inches
- Resolution: 1876 x 3000 (~244 PPI)
- Weight: 1.63 lbs
- Port: USB-C
- Battery: 11 hours
- Keyboard Included: No
The Lenovo Tab Extreme is like the superhero of tablets around here. With its super-strong processor and big, roomy display.
Let’s start by talking about the Tab’s most impressive feature, the OLED display that measures 14.5 inches and has a resolution of 3K (1876 x 3000).
It’s not the brightest thing around; however, the panel does give a sharp and detailed image.
It’s amazing to know that it has 500 nits of brightness, good enough for outdoor use.
But my favorite thing is the support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+. It’s a good little addition to having extra vivid images and videos. Simply gorgeous, that is.
Along with these, you have 120 Hz support, something that is most appealing to gamers for extra smooth gameplay. These all together help to create a very lively and fast display panel.
The display is good, but what about performance? Well, the good news is that this Tab Extreme features the Qualcomm Mediatek MT6983 Dimensity 9000.
I know this processor has gotten a little old, but it can still live up to its promise of giving you great performance. Yes, it’s still very powerful and can handle everyday tasks like gaming, designing, app creation, browsing on Chrome, social media, and even working with spreadsheets.
The keyboard is a real standout, possibly one of the best when it comes to tablet keyboard designs. It’s a two-parter: a strong kickstand flap that holds the tablet in landscape or portrait mode, and the keyboard itself, hooked up with a cool double-part hinge.
Both bits easily attach to the tablet with magnets and can even do their own thing. The keyboard is full-sized and offers excellent keystrokes, smooth typing, and a row of shortcut keys to top it off.
The trackpad doesn’t quite reach the heights of Apple’s fancy Magic Keyboard, but it’s definitely up there with the rest of the other tablets.
In terms of battery life, the Tab Extreme stands out. It can give you 11 hours of battery life on a single charge. The battery itself is 12300 mAh and supports a 68W quick charge. Believe me, 12300 mAh is not something you will find on many high-end tablets.
- Gorgeous 3K display
- Ultra-smooth 120 Hz display
- Speedy and dependable processor
- Sleek and premium keyboard
- Impressive battery life that keeps on going
- The trackpad isn’t ideal
- Large screen compatibility issues with Android apps
For readers who want an even more affordable Apple tablet, the 10th Gen iPad is a worthy entry to the list. It goes for cheaper than the latest iPad Air while retaining the core functionality.
Similar to the 5th Gen iPad Air, the 10th Gen iPad features the same 10.9-inch Retina display with a 2360 x 1640 resolution. The difference is the 10th Gen iPad misses out on the P3 wide color gamut and anti-reflective coating.
This means colors aren’t as accurate and vivid and you’ll notice glare from external light more easily. It isn’t ideal but that’s the price you have to pay for a cheaper iPad.
Internally, the 10th Gen iPad features the A14 Bionic chip. This was Apple’s chip of choice a couple of years ago before making the jump to the M series chips. It’s still good enough for browsing, taking notes, and light multitasking.
But don’t expect formidable performance in design software and other intensive apps.
The A14 Bionic is paired with 4GB RAM and either 64GB or 256GB storage. Again, we’d advise against the 64GB variant and investing a little extra for the 256GB storage. All in all the 10th Gen iPad is a decent performer for everyday tasks.
It’s an excellent tablet for school or as a child’s entertainment console.
The 10th Gen iPad supports the Magic Folio Keyboard which can be purchased separately.
Additionally, the iPad also features a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, Wi-Fi 6, 10-hour battery life, 12MP rear cam, and 12MP ultra-wide selfie camera with Center Stage support.
But other than that, there really isn’t much to say about the 10th Gen iPad. It works great, but it doesn’t do anything impressive. Overall, it’s a good entry-level device.
- Very Affordable
- iPad OS 16 Support
- Built for Productivity & Everyday Tasks
- Slightly Underpowered
- Feature Packed iPad Air 5th Gen Only Slightly More Expensive
- Color Vividness Could be Better
- OS: Android 12
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
- Storage: 64GB/128GB
- RAM: 4GB
- Camera: (front & rear) 5MP Wide & 8MP Wide
- Display size: 10.4-inch TFT LCD
- Resolution: 2000 x 1200
- Weight: 1.03lbs (467g)
- Port: USB-C
- Battery: Up to ~10 hours
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite got a refresh back in 2022 and is an attractive tablet for many users. The biggest draw would be the price, ranging at under $400 for the 128GB storage model.
This is plenty of storage considering the price, but more on that shortly.
Where you start to see the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite’s compromises is the display; a 10.4-inch TFT LCD with a 2000 x 1200 resolution. This is relatively sharp but it isn’t a vivid display by any means. Considering the price though, it’s understandable.
It does have decent performance thanks to the Snapdragon 720G processor but don’t expect anything too fancy. You might notice some stuttering/lag when running multiple apps at once or using graphically intensive software.
It’s paired with only 4GB RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of storage. But 128GB is only $10 more so we’d advise getting that variant.
The good news is the Tab S6 Lite still supports Samsung Dex. Even though it’s a budget tablet, you can still get Samsung’s desktop experience without a substantial price tag. It makes working with a keyboard much more enjoyable and fluid.
Plus, it has dual AKG speakers with Dolby Atmos support so you’re covered for entertainment. The speakers can sound slightly shrill and at higher volume levels but are otherwise punchy and full sounding.
It comes included with an S-Pen but you’ll need to purchase a third-party keyboard like the Fintie Keyboard Case. There doesn’t seem to be an official keyboard case for this model which is a definite downside.
But if you just needed a simple, wallet-friendly tablet to answer emails or write with, you can’t go wrong with this one.
- Very Affordable
- Samsung Dex Support & S-Pen Included
- Minimalist Design w/ up to 13 hours of Battery Life
- No Official Keyboard Case
- Mid-range Processor / 4GB RAM can be Lacking
- Could be More Color Accurate
- OS: Android 11
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
- Storage: 128GB/256GB
- RAM: 6GB/8GB
- Camera: (front & rear) 8MP wide & 13MP wide + 5MP ultrawide
- Display size: 12.6-inch AMOLED
- Resolution: 2560 x 1600
- Weight: 1.25lbs (565g)
- Port: USB-C
- Battery: Up to ~14 hours
The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is our pick as the Best Mid-Range Android Tablet for phenomenal features at a mid-range price tag. It doesn’t have the flair of typical flagship tablets, but what it offers under $600 is a great bargain.
The most notable feature of the Tab P12 Pro is the display; a 12.6-inch AMOLED panel with a 2K (2560 x 1600) resolution. It’s incredibly sharp and the AMOLED panel makes colors pop and look more vivid than traditional LCD panels.
The display also supports up to 400 nits brightness, Dolby Vision, and a speedy 120Hz refresh rate.
In terms of performance, the Tab P12 Pro features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870. This is a formidable processor even if it’s a bit dated. It’s still very powerful and can handle everyday tasks like browsing on Chrome, and social media, and even working with spreadsheets.
This is paired with 6GB RAM and a humble 128GB storage capacity. You can upgrade up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. 6GB RAM is plentiful for most and you can expand storage with a microSD card if necessary.
The battery life on the Tab P12 Pro is also very good. It can last up to 14 hours on a single charge and supports 45W Quick Charge. You won’t need to charge the tablet for too long, and it can confidently last you the whole day.
It also features 4x JBL speakers with Dolby Atmos support and comes with the Precision Pen 3 in the box. You’ll need to purchase the keyboard case separately or you can check out a third-party case like this one.
With everything the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro has to offer, it’s a no-brainer for Android fans. It’s a formidable tablet with flagship-level features. The display is gorgeous, the performance is excellent, and the battery life is great.
The only downside is the software support. Lenovo doesn’t update to the latest versions of Androids often, and in some cases, only provides 1 major update. Since its default is Android 11, you might only get up to Android 12.
This makes it easy for the software to get outdated, so keep that in mind before purchasing.
- Incredibly Sharp & Vivid AMOLED Display
- Long Lasting Battery Life & 45W Quick Charge
- Mid-Range Price Tag for Flagship-like Features
- Missing Android Software Updates
- Keyboard Case is Expensive/Slightly Lacking
- Max 256GB On-board Storage
- OS: Windows 11 Home in S mode
- Processor: Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y
- Storage: 64GB eMMC/128GB SSD
- RAM: 4GB/8GB
- Camera: (front & rear) 5MP 1080p & 8MP 1080p
- Display size: 10.5-inch PixelSense
- Resolution: 1920 x 1280
- Weight: 1.2lbs (544g)
- Port: USB-C
- Battery: Up to ~11 hours
If you were looking for a more affordable Windows tablet, the Microsoft Surface Go 3 is our pick as the Best Budget Windows Tablet. It’ll cost you under $400 for the base version which is really affordable for what it offers.
Firstly, the Surface Go 3 features a 10.5-inch Pixel Sense display with a humble 1920 x 1280 resolution. This is slightly higher than typical Full HD resolutions so it’s crisp and clear for the price.
For performance, the Surface Go 3 is slightly lacking and features the Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y processor. You can also opt for the 10th Gen Intel Core i3 version for a higher price.
It also comes with a base of 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC storage and can upgrade up to 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. 64GB is sorely lacking and the 4GB RAM can do most basic tasks.
But don’t expect to do heavy multi-tasking with multiple Chrome tabs open without the tablet lagging or stuttering. It’s perfect for simple note-taking or replying to emails but can struggle when using an intensive app.
At least you get Windows 11 operating system in S mode. Windows 11 in S Mode is limited to Windows Apps so you’ll need to switch to the normal version of Windows 11 to install third-party software.
It’s still very functional, just slightly limiting for power users.
The tablet also boasts a long 11-hour battery life and has a built-in kickstand. It weighs a lightweight 1.2lbs so it’s perfect to bring on the go. The biggest downside is it doesn’t come with a pen stylus or keyboard.
You’ll need to purchase the Surface Type Cover to get the best experience. It’s pricey but it’s worth it for a seamless workflow. All in all, the Microsoft Surface Go 3 is perfect for casual users who need a 2-in-1 tablet/laptop experience.
Just temper your expectations when it comes to performance.
- Windows 11 in a Sleek & Attractive Tablet
- Crisp & Clear Display
- Very Affordable Price Tag
- Lackluster Performance (Intel Pentium Gold/4GB RAM)
- Does Not Include a Pen/Keyboard Case
- Limited Port Selection
- OS: Chrome OS
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
- Storage: 128GB/256GB
- RAM: 4GB/8GB
- Camera: (front & rear) 5MP & 8MP
- Display size: 10.9-inch
- Resolution: 2K (2000 x 1200)
- Weight: 1.14lbs (516g)
- Port: 2x USB-C
- Battery: Up to ~10 hours
If you’re in the market for a Chromebook, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3 is the Best Chromebook 2-in-1 Tablet. It’s incredibly powerful considering the price and Chrome OS is only getting better from here.
Usually, we’d advise against Chrome OS but in recent years it’s become more functional, streamlined, and intuitive. The Chromebook Duet 3 is a perfect example of excellent hardware in the Chrome OS ecosystem.
First off, the Chromebook Duet 3 features a 10.9-inch 2K display with a 2000 x 1200 resolution. This is very sharp and crisp and is one of the best you could ask for in the category.
The Chromebook Duet 3 is available for just $379 which is incredible value for money.
It also utilizes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 mobile processor, an octa-core 2.55GHz chip. This is incredibly powerful compared to other Chromebook chips like the Intel Celeron you usually see. It’s more efficient and noticeably faster.
Add 4GB RAM and 128GB eMMC storage capacity, and you’ve got a reasonably powerful Chromebook. It’s less RAM than we’d like but with Chrome OS’s optimization, you shouldn’t notice big drops in performance.
The great part about the Chromebook Duet 3 is it comes with a keyboard. You don’t have to purchase it separately which is incredible value for money. You also get up to 10 hours of battery life, a built-in kickstand, and weighs 1.14 lbs.
For everything the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3 comes for just $379, it’s a clear bargain. It has powerful performance for a Chromebook, and sharp & clear 2K resolution, and includes a keyboard.
- Sharp & Clear 2K Display
- Very Affordable Price w/ Keyboard Included
- Efficient & Fast Performance
- Only 4GB RAM Capacity
- The Keyboard is not Backlit
- Limited Port Selection
- OS: Android 11
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G
- Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB
- RAM: 4GB/6GB/8GB
- Camera: (front & rear) 5MP & 8MP
- Display size: 12.4-inch TFT
- Resolution: WQXGA 2560 x 1600
- Weight: 1.34lbs (608g)
- Port: USB-C
- Battery: Up to ~13 hours
For readers looking for a good middle ground between the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ and Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is it. It’s not expensive or powerful as the S8+, but it’s a better performer than the S6 Lite by quite a large margin.
The first standout feature is the display; a 12.4-inch TFT LCD display with a WQXGA 2560 x 1600 resolution. It’s a bigger, sharper, and noticeably more vibrant display than the Tab S6 Lite.
Internally, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE features the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor. This is paired with either 4GB RAM/64GB storage, 6GB RAM/128GB, or 8GB RAM/256GB storage.
The 8GB/256GB variant will cost $100 more than the base version, but it’s worth it for the increased RAM performance and storage capacity. You can confidently do heavy multi-tasking and store more files, apps, and games with the larger storage.
If you need even more storage, you can use a microSD expandable up to 1TB.
Additionally, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE features improved battery performance with a larger 10,090mAh battery. This will easily get you through a day without needing an extra charge.
For connectivity, you have Wi-Fi 6 support and Bluetooth 5.0. And similar to other Galaxy S series tablets, the Tab S7 FE comes with the S-Pen included. There are 4 colors to choose from – Green, Black, Silver, and Pink.
You can also buy the keyboard case together on the listing. It’ll cost you an extra $100 but it’s well worth the price. All in all, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is an impressive Android tablet.
It’s much more powerful than the Tab S6 Lite so it’s a great choice if you need the extra performance but don’t want to shell out the extra cash for the latest Galaxy Tab S8+.
- Sharp & Vibrant Display
- Value-for-Money Performance
- Plentiful Storage/RAM Options + microSD Support
- No High Refresh Rate
- Slightly Dated Android OS Version
- Color Vibrancy Could be Better
If you were convinced on the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro but wanted something affordable, the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (2nd Gen) is our pick as the Best Value-for-Money OLED Tablet. It retains much of the core functionality as the Tab P12 Pro, but for under $400.
The biggest standout feature of the Tab P11 Pro is the display; an 11.2-inch OLED display with a crystal clear 2.5K (2560 x 1536) resolution. You also get a bright 420 nits max brightness and a smooth 120Hz refresh rate.
But where the Tab P11 Pro compromises is in performance. The P11 Pro uses a less powerful MediaTek Kompanio 1300T compared to the high-end Snapdragon 870 on the P12 Pro.
It isn’t as big a difference as we’d like to believe, but it is noticeable in daily use. It might not load things as fast, it might stutter, and it might suffer more when using intensive apps or multitasking.
Accompanying the processor is a sizeable 6GB RAM and a 128GB storage capacity. This is good enough for most users, but you can expand storage with a microSD card. Performance as a whole is very good, but it can be lackluster in the long run.
One big difference between the tab P12 Pro and P11 Pro is the P11 Pro does not include the Precision Pen. You’ll need to purchase that separately, along with the keyboard. You can check out the keyboard here or look for a compatible 3rd party case.
Plus, like the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro, the P11 Pro suffers from a lack of Android software updates. At best, you’ll get two major updates and three years of security updates. It comes with Android 12 out of the box so it’s better than what the older P12 Pro offers.
But all that aside, the Tab P11 Pro has an OLED display which ensures rich colors and deep contrast. It also has a speedy refresh rate and mid-range performance, all for under $400. It’s truly a tough tablet to beat, especially if you want an OLED display.
- Beautiful OLED 2.5K Display
- Plentiful RAM and Storage for the Price
- Under $400 for an OLED Display
- Pen/Keyboard Not Included
- Performance Could be Better
- Only 2 Major Android Software Updates
Last up, we’ve got another impressive Chromebook, the ASUS Chromebook CM3. This will be the cheapest tablet on the list, but even with the low price, it has a surprisingly good spec sheet.
The first standout feature is the display; a 10.5-inch display with a WUXGA 1920 x 1200 resolution. This is slightly sharper than usual tablets with a Full HD resolution.
Considering the price, it’s a fantastic value add.
But where the Chromebook CM3 shows its limitations is the performance. You get a MediaTek 8183 mobile processor capable of a max 2GHz clock speed.
This isn’t very impressive so you’ll have to limit your expectations on speed and how much the tablet can handle.
But the processor has 8-cores so it should load things more efficiently without substantial lag. Just don’t try running 100 Chrome tabs at the same time or playing high graphic games.
The processor is paired with a 4GB RAM capacity and 64GB eMMC storage. You can’t store much in the built-in storage so you’ll need to use cloud software like Google Drive or Dropbox for your files, photos, etc.
However, the Chromebook CM3 comes included with a detachable keyboard and USI stylus. You don’t have to purchase these separately so it’s saving you some money. The USI stylus is built into the tablet for easy access.
Plus, it has a long-lasting battery life of up to 12 hours with a speedy 45W charging speed.
While the performance is limited, for casual users who need to answer some emails, watch a YouTube video, and write in a Word doc, it’s the perfect device. What you lose on some performance, you gain with affordability & practicality.
It’s sleek and attractive, has 2-in-1 functionality, and comes with a stylus and keyboard all at a price under $300.
- Included Detachable Keyboard & Stylus
- Extremely Affordable
- WUXGA Resolution & Long Battery Life
- Underpowered Performance
- Limited Storage Capacity
- Only has USB-C/Headphone Jack Ports
- OS: FireOS 8
- Processor: Mediatek MT8188J
- Storage: 64 GB /128 GB
- RAM: 4GB
- Camera: (front and rear) 8 MP
- Display size: 11-inch IPS LCD
- Resolution: 1200 x 2000
- Weight: 1.08 lbs (490g)
- Port: 1 x USB-C
- Battery: Up to ~10 hours
- Keyboard Included: No
The Amazon Fire Max 11 is a fantastic budget tablet with a sturdy metal design, a pleasing display, and good performance. Now, let’s see how well it performs on its keyboard.
First off, let’s talk about the screen. It’s a neat 11-inch LCD display with a 2K resolution (2000 x 1200). The colors really pop, and you can see them from all sorts of angles.
Next, The display is bright enough for indoor use and could even be suitable for outdoor use in the shade if necessary.
The processor on the tablet is an eight-core MediaTek processor that’s way more potent than what they use in their lower-tier tablets. You can say this bad boy is snappy and quick on the draw, way more than Amazon’s other mid-tier tablets.
However, you can expect some hiccups in the performance if you try to run some heavy apps on it. So, it’s better to tame your expectations.
Let’s move to the keyboard. The keyboard just clicks into place at the bottom of the Max 11, thanks to some handy magnets. And guess what? It gets its power from the tablet itself, so you can say goodbye to any Bluetooth pairing headaches or extra charging tasks.
The keys are nicely spread out and comfy to press, and there’s even a row of cool function keys to control your media and system stuff. I would say that the keypad is sturdy.
However, the trackpad does create some problems. To be honest, it is not all that great. It’s a bit cramped and tends to feel a little sticky, which makes doing those cool two-finger scrolls and gestures a bit of a challenge.
Also, one more thing to remember, the keyboard doesn’t come out of the box; you have to buy it separately for around $90. That’s one more thing I don’t like about this tab.
Here’s the bummer – this tablet’s major drawback is that it doesn’t play nice with Google stuff. I mean, it could’ve been an awesome mid-range tablet contender, but without that Google support, it’s kind of up against a tough crowd in its price range.
Lastly, let’s end this with the battery. The tab comes with a 7,500mAh battery—not too great, but it’s enough for an 11-inch tablet. You can use the tablet for around 10 hours straight.
All in all, Amazon did a solid job with this tablet, covering everything from the keyboard to the battery, display, and performance. There are a few small downsides, but those won’t bother you if you’re just after a tablet with a keyboard.
- Vivid QHD display
- Sturdy metal design
- Nice and clicky keyboard
- Strong battery life
- Dedicated storage expansion slot
- The trackpad isn’t quite good
- It can cause performance hiccups.
Why We Ranked the iPad Pro Above the S9 Ultra?
The iPad Pro, being a year old, still ranks on top of the newest Tab S9 Ultra, which is surprising, right?
So, wonder why the Tab S9 Ultra can’t quite outshine the iPad Pro? Well, let’s break it down.
First off, the iPad Pro runs on Apple’s latest M2 chipset, packing an 8-core CPU and a 10-core GPU. It’s a powerhouse of a processor, almost like what you’d find in a Macbook, yet Apple’s managed to fit it into their tablet. Now, on the flip side, Samsung’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 can’t quite match up.
Next, the iPad Pro is more compact and lighter than the S9 Ultra. So, if you’re always on the move, the iPad Pro might just be your go-to. Plus, the iPad is now coming at a lower price than the S9 Ultra.
Long story short, these factors keep the iPad Pro on its throne as the top tablet. But don’t count out the S9 Ultra—it’s no slouch and definitely future-proof.
Can a Tablet Work as a Laptop Replacement?
If you asked us this question a couple of years ago, we would’ve said no, a tablet can’t replace a laptop.
However, in recent years as companies started making more fluid and functional ‘laptop’ form factors and software, we’ve changed our tune. Companies like Apple and Samsung have made specific software features when using a keyboard.
They often imitate a ‘laptop’ or ‘desktop’ layout for effective multi-tasking and functionality. This greatly changes how one uses a tablet as a laptop. You might think it’s inconsequential, but it really makes tablets more versatile.
For example, connecting the Apple Magic Keyboard to the iPad automatically detects and switches to a landscape orientation.
You can utilize many different split-screen or multi-window orientations and keyboard shortcuts while navigating the iPad with just the trackpad. It closely mimics how you’d use an actual laptop and, in some cases, are even more functional.
Samsung has its own implementation, Samsung Dex, which is just as functional and fluid.
For these reasons, we think tablets are very capable, capable enough to act as a genuine laptop replacement. They’re lighter, more compact, and oftentimes get you the same workflow experience as you would on a laptop.
There are some obvious downsides, like limitations to apps/software on tablets, cost, and specific features you might want from a laptop. But if all you really need is to answer emails, write, draw, and stream content, a tablet will work just fine.
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We’ve taken you on a whirlwind tour of some seriously cool tablets, and we’re hoping at least one has caught your attention. If you’re still juggling choices, no worries; we’ve got some pointers.
Let’s start by talking about Apple’s iPads. They’re real winners, especially when it comes to teaming them up with a keyboard. The iPad Pro, the iPad Air, and the regular iPad all come in a complete lineup.
For Android, you also have some really cool options that definitely prove their worth. You have some great suggestions, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra, the Lenovo Tab Extreme, and the P11 Pro—they’re quite impressive in performance and are also future-proof.
You have some special budget options, like the Amazon Fire Max 11 or the ASUS Chromebook Detachable CM3. So if you’re on a budget, grab these options.
No matter which way you swing, you’re in good hands with the tablets we’ve laid out here. It’s just about finding the one that’s the perfect fit for you. Let’s quickly look at all of our picks.
|iPad Pro||2048×2732||~10 hours||9.9|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 ultra||1848 x 2960||~14 hours||9.8|
|Microsoft Surface Pro 9||2880 x 1920||~15 hours||9.2|
|iPad Air||2360×1640||~10 hours||8.8|
|Lenovo Tab Extreme||1876 x 3000||~11 hours||8.2|
|iPad||2360 x 1640||~10 hours||8|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (2022 Edition)||2000 x 1200||~10 hours||7.8|
|Lenovo Tab P12 Pro||2560 x 1600||~14 hours||7.4|
|Microsoft Surface Go 3||1920 x 1280||~11 hours||7.4|
|Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3||2000 x 1200||~10 hours||7.4|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE||2560 x 1600||~13 hours||7.2|
|Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (2nd Gen)||2560 x 1536||~14 hours||7.2|
|ASUS Chromebook CM3||1920 x 1200||~12 hours||7|
|Amazon Fire Max 11||2000 x 1200||~10 hours||6.8|
I'm a writer and editor in iPads & Android Tablets, Windows Tablet section. I'm passionate about technology, especially about tablets. I'm on a mission to assist people in discovering their ideal tablets. In addition, I'm dedicated to producing helpful how-to guides and sharing top-notch tips and tricks. In my early carrier I founded and became and editor at worldoftablet and have been a guest author at many other tech blogs. In wolfoftablet I'm focusing on iPads, Tablets, Apple Pencil, Apps, Reviews, Buyers Guides and Tablet Accessories. In free time I like to play games on my PS5 or iOS.