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Best Windows tablets UK: the 10 best Windows tablets you can buy in 2015 - run full Windows on your tablet - best Windows tablets reviews

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The best Windows tablets you can buy today in the UK. Windows tablets reviews. Windows tablets buying advice. What's the best Windows tablet? (If you are interested in iPads and Androids, see: best tablets of 2015 UK.)

Best Windows tablet: Why a Windows tablet?

The best Windows tablets offer true portable computing on the move. Microsoft's own Surface Pro, for example, is as powerful as many an expensive desktop PC, and it offers decent battery life - for a laptop, if not for a post-iPad tablet. You can install any Windows software on it, and perform any task for which you would normally rely on a desktop PC. All on a chassis that will fit into any man bag.

The Surface Pro 3 offers the best of all worlds, with relatively little sacrifice. If you can afford one, and you really want one device for everything, it is a great purchase. It's those compromises that matter, and that is why we go into depth on all of our Windows tablet reviews. 

Best Windows tablet: Window RT vs Windows 8 (and Windows 10)

Windows RT is the cut-down version of Windows 8 that can run on hardware powered by ARM processors. It is all of Windows 8 without the desktop area. On the down side you can install only Windows apps, not full Windows software. On the plus side you get a special version of Office and the battery life is more like a phone than a laptop. I would personally question why you would want a Windows RT device - the whole point of having a Windows tablet rather than an iPad or an Android tablet is that if offers access to full Windows on the move.

But that's just my opinion. Although it is an opinion shared by enough people that Microsoft has now stopped selling the Surface RT 2, and so only a handful of products remain on the market. Window RT is to all intents and purposes dead.

That's also because Windows 10 is on the way. This version of Windows promises to offer the same platform on all Windows devices, from smartphone through tablet, laptop and desktop. And if you buy a Windows 8 tablet today you will be able to upgrade it to Windows 10 - for free - in the autumn of 2015.

Best Windows tablet: tablets, all-in-ones, hybrids

There are other decisions you'll need to make. You'll note in our listing of the top Windows tablets that not all the devices look the same. That's because Windows offers manufacturers flexibility of form. Some Windows tablets are tiny portable devices. Othere are hybrid laptop/tablet devices. Still more at giant all-in-one PCs in which the screen can detach to be a table-top-tablet computer.

This offers you a good choice, but choice isn't always good. Remember that by its very nature a tablet should be a flexible and portable device. So ask yourself whether you need a keyboard (and if so whether an ultraportable laptop would be a better idea). How big a screen do you need, and how much weight are you prepared to carry? Hybrid devices can seem like the best of all worlds, but they tend to be equally imperfect as laptops and tablets - how often will you transform their functions in your daily life?

If a product in the best Windows tablet list below grabs your attention, read the full review in detail, and the answers to these and other questions should become clear.

Below we rank the best Windows tablets you can buy right now.

Top 14 best Windows 8 tablets

10. HP Pavilion x360

The red design looks good and feels sturdy, but the Pavilion's weight and dimensions make it tricky to use as a tablet, and its lack of power, poor screen and mediocre battery life hamper its usefulness as a laptop. We'd only recommend this if you want a stylish ultraportable for a low price.

9. HP ElitePad 1000 G2

If you need to work with Windows programs and need a totable tablet with almost usable battery life, the ElitePad fulfills the job. As a first-choice device that can serve in a laptop role too, it's rather underpowered and will have you yearning for the power of even a budget laptop.

8. Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2

In some respects the Yoga 2 is a real bargain, as it provides good screen quality, battery life and lightweight design at a very competitive price. Performance is below-par, although it will still handle routine web browsing, streaming video and wordprocessing perfectly well. And, with its lightweight, convertible design, it's a far more attractive device than the big, heavy 15-inch laptops that most manufacturers offer as their low-cost option.

7. Dell Venue 11 Pro

The screen of the Venue Pro 11 needs to be easier to turn up to proper levels, but the tablet performs well for its price and is an option for business users who want a convertible tablet with Window 8. Its battery life was also useful, making this low-power Intel Atom version a more affordable alternative to expensive Windows tablets such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 2.

6. Acer Aspire Switch 11

The Acer Aspire Switch 11 is a more attractive device than the Switch 10 with a larger screen and better specs. However, we're still not convinced by the chunky, top heavy design and the device let itself down with poor battery life. It might be more affordable but there are much better hybrids out there.

5. Lenovo Miix 2 8

With its attractive, compact design and sub-£300 price tag the Miix 2 8 is one of the new Windows tablets that provides a more affordable alternative to the Microsoft Surface. It can't go head-to-head with the iPad and Android tablets in terms of apps, but the Miix 2 8 may well appeal to Windows users who want a pocket-size tablet that will also allow them to view their Office documents when they're out and about.

4. Microsoft Surface Pro 2

The Surface Pro 2 crams a serious amount of power into a compact frame. However, now that Microsoft has launched the bigger, better Surface Pro 3, the Pro 2 makes sense only if you're on a tight budget. Even then, its value is questionable - many people would be better off with a separate laptop and tablet, and might even save money going down that road. Those less bothered about the tablet side of things should consider a convertible device such as the Lenovo Yoga.

3. Acer Aspire Switch 10

Although the Acer Aspire Switch 10 is very affordable, it's another hybrid which is neither great at being a laptop nor a tablet. It's both bulky and fiddly. We like the IPS screen and the multi-mode ability thanks to the magnetic hinge (minus the top heaviness). However, the keyboard and trackpad are lacklustre and there really nothing to get excited about in terms of specs and performance. We're yet to be convinced by a hybrid.

2. Toshiba WT310

This Windows tablet was a poor option at over £1000 when launched, but at around £500 as it's now being sold it may be of interest to anyone looking for a mobile device with ultrabook performance in 11.6-inch tablet form.

1. Microsoft Surface Pro 3

A very decent laptop replacement, and an okay tablet, the Surface Pro 3 is undeniably impressive. If you need a single device to do everything we can't think of any better device. And when you consider the cost of buying a discrete laptop, tablet and desktop PC the Surface Pro 3 is priced to shift. The question remains as to whether people want a single device rather than multiple gadgets that are better at their individual tasks. Microsoft's latest results suggest that Surface Pro 3 is winning hearts and minds. Has it won yours?

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