8 Best Tablets With USB Ports

Last Updated on November 8, 2022 by Ernest

Tablets provide us with several reasons to use them even in the presence of Laptops and mobile phones, as these are one of those devices which bring convenience to our lives.

They are popular because of their compact design, performance, durability, and ease of use, and their prices are much lesser than a Laptop.

While thinking about the ease of access, one thing which comes to our minds is data transfer among the devices. Although we have various ways to transfer data, the most convenient one is with the help of a USB port.   

A single USB port can benefit us in many ways. Due to a USB port, we can quickly transfer data from a tablet to any other device. Apart from data transfer, a USB port has many different functionalities, such as a printer, plotter, scanner, and external hard drive connectivity. 

Further, we can connect an external keyboard and mouse, video cameras.

So let’s discuss some of the best tablets with a USB port in terms of their features, performance, specifications, etc. 

iPad Pro 6th Gen
9.9/10 Our Score

iPad Pro 6th Gen has just dropped, and it’s even more impressive than before. As many guessed, it’s equipped with an M2 chip, which makes it almost in every category the best tablet. 15% faster CPU, 35% faster graphics, and the battery life is around ~10 hours.

There are many new features and updates besides technical specs. Your iPad can now detect your Apple Pencil. Before you touch the screen iPad will already detect that Pencil is close to touching the app, and it will hover, it’s really impressive. It can even detect in which arm you are holding your Apple Pencil.

Artists will love it. You can easily copy/paste pictures, remove the background, etc.

With the new iPadOS 16, you will also get a stage manager, which makes it great for multitasking. Connect your iPad Pro to a monitor with USB Type-C, and you practically have a macOS.

If iPad Pro keeps updating, we won’t need MacBooks soon enough.

Specifications:

OSiOS
ProcessorApple M2
Storage128GB|256GB|512GB|1TB|2TB
RAM8GB|16GB
CameraRear: 12MP(wide) & 10MP (ultrawide) Selfie Camera: 12MP (ultrawide)
Display (inches)12.9-inches|11-inches
Resolution2732×2048
Size11.05 x 8.46 x 0.25 in (280.6 x 214.9 x 6.4 mm)
Weight1.5lbs(682g)
PortUSB Type-C
Battery~10hours

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Great Camera
  • M2 Chip/Fast Performance
  • Great Battery Life
  • Wi-Fi 6E Support
  • Supports ProRes Video Recording
  • Hover Functionality
  • Liquid Retina XDR Display
Cons
  • No Headphone Jack
  • Expensive(More Expensive than Mac with Accessories)
  • You Need Accessories
  • Quite Heavy Especially a 12.9-inch Model

Older Version – iPad Pro 5th Gen

iPad Pro 5th Gen
9.8/10 Our Score

With its unique M1 processor, you can expect excellent processing speed. So, it doesn’t matter whether you’re surfing the net or editing something with photoshop. You won’t face any glitches. It also comes with mouse and trackpad compatibility, unlike the older Apple iPad models.

Moreover, this model also offers storage space of up to 1TB, provided you’re willing to pay for that much. Thus, if you require more storage space, you can go for it. Now, most Apple iPads have a great screen resolution and clarity, and so does this model with its liquid retina display. 

Apple iPad Pro is hands down one of the best tablets with USB ports that you can find. If you do not have any budget restraints, then you should definitely go for it.

Full Review of iPad Pro (5th Gen)

Specifications:

OSiOS
ProcessorApple M1
Storage128GB|256GB|512GB|1TB|2TB
RAM8GB|16GB
CameraRear: 12MP(wide) & 10MP (ultrawide) Selfie Camera: 12MP (ultrawide)
Display (inches)12.9-inches|11-inches
Resolution2732×2048
Size11.05 x 8.46 x 0.25 in (280.6 x 214.9 x 6.4 mm)
Weight1.5lbs(682g)
PortUSB Type-C
Battery9h+

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Exceptional Processing Speed
  • High-Quality Display
  • Excellent Cameras
  • Suitable For Almost Any Purposes
  • Exclusive Apps
     
     
     
     
Cons
  • Expensive(especially with an external keyboard and apple pencil)
  • No Headphone Jack 
  • 12.9-inch Model Is Quite Heavy
     
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
9.6/10 Our Score

A few differences which make this tablet distinct from its other siblings are the 14.6″ screen size with a resolution of 1848 x 2960 pixels at a 120Hz refresh rate.

Additionally, it has ample storage and ram offerings (128/8GB, 256/12GB, 256/16, 512/12GB, 512/16GB), which users can opt for as per their needs.

Another change we have experienced in this tab is a dual front camera of 12/12MP with wide and ultra-wide lenses, while the rear cameras are the same as its other siblings. 

It also has 4 stereo speakers and a USB 3.2 Type C connectivity which can be a blessing for people who like to edit videos and photos on the go.

Since it is a premium tablet with a larger display and supports all the networks, it offers a 11200 mAh battery to serve the purpose.    

Full Review of Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Specification:

OSAndroid 12
ProcessorQualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Storage128GB|256GB|512GB 
RAM8GB|12GB|16GB
CameraRear: 13MP & 6MP (dual ultra-wide) Selfie Camera: 12MP (dual ultra-wide & wide)
Display (inches)14.6-inches
Resolution2960×1848
Size12.85 x 8.21 x 0.22 in (326.4 x 208.6 x 5.5 mm)
Weight1.60lbs(726g)
PortUSB Type-C + Magnetic Connector + microSDXC
Battery8h+

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Bigger & Bright Display
  • High-end Battery Life
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Great Performance
  • Stylus In The Box
     
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Difficult to Carry(Heavy)
  • No Charger In The Box
     
     

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus

Samsung has launched another variant of the S series known as the Samsung Tab S8+. This tablet has a 12.4″ AMOLED LCD with corning gorilla glass 5 protection. It supports 2800 x 1752 resolution at a 120Hz refresh rate. 

This Slate has the same storage and ram options (128/8GB, 256/8GB, 256/12GB) and is supported by a dedicated microSD slot. Furthermore, the processor, GPU, and camera offerings are similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. 

This series has improved S Pen, which is best for taking notes, editing photos and videos, etc. USB Type C 3.2 is also the center of attraction for video and photo editors as they can directly connect their cameras with this device. 

The audio experience with 4 four speakers is similar to S8, which sounds thin on heavy bass tracks. A single nano sim slot is available, which can support all kinds of networks, and a 10090 mAh battery is there to support all these features.

Specification:

OSAndroid 12
ProcessorQualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Storage128GB|256GB
RAM8GB|12GB
CameraRear: 13MP & 6MP (dual ultra-wide & wide) Selfie Camera: 12MP
Display (inches)12.4-inches
Resolution2800×1752
Size11.22 x 7.28 x 0.22 in (285 x 185 x 5.7 mm)
Weight1.25lbs(567g)
PortUSB Type-C + Magnetic Connector + microSDXC
Battery8h+

Pros:

  • Bright Display
  • High-end battery life
  • Dedicated microSD slot
  • Great Performance
  • Good Battery life with fast charging
  • Sleek Design
  • Stylus

Cons:

  • A bit costly
  • Accessories cost extra
  • No headphone jack
  • No charger 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

samsung-galaxy-tab-s8-with-new-s-pen

This tablet offers some excellent features best for tech-hungry people who want to have a flavor of power and performance at affordable rates. 

The Octa-core 8 Gen 1 processor by Qualcomm Snapdragon, further supported by an Adreno 730 GPU, is the secret to the power and performance of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8.

Samsung has launched this tablet with an 11″ TFT display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and 2560 x 1600 resolution that can be a perfect fit for watching movies, reading e-books, gaming, and video chatting. 

This Slate offers a unique storage and memory combination (128/8GB, 256/8GB, 256/12GB), which users can opt for as per/her needs. This tablet still supports a dedicated microSD slot with all the storage capacity, which is a bonus. 

Whether you are a photographer, the camera must be your center of interest. It has dual rear cameras of 13/6 MP and a 12MP front camera, which provide sharp image quality and shoots videos at 4k resolution. It is also suitable for video chatting with our friends and family. 

We have 4 speakers placed on the tablet’s edges for sound quality, which gives louder sounds but faints on heavy bass.

Samsung has provided an 8000mAh battery which is enough for hours on a single charge to support all networks GSM/HSPA/LTE/5G.

This tablet does not come with a proper charger; instead, it has a USB Type C 3.2 port to charge the tablet, data transfer, and many other activities.

Specification:

OSAndroid 12
ProcessorQualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Storage128GB|256GB
RAM8GB|12GB
CameraRear: 13MP & 6MP (dual ultra-wide & wide) Selfie Camera: 12MP (ultrawide)
Display (inches)11-inches
Resolution2560×1600
Size9.99 x 6.51 x 0.25 in(253.8 x 165.3 x 6.3 mm)
Weight1.11lbs(503g)
PortUSB Type-C + Magnetic Connector + microSDXC
Battery8h+

Pros:

  • Bright Display
  • High-end battery life
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Great Performance
  • Stylus

Cons:

  • TFT display
  • A bit costly
  • Average camera performance on ultrawide and zoomed shots
  • No charger 

Best Windows 2-in-1 Tablet
Microsoft Surface Pro 9 (2022)
9.2/10 Our Score

On October 25, 2022, Microsoft released a new 2-in-1 tablet – Microsoft Surface Pro 9. By no surprise, there aren’t that many upgrades compared to its predecessor Microsoft Surface Pro 8. Don’t get us wrong, the tablet is powerful and in our opinion, the best windows tablet you can get in the market, but there just aren’t that many updates. They updated the processor to Microsoft SQ3 and there are two other processors to choose from, but Microsoft SQ3 is the only one that supports 5G network.

Overall the tablet is good. Great battery life, the best of all, as a matter of fact. It can hold up to 19 hours. It’s 13-inches big, has great memory options, and of course, a USB-C port, which makes it convenient to connect it to other devices such as monitors, keyboards, and other accessories to make your day more productive.

The thing we don’t like about this tablet is it’s expensive, and if you want to get a keyboard and an additional stylus it gets close to a good laptop price, but besides that, it’s a powerful and great tablet to have.

Specifications:

OSWindows 11 Home
ProcessorMicrosoft SQ3(5g model)/Intel Evo i5/Intel Evo i7
Storage128 GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD
RAM8GB, 16GB, 32GB
CameraFront-facing camera with 1080p full HD video, Rear-facing camera: 10MP with 1080p HD and 4k video
GraphicsIntel Iris® Xe Graphics (i5, i7)
Display (inches)13-inches
Resolution2880 x 1920
Size12.22 x 1.97 x 9.06 inches
Weight3.96lbs
Port2x Thunderbolt 4/ 2x USB-C depending is its default or 5g model
BatteryUp to 19 hours (5g model, with other processor battery life, is lower)

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Powerful Processor
  • Thunderbolt 4
  • Big Screen (13-inch)
  • Can Be Used As Tablets or Laptop
  • Best Battery Life among Tablets 
     
     
Cons
  • Keyboard Comes Separately
  • It May Get Expensive with Top Specs & Accessories 

Older Version – Surface Pro 8

Microsoft Surface Pro 8
8.7/10 Our Score

With its 16GB RAM, Microsoft Surface Pro 8 has one of the fastest processing speeds as it is a hybrid tablet. This makes it ideal for any type of use, both professional as well as watching anything.

Additionally, while the 13 inches screen may add a bit of extra weight, it is well-suited for streaming anything you like. The high-quality screen resolution is definitely a cherry on the top. 

However, this hybrid tablet may get expensive if you’re considering buying an additional separate keyboard too. 

Overall it’s a good tablet and if you can’t decide between a laptop or a tablet, then we can assure you won’t be compromising on performance. The specs are really, really good on this new 2-in-1 Tablet. 

Specifications:

OSWindows 11
ProcessorQuad-core 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 Processor|Quad-core 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1185G7 Processor
Storage512GB|1TB|SSD option: 128GB|256GB
RAM8GB|16GB|32GB
CameraRear: 10MP Selfie Camera: 5MP
Display (inches)13-inches
Resolution2880×1920
Size11.3 x 8.2 x 0.37 in (287 x 208 x 9.3mm)
Weight1.96lbs(891g)
PortUSB Type-C x2 + 3.5mm headphone jack + surface connect port
BatteryUp to 18h

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Excellent Processing Power
  • Thunderbolt 4
  • Big Screen (13-inch)
  • Can Be Used As Tablets or Laptop
  • Great Battery Life
  • Great New Design
     
     
     
Cons
  • Keyboard Comes Separately
  • It May Get Expensive with Top Specs
  • Removed USB Type-A Port
     
iPad Air 5th Gen
8.8/10 Our Score

For every person out there who wishes to have the features of the iPad Pro at affordable rates, this Slate is a blessing. Apple has launched this tablet with blazing-fast processing power from the newest M1 chip.

The M1 chip provides 15x faster functionality because of its 8-core CPU and GPU. This chip has a built-in 16-core neural processing unit that can perform 11 trillion operations per second, making the Slate a perfect fit for image and video capturing and allowing us to edit the pictures on the go.

It offers us a 10.9″ LED-backlight display, enabling us to get 2360 x 1640 resolution at a 60Hz refresh rate. Although these are some excellent specifications, the only grievance I have with this tablet is its slightly lower brightness and missing 120Hz refresh rate.

Lower brightness and lower refresh rate are not something for which we disregard this sleek beauty. It has some extraordinary features such as USB Type-C 3.1 Gen2, 12MP cameras at the front and rear end with an added center stage functionality, and support of up to 5G networks.

Full Review of iPad Air 2022 (5th Gen)

Specifications: 

OSiOS
ProcessorApple M1
Storage128GB|256GB
RAM8GB
CameraRear: 12MP Selfie Camera: 12MP (ultrawide)
Display (inches)10.9-inches
Resolution2360×1640
Size9.75 x 7.03 x 0.24 in (247.6 x 178.5 x 6.1 mm)
Weight1.02lbs(461g)
PortUSB Type-C
Battery9h+
Pros
  • M1 Processor
  • Sleek Design
  • Excellent Cameras with Center Stage
  • Suitable For Almost Any Purposes
  • Compatible with Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil
     
     
     
Cons
  • No Charger
  • No Headphone Jack 
  • Thin Sound
  • No Face-ID 
iPad 10th Gen
8/10 Our Score

Apple 10th Gen has dropped with a new design, new colors(silver, blue, pink, yellow), new accessories and a USB Type-C Port, finally. Among other new surprises.

The iPad has a bigger screen now, 10.9-inches(10.2 before), Liquid Retina 1640×2360 pixels (~264ppi density). It supports Apple’s True Tone technology, which gives sharp colors.

The A14 Bionic Hexa core processor with 4 core CPUs. Handy to facilitate all the apps and games. This chip can handle photo editing in lightroom and basic video editing,

You can connect it to the monitor with the USB Type-C port and get your work done faster. Apple has removed the home button from this iPad, the fingerprint is mounted at the top of the device, and still, the basic iPad model doesn’t support FaceID.

There’s no headphone jack on iPad 10th Gen, and they have also relocated the camera, so it’s usable in horizontal(landscape) view.

Specifications: 

OSiOS 16
ProcessorApple A14 Bionic
Storage64GB|256GB
RAM4GB
CameraRear: 12MP (Wide) Selfie Camera: 12MP(Ultra-wide)
Display (inches)10.9-inch
Resolution2360×1640
Size9.79 x 7.07 x 0.28 in (248.6 x 179.5 x 7 mm)
Weight1.05lbs(477g)
PortUSB Type-C
BatteryUp to ~12h

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Good Front/Back Camera
  • Sharp Screen
  • Good Battery Life
  • Multiple Colors
  • Bigger Screen
Cons
  • Only Supports Apple Pencil 1
  • Non-laminated Display
  • No FaceID
  • No Headphone Jack
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
8.6/10 Our Score

So you are on a hunt for an android based tablet other than Apple and Samsung, then I would suggest you go for Lenovo P12 Pro. This tablet has it all to compete against Apple and Samsung.

With a 12.6″ AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa-Core processor, and 256 GB storage and 8 GB ram combination, this tablet deserves to be considered as one of the premium slates.

The party is not over yet; this tablet has other tremendous offerings such as mobile network support up to 5G, USB Type C 3.1, Fingerprinting support, and a 10200mAh battery.

The above features make it a heartthrob for many people who want to work, edit photos & videos, live chat, and play games.  It also has a 120Hz display. Just like iPad Pro, Samsung Premium tablets & Microsoft Surface Pro. Which makes it a good choice and sort of a premium Lenovo tablet.

Full Review of Lenovo Tab P12

Specifications:

OSAndroid 11
ProcessorQualcomm SM8250-AC Snapdragon 870 5G
Storage128GB|256GB
RAM6GB|8GB
CameraRear: 13MP(wide) 5MP (ultrawide) Selfie Camera: 8MP(wide)
Display (inches)12.6-inches
Resolution2560×1600
Size11.24 x 7.26 x 0.22 in(285.6 x 184.5 x 5.6 mm)
Weight1.25lbs(565g)
PortUSB Type-C + microSDXC
BatteryUp to 15h

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Sleek Design
  • 2K Resolution Display 
  • High-End Battery Life
  • MicroSD Slot
  • Stylus Support
     
Cons
  • Accessories not Included
  • Average Camera
  • 5G Only Available In Selected Markets 
ASUS Chromebook CM3
7.4/10 Our Score

If you are looking for mobility, productivity, and versatility in a single device, this tablet is just for you. It’s a 2-in device that has a detachable keyboard.

This tablet offers a 10.5″ touch display with 1920 x 1200 resolution and 320 nits brightness, making it an excellent fit for equally entertaining and productive activities.

It draws all the power from Mediatek octa-core 2.0  processor, 4GB DDR4 Ram, and up to 128GB eMMC storage capacity. But that is not all; it has much more to offer us, like a USB 2.0 Type-C port that can use for data transfer.

While talking about the technical specs, we can not overlook the camera and speakers, which are not as good as the other competitors are offering. 

Specifications:

OSChrome OS
ProcessorMediaTek Kompanio 500(8183)
Storage64GB|128GB
RAM4GB
CameraRear: 8MP Selfie Camera: 2MP
Display (inches)10.5-inch
Resolution1920×1200
Size0.06 x 6.58 x 0.31 in (25.54 x 16.72 x 0.79cm)
Weight1.12lbs(500g)
PortUSB Type-C + Audio Jack 3.5mm
BatteryUp to 12h

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Excellent Build Quality
  • Fantastic Software Support
  • USB Type C 2.0
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Can’t Handle Heavy Games
  • Camera is Average
  • Poor Keyboard Attachments

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
7.8/10 Our Score

Overall, the improvements are decent in comparison to its predecessor Samsung Galaxy Tab A7.

It’s not a high-end tablet, it’s a budget tablet, so we have to manage our expectations here. If you keep that in mind and compare it to other budget tablets it’s a good option and most important it comes with a USB Type-C Port.

Our first impressions are good. (It was just released in 2022 January). The screen is good, not great, the build is good, not great, the performance is good, not great. It’s a decent mid-range Samsung tablet. We would still like to test some things and add additional information about this device.

Full Review of Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

Specifications:

OSAndroid 11
ProcessorMali G52 MP2
Storage32GB|64GB|128GB
RAM2GB|3GB|4GB
CameraRear: 8MP Selfie Camera: 5MP
Display (inches)10.5-inch
Resolution1920×1200
Size9.72 x 6.37 x 0.27 in(246.8 x 161.9 x 6.9 mm)
Weight1.12lbs(508g)
PortUSB-C Charger + 3.5mm headphone jack
BatteryUp to 12h

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Good Battery
  • Fast Charging
  • MicroSD Card
  • Sleek, Aluminum Body
Cons
  • Slow Charger In The Box
  • The camera Could Be Better
  • Can’t Handle Heavy Games

Why Go For a Table With a USB Port?

A tablet having a USB port has plenty of benefits compared to a simple tablet because of the below reasons:

  • External Keyboard

If you have a tablet without a keyboard, you may understand the struggle of typing and designing stuff on your tablet. But, with the help of a USB port, you can have an external keyboard and simply plug it in. This way you get the benefits of a smartphone as well as a laptop at an affordable price!

  • Sharing and Transfering Data

If you’re into photography or digital creation, you may make use of your tablet for editing. Now, if you want to export those files to your laptop, you may find the process to be extremely time-consuming. Sometimes, your tablet may also run out of storage. 

Yet, if you have a tablet with a USB port, you can easily share and transfer data from one device to another. 

  • Connecting Tablet to Devices 

Lastly, tablets with USB ports are god-sent when it comes to connecting them to different devices! For instance, you can connect your external music system with your tablet with the help of the port. Moreover, if you have got printers and scanners which require a wired connection, then also you can make use of the USB port for connecting your tablet to them. So, these are some of the major benefits of buying the best tablet with a USB port. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the significant advantage of USB other than data transfer?

USB ports are nowadays used for various purposes such as connecting printers, plotters, scanners, and portable hard drives. Although wireless connectivity is gearing up and becoming a unified solution, we cannot eliminate the importance of wired connectivity. 

Can we connect external storage drives with the tablet via a USB port?

We can connect external storage drives or other devices with the tablets via USB ports. Still, we may face issues as portable drives come in various storage capacities and devices with larger capacities require more juice than a small USB mass storage device.

We may sometimes observe that our portable drive won’t work with certain tablets. The solution to this problem is we need to connect these types of devices with an additional power source.

Why do most tablets today use Type-C USB ports?

USB ports have many standards that define the data transfer rates and the power it transfers to connect with a device. This port’s average data transfer rate is up to 10 Gbps, and it can transmit power up to 20V 100W and 5 amps.

This type of USB supports bidirectional data transfer and can be used to charge a device.

Conclusion

Tablets are silently replacing laptops due to the modernization of technology; now, these devices are gaining the best of both worlds, processing power and portability.

Data transfer was a problem that is now addressed with the help of USB Type C ports which are common these days.

Suppose you ask me to name the best tablet with a USB port, then I can give you two names without thinking a single second. These two devices are Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra and IPad Pro 5.

Both slates are premium devices and have the excellent processing power, sleek design, and excellent build quality. If we compare S8 Ultra with iPad Pro 5, S8 Ultra is the clear winner due to the 14.6″ screen size, USB Type C 3.2 port, and 512GB storage capacity.

But if you agree to compromise on the specs for the sake of affordability, then you can go for Microsoft Surface 8, iPad Air, and Lenovo P12 Pro.

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